Friday, December 28, 2007

Friday Downstreams (Final for 2007)

United States Military bases 2001-2003

The last Friday of 2007 makes it necessary to post some online media picks for the week. I hope the last twelve months has been good for you dear reader. For me, well..its been a great year; I have watched my children grow, have learnt so much, have travelled (spent time in Stockholm, Hong Kong and Australia), this blog has tripled its readership, I have made progress on my PhD thesis, have met many interesting and kind people, have written quite a bit, recorded some music, and am generally happy.
I hope 2008 is the year that national governments start understanding that violence is no way to behave (although looking at the past 2008 years I am not holding my breath). And speaking of breath, "Its the climate stupid!". We are still waiting for decent winter snow here in northern Sweden and the local news reported last night that this December has been the warmest on record, with a daily average increase of between 5 and 6 degrees. Sounds ominous. Peace and Goodwill to all. On to the media:

Like television Only better
This is a site that seems to specialize in older films, music, cartoons and documentaries. If become a member you can download the media for free. I have found some gems; witness Beat Girl (1960) posted below. From the site:
LikeTelevision™ - The Broadband Media Network, is a recognized leader in delivering video applications over public (Internet) and private networks. In 1999, the company developed the IGS process, which creates high quality video files at very low data rates. To demonstrate our technologies, we created this web site, which contains thousands of video clips encoded using the IGS process. This site is an functional example of convergence, a melding of the Internet and Television mediums.
Recently, LikeTelevision™ has created several powerful software applications that integrate database technologies with digital video assets. LikeTelevision™'s Intelligent Video Access Library (IVAL), allows users to search and find specific video assets quickly and intuitively. The software can be used to catalog large video libraries for a wide range of applications including interactive education, training, medical research, customer support, and entertainment! Other LikeTelevision™ software applications include the award winning Video Birthday Calendar, Video Postcards, Targeted Demographic Ad Insertion and Dynamic Ad Casting.

VBS is an online broadcast network. We stream original content, free of charge and 24hours a day. We carry a mix of domestic and international news, pop and underground culture coverage, and the best music in the world. People have used words like eclectic, smart, funny, shocking, and revolutionary to describe VBS, but we kind of just snapped our fingers in their faces and went, “Whatever. Tell us something we don’t know.”
With Academy Award-nominated director Spike Jonze (Adaptation, Being John Malkovich) as our creative director, original content from a veritable United Nations of contributors, and bureaus in 20 countries, VBS has hit the planet in a manner not unlike a massive global plague. Streaming on VBS’s signature “in-room” widescreen and remote, content will be available all the time, on-demand.

My tip for VBS.TV is the Sublime Frequencies channel, dedicated to the creative output of The Sun City Girls. Who are they, you ask. Im glad you did:

Alan Bishop is the co-proprietor of Sublime Frequencies. He is also the man who, with his brother Rick, founded the band Sun City Girls back in 1982. Since then, they have put out the most consistently far-out, weird, ecstatic, and elusive music that our country has ever produced. With Sublime Frequencies, Bishop is steadily building a library of archival recordings that can stand next to venerable projects like the Smithsonian’s Folkways series and genuinely hold its own.

TV NETWORKS as collected & restored by IRA H. GALLEN
30 Years Saving TV & Film History. 20 Thousand 16mm & 35mm Film PRINTS & Video Formats. 2 114 vidoes online.

Free Albums Galore
Welcome to Free Albums Galore, a full-album “mp3 blog” for listeners of eclectic music. What distinguishes Free Albums Galore from other mp3 blogs?

1. I post only complete albums, not individual or scattered tracks.
2. I post only albums with permanent off-site hosting, unlike other album blogs like Hepcatwilly.
3. I post only legally free albums, instead of blindly hoping copyright owners won’t mind me distributing their music.
4. I post at least one complete album per day.

The Avant Garde Project
(Via Free Albums Galore) The Avant Garde Project is a series of recordings of 20th-century classical-experimental-electroacoustic music digitized from LPs whose music has in most cases never been released on CD, and so is effectively inaccessible to the vast majority of music listeners today.

Art Torrents
Books, Movies, Texts etc. It's important to emphasize that I haven't written any of the text on this blog, almost every post is copy/paste from KaraGarga and therefore created by other people.

Six Films by Pierre Huyghe (b. 1962)
Pierre Huyghe explores the territory of reality and fiction, creating a site of convergence for interpretation, representation, and transformation. His work incorporates film, objects, and staged events such as celebrations, puppet shows, and musicals to address how we construct and translate experience. Although the final artwork often takes the form of a projected image, Huyghe's primary interest lies in the production of situations.

Enjoy the weekend and Happy New Year!

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