Tuesday, August 26, 2008

July 16th, 1945 (Loscil)

I was wondering what happened on that date.. but the music is looping ambience.. incredible..

The aftermath of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima
The aftermath of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima
The first nuclear weapons were created in the United States by an international team, including many displaced scientists from central Europe, which included Germany, with assistance from the United Kingdom and Canada during World War II as part of the top-secret Manhattan Project. While the first weapons were developed primarily out of fear that Nazi Germany would develop them first, they were eventually used against the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The first test was conducted on July 16, 1945 at a site near Alamogordo, New Mexico

Loscil - "Motoc"

Very ambient artist - Loscil. Nice warm bass behind it too. Great for sampling, too, if you're a lazy drum'n'basser!!!

Aphex Twin - "Ventolin"

Classic noise with beats. I think the high pitched noise is supposed to represent the effect of trying to breathe whilst you're having an asthma attack - like you'd only be able to manage a whistle of a breath..

65daysofstatic - "Don't Go Down to Sorrow"

Haunting, powerful, uplifting, emotional

65daysofstatic - "Default This"


Radiohead - Bodysnatchers (live at Later...)

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Do Make Say Think.
For those hunting around for music with alternative time signatures, listen to this..

Do Make Say Think - "Herstory of Glory"

It is in 11 time. 11/8 or 11/4.. n0t sure which.. I'm not that well trained but I can hear eleven when I want. Beautiful guitar noise, under produced.. upliftting.. what a great band. This is from their most recent album "A Tender History in Rust"... Think Mogwai, 65DaysofStatic, Tortoise and all that...

Read about them here

The listen to "The Universe!"

Saturday, August 16, 2008


Breakfast At Sulimays: Estelle, Fuck Buttons, Jamie Lidell

This is clever. Getting some older generation people to review MODERN music....

Brian Eno On Big Musical Theories

"He never fills a silence."

The Thin Blue Line is on TV tonight on More 4. 1120pm I think. The video here is an excerpt of a documentary about Errol Morris. You can see him discuss The Thin Blue Line and Werner Herzog also discussing Morris' brilliance.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

"..the blind forces of rage and unreason that drag us into conflict."

“Whoever reads bourgeois newspapers becomes blind and deaf. Away with these stultifying bandages.”“Whoever reads bourgeois newspapers becomes blind and deaf. Away with these stultifying bandages.”

Yes, Trace. You're right. Errol Morris is an amazing dude..

Film director - Thin Blue Line, Fog of War.
TV producer/director - First Person
Writer - as I've just discovered by reading his blog on the ny times.

The title above is taken from the last paragraph of his post about the faked Iranian war missiles photograph. He really hit a note with that last line about the "..the blind forces of rage and unreason that drag us into conflict."

It's the one thing I can see in common between all the wars and conflicts I know about. There's always someone stirring it up in the background, always someone blaming one community or race or country for their own problems. I've started thinking that if it wasn't for this element that dictates to people what they should believe and who they should blame for their problems that there would be no war or wars..

I know that there is still the basic urge that humans have to kill each other which I hope we are slowly evolving away from.. but it takes someone to give people what they think they need - blame - to get their hatred and anger focussed on whichever community is getting blamed at the time or whichever is nearest or weakest.

Errol Morris' long article - I don't want to call it a blog post because it is more than that - about the faked photos resonated with me as it agreed exactly with the conclusions I've come to recently myself.

Here's the link again so you can read it for yourself.

Errol Morris - Photography as a Weapon.

Basically, use your brain, don't believe everything you read or everything you're told, especially as that other person may have read it somewhere anyway..