Sebastian Mullaert’s four-on-the-floor music for modern trance dance rituals fills a unique and extremely elegant universe of sound – yet it’s a closed system. So it’s amazing to hear the Swedish producer doing something truly groundbreaking again. Working with musicians of the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, he went far beyond the scope of some classical musicians…
Ólafur Arnalds, the Icelandic trailblazer of Neo Classical music, gives us a stunning first impression of his new album. Stunning because of the music which vibrates with the unique virtuosity that made the young composer a protagonist of the genre; and stunning because of the ethereal trip that fills the visible wavelengths of ‘Woven Song’.
“We know a lot of factual information about the starling—its size and voice, where it lives, how it breeds and migrates—but what remains a mystery is how it flies in murmurations, or flocks, without colliding.” For more nature-is-awesomeness check the National Geographic Short Film Showcase.
A beautifully eerie atmosphere, created by the skilful entanglement of strong pictures and a track from Etapp Kyle’s forthcoming EP on Ostgut Ton.
Liquid moments of saltwater in motion, featuring some very pretty shades of blue: Mocean, a film by Chris Bryan.
Visual trip and aural journey: Rob Simonsen’s short film Rêveries comes with great landscape shots, an abstract-but-not-too-abstract narrative and a fantastic soundtrack. Well worth spending 12 minutes of your lifetime. Low lights, big screen and good soundsystem are highly recommended.
Very much to the point. Also an ingenious PR idea. A win-win-situation?
Lots of German talk, but also many moving pictures that speak an universal language. 3000Grad Festival is always a good reason to spend summer in Central Europe.
A Russian take on the opening sequence of the Simpsons.
Old, but gold: This short film was published on the old version of this blog already, before the rebuild. Today it’s still very fresh and exciting, both in respect to the animation skills and the underlying message. Gotta love the end…
Gotta love industrial sounds in modern dance music. Gourski & Appel take an old idea to the next level and present a 7-minute track made exclusively from sounds sampled in a dock setting. The result is intriguingly catchy, and the music video that comes with it intriguingly hypnotic.
Always a good reason to spend summer in the beautiful North East of Germany: 3000Grad Festival.
A fascinating, in-depth documentary that tells the history and explores the complex socio-psychological anatomy of the Rajneesh cult, both from the inside and the outside.
The Bomb is a compelling audio-visual experience that opens a dark perspective on some of humanity’s highest technological achievements. Original soundtrack by The Acid. Available on Netflix.
What is Nu LatAm Sound? ZZK Records, the Argentinian label that coined this term, takes us to the Ecuadorian Amazonia to provide one possible answer. A 20-minute documentary about the sounds of the jungle, quichua chants, indigenous instruments, electronic grooves and how all of this comes together.
National Geographics meets downhill longboarding. No big surprise, this encounter results in some pretty awesome images.
The Lulin Project is a visually intense little short film about a man, his cabin in the woods, and eerie things going on in this setting. Works beautiful when watched with headphones on, thanks to the intense soundtrack by electronic duo Gidge. Click the image to watch the film.
Boy’s got style. So does the film maker.
Following the remarkably successful musical journey of South American singer-songwriter La Yegros, this hour-long documentary tells about the rise of what some refer to as Digital Cumbia, others as Nu LatAm Sound.
It’s not big news that a great part of modern Hollywood productions is computer generated imagery. However, a look behind the scenes is still pretty mind-blowing.