A tiny public radio station is run by a conservative college in Eastern Arkansas. The show follows the station over a nine day period as it goes through the daily trials and tribulations of broadcasting the news, managing employees, navigating politics, wrestling with diversity, dealing with technical problems, and interacting with donors, all while trying to have a successful pledge drive it needs to meet its goal and stay on the air. All of this craziness is just out earshot of the audience and just below the surface of the staid and controlled exterior of public radio. The situations are based things that have individually or collectively happened, are happening or most assuredly will happen in the public radio. [more inside]
I a delirium I invented lyrics in real time to the Anthony Newly musical Stop the World I Want to Get Off, which I have never seen and know nothing about.
Radical creative collective Hungry Bitches Productions (who I am super pleased to write for) are currently selling tickets for a three day concert run of our new musical, Americana. It's showing in Theatre Royal Stratford East, London, and to promote the show, we have released a music video (linked above) and a single from the show (on spotify). If you live in London, please have a look and see if you want to come along. If you live elsewhere in the world, please enjoy some cool free music.
We've kicked off the latest season of our YouTube series on media and digital literacy with a spoof of "Tomorrow" from the movie Annie. (OK, so this particular episode isn't really about media literacy... aside from taking the piss out of yet another movie retread.) [more inside]
Arnold Schwarzenegger shares his opinion of The Hunger Games in The Running Man/Hunger Games MUSICAL SPECTACULAR.
We just finished a documentary about some prosthetic instruments we designed for a collaborative dance and music performance. The instruments were designed by myself and Joe Malloch, another researcher at McGill University, and went on tour in Quebec and Europe in the spring. The basic idea was to create physical devices which would attach to the dancers' bodies in order to create opportunities for exploring movement and . Sensors incorporated in the devices send information to a computer, and the information is then used in the generation of computer music. There's more description on the webpage, and the video describing the design process and showing the instruments in use is on youtube. There's also a one-minute teaser vid in case the full video is TL;DW.
A ten part portrait of an entrepreneur, told through monologues and song. Pete recently opened a small clothing store. He's begun recording a video diary to document what's happening with his business, as well as his thoughts on what it means to be a small business owner. [more inside]
Predator: The Musical (The Final Schwarzenegger Musical) On YouTube for a limited time (probably): Arnold performs "If It Bleeds, We Can Kill It" from The FINAL SCHWARZENEGGER MUSICAL, Predator: The Musical. Music and Lyrics by Jon Kaplan and Al Kaplan (Conan the Barbarian: The Musical, Silence! The Musical) Contains variations on Alan Silvestri's "Predator" motives and harmonies http://www.jonandal.com http://www.jonandal.tumblr.com/ Dutch, Billy, Dillon, Predator: Al Kaplan Mac and Ramirez: Jon Kaplan Anna: Sharmila Guta
To quote myself from the page: "Most MIDI keyboards look like cheap toy spaceships from 1982. But music production is now a home activity. Here’s a keyboard you'd be proud to have around."
Arnold Schwarzenegger performs "Total Recall: The Musical."