Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Blog blog blog, from Brasil!

Fresh from the street jams of Carnaval, Eklektro wishes you a Happy Phat Tuesday, Salvador Bahia style! This first bit is from a couple nights ago...

Salvador is a city of many flavors, so stay tuned... we've got much more music (coming soon).

Walking the streets with a camera is an experience in itself... and dancing makes for shaky shots, so cut us some slack and enjoy highlights from 4 hot nights in a spectacular colonial city in the tropical state of Bahia Brasil. Salvador goes OFF! Trios eletricos (sound-system trucks) and legions of parading percussion EVERYWHERE... Carnaval is best spent in either Rio or Salavador (or Recife... maybe next year). we chose Salvador since its more of a street-level affair than Rio's grandiose presentation. But all around the country, musicians of all levels prepare for months in anticipation of Carnaval's epic week. Samba schools hold open rehearsals, and the costume designers put the finishing touches on elaborate and incredibly colorful outfits for all performers. The eyes of my camera were happy and hungry all week :)

Marching drummers make their way through the crowd of revelers and pedestrians (Salvador)

And as always, you can check the latest videos, as well as the archives at:
Eklektro Breakbeat of the Week

Eklektro: eclectic electronics... everywhere!
over and out,
aka gReg

Monday, February 13, 2006

eklektro retro: Thailand... excelsious!

click to view part 1 of 2
Given the death of my DV camera in Thailand due to sea-spray n stuff, I never had a chance to capture and upload most of my best footage while on the road! By the time i got back to LA and had the camera repaired, summer was in full swing, and the tapes sat patiently awaiting my attention... for a year! So I'm back-dating this blog post to 2/13/05, roughly a year from the date of shooting. What follows is funny documentation of perhaps my most intensive attempt at "techno travel" to date. I brought 2 Powerbooks, a 3-chip cam, good mic, headphones, audio interface, lots of hard drives, etc etc etc, and a metal-mesh security lock system, all in a HUGE backpack... and made a mad dash outa' the LA rains... for the island of Koh Pha Ngan, Thailand... a little over a month after the tragic tsunami devastated the other side of the Thai peninsula. This did nothing more than cement my decision to go, as the Thai national economy surely needed the patronage more than ever! So I was heading out with an "as-long-as-possible" agenda... was gonna chill in a beachside bungalow and do LOTS of overdue writing and editing... and for the most part, and for 3 months... I did! Check the Eklektro site's Breakbeat page for "Rave Island", my vlog of the infamous Full Moon Party, from the perspective of "rave researcher"! Enjoy, and stay tuned for part 2.