Monday 30 March 2009

The Bloody Beetroots vs Steve Aoki, Morphing,Shinichi Maruyama,Aritz Aizpurua, Giovanni Bucci,Kasms,The Boat That Rocked ,Visual Complexity,April Tips

Smashing !!!

Watch | The Bloody Beetroots feat. Steve Aoki - Warp

Stills from the morphing video exploration

Watch | Morphing series compilation

Shinichi Maruyama’s work is subconsciously influenced by a Japanese sense of beauty. This sense of beauty can be found in the concept of “wabi-sabi,” referring to the beauty of imperfection and understated elegance. Additionally, this beauty is also expressed in “ma,” the use of negative space, found in the art of calligraphy as well as in the design a of a traditional rock garden.

As a young student, Maruyama often wrote Chinese characters in sumi ink. He loved the nervous, precarious feeling of sitting before an empty white page, the moment just before his brush touched the paper. He was always excited to see the unique result of each new brushing. Remembering those childhood moments, of ink, water and empty page, he fashioned a large “brush” and bucket of ink. He gets the same feeling, a precarious, nervous excitement, standing before the empty studio space. Each stroke is unique, ephemeral. He can never copy or recreate them. He says, “I know something fantastic is happening, a decisive moment, but I can't fully understand the event until I look at these. Ny Arts Mag

A short and entertaining animated film entitled “Zapping.” Art direction by Aritz Aizpurua.

Watch | Zapping

The 2009 Showreel has been produced in London by Giovanni Bucci (Motion Designer, Director) and Marco Morano (Sound Designer). The Showreel video content is made of a selection of projects done by freelance Giovanni Bucci over the last few years. The audio track is a blended/synthesis of flavours from the latest productions of Marco Morano, which include dirty electro, over compressed grooves, classical atmospheres and re-built sound effects. After experimenting and researching how audio can influence and inspire video and viceversa, they have worked out a personal formula. Instead of working audio and video separately, as it is common practice in the media industry, every draft of the video editing was followed by an audio adjustment in a way that both authors could get influenced by the work of the other, until they felt that an harmonious final edit was achieved.

Watch | Giovanni Bucci Reel

Kasms is Rory Attwell of Test Icicles and RAT:ATT:AGG's new deal, and features Gemma Fleet from London grunge lot Wolfie, Scott R. Walker from Aum Sahib and Rachel Mary Callaghan (the one that looks like Jaime Winstone). They've had two singles to date, 'Taxidermy' and 'Bone You'. Oh, and some gigs ended with Callaghan "assaulting photographers and members of the audience" - but since the whole Crystal Castles thing reading that about an indie band is about as exciting as listening to idiots in the London Lite blub on about Jade Goody.

Their debut album Spayed will be released on Trouble Records - once home to, you guessed it, Crystal Castles - on May 11. It'll be preceded by a single, 'Male Bonding', on May 4, and a handful of live dates. They follow the sleeve. Fact

Watch | KASMS - Bone You

"The Boat That Rocked" is an ensemble comedy in which the romance takes place between the young people of the '60s and pop music. It's about a band of rogue DJs that captivated Britain, playing the music that defined a generation and standing up to a government that, incomprehensibly, preferred jazz. The Count, a big, brash, American god of the airwaves; Quentin, the boss of Radio Rock -- a pirate radio station in the middle of the North Sea that's populated by an eclectic crew of rock and roll DJs; Gavin, the greatest DJ in Britain who has just returned from his drug tour of America to reclaim his rightful position; Dave, an ironic, intelligent and cruelly funny co-broadcaster; and a fearsome British government official out for blood against the drug takers and lawbreakers of a once-great nation. Imdb

Watch | The Boat That Rocked

Monitoring and Visualizing

Which artists are a "one-hit wonder" and which artists have a constant fan-community? Are Radiohead supporters more receptive to different music trends than hip-hop artist Nelly's fans? Where do certain music genres cumulate and where is a recently launched album heard first?
In order to answer these and other questions, Christopher Adjei and Nils Holland-Cunz have observed and analyzed the growing music social network service over a period of four months. The results from their observations were presented in a set of striking visualizations made in Processing, and divided in four parts: Comparing fan-groups, Fluctuation of fans, Album-Release, and Cumulation of genres.

The first image shows the fluctuation of fans of Icelandic singer Bjork, while the second represents the cumulation of the "Metal" genre across Europe. Visual Complexity

April Tips

Bimhuis Amsterdam
04 April
Pan Sonic + Oval

STRP Eindhoven
04 April
Aphex Twin + Tim Hecker

STEIM@40! Amsterdam presents: 2 weeks with Jon Rose

Tuesday April 7, Part 1
Jon Rose / Kato Hideki
Alfredo Genovesi / Michael Vatcher / One Man Nation

Tuesday April 14, Part 2
Jon Rose / Richard Barrett / Cor Fuhler
Barry Threw

For the last 35 years Australian violin extraordinaire Jon Rose has challenged and confronted our conditioned notion of what music should be. He has been an absolute soldier in the improvisational music scene, traveling, playing and recording with artists from around the world. He has also been a strong advocate of technology and its use for creative projects, inventing and performing with many unique instruments. His involvement with STEIM goes back 20 years and he returns to STEIM next week to work with our technical staff for two of his projects and to play two exciting concerts.

Concert one will be on April 7th, with Jon playing a duo with bassist Kato Hideki who is one of the founding members of legendary Japanese noise band Ground Zero. An ad hoc local trio of Alfredo Genovesi, Michael Vatcher and One Man Nation will open the night.

Concert two will be on April 14th, this time Jon will perform in a very special trio with composer/musician Richard Barrett and musician Cor Fuhler. San Francisco based computer artist Barry Threw will demonstrate the very impressive K-Bow violin sensor bow by Keith McMillen Instruments.

Patronaat Haarlem
05 April
Venetian Snares

Melkweg Amsterdam
09 April
Jóhann Jóhannsson

Imagine Film Festival Amsterdam
16 - 25 April

The genres in which the festival traditionally specializes, fantasy, horror and science-fiction, lost their strict definitions a long time ago. More and more it's the margins of the film industry, where creators allow themselves larger amounts of artistic freedom, that the festival picks its selections from. Films that don't try to cater to a specific target audience by colouring neatly within the lines of 'their genre', but present themselves to the viewer on their own terms. Films that have one question to their viewers in common: 'Just imagine that...' And then they go on to tell their own story their own way, regardless of the genre or mixture of genres.

Paradiso Amsterdam
29 April
Yeah Yeah Yeahs , Tiga , Fake Blood

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