I guess it doesn't surprise me but I had no idea about all that Led Zeppelin stuff and they're easily my favourite classic rock band. It's just so blatant, which leads me believe that it wasn't malicious music stealing, just that rules of appropriation were probably still in their infancy back then. Interesting nonetheless and definitely looking forward to part IV.
Remixing is a folk art but the techniques involved — collecting material, combining it, transforming it —
are the same ones used at any level of creation. You could even say that everything is a remix.
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It happens to be a huge coincidence that I just watched Star Wars: Return of the Jedi for the first time tonight and now part II is showing me all its influences. I'm not knocking Star Wars by any means, but it's clear that it's not a marvel of originality, (not sure that it claims to be one?) as my appreciation for the series is still new.
An exploration of the remix techniques involved in producing films. Part Two of a four-part series.
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If you ever listen to Quentin Tarantino talk about film you can tell he has a huge understanding of film history and can pull from a mega database of movies, referencing decades of scenes, styles, metaphors, dialogue, you name it. It's pretty impressive to see it all remixed (pun intended) together. Sometimes the best way to visually portray an idea is by using existing imagery of what you envision and compiling it to create a whole. It works, Kill Bill is a film that I can watch repeatedly based solely on its graphic quality and visual style.
An extrapolation on the "One Last Thing" from Kirby Ferguson's web series Everything Is A Remix - Episode 2: vimeo.com/19447662
Edited by Robert Grigsby Wilson
Produced by Kirby Ferguson and Robert Grigsby Wilson
Dedicated to Sally Menke, Quentin Tarantino's Editor, who passed away last year. She was a great inspiration to me.
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So it is with every new thing. Progress happens when all the factors that make for it are ready, and then it is inevitable. --Henry Ford
Part III was just released..
Creativity isn't magic. Part three of this four-part series explores how innovations truly happen.
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Nelson and Valdez of Wreck and Salvage each produced videos inspired by Part 3. Check 'em out:
I love this stuff, I just wish it was in feature-length documentary form and not short samples. Such a tease.
John Lennon is great.
The animation is great.
My only question is why is "nothing" on top of Canada? I hope it wasn't intentional!
Check out this interview with Keith Richards
from late 2010 at the New York Public Library.
They touch on The Beatles, Altamont, Bob Dylan and drug use.
I have a slight obsession with The Rolling Stones
and their position in and influence on pop culture.
The life of the band is pretty incredible.
"..we can rock and occasionally we do roll." -KR
This video is all kinds of awesome.
I had no idea it was like that.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, I finally saw The Morning Benders
play in Vancouver a couple weeks ago at Venue. So I decided to post some
of the pictures I shot. I'm thinking of making a new gallery devoted just to
concert photography, I'm starting to build up a decent collection, so stayed
tuned for that one coming soo-oooooon...
So I finally get to see the morning benders play.
I missed their first Vancouver show, then I missed them while I was in Chicago.
Now they're back here to play a show mid month. Izz gonna be goood.
Also going to see Sufjan Stevens at the end of the month. I like music.
Sleeping In - The Morning Benders
|Grizzly Bear| l-r: Daniel Rossen, Ed Droste, Christopher Bear, Chris Taylor
Since hearing 'He Hit Me' from their Friend (2007) album, I was basically hooked and mesmerized. So when Grizzly Bear announced they were going to play at the Vogue Theatre in Vancouver on October 14th (having missed their May performance at Commodore Ballroom), I jumped at the chance to see and hear them live. We arrived late and missed the opener, The Morning Benders, but I hear they were well received.
Pictures from the show:
They played mostly songs from their new album Veckatimest (2009) but also a few from Yellow House (2006), most notably 'Knife'. Chris Taylor opened the song with scratchy, high-pitched vocals, immediately grabbing your full attention and made me feel like I was watching some ghostly 1950s prom band, (this is not an insult). Their use of echo-y vocals and guitars harken back to 1950s Doo Wop music, a style that came out of several cities, including Brooklyn, which is where Grizzly Bear is also from. During the show I was often reminded of the Beach Boys, with their harmonizing and a cappella style, a sound that is definitely favoured by Grizzly Bear.
Their performance was multi-dimensional and layered and kept you enthralled and entertained, and the hanging lights and coloured (orange!) spotlights added to the whole experience. Near the end of the show they sang 'Foreground', possibly the best song of the night. It was so simply haunting and emotional, the crowd was clearly captivated, myself included.
The thing that gets me excited about Grizzly Bear, over other popular bands, is their use of and skill with other instruments. It's really easy for bands to stick with the basics but Grizzly Bear pulls out a flute, bass clarinet, oboe, xylophone, autoharp, back up choirs and orchestras, on top of the guitars, keyboard, a myriad of drums and cymbals, and of course, not forgetting their voices, which have great range and add to their complexity. I think one accurate description of their music could be experimental, psychedelic, folk-harmony.
So the show was awesome but I was a little sad that they didn't play my favourite song from Veckatimest, 'All We Ask'. Maybe next time, that's all I ask..