Saturday, November 26, 2011

List of Fictional Diseases

This List of Fictional Diseases on Wikipedia is very interesting and could probably form the basis for some interesting artistic projects.

(Via BoingBoing)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Lichtspiel Mutation 1: Whitechapel

I finally (finally!) got around to uploading the piece I wrote for the Unsound festival in Kraków last year. This version is based on a recording of the rehearsal with the Sinfonietta Cracovia the day before the actual performance, and has been painstakingly edited, processed and tarted up to sound as good as possible, along with the electronic music track which is loosely based on audio from the original film.

Long story short: The work is based on an old "Jack the Ripper" film from 1953, "Man in the Attic". I've used footage and audio from the film and then remixed it into something completely different, and on top of this I've composed a score for 45-piece string orchestra. The resulting work is way more abstract than the actual film it's based on, more suggestive and dreamlike. I've slowed down the footage and utilized extreme contrast and darkness to create something more like a 'shadow play', if you catch my drift.

I'm planning on making more works in the "Lichtspiel Mutations" series, all based on old films in the public domain but hopefully they'll all be very different and for different constellations. My next planned 'mutation' will probably be for solo violin, electronic music and animation. Looking forward to that!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Das Ding

Soon to be released, the prequel of The Thing, the John Carpenter movie from 1982. And the director is a Dutchman! Matthijs van heijningen has made some pretty entertaining commercials and I love his entrepreneurship. He just took off to chase his dream in Hollywood and got the opportunity to make a tribute to his favorite movie. Good luck to you Matthijs!

and some commercials, very filmy:

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Alan Moore interviews Brian Eno

This is a radio interview from 2005. I've always enjoyed hearing Alan Moore speaking, and I've always enjoyed hearing Brian Eno speaking. So what could be better than the two of them in conversation? 28 mins. Enjoy!

via Coilhouse