Gamma Ray Performed by German Rock Band Birth Control

Watch this video with german rock band Birth Control performing the tune Gamma Ray, one of their most successfull songs. This is a concert from the 1970s and belongs to what people outside of Germany called Krautrock, referring to Kraut which is typical german food.
The band played in the progressive rock tradition and in this video clip is performing a concert for the german television channel WDR which organized yearly rock concerts for live transmission throughout the late seventies and early eighties. This version of the song shows only the first part of the song, usually there would begin a drum solo when this clip ends …

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Pink Floyd’s Song Wish You Were Here Guitar Lesson

Watch this video clip featuring the first part of four that help guitar players to learn this song on the guitar. The lesson will show you how to play everything, solo guitar and chords. The teacher is very pacient with his students and explains all details.
He shows us how to move the fingers of the left hand over the frets of the neck. It is of great help because it also shows the right strokes for the right hand. Of course, right hand and left hand roles depend on the individual player, most of the people play this way, but it might be the other way around.
Pink Floyd released this song on their album with the same title. This album became very popular and the song is one of the best known Pink Floyd songs among the younger people.
You will find the other three parts of the song on youtube.

The Chemical Brothers play Surface to Air – Pop Style Experimental Music

This is a music video with the electronic music of the Chemical Brothers who are performing their song Surface to Air. Electronic music is a term with different concepts associated to it: basically we refer to electronic music as modern concert music in the academic style but also to a rapidly increasing number of pop music bands and pieces.
In the beginning of the electronic music era, the sounds were produced experimentally and by huge machines. Karheinz Stockhausen was one of the first composers who experimented with electronically produced sounds, which weren’t necessarily sounds produced by synthesizers. Different composition methods were used to enrich the classical techniques. One possibility was to cut parts of recorded music (which could be conventional music) and rearrange the pieces of tape into arbitrary orders, obtaining surprising result which were not always wellcome by the audiences. Some portions of the tapes even were put together reversed, sounding from the end to the beginning. Nowadays this can be achieved through a simply clic in almost any modern music composition compute software.
On the other hand, at the beginning of electronic music it seemed to be interesting just to obtain naturally sounding synthesized instruments. Music instruments included sound banks with synthesized violins, guitars, trumpets and all the other conventional instruments. And some of the synthesized voices sounded and still sound great, perfectly imitating the original instruments’ sounds.
The development of electronics has made it possible to pack a whole symphony orchestra into a portable keyboard. The resulting type of synthesizers with sound banks of this kind would have been a nice thing to have for the classical composers like Bach or Mozart and the rest and allow modern academic composers to compose with the voices of the different orchestra sections.
We wouldn’t call the corresponding music experimental music which involves new sounds beyond the traditional material for composers. Here enter new methods and techniques for synthesis and assembling, for example the approach of the greek architect and composer Ianis Xenakis who invented an instrument which could be used to transform drawings into music, to mention just one example of new composition techniques.
Then, electronic music became a part of the progessive rock music bands’ repertoire. It was popularized by bands like Pink Floyd and many others who integrated sound effects into their songs, or by bands and artists like Tangerine Dream or Mike Oldfield, for example, who performed music based almost completely on synthesizers. The Chemical Brothers followed this direction and became popular more than 20 years after the first bands introduced electronic compositions, many of them using serial composition methods.
We are aware that this is only a rough introduction to electronic music and we invite you to use the tag cloud and categories of this blog to learn more about this kind of music. You might also want to visit a page about experimental music with examples of new invented music instruments and other experimental approaches.
To finish this article we just want to mention that experimental music hasn’t necessarily to do with electronic music, there are other possibilities, for example transforming objects well known from our usual environment into musical artifacts. Keep looking around and listen to as much different kinds of music as possible, not everything will mean a pleasure to you but some extra-academic and modern compositions will be of interest for you.

