Monthly Archives: October 2011


Check out Alexander Chen’s project; using video (and a whole lot of maths and musicology) he’s designed a piece of software which deconstructs Bach’s Cello Suite No.1 Prelude so that the listener/viewer can visualise the piece and gain a new understanding of the composition.

It’s fun, and very very clever.

Chen says: ‘Using the mathematics behind string length and pitch, it came from a simple idea: what if all the notes were drawn as strings? Instead of a stream of classical notation on a page, this interactive project highlights the music’s underlying structure and subtle shifts.’



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It was just under a week ago that The Stone Roses officially announced their plans to reform and play two shows in Manchester’s Heaton Park next summer.  Obviously, ticket sites went crazy, crashed, sparked frantic browser refreshing and much hysterics amongst the ‘Roses dedicated and hardcore fan base.  This was, let’s not forget, a band that had always denied reformation rumours, and the infamous ‘falling out’ of principle songwriters Ian Brown and John Squire meant that most people stopped daring to dream, as it were, many moons ago.

Well, the tickets sold out in 14 minutes, giving some indication as to the huge demand for these two summertime shows.  Surely more dates will be subsequently announced?  Perhaps even an ‘Arena’ tour?  New material, too?  Hopefully not.

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Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) V Aldershot



Check out this fantastic image of India, captured by a NASA satellite, as Diwali (the five-day Hindu festival of lights), begins.

Happy Diwali, everyone.

From DYT

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Zooey Deschanel has been slammed in some parts of the media for her delivery of the US national anthem at the 4th game in the World Series last night.

Rumoured to have been given the gig due to her new sitcom ‘The New Girl‘ airing on Fox, the same network that broadcasts the World Series, Deschanel was criticised for her restrained and relatively introspective delivery of the ‘star spangled banner’.  It was like getting Cat Power in to do the gig.  Or Scarlett Johanssen, if ‘Anywhere I Lay My Head‘ was anything to go by.  I personally think it’s a great vocal performance, and in an era of cheesy, OTT music-synching and saccharine ‘tension building’ poppycock, Deschanel’s performance was a nice slice of genuine emotion.  A reflection of citizenship more than the Broadway-esque version that you’d usually expect.

Anyway, see for yourself in the video after the jump.

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How do you judge a book?  Amazing promo piece from Rick Genest and Dermablend.

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Tyler T. Williams is a 25 year-old film-maker/video director who hails from Boise, Idaho.   He has made some of the most impressive music shorts of the year so far.

His videos have a slow-paced, blissful dream-like quality to them, and he is currently gaining a lot of acclaim for his promo of Youth Lagoon’s ‘Montana‘ (see above).

Still in the first flourishes of what is shaping up to be an exciting career, check out Williams’ best clips to date after the jump.

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You’d be easily forgiven for assuming that these images were sublime captures from some space-satellite or super powerful telescope; the latest high-res shots of the solar system, perhaps?

Well you’d be wrong, because these are images of well-worn frying pans from a wonderful ‘investigation’ entitled ‘Devour‘, by Norway-based photographer Christopher Jonassen.

The images in ‘Devour’ are accompanied by a quote from Jean-Paul Sartre: “To eat is to appropriate by destruction”, and these ravaged old bits of iron, copper or tin do rather eerily evoke the ‘view from above’ that perhaps the Hubble or some such has often provided us with.

Eat to live, or live to eat?  Either way, whether it’s teflon coating or the ozone layer, we’re pretty happy to let nothing get in our way.

More images after the jump.

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West Side Story: 50 years on

On 18th October 1961 West Side Story premiered at the Rivoli Theatre, New York.

The film’s popularity has continued throughout the decades, perhaps due to the Romeo and Juliet plot or the iconic Jerome Robbins choreography.  What sets West Side Story apart from other musicals though is its appeal outside of the genre. As Empire Magazine put it in its 5 star review of the film, West Side Story is ‘the musical for people who don’t like musicals.’

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Tom Waits, earlier this summer, called time on his plans to invite us all to a listening party for his forthcoming album ‘Bad As Me‘ (released next week).  In the video, below, he gives us all a few things to chew on, as he contemplates the state of the music business vis a vis piracy, ‘streaming’ and the notion of privacy.

I think the video is great because Waits is addressing an alarming issue for the creative world – the notion of making a living from an art form and how much jeopardy that is in due to piracy, downloading, freeloading, whatever….

Turns out, subscribers to Waits mailing list will receive an exclusive invite for a ‘private’ playback of Bad As Me in their email inbox today.

The record comes out on Anti, and will no doubt be amazing.  Waits, after all, can do no wrong.

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