Episode 2 will return shortly

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

UPDATE (11:30am, 11/23/07): The corrected version is now available in all formats. Enjoy!

For convenience, those links are here

The audio is out of synch for a portion of Episode 2, so I've removed it while I fix the error. It takes about 4 hours to render and 20 minutes or more to upload, so the corrected version won't be available until later tonight.

Sorry for the snafu, everybody!


UPDATE (2pm EST, 11/22/07): The corrected version is now available through the Our Media link below, and should also appear on iTunes subscriptions. (NOTE: according to Apple's podcasting FAQ, the iTunes Store only updates once a day, so the Taktaba page on iTunes doesn't show Episode 2 yet. However, if you subscribe to the podcast in iTunes, it will already be available for download.)

Episode 2: Long-Term Repetition (Finally!)

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First, I'd like to thank you all for your patience and support. Episode 2 was a long time (and a lot of work) in coming, and I hope you'll think it was worth the wait.

This episode deals with long-term repetition. That's repetition over the course of a song or an entire routine. We'll discuss:
- maximizing intellectual satisfaction by balancing length & complexity (with graphs!)
- maximizing emotional satisfaction by balancing frequency & drama (also with graphs!)
- using theme and variation to keep repeated elements fresh and interesting
- using the structure of your music to guide your repetition

In the process I'll be sharing:
- low-, medium-, and high-complexity combinations
- several ideas for medium- and high-drama movements
- combinations that demonstrate Theme & variation
- my "cheater's drop", a less intimidating alternative to the Turkish Drop
- a DIY exercise on working with your musical structure

This episode also includes performance clips by me, as well as by Badriya al Badi'a of Boston.


VIDEO:

This episode runs just over an hour, which is too long to fit on You Tube (due to their 10-minute limit), so I'm only posting the introduction there. All versions are formatted to be iPod-friendly.
- Our Media (full version, downloadable)
- Google Video (full version, viewable online and downloadable)
- YouTube (introduction only)


I've created an RSS feed on Feedburner, and you can now subscribe in iTunes.


MUSIC:

The music featured in this episode is from Belly Dancing for Fortune and Fame:
- Sala, Sala (the Taktaba theme song)
- Shisheler
- Drum Solo
- Mastika
- El Samer
Special thanks to Stella Grey for donating the use of this CD.


Update: 1/12/2008: If you've had trouble downloading this episode, try watching it in VLC. If it still fails, download the low-resolution version. The video quality isn't as good, but the smaller file size might help!

Update: 4/9/2008: The podcast DVDs have found a new home on Amazon:



You can also order directly from the manufacturer, CreateSpace.

 
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