Friday, September 14, 2007

Friday Downstreams: Changing Colors

As Autumn takes its leafy hold of our sensory apparatus we turn indoors to the cheery hearth and the glowing screen...here's some media for the weekend.



Soviet Tourist Posters in English
Advertising was almost unknown in the USSR but there were some advertisements made for an international audience. These series of posters for various locations around the USSR always seem to feature a large work of industrial construction. Perhaps making the point that taking a holiday is not so good for productivity.

A Journey Into The Mind Of P
An 88 minute documentary in English from Germany looking at the work of Thomas Pynchon. I have read part of Gravity's Rainbow and I do intend to one day return to Pynchon when I am old enough. This film is stored on Altertube, a video sharing network that has just come to me attention and which looks very promising (and very freaky and twisted....sort of the same thing actually).

The World Without UsThe World Without Us by Alan Weisman is a book about what the world might be like if humanity suddenly and without violence would disappear:

The World Without Us reveals how, just days after humans disappear, floods in New York's subways would start eroding the city's foundations, and how, as the world’s cities crumble, asphalt jungles give way to real ones. It describes the distinct ways that organic and chemically-treated farms would revert to wild, how billions more birds would flourish, and how cockroaches in unheated cities would perish without us. Drawing on the expertise of engineers, atmospheric scientists, art conservators, zoologists, oil refiners, marine biologists, astrophysicists, religious leaders from rabbis to the Dalai Lama, and paleontologists – who describe a pre-human world inhabited by megafauna like giant sloths that stood taller than mammoths – Weisman illustrates what the planet might be like today, if not for us.


The website for The World Without Us features flash animations, narrative images and diagrams of how it may be if we all just left.

Sound Team
Sound Team is an American band based in Austin, TX. Several of the band's previous and current members--including Bill Baird, Michael Baird, Will Patterson, Jordan Johns, and Sam Sanford--attended Alamo Heights High School in San Antonio, TX, where they played music in several different loud ensembles. Oliver attended High School in Houston and in Paris, briefly. Eventually they all ended up in Austin."
Correction, Sound Team were from Texas. They are new to me but they split up this week (so I read) and are putting their entire catalogue of videos, CD, ring tone (!!!), remixes and 'experiments' online for free download. Get to it!

Great Lake Swimmers, Live from the Church of the Reedemer EP
Great Lake Swimmers is an indie rock/folk band built around the melodic folk rock songs of singer-songwriter Tony Dekker from Wainfleet, Ontario. the current line-up includes Erik Arneson on banjo and Colin Huebert on drums. The band's style has been compared to Red House Painters, Nick Drake, Will Oldham, Gram Parsons, Sufjan Stevens, Iron & Wine and Neil Young.
Great Lake Swimmers are offering up a free 5-song live EP from their sold-out show at Toronto's Church of the Redeemer. The set featured Owen Pallet on violin, with backup vocals coming courtesy of Basia Bulat.

L.A. Free Music Society (4 CD 1999) recorded 1972-1983
Contains a dizzying wealth of essential material for LAFMS obsessives, not least some 20+ minutes of otherwise unavailable Smegma material, along with nearly an LP's worth of work by Smegma's Ju Suk Reet Meate (whose LP from the period was just reissued on Destijl). 91 tracks over 4 CDs.

FORA.TV : The World is Thinking
There are brilliant ideas, expressed everyday in public discussions and events, all over the world. Don't miss them. FORA.tv delivers discourse, discussions and debates on the world's most interesting political, social and cultural issues, and enables viewers to join the conversation. It provides deep, unfiltered content, tools for self-expression and a place for the interactive community to gather online. Travel to New York and pick up the Village Voice. Or look in TimeOut London. Or check out the San Francisco Chronicle, the Los Angeles Times, the Sydney Morning Herald. Every day, poets, authors, policy experts, activists, madmen, government leaders, visionary thinkers speak in public, hosted by institutions such as nonprofit councils, bookstores, universities, or public spaces. If you're lucky, their remarks will be covered by the press, edited and compressed, and hard to find when you want it. But you can't be there. You can't express your opinions. You can't chat with other likeminded or different-minded listeners. You can't easily search for similar content, study background material, read the transcript. FORA.tv enables a new, global media opportunity by aggregating a daily range of events, produced and electronically shipped by institutions or freelance producers, from around the world. The word fora is simply the plural of "forum." The dictionary definition of forum is: the public square or marketplace of an ancient Roman city that was the assembly place for judicial activity and public business. FORA.tv expands the public forum for discussion of important world issues to multiple, simultaneous fora in a digital venue.


Soylent Green (Film 1973)
Soylent Green is a 1973 science fiction movie starring Charlton Heston, Edward G. Robinson, Leigh Taylor Young, Joseph Cotten and Chuck Connors. It is loosely based upon the 1966 science fiction novel Make Room! Make Room!, by Harry Harrison, about overpopulation, but it diverges to its own pointed plot points and ideas. Soylent green is the supposedly natural, but really artificial, plankton food product at the center of the story. Because of the film's cult popularity, the term "soylent green" and the famous last line "Soylent Green is people!" have become catch phrases in English. Many subsequent works refer to Soylent Green for either dramatic or comedic effect.

24 Hours and 33 Minutes A Tribute to John Cage
Listen on demand to WNYC's first-ever online music festival, celebrating the life and legacy of the patriarch of American contemporary music, John Cage. Helga Davis guides us through 24 hours and 33 minutes of exclusive audio from the WNYC archives, as well as Cage tributes, commentary, and performances by some of the most influential musicians of our time.

Deezer
I have been trying out Deezer this last week and due to it having content from less known and non-contemporary musicians I like it. I have had problems however embedding the playing in my blog page and building play lists that can be accessed from different computers.

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