Theatre Review: Jack Charles V The Crown at Auckland Arts Fest

Theatre Review: Jack Charles V The Crown at Auckland Arts Fest

Last night I went to see Jack Charles V The Crown at the Auckland Arts Festival. Jack Charles is an Australian legend. He has traveled from movie sets to state prisons in Australia and run the full gamut of life as child of the stolen generation as well as a gifted Indigenous Australian actor, potter…

Every Picture Tells a Story: Nico in Paris 1960

Every Picture Tells a Story: Nico in Paris 1960

This photograph was taken by Mark Shaw for LIFE Magazine in 1960. It features elegant couture, art and decadent modernist Parisian interiors. Nico is posing with a pair of dachshunds in the apartment of legendary Parisian interior designer Henry Samuel. Nico was a young model before she became famous. She went on to be the…

Words and Music: Miss Hollywood & Shanghai

Words and Music: Dave Clarke’s World Service & Shanghai

I wrote this poem because I came across an album I hadn't heard in years, it reminded me so much of Shanghai where I lived briefly as a teenager that I had this all rush into my head and I needed to get it out. So here is a memory purge of my time in…

Scotland's Momentous Decision on September 18th

Words and Music: The Disintegration Loops & Edinburgh

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjnAE5go9dI [Here is a poem about a place I've been and seen and drunk in, along with some music to match] Edinburgh City of dreams and sloping pagan peaks in a city Gigantic sea-shanty sized voices with looping arr sounds Turbulent winter snow drifts Warming whisky tumblers filled with smoky graceful ease Like a cream…

Emerging Genius: North Atlantic Drift, Departures Vol.1

Emerging Genius: North Atlantic Drift, Departures Vol.1

North Atlantic Drift is the experimental from Toronto-based ambient and electronic duo of Brad Deschamps and Mike Abercrombie. North Atlantic Drift were formed in the summer of 2011. The band sound uncannily reminiscent of their name, with a glacial, hynotic, pleasant drone and ambient meanderings into music. This is expansive, atmospheric ambient in the same…

Churches, Weeds, Wildflowers and Wonder

Asmrion the online generator of positive feelings

Asmrion is an elegant and beautiful ambient sound simulator that's best enjoyed with headphones. It's completely interactive and has a very natural, organic and soothing user experience with subtle buttons to shift up and down volume. It's possible to attune yourself with these app tools to varying states of consciousness, all pleasant, reassuring and relaxing…

Emerging genius no. 5: Hiroshi Yoshimura - Soundscape 1 Surround

Emerging genius Hiroshi Yoshimura – Soundscape 1 Surround

Over the coming weeks I will share an eclectic lucky dip of music that I discovered and loved via subreddit /r/listentothis, Here is no.5 on the jukebox, Japanese ambient/new age producer Hiroshi Yoshimura's floaty album Soundscape 1 Surround from 1986.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJSuKb8YAYI&t=603s There is something eerily familiar about Hiroshi Yoshimura's 1986 album Soundscape 1 Surround. It's…

<3 The Internet: Radio Garden is the audible heartbeat of towns, cities and nations

Designed by Studio Puckey in collaboration with Moniker. Radio Garden was developed in coordinator with the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision. Radio Garden is one of the internet's most ingenious and surprising apps. It brings together the voices, music and the rhythms of different bustling cities and quiet villages together. All of this is suddenly accessible at the…

Emerging Genius: Melbourne's Gold Class

Emerging Genius: Melbourne’s Gold Class

 Melbourne band Gold Class were formed about a year ago and went from relative obscurity to being named as NME's New Band of the week in April this year and embarking on an exciting global tour. Although Melbourne's indie scene embraced them a lot earlier for their incendiary live shows and the dystopian and yet…

A pictorial history of electronic music mapped to the circuitboard of a theremin

<3 The Internet: Get music, book, art and film recommendations

Marek Gibney is the creator of the Music Map, the Film Map, the Tech Gadget Map, the Art Map and the Book Map. These ingenious web based apps allow you to get recommendations on books, music, films and art by typing in your favourite artists. It's sort of like a cooler and less annoying version…

