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Riffusion

Riffusion

Riffusion (Riff-fusion) is a music AI that you type in prompts and it generates music for you. It’s not going to win any awards anytime soon but it does seem to handle smooth and electronic tunes pretty well. Honestly, if I heard some of this in an elevator, I doubt I would notice.

One more step towards our automatically generated content future.

gigachad bari sax – where’s he now?

gigachad bari sax – where’s he now?

I remember clipping this video of a random busker playing some funky bari sax in New York subways about 10 or so years back. I wonder whatever happened to that guy?

There he is. Looks like Leo was recently at the Royal Albert Hall in London playing front man on the song Moanin’ at the BBC Proms.

Sausage Samba

Sausage Samba

The early internet had some absolute amazing creations. This is one of them. A fantastical mashup of Star Trek TNG and an ode to sausage by Friendly Rich. It’s been out for almost a decade, and only has about 300k views – which is a crime and shows people still lack quality taste even in the modern, post-truth internet era.

Hiromi Uehara

Hiromi Uehara

Hiromi Uehara is probably one of the greatest, largely unknown, pianists of our time. She is probably part of the rising Japanese inflation with jazz that has become a growing centerpiece of modern Japanese culture. I think the thing that most makes her stand out (and maybe has put her outside the normal jazz scene) is her absolutely crystal clear technical ability and astounding control of her dynamics. It is like listening to a concert-pianist technical expert, one that has mastered every nuance of the piano’s tones and dynamics, and yet is playing what is usually a more ragged jazz genre.

Here’s a song of hers that I have been listening to and keep listening to again and again. The crystal clear runs without a hint of slur or slop along with dynamics are astounding. Each listen I’m more amazed at how there is not a single sloppy note or missed dynamic in the whole piece – and that each note plays perfectly into the mood and feel she is weaving:

It makes me believe the pruported story by someone who attended a master class with house band member Tony Grey, a bass player, who record and toured with her. He told the class that every morning he and the other bandmates would wake up with a hand written note that detailed every single mistake they got wrong the night before.

Here’s another astounding piece that demonstrates an ever increasing progression of the most crystal clear jazz improvisation on top of a well known tune. She first imitates a harpsicord by putting metal rulers on the strings, but I think it really gets amazing starting around 3:04, 5:15, and 7:05. A modern Japanese artist performing a German composer’s music remixed in the jazz style from African Americans on an instrument invented in Italy. Amazing.

Finding fun in Portland

Finding fun in Portland

Here’s some great links to find interesting and fun things in Portland.

Portland Theater – Despite the name, this is probably the best list of all upcoming theater shows, music concerts, and other events coming to Portland.

Secret Portland – This site has a bunch of sister sites for other major cities that covers unusual and interesting local events, shows, and artistic events.

BritFloyd

BritFloyd

Do you feel you were robbed because you were born too early to catch Pink Floyd live concerts? Brit Floyd is probably the closest you’ll ever get to experiencing them live. The sound is nearly perfect. I hope I can see them.