Dan Deacon/Off The Air USA Video

Last week saw the release of something I’ve been involved with for the better part of 2013: Dan Deacon’s new Off The Air helmed video for the America suite. I’m exceptionally proud to have had any hand in this…Dan is an awesome guy who I’ve been a fan of for a while now, so getting to work on one of his videos was very exciting for me. Dave Hughes, brain mother of Off The Air did an amazing job as usual, crafting something unique and much needed on today’s web & airwaves.

I helped out on the producing side and handled some of the After Effects work on a few later shots. As well, you can find me in a ghillie suit portraying one of the forest creatures at the end. I’m traditionally typecast in such roles.

Here you can read a moderately crumudgeonly review of Dan’s live show I got assigned to back on 2008. I’m still a tough sell to get fully into the chaos and dance…as much as I love his shows. Most times, you can find me on the sidelines happily singing along.

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Ed Schrader’s Music Beat

Balitmore’s setup minimal, noise maximalist Ed Schrader’s Music Beat have put together this great video for their contribution to Sub Pop’s 2013 Record Store Day release Sub Pop 1000. ‘Radio Eyes’ features an oddly populated table, stop motion animation and rather top notch lighting. The clip was directed by another duo, this one from Brooklyn: A Mean Gloam. Grab an mp3 of ‘Radio Eyes’ from Stereogum.

Ed Schrader is a man of many talents, hosting a live comedy talk show (which you can see on youtube) and cooking for his semi-regular, pop-up Italian feast called Pasta The Gathering. Trailer below:

Check out Ed Schrader’s Music Beat’s debut full length Jazz Mind on their bandcamp.

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A Belated Happy Birthday to Brian Eno

With his recent 65th birthday, father of ambient/generative generative music has made the ascension into pension. In honor of all he’s created, here’s a sampling of long form interviews and documentaries about the man.

First, here’s an hour long lecture from Moscow in 2011:

Next, his lecture from this year as a part of the Red Bull Music Academy:

Here’s the 1994 German documentary Eno Fur Solo:

I had the pleasure of seeing him speak at Moogfest a few years ago and it was probably one of the highlights of my recent existence…definitely something you should experience if possible.

Without him, this blog would most certainly be called something else. Here’s the proto-MTV video for 1974′s ‘China My China’ off the obviously magnificent Taking Tiger Mountain:

As part of the previously mentioned Red Bull Music Academy, Eno’s audio/visual installation “77 Million Paintings” is on display at 145 W. 32nd St. in NYC through June 2nd.

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Sound Art To The Deaf – Christine Sun Kim

This fantastic short explores the unique world of a sound artist who cannot hear. Todd Selby’s film takes us into Christine Sun Kim’s exploration of sound through her own physical translation.

From Nowness.com: Deaf from birth, Kim turned to using sound as a medium during an artist residency in Berlin in 2008, and has since developed a practice of lo-fi experimentation that aims to re-appropriate sound by translating it into movement and vision. “It’s a lot more interesting to explore a medium that I don’t have direct access to and yet has the most direct connection to society at large,” says the artist. “Social norms surrounding sound are so deeply ingrained that, in a sense, our identities cannot be complete without it.” Selby filmed an exclusive performance from Kim in a Brooklyn studio as the artist played with field recordings of the street sounds of her Chinatown neighborhood, feedback and helium balloons, and made “seismic calligraphy” drawings from ink- and powder-drenched quills, nails and cogs dancing across paper to the vibrations of subwoofers beneath.

Check out an interview with Christine Sun Kim on Nowness’s Facebook page.

Thanks to Create Digital Music for the post leading me to this great short film.

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Eric & Magill’s Two Travelers EP


Eric & Magill, creators of the previously loved “You Make It So Good”, have released their equally lush Two Travelers EP. Stream it below and download it for free from their bandcamp. Look for their full length Night Singers coming in late June of this year.

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