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Saturday, September 13th, 2008
2:23 am
[sshivradrastae]
Game Time!
I've been making other people do these games. The previous one was a Nephological and Atmospheric Optics Scavenger Hunt. This one I'm bringing over to the Awesome Society:

The game is a HAPI Instrumental Composition Extravagana!

It can be done by anyone with a computer, speakers or headphones, and internet because as far as I know every operating system comes with a built in sound recording device.

Step 1: Get familiar with this link.
http://www.hapitones.com/virtual-hapi-drum-e-major.html
Step 2: Pick your HAPI (you use multiple ones!)
Step 3: Compose a tune, record it and e-mail the file to ragegage@gmail.com or post a link to it here.
Step 4: ???
Step 5: Win!

If there's a story about the tune or even something that you were thinking of when making it, include that with the link or the file. If you decide to cover another song, list the title and artist of that song (and good luck with that, seriously) but what I really want is original compositions straight out of your head!

If you've never done something like this, luckily the page is set up for you to be able to use the Num-pad to play the virtual drum, meaning once you know the sounds and practice your tune, you could write down the Num-pad sequence as the numbers correspond to the notes, then play it by typing those off!

- Gage
Wednesday, June 4th, 2008
10:05 am
[sshivradrastae]
Aural Update
For those of you who haven't heard Yeasayer yet, go listen. They're classified as indie, but I label them as pure awesome. I believe they've been around since 2006 or so but I just discovered them and I'm passing along the discovery.

- Gage
Saturday, May 24th, 2008
1:16 pm
[sshivradrastae]
Assignment: Fun(d)-Raising
Alright, so I've had this idea for a cross-country scavenger photo-hunt race for a while that I've been dying to do, but has been made largely impossible due to gas prices and other logistics.

The original premise was that people would start at once place, and meet up in another on the other side of the country at a certain date. You would have a loose point value assigned to "items" you could collect; but not items are physical objects - for instance, making contacts with strangers that share your interests/hobbies in a town you've never been in, learning something from a local that only a local would know, having coffee with a stranger and hearing their story and things like that. You would keep a journal (or a recording device) and track all of their stories/contacts/people or other awesome things you discovered. Everyone that didn't have a camera would be given one you would take pictures of anything and everything you thought was awesome, from graffiti in a city to an overlook of the desert from a place that took you all day to climb to. Everyone would have been required to stop every day/night to sleep and to assure safety on the road, so the term "race" was used loosely and basically applied only to the time limit, which would have been about 2 weeks.

All of the scavenger hunt "items" that were collected would be arranged into a book; photos and quotes and anecdotes. They could be then sold as an independent project to fund-raise for various humanitarian aid groups either locally or abroad.

So I was thinking, why not try it small-scale?

Until I can work up renting a U-haul and getting a bunch of bikes and driving us all to a town none of us have been before, here is the assignment for whenever any of you have time or remember/can do so:

• Everyone find a camera to use and take pictures of things you think are awesome/beautiful/interesting/etc and where and where it was.

• Collect stories from people either in your own town or whenever you travel. Keep a journal of all these and after you've talked with them, ask for permission if you can quote them on things for the book.

• Learn something you didn't know about your home town.

• Post the pictures you take, the advice and quotes you hear, and the new things you learn in the comments, or e-mail them to me at ragegage@gmail.com. Include where each one was taken/heard from and from who, if applicable.

- Gage
Monday, December 31st, 2007
5:23 pm
[sshivradrastae]
Aural Update
Six albums of Yat-Kha that desire more ears to listen to. As I type, I'm only a little way through one of said albums, but I get the impression that it will remain awesome. Read up on it yourself (as I'm too sick to compile a decent post right now) and if it sounds like something you are interested in listening too also, ping me here or the usual channels and I'll bring it over for you to hear when I'm healthy.

- Gage
Sunday, November 25th, 2007
8:33 am
[sshivradrastae]
Random Viewing Pleasure




I've always felt rather post-coital listening to sounds exactly like these, and naturally steel drums have always seduced me. The sheer wateriness and resonance of it is highly intoxicating. I can't really think of another way to describe it. Mmm. Makes me think of the Solaris soundtrack.

