Eclectic Curiosity


The Virtual Choir

Posted on April 17th, by Steve Hardy in Archives, Miscellany. No Comments

A truly impressive project. Eric Whitacre and his forming of a choir around hundreds and then thousands of virtual voices. Via TED.… more


Posted on July 16th, by Steve Hardy in Archives, Miscellany. No Comments

One of the trippiest, most wonderfully odd music videos ever…

Tiga “Shoes” from AlexandLiane on Vimeo.… more

Wooden Arms

Posted on June 15th, by Steve Hardy in Archives, Miscellany. No Comments

I’ve posted previously about how great Patrick Watson songs and shows are (I’ve seen at least 14 of ’em!). It’s been fun watching this band improve and earn the acclaim they are now almost universally receiving. Their latest album, Wooden Arms, dropped last month and is start-to-finish wonderful. If you like pop-piano-acoustic-percussive type tunes, take a listen. And watch this beautifully shot takeaway show by Vincent Moon.… more

15 Steps and a Marching Band

Posted on February 11th, by Steve Hardy in Archives, Miscellany. No Comments

“This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Grammys.”

Grammys, you’re idiots. You actually put on a decent show last Sunday — including a brilliantly awesome performance of “15 Steps” by Radiohead with the USC Trojan Marching Band! — and now you go and pull it from YouTube. This is how you fade from relevance. When will you morons learn how this internet thing works? Too late, probably.

Anyhow, grab the torrent (it’s better quality anyway) or take a peek at the rehearsal. This rendition of “15 Steps” is truly fabulous.… more


Posted on December 10th, by Steve Hardy in Archives, Miscellany. No Comments

One of the great joys of concert-going is the random unexpected discovery of a new band, the opener. Added to my playlist as of last Thursday: Montreal’s aKido.

Dancing in Chains – AKIDO from akidomusic on Vimeo.… more

NIN’s Moment Factory

Posted on November 20th, by Steve Hardy in Archives, Miscellany. No Comments

Nine Inch Nails were in town last week; a stop on their Lights in the Sky tour. And as good as Trent & Co’s music was, it was the on-stage light show that was truly spectacular.

I’ve never seen anything like it. The whole set was at times engulfed in light from no less than 108 backing spotlights. But the really innovative bit was three light screens which would descend upon the stage, sometimes behind the band and sometimes in front of them. The screens would alternatively display some beautiful ambient images and interactive walls. You kinda have to see it to understand it.… more

Brave Bulging Buoyant Clairvoyants

Posted on September 10th, by Steve Hardy in Archives, Miscellany. No Comments

Step inside the Wild Beasts‘ transfixing music video for the falsetto lilting song Brave Bulging Buoyant Clairvoyants. The video employs the droste effect, an Escher-esque immersive technique in which similar smaller images appear spiraling deeper and deeper within the shot, to the nth degree.

Wild Beasts – Brave Bulging Buoyant Clairevoyant

(via Adland, who goes into a bit more detail on who put it together and how)… more

In Rainbows (Literally)

Posted on August 7th, by Steve Hardy in Archives, Miscellany. No Comments

I knew what I was getting myself into. While in London several weeks ago I caught one of the two big Radiohead concerts in Victoria Park. I think there were something like 60,000 people there on that beautiful summer’s night and the show was great but the crush of people and long lines to exit were not. Sometime during that evening I swore off attending anymore ultra big shows like that – except for the same one in Montreal yesterday for which I already had tickets.

Drizzly weather, muddy grounds, a different and closer vantage point, and a little more space.… more


Posted on July 30th, by Steve Hardy in Archives, Miscellany. No Comments

There was an article in the National Post earlier this week describing how The Black Knight’s immense popularity is helping to lift the fortunes of beleaguered Canadian 3D theatre operator IMAX. Not only is the box office moola spilling over to IMAX’s screens, Batman seems to be reintroducing movie-goers to an experience they left years ago – not because it wasn’t impressive but because the films themselves (usually of the nature documentary variety) were stuck in a bit of a rut. But nothing quite beats a caped vigilante jumping off a Gotham skyscraper or a disheveled joker (masterfully!) robbing banks and blowing stuff up.… more

763 SXSW Reviews

Posted on March 17th, by Steve Hardy in Archives, Miscellany. No Comments

The mother of all indie-pop-rock music festivals, SXSW, just wrapped up yesterday in Austin. No doubt some stars were born, while others were left just to gas up the van and head home. The Morning News’ contributing writer Paul Ford offers a convenient collection of 6-word reviews based on 48 hours of listening to 763 of the participating bands’ lead MP3s. A great sampling of many new and generally unknown artists.

(Thanks Justin/Jason)… more

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