The Pont Neuf in 1763, by Nicolas-Jean-Baptiste Raguenet

Mylène Pardoen: The Soundscape of 17th Century France

Instead of restoring pottery shards and paintings(as the mudlarks of the Thames do), historians and archaeologists are increasingly turning towards technology and its immersive VR possibilities when explaining and educating people about the past. A new mode for immersive learning about the past is through sound. French musicologist Mylène Pardoen has set about bringing to…

Flying Nun Records: The Chills

Haling from Dunedin, The Chills are a 80's and 90's band with aural stories that recall childlike wonder and a free-wheeling and expansive youth in the South Island of New Zealand. There's a happy-go-lucky psychadelic pop and folk sound that (possibly) found its way into the sound of Split Enz and Crowded House later on. The…

Emerging genius no.12: Kayla Briët - Smoke that travels

Emerging genius: Kayla Briët – Smoke that travels

Kayla Briët is a 19 year old award-winning filmmaker, composer, and artist. Recently, she was named a 2015 Future of Storytelling Fellow, 2016 National Young Arts Winner in Cinematic Arts, a 2016 MIT Chamber Scholar, an Oculus Launchpad Artist, a 2016 Adobe Creative Scholar, and a 2016 Sundance Film Festival Ignite Fellow. With a goal of combining her loves…

Emerging Genius no.11: Görkem Şen - Yaybahar

Emerging Genius: Görkem Şen – Yaybahar

https://vimeo.com/110633932 The Yaybahar is an electric-free, totally acoustic instrument designed by Gorkem Sen. The vibrations from the strings are transmitted via the coiled springs to the frame drums. These vibrations are turned into sound by the membranes which echo back and forth on the coiled springs. This results in an unique listening experience with an…

A floaty late summer serenade in Munich 2008

Every Picture Tells a Story: A floaty late summer serenade in Munich 2008

Walking through a majestic and manicured gardens in Munich I heard a delicate and heartfelt serenade on the violin from a faraway stone rotunda. I walked there and took a seat among two people who appeared in a stupor of enjoyment. They were both sitting in the late afternoon sun, lulled into a dream by the…

Emerging genius no.10: Tengger Cavalry - Warhorse

Emerging genius: Tengger Cavalry – Warhorse

Over the coming weeks I will share an eclectic lucky dip of music that I discovered and loved via subreddit /r/listentothis, Here is no.10 on the jukebox, a dark metal gem from Mongolian metal band Tengger Cavalry.  Warhorse by Tengger Cavalry is an exciting aural assault that embodies the nomadic warrior spirit of the Mongolian…

Emerging genius no.9: Lav & Purl - Absorbed in Serenity

Emerging genius: Lav & Purl – Absorbed in Serenity

Over the coming weeks I will share an eclectic lucky dip of music that I discovered and loved via subreddit /r/listentothis, Here is no.8 on the jukebox, a gorgeous new age ambient track called Absorbed in Serenity from the album A State of Becoming, by producers Lav (Christopher Landin) and Purl (Ludvig Cimbrelius).  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZbittxnjo8 These…

Fuck Parade in Berlin 2009

Fuck Parade in Berlin, 2009

Fuckparade is a part protest and part techno street party in Berlin which happens every summer. Since 1997 local Berliners have demonstrated against the forces of commercialisation of public life and culture which can stifle and crush creativity. These photos are from when I went to Fuckparade in 2009. I was at the U-bahn station…

Emerging genius: Wolf People - Ninth Night (2016)

Emerging genius: Wolf People – Ninth Night (2016)

Over the coming weeks I will share an eclectic lucky dip of music that I discovered and loved via subreddit /r/listentothis, Here is no.8 on the jukebox, from the English prog/pagan rock band Wolf People it's the single Ninth Night from the new album Ruin.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eafkYEXJKg4 Pagan witchy rock from the woodlands, riverbanks and…

Emerging genius no. 7: Hidden Spheres - Beachy

Emerging genius: Hidden Spheres – Beachy

Over the coming weeks I will share an eclectic lucky dip of music that I discovered and loved via subreddit /r/listentothis, Here is no.7 on the jukebox, from the Lobster Theremin label it's producer Hidden Sphere's single Beachy.  Imagine silky sunsets and waving palms, rollerblades and a real 90's acid house/ chicago house bar vibes.…