Frank Zappa Performing Inca Roads with some Original Claymation and Overdubs

This video clip shows Frank Zappa performing Inca Roads live on stage and has some fantastic claymation (= animation with clay) work included. The noises from the claymation part seem to bother some people on youtube, however, this is great work and worth listening to. If you don’t get it the first time, listen to it again! We’re sure you will fully appreciate it after a couple of times listening. Frank Zappa is accompanied here by Ian and Ruth Underwood on the vibraphone, George Duke on piano, Chester Thompson on drums and Napoleon Murphy Brock on flute and tenor saxophone. There should be no doubt about the musical quality of this video though. Zappa was always experimenting and open to discover new horizons and this yuxtaposition of the live performance and the claymation is a great example of it. The animation was added by Frank Zappa personally to the live gig from 1974 and originally appears on the Dub Room Special video. Those of the listeners who don’t like the sound effects of the claymation overdubbed on the live show should either respect Frank Zappa’s will or write their own music, I would like to see if they can do better in terms of original creativity which were some of Zappa’s most important and characteristic propperties. Of course, our society is designed to hate originality and creativity and trained to listen to crap like Britney Spears or Thalia, precisely because this kind of ‘stars’ don’t do anything original or creative, they just repeat standard approved formulas that fit into any living room form Chicago to Tokio without questioning the validity of these formulas in musical and much more in artistic terms. Lullabies for the working masses, keeping them brainwahedly doped. Does anybody remember Frank Zappa’s great and always entertaining stuff about the brain police on his first albums?
Frank Zappa was, in the first place, an artist. It is incredible to see how the clay figures change their appearance over and over again, how things flow, just like ever changing reality where the only stable thing is change itself.
If you like to watch more videos and music of Frank Zappa, please visit http://www.fiesta-musical.com/english/Frank-Zappa.php.

Can – German Electronic Music Band Playing Chain Reaction

Can is a german electronic music band from the early days of this rock music genre. Watch this video with the song Chain Reaction, music from 1974. You will listen to music which could be a production from the present days, however, this german rock group did this more than 30 years ago. It is avant-garde music even though Karlheinz Stockhausen, one of the most important composers experimenting with electronic and synthetic sounds, didn’t get very excited when he listened to the music of Can. That’s just because they belong to the field of rock music while Stockhausen belongs to what is called ‘serious music’ or concert music.
The german group was not very popular due to the experimental character of their music, but they had and have their audience. In fact, the music is quite interesting, specially if you consider the time it was made. There weren’t many computers out there…
The song of this video is from the album Soon Over Babaluma which contains interesting elements. It is full of ethnomusicology experiments that would become hugely popular in rock music of the 80s as well as proto dance, techno, big beat music that would become tremendously popular in the 90s. Fortunately the band is still known among the musicians who are interested in quality music and sound exploration and many bands of the 80s and 90s mention Can as a band that has influenced their music.
For those of you who would like to watch more videos with music of the german avant-garde rock music band Can, we recommend a visit to the fiesta-musical.com site where you can find clips with the band performing live on stage as well as documentary videos about their work.

National Treasure Frank Zappa performing live on stage

Frank Zappa and his band are performing the song City of Tiny Lights on this video. All the members of the band show their instrumental skills and offer an exceptional performance of musicianship. As always, Frank Zappa plays the guitar in his very personal style, soloing and throwing in some short notes from time to time.
If you would like to listen to more of Frank Zappa’s music we invite you to visit the fiesta-musical.com website where you can find more videos of Frank Zappa performing and interviewed. This site also offers videos of other performers like jazz musicians, rock bands, classical music performers both lieve on stage and in interviews as well as in documentary videos. Get a good insight into the entertainment business.

Frank Zappa Ronald Reagan Hairdress and Documentary Video

This video shows Frank Zappa at work in different situations ranging from the making of a music video to working with a 25 performers symphony orchestra that is putting on stage his compositions. It has some interesting parts about the appearance of Ronald Reagan’s hairdress in the mentioned clip. For people interested in more of Frank Zappa’s work: go and visit http://www.fiesta-musical.com where you will find video clips of Frank Zappa playing his music, interviews and appearances on tv shows