Archive for June, 2009

Musea Art Contest 6/29/09

June 29, 2009

The answer to, and winner (if any) for, our last contest question of:

Matisse and Picasso were both rivals and great friends. They were also arguably the best artists of the century. Each influenced the other more than the other would admit. Let’s go back in time. Picasso just unveiled his new picture, the groundbreaking masterpiece that would change the world of art forever, “Les Demoiselles, d’Avignon”. What was Matisse’s reaction when he first saw the work?

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(After seeing the work) “Matisse and Leo Stein burst out laughing and mocked Picasso’s incoherent attempts to explain his intentions.” (from a letter to Kahnweiler of June 1912. Interpreting Matisse Picasso, by Cowling). Ouch!

We had no winner, Seems y’all’s brains were in a cubist condition!

I don’t dumb down, so please wise up.

Now on to a new Q.: Win a copy of my NEW cd CALLED ‘30′! – (first anti-band CD) or my NEWER cd CALLED ‘NEXT” or my NEWEST cd CALLED ‘THIRDS” (May ‘07) or my NOW RELEASED cd CALLED ‘FOUR-TH’ Hunkasaurus.com (has them all plus videos and more) if you are the first to e-mail me at THIS NEW ADDRESS: tom-hendricks@att.net with the correct answer to this art question*

With all those summer blockbusters, we have this question. What’s the name of a device that lets a person drive a puppet from a distance? For extra credit what’s it named after?

Good luck! Readers,

IF you like these puzzles and would like to resend them to friends, post them on any newsgroup, or any website, please do so. The more the merrier! For tons of past quizzes go to, the musea website at musea.us or the Musea blog at musea.wordpress.com And don’t forget the music/videos at hunkasaurus.com http://www.Myspace.com/Musead (New Friends welcome) http://www.youtube.com/TomHendricksMusea (all my videos) Tom Hendricks (editor of the 16 year old zine Musea)

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Musea E-mail Club #476 Suing Your Best Customers

June 23, 2009

Readers, I want you to compare these two news articles:

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Jury-rules-against-Minn-woman-apf-510228957.html?x=0&sec=topStories&pos=main&asset=&ccode=

The first “Jury Rules Against Minn. Woman in Download Case” tells about how one woman was fined $1.92 million for file sharing. She ‘willfully violated the copyrights on 24 songs’ and is fined $80,000 per song! This award is an outrage. Can you imagine anyone doing less harm, paying more? The Big Four, Warner, Universal, EMI, and Sony, were all involved in the lawsuit. They control 80% of the music business. I think this tactic of suing customers makes them look even more greedy and out of touch, then most think they are now.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2347258,00.asp

Then compare that with this article, “The RIAA Has Got to Stop”. It shows that file sharing has been the main reason why customers buy recordings! “Those who freely download music from file-sharing sites and elsewhere buy ten times more music… than people who do not participate in file-sharing systems.”

Comments welcome Tom Hendricks (editor of the 16 year old zine Musea)

Musea Art Contest 6/22/09

June 22, 2009

(Read directions to play)

The answer to, and winner (if any) for,
our last contest question of:

Who invented the first sound recording devise, and what was recorded? Clue it wasn’t Edison like we thought.

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Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville invented the phonautograph. And on April 9, 1860 he recorded someone singing “Au Clair de la Lune”. You can hear it here:

Edison’s invention was not till 1877.

We had one winner, D. from Brownsville, Texas.
Seems the rest of you just kept silent!

I don’t
dumb down,
so please
wise up.

Now on to a new Q.:

Win a copy of
my NEW cd CALLED ‘30′! – (first anti-band CD) or
my NEWER cd CALLED ‘NEXT”
or my NEWEST cd CALLED ‘THIRDS” (May ‘07)
or my NOW RELEASED cd CALLED ‘FOUR-TH’
Hunkasaurus.com (has them all plus videos and more)

if you are the first to e-mail me at THIS NEW ADDRESS:
tom-hendricks@att.net
with the correct answer to this art question*

Matisse and Picasso were both rivals and great friends. They were also arguably the best artists of the century. Each influenced the other more than the other would admit. Let’s go back in time. Picasso just unveiled his new picture, the groundbreaking masterpiece that would change the world of art forever, “Les Demoiselles, d’Avignon”. What was Matisse’s reaction when he first saw the work?

