Archive for the ‘music’ Category

Secos & Molhados – Sangue Latino

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Secos & Molhados

Oh 1973, I am so happy to see you yet again. Last week it was Sensations Fix, and then yesterday someone posted Sangue Latino by Secos & Molhados. I hadn’t heard it in years. Brazil does glam folk rock. So very beautiful.

 Secos & Molhados - Sangue Latino

“What was the gig like?” “I don’t know, everyone was dressed as a teddy bear in the Seventies.”

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Noel Gallagher with kids in the street
Noel Gallagher by photographer ©Andy Willsher, reprinted with permission

Rolling Stone: Did you see that [Arcade Fire has] asked people to wear formal wear or costumes at their shows? [Ed. Note: Arcade Fire has clarified that this dress code is "super not mandatory."]

Noel Gallagher: [Sighs] Well, what’s the point of that? Do you know what the point of that is? That is to take away from the shit disco that’s coming out of the speakers. Because everybody’s dressed as one of the Three Musketeers on acid. “What was the gig like?” “I don’t know, everyone was dressed as a teddy bear in the Seventies.” “Yeah, but what was the gig like?” “Ah, fuck knows, man, I have no idea. I was dressed as a flying saucer.” “Yeah, but what was the gig like?” “Fuck knows. I don’t know. Seen Cheech and Chong, there, though.”

Via Rolling Stone. Thanks to Andy Willsher for permission to use the photo (and do go see the others on his site).

 

Mother of Pearl

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Roxy Music, Bryan Ferry singing Mother of Pearl at Musikladen

Merely because this blog was previously bereft of this song, which was an oversight.

The oldest written melody in history circa1400 BC

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Hurrian moon hymn - clay cuneiform tablet
Hurrian moon hymn circa 1400 BC inscribed in cuneiform on clay tablet

“This is “a “live” arrangement of the 3400 year old “Hurrian Hymn no.6″, which was discovered in Ugarit, ancient northern Canaan (now modern Syria) in the early 1950s, and was preserved for 3400 years on a clay tablet, written in the Cuneiform text of the ancient Hurrian language – The Hurrian Hymn (catalogued as Text H6) was discovered in Ugarit, Syria, in the early 1950s, and was preserved for 3400 years on a clay tablet, written in the Cuneiform text of the ancient Hurrian language. Except for a few earlier Sumerian fragmentary instructional musical texts from c.1950 BCE (Musical Instructions for Lipit-Ishtar, King of Justice) the Hurrian Hymn it is the oldest written song yet known to history!”

Although about 29 musical texts were discovered at Ugarit, only this text, (text H6), was in a sufficient state of preservation to allow for modern academic musical reconstruction. The Cuneiform text clearly indicated specific names for lyre strings, and their respective musical intervals — a sort of guitar tablature for lyre.”

For the full explanation of this piece and its history, go to the original youtube video (from which the above was extracted) and also visit the creator’s website.

Photo via http://phoenicia.org/music.html

 

 

Textile design animation by Gavin Edwards, sound by Thomas Williams

Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

film for Copenhagen Design Museum exhibition

The short film “Textile” was inspired by the exhibition Post War British Textiles at Copenhagen Design Museum. Gavin Edwards, the filmmaker, tells me that the idea was to bring the patterns to life with the aid of motion graphics in a dynamic and intriguing way. The excellent sound design is by Thomas Williams, www.thomaswilliams-sound.com.

Beautiful mix of image, animation and sound.

Transformer

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Transformer

Dancing to Transformer inside the old Crying Room space a few weeks ago, oblivious and laughing at 4 am while singing along to:

And curtains laced with diamonds dear for you
And all the Roman Noblemen for you
And kingdom’s Christian Soldiers dear for you
And melting ice cap mountain tops for you
And knights in flaming silver robes for you
And bats that with a kiss turn prince for you.
Swoop swoop


Lou Reed & John Cale performing Waiting for My Man at the Bataclan in Paris in 1972.