Phwoah! Busy week recovering from a new picture turnover – my PT session looked like confetti after the conform… Anyway, heres what’s been engaging my brain this week…
> An interesting article, The Mundane Fanatastic about a recent trend with film VFX: “To make a moment seem real, one must present it somewhat imprecisely, to counteract the meticulous, slightly inhuman slickness of CGI.” – amen to that, although it still feels a self-conscious, somewhat apologetic approach…
> While on a long walk on a sunny Sunday I listened to an MP3 of a very good presentation Gerd Leonard did at the AMBC in Sydney recently: “Music 2.0 – The Time is NOW: stream or download it here
> Also via Gerd on twitter: a link to a Music Industry Manifesto and one of my favorite lines from the manifesto: “Artists & fanatics run the show – if you are in neither camp you’re fcked”
>Hey so hows your new iPhone? Next time you hear an apple fanboy use the words: great, fantastic, incredible or awesome more than twice in one minute, point them at this video… positive affirmations anyone?
> Art Vinyl a beautiful way to store 12″ vinyl for display
>Bizzarro! a 5 second youtube video of me reversing a car into a pile of fridges has had 21,000 views! Maybe that is the secret to youtube: the average attention span is 5 seconds!?!
> I think I have mentioned it before but I highly reccomend reading “Fans, Friends, Followers” by Scott Kirsner; a great book (available as an ebook & as real dead trees) on digital strategy for musicians, filmmakers & artists. One of the best aspects of the book is the huge number of interviews Scott did as research & these interviews are also included, so it gives you a good reference as to how people in different art forms & styles/genres have evolved their methods to succeed. Very interesting!!
> Memo to old music industry: Change or Die – a philosophical & historical look at how & why the music industry finds itself in its current state…
> The film I am currently working on is called The Volcano and is written & directed by the hugely talented Taika Waititi – check out his very funny short film “ARAB SAMURAI” made for the 48 hour film festival, but ‘handed in about 70 hours too late” – love those old school kung fu sound effects!
> I’ve been thrashing a beautiful beat heavy track that Mary Anne Hobbes played this week by Joy Orbison – Hyph Mngo (no, I dont know what it means either) – check it out on his myspace page here! I also found a more reliable source of MP3 copies of the BBC radio shows (& many others) here
> Now this is a great idea: Creative Caravan -its a bit like couch surfing or house swap for creative people…. Hmmmm…. WTD: Music studio/apartment in Tokyo in exchange for same in Wellington, NZ…
>Someone on twitter reminded me of an absolute truism in post production, which I think is originally traced back to Jim Jarmusch: “cheap, fast, good. pick two.”
> Randy Thom will receive the Cinema Audio Society’s Career Achievement Award – fantastic! Congratulations!
> Apparently there was a major UFO explosion in NZ, 1178 AD??? That explains a lot!
> A lovely tabletop terrain generator created via sound mapping… but wont your wineglass fall off? Oh its underneath the tabletop! So you lie on the floor & look at it…. hmmmm…
> Air is a new iPhone app made in conjunction with Brian Eno that’s “like Music for Airports made endless”
> A study recently found 57% of TV Viewers use the Web simultaneously… this is hardly surprising when you consider how shallow most television is – I can count on one hand the number of programs currently screening that are worth my full attention (Mad Men, Daily Show, The Simpsons… um…)
> Maybe heres another: AMC are to ‘reinterpret’ the classic Sci-Fi Series The Prisoner – now that would be a fun show to score/sound design… are you old enough to remember the original?
Hey! Was that castle thunder I heard mixed into the title music? Its up there with the wilhelm for self-referential sound effects…
> Lastly, I just bought a new set of drum sticks but the cool thing with these is they are for soft percussion, check them out: