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Flickermood 2.0: typefaces, music and motion graphic

Flickermood 2.0 from Sebastian Lange on Vimeo.

The next level of this experimental typographic orgy.

Animation by Sebastian Lange
Music by Forss

Flickermood was basically all done in AE/FCS - the soundtrack
is from FORSS (check out his music platform at http://www.soundcloud.com and his music at http://www.forss.to).

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White Glove

Everyone knows it. Everyone has seen it. But never like this...

White Glove Tracking Compilation from Evan Roth on Vimeo.

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pavarotti and james brown

...recommended viewing by Diego Cortez.

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In light of the darkness...

Last night we were enlightened by the dark beginnings of horror cinema; the 1922 classic Nosferatu. This is just on of the recent 'golden oldies' that we have been watching lately as part of our Thursday Night Movies in the Fabrica cinema. As I watched it I could help getting images of Jackson's Thriller, and of course.. how could I forget the old Count muppet from Sesame Street! I stumbled upon this today and it seemed a great creative edit on our childhood Counting Count.

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Sounds like...

As I am equally a musician/producer as I am a graphic designer, I've been doing some research lately on sound and video experiments. I've found some really neat stuff that has currently been popping up in the Vimeo community. Vimeo user Candas has been exploring some very interesting abstract video's and editing them to interpret the soundtrack. Super interesting and inspiring stuff.

Also Magnus Engsfors' Suddenly is also worth a look. Some amazing fx and an original take on the infamous bullet-time technique that was brought to the masses through Max Payne and of course The Matrix.

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Geremia Vinattieri: a new noisy Fabricante

Directly from Florence, one of the most important city in the world for Arts, a new guy has just joined the Music department at Fabrica.
His name is Geremia Vinattieri and his "noisy creativity" is something impossible to ignore!

Geremia Vinattieri from andy cameron on Vimeo.

How would you describe yourself?
A guy with a great interest in Art, in all its forms and aspects.

What did you expect from this place?
To find what I've actually found: a place where I can develop my creative identity.

Lets talk about your "Drummpaint" performance. What did you want to communicate?
Basically the idea expressed by the performance is a perfect symbiosis between my two main passions: Music and Graphics.
I've studied at the artistic secondary school, then I attended the Academy of fine Arts, now I make illustrations and I play drums. So I wanted to combine both visual and musical expressions, without letting one being stronger than the other.

What about your dreams?
There are a lot of dreams... our dreams depend on our age, temporary interests, phases....
I'd like to realize them all without betraying who I was once, who I am now, and who I will be...

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Out There: where Architecture meets Semiotics

What are the first things you think when I say “architecture”?
Heavy long-lasting buildings? Pyramids? Sparky skyscrapers? A thirty floor residence? The tour Eiffel?
If this is what we usually mean by “architecture”, maybe we need to change our beliefs.

As Semiotics tought me, the meaning of things is not simply an “object” (a “chair” is not only "the object that has the shape of a chair”, because a stone on the grass is actually a chair, if you sit on it!) but the consequences related to them (actions but also feelings).
In other terms, the meaning is what things REPRESENT.
Thats why the 11th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice is called “Out there: Architecture Beyond Building”.
Architecture is not just about “buildings” and “constructions” (=objects): we need to look beyond them.

Today the world is extremely dynamic, buildings cannot be something eternal anymore. What we create must be easy to develop, light, avaiable to be changed in order to our temporary needs.
Architecture is the way to create a world that

we feel like home
(Aaron Betsky)

but paradoxically, without building stable houses.
Its a way to communicate our time, our fears, our views.
Buildings dont represent this anymore.

Visual arts and performances, cinema, collage, illustrations, practices, immaginations, deconstructions, experiences, undefined shapes. Sperimentation, and not just an exposition of what already exists.

This is what I saw “Out there”.

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Power to (or from?) the music!

If you are in Rotterdam and you wanna have an "energetic" dancing night, Watt is finally open and the Sustainable Dance Floor is a reality.

During the last workshop at Fabrica, Cameron Sinclair asked the students to imagine a soccer team club for young people in Zambia. Thinking of the importance of music and dance in that country, Lars, Pushkar, Priya and I tried to think of how to produce electricity and save consumptions.
That's how I discovered Sustainable Dance Club.

