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Sound Check with The Glitch Mob

A few weeks ago, my cousin Ed’s band, The Glitch Mob, was in town touring in support of their latest album, “Love, Death, Immortality,” at the House of Blues. My cousin and I see each other at least once a year since we both went off to college, and I’ve always enjoyed hanging out with the other guys in the band since they first got together. As objectively as I can put it, though, this edition of their tour is the best production I’ve seen so far, and that’s saying something, given their last go-round:

It was a treat for me to just be a fly on the wall as the crew and the band worked through their set during sound check, since I wasn’t able to stick around for the real thing. Then again, I wouldn’t be walking on stage during the actual show…

Here’s a few shots from that afternoon.

3/12/14 — BOSTON — From left, Justin Boreta, Josh Mayer, aka Ooah, and Ed Ma, aka edIT, of The Glitch Mob work through the band's set during sound check at the House of Blues on Mar. 12, 2014. (Kelvin Ma)

3/12/14 — BOSTON — From left, Justin Boreta, Josh Mayer, aka Ooah, and Ed Ma, aka edIT, of The Glitch Mob work through the band's set during sound check at the House of Blues on Mar. 12, 2014. (Kelvin Ma)

3/12/14 — BOSTON — Ed Ma, aka edIT, of The Glitch Mob works through the band's set during sound check at the House of Blues on Mar. 12, 2014. (Kelvin Ma)

3/12/14 — BOSTON — Ed Ma, aka edIT, of The Glitch Mob works through the band's set during sound check at the House of Blues on Mar. 12, 2014. (Kelvin Ma)

3/12/14 — BOSTON — Josh Mayer, aka Ooah, of The Glitch Mob works through the band's set as crew prepare the stage during sound check at the House of Blues on Mar. 12, 2014. (Kelvin Ma)

3/12/14 — BOSTON — Josh Mayer, aka Ooah, of The Glitch Mob works through the band's set as crew prepare the stage during sound check at the House of Blues on Mar. 12, 2014. (Kelvin Ma)

3/12/14 — BOSTON — From left, Justin Boreta, Josh Mayer, aka Ooah, and Ed Ma, aka edIT, of The Glitch Mob work through the band's set during sound check at the House of Blues on Mar. 12, 2014. (Kelvin Ma)

3/12/14 — BOSTON — From left, Justin Boreta, Josh Mayer, aka Ooah, and Ed Ma, aka edIT, of The Glitch Mob work through the band's set during sound check at the House of Blues on Mar. 12, 2014. (Kelvin Ma)

3/12/14 — BOSTON — Ed Ma, aka edIT, of The Glitch Mob makes some last-minute changes to the live show during sound check at the House of Blues on Mar. 12, 2014. (Kelvin Ma)

3/12/14 — BOSTON — Ed Ma, aka edIT, of The Glitch Mob makes some last-minute changes to the live show during sound check at the House of Blues on Mar. 12, 2014. (Kelvin Ma)

Pops goes the senator

Sunday night, I was sent to one of my favorite places in Boston, Symphony Hall. I hadn’t been there since I was a kid — I loved listening to the Boston Pops — but, man, it seemed a lot smaller than I remembered.

This time around, I was sent to photograph Sen.-elect Elizabeth Warren as she read the classic poem, “A Visit From St. Nicholas,” more commonly known as “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” It was a pretty good show, with art from a children’s book version projected as the Boston Pops provided musical accompaniment.

12/09/2012 -- BOSTON -- U.S. Sen.-elect Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) recites the classic Christmas poem, "A Visit From St. Nicholas," with the Boston Pops at their Holiday Pops concert at Symphony Hall on Dec. 9, 2012. The poem is most  known for its opening line, "Twas the Night Before Christmas." (Kelvin Ma)

12/09/2012 — BOSTON — U.S. Sen.-elect Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) recites the classic Christmas poem, "A Visit From St. Nicholas," with the Boston Pops at their Holiday Pops concert at Symphony Hall on Dec. 9, 2012. The poem is most known for its opening line, "Twas the Night Before Christmas." (Kelvin Ma)

12/09/2012 -- BOSTON -- U.S. Sen.-elect Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) recites the classic Christmas poem, "A Visit From St. Nicholas," with the Boston Pops at their Holiday Pops concert at Symphony Hall on Dec. 9, 2012. The poem is most  known for its opening line, "Twas the Night Before Christmas." (Kelvin Ma)

12/09/2012 — BOSTON — U.S. Sen.-elect Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) recites the classic Christmas poem, "A Visit From St. Nicholas," with the Boston Pops at their Holiday Pops concert at Symphony Hall on Dec. 9, 2012. The poem is most known for its opening line, "Twas the Night Before Christmas." (Kelvin Ma)

12/09/2012 -- BOSTON -- U.S. Sen.-elect Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) recites the classic Christmas poem, "A Visit From St. Nicholas," with the Boston Pops at their Holiday Pops concert at Symphony Hall on Dec. 9, 2012. The poem is most  known for its opening line, "Twas the Night Before Christmas." (Kelvin Ma)

12/09/2012 — BOSTON — U.S. Sen.-elect Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) recites the classic Christmas poem, "A Visit From St. Nicholas," with the Boston Pops at their Holiday Pops concert at Symphony Hall on Dec. 9, 2012. The poem is most known for its opening line, "Twas the Night Before Christmas." (Kelvin Ma)

Got The Touch

As anyone in academia can attest, donations are a big part of what helps a large institution run. Of course, that means part of my job is to document where that money goes, so that these big money donors can be sure their money is being well spent.

In this particular case, I was to track down some students in an iOS programming class, where they were programming music apps for the iPad thanks to a large donation from Steinway. These folks were doing some pretty cool things with the medium, and though this was only a work in progress, it would worth keeping an eye on some of these apps.

Here’s a demonstration from an app called “Impact,” which has you draw your own drum pad that generates sounds based on its size and shape. Pretty cool.

04/26/2012- Somerville, Mass. - Nate Harada, E14, demonstrates his in-progress app, "Impact," for the Tufts School of Engineering's "Music Apps for iPad" course with his teammates during class on April 26, 2012.(Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

04/26/2012- Somerville, Mass. - Nate Harada, E14, demonstrates his in-progress app, "Impact," for the Tufts School of Engineering's "Music Apps for iPad" course with his teammates during class on April 26, 2012.(Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

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