1. Gee whiz, I wish they still made extended commercials for appliances with dancing and wanton frolicking. Just...I don't even...(sputters)...c-c-customizable fridge panels? Fridge parties? Warp-fridges? Sideways ice-cube trays with LEVERS?!? I mean, COME ON! Can you imagine the commercials these folks would make for a modern blender???

    Track available here: tala-wallah.bandcamp.com/track/ta-ta-bla-bla-bla
    Go buy it for $1. Your fridge will thank you. Even if it doesn't have a warp-powered sideways-levered ice-cube delivery system.

    Read up on tabla here: 52kaidas.blogspot.com
    Tabla is almost as cool as a warp fridge.

    I originally wrote and recorded the music for a dance piece choreographed by Mitch Kirsch, a Cunningham dancer, so a randomly generated refrigerator theme is pretty much in the spirit, I think. AND...the rhythms are all made up of phrases of 5 and 7, so the discovery of a refrigerator dance video from 1957 was a pleasantly serendipitous happystance.

    Ta-KaDhin- 5
    Ta-Dhin-TaDhin- 7
    See?

    AND, the person I kept thinking about while making this video has 5 letters in her first name (Freya) and 7 in her last (Sargent). "oooooOOOoooo" Hi Freya! -waves-

    Those music people you were hearing are:
    Ed Hanley on tabla, voice and programming
    Parmela Attariwala on viola and or violin
    Debashis Sinha on riqq
    Suba Sankaran on vocals

    Those videos you were seeing are all from the Prelinger Archives, are public domain and were super fun to edit (err...what does this 'composite mode' do...duuuude no way).

    off to search 'blender' in the Prelinger Archives.... (swoosh)

    ok...the warp part isn't really in the original video. But it totally could have been.

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  2. The lovechild of Sita Sings the Blues and Charanjit Singh. A tabla solo in Jhaptal* from the blog 52 Kaidas.
    This track was created from scratch. No samples were used in the audio.
    More info & making-of liner notes here: 52kaidas.blogspot.ca/2012/08/ten-talas-to-disco-beat-jhaptal.html

    Audio track available here: tala-wallah.bandcamp.com/track/jhaptal

    Here's a video of me playing this live in a movie theatre! youtube.com/watch?v=k3bpMsyCwsw

    The Charanjit Singh tune that inspired it all: youtube.com/watch?v=NUqnPYwoiF4

    Source video: Sita Sings the Blues by Nina Paley
    sitasingstheblues.com/
    Creative commons license: creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/

    *Jhaptal: a 10 beat rhythmic cycle. The project is to do 10 tracks (& videos), each in a different Tala (rhythm cycle).

    Ed Hanley: tabla, recording, programming, audio and video editing and mixing
    Dylan Bell: keyboards
    Mastered by Andy Krehm and Silverbirch Mastering

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  3. Yeah, that's right. The 'LR' in 'LRO' stands for 'Lucknow Rela'.

    A tabla solo in tintal (16 beats) with dilruba, fretless bass and a teensy bit of programming.

    Track available here: tala-wallah.bandcamp.com/track/tabla-in-space

    Original track available here: tala-wallah.bandcamp.com/track/funky-lucknow-rela

    Notes on the music: 52kaidas.blogspot.ca/2010/08/farukhabad-chalan-kaida-punjab-kaida.html (Lucknow Rela, 4th track)

    Ed Hanley: tabla, recording, programming, audio and video editing and mixing
    George Koller: dilruba, electric bass
    Mastered by Andy Krehm at Silverbirch Mastering

    Source video:
    Sun (Solar Dynamics Observatory): helioviewer.org/
    Moon: nasa.gov/multimedia/videogallery/index.html?media_id=95326341

    Mars (Spirit Rover), Neptune (Hubble Space Telescope), Earth (Space Station), Moon (Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter aka LRO) footage from:
    NASA Multimedia: nasa.gov/multimedia/index.html
    NASA Goddard Scientific Visualization Studio: svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/index.html

    Explosions:
    Sita Sings the Blues by Nina Paley
    sitasingstheblues.com/
    Creative Commons License: creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/
    AWESOME movie. You can watch it for free...

    This started out as a series of sketches and experiments to learn keyframe animation and masking in Finalcut, working towards another project. I needed music to edit to, and once I added the audio, I couldn't leave it unfinished.

    and yes, that is George Koller in a Space Shuttle jumpsuit he bought in the gift shop at Cape Canaveral....

    Swigert: 'Okay, Houston, we've had a problem here.'
    Houston: 'This is Houston. Say again please.'
    Lovell: 'Houston, we've had a problem. We've had a main B bus tabla solo.'
    Houston: ' O_o...what are you guys smoking up there? '

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  4. The future of Tablavision technology is here! The cats at Tala-Wallah Cathode Ray Science present the astounding: 'Tabla-Matic Tuning model 2161'. If tabla is your bag (and it should be) then this is the scene for you!

    Just think! Without budging from your easy chair, you can turn your new Tabla-Matic set on, off, or change channels! You can even shut off those annoying commercials! Just a flash of light does it*! So take 5, kick off your zoot suit and get fractured, boogie man! It's supermurgitroidally out of this world! Hey Mommy-O and Daddy-O, dig this: There are no cords or wires even! Capable of all rhythmic resolutions from 3 to 128 beats! It will astound you, and provide hours of entertainment for the whole family! Fully compatible with the model 420 Kaleido-percept-o-tron stereo-enhanca-matic.

    *Absolutely harmless to humans.

    This is a Public Domain/CC BY-SA service announcement brought to you by the finger-zingers, skins players and tab-slappers at Tala-Wallah Studios, and remember:

    Tabla is Good for You!

    You can download the air check of the hot plate from this screenshow here: tala-wallah.bandcamp.com/track/dha-dhatidhatidhadhadhinna

    You hep cats should jitterbug over to the 52 Kaidas crib for the whole scoop: 52kaidas.blogspot.com/

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  5. An idea I've had kicking around for awhile. My first stop motion-y thing-a-mabob.

    and Hey! March 1-31, 2013 i'm doing an audio-visual-creation-installation-resid­ency (aka 'Artsy Thing') at:
    Arcadia Art Gallery
    680 Queens Quay West
    Toronto

    Check ed-hanley.com for hours and details.

    This is a kaida I learned from Pandit Suresh Talwalkar in Pune. It is a FANTASTIC kaida for practice.

    DhageTeteKeTa TeteKeTa TeteTeteKeTa
    DhaTeteKeTa DhatiDhagena DhageThunnakena

    (Ta=na, and 2 finger Tete)

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