Midweek Takes

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Kid Koala – 6 Bit Blues

Eric San is no ordinary DJ. While his peers dream of euphoric crowds and killer drops, Eric is thinking up characters, creating story-lines and building plots. “I try and make little stories. Whether it’s with a pencil or with bits of records, it’s really the same thing.”

One of his latest projects, Nufonia Must Fall, is a perfect example. A story about a robot trying to impress a girl, it’s a comic book with a CD soundtrack and a mini chess set all in one. “When I was a kid, all my 7-inchers had books and pictures to go with them. So I thought it’d be fun to keep that tradition going,” ponders Eric. “If you can understand the humour in the drawing part you’ll probably get the humour in the audio part.”

His approach takes vivid imagination and geek-like dedication, not to mention a talent with the cross-fader. “Making Basin Street Blues was like doing an animated film,” he explains, referring to his turntable cut-up of Louis Armstrong’s classic number from his Some Of My Best Friends Are DJs album. “Every note on each instrument was found on different bits of records that had to be scratched in and bent. In the end you get music which sounds like the original but moves differently. Like when you see an animated character walking and there’s something slightly distorted about it. I like that.”

For source material Eric goes “digging in dime stores”, picking out bizarre educational and self-help monologues or “treasures” as he calls them. “I dig for those records that people are embarrassed to have, then make records documenting that they exist,” he grins. “Anthropologically speaking, it’s kind of interesting, like audio-voyeurism.”” – courtesy YouTube

Mirror and Holy Mountain

I recently had a spirited discussion with a friend about philosophy and religion in Andrei Tarkovsky and Alejandro Jodorowsky’s films. We were discussing Holy Mountain, which he’d lent me to watch over the weekend. I happened to watch it soon after watching Tarkovsky’s Mirror (well, partly watching – it was so beautiful. so overwhelming that I couldn’t finish it. I stopped after this scene.) Continue reading

Restful Weekend + judging

Blah weekend. I’ve been stuck inside fending off a cold. I missed out on hiking and brunch yesterday with a friend, but I’m looking forward to catching up with her soon.

I have managed to get some judging done for WAMMTU, though. Great entries so far! I’m actually a little jealous – I want to be among the entrants this time next year. A few friends of mine have been really instrumental in pushing me to do something (yes, I need a push).

At one point I was really frustrated because I had so much going on (family stuff, house stuff, work stuff) that I kinda just left the script I was working on by the wayside. Let it sit for a bit. I want to make sure I have designed something I believe in, and I’m starting to see the structure now.

Soon script. Soon.

Wangechi Mutu + Santigold – The End of eating Everything

“”The End of eating Everything” is an excerpt of artist Wangechi Mutu’s first animated video, created in collaboration with recording artist Santigold and co-released by the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University and MOCAtv on YouTube.

The 8-minute video, “The End of eating Everything,” marks the journey of a flying, planet-like creature navigating a bleak skyscape. This “sick planet” creature is lost in a polluted atmosphere, without grounding or roots, led by hunger towards its own destruction. The animation’s audio, also created by Mutu, fuses industrial and organic sounds.”

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