Thursday, January 31, 2008
Nat Bartsch, with the Nat Bartsch Trio, will be playing at EQ Bar on Southbank from 11pm-1am. Check out her myspace here and her trio's myspace here.
Oscar O'Bryan will be playing as part of funk/fusion outfit King Armadillo. They'll be playing from 11pm-2am at the Purple Emerald (Flinders Lane, between Swanston and Russell). Oscar may also be manning the decks before they start. Check out their website here.
We'll let you know more about these great musicians in future posts.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Yesterday Chris, Maia and Steph were working on rigging some basic paper models for Supermarket Musical Massacre. Many paper-cuts later, we managed to construct a very basic model of the main character, with split pins at pivot points. This will now be replicated digitally so we can begin movement trials. Here's a couple of pics of our leading lady at present:
Stay tuned - we'll keep you updated as character design progresses.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
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Saturday, January 26, 2008
Dizzee Rascal - Sirens
I'm not the biggest Dizzee Rascal fan, but I found this video pretty interesting. I found the inclusion of the mounted hunters particularly provocative. For me, it triggered some thoughts about the police, violence, corruption, and minority/disenfranchised communities. Check it out and see what you think.
Vampire Weekend - A Punk
Really simple video. I dig the effect they achieved by recording the video at a slower speed and then speeding things up. Shows that you don't need a million dollar budget (or Pamela Anderson) to make a cool video.
Kate Nash - Pumpkin Soup
I can't say I really liked her singing that much (maybe a little too Lily Alen), but this is a fun, colourful video. And those cat(?) costumes are just straight wierd!
Friday, January 25, 2008
Thursday 17 January 2008
The Forum, Melbourne
There’s barely enough time to order another
Instead, here he is, bounding across the stage and taking up position amongst his nine-piece accompaniment. There’s no ego on display. And in a way it makes sense: for all his eccentricities, Sufjan is down-to-earth and self-effacing and all those other adjectives that describe otherwise normal people that happen to get famous and are enormously talented.
You might expect someone else, going by the excessively long titles of some of his songs. But there’s not an ounce of pretence on his wispy frame; no ironic posturing, no cooler-than-thou hipsterism. In a way, Sufjan is more like the naïve cover art found on his albums: all unaffected charm and honest enthusiasm. When he clips a pair of large, papier-mâché wings to his back and joins a performer mid-set to dance with an electric hula-hoop, somehow it’s endearing; you cheer along and clap, you don’t roll your eyes.
There’s a genteel restraint to him, too, that carries over in his voice. Between songs he tells anecdotes about his childhood in
Some songs are quietly devastating – like the sparse and aching “John Wayne Gacy, Jr.” to which Sufjan plays guitar over piano accompaniment – and others are vibrant, life-affirming: the euphoric pop of “
The band doesn’t get carried away by improvisation, though: a mid-song jam session breaks out during “Come On! Feel The Illinoise!” and is pulled back on track to a slower tempo, the vocal harmonies are crisp and tight, and Sufjan sings through cupped hands into the mic for the song’s second movement, lending his voice a tremor and reverb even more mournful than the recorded version:
I cried myself to sleep last night / And the ghost of Carl, he approached my window…
Behind the band, a collage of video footage is thrown onto a screen. Sometimes, the juxtaposition of abstract images and music is merely pleasant; a fancy music visualizer that builds to the sounds played on stage. During “All The Trees…” a young boy (Sufjan?) plays in a field of tall grass in grainy Super 8 footage, faux-home video style. The footage lends a slight menace to the song, a menace that is always lurking around the edges of Sufjan’s music, softly insistent.
Religious themes frequent the narratives of his songs and though he doesn’t preach, Sufjan can make music a moving, spiritual experience. Throughout the two-hour set, the crowd is hushed and reverent – only breaking their silence with the kind of ecstatic applause usually reserved for urging on an encore. It’s not just the gratification of a long drought broken by rain – this is Sufjan’s first Australian tour – it’s the sheer joy of hearing beautiful music. The band sounds amazingly bright and clear, each component is isolated and hangs in the air: the vocal harmonies sit atop powerful layers of guitar chord and drums; you can break down the brass ensemble and listen to each instrument individually. The gig’s acoustics do great justice to the recorded experience of Sufjan’s music.
Emotionally, the experience is strangely rewarding and though I cannot claim to be any closer to deciphering his often opaque lyrics, the concert brings me closer to an appreciation for the spirit of Sufjan’s music. It is of a world governed by natural beauty and wonderment, of memory, guilt and anxiety – but ultimately one of joy in the present moment and hope for the future. I thoroughly enjoyed the present visitation of this winged messenger and I look forward to his future return.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Nathan Liow is in his final year at the VCE school of jazz and has performed in clubs around Melbourne. In addition to his work as a jazz performer, Nathan also works as an electronic producer and has gained a great deal of success and recognition over the last few years. Most recently he won the Triple J Bloc Party remix competition. (Check him out on myspace, and on the Triple J unearthed site.)
Recordings from today’s session will be used for the first section of the score/film. The accompanying animation is set to look a bit like this:
The session went very smoothly and Nathan & Oscar came up with some really quality material.
Check back for more updates on the “robots” film. We’ll keep you posted with audio samples, sketches and animation tests as we progress through the production.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008
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