Over the course of every month or two I find relevant things online; today's installation includes Celtic music fusing with electronica and some contra dance links to the mainstream -- be it through newspapers, new dancer outreach, or making sure our community stays a safe and fun place.
There will be interview goodness forthcoming on Wednesday. Meanwhile, here's some neat contra- and EDM-related stuff I've found in my perusals of the Web that I think you might find cool, too:
- Crossover Corner: (Scroll down a little.) After the Halloween Deca-dance techno contra event in Washington state in October 2011, Terra Price developed a regular "Crossover Corner" column in the Spokane Folklore Society's monthly newsletter. I think the idea is really neat and I'm also happy to see this happening out West.
- KLMabon's YouTube Channel: This is our friend Kevin Mabon's channel; he films a sampling of most of the Glen Echo, MD dances that he attends (and helps Steve and me scout for flourishes!). Thanks Kevin!
- Facebook Group: Stuff Contra Dancers Say...: A bunch of you might already know about this one since that may be how you got here (thank you to those who have linked to Contra Syncretist and spread the word!), but this is a Facebook group that is aimed at creating a "Stuff Contra Dancers Say..." video, but also has developed into something like what I had originally envisioned the Forum would become -- a bunch of contra dancers talking about the nuts and bolts and tics of the community.
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See anything cool related to contra or EDM around the Web?
For many people, 'tis the season for parties and celebrating. Frequently, it is also a time of year where you're hurry-up-and-waiting for baked goods to bake, or there's down time while you're visiting family, or there's no work getting done at your desk job since people took time off. Or you've just finished your holiday shopping and you're kicking back with a congratulatory cup of a winter beverage and your technology fix of choice. Your local community's contra organizers are likely to be taking a well-deserved break before New Year's, so what's a 'Net-savvy contra dancer to do?
- Doug Plummer takes really beautiful contra dance photos and he's even got a 2012 calendar featuring his photos for sale (about which Max Newman interviewed him for the Country Dance and Song Society blog)!
- Jeff Kaufman's blog has been cited around here a few times; while it's not 100% contra-related all the time, he regularly updates and frequently has some interesting thoughts on contra community and the like from the POV of a dancer, a caller, and a musician (and a few times he's posted some interesting commentary -- on stuff I've posted here and otherwise -- that has made me think).
- I stumbled on to Miriam and Clark Baker's pages back when someone posted a term I wasn't familiar with to the Glossary project a few weeks back. From what I gather, Clark was also one of the people who was in on Lisa Greenleaf's experiments with alternative music contra dancing in the 2000's. It focuses a lot on square dance, but in my Internet wanderings I'm seeing people finding interesting similarities between MWSD (especially patter calling) and alternative contras.
- Club Contras DJ Nu B has a recording of his November set up. (Note to self: find my way down to Greenwood, VA when he's spinning in 2012.)
- Contra Sonic's dJ improper also has a Mixcrate site, for those who haven't danced to his spinning yet (and those who have danced to his mixes in DC or elsewhere...).
- For those seeking a contra-ish Pandora fix -- as has been pointed out by several people, the only thing on Pandora that's contra is Wild Asparagus. While I love Wild Asparagus, there is a wealth of other contra stuff out there that isn't reflected in Pandora. Until this is remedied, Eileen Thorsos mentioned that she finds some of her electrotrad source music for her Electric Camel Contra mixes on Pandora, by searching for artists like Shooglenifty and Martyn Bennett (Perpetual e-Motion cites the latter as one of their inspirations).
If you've found something cool and contra-related while web surfing, please share with the rest of us! Happy Holidays to all!