Neil Young Busking in Glasgow, Scotland, 1976

Neil Young Busking in Glasgow, Scotland, 1976.

This is an old video of Canadian folk legend Neil Young busking outside the Glasgow Central Railway Station in 1976.  It’s pretty old, but it’s still cool!

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A Bit of a Heads Up

Hello all,

As you may have guessed, I haven’t been able to put up many posts as of late.  I was really hoping to keep this going, and perhaps even improve it.  What I didn’t count on, however, was the fact that I won’t be in New York after the end of the semester.

As I said in my About Me page, I am a grad student, but I also live in student residence while I’m studying.  When there’s a semester break, I live in New Jersey.  Now, normally I would jump at more chances to visit the city, but with money being tight and all, I just don’t see that happening.

Therefore, I will be limiting my posts to a few times a week.  Obviously, there won’t be much in the way of documenting performances, but I will definitely try my best to give you all the latest busking news, busking facts, and busking events.

Please don’t misunderstand; this project will still be going on.  I’m just limiting some of the time I’m putting into it for now.  Come late January, I’m definitely gonna be doing more.

To those of you who have been keeping up with this, thank you so much!

Jayden joins busking cast – the-press | Stuff.co.nz

This is a really cool story.  Jayden Trinh, a seven-year-old from Dunedin, New Zealand, joins the cast of the World Buskers’ Festival in Christchurch next month.  He only just turned seven, but he has already made a name for himself as an accomplished busker, and has performed in Singapore, Sydney, and even visiting cruise ships in Dunedin.

Read more about it on the link below:

Jayden joins busking cast – the-press | Stuff.co.nz.

Urban Instruments

Sound of the City Streets is mainly focused on buskers, but occasionally I like to shift my focus on urban instruments.  These are installations that create music through either physical interaction or some other stimuli.  One good example of urban instruments is REACH: New York.

REACH is an installation in New York’s 34 St – Herald Square subway station that makes different tones based on who is “playing” it.  When you put your hand over one of the open ports, a motion sensor picks up that movement and produces a tone.

This is the brainchild of Christopher Janney, founder of PhenomenArts, Inc..  You can see more of his urban instruments at his website.