Entertainment: Multimedia Belt

December 22, 2010 - 11:41am
As we join Block Party headliner Drake in waving bye-bye to 2010, take a look at the top moments and matters for the Syracuse music scene.

It's the time of year for massive amounts of lists and not even Syracuse is safe. We reached out to some of the movers and shakers in the campus music community to compile some of their own original year-end lists spanning a variety of topics. And, continuing in the spirit of last year, we here at Otto-Tune compiled our second annual year-end list of Syracuse music happenings. Let us know what you think in the comments below.

December 14, 2010 - 1:27am
SU professor Larry Elin led the team of computer animators that brought the original 'TRON' to life -- and spurred a motion picture revolution.

Larry Elin spent most of 1981 holed up in his Elmsford, N.Y., office, staring at a boxy, 8-bit computer that crashed almost as often as it worked.


His fellow employees at MAGI Synthavision, a tiny computer graphics firm, regularly stayed overnight to work on the project. If anyone needed a nap, they curled up under their desks. If the computer went down, they all struggled to fix it.


And after 12 months of work, the team finally had something to show for it: a 22-minute sequence in the 1982 cult classic TRON.

December 5, 2010 - 12:12am
Rapper J. Cole shows up headliner Wiz Khalifa's marijuana-focused set.

It began with a melancholy electric piano line, a blanket of turntabled beats and a haze of marijuana smoke drifting against a backdrop of blue light. Practically in unison, an army of camera phones pointed their tiny 4-megapixel lenses to the Goldstein Auditorium stage as rapper J. Cole took the stage with a grin, saluted the crowd and launched into “Welcome” from his 2009 mixtape The Warm Up

November 19, 2010 - 4:33pm
Though they're 200 miles apart, SU's rising hip-hop and electronic duo Mouth's Cradle prepares to drop a 15-track mixtape.

Hunched over a computer in his messy room filled with comic books, anime paraphernalia and empty mugs, Kevin Hegedus — tall, skinny and bespectacled — looked at his laptop. He clicked past folders and files like “Pokémon Sounds,” “Billy Budd,” “Desktop Clutter” and “Overflow Clutter,” trying to get to his latest e-mail from Brandon Linn, his musical partner-in-crime. Brandon — shorter, baby-faced and more than 200 miles away — had just spent hours in front of his Dell laptop and his electronic keyboard composing beats and samples to send to Kevin.

November 12, 2010 - 9:54pm
Review: The Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, one of the world's foremost modern dance troupes, took center stage at the Goldstein Auditorium.

The audience waited with bated breath as the auditorium turned dark. With a flood of patterned blue and purple lights, the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company began to weave magic on the stage with “North Star,” the first performance of the night. The New York City based modern dance company performed on Nov. 11, at the Goldstein Auditorium.

November 8, 2010 - 8:14pm
The comedic has-been offended his Fulton bowling alley audience more than he entertained it.

Lakeview Lanes is like any other bowling alley in Central New York. It’s a large facility with more than 20 lanes hosting men’s, women’s and mixed leagues. It’s offset from the road along Route 3 in Fulton, N.Y., just 10 minutes or so past the heart of town.  Lining the top of the building, a giant red sign sits atop an even larger bowling pin. You can’t miss it.

November 7, 2010 - 9:44pm
Review: Cornell crowd gets wild at Kid Cudi's intimate concert with opener Cee Lo Green.

The show began promptly at 7 p.m. By 7:15 a kid lay slouched against the bleachers, surrounded by paramedics and onlookers as he vomited on himself. At 7:45, EMTs evacuated a girl on a stretcher. The diligent janitor zipped back and forth from one vomit pile to the next, wiping away any trace of the indiscretion just in time for other people to come and sit in the same spot.

October 29, 2010 - 11:13am
Review: Unusual stage elements added a unique kick to OK Go's show at the Westcott Theater on Tuesday.

It’s not often that confetti, hand bells and 3D glasses are found simultaneously at a rock concert, but Grammy-winning OK Go found ways to effectively incorporate them all into their 90-minute show at the Westcott Theater Tuesday night.

October 27, 2010 - 10:03am
Review: The popular comedian performs to a sold-out Syracuse crowd Tuesday, showcasing his talent to transform dark situations into hilarious anecdotes.

The night of comedy uncommonly began with AC/DC’s “Back in Black” and ended with an audience sing-along.

October 18, 2010 - 8:01pm
Review: France's indie darlings conquer the rock scene in Central New York and around the world.

A friend had a question for me right before Phoenix took the stage last night at Cornell University. The show was sold out for a few weeks and we were packed tightly about 40 rows deep from the stage – this despite getting to the show 45 minutes early.

“So, you think they’re the most relevant rock band in the world?”