Friday 30 October 2009

Gregory Lagrange,Alexander Rodchenko, Synchronator,Land Of Talk,Ana Ventura, Visual Acoustics,The Essence of Rabbit,The Fun Theory,Paint a Future

Picture by Alwis Anil @ Audiopleasures 2nd Anniversary

Gregory Lagrange aka Emotional Spy (Warp Light District) , French music producer and friend is leaving Amsterdam and is heading to Praag , Next friday Greg is hosting another edition of "Forward" as farwell and will be join by Hank Disaster (Bon Esprit) and Moi, Je veux (Audiopleasures) @ Cafe Batavia in Amsterdam , 22.00 / 03.00

Greg is working on his 2nd album and preparing the release of the trip hop/electronica project Teardrop Slide.

Mp3 | Emotional Spy - Open Skulls
Mp3 | Emotional Spy - Third Side [ Unreleased ]

Mp3 | Hank Disaster
[ XXX Rated Megamix ]
Mp3 | Moi, Je Veux ! [ biba lo Electro mix ]

for more info Warp Light District

NIMk and DNK present launch of the Synchronator device

SYNCHRONATOR is an audiovisual project by Bas van Koolwijk and Gert-Jan Prins, for which the artists have developed their own electronics. The project is a continuation on medium specific experiments between image and sound from the early days of video art.
After the release of the first video in 2006, a DVD in 2009 and a range of international live performances, their SYNCHRONATOR device will now be presented during a festive opening at NIMK. The first edition is limited to one hundred numbered copies.

The SYNCHRONATOR device transforms your audio into a composite video signal, compatible with all video equipment supporting composite video input.

Next to a presentation of the SYNCHRONATOR and a performance by its creators, a video programme of related works from the NIMK collection will be shown.

For more info please visit Montevideo / Nimk

Amsterdam , Keizersgracht 264
November 10 20.30 Hrs Free entrance

New video from indie rock band from Montreal , Land Of Talk for "It's Okay", Directed by Davide Di Saro and Mihai Wilson (WeWereMonkeys)

Watch | Land of Talk - It's Okay

Alexander Rodchenko - Revolution in Photography
Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam
18 December 2009 - 17 March 2010

Foam presents a unique retrospective of the world-famous Russian avant-garde artist Alexander Rodchenko. The exhibition will contain more then 200 vintage photographs some of which have never been exhibited in the West before. Alexander Rodchenko (1891-1956) is one of the great innovators of twentieth-century avant-garde art and one of its most versatile practitioners. Having first gained international acclaim as a painter, sculptor and graphic designer, Rodchenko took up the practice of photography in the early 1920s, convinced that it would become the artistic medium of his era. Over the course of the following two decades he developed a bold new vocabulary of acute camera angles, extreme foreshortenings of perspective and close-ups of surprising details. In addition to introducing design as an integral element of photography, Rodchenko’s approach balanced formal concerns with an interest in documenting the social and political life of the Soviet Union. In the process, he helped to change the way people perceived not only photography, but also the role of the photographer. Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam

(in)visíveis , (in) visibles , is the new work of portuguese based in lisbon artists , Ana Ventura , highly unusual and creative work , stories and characters that seen to be taken out of a children book on old and fallen walls , beautiful.

Narrated by Dustin Hoffman, VISUAL ACOUSTICS celebrates the life and career of Julius Shulman, the world’s greatest architectural photographer, whose images brought modern architecture to the American mainstream. Shulman, who passed away this year, captured the work of nearly every major modern and progressive architect since the 1930s including Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra, John Lautner, and Frank Gehry. His images epitomized the singular beauty of Southern California’s modernist movement and brought its iconic structures to the attention of the general public. This unique film is both a testament to the evolution of modern architecture and a joyful portrait of the magnetic, whip-smart gentleman who chronicled it with his unforgettable images.

Watch | Visual Acoustics

No other living creature features as heavily in contemporary character design and art as the humble hare. But what exactly makes bunnies so irresistible to artists, designers and illustrators worldwide? Depending on the viewers' cultural context rabbits can symbolise anything from insanity, alertness, defencelessness, all the way to promiscuity, magic powers and utter innocence. By condensing the endless variations of the rabbit motif into one ultimate system - a perfect bunny mandala - the true nature of the beast emerges: the eternal essence of rabbit.