SDC invented an Energy Generating Dance Floor that converts the movement of the dancing
crowd into electricity and uses this power to change the
appearance of the floor’s surface.
All visuals are a continuous real-time interaction between the
clubbers on the floor made visible, allowing every individual’s
actions to contribute to the collective experience.

Doing your part for the environment doesn’t have to be boring

they say...
but that's spectacular isn't it?

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Judith Priest

an assault of bodies, writhing against a massive assault of breakcore, sweaty rivulets of alcohol and raw bass: this was a good night.

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fuck the nu school

Last night I saw a brilliant set at the ZXZW festival by 8GB, who also played with Stu, Goto80 and Computadora. He is currently touring the Netherlands but hails from Buenos Aires. I absolutely love his techno-fetishized 8 Bit World Order, because he was rocking the set like it was going out of style. This is 8 bit at its best.

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Honorary Mention Digital Music - ARS Electronica 2008

This installation by Jörg Niehage is a arrangement of "accoustically usable finds" (plastic toys, electronic and mechanical junk) on a picnic blanket. A projected cursor over the landscape allows the user to click on a mechanism/instrument, activating it. The outcome is a wonderful lo-fi electronic composition.

See the project here:

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Sleevage is an Australian blog all about music cover art. From the LP’s of the 60’s to the digital artworks of now.


They are currently looking for writers who want to regularly submit to Sleevage in exchange for free CD’s and concert tickets. Here you will find their contact.

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A video without cameras

Of course Radiohead again. Their latest video, "House of Cards" uses real time 3D recording instead of cameras, “utilizing highly technical structured light and Lidar laser-enhanced scanners to model lead singer Thom Yorke and provide an otherworldly narrative accompaniment to the song.”

An interview with the director James Frost, behind-the-scenes footage and all the information about this complex, innovative process, can be found here. Also, visit the video's interactive component, where you can actually control the 3D data of Yorke's head.
How not to love them.

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The Creature is born

Rising from concept to physical realization and lurking in the depths of imagination, Invisible Creature emerges. And its invisibility certainly knows how to handle design, illustration and direction.


Careful, its work may have two simple purposes: to feed your inspiration or to completely kill your creative ego.

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I'll Follow the Sun.

The beautiful Bato Novo (Jojo and Axel) of Berlin.

A tribute to summer, love, balconies, the beatles, bossanova, and panama hats.

Buon Weekend.

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All I Need

Radiohead for MTV Exit Foundation
Via The Science of Creativity

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fujiya and miyaji

Good old-fashioned dice animation set to a rockin' tune...

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Bat for Lashes

Bat for Lashes is Natasha Khan, Natasha Khan is Bat for Lashes, a musician with English and Pakistani roots that spent her childhood travelling around the world. Double lucky Europeans, since she will be opening the upcoming Radiohead tour.

"What's a Girl to Do?" is her last single, and it just made my day.
Any similarity with fabricanti biking back home is mere coincidence....

Gracias Sachii

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Some encouragment for designers who secretly dream of a career in music. My design school buddy Pip goes from life behind the camera, to behind the mic, in an orgasm of 80's brilliance. G.O.L.D!!


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dumpster diving attains new hotness

I had been under the assumption that, commercially shot rap videos are meant to be like, hot or something. Wiley's new video blows away all these preconceptions. Sure, there are still hot "foxes", but they are the kind willing to go dumpster diving and eat fried chicken on the spot. This is the end of rap videos with hot girls. It had its heyday in the 90s, but its over now. Be prepared... for anything.

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Nude for you

This is pretty cool. To celebrate this week’s single release of “Nude,” Radiohead have broken up the song into pieces for you.


You can buy the separate components or ‘stems’ (bass, voice, guitar, strings/FX and drums) and remix your own version of the song with your own beats and instrumentation or just remixing the original parts. You can also upload it to a site where people will listen and vote for their favourite.
There are already a lot of them, some really really nice.
www.radioheadremix.com is the site you are looking for.

