Friday, September 07, 2007

Friday Downstreams (Current Strong)

So much media this week that you are going to have to take Monday off to get through it all on the weekend. We begin in Morocco:

The World Sacred Music Festival (Festival des Musiques Sacrées du Monde)
Performers from every corner of our planet in a week of artistic shows in Fes Morocco's ancient holy city. The festival intends to represent the spiritual heart of Islam – peaceful, pluralistic, generous and cheerful, honouring all the world's spiritual traditions and dissolving musical boundaries. The 2007 festival with new Artistic Director Cherif Khaznadar gave us perfomances by Gnawa Diffusion, Hassan Hakmoun, Majeda Yahyaoui, Mazagan, Darga, and the Sufi Brotherhoods. Via this link there are Mp3s available here of Kids Call of Peace, Kids Meowing and Singing, Gregorians Lisbon, Semlali shop Guimbri demo, Majda power outage, Kids on mic, Fes market ambience, Gnawa Ouled, Parissa Live and Sahraui radio aircheck.

Off the fence : documentaries, wildlife television, natural history programs
Established in 1994, Off the Fence is an independent distribution and production company, specialized in non-fiction programming for the international marketplace

The inter city rivalry between Melbourne and Sydney is legendary. Ask any Melburnian and they’ll give you a passionate debate as to why Melbourne is far better then Sydney. Ask any Sydneysider and they’ll tell you it always rains in Melbourne. In 1983/84 two compilations appeared showcasing the then punk scenes ‘Flowers From The Dustbin’ from Sydney & ‘Eat Your Head’ representing Melbourne. Tragically both these records are out of print and so are their CD re-issues. In retrospect, the true genius of both these compilations was the fact it archived a music scene that normally would’ve gone unheard.

All Color News Sampler (1978)
A remarkable collection of clips from the feature news program for cable TV. Hard, gritty, this is the early political and socially oriented work by artists now well-known as sculptors and filmmakers. Includes John Ahearn, Tom Otterness (Subways, Golden Gloves Boxing and Rats in Chinatown);Scott and Beth B (NYPD Arson and Explosions Squad vs. FALN); Charlie Ahearn (Bums Under the Brooklyn Bridge). Also includes Virge Piersol and Alan Moore (Bombing of JP Morgan) and Michael McClard.
Potato Wolf, Colab Compilation (1980)
Potato Wolf was an artists' cable TV show produced by Collaborative Projects form approximately 1979-84. Each week a different artist would produce a new, mostly always, "live" program in which other member would participate, improvising with acting, set design, costumes, music, etc. This compilation includes Ulli Rimkus, Chris Kohlhoffer, Liz X, Kiki Smith, Ellen Cooper, Cara Perlman, Matthew Geller, Sally White, Bobby G., Peter Moehnig, Rebecca Howland, Alan Moore, Jim Sutcliffe, David Levine, Peter Fend, Taro Suzuki.

La Coquille et le clergyman (English: The Seashell and the Clergyman) 1926
Considered by many to be the first surrealist film. It was directed by Germaine Dulac, from an original scenario by Antonin Artaud in 1926. Although accounts differ, it seems that Artaud disapproved of Dulac's treatment of his scenario, and the film was overshadowed by Un Chien Andalou the following year. To this day, Un Chien Andalou is considered the first surrealist film, and its foundations in The Seashell and Clergyman have been all but overlooked. The British Board of Film Censors famously reported that the film was "Apparently meaningless" but "If there is a meaning it is no doubt objectionable".

Lester Bangs and Peter Laughner jamming in Creem's offices in 1975 or 1976
Leslie Conway Bangs (December 13, 1948 – April 30, 1982) was an American music journalist, author and musician. Most famous for his work at CREEM and Rolling Stone magazines, Bangs was and still is regarded as an extremely influential voice in rock criticism. Lester Bangs and Peter Laughner jamming in Creem's offices in 1975 or 1976. As would be expected, most of it isn't quite safe for airplay, young children, or senior citizens. Or at least that's what the FCC would like you to believe.

Scratch the Movie (2001)
Scratch is a 2001 documentary film, directed by Doug Pray, that examines cultural and historical perspectives on the birth and evolution of hip-hop disc jockeys (DJs), scratching and turntablism and includes interviews with some of hip-hop's most famous artists.

