Here is a new electronic music sketch:
Improvisation on July 12, 2010 (3:56, MP3, 9.0 MB)
More beats, beeps, and broken fuzz. . .
“Symphonia Robotica, Part 3″ (4:00, MP3, 9.2 MB)
Here’s my first major attempt at massive multi-track composing in Garage Band. (…and by massive, I mean 78 tracks and 500+ effects). All the samples and beats are my own creation, using the synthesizer library within the Korg X50. I’ve mentioned the Korg X50 several times before (e.g., here and here), and I really am loving it.
I recently stumbled across the Swedish pop music of Karin Elisabeth Dreijer Andersson, whose projects include Fever Ray and the The Knife. Her melodies are haunting, her lyrics are smart, and the studio production is subtle and precise. Pitchfork Media gushed about her last album, naming it one of the best of 2006. Now it’s my turn to gush about her latest album, “Fever Ray.” In particular, I love the music videos; each of them is a little mystery to unravel. Here are three of my favorites:
“When I Grow Up” directed by Martin de Thurah
“If I Had a Heart” directed by Adreas Nilssons
“Seven” directed by Johan Renck
As I mentioned in my earlier post, I’ve been playing with the Korg X50. Here is more drone-like trance organ; love it or hate it:
Recently, I’ve been playing with the Korg X50 music synthesizer; I greatly enjoy that I can manually adjust the shape, velocity, and attack of each synthesized pad. Here is a recorded improvisation using a pad called Ballad Organ:
Burma VJ is a documentary by Anders Østergaard about the 2007 popular uprising in Myanmar. Although the Myanmar government strictly prohibits journalism, a group called the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) covertly captured and smuggled video to international news outlets including BBC and NBC. This film uses DVB’s media to tell the story of the September 2007 revolt, in which 10,000+ monks protested in the streets. This film makes it abundantly clear that international awareness of Myanmar’s situation relies on the brave actions of a few dozen (or less) reporters.
The film stitches together high-def video, low-def cellphone imagery, and audio recorded on any number of devices. On several occasions, the footage comes from cameras hidden inside gym bags and purses: the scene opens with blurry images inside a purse, we hear a zipper, a flap opens, and then we see thousands of monks marching and chanting through the streets of Rangoon.
After watching this film, it’s not surprising to read today’s headline that Noble Peace Prize winner Aang Suu Kyi will be kept under house arrest. It’s also not difficult to draw parallels between Myanmar’s 2007 uprising and Iran’s recent protests; in both cases, the military won.