Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Bjork: The fine line between brilliance and insanity… (Featuring “Cosmogony” as performed on The Colbert Report)

Never quite sure which side she falls on…  First heard about her new project on Colbert last night. Just sharing my further look into what is going on in her world (which is very likely a slightly different and stranger world than our own)…

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CultureLab: Björk: I was always a bit of a nerd:

We are together to talk about Biophilia, Björk's new album and suite of smartphone apps that will combine science-themed songs with computer games that aim to teach music theory to the uninitiated, like me. "Music education's not as hard as people make it out to be, but it's been put on this pedestal for a chosen few," she says. It is for this reason that, like a modern-day Maria von Trapp, Björk is giving me an impromptu music lesson.

Biophilia, her most experimental project to date, looks set to divide opinion yet further. Its name - inspired by neurologist Oliver Sacks's book Musicophilia - evokes humankind's empathy with nature, which Björk has borne out with songs about genetics, crystallisation, plate tectonics and dark matter. The accompanying apps will be released in place of music videos, while the live shows have so far included a recorded voice-over by British naturalist David Attenborough, a live Tesla coil and four "gravity harps" suspended on 3-metre pendulums.


Bjork's Coder is Joining Her on Tour, But He Isn't Old Enough to Drink Yet | Motherboard:

You may know that Bjork is a big nerd, but you are not yet enough of a Bjork nerd to know that the developer behind some of her gorgeous new apps – the ones that constitute her Biophilia album – is only 20 years old. And yes, Max Weisel, who started making apps for the iPhone at 16 and designed the very wonderful and free Soundrop app, did that leave-school-and-run-to-California-to-launch-a-startup thing. For now though, he’s on the album tour, swiping iPad screens on stage behind Bjork, 26 years his senior.

I wondered who the fellow was playing the iPads in the performance below…

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There is some interesting stuff going on here.  Unfortunately, I don’t have access to a platform to explore these apps, but I think this is very interesting and a potentially ground breaking direction for music to move towards…

There are a lot of demonstrations on Bjork’s YouTube channel.  I am going to be wasting some time today checking them out.

The album Biophilia is available in traditional formats as well. (Wow, things are moving fast for this old Luddite when I found myself, for the first time, refering to MP3 downloads as a traditional format. But it is also available on Vinyl, so I am absolved.)

Listen on Spotify: Bjork - Biophilia (13 Tracks)

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Florida… (yawn)

Note: Cross posted from Democracy In Distress.


There’s this…

Florida Primary 2012 Results: Election Reporting By County (MAP, REAL-TIME DATA):

According to the latest polls going into election day, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney held a commanding lead, with 42.3 percent of the vote. Newt Gingrich, the former speaker of the House, who won in South Carolina just over a week ago, had 29 percent of the vote heading into Tuesday, while former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and Texas Rep. Ron Paul trailed with roughly 11 percent of the vote each.

Still, by the end of tonight's race, only 5 percent of the delegates will have been rewarded.

Or this…

Personally, I’d go with the Modest Mouse.  I don’t think Florida will decide anything.  But we are getting closer…

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Okay, this is pretty cute… Two year old dancing to KMFDM

Unfortunately, the cuteness was slightly lessened by memories of mid-aged people wearing the same outfit dancing to KMFDM at fetish night at the Vogue in Seattle back in the 1990s.

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