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Ólafur Arnalds – The Sky May Be Falling…But The Stars Look Good On You

Posted in documentary, music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 28, 2011 by Nabil

one of my favourite musical discoveries of 2011 has been neo-classical composer and performer Ólafur Arnalds. i’ve probably listened to his music more than anyones during the past year, so despite the following documentary being from 2009 (filmed during a UK tour in October 2008) it’s new to me and i suspect plenty of others too. it runs for about 24 minutes

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Tinariwen – Tassili Desert Sessions

Posted in documentary, music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 29, 2011 by Nabil

Tinariwen released their 5th album, Tassili, in June this year and from the first time i heard it i was hooked. it’s by far one of my favourite albums from 2011, and below you’ll find a superb little 15 minute film that will give newcomers a taste of what to expect from an album i can’t praise highly enough. for more info on the band check out their website

Matt Black – AV tests

Posted in animation, audio visual mix, documentary, music with tags , , on November 23, 2011 by Nabil

Matt Black,  one half of the legendary Coldcut as well as one of Ninja Tunes co-founders and still one of their head-honchos, is a major lover of audio/visual technology. Black is one of the inventors of the VJamm software used in the Coldcut live shows and has been an innovator of the whole av scene. here are a couple of things that caught my attention on Black’s YouTube channel allgoodmatt

this first video was made using Memos Amoeba QC patch, adapted for realtime midi control in VDMX with audio from Ableton. using midi to simultaneously control video and audio synths makes an explicit AV connection

next up is a midi controlled AV synth with AV echo/feedback effects using Quartz composer and vdmx , with Ableton doing sound

and lastly, Matt Black and Paul Smiles give a quick demo of their work in progress, an AudioVisual marimba built using Ableton, Processing, and an AkaiMPD24

Time Lapse View of Earth from Space with music by Jan Jelinek

Posted in documentary, music, photography with tags , , on November 14, 2011 by Nabil

ok, this is not strictly the sort of thing i’d ordinarily post on this blog, but the music and pictures work so well together that i felt compelled to include it as i’m sure it will be appreciated by many

what we have here is time-lapse sequences of photographs taken with a special low-light 4K-camera by the crew of expedition 28 & 29 onboard the International Space Station from  August to October, 2011 and a piece of music from Jan Jelinek


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George Harrison: Living In The Material World (Martin Scorsese’s new documentary)

Posted in documentary, film/dvd, music with tags , on September 30, 2011 by Nabil

Martin Scorsese’s documentary about “the Beatle that changed the most”, George Harrison, is to be released on DVD/Blu-ray on October 10th. it’s set out in two halves; the first being from his birth in 1947 until the Beatles split in 1970, and then from the recording of All Things Must Pass, through the highs and lows of the ’70s and ’80s before settling in at the Friar Park estate and ending with his death in November 2001

it claims to have enough unseen footage, photos, audio outtakes and new interviews to satisfy even the most devoted Beatles fans, as well as many laughs from Harrison, capturing his scathing wit, a detailed account of that terrible stabbing in 1999 and plenty of revelations whilst capturing a spiritual journey from start to finish

here’s a trailer for George Harrison: Living In The Material World

and this is a live performance by Harrison of his song Here Comes The Sun, which appeared on The Beatles classic Abbey Road LP

Doctor Who – the 1963 theme music and it’s story

Posted in documentary, music, tv themes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 17, 2011 by Nabil

the original, the best and incredible in the way it was recorded; the Doctor Who theme, written by Ron Granier and constructed in 1963 by Delia Derbyshire (under the guise of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop), kicks every other tv theme tune really hard in the minge. this is not because of the notes that were written, though obviously credit must go there, but in the way an odd, incredibly talented and largely unknown woman went about manufacturing electronic sounds from organic sources to painstakingly build something quite unique from a mass of loops made from tape. basically it was a very early form of sampling. she would record all sorts of things being struck, for example, and once transferred to tape, these sounds and homemade notes could be manipulated to fit as necessary. this way of making music still echoes today. just this year, another musical innovator, Amon Tobin, has done much the same thing for his superb album ISAM, albeit utilising modern technology. these people find what is available to them to fulfill their vision, and whether it’s generally realised or not, Delia Derbyshire is the grandmother of electronica. and so here it is, the greatest of TV theme tunes . . .

the documentary below, Sculptress of Sound, is an examination of who the legendary and massively influential Delia Derbyshire was, and the part she played as a pioneer of electronic music. in part 4 (of 7), the focus is on the process of creating the Doctor Who theme, though i recommend watching the whole thing

to read more about Derbyshire, the discovery of ‘lost’ tapes in her attic after her death in 2001, and to hear snippets from some of her other, sometimes surprisingly contemporary sounding recordings from the 1960’s, click here to go to a BBC News article from 2008

Grinderman Film – watch it here

Posted in documentary, music with tags , , , on May 23, 2011 by Nabil

last Thursday, UK televisions Channel Four broadcast a short film about Grinderman. it features Nick Cave discussing working methods and such, along with live and studio footage

you can see it below . . .

and here is the full live version of the single Worm Tamer, from a session at RAK Studios in North London, a snippet of which was used in the above film

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