Archive for October, 2009

The Future of Busking

Posted: October 18, 2009 in 1

Since there is scientific proof that buskers will be some of the sole survivors of the Apocalyps (see one of my earlier posts), logic tells us Buskers will still be around in the future. Buskers will slowly evolve of course (though not as fast as the rest of Homo Sapiens, since they are…well… buskers) and will gradually embrace technology to make their lives more comfortable.

In the far future buskers will entertain crews of spaceships, as portrayed in this classic Star Trek episode.

Check out the cool guitar! Or is it a broom?

In the more nearby future Buskers will discover the possibilities of the internet, which nowadays they only use to find the chords to “Knockin’ on Heavens Door”.

Google Street will have a busker application, where users can visit streets and actually hear the buskers there play live. The buskers get paid via a PayPall-button.
This system will evolve in a way that the buskers themselves also stay at home. They will play there songs in front of a webcam or microphone. The busker’s avatar will then be seen on Google Street, standing on the pavement.

This way busker’s can annoy people on every streetcorner on Earth! They will even be able to play on the top of the Mount Everest (a silent wish of many a shopper) or – thanks to Google Sky – the polar caps of Mars!
And there are more benefits: you don’t have to stand in the rain and you can have your avatar take all the crap people on the street shout at you. Hell, your avatar will look better (or less frightening) than you look in reality (that’s what avatars are for).

This will even evolve further to the point that buskers will place hundreds of avatars at once, making it possible to play at different streets at the same time. They won’t even be playing live anymore, since streaming recorded music allows buskers to busk 24/7.

In the even more distant future, people won’t even have to use Google Street anymore to enjoy the recordings, but will be able to hear them on their cell phones or in their cars. This will eventually be called RADIO. The songs will be downloaded on something called iTunes and burned into shiny metallic looking disks called CD’s. This may all sound like science fiction now, but I predict it will all happen one day.

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ONCE: a busker movie

Posted: October 4, 2009 in busking

I recently saw the movie “ONCE”, starring Glen Hansard as a busker on the streets of Dublin. Quite nice.
I’m glad I hadn’t read the plot description on imdb.com first, because it sounds a bit chickflicky: “A modern-day musical about a busker and an immigrant and their eventful week in Dublin, as they write, rehearse and record songs that tell their love story.”

Overall it’s a movie that shows the ups and downs of playing on the street, being an undiscovered talented artist (that’s what all buskers think they are). The singer is ignored, underpaid, robbed and lonely. Pretty realistic.

A bit unrealistic is the fact that a busker seems to be able to get girls by singing heartbreaking songs about past romances. A feelgood story about a busker? What’s next? An Auschwitz musical? But hey it’s just a movie and I enjoyed it.

Thumbs up for the songs in this movie and I encourage buskers to play them, because I like the concept of “meta-art” (you know a busker playing songs that he heard an actor sing that played a busker).