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by Oliver Ho

26 May 2010


This fascinating collection presents strange projects that have attempted to “bring out the sonorous landscapes of moaning pillars, roof-beams, haunting bells and perhaps an eek of startled mouse, or two”.

David Byrne’s wonderful “sound installation” tops the list. Titled “Playing the Building”, the project utilizes practically every part of an empty to create haunting, clanking music: air blows through pipes for strange flute-like sounds, while motors trigger pieces of metal to strike various parts of the structure. There are also some amazing photos of the mind-boggling, Tom-Waits-ian, steampunky piano-thing that controls the music. [via Dark Roasted Blend]

David Byrne explains his latest musical project, “Playing The Building”

by Oliver Ho

25 May 2010


The great Documentary Heaven presents this BBC film that delves into the early days of synth music, and features a list of contributors that includes Philip Oakey, Vince Clarke, Martin Gore, Bernard Sumner, Gary Numan and Neil Tennant. From the official description: “In the late 1970s, small pockets of electronic artists including the Human League, Daniel Miller and Cabaret Volatire were inspired by Kraftwerk and JG Ballard and dreamt of the sound of the future against the backdrop of bleak, high-rise Britain.”

by Arnold Pan

25 May 2010


Remember Stuart Murdoch’s God Help the Girl project, which is basically the Belle and Sebastian frontman’s attempt to write soundtrack for a film that doesn’t yet exist? While the movie has yet to go into production (though it’s slated to in 2011 according to the God Help the Girl website), Murdoch has released a video for a new track, “Baby You’re Blind”. Adding Linnea Jönsson of Swedish band Those Dancing Days to the would-be soundtrack’s revolving cast of singers, the offering has an early ‘90s feel to it, between its lite synth-pop sound and just in the way the video looks. Better yet for B&S fans who’ve been waiting patiently for a follow-up to 2006’s The Life Pursuit, the band is apparently holed up in a Los Angeles studio and enjoying their proximity to Trader Joe’s while working on a new record, if their Twitter feed is to be believed.

 

by Oliver Ho

25 May 2010



Inspired by the music of 400 Lonely Things, Michael and Phil Harrell created the meditative and compelling short film “Be Still Life”. At times, this haunting little movie brings to mind the work of David Lynch, and it perfectly matches the mood of 400 Lonely Things, who also produced the mind-blowing “Tonight of the Living Dead.”

From the film’s official description:

Be Still Life takes its name from the 2009 album by 400 Lonely Things, extrapolating the bittersweet interplay suggested in the album title between the constant change of life, and the human desire to keep things always as they are. While drawing most of its inspiration and soundtrack from Be Still Life, additional songs from the 400 Lonely Things catalog are also used to tell an introspective, wordless story.

Built on intriguing samples and field recordings, the 400 Lonely Things album is cinematic and psychedelic, and even features on track created entirely from extracts of John Boorman’s incredibly strange film, Zardoz.

by Jonathan Simrin

25 May 2010


Various delays behind it, Love Ranch is well on its way to theaters with the online release of this new trailer. Stars Helen Mirren and Joe Pesci are both traversing familiar ground as an older woman with sex appeal and a seedy entrepreneur, respectively. They play the husband and wife owners of Nevada’s first legal brothel, circa 1970s. When a husky heavyweight boxer from South America moves in, a love triangle – probably of the tragic variety – turns their world upside down. Hackford’s previous work has included Ray and An Officer and a Gentleman.

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