Jamie Lidell @ the Sydney Festival

Milan 2005 pic-Arianna D'Angelica

I went to see this amazing act last night as part of the Syndey festival: Jamie Lidell, who is a vocalist that uses looping software (MAX/MSP) to loop his voice. He beatboxes, then loops it and then keeps adding layers on top of it mostly with just his voice. He has a sampler and adds in the odd artificial sound as well. He built up a techno track form scratch in front of us. This live aspect to his electronic music gave his performance an energy you don’t usually get with pre-programmed sets or DJ’ing.

He also did a number of straight soul numbers that were OK, he has an amazing voice and energy, but I found them to be slightly over done and a bit passé in content i.e. not adding anything new to the genre. Still, its interesting to see electronic based music side by side with more traditional styles of music. Particularly coming out of the one musician!

The only real complaint I had was that the show was a bit short (maybe just under an hour) and there wasn’t enough to dance to. Also he stopped between the more techno based tracks and this is annoying when your into the dancing.

Overall an entertaining evening and worth seeing again.

Le Conseguenze dell’Amore

‘Consequences Of Love’ review

Olivia Magnani as Sofia (left) and Toni Servillo as Titta (right)

Last night Zosia took me to the Barbican where she is employed and we saw ‘Le Conseguenze dell’Amore’ (‘Consequences Of Love‘), an Italian movie directed by Paolo Sorrentino. This movie is brimming over with style and subtlety and has you engaged the whole way. The pace is slow but not unnecessary so and I found myself laughing out loud at some of the stange character interactions. The character is beautifully built up leaving you with a satisfactory truth.

But did I mention the sound track! It features music from Mogwai, James, Terranova, Boards Of Canada and Fila Brazillia. The sound track really made this movie a master piece and brought it together keeping you interested and enhancing the feeling of each scene.

The cinematography is also outstanding even though most of the scences are inside everything is well thought out and the creative camera work seem invaluable to the enhancing the mood of every shot.

This film has so much class it makes everything else out at the moment (Sin City, Episode 3) look like obvious shite.

KOUSAKA and MIYAZAKI

Two anime gods, that when joined on the same project produce some beautiful work.

Kitaro KOUSAKA produces some beautiful work. I watched half of ‘Princess Mononoke‘ last night and was impressed with the quality of the animetion. It looked like ‘Spirited Away‘, another beautiful anime film. I did a little sniffing around and found that it was a combinatioon of Kitaro KOUSAKA as Animation Supervisor and Hayao MIYAZAKI detailed and original story and direction.

I shall hunt down some more their work. Of note ‘Whisper of the Heart’ and ‘Castle in the Sky’ look good.

Zine distribution website

Website idea: Zine distribution. Organise mailing zines to people.

Wouldn’t it be good to have a website that lists zines as they come out and give you some way of getting a copy if your not in their city? Maybe just a postal address to write to get a copy or the site could charge postage and organise and send it. You’d have to be a real zine nut to do that however. If it become popular you could charge a $1 per post. Maybe get the ‘work-for-the-dole’ people to do it for you? You could offer subscriptions to certain zines and post em automatically.

Like the equivalent of a small record company but for zines. Just a random thought…