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Friday, January 20, 2006

Photo Friday (Vol. LIII) ['I got nothin' edition]

Well, not exactly nothin'... just nothin' of my own.

Oh, and what I do have isn't really photographs but rather a video... a music video to be exact.

Other than that it's another typical Photo Friday here at treppenwitz!  :-)

Alright, the truth of the matter is that it was crazy week and I didn't take the camera out once.  In fact I even published one post (Wednesday's) that I absolutely hated but decided to drag it out of my computer's recycling bin when I realized that I had nothing else of any value to say.

I actually have a huge hoard of uncatalogued photos on my computer that I've been wanting to organize for future Photo Fridays, but last night when I would have been mining that stash for photographic gold Zahava and I were out at a fancy shmancy dinner at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem (it was an alumni thing from her Alma Mater, Washington University in St. Louis).

Sooooo... I think I've now used up every excuse other than 'my dog ate Photo Friday'.  This is what I meant by 'I got nothin'. 

But I do have something.

Almost every day I get neat cartoons, pictures, news images and all sorts of interesting videos from friends around the world.  I almost never pass them along because of copyright issues (meaning I don't have a clue whom I should contact for permission to publish them).

This week I received a link to a fantastic music video that I just keep going back to.  It features a rock band called Cheah which is fronted by a brother and sister (she plays cello and he plays violin) performing an unbelievably complexly-textured tune call 'Muezzin'. 

The song itself borrows a lot of motifs and harmonies from middle-eastern music which makes for an interesting result when combined with classical instruments in a rock format.

Go to the site and download the video.  You have the option of downloading it at 26MB or 9MB depending on your connection speed... the only difference being that the 9MB version is played in a much smaller window.   If you have a couple extra seconds be a sport and go for the larger format.

Watch 'til the very end because it just gets more and more intense until the mind-blowing finale.

If you'd like more information about the backgrounds/biographies of the performers you can go here.

[By the way, to give credit where credit is due... I got the idea of sharing a music video from Jack who shared this addictive video last year.  If you have RealPlayer you can watch a better quality version here].

Shabbat Shalom.
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Wow... ok then... NOT the type of music to listen to at 8:30am!
Way to wake me up, David!
Shabbat Shalom.

Posted by: val | Jan 20, 2006 3:31:51 PM

Good stuff, I like it.

Posted by: Jack | Jan 20, 2006 4:01:29 PM

P.S. The old link to that Tunak video doesn't work now so I have to say thank you for these two.

Posted by: Jack | Jan 20, 2006 4:10:49 PM

Gee, I can hardly wait for the next time you "got nuthin'"! This is some fun stuff.

Posted by: Drew | Jan 20, 2006 4:55:13 PM

Whoa.
There, my brother & I have clearly missed out on a great career.
A gittn Shabbes :)

Posted by: Account Deleted | Jan 20, 2006 5:24:40 PM

Wow!
Very intense- it reminds me of the White Stripes in a way.

Posted by: Shifra | Jan 20, 2006 5:25:52 PM

I liked the rock band link, not so crazy about the Tunak stuff...

Posted by: Shevy | Jan 20, 2006 6:06:48 PM

Am I the only one who was thinking 'The Devil Went Down to Georgia'?

Shabbat Shalom

Posted by: Chedva | Jan 20, 2006 6:55:48 PM

chedva, I'm with you... and i was never a big fan of THAT song either...

Posted by: val | Jan 20, 2006 8:05:59 PM

chedva, I'm with you... and i was never a big fan of THAT song either...

Posted by: val | Jan 20, 2006 8:06:30 PM

Oh, thanks for the wonderful link! That was a nice suprise! : )

Posted by: Irina | Jan 20, 2006 10:13:00 PM

Didn't know you could do that with a cello and violin! The girls are asleep and I'm listening to it for like the eigth time loudly on my headphones :) thanks

Posted by: Seattle | Jan 21, 2006 11:50:41 AM

Val... Who needs coffee when you can wake up to something like that, right? (I can't believe I just said that!).

Jack... I actually went digging around in your archives looking for the link and couldn't find it. Glad to help.

Drew... There is so much great stuff I get that I would love to post on treppenwitz, but people are real idiots about not providing attribution, and it is something I try to be careful about (having had enough of my intellectual property misappropriated over the years). Glad you liked the tune as much as I did.

mademoiselle a. ... Is that a hint that you have some musical talent that you haven't shared with me?

Shifra... I'll take your word for it. Glad you enjoyed.

Shevy... What, singing Sikhs are n;t your thing? :-)

Chedva... OK, I can see where you'd get that idea, but Charlie Daniels didn't go in for Middle Eastern music. :-)

Irina... You know me... I'm a giver. :-)

Seattle... It is kinka catchy. I just listened to it for the umteenth time and Zahava is sitting here rolling her eyes at me. :-)

Posted by: treppenwitz | Jan 21, 2006 7:26:30 PM

Is that a hint that you have some musical talent that you haven't shared with me?

Uh...nothing I haven't mentioned already?

Posted by: Account Deleted | Jan 22, 2006 12:00:50 AM

As a violist, it's always a kick for me to see string musicians unleash that much energy. The huge grin of satisfaction at the end is priceless.

Posted by: christopher | Jan 22, 2006 8:55:08 AM

David,

The original link suddenly went sour on me so I pulled it. When I saw that you had found a new link I went digging and found the website of the artist:

http://www.dalermehndi.com/html/index.shtml

Posted by: Jack | Jan 22, 2006 9:00:29 AM

I love what some string players can do... I had the opportunity to spend some time being taught by Alex Koffman, a truly impressive violinist from Minsk in a major klezmer band. He could make that instrument do *anything*.

You know, this music reminds me of Apocalyptica. Probably hasn't come up on your radar, but they're the only band I'm aware of that plays 'cello metal'. Essentially, it's four (now three) Finnish guys playing cellos, covering Metallica songs (they have their own music now, too). You haven't truly appreciated Metallica until you've heard 'Enter Sandman', 'Harmaggedon', and 'Nothing Else Matters' done solely by cellos. Not to mention 'In the Hall of the Mountain King', though of course that isn't Metallica.

http://www.apocalyptica.com/home/

Excellent choice, treppenwitz.

(Cheah also has pretty nice musical credentials... Juilliard trained, etc. Impressive!)

Posted by: matlabfreak | Jan 22, 2006 8:10:24 PM

What a trip! I also thought "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" when the song opened, but that association is lost the further in you go...a blast of fresh sound. Thanks for the link!

Posted by: mcaryeh | Jan 23, 2006 9:02:19 PM

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