Rock Chicks

From the BBC:

Some say it sounds like a Sonic Youth album. Others have likened the guitar noise to a rock concert soundcheck.

But this particular band is made up of 40 zebra finches jamming on electric guitars and cymbals at the Barbican, in London.

[Celeste] Boursier-Mougenot, who trained as a theatre composer, has placed plugged-in Gibson Les Paul guitars as perches, and upturned cymbals as bird feeders.

As the flock of finches fly around and land on the instruments, wipe their beaks, or use twigs to pluck at the strings, they create a unique and changing soundscape.

Via the Aussie.

Italy’s metal monk calls it quits, blames Satan

Cesare Bonizzi is an Italian monk who – years ago, after seeing a Metallica show – decided his calling was to do God’s work through singing heavy metal. He formed a band called Fratello Metallo (“Brother Metal”) and has been wowing audiences ever since.

From the SMH, however, we learn that the 62-year-old Capuchin headbanger now thinks that the Devil has made the ensuing fame go to his head, so he’s calling it quits.

Ig Nobels honour improbable research

Last night the 2009 Ig Nobels were awarded. A parody celebration of the Nobel prizes, the Ig Nobels recognise odd – but possibly interesting – new scientific research.

The Guardian has a good writeup about the winners; once again the Brits did very well. I believe my favourite was the Public Health prize won by Elena Bodnar

for patenting a bra that, in an emergency, can be converted into a pair of gas masks, one for the owner and one for a needy bystander. “It was inspired by the Chernobyl nuclear accident,” said Bodnar, who is originally from Ukraine. “This way, the mask is always readily available.”

Gas mask bra

I think there are some people who might do that recreationally already.