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September 24, 2012

Today’s POTD is of the Panamanian exhibit at the MIM (Musical Instrument Museum). Panama holds a very dear place in my heart. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to visit there once a couple years ago due to the kindness of a very close friend. I spent most of the time in Panama City. It bussled like any other metro area. Seasoned, baked chicken with fried platano was a favorite of mine. During the weekend my friend showed me where she was from, a small town called Las Tablas. Her family was incredibly kind a hospitable to me. The people in general seemed very happy and friendly in the small towns.

MIM exhibit of Panama

Today’s MOTW is Amon Tobin. Amon is a Brazilian native and has been producing electronic music since 2002. Amon combines a unique mixture of electronic sounds with jazz and native Brazilian music. His song, Nova, was a remix of Bebel Gilberto’s, Samba de Bencao. If you are new to Amon’s work I recommend looking into these 3 songs first, Slowly, Big Furry Head, and Verbal. He recently released a new album called, “ISAM,” and is promoting it now on tour. The reason I chose Amon as this week’s MOTD is because of his collaboration with V Squared Labs. V Squared Labs is run by CEO and founder Vello Virkhaus. Vello and his team have been producing projection visuals for famous musicians during their concerts for a good amount of time now, but they have never produced anything like what they are producing with Amon currently. With the development of TouchDesigner software they are taking 3D projection to a whole new level and revolutionizing the concert experience all together (at least for electronic music so far). Through the kindness of another friend I will be seeing Amon play live in San Diego this Thursday, so I’m sure you can imagine what I will be posting about then 🙂 Below you will find a link to a recording from The Creators Project. Within it you will see exactly what I’m talking about in regards to 3D projection visuals. You will also get a rare look into how Amon collaborates with other artists. I hope you find it as inspiring as I do! Enjoy!


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