Camera Lucida : August 13th 2014

Greetings listeners!

This Wednesday’s interview features the creative partnership known as Camera Lucida.

Camera Lucida is definitely a project based on experiences. Camera Lucida is the duo of Jon Silpayamanant and Roxell Karr, and their collaborations with various dancers or movement artists. Roxell provides experimental electronic music as well as video projections that can be manipulated in real time, while Jon’s focus is playing an array of stringed instruments channeled through different effects pedals.

Above is a excerpt of their piece ‘ Before Anesthesia’. The performance was a collaboration with the Nashville Tennessee based dance troupe, Blue Moves Modern Dance Company.

You can catch them next at the Connect at Bernheim event on Aug. 23rd. They’ll be working with dancers from The Moving Collective. To learn more about this awesome yearly arts event, click here

Speaking of links, find out more about Camera Lucida at their website dancelucida.com. Below is our discussion, or you can find it by searching out my podcast in the iTunes store. If you subscribe on iTunes, you’ll get all podcast updates automatically…just sayin’.

Enjoy.

 

 

 

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June 11th, 2014

Hey listeners.

As I mentioned last week, today you’re going to learn what ASMR is. I first heard of it from the NPR program ‘This American Life‘ (which I have to admit is a huge inspiration for Blind Date.) And much like today’s guest, I was shocked to learn this sensation I’ve experienced all my life had a name…and others felt it too.

So, to start, ASMR stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response. ASMR is a tingling sensation some individuals feel that usually starts at the crown of the head, trickles down the spine, and for some throughout the body. This usually results in a calm, relaxing state which varies in intensity from person to person. ASMR ‘triggers’ can be aural, touch, or visual based. Most triggers seem to be something that brings a sense of comfort to the individual, but the specifics differ on an individual basis. Many people do seem to share the trigger of whispering.

And in this day of instant communication, the online community surrounding ASMR has grown rapidly, Youtube being the center of it. There are hundreds of videos made by what is referred to as ‘ASMRists’, which are essentially video makers who set out to invoke ASMR in others. I was fortunate enough to Skype with one of the larger voices within that community, Ilse Blansert. Ilse is an ASMRist hailing from Canada with three very popular Youtube channels, the most well known being ‘The Water Whispers‘. Ilse is heavily involved in ASMR awareness to the point that she’s devoted full time to it.

Ilse and the rest of the community are continuing their efforts to spread the word through an ASMR tour and International ASMR day, on account of there isn’t a lot of research being done on this subject; mostly due to the fact ASMR proves difficult to measure.

You find out more about Ilse and her efforts at her website. Above is one of her videos (my personal favorite).

Here are other ASMR related links:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autonomous_sensory_meridian_response

https://www.facebook.com/ASMRisland

http://www.whispercommunity.com/

https://www.facebook.com/InternationalAsmrDay

Enjoy.

February 26th 2014

Hey Blind Date listeners! Rejoice, for it is the last Wednesday of the month which means another interview.

If you’ve been keeping up, you’ll know today’s guest is local filmmaker Max Moore. Above is a video he did for the band O’Brother, for their song ‘Transience’.

Max has an ever growing body of work; a great deal of which is music videos for many international known musicians and groups.  Speaking of things international, he has also shown narrative work in film festivals all over.

You can learn more at his website, maxmoorefilms.com. To get further insight into Max, listen to our discussion…there’s a handy player below or you could always subscribe to the podcast (subscribe, subscribe, subscribe!) Below the player is his short ‘Eight’. Enjoy!

Meet Max Moore…

I thought I’d give you some information on Max before airing our discussion next week. Above is a teaser clip of his work you can also see on his website, Max Moore Films.

Max Moore is a filmmaker from Louisville who has been recognized on both a national and international level. He received his Bachelor of Arts-Film Studies in 2013, but has been experimenting with film almost since he was very young. Naturally with his involvement in the Louisville Hardcore and Punk scene, he coupled that with his film work which started an increasingly successful career in music videos.  He has worked with locals such as Coliseum and Xerxes, as well as nationals such as Touche Amore and Converge.

Of course, you shouldn’t pigeonhole him. Max’s body of work also contains more narrative shorts that has been accepted into academy qualifying and international film festivals across the United States and Europe. He also has experience in documentary work like the piece ‘ Allen County Oral History “The Golden Horseshoe” ‘.

You can learn more and see his talents at maxmoorefilms.com …or ( of course) you can listen in to our discussion I’ll be posting next Wednesday, February 26th! You won’t regret it.

Till then…

Treats…

How’s it going, listeners? I’d definitely say this is the time of the year for treats; the more traditional edible kind, and the not so edible variety. This holds true for Blind Date, and what I bring to you in the weeks coming. Next  Wednesday, I give to you  the projectionist collective Spettra. The folks of Spettra keep the hands on tradition of liquid light shows and projections alive with their lo-fi approach. You’ve probably seen them out doing their thing, and not even know it. Spettra has done visuals for such local musicians such as Lady Pyramid, Black Birds of Paradise, and Twin Limb. Be sure to listen in to the humorous conversation I had with them, come Wednesday. And hopefully the Wednesday after, Christmas for those who celebrate it, I’ll have something a little special for you if all goes right. Things are hectic trying to balance projects, family gatherings, holiday parties, and interviews. You’ll just have to be patience and see..

Till then.

PS. Above is a video of Spettra providing some awesome visuals for Black Birds of Paradise at Haymarket.

You can definitely find more on their Facebook page.

December 11th, 2013

Twin Limb playing at Haymarket.

Twin Limb playing at Haymarket. Projections by Spettra.

Enjoying the winter, listeners? I know many of you like myself have been amongst some extreme winter storms; so please stay safe. Stay warm.

Today I bring you a recording of myself, hanging out in the practice space of the duo known as Twin Limb. We decided to do something a little different this time, on account of they haven’t had the chance to record any material. We set up a room mic and I let them play for me like it was my own personal concert (and yours now!), and I asked a few question between songs. Despite what I say in the beginning, I love NPR (don’t get me wrong!).

Twin Limb is a pretty new band, but judging from their rather polished haunting sound, you wouldn’t know it. The group consists of Lacey Guthrie and MaryLiz Guillemi, who before now have played in various groups and solo. Now as their newly found partnership, they’re taking the Louisville music scene by storm. If you’re lucky, you’ve already caught them at one of their many shows. If you have yet to see them, better jump on it while they’re out there playing gigs because soon they’ll be working on recorded material.

If you’re intrigued, you can find out more info at their website. Or at their Facebook page. Recently, these ladies were featured on the video blog ‘This Man Is Not My Father‘. Find the video clips, and more, at one of the many links listed.

Happy Holidays!