Pictoplasma ( asked internationally established and upcoming character designers, illustrators and artists around the globe to send in their versions of rabbits, bunnies, hares and everything in between. The result is a full-scale bunny overdose, with far more than 1.500 individual rabbits from 500+ international contributers. Visual Complexity

This site is dedicated to the thought that something as simple as fun is the easiest way to change people’s behaviour for the better. Be it for yourself, for the environment, or for something entirely different, the only thing that matters is that it’s change for the better.

Take the stairs instead of the escalator or elevator and feel better” is something we often hear or read in the Sunday papers. Few people actually follow that advice. Can we get more people to take the stairs over the escalator by making it fun to do? The Fun Theory

Watch | Piano stairs

Paint a Future is a charity founded by the Dutch artist, Hetty van der Linden.
Hetty travels all over the world, painting with disadvantaged children. She tells them to paint their dreams and that the dreams they paint might one day come true.

Established and well-known artists from many different countries are inspired by the dreams the children paint, incorporating them into their own works of art. The paintings are sold and the proceeds go directly back to the child - helping to fulfill their dreams and create a better future for them and their families.

By purchasing a painting you are not only buying a work of art for your own investment and enjoyment, you are helping a child build a better future. Paint a Future

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Monday 26 October 2009

The Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam, Kitsune 8,Elizabeth McGrath,The Phenomenal Handclap Band,Vladislav Delay,Audiochmura,Lusine

Daniel & Geo Fuchs - Camouflage I / TOYGIANTS
Courtesy of ARTITLED

29 October – 1 November 2009. Gashouder, Westergasfabriek

The Affordable Art Fair is the place for original and contemporary art to fit all budgets. Its friendly environment invites first time buyers to browse amongst thousands of paintings, original prints, photography and sculpture, whilst seasoned collectors can seek out hot new artists. 87 galleries offer a wide range of art: from figurative to abstract, from traditional to avant-garde. With prices ranging from €100 to €5000, it is an art-buying opportunity that cannot be missed! The Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam

Kitsuné Maison 8 Freebie!

Kistune is preparing the release of their new compilation on the 16th November , as usual losts of awesome music.

Watch | Beni - Maximus [ Harvard Bass mix ]
Mp3 | Beni - Maximus `[ Harvard Bass mix ]
Mp3 | JBAG’s Kitsune Maison 8 Mini mix!

Amsterdam ??

Los Angeles-born artist Elizabeth McGrath has always had an eye for the strange beauty in the grotesqueries of life; this appreciation is nowhere more evident than in her work. Inspired by the relationship between the natural world and the detritus of consumer culture, she brings forth a new cavalcade of creatures from the darker corners of the streets, the city, the imagination. It is this melancholy interaction between man-made status symbols and suffering specimens of nature that make up her intricate body of work.

McGrath’s work strives to communicate using similar means, yet her signifiers are vastly different. She draws inspiration from contemporary craft culture as well as her aforementioned Catholicism, Asian culture, street culture, Goth culture, Chicano culture, storybooks, theme parks, and too many other influences to note. She digests all of them and creates her own environments in which she may stage dramas and create scenarios that draw upon her own experiences and interactions with the outside world. If you examine her work closely, you might come to the realization that her creatures are really all self portraits, set in a fantastical landscape which echoes her own… a bitter, yet sweetly coated prescription for modern life. Elizabeth McGrath

Gomma is also on fire , their new wonder band , The Phenomenal Handclap Band , featuring members of Tv on the Radio , the Amy Winehouse band Jon Spencer and some pretty talented kids from Brooklyn , all together are making a all of buzz on the airwaves , disco , psychedelic and rock influences , very hot.

Watch | The Phenomenal Handclap Band - You'll Disappear
Mp3 | The Phenomenal Handclap Band - You'll Disappear
Mp3 | The Phenomenal Handclap Band - You'll Disappear [ Munk mix ]

Gomma is also offering a new Mixtape by Munk.

Mp3 | Munk "Fall'09 Mixtape"

Experimental video by Carolina Melis and Lorenzo Sportiello to Vladislav Delay track "Toive" from the 2009 album Tummaa.

