Archive for the ‘films’ Category

I Dream Of Wires

Monday, November 28th, 2011

More synth geeking out but this looks like a good cause. The more interesting documents of music exploration the better. Lot’s of esoteric gear on display. Check out the trailer and buy a dvd to kickstart the conclusion of production.

Vangelis

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

It all started when I ran across a cool blog called egg city radio with lot’s of weird, interesting and downright great albums for download. Amongst the gems there is 4 different versions of the Blade Runner soundtrack which can be found here. I downloaded the “Esper Edition” and jammed to it as I drove to and fro making gardens in the surreal heat of summer. Having never really listened to the soundtrack separated from the film I was struck by what an awesome piece of work It is. From the expansive and ominous yet hopeful (prologue and main titles) to the sweet and mellow (with awesome 80’s sax) (love theme and I dreamt music) and the beautiful (memories of green) this is a great collection of songs! There are elements and tracks on here that I don’t particularly love, mainly the more beat oriented tracks (End Titles and Blush Response) and some of the cheesier sounds but the high points definitely make up for the not so high. The Esper edition also contains lot’s of weird sound effects, dialogue and some of the other non Vangelis tracks from the movie that help set the mood. The heart of what I love about the sound of this is the Yamaha CS 80. Apparently weighing in at over 200 lbs. this beast has a really unique and enthralling sound. For the total BR nerd there’s a nice little article on the recording of the soundtrack at the awesomely title Blade Zone site. Here’s a few relevant videos for your viewing pleasure.

History of Krautrock

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Here’s another good BBC music doc. that I stumbled across. I can’t imagine what kind of weird great reality we would be in if American tv produced something this cool?

Between the Folds

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Back in 2007 I set out to make a cd case out of a folded standard sheet of paper.  The resulting case was used to house the weird little instrumental EP that I did called Music Computer Film.  Since then I’ve been making a lot of the Alchemist Records limited edition releases by folding paper so Origami is something that really interests me.  The PBS documentary Between The Folds takes Origami to the next plane and makes me think there could be many awesome music packaging ideas to come.

Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo

Monday, April 19th, 2010

This looks really interesting and I love the song in the trailer. Don’t know who it’s by. YMO maybe? Send me a comment if u know.

Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo Trailer from Myriapod Productions on Vimeo.

This is House Music

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

Here’s another good documentary from the Beeb. This one is a pretty in depth look at the history of dance music. There’s a lot of great music, footage and stories. As a bonus you can practice your Portuguese with the subtitles.

Warning! this may be hazardous

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

There is a lot of noise flowing around about the upcoming Spike Jonze take on “Where the Wild Things Are”. I don’t know, it seems like it’ll be tough to pull off. I’m often disappointed by the majority of films that are released these days, especially domestic productions. All that said, the trailer for this little fellow looks pretty cool and has an interesting version of Arcade Fire’s “Wake Up”. Where the Wild Things Are.
Those who’ve seen the Animal Collective’s latest record “Merriweather Post Pavillion” will no doubt express their appreciation for the album’s artwork inside and out (not to mention the music)! Here are some interesting works by the same artists that contributed to the album art:

This guy’s stuff is truly awesome! It is optical art for the 21st century that somehow retains an early 90’s vibe. To give you a better idea before you click on this link here is the what they have posted at the top of the page:

Warning: This page contains some works of “anomalous motion illusion”, which might make sensitive observers dizzy or sick. Should you feel dizzy, you had better leave this page immediately.

Akiyoshi KITAOKA

bulge 02 by Akiyoshi Kitaoka

bulge 02 by Akiyoshi Kitaoka

The other work associated with MPP is one of the nice photos that grace the inside sleeve of the record. His stuff can be seen here:

David Doubilet (make sure to click the widescreen option to get the full effect).

That’s probably enough distractions for today. Now go get busy!