Locust Street
All songs are posted for a very limited time and are imported at a low bit rate level. They are meant to encourage purchase of the original albums. Please do not direct link to them. If you are the copyright holder of a posted song and do not want the song posted, by all means contact me and I will remove the song.

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare (Mp3 Complete)
Romeo and Juliet is perhaps the most famous of Shakespeare’s plays and is thought to be the most famous love story in Western history. It concerns the fate of two very young lovers who would do anything to be together.
The Montagues and the Capulets of Verona, Italy, are in the midst of a long-standing feud when Romeo Montague drops in on a masquerade party at the Capulets’. While there he meets and woos the daughter of the house, Juliet. She likewise returns his passion, and their secret meeting later that night on her bedroom balcony begins a series of tragic events that no one could have foretold.

Music Moz: The Open Music Project
Music information is one of the most searched topics online and a very important application of the internet. Commercial and fan websites offer an abundance of information on thousands of bands, artists, orchestras, composers and just about every other aspect of music. One of the biggest drawbacks to this wealth of information is that it can be very disorganized and can often disappear as websites continually shut their doors.

howard rheingold's | tools for thought (entire original text)
Tools for Thought is an exercise in retrospective futurism; that is, I wrote it in the early 1980s, attempting to look at what the mid 1990s would be like. My odyssey started when I discovered Xerox PARC and Doug Engelbart and realized that all the journalists who had descended upon Silicon Valley were missing the real story. Yes, the tales of teenagers inventing new industries in their garages were good stories. But the idea of the personal computer did not spring full-blown from the mind of Steve Jobs. Indeed, the idea that people could use computers to amplify thought and communication, as tools for intellectual work and social activity, was not an invention of the mainstream computer industry nor orthodox computer science, nor even homebrew computerists. If it wasn't for people like J.C.R. Licklider, Doug Engelbart, Bob Taylor, Alan Kay, it wouldn't have happened. But their work was rooted in older, equally eccentric, equally visionary, work, so I went back to piece together how Boole and Babbage and Turing and von Neumann -- especially von Neumann - created the foundations that the later toolbuilders stood upon to create the future we live in today. You can't understand where mind-amplifying technology is going unless you understand where it came from.

The Unknown Bird
This one here is for days like these when the apathy monster pays a visit. Wishing I could have stayed home and vegged out all day listening to music. Some jazzy flourishes and warm acoustic sounds, the musical equivalent of a reassuring hug when you’re feeling drowsy and crabby.

C.G. Jung The Wisdom of the Dream: Vol.1 "A Life of Dreams" (Video)
Viewers follow Jung's life from his childhood, through his years as a hospital psychiatrist, to the initial influence of Freud, to their disagreement and split. Former pupils reveal Jung's impact on their lives.

BLUE (Zine Download)
BLUE meditates on melancholy and seasonal themes and collects new writing, drawing, photography and digital art.

Beat Boys (1968)
Babel Fish (Surrealist) Translation: Celebrities for following Caetano Veloso in III the Festival of Brazilian Popular Music of the TV Record, in 1967, with music Joy, Joy, the band Beat Boys was composed of a compound of consolidated Brazilian and Argentine musicians in São Paulo. With Tony Osanah in the vocal guitar and, Cluster Valdez in the guitar, Toyo in the agency, Willie Verdager in the low Cold e Marcelo in the battery, them had scandalized the puristas (as well as the apresentração of Gilbert Gil and the Mutants in Sunday in the Park) when mixing for the first time rock and MPB in a festival of popular music.

Les Fleurs de Pavot - S/T (1968)
This is considered to be one of the finest French psych records out there, and rightly so. Les Fleurs de Pavot were far from being actual hippies, however--their image was created by their Svengali, Jean-Pierre Rawson, in an exploitative effort that was rather typical of the era. The band had issued several EP's as the serviceable beat quintet Les Bourgeois de Calais before Rawson decided that transforming them into hippie freaks (one of them was supposedly named Jesus and from San Francisco) was the way to go.

Jack Kerouac on the Internet Archive
Yesterday I got my copy on On the Road the Original Scroll. It was fifty years to the day on Thursday that the original On the Road was published. On the Road is an upcoming movie, produced by Francis Ford Coppola. It is based on Jack Kerouac's book On the Road. It is a story about two young men traversing the roadways of 1950's America. The screenplay was written by Jose Rivera and it is due to be directed by Walter Salles. This is a link to all the material on the internet archive to do with Jack Kerouac.

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