Boston

Walking around Boston with my point and shoot. I was there for only one day, but this city surely looks nice!

The skyline:

Boston skyline

Buildings on Charles st:

Charles st. Boston

Statue of George Washington riding, at the Boston Public Garden:

George Riding - Boston Public Garden

A Bostonian dove on the Longfellow Bridge

Bostonian dove

Park st. Church

Park st. Church

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Drawing in different styles

I have been inspired by some of the amazing drawings / paintings by vinyleraser and lolweltschmerz to get some stuff done after not doing anything for some time. Just for fun I tried to draw in different styles, and here are the results. I will probably continue working on some / all of them.

1. Athena – drawn in a more “conventional” way. I draw this one on a paper that is 45.7 X 30.4 cm, so the full drawing did not fit the scanner.

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2. Hera – I tried to do this one in a more geometrical fashion.

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3. Atlas – scribbling fast

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4. A secret – The intention was to do something similar to a vector drawing, though not sure I succeeded!

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iPad3 – video

After being laptop-less for some time I finally succumbed today to the temptation and got the new iPad. I have been fooling around with it for the whole day and I already have a headache from using it non stop. Since I am not planning to do a review I will only say that I am quite happy with it, though there are things I still have to get used to.
So, after spending way too much time looking at apps and add ons for my new toy I decided to give its video recorder a try. I played Lagrima on the guitar, from the Spanish composer Tarrega. I had not played this one for years, so I hope the notes and timing are not completely off (I do not have the music staff with me)
I did not adjust anything after the recording, so the image, the sound etc is exactly what the iPad captured. I made this in low light, so overall it does a pretty decent job. The image is a bit tilted because I put the iPad on a music stand, so it was not perfectly horizontal. That is right, I just played record and did it right away, not worrying too much about the details.
After recording the Tarrega piece I made a bizarre song using a music app and the internal microphone on the iPad, but perhaps I will post that one some other time. I felt I could not post that here out of respect for Tarrega!

Buenos Aires (III)

Last day in Buenos Aires. I went for a short stroll in the neighborhood of Belgrano – pictures taken (again) with my point and shoot.
Balcony (near Juramento avenue):

balcony, near Juramento Avenue

Museo Larreta – Colonial house from the 19th century turned into a museum of Spanish art (from the Renaissance to the Baroque period in Spain):

Museo Larreta, garden

Museo Larreta – Balcony:

Museo Larreta balcony

Chinatown in Belgrano:

China Town - Belgrano

Shostakovich (Third String Quartet)


Composed shortly after World War II (and dealing precisely with its horrors and anxieties), the 3rd quartet from Shostakovich, seems to contain every possible human emotion. This quartet starts all innocent and playful, then it hits you with a hammer in the head on the 3rd movement. Some people claim that Helter Skelter was the song that originated Heavy Metal, but I prefer to consider the part played by the cello in the 3rd movement the first example of a “Heavy Metal” riff. I love the intensity of all the instruments, but the aggresiveness of the cello is just incredible.

Shostakovich was always walking on thin ice during the regime of Stalin, having to apologize again and again whenever his music was deemed too dissonant or “modern” (he had to apologize for this quartet too). It was a delicate balance between being true to his art and genius but having at the same time to please Stalin and the Party.

This movement had the title “The forces of war unleashed”, but Shostakovich removed the titles from all the movements later.

On a side note, the version I always listen to is by the Emerson String Quartet, and there is a video of them in Youtube, but I like how these guys are really into it.

The (False) Vampire

Edvard Munch did not call this painting “The Vampire”, but somebody else did (I think it was a critic / friend of his, though I have not got my Munch book with me right now). I don’t know why people still call it The Vampire, maybe it is because of the whole emo-vampire lame books and movies that pollute our World (I am not including the  Swedish “Let the right one in” in this list, since that movie is awesome). I think he called this one “Love and Pain”, though to be fair he did not dislike the vampire interpretation of his friend.

This is what Munch said about this painting in a diary (I got the text from here, though I am almost sure it is slightly different from the one I have in my book about Munch):

He laid his head against her breast – he could feel the blood coursing through her veins – he listened to her heartbeat – he felt two burning lips on his neck – it sent a shudder through him – a shiver of desire – so that he clasped her tightly to him.

Munch used to say that it was just a painting about a woman kissing a man. Maybe it was “just” about that, but as is often the case with Munch, the scene looks rather disturbing.

Climax For A Ghost Story

Climax For A Ghost Story, by I.A. Ireland (*) (1919)

“How eerie!” said the girl, advancing cautiously. “–And what a heavy door!” She touched it as she spoke and it suddenly swung to with a click.
“Good Lord!” said the man. “I don’t believe there’s a handle inside. Why, you’ve locked us both in!”
“Not both of us. Only one of us,” said the girl, and before his eyes she passed straight through the door, and vanished.

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