Watch | Vladislav Delay - Toive

A project of Audiochmura (Audiocloud) was inspired by the concept of Audioarchitektura (Sonicarchitecture) – brainchild of artist Piotr Adamski and mode:lina. It is a sonic installation using corrugated pipes as amplifiers emitting sounds gathered around its actual position. The shape of a cloud relates to something ephemeral, almost non-existent and likely to move.

Invisible Sonic-buildings, spread along the sidewalks, in parks and boulevards, emitting sound waves that drown out the city noise. Passer-by walking in their range are surrounded by the sound of hypnotic composition of Steve Reich’s concert, broadcasted live from the concert hall or a melody of raindrops falling on the tin roofs of urban buildings. Today this is a utopian technology, but Sonic Architecture is also a basis for discussion on acoustic ecology, city’s acoustic landscape and its impact on the inhabitants. Audiochmura (Audiocloud)

This exclusive live / I A / MIX comes from Lusine. Lusine is the work of Seattle's finest electronic maestro Jeff Mcllwain. Jeff has been producing his visceral melodic abstract electronic music since graduating from CalArts in 1998, studying 20th Century music and sound design for music and film. 2009 celebrates his second release under Ann Arbour's most iconic label 'Ghostly International', 'A Certain Distance'.

'A Certain Distance' offers the listener a dynamic shift from Lusine's trademarked abstract less accessible tones. Ultimately it's a much more pop-y sound and accessible album. It's still largely abstract but warmer than his previous releases. 2004's 'Serial Hodgepodge' was essentially more clinical and un-worldly, of course it has its good tunes, but is unquestionably for the trained audiophile. 'A Certain Distance' has a wider range and varied character than the latter. IA will feature a full review on 'A Certain Distance' so keep your eyes peeled.

This mix was recorded live from Berlin's most notorious local haunt, Berghain. The mix predominantly features songs from 'A Certain Distance' most notably 'Double Vision' almost a soundtrack for transition, as if you're travelling away from the familiar bleak urban surroundings to a more tranquil landscape. Of course the highlights of the mix are the three untitled and entirely live tracks. The mix is only available from Inverted Audio for the next 3 weeks, so don't hang around, get it. Inverted Audio

Mp3 | Lusine mix

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Sunday 25 October 2009

Autokrats,Rocket Cinema Festival, zZz,Before Music Dies, Sweatshoppe, Alexander Calder,Black Ryder, Skhizein, Post Honeymoon,Pollution in China

Wednesday @ Paradiso Amsterdam , Kitsune bang bang duo Autokratz for a night of guarantied electro and fun .

Watch | Autokrats - Stay the Same Live @ Dour Festival
Mp3 | Fischerspooner - the best revenge [ Autokratz mix ]

They are touring Europe , check more dates here

Friday , Frankenstein VS zZz in one of the Oldest building in Amsterdam , the Gothic "Oude Kerk".
The temperature is going to be chilly and the dutch band zZz (Hammond and Drums) will remake the soundtrack of this classic from 1931 directed by (James Whale, USA).

Mp3 | zZz - Sign of Love

for more info visit : Rocket Cinema

"Narrated by Academy Award® Winner Forest Whitaker, BEFORE THE MUSIC DIES is an unsettling and inspiring look at today’s popular music industry featuring interviews and performances by Erykah Badu, Eric Clapton, Dave Matthews, Branford Marsalis, ?uestlove and a wide variety of others. The documentary film has built a passionate following as “the most important film a music fan will ever see” (XM Radio) by providing “a balanced overview of the state of the rock scene of America” (The Wall Street Journal) and adding “passion to the eternal debate about the industry” (The New York Times). Last year, BEFORE THE MUSIC DIES filmmakers Andrew Shapter and Joel Rasmussen walked away from traditional Hollywood distribution to instead pursue a large-scale grassroots release with B-Side Entertainment. Since its release in November 2006, the film has screened over 200 times in over 130 North American markets with hundreds of additional events anticipated worldwide during 2007. Use this site to learn more about the film, where you can see it, ways you can own it, and - most importantly - how you can get involved in sharing it with others."

