August 27, 2006
"I'm doing my best to improve my vibrato skill."
I love this kind of story. Despite the cheesiness of this display of neoclassical prog-rock speed and fear, I couldn't help but feel inspired by this 23-year-old self-taught guitarist whose sheer skillZ are outweighed only by his modesty and self-doubt. Admittedly, it's just a re-run of the classic story of a kid in his bedroom doing something amazing and suddenly being discovered by 7.5 million viewers, but it still gets me excited.
Many people say all our technological advances push us further apart and into our own heads, but 100 million personal videos being shared every day on YouTube suggests otherwise, I think.
Here's the video in all its glory: funtwo does Canon Rock
August 20, 2006
alive and well
Over the past half a year or so (I can't believe it has been that long), I have been working on devising methods to bring my music to the live stage. There were personnel questions, technology hurdles, arrangement decisions and many other issues that needed to be worked out, but I am very pleased to say that I have made it to the beta, if you will, of aesthetic evidence LIVE.
I can safely say that there is no possible way I could have accomplished this without the extraordinary skills and enthusiasm of Mr. Peter Bailey, who plays electric and MIDI guitar as well as provides technical and musical input on just about everything. I have learned an incredible amount about sampling technologies and software-based methods of augmenting live performance which have all been key to enabling all this to happen as well.
I put together a webpage that includes more information about our live performance, including a video of us playing 'Predictable?'.
aesthetic evidence LIVE
I am in the process of lining up performance dates locally, so hopefully you will all have the opportunity in the near future to attend. Also, we will be performing with a variety of to-be-determined additional musicians at the Forsythe Chapel at Forest Hills Cemetery in late October. We'll be performing the piece I wrote for the summer exhibit at the cemetery, One Hundred and Four Thousand, as well as selected other songs. You'll see much more about that on these pages as the time gets closer.
August 15, 2006
The Bring Your Own Voice Museum Tour
As some of you are aware, I have recently embarked on a BYOV Museum Tour. The intent of the tour is to travel to a number of art museums in the northeast, set up the BYOV booth and collect opinions and thoughts on art, museums and how they affect us individually and as a society. This topic has always interested me because I love how art can create highly varied individual responses and can encourage constructive discourse between people.
I kicked off the museum tour last month with events at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, CT and the Portland (ME) Museum of Art. You can see pictures and listen to some samples collected at these two events here:
The next date is in western Massachusetts at MASS MoCA on the 26th of August and then I head to New York to the Chelsea Art Museum and P.S.1, the contemporary art affiliate of MoMA, in September. The full schedule - with ongoing updates - can be viewed on the somewhat re-designed Bring Your Own Voice website:
Bring Your Own Voice website
Here is an article written in the Fairfield Weekly about the kick-off event at the Aldrich:
August 12, 2006
the new Halsey Burgund...
Well, it's not really the new me, but it is a bit of a new online face for me. For a while now, I've been realizing that I need to give people one place to go online for all my musical activities. I made a quick and dirty jump page at halseyburgund.com a number of months ago, but I knew that I needed to make something a bit more substantial that would very clearly and concisely layout for people what on earth I do and what I am working on and what I have worked on in the past. I can hardly keep it all straight myself sometimes, so in many ways, this exercise was more for my own organization than for the benefit of my 'public' (yes, that means you!).
I'll let you all judge for yourselves whether or not this new site clears anything up.
Let me know what you think.