Readers, IF you like these puzzles and would
like to resend them to friends, post them on any
newsgroup, or any website, please do so.
The more the merrier!
For tons of past quizzes go to,
the musea website at musea.us
or the Musea blog at musea.wordpress.com
And don’t forget the music/videos at hunkasaurus.com
http://www.Myspace.com/Musead (New Friends welcome)
http://www.youtube.com/TomHendricksMusea (all my videos)

Musea Art Contest 6/16/09

June 16, 2009

The answer to, and winner (if any) for,

our last contest question of:

  

To boost ratings and keep from closing, this 1835 American Newspaper started a series of article about creatures on the moon. The first told of an astronomer looking through the world’s newest and biggest telescope. (Later they wrote that the telescope was 200 feet across  and weighed 14,826 pounds). He saw rivers and a tropical jungle. The initial article left the reader there. Then followups filled in the fictional gaps. The articles were a sensation! Name the paper

 

 

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The New York Sun. The first story appeared August 25,1835. Each issue in the series explained more and more about the Moon civilization and people loved it.

I had no winner. Seems everyone went to the Moon … but none came back!

I don’t
dumb down,
so please
wise up.

Now on to a new Q.:

Win a copy of
my NEW cd CALLED ‘30′! – (first anti-band CD) or
my NEWER cd CALLED ‘NEXT”
or my NEWEST cd CALLED ‘THIRDS” (May ‘07)
or my NOW RELEASED cd CALLED ‘FOUR-TH’
Hunkasaurus.com (has them all plus videos and more)

if you are the first to e-mail me at THIS NEW ADDRESS:
tom-hendricks@att.net
with the correct answer to this art question*

Who invented the first sound recording devise, and what was recorded? Clue it wasn’t Edison like we thought.

Readers, IF you like these puzzles and would
like to resend them to friends, post them on any
newsgroup, or any website, please do so. 
The more the merrier!
For tons of past quizzes go to, 
the musea website at musea.us
or the Musea blog at musea.wordpress.com
And don’t forget the music/videos at hunkasaurus.com
http://www.Myspace.com/Musead  (New Friends welcome)
http://www.youtube.com/TomHendricksMusea (all my videos)

Musea E-mail Club #475 New Guitar Style

June 15, 2009

Readers,

This e-mail is about my guitar playing. I think I’ve developed an original style in this area and I wanted to tell you about it.
Most singer/songwriters do one of two methods of playing the guitar. They either strum chords while singing, or finger pick a certain pattern while they sing.
  
My history is that of a lead electric guitar player in a number of combos from the 60’s on. So I love that classic rock and roll sound with that passionate mix of rhythm and melody. For me simple chording or finger picking is ok – and I play both styles on some songs for more variety – but I wanted to do more.

So, when I began playing my standard Silvertone guitar (Pet Dog Guitar), I began to develop a style where I play everything all at once. There is some bass lines, then some rhythm chording, then some lead – all on the same guitar – all at one time. It gives an exciting mix of guitar styles, and it enhances the vocals.

If I’ve done what I’ve tried to do then you’ll hear a song with one guitar part that is every bit the equal of the vocal. It also does everything a band does. But unlike a band each part is pared down to only the essentials. And that part, rhythm, lead, bass, is only played when it helps the drama or sweep of the song.

I think it’s a pretty dynamic way of playing, and I don’t really hear anyone else doing anything quite like it. Here are some samples.

The first is the rock classic Secret Agent Man.
http://www.hunkasaurus.com/next.html

Remember there is only one guitar – there are no overdubs or multi tracks on the guitar. Note the spy medley at the top and the lead at the end. That was fun to record.

The next is an instrumental called Juggernaut.
http://www.hunkasaurus.com/thirds.html

Again this is just one guitar – no overdubs. And note that the playing is all over the guitar with a bit of the sitar style in the middle.

And finally another instrumental. They show off the guitar the most. It’s called Grand Sweep.
Here we’ve got a big romantic sound out of a single guitar

Enjoy, and I welcome polite comments.


Tom Hendricks 
(editor of the 16 year old zine Musea)


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