Via Pierito

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Media Playground

This is pretty sweet. Mixwit lets you find good music to put it together and make your own customized mixtape to keep, post or share with anyone out there.

Their playlist is very diverse and is also super easy to control. Nice nice nice idea!
Here we share some Fabrica's favourites.

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Heavy Metal Parking Lot w/ bonus material

The incredible video "Heavy Metal Parking Lot" is once again online. It is not to be missed. It is such a great view of what American youth were like in the late 1980's. Everything from beers, girls and awesome home made t-shirts is covered in this film.


It can be seen here. Also included in this video is the adult contemporary version of "Neil Diamond Parking Lot" and "Monster Truck Parking Lot" and also some out takes and stuff.
This is certainly a treat!

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Who is MGMT?

Check out this Brooklyn, NY based band MGMT.
They are a really fun poppy freak out of a band. Here are a few scenes from the video "Time to Pretend".


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The Japanese band はっぱ隊 (Leaf Squad), interprets Yatta! (I did it!, ready! or all right!), becoming a big success and hitting #6 in the charts within a number of weeks.

Love the whole thing!

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New Video

The super cool French duo Justice have a new video out.

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See it here.

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Imogen Heap

Here is my Valentine’s present: one of the most impressive performances I have seen.

Imogen Heap is a beautiful English singer-songwriter, classically trained in many instruments including piano, cello and clarinet. She later taught herself to play the guitar, drums, and the array mbira, as well as sequencing, music engineering, sampling and production on Atari computers.
With the sounds of this genius, impossible not to be in a good mood.
Peace and love people!

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Frontier psychiatrist

The Avalanches are an electronic music group from Melbourne, Australia, best known for its live DJ sets and debut album “Since I Left You” (2000), which was assembled from approximately 3,500 vinyl samples.

“Frontier psychiatrist” is an awesome video and a great stress relief (quite needed for a lot of people around), where the assembled oddities just remind me to, well, many real situations. And yeah, not just that boy, but we all need therapy...

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Postcards from Italy

After a wonderful, delicious and warm holiday, this place seems to be busier, and yeah, sadder than ever with all our terrible losses. I will have to say that Fabrica’s worse part is whenever your best buddies leave forever. Forever because the possibilities of a reencounter are in most cases, impossible. Distance/time/money impossible.

Dearest ex-fabricanti, you will always be in our memories, hearts and iTunes. We wish the best and one of these days lets do the world tour we always planned. Lots of love and with Beirut, postcards from Italy!

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Former fabricante Helder Araujo and some impressive information design skills, came out with a site called connectionmap, which, as the name says, creates connections between social sites and users.


The topics can be books, places, feeds, friends, and their beta version is "MUSIC". To see it work, just enter a band to discover people or a last.fm user to discover bands. With this version, besides finding new artists, you can also listen to their sounds. Pretty amazing!
Try here.

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Flight of the Conchords

Flight of the Conchords, formerly “New Zealand's fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo,” is made up of Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement who became the main characters of one of the best TV series ever.

The show, called as the duo, follows their trials and tribulations as they try to make a name for themselves in their adopted home of New York City, hoping for a successful music career, always following an honest, simple, innocent and very refreshing humor.
Yeah, "New Zealand...Rocks!!!"

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Thom in the box

Here comes Radiohead again!
The video “15 steps” from their new album In Rainbows is the executive edition and was put together (or recycled) by Garth Jennings and comedian Adam Buxton.

Poor guy, he’s still asking what’s in the box...

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Magnetic Tapes

Weren’t they great?


I don’t even know when or how they disappeared, but Audio Cassettes were certainly awesome, especially while recording your own sounds or the greatest hits from the local radio station.
And you could use a pencil to rewind them!

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Music Maps


Gracenote, the company that usually provides the album information when you rip a CD, launched an interesting Music Map application that shows the "popularity" of artists and albums by region and country in many parts of the world. It does this based on how often Gracenote's database is queried about particular albums or artists.

Click here to map your music.

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In Rainbows

Radiohead, the greatest of the greatest band ever, have finally some new sounds out there.


Their seventh studio album has been released through their website as a digital download for which, believe it or not, you can set up its own price! Brilliant as always.
Got it and love it!!!!

