Saturday, October 11, 2008

Downloads and Streams for the Week

I have to prepare a thesis chapter for presentation in a week so time is short. Here is the recommended media for the week from the vast expanses of the internet. As the capital economy fragments the free stuff will rise to the surface.

Yael Bat-Shimon - Improvisations 05.04.08

Genre: Improvisation
Violinist Yael Bat-Shimon play somber but beautiful solo improvisations that are part traditional music, part classical and very creative. The online album titled Improvisations 05.04.08 is a live performance sponsored by ARTSomerville It is a exquisite 32 minutes of solo violin. Much of Bat-Shimon’s improvising is based on Israeli traditional music so there is a slightly folksy and very lyrical quality to her music. This is an album you will want to hear over and over to catch all the subtleties.
The album is available in FLAC, Ogg Vorbis and MP3 format from the Internet Archives through the download link below. You can also get the album through Jamendo.

George Orwell, 1984 (Audio book)

Nineteen Eighty-Four (also titled 1984), by George Orwell (the pen name of Eric Arthur Blair), is a 1949 English novel about life under a futuristic totalitarian regime in the year 1984. It tells the story of Winston Smith, a functionary at the Ministry of Truth, whose work consists of editing historical accounts to fit the government's policies. The book has major significance for its vision of an all-knowing government which uses pervasive and constant surveillance of the populace, insidious and blatant propaganda, and brutal control over its citizens. The book had a substantial impact both in literature and on the perception of public surveillance, inspiring such terms as 'Big Brother' and 'Orwellian'.
You may want to check out Orwell's diary (1938-1942) which is running as a blog at the moment. The entries are so clearly made by a man who was concerned with a time that is agrarian; cyclical, artisan, humanist, and global.

U B U W E B - Survival Research Laboratories - Virtues of Negative Fascination
"Virtues of Negative Fascination" is a documentary covering the performance activities of Survival Research Laboratories, Mark Pauline, Matt Heckert and Eric Werner, from 1985-1986. The performances are organized around the interactions of menacingly reconstructed industrial equipment, scientific devices and a wide variety of "special effects" devices which are used to develop themes of socio-political satire. The tape includes performances from New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle in front of a audiences of 2-3,000 people. In addition to the performances, "Virtues of Negative Fascination" features incisive interviews and illuminating non performance footage.

U B U W E B - Film & Video: William S. Burroughs - Shotgun Paintings

During his later years in Kansas, Burroughs also developed a painting technique whereby he created abstract compositions by placing spray paint cans in front of, and some distance from, blank canvasses, and then shooting at the paint cans with a shot gun. These splattered canvasses were shown in at least one New York City gallery in the early 1990s.

Delia Derbyshire - “Dreams” part 4: Sea

Delia Derbyshire’s “Dreams” was made in collaboration with Barry Bermange (who originally recorded the narrations). Bermange put together The Dreams (1964), a collage of people describing their dreams. It was set by Delia into a background of pure electronic sound. “Dreams” is a collection of spliced/reassembled interviews with people describing their dreams, particularly recurring elements. The program of sounds and voices is an attempt to re-create in five movements some sensations of dreaming: running away, falling, landscape, underwater, and colour.

Steal This Film

Steal This Film II in High Definition steamed format

Three Albums by Lou Dalfin
Lou Dalfin is an Italian folk and folk-rock/folk-punk group focused on preserving and modernizing the traditions of Occitania. Founded in 1982 by hurdy-gurdy master Sergio Berardo, the band combines traditional Occitan sounds with modern rock instrumentation.

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