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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Karaoke Exhibit at Towson University

On Thursday (February 16), I had the honor of hosting a panel in Towson University’s Center for the Arts, where some of the most distinguished KJs in the D.C./Baltimore area shared their expertise. Collectively, the KJs represented nearly 150 years of karaoke hosting experience with clients ranging from Wolf Blitzer to the Philippine Festival at the Maryland State […]

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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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Dissecting Airistotle: Towards a Vocabula(i)ry for Analyzing Air Guitar Choreography

Musical gestures are an important part of the way we hear sounds. My 99-year-old grandmother taps her toes, when she hears Perry Como. My father—a guitar player—twitches his fingers, when he hears Jimi Hendrix. I bob my head when I hear Chance the Rapper. We all do this somewhat subconsciously, organically. Yet we all do this somewhat persistently.

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