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Neon Bible

Amazing interactive video by the Arcade Fire, a Canadian indie band which music is described as sounding "like standing by the ocean at night".


It is also worth your time exploring their website. Inspiring and beautifully done.

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Backing up your music

Afraid of losing all those wonderful mp3’s you love?
Here is a tip that can save a Mac’s user life.
iTunes has actually a feature called "Back Up to Disc." To find it, just go to the File menu. As you can see, there are different options.


You can change the format of the CD you want to burn into data disc instead of audio CD in the iTunes preferences, and fit up to 1000 songs per disc. Great deal!

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Rock illustrated

Ken Taylor is a gifted artist from Melbourne. Creating his own style, he has been commissioned by some of the world best-known bands.


His work includes rock posters, CD Artwork, illustration and design.
He has a unique talent and certainly, a sweet job.

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Burbuja At Sonar

Former Fabricante, Merche Blasco, takes on her alter ego Burbuja,playing Barcelona's Sonar Festival this past weekend. She told me there were lots of ambulances. "Chemic + music = perfect Sonar."

From left to right: Burbuja, (Merche with ultra blonde hair) Ram head Jin Angdoo Lee, and Bird/Deer Miren Marañón.

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Harry and the Potters

If you're a fan of the books or the movies, check out Harry's band. Writing and singing all about the troubles of being a teenage wizard.


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Denny Hazen sings the blues

Denny Hazen fights social and commercial inequalities with rap.


via Mr. Eric Faggin.

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San Tomaso

"San Tomaso" is the most frequented watering hole for the Fabricanti. I think it's been that way for a large percentage of the student history. There are a few interesting characters there: The guy that says "Op," the girl with the frizzy blonde hair, the drunk, bald, obtrusive guy... And then there is Francesco, who has actually become pretty good friends with the students.

We discovered his myspace today:
We hope "il Gelato" becomes a big hit.

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Weekend Reminder

Happy weekend everyone!

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the Hype Machine

After spending so much time in these combined bubble worlds, both Treviso and Fabrica, everything about you becomes outdated, and you lose touch with the new freshness that exists everywhere else. No matter how much music you've got, you've heard it all a million times, and everybody's music library inside of Fabrica becomes more or less the same.

The Hype Machine fixes the music woes. Updated constantly, streaming mp3's from Music Bloggers, the biggest music nerds of life, it's easy to find a lot of great new unheard of music, it's also easy to find great up and coming bands and old classics. Have a look for yourself. Treat your ears.


IMPORTANT NOTE: Most of the mp3's don't work after a couple weeks of being posted. It's best to stream from the most recent rather than by band or blog site.

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Aquarium Drunkard + NEVVER

Two great blogs that offer a great selection of music.

The first: an Aquarium Drunkard,
dishes out classic rock and newish mostly folky, indie rock, hitting a summery softer note, finding a great selection of rare and live tracks from today's most beloved musicians. Also available are, as of late, 25 ultra lovely podcasts, interviews and links to band sites.

The Second: NEVVER
puts up one mp3 matched with one (beautiful) image each day, most of which are movie stills I think. The music is quite ecclectic, a little darker than the aforementioned, very cinematic, a little creepy cool. All in all very nice.

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Friendship vs. Super Mario Brothers

This was brought to my attention today in Mensa. A band named Friendship put out an album in 1979 only to be totally ripped off by that guy that created the Super Mario Brothers music in 1985. Have a listen here.

Special thanks to our dearly departed David O'Reilly.

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Belle and Sebastian vs. Mimi' La Ragazza del Pallavolo

Belle and Sebastian totally ripped off, Mimi' La Ragazza Del Pallavolo. Both are amazing songs, one is an original. It's just like it is with Seba and that other guy.

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Taking from: Miren

Update: Oct. 23,2006 Apparently this is not Miren's playlist. It is the guy who sat at Miren's desk before Miren... and put her name in his itunes profile? Anyway, I never claimed to have any investigative reporting skills.

It never ceases to amaze me - take a peek into a girl’s record collection and you will find out just what kind you’ve got on your hands.

