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.

 

 

 

Over the weekend…

Happy Wednesday readers. I hope everyone is feeling better than me…I came down with something, some time Sunday evening. The rest of the weekend was great though.

Besides going to my first Squallis play, How to Fest, and see some local music, I spent an evening with my old friend Breck. It seems like each time I run into him, he has something new to introduce me to. This time was no different.

One thing you should know about Breck and I is that we share an affinity for bizarre electronic music. Recently, he’s been on another vinyl kick, and introduced me to Warning. Warning is a German electronic duo that started in the early 80’s. I think the thing that really draws me to these guys is the full circle that their aesthetics possesses. They created characters to play roles within the music…the costumes, the album art, and the music come together to display the personalities of what some reviewers call these ‘Space War Lords’. A little bit early electronic, a little bit metal ( supposedly they were supported by the Austrian Death Metal Band Pungent Stench for some of their studio work.)

To further that love of electronic music, Breck showed me another recent purchased he made. If you’ve been wanting a inexpensive alternative to synthesizers, you’ll find it in littleBits. littleBits are tiny electronic components you can snap together, to do various things. One such set deals with sound manipulation, like a tiny synthesizer…or at least its differing dials. Click here to watch this promo clip and  learn even more about littleBits and the founder, Ayah Bdeir, by hitting up the wikipedia page.

Last thing Breck offered up is related to both the Simpsons and Prince Rama. Remember Homer’s car? How about Never Forever? Both reference a film called The Apple. Breck has been hounding me quite some time to watch this movie, and I finally sat down to watch it. The Apple is a retro-futuristic rock opera of sorts that has themes of anti-conformity and ties in the Adam and Eve story. I think I’ll just let the trailer below speak for it. Enjoy.

 

April 23rd, 2014

It’s the middle of the week, listeners. You know what that means….

I figured since the Blind Date Anniversary Party is coming up, and the fact that I’ve been interviewing like mad, I’d give you extra tidbits to hold you over. Today’s guest should more than do. Chervon Koeune is her name, and she is a local experimental musician who also has started the Oso osO  series of experimental music nights. Above is a clip of a recent live performance of ‘Kilik’ that transitions into ‘Anywhere’. Video by MaryLiz Guillemi.

In the world of experimental music, much of it is about pushing boundaries; for the musicians themselves and for the listeners. The results usually challenge the listener and, in some cases, endanger their health ( have you ever heard of Danger music?). Chervon is definitely on the lighter side of the spectrum, as she has considered her audience but with little compromise in what she wants creatively. With her latest EP,  Klik. Klak., she has managed to create music that is accessible, melodic, and playful.

Thematically, she is more concerned with creating a mood and with the composition of each piece. The percussion is mainly comprised of found sounds pieced together to create the rhythm section. This backed by Chervon’s vocal harmonies and flourishes with a dash of guitar make for a very lush sonic environment. The feel is a touch of the mystical and calm psychedelia.

You can see this potential in her first EP Banyan Tree…kind of like she’s promising you more. And I think she’s made good on that.

I look forward future releases.

To learn more about her you can visit her website here, check out the interview below, or catch her at the Blind Date Anniversary Party…June 20th, at the Rudyard Kipling! I was lucky enough to get her on the boat. I’ll be filling you guys in with the finer details of this celebration as it draws closer. For now, enjoy my chat with Chervon and wait in much anticipation…

March 26th, 2014

Good afternoon,  listeners.

It’s the end of the month…time to make good on my promises…

And per my promise last week, today’s episode is with local music makers Black Birds of Paradise. BBOP is made up of John Lewis, Dashiell Moss, and power percussion duo Nick & Regan Layman. I’m sure some of these names are familiar, seeing how these guys have been around the music community for some time, in some shape or form.

Just today they confirmed via Facebook, they are indeed hard at work on their second collection of songs. The release of their debut, B.B.o.P., happened earlier this month. A great event that I’m sure will be proceeded by many more…

Listen in and 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!

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.

Monday is only a couple of days away

Monday slowly approaches, listeners. And with it comes the Blind Date sponsored event Glances: an evening of short films and performances. I thought it might be nice to give you a couple of teasers before the show, to get you excited and all that.

Here’s a video clip of Lady Pyramid performing ‘Oranges’

And here is the trailer for the Astral Projects production ‘Never Forever’, featuring Prince Rama.

If this doesn’t incite you, I’m not sure what will. Learn more here.

Just one more piece of FYI worthy material, next Wednesday’s episode will feature an interview I did with local musician Clint Ackerman. A man after my own heart, due mostly to his love of Bowie…haha, I kid, there’s more to it than that. Make sure to keep your ears peeled or subscribe to the podcast, so you never miss a beat.