U2 Streams Big on Youtube

October 27th, 2009, 2:37 pm by Sara

According the Spinner, Sunday’s U2 show at the Rose Bowl drew 2.5 million web viewers.

You can watch the concert here in its entirety, all 2 hours and 21 minutes. It’s a little jerky (and forget about full screen mode unless you want to view a slideshow) but compelling nonetheless, and, you know, they’ve got some pretty good songs.


Music fest on your computer

August 27th, 2009, 10:21 am by Greg

Can’t afford the flight out to San Francisco for the Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival this weekend?

Well then, just turn on your computer.

YouTube will be streaming the festival live from SF’s historic Golden Gate Park to viewers in the U.S. The live webcast will be featured on youtube.com/outsidelands from Friday-Sunday, August 28-30. The festival coverage will include performances from Dave Matthews Band, Jason Mraz, Thievery Corporation, the Dead Weather, Silversun Pickups, Raphael Saadiq, Cage the Elephant, Atmosphere and many others.

This marks the first time that YouTube has streamed a major event live on its website.

Song of the Week: In Bb 2.0 – Remixable Video Music

July 2nd, 2009, 2:45 pm by Sara

My friend Jeff Sampson sent this link – a set of Youtube videos (including a banjo played with an ebow!!) that create infinite permutations of a collaborative musical creation. The results are enchanting, and it’s amazing to me how all of these disparate tracks manage to work together to create these endless soundscapes.

In Bb 2.0


Here’s an excerpt from Darren Solomon’s FAQ:

Q. How did you come up with the idea for In Bb?

A. I was making a site with embedded YouTube videos (as a complement to this blog post) when I realized that YouTube doesn’t stop the user from running more than one video at a time. I was curious to see if there was a musical way to explore that concept, so I recorded some instrumental videos and eventually came up with In Bb v1.

Q. Who wrote the music of In Bb?

A. Interesting question! I think the traditional concept of authorship doesn’t really apply here. You wrote it, the participants wrote it, I wrote it. For lack of a better idea, if you need to credit the music, it would probably be best to say “by inbflat.net”.

Q. Is In Bb a tribute to Terry Riley?

A. Absolutely. Terry Riley is one of my favorite composers. Songs For The Ten Voices Of The Two Prophets is a desert island disc for me.

Oh but wait there’s more (apologies to the late Billy Mays) Darren Solomon, the creator of in Bb, is also the producer and writer behind Science For Girls, a melange of jazz, electronica and Brazillian that is waaaaaaay cool, well produced, fantastic vocals, catchy…

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