Here is what she’s got a lot, A LOT of: Queen (everyone’s favorite super melodramatic, super operatic, funtime cheese rock) and 167 Franco Battiato hits (an avante guard, Italian born star, who's also known to be quite cheesy at times)

So… Cheese. That’s what we got on our hands. For the ultimate formaggio I’d search Miren’s library for “Pupurri,” which she's classified under “Comedia.” Purpurri seems to be a compilation of rank smash hits probably given to her by some lovesick admirer. The compilation features one of my favorites – “Eternal Flame” by the Bangles.

Otherwise my biggest suggestion would be to swipe the super awesome (really truthfully no sarcasm here) “Alaska y los Pegamoides” and "Alaska y Dinarama." I love it and I think you will too. Judge for yourself with the video up top.

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Taking from: Please Don't Copy my Music

It's hard to get a hold of good music here in Treviso and even harder to justify spending money on new music when there is a library of literally hundreds of thousands of songs within in our shared music community.


I'm going to try to do this once a week: pick and recommend somewhat obscure albums from a different person's library. I need some sort of blogging routine.

This week, I'm looking and stealing from Please Don't Copy my Music's music, primarily for the pure ironic hilarity of it.

Grisha's collection consists mainly of Linkin Park and German electronic kind of dance beat stuff, which is fine and all, but hard to work to. I did find this little gem though:

Tristan Honsinger. The album is titled Travelogues. It's new to me, maybe not to you.

Honorable mentions: Spank Rocks' "YoYoYoYoYo"Nouvelle Vague's self titled album, and the Life Aquatic Soundtrack (I've been looking for those)

And while in Grisha's library be sure to check out Apoetnomadali, Wilson Philips, a bunch of fart sound effects, and the German translation of a Stepehen Hawking lecture (you can hear Hawking's awesome computer voice in the background.)

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transmediale 2007


Call for Competition, Festival, Club

transmediale.07: festival for art and digital culture berlin :: 31 January - 4 February 2007 :: club transmediale.07: international festival for electronic music and related visual arts :: 26 January - 3 February 2007. Call for Entries: :: Deadline: 8 September 2006 :: Award Ceremony: 3 February 2007.

transmediale.07 Award Competition: transmediale - festival for art and digital culture berlin, invites submissions for its Award Competition 2007. The competition highlights outstanding contemporary artistic positions in digital media art. The international jury will award one main prize of EUR 4.000, and two second prizes of EUR 2.000 each.

read more from the header link..

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Hummer - Can't Buy Me Love

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The Smashing Pumpkins said "no thanks," the Talking Heads gracefully declined, electronic rockers Trans Am told them to hit the road - and my guess is that if they were still around, the Beatles would have said no too. It seems as though Hummer is in the rather unusual position of being unable to pay artists to abandon their values to endorse a product that pretty much represents all that is f*cked in the modern world.

yeah, take that! hummer!

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Video explains the world's most important 6-sec drum loop

Cory Doctorow: This fascinating, brilliant 20-minute video narrates the history of the "Amen Break," a six-second drum sample from the b-side of a chart-topping single from 1969. This sample was used extensively in early hiphop and sample-based music, and became the basis for drum-and-bass and jungle music -- a six-second clip that spawned several entire subcultures. Nate Harrison's 2004 video is a meditation on the ownership of culture, the nature of art and creativity, and the history of a remarkable music clip. Link (Thanks, Chris!)

Update: Hirmes sends us a link to a mirror.

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Site for David Byrne/Fatboy Slim musical "Here Lies Love" live

Xeni Jardin: The website for "Here Lies Love – A Song Cycle", the stage collaboration between David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, is now online. The performance will debut in Austalia at the Adelaide Bank Festival of Arts on March 9.
Here Lies Love – A Song Cycle deals with the life of Imelda Marcos, co-ruler of the Philippines in the 70s and 80s, as well as the life of Estrella Cumpas, the woman who raised her. Through a series of songs written by David Byrne, with musical contributions from Fatboy Slim (Norman Cook), Here Lies Love – A Song Cycle presents Imelda Marcos meditating on events in her life, from her childhood spent in poverty and her rise to power to her ultimate departure from the palace. In particular, the production looks at the relationship between Imelda and a servant from her childhood, Estrella Cumpas, who appeared at key moments in Imelda's life.
Link (thanks, Danielle Spencer!)

