Archive for November, 2009

Update on David Wells’ new piece for Works in Progress ’09

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

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On Ensemble met with friend and fellow taiko fanatic, David Wells, to learn the brand-new piece he has composed for our upcoming concert!  So far, it’s an all-accoustic, drum-focused piece with a mellow groove and jazz-ensemble-style arrangement. It’s going to be great!  Thank you David for your work on the piece and for collaborating with us for its grand debut!

On Ensemble Goes Blues?

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

Kelvin has been down to LA a few times now to work on new songs for our “Works In Progress ’09” concert on December 12.  We have all sorts of new stuff that’s fun and challenging.  I’ve actually pulled out my old bass for this concert.  It’s been so long, but I miss it.  Here is a clip of Kelvin’s new song with him on vocals and guitar, Kris on taiko, and me on drumset.

Kelvin’s song clip

On Ensemble goes rock

Friday, November 13th, 2009

Quite literally actually.  Sam has started shooting our “Yamasong” short film/music video being produced for the Handmade Puppet Dreams film festival.  The four of us will be making cameos in the film as four floating rock heads.  We got to see some test footage and it looks fantastic.  Sam’s vision is really starting to come together and I’m really looking forward to seeing the finished film. Ayumi and Brent have been documenting the process with some great photos and I’ve posted some of them below.

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Work in Progress: Engine Room

Friday, November 6th, 2009

One of the pieces I’m working on for our upcoming Works in Progress concert is called “Engine Room”. It’s a piece for two people and it’s played on special drum pads affixed with contact microphones.

I’ve been building prototypes of the pads and I met with On Ensemble’s good friend and all-around-amazing-gentleman, Charlie Campagna, recently to get his input. We tried applying a number of electronic and acoustic effects. Charlie was really helpful and I’m excited about the sound we’re getting. Check it out!

DIY Trailer Home – Nov 2009 Update

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

We have chosen a name for the trailer home Hiro and I are designing with RGON architecture.

Shoebox House

We’ve begun the mechanical design phase, one of the more precarious stages of the project.  This is where we take the basic room layout from the “schematic design” phase and figure out how it will actually work mechanically.  As the first-ever collapsible, 2-story mobile home, we face a number of significant technical challenges.  The good news is that I’ve received interest from a number of trailer manufacturers for fabrication of the chassis.

Wish us luck!

Here is a short video RGON made showing a rough concept of the Shoebox House frame!

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