Watch | Before Music Dies

In an effort to establish new platforms for public art and performance,
the multimedia duo SWEATSHOPPE has developed a new interactive technology that enables them to explore the relationship between video, mark making and architecture. Dubbed "video painting", this technology allows them to essentially "paint" video onto any surface. Shooting in Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan, the duo spent weeks documenting their work in urban settings to create "The Landing" the first in a series of episodes that showcases their work as artist, technologist and performers. This video shows 4 full uncut extra clips form the landing.

Video and Music by SWEATSHOPPE
Thank You: Arpana Rayamajhi, Jacky Tran (Quizbowl Productions) and all the popsicle lovers.

Watch | Sweatshoppe

Alexander “Sandy” Calder—American printmaker, painter, sculptor, illustrator, and designer—revolutionized the art of sculpture by expressing movement with his invention of the “mobile,” a word coined in 1931 by Marcel Duchamp to describe Calder’s kinetic, and often whimsical, sculpture. The son and grandson of Philadelphia sculptors, Calder was trained as a mechanical engineer before studying at the Art Students League in New York, where he was a student of the urban realist painter John Sloane in 1923. Later inspired by the geometry and color employed by Spanish surrealist Joan Miró, whom he met in 1927, Calder began sculpting with continuous strands of wire that rendered volume without mass. Critics described these works as “drawings in space,” which later led to his “paintings in space”—constructions of abstract shapes cut from thin sheet metal and painted with primary colors. When attached to metal rods and suspended in midair, Calder’s “mobiles” hover and continuously shift with every air current. The flat, colorful shapes often resemble streamlined birds, fish, leaves, and stars, which adds an additional playful—and celestial—quality to Calder’s work. A major contribution to the development of abstract art, Calder’s floating compositions challenge the notion of sculpture as static compositions of mass and volume by focusing on the ideas of open space and transparency. uky

Very poetic western style video , Sweet Come Down - taken from The Australian Black Ryder's debut album "Buy the ticket, take the ride".

Watch | The Black Ryder - Sweet Come Down

After being struck by a 150-ton meteorite, Henry has to adapt to living precisely 91 centimeters from himself.
"Skhizein" has won numerous awards and its a beautiful 13 minutes animation directed by Jérémy Clapin.

Watch | Skhizein

Fascinating ,watched this video 3 times , @ the 4th turned on the beamer and plug the speakers real loud ... uaauuu , unbelievable , Gothic , Electro and a stunning video directed by Gus Gavino.

Watch | Post Honeymoon - Nightguard
Mp3 | Post Honeymoon - Nightguard

October 14, 2009, the 30th annual awards ceremony of the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund took place at the Asia Society in New York City. Lu Guang (卢广) from People’s Republic of China won the $30,000 W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography for his documentary project “Pollution in China.”

Lu Guang (卢广), freelancer photographer, started as an amateur photographer in 1980. He was a factory worker, later started his own photo studio and advertising agency. August of 1993 he returned to post-graduate studies at the Central Arts and Design Academy in Beijing (now is the Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University). During graduate school, he studied, traveled all over the country and carved out a career, became the “dark horse” of the photographer circle in Beijing. Skilled at social documentary photography, his insightful, creative and artistic work often focused on “social phenomena and people living at the bottom of society”, attracted the attentions of the national photography circle and the media. Many of his award winning works focused on social issues like, “gold rush in the west”, “drug girl”, “small coal pit”, “HIV village”, “the Grand Canal”, “development of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway” and so on. Pollution in China

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Amsterdam Dance Event , Golden Bug , Moulinex , Stateless , Bitterzoet , Patronaat

Last Thursday started the 14th edition of the Amsterdam Dance Event , the city was packet the clubs full , some of the biggest names of the industry come for a spin at Amsterdam , everyone was happy and gloomy.

Friday i went to Bitterzoet to listen to the Gomma crew and their recent created Gomma Dance Tracks.

One of their big names in the French Golden Bug , really cool live set , and it looked like everyone was having a blast.

One of my favorites is the super cool remix from the track "This Momentary" by Delphic.

Mp3 | Delphic - This Momentary [ Golden Bug remix ]

Moulinex had a very cool start , very disco , cool groves quite impressive , last part was a big complicated and we lost a bit of interest.

