Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Fallout!


  Now, now, now...What a fun gig on Friday!  With the first big show being broadcast over the "interwebs", YouTube stats tell me that we had 13 countries viewing!  I'm not sure if that was live, or right after the fact, but STILL, WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!


See, now, we all really are taking over the world!

Highlights included - accidentally dropping the vocal mic (a Shure SM57) right on my laptop, probably deafening anyone viewing the show and listening through headphones...Having the whole room clap along to the Johnny Cash A Boy Named Sue for the whole song!  I think everyone collaborated, and tried to see how fast they could get the beat to go, but I hung in there!...But the best event of all was having one of my guitar students join me onstage to play lead guitar for Tribute.  He played some awesome lead guitar, and totally rocked the house!

 It was so cool to have people joining in the festivities from literally across the world, across the room, and across town.  This video feature is wayyyyyy nifty!

Here's the video for those of you who missed it!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIZy9uZ2R-E 

Now, the sound quality isn't that great, but that's another project.  Improved audio shows coming soon!  I think I'll need to use an external mic.

THANK YOU, WORLD!  You were a great audience, and are comrades of mine!

- Josh

Friday, May 11, 2012

The Video Concert

Comrades, friends, and family!

  Boy, oh boy, I'm excited to bring you my first big video concert!  I'll be playing a hometown show in White Plains, MD, this evening, starting around 7:00 pm EST.  However, many of you have the great good fortune to live somewhere other than Charles County, and therefore won't be able to make it in person.  

  Sad you'll have to miss the show? Fear not!  I'll be broadcasting the whole thing over the Internet with the help of my trusty laptop, webcam, and Google +!  

Here's two ways to watch

1.  On my YouTube channel:  Go to http://www.youtube.com/user/Poodlemanjosh/feed (Or, go to my channel, poodlemanjosh, and click the "feed" tab.)  

2.  On my Google + page:  gplus.to/joshurban  click "Join Hangout" when you see it say "Josh is hanging out."  Note:  You'll need the (free) Google video plugin installed:  http://www.google.com/talk/  (It's the one on the left.)  

I recommend the hangout - the first 9 people to get in can interact!  And an unlimited number of people can watch.  I'll hear you clap, jeer, cheer, etc.  However, if you throw a tomato at me - that's your screen that you'll be bombing.  Ha!  

  Why only 9 people?  It's a feature of the group chat.  I didn't set it.  However, again,  an unlimited number of people can watch!

I'm very excited about how people from all over the world will be able to participate in any concert that is live on the web!  As a matter of fact, I got to call in to Andrew Apanov's presentation in Finland a few weeks ago.  Check out his post about the technology here, and see the video of the cameo!  http://dottedmusic.com/2012/features/google-hangout-on-air-for-musicians-explained-via-a-live-google-hangout/  

  Plus, note that the expression of "I'm so glad that guy's on a screen, and not in the same room with me" is universal, as displayed by some of the guys sitting in the audience.  Not to worry, good Finnish sirs!  I don't have a fighter plane...yet!  

See you comrades online soon!

- Josh