Via Boing Boing

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Mozart's music diary goes online

Net users are getting the chance to hear rarely performed works by Mozart thanks to the British Library.

if you\'re the type for this sort of thing...

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Guitars with five necks

Axel writes: und this picture, no story.". So I did a bit of research and found that aside from this obvious Photoshop job, there are at least three real five-neck guitars, all of them made by Hamer for Rick Nielsen from Cheap Trick. So now we know. More. If you want three necks, you'll have to look here.
UPDATE: Ned writes: That is one of the three guitars made for Rick Neilson. The gal holding it is Kaia from The Butchies. They played a show with Cheap Trick in 2004, which is where the photo was taken... see here for all the details. Thanks Ned!

file this under hardcore.

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Zoe's Radio Show

A friend showed me this, and at first I was like "oh cute, another teen doing a podcast"... didn't think too much at first.

And I let my browser downloaded the show and when it played, wow, I was quite impressed. This 15 year old has excellent taste in music, I'm embarrassed by my own playlist.

check it out: http://www.zoeradio.com/

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Time for John Cage


As Slow as Possible/ASLSP

The world’s longest performance of a piece of music is being played in Germany, and it will go on playing for another 639 years. John Cage's composition ASLSP, or to give it its full title As Slow As Possible, is part of what organisers have described as ‘a revolution in slowness.’ But can this really be taken seriously or is it simply a publicity stunt? Arts In Action reports.

Throughout his life, the experimental American composer, John Cage, was celebrated for his various efforts to subvert audiences’ conventional concepts of what music is, and should be. Famously quoted as saying, ‘if my work is accepted I must move on to the point where it isn’t’, Cage continually pushed back artistic boundaries and led audiences to the edge of reason.

Much of his theory of art was based on random events. Whether he used conventional percussion instruments or tinkered with audio frequencies, performances of Cage’s work always sparked conversation. In 1952 he hallenged every musical assumption with his most notorious piece entitled 4'33". Here players sat silently for the allotted time, allowing the ambient noise to fill the void. This quite literally was the sound of silence. more [via netbehaviour]

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one of those things you have to appreciate in theory...

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Q-Unit: Queen and 50-Cent mashup

Cory Doctorow: Q-Unit is a delightful mashup album combining 50-Cent and Queen -- with tracks like "This is How We Bite the Dust," "Bohemian Wanksta" and "We Will Rock You in Da Club."

Now, two questions about this album:

1. Will people who download this decide that they don't need to buy Queen albums or 50 Cent albums because this album gives them everything they'd need from both?

2. Will Queen or 50 Cent's label go after the people who host this anyway? Link (Thanks, Mark and Scim!)

let\'s get this up on the iTunes share, eh?

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Barenaked Ladies release album on USB stick

Cory Doctorow: A reader writes, "The Barenaked Ladies are trying out a new method of music delivery: 28 songs, plus video and audio clips and a few live versions, on a 128 mb flash drive. (Link goes to their news page--it seems you can't get separate articles. Specific content information is from an email sent to fans) They even say the flash drive is an easy way 'to share music, videos, pictures and other data'--not the kind of sentiment you'd hear from most bands. The content, including the extras, looks like it will be stuff that's been at least partlly released before--but it's still a pretty cool idea, even if the execution could be better."
BARENAKED ON A STICK! ... is a USB flash memory drive containing songs, videos, and exclusive content from the Barenaked Ladies, and will go on sale November 22, 2005! Essential for any BNL fan's collection, the 128mg USB flash memory drive (about the size of your pinky finger) is a fast and easy way to share music, videos, pictures and other data. It is PC/Mac compatible, re-usable and incredibly low priced at $29.98 (close to the same cost of the device on its own with no special content). It will be available on Amazon.com and Werkshop.com (Nettwerk's online merchandise store), and will also be sold at all BNL shows this winter.
I agree that this is cool, but how many 128MB sticks can you usefully own? I've got about ten kicking around now... Link

not that i'm a big fan, but releasing an album on a memory stick seems cool. should be a start of something new in the music business, and then we'll be moving from designing CD covers to designing an actual memory stick!