Mp3 | Cut Copy - Lights and Music [ Moulinex remix ]

In a general was a good choice and Bitterzoet is recommended for other trips to Amsterdam.

Saturday was the Leeds band Stateless (K7 Records) @ Patronaat , they are in a mini acoustic tour in Holland, i don't think that the partonaat cafe is the most adequate , at same point the crowd voice level combined with some dodgy feed back was so high that we nearly couldn't listen to the great combined voices of Chris James and Justin Percival . The performance was very nice , really liked the drummer David Levin , the guy was having lots of fun and definitely gave an extra to the band performance.
"Bloodstream" one my fav tracks was nearly audible and was a bit of a shame because its such a great song and super lyrics , " Wake up look me in the eyes again , I need to feel your hand upon my face ".
After the concert had time for a few pics a bit chat , i was told that they are preparing a new release around March and that will be a bit more electronic and experimental.

As a tip for the Patronaat , on this tipe of more acoustic performances , maybe a bit more care preparing the room , was a real pity and i thing the guys deserved a bit more.

Stateless give away a free download of an exclusive new acoustic track called Wade In.

Mp3 | Stateless - Wade In

Oct 25 2009 Rotown Rotterdam
Oct 26 2009 Tivoli de Helling

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Saturday 17 October 2009

Emmediesse,Mio Mixtape,Wolfmother, Vitalic,The Cat Piano,Niklas Lundberg, Jemina Pearl, Daniel Franke, Boys Noize,British Stamps, Takashi Murakami

Susi is a Illustrator from Tornio Italy , i'm quite fond of her "Mio" drawings collection , we had a few interesting conversation about "Mio" and Yesterday i prepared a special playlist of songs that i thought would fit the season were starting and Susi drawings.

Audiopleasures Mixtape for "Mio"

Mp3 | Angus and Julia Stone - Jewels And Gold
Mp3 | Electro Group - killer bees
Mp3 | Film School - Two Kinds
Mp3 | Gregor Samsa - Abutting, Dismantling
Mp3 | Jeniferever - swiming Eyes
Mp3 | Kurt Vile - Songs for John in D
Mp3 | Mum - Sing Me Out the Window
Mp3 | Red House Painters - Revelation Big Sur
Mp3 | Soap&Skin - Cynthia
Mp3 | Sufjan Stevens - I Can't Even Lift My Head
Mp3 | The Henries - nicole I l
Mp3 | The National - Green Gloves

Download full Audiopleasures Mixtape for "Mio"

Australian rockers , Wolfmother have announce the release of their new album "Cosmic Egg" on modular records later this month.
On the mean time as a appetizer of what's soon to come , here is their new video

Watch | Wolfmother - New Moon Rising

Another very hot release , Vitalic is back and "Flashmob" is dam good.
Strong contender for electronic album of the year.

Watch | Vitalic - Poison Lips

Latest short film by The People's Republic of Animation. Narrated by Nick Cave. Directed by Eddie White & Ari Gibson. Produced by Jessica Brentnall

Watch | The Cat Piano

Niklas Lundberg is a young Swedish graphic designer , visit Diftype is alter-ego to take a look of some of his great work .

Jemina Pearl ( ex - be your own pet ) from witch i was a big fan , as gone solo , she's working with some very interesting people , Iggy Pop and Sonic Youth Thurston Moore.

Watch | Jemina Pearl "I Hate People (ft. Iggy Pop)" with Thurston Moore

Fantastic soundsculpture by Daniel Franke

Watch | One Minute Soundsculpture

Boys Noize mix @ radio soulwax

Listen | Boys Noize Radio Soulwax-mix

I must say this is a fantastic idea , some of the most memorable British albums covers will be available as a stamps collection in the Uk from 7 January next year.
Some of the top graphic designers from the last 40 years have worked of this great idea to bring a mesmerizing experience to your mailbox.

“Inochi” Figures

Takashi Murakami is a prolific contemporary Japanese artist who works in both fine arts media, such as painting, as well as digital and commercial media. He blurs the boundaries between high and low art. He appropriates popular themes from mass media and pop culture, then turns them into thirty-foot sculptures, "Superflat" paintings, or marketable commercial goods such as figurines.

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