Archive for ‘Play on’

August 7, 2012

Time Out for Beauty: “Ode to Joy” Flashmobbed

Yes it’s a flashmob commercial and for Banco Sabadell, a Spanish bank. No doubt they need all the good PR they can get. No matter, ’tis lovely and moving. From Open Culture:

Earlier this summer, the bank brought together 100 musicians and singers from the Orchestra Simfonica del Valles,Amics de l’Opera de Sabadell,Coral Belles Arts, and Cor Lieder Camera to perform the anthem of the European Union — Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” from his Symphony No. 9. It all happens in the Plaça de Sant Roc in Sabadell, Spain, a little north of Barcelona.

via Open Culture

July 30, 2012

Garfunkel and Oates: Save the Rich

To listen to the .1 or .01% carp about how they can’t get their due respect for being in those august percentages can provoke amusement, but laughter can come from a little ditty, “Save the Rich,” by the Los Angeles comedy-folk duo Garfunkel and Oates. Youth will have its say as well as its day. You can see more at Enjoy.


March 23, 2011

Life, Art, Tech, Fame: Gaga@Google

Lady Gaga bares, if not all, then much of her life in front of a room full of Googlers. Candid, engaging, appreciative of her fans…and clearly too hip for the room including the interviewer, Google’s Marissa Mayer who can’t quite be herself in the presence of our current incarnation of fame. But Stefani (she and Gaga are one, we learn) clearly loves her fans who adore her – no matter that her “life as art” riffs land outside the algorithms of Google’s culture. If art anticipates the future, what does the phenomenon of the Lady Gaga foretell?