- Gage
Saturday, November 17th, 2007
1:58 pm
[sshivradrastae]
Lorin Bassnectar, Bellingham Nightlife, and varia for tomorrow (17th)
Night life: Electronic music making a splash at local clubs

"Boogie Universal’s next big show is coming up in November. The group is bringing Bassnectar to the Nightlight Lounge on East Chestnut Street on Nov. 17. Tickets are $10 before the show and $12 at the door, which opens at 8 p.m. Bassnectar is Lorin Ashton, who produces and remixes under the Bassnectar alias out of San Francisco."

There's other shiz going on also. If you're in town, come to it. If you're not (you know who you are) teleport here by tomorrow and come to it.

- Gage
Thursday, November 8th, 2007
9:26 pm
[sshivradrastae]
Contact Staff
People in the area of me who are interested in learning contact staff should leave a note telling me where a good location and times(s) for a meet-up would be. Two or three staffs are in the works for being completed so people who don't have a staff of their own can use those. It'll probably be one 4', two 5' and (possibly) one 6' staff by the end of it. If anyone wants a particular length, let me know. People who ask for 8' staffs will be shot.

In the meantime, behold a resource on contact staff tutorials and familiarise yourself with it. This is your homework: http://mcp.tepookatoys.com/

- Gage
Monday, October 22nd, 2007
8:36 pm
[sshivradrastae]
Random Viewing Pleasure


I'm intensely in love with this three-person routine from Solstice. Their fushion style has such an excellent attitude and energy to it and their progressive choreography works so fluidly with the three of them.

Next is Romka, who immediately seduced me with their routine being to Massive Attack, Inertia Creeps. It took me a little while to warm to their actual routine, though; at first, I felt it didn't match up with the cadence of the music. After watching it a second time, I understand the flow of it and really enjoy the smooth "low energy" compared to Solstice.



- Gage
Saturday, September 8th, 2007
9:35 pm
[sshivradrastae]
In Progress
Fire staffs will be forthcoming soon. I'm just waiting on the money to order the Kevlar at this point while I look around for somewhere to drill the holes in the conduit. Once I get the Kevlar I'll also get to work on the fire fingers.

People should also keep an eye out for where the least expensive white gas (AKA Coleman's camping fuel) is sold in town for when we get around to doing burns.

- Gage
Wednesday, September 5th, 2007
7:50 am
[sshivradrastae]
An Urban Shopping List
To start us off, I'm presenting the reader with a tiny list of items that are both relevant and useful to the goal of arts and performance. Seriously. Bare with me.

- Broken bike inner tubes
- Aluminum can pull tabs

At first, a random looking request, right? WRONG! Broken inner tubes find new life being washed and used for the rubber grips of most fire dancing equipment such as staffs and fans (and whatever other insane things we come up with). I specify broken ones because there's no need to trash new ones for this purpose and most bike shops will give their trash to you for free if you ask nicely and let them reclaim the nozzles (which they can apparently reuse and are useless for our purposes.)

The can tabs are for a project revolving around an urban primitive theme of costuming. Personally I'm tired of trying to gather enough coins from the craft stores to make a jingly hip scarf with when I can get something just as good and a bit more creative by recycling the little opener tabs of aluminum cans. Just pop those suckers off and gather them up in a bag, or something! How punk is that?!

Think of it as a scavenger hunt, or something!

- Gage
7:31 am
[sshivradrastae]
As Promised!
We needed a public and communal forum to organize with, so everyone I spoke with I expect to see posting here. I want plans for get-together jams for practicing, notices of fun events going on, pleas for help, requests for anything at all, advice and other tidbits related to the pursuit of our awesomeness and the increasing thereof.

The core idea is that things are best done with other people; sharing knowledge and skills to add to the ambient awesomeness. Parties and other things of the sort that may get listed should be productive ones, i.e., things that will either increase contact with similarly minded people or something related to your art; be it contact juggling, contortion, fire, dancing, whatever!

- Gage
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