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Bigfoot: Giant walk-on foot-powered organ

< !span class="imageleft"> < !span class="imageright"> The Bigfoot is not another overgrown MIDI keyboard. It's far cooler than that. It's a snap together foam keyboard with tuned reeds in each key. No electricity, just stamp on the key, and the note sounds. At $180 per octave, it's close to essential. (via Gizmodo)

No Electricity!

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New super-simple DIY synth plans

From Ray Wilson, inventor of the Soundlab Mini Synth comes the Wacky Electronic Noise Maker Thingy. It's a much simpler circuit, which produces surprisingly cool pulsing, bleeping type noises. You can hear sound clips here. It's made with a handful of components, a few pots and switches and a 9v battery. There's a very clear schematic, a PCB design and a stripboard layout. If anyone is making a PCB for this kit, could you make me one, too? (thanks, CleanROOM)

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All your guitars are belong to us

Just for today, this is the greatest thing ever: A single page with every guitar for sale on Amazon, cheapest on the left, most expensive on the right. Creator Jim Bumgardner (Man, that's an unfortunate name) explains how it works. (Thanks, Mikey)

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Room with Edited Soundscape

Akitsugu Maebayashi's new sound installation "4Pieces for Object, Sound, Space and Body - 'Radio,' 'Window,' 'Metronome,' 'Darkness,'" is now exhibited at NTT ICC Museum in Tokyo. Looks like it's based on Radio Room (photo).

[Radio Room.]

When you sit and wear a headphone in Radio Room, you start hearing sound from the radio in front of you. Then you start hearing the sound of leaves on the floor, and now you realize you are listening to the sound from the trees outside the room. The careful design of the sound space provides a unique multimodal experience.

(Yeah, well, writing about sound is like dancing about architecture isn't it?)

His installation is part of the exhibition called "Possible Futures: Japanese Post-War Art and Technology".

Nikkei recently wrote a nice article summarizing Maebayashi's works including: Radio Room, Disclavier, Audible Distance, Sonic Interface, [I/O] white room, [I/O] warehouse, [I/O] distant place, Velocity, and Motto Darwin. If you want, check out the article to at least see various photos.

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Virtual club to rock game culture

Jon Jacobs, aka Neverdie, the gamer who bought a virtual space station for $100,000 says he wants to turn it into a nightclub to change the face of entertainment.

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Currently being built within the online role-playing game Project Entropia, the space would be called Club Neverdie and would bridge reality and virtual reality.

"I'm already in talks with some of the worlds biggest DJs about spinning live sets inside the nightclub," said Neverdie. "Gamers want to be entertained while they play, hunt, socialise and craft, and because of the real cash economy aspects of Project Entropia, they can afford to pay for their entertainment."

The player believes that "Club Neverdie will enable the entertainment industry to reach inside virtual reality and target the gamer while he's in his element, while also harnessing the economic power of the gamers to raise the quality level of the content on offer."

Via BBC News.

\"And just when I was bopping to this awesome house track... A big Absolut bottle landed on my player... man it was like minus 20 hit points. Don\'t you hate product placement???\"

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Playing the Building, by D. Byrne

With Playing the Building, David Byrne wanted to create an installation that would produce sound and would take advantage of the fact it is housed in a raw factory space- with exposed pipes, heating and structural elements.


Devices are attached to the building structure- to the metal beams, the plumbing, the electrical conduits, the heating pipes, the water pipes - and are used to make these things produce sound. No amplification is used, no computer synthesis of sound and there are no speakers. The machines will produce sound through wind, vibration and striking. The devices that are part of the piece do not produce sound on their own, but instead they cause the building elements themselves to vibrate, resonate and oscillate so that the building itself becomes a very large musical instrument.

At the the Färgfabriken artspace, Stockholm, Sweden. 2005-10-08 - 2005-11-13.
Opening and party Saturday October 8, 12pm-1am.

Thanks Matti.

Related: Sascha blogged the Electromechanical mandala workshop with Douglas Irving Repetto at the UDK in Berln.

Via we make money not art

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