Karesansui gardens (???) or Japanese rock gardens, became popular in Japan in the 14th century thanks to the work of a Buddhist monk, Mus? Soseki (1275–1351) who built zen gardens at the five major monasteries in Kyoto. These gardens have white sand or raked gravel in place of water, carefully arranged rocks, and sometimes rocks and sand covered with moss. Their purpose is to facilitate meditation, and they are meant to be viewed while seated on the porch of the residence of the h?j?, the abbot of the monastery. The most famous example is Ry?an-ji Temple in Kyoto.
DA-2: Adaptive Distortion : Compact distortion pedal that adapts to how – and where – you play
With standard distortion pedals, the entire signal gets processed with one effect, which can result in a muffled, indistinct sound. The Boss DA-2 compact pedal gives you perfect distortion tones across the entire range of your guitar with unrivaled clarity, using a new technology called Multi-Dimensional Processing.
Craig Blundell jams over one of the backing tracks on V-Drums Friend Jam, an app for your computer (PC or Mac) and now iPhone that makes practise competitive and great fun. Simply download Friend Jam and connect your Roland V-Drums to a computer (or iPhone) to instantly hook up to a global network of drummers.
Back in April, we announced the Cradle app developers contest, asking you guys to create apps that automatically launch when the Sony Tablet S is placed on a Sony Tablet S Cradle and are optimized for use with the accessory.
We received some great submissions but four of them took the cake. The winning Sony Tablet S cradle apps are … (drumroll, please) …
Acura is collaborating with Indie rock band Metric as part of the marketing campaign developed to support the debut of the 2013 Acura ILX, the all-new compact luxury sedan that serves as the gateway to the Acura brand. Built around Metric, whose evocative tracks have been featured in several popular TV programs and films, Acura has planned an extensive experiential marketing and digital program to reach Gen Y customers who are now entering the luxury automotive marketplace.
L'Arc~en~Ciel will perform for the first time at the National Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, it has been announced. The band has scheduled two concerts there on May 26 and 27, aiming to perform in front of approximately 100,000 fans over the two days.
They will be only the 4th artist to hold a concert on their own there, and they will be the first band to do so.