MySpace Creates "Artist on Artist" Video Series

060321_katt_williams_1MySpace.com has announced the launch of a new profile community for the site's "Artist-On-Artist" series, featuring exclusive video clips acclaimed artists interviewing other cultural icons, actors, athletes, filmmakers, musicians, and other artists. Check out the premier interview with comedian Katt Williams.

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Great SciFi Cover Art of '06

The_raft__snowcrash_by_ario_1Here's the Locus Online Best of 2006 SciFi cover art and authors. Cast your vote. Some of our staff favorites included John Ridley's What Fire Cannot Burn,  Paul Levisnon's The Plot to Save Socrates, Greg Bear Blood Music, Amanda Hemingway's The Sword of Straw, Dean Koontz Odd Man, Ray Bradbury's Homecoming, and Kim Newman's The Man from the Diogenes Club. Check out the 500+ covers:  Link


Sundance '07 Film Clips on YouTube

050121_sundance_b_1Coverage of the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, which begins this week at its Park City and Sundance Resort locations, will include a Sundance Channel-branded area on YouTube that will host a range of video clips including "Festival Dailies,” profiles of filmmakers in competition at the Festival, archival video clips from past Festivals and in-depth coverage of the Festival by YouTube users. New content will be published each day of the Sundance Film Festival and will be featured prominently on YouTube.

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Daily McGuffin: Japanese Kodo Drummers

Check out this YouTube Video of Japanese Kodo drummers. They bring the ancient and time-honored traditions of Japan to their explosive performance, representing the best of Taiko drumming.

Kododet The Japanese word "Kodo" conveys two meanings: First, "heartbeat," considered the primal source of all rhythm. The sound of the great taiko drum is said to resemble a mother's heartbeat as heard in the womb. Secondly, the characters of the word “Kodo” can mean "children of the drum," a reflection of Kodo's desire to play their drums simply, with the heart of a child.

Kodo’s performance includes pieces based on the traditional rhythms of regional Japan (O-daiko, Yatai-bayashi, Miyake, Yamauta, Nishimonai), pieces composed for Kodo primarily use Miya-daiko and Shime-daiko (drums whose shell consists of one solid piece of hollowed-out wood) as well as Oke-daiko (drums whose shell is constructed out of a number of separate wood planks).

The shell of the large O-daiko is made from the trunk of a large, African Bubinga tree, and its heads, each measuring over one meter in diameter, are made from cow hide. The weight of the drum together with the stand, yatai, on which it rests is a staggering 882 lbs.

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