The attack of 8-bit nostalgia

Posted by Ian on May 27, 2010 in blog | No Comments

As we’re well into the first year of the second decade of the 21st century, we’re putting some serious temporal distance between us and the nascent days of graphic user interface (GUI) culture. It’s not surprising then to witness the recursive loop of nostalgic reworking and temporal mashup of bits (all 8 of them) of […]

Industrial Musicals

Posted by Ian on Apr 8, 2010 in blog | No Comments

Industrial Musicals – quite simply an amazing (and surprisingly unknown genre of American musical history). Here are a few tastes for what all went on in the early later half of the 20th century in corporate entertainment… (the resonances with Speer’s theatrics, choreography and nation branding efforts are somewhat chilling) (also note that I really […]

Virtual voices: Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir

Posted by Ian on Sep 13, 2009 in blog | No Comments

Maybe it all started with ‘Chocolate Rain‘, but there are now thousands of videos all over the net of people singing all manner of songs over their webcams. It was only a matter of time ’til video posting sites such as YouTube became bastions for self-produced, lofi music videos and mass-syndicated amateur singing, but amidst […]

The First DJ Battle in the World: Timofei Levchuk’s ‘In the Ukrainian Steppe’ (1952) Redubbed

Posted by Ian on Aug 16, 2009 in blog | No Comments

The impact that You Tube has had on contemporary culture has been widely discussed (e.g. here). It’s produced any number of average joe heroes and overnight celebrities. What also is produced are gems of remixed old media. Often giving new life to long forgotten music or film, the media archaeologists of You Tube dig up […]

Art and advertising

Posted by Ian on Apr 15, 2009 in blog | No Comments

Hiroshi Sugimoto‘s photograph as used on U2‘s album ‘No Line on the Horizon’ Art has always had a tight relationship with commerce, economics and the market place in general. Back when the Church controlled the purse strings, artists readily explored themes and stories dictated by the highest ecclesiastical bidder, and art has always been readily […]

A greener festival? The eco-entertainment movement

Posted by Ian on Mar 11, 2009 in blog | No Comments

In recent years, the ecological impact of music festivals has become an increasing concern amongst concert goers as well as organisers. The explosion of music festivals over the last 15-20 years has lead to an independent festival industry with food vendors, musicians, artists, security teams, equipment companies and management crews all taking part in a […]

The West-Eastern-Divan Orchestra: Using bows not bombs

Posted by Ian on Jan 11, 2009 in blog | One Comment

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the founding of the West-Eastern-Divan Orchestra. The brain child of Jewish-Argentine conductor Daniel Barenboim and the late Palestinian-American intellectual Edward Said, the orchestra, popularly known as the ‘Peace Orchestra’ is comprised of young musicians from both Israeli and Palestinian backgrounds. The simple thought of Said and Barenboim was […]

Dropping bombs like a particle accelarator!

Posted by Ian on Sep 10, 2008 in blog | No Comments

Today, CERN’s Large Hadron Collider fires ups for the first time. 9,000 scientists from over 60 countries hope that the experiments beginning today will reveal some hard facts about the nature of the universe, how it came into being and what this thing called ‘matter’ is really made up of. Of course there is a […]

Santogold: Patron saint of amazing stage shows

Posted by Ian on Aug 20, 2008 in blog | No Comments

If any of you haven’t had the chance to catch a glimpse of Santogold live, then you better get Googling and find the nearest concert happening near you and get your funky moves ready. Hailing from Philadelphia/NY, she just rocked our socks off at the Edinburgh Festival. Sonically, her team covers all the bases – […]

Synaesthesia, sound and light: Advanced Beauty

Posted by Ian on Aug 17, 2008 in blog | No Comments

What do you get when you put musicians, programmers, artists, animators and architects together in the same room? Answer – some absolutely amazing sound visualizations! Advanced Beauty is an ongoing collaborative project curated by Universal Everything and Freefarm. Calling on collaborators in New York, London, Russia, Buenos Aires, Japan, Glasgow and San Francisco, the project’s […]