Hammer Jammer

Written by Xavier Gouchet - 08 february 2016 - no comments

Here's an interesting device for guitar players : the Hammer Jammer. It costs $80 and can be bought on the creator's website

No this article is not sponsored, I just think this is cool :)

Cyber conductor

Written by Xavier Gouchet - 20 december 2015 - no comments

Aleksey Igudesman, who does a lot of Music comedy with Richard Hyung-ki Joo, demonstrates a brand new innovation : the Cyber Conductor !

Piano Gare Tour

Written by Xavier Gouchet - 18 december 2015 - no comments

Frequent travellers know these little tunes broadcasted just before an annoucement. It's usually around 6 notes, and becomes part of the ambient noise in a train station or airport.

Two french guys decided to compose a music based on the SNCF (the french public train service), and play it on pianos available in big train stations.

Thanks to my wife for showing me this video

Da Vinci's lost instrument : Viola organista

Written by Xavier Gouchet - 27 november 2015 - no comments

Sławomir Zubrzycki, a polish pianist, built this instrument drawn and invented by Leonardo Da Vinci.
Although it looks like a piano, it sounds like a violin, as the strings are not struck, bowed. This video is an interview of Sławomir Zubrzycki, to understand how it works and sounds.

It's working seems to be similar to the harp wheel, as seen and heard in this other video.

Glass Harmonica

Written by Xavier Gouchet - 20 march 2015 - no comments

I already knew about musical glasses, and how one could play music on crystal glasses filled with water. It's one of Christmas tradition at my wife's grand parents to play with the glasses during dinner.

Anyway, I just discovered that Benjamin Franklin invented a Glass Harmonica in 1791, using a turning axle on which he put severall bowls of varying size.


Lucia di Lammermoor (Fifth element remix)

Written by Xavier Gouchet - 21 january 2015 - no comments

Young people these days are truly amazing ! A few years ago, I was surprised to see teenagers singing and simulating the vocoder effect.

This time, a teenage Armenian girl, named Viktoria Hovhanissyan interprets the "Mad Scene" from the Lucia di Lammermoor opera. It's even more impressive when you know that the Inva Mula, the albanian soprano who gives her voice to the Diva Plavalaguna in the film, had to record some voices seperately, which were then mixed later on a computer. When Eric Serra showed her the music sheet, she reportedly said that it was not humanly possible to sing the song as it was written.

While searching around, I found another video of a younger Ukrainian girl performing the same song.

"Competitive Foursome" (by the Salut Salon)

Written by Xavier Gouchet - 04 july 2014 - no comments

Violin and cello are among the most difficult instruments to play. A french singer and humorist, Bobby Lapointe, said that "Violin, you can either play it right, or play it tzigane". The Salut Salon quartet plays these intstruments, and play around, demonstrating their talent.