Blog Post Entry 4

In a recent New York Times article, long time band member of GWAR Dave Brockie was found dead in his home by police on Sunday. ┬áNo knows exactly why he had died. David Brockie was a member of the band for nearly thirty years. GWAR is known for their satirical and obscene lyrics towards their songs. According to the NYT, the band has been nominated twice for the Grammy Awards. One song named “Phallus in Wonderland” was nominated for best long form music video. Their other song “S.F.W.” was nominated for “best metal performance,” according to the Associated press. However, since the band was about to celebrate its 30th anniversary, the group is now on a complete hiatus until further noticed. GWAR just released their thirteenth studio album called “Battle Maximus,” which maybe the last final album of GWAR; however, details of that are still unknown. The band is also known for for costumes worn during stage performance. Dave Borckie was Oderus Urungus, a alien constume that he dressed up in during singing performances at GWAR concerts. Moreover, an old band mate named Cory Smoot, the lead guitarist for GWAR was found dead on the band’s tour bus in North Dakota back in 2011. Cory Smoot performed as Flattus Maximus. For more information on the death, visit the article at the link below.

Blog entry 3 Digital multitasking and music

For many of us humans, we seem to be distracted a lot. Since technology has been advancing and continues to advance to this day, many humans are subject to email, web, text, phone call, listening to music, etc. For example, we like to say that we are multitasking by doing one cognitive task and then deciding to listen to music at the same time. In an article published about a couple of months ago, many of the travelers who were facing delays at Newark-Liberty International Airport after the holiday season had something else better to do. The film “New Work: Newark in 3-D,” is a six minute film that was ran by Marylou and Jerome Bongiorno. The film is based on Charles Sheeler and Paul Strand’s 1921 film called Manhatta. Furthermore, Manhatta was filmed used music by artists from the Newark area; the film also had camera shots at strange angles. Yet, the film was in black and white giving a picture of what the Newark we now know today looked like a bit back then.