A sneaky friend shot this during some birthday after bar shens. It’s a bit silly and short but it illustrates my New Years resolution to get into a serious exercise regime. This has been my method of action for the past couple months. It may look and feel like a game, but you’ll be hard pressed to find more intense cardio than this. Despite quitting DDR/ITG years ago I am playing at my peak by leaps and bounds. Regularly hitting 10 and 11 footers on singles. But now that both pads are working I’m looking forward to getting back into doubles!
Okay, enough nerding out. I’m just so happy I have found something that works for me. It feels great to be active again.
Directed by Michael Langan and Terah Maher
Music by Steve Reich
A chorus of women are borne from the movements of a single dancer in this dreamlike “pas de trente-deux.”
I have the sneaking suspicion there are not too many house music fans on Tumblr and it’s a damn shame. This stuff keeps me going through the darker times. Perhaps it’s indicative of not enough people dancing these days. If you don’t, try to find a way to. It’s psychologically, physically, and spiritually uplifting fuel for the road of life. Anyone who wants to give you crap about letting go and moving with something larger than yourself is the only one missing out.
Dance for the span of the universe that you are. All we are, as humans, is a span of flesh and consciousness. We each are a tiny swath of the universe where whatever energy it is that composes the universe is alive in us, as us, coming to life through us. The movement of life expresses itself in every movement we make. Every movement we make shapes that energy, gives it form, and sends it along.
To dance is a radical act because it reminds us that we, as bodily selves, exist only as an expression of the matrix of relationships with ourselves, others, and the natural world that enables us to be.
Funktion One Visionary Tony Andrews Interview
“The human auditory system can discern information down to 15 to 20 millionths of a second which is 2000 times more refined than the visual sense which only needs 30 frames per second to believe there is a continuum. If you got something slower than 15 millionths of a second the ear can sort that out… Why do you think we have 360 degree perception in audio that never switches off?”
Now this was interesting to watch. I know how personal music can be, so I just wanted to gently remind viewers before any other thoughts to enjoy or ignore the beats at your discretion, it’s not representative of the technology’s caliber. Don’t let an unfavorable opinion of the soundtrack cloud the wisdom here.
Humanity needs more individuals like this man building and moving within our shared perceptual infrastructures. This guy has it right, and he’s earned the right to tell it straight. There is a serious depravity of musical understanding and a general sensitivity lacking in our expanding societies. One should always pay respect to their kindred elements. Context, desire, environment and expression are everything. Don’t just listen to the music, listen to yourself. Once you find a space to really tune in with your inner rhythm every note will take on a new dimension.
As a musician, dancer, and lifelong believer in the power of sound I consider myself blessed to have witnessed many of the world’s most inspiring artists perform with Funktion One. If you come alive in a crowd of hundreds of thousands of individuals moving in harmony to thundering, deep end EDM, it is hard to call this anything other than the Holy Grail. The sound will swallow you whole and dissolve the ego into pure frequency. Few moments surpass becoming the physical incarnation of music. I hope each soul has the opportunity to know this kind of joy. The experience is undeniably spiritual.
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