Dispatch from the Dark Horse

The Dark Horse, in many ways, is an air guitarist’s air guitar event. Last night 17 competitors gathered to compete, in the hopes of qualifying for one of the coveted remaining spots in the official U.S. Air Guitar Championships tomorrow night. This is the last-ditch effort to gain entry into the biggest air guitar competition […]

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Doctor’s Note

After my competition last week, I’ve had a little residual pain, although it’s hard to tell what’s air guitar-related and what is simply my body recovering from surgeries two weeks ago. My neck was extremely stiff, and my arms felt kind of sore. I went to the hematologist this morning to get blood work (in […]

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Air Guitar 2017: Finalizing My Edits, or Trying to Learn to Embody the Covers Amateur Musicians Posted on YouTube

I’ve realized that my air guitar performance will be deeply indebted to people, whose music I have borrowed and who will never know that I performed air guitar to their compositions in a Hard Rock Cafe in Boston. Those people are as follows: an amateur Japanese guitarist named Suzuto (w/ piano accompaniment from his friend Yuki), […]

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Organology of Virtual Instruments: On the Changing Size of Air Guitars

The size of an air guitar is in flux. For over 20 years, the official Air Guitar World Championships organization has hosted international air guitar competitions. During this time, the scale of these events has rapidly changed–from a marginal event existing alongside the Oulu music video festival to a cultural force (and source of tourism) in […]

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