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Open Creativity

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DIY DAYS, a roving conference for those who create, will be kicking off in Philadelphia on August 1st. This marks the second year of the conference which stoped in LA, SF, Boston, NYC and London in 2008. This year, DIY DAYS will travel to Philadelphia, LA, Portland, NYC, London and Stockholm.

The conference is free and much of it is recorded and released as open media online. The goal is to share information and resources while at the same time provide a networking opportunity for those wishing to sustain from their creative work.

For more info visit DIY DAYS

DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL

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Danger Mouse’s new Dark Night of the Soul to be released as a blank cd-r along with a 100+ book of conceptual photographs by David Lynch inspired by the music. The decision to release the blank cd-r stems from a legal dispute with EMI. Dark Night of the Soul features collaborations with Iggy Pop, Sparklehorse, The Flaming Lips and many more.

Track featuring Vic Chestnut
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Will be interesting to see how the album leaks and if it takes a similar path that Danger Mouse’s Grey Album did.

TEXT OF LIGHT

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For those who may wonder what Text of Light means, it’s a 1974 experimental feature film by Stan Brakhage. I’ve been a fan of Brakhage’s films since I was 17 and making my first films with a spring wound bolex. His films are visually intoxicating and have been a major influence on many. Prolific, Brakhage made hundreds of films most of which had no sound. His film Dog Star Man is by far the film I’ve seen the most times – and I mean of any film not just his work. In 1992, while traveling on a cross country trip, I stopped off in Colorado in hopes of meeting him. I ended up tracking him down and we spent the day hanging out – we even shot some film!


Getting all meta – Text of Light an improvisational group of musicians inspired by Brakhage’s film of the same name re-score the film live in Rotterdam.

HOURS OF FUN

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This is AWESOME! yooouuutuuube enables you to take ANY youTube vid and turn it into a moving film strip – you can also stop and pan thru all the frames.

Here’s a look at a music vid that was shot on law enforcement flashlights. Yep the cops have flashlights that can shoot vid with nightvision. I shot the following vid for Hail Social. CLICK the pic to play.

hat tip to yvynyl

RADAR SEASON ONE

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As we close in on the final episode of RADAR season one, I’m struck by the number of amazing creative people that we’ve been able to meet and cover.


@ deep six studios with comic artist Dean Haspiel

We’ve honed the process over the course of shooting the first season. The footprint of RADAR is quite small. Usually, a crew of 4 shooting with digital SLRs (2 Nikon D90s which I have a love / hate relationship with but more on that another time) and some Chinese lanterns with dimmers and practical bulbs. Sound wise we’re using a tascam digital recorder, 2 wireless mics and at times a shotgun. I love the size and speed at which we can work, It’s very organic and fluid.

To see the results of everyone’s hard work and to learn more about some of the creative folks we cover visit www.radar.workbookproject.com. And if you happen to know of some interesting people or projects please let us know – we’re looking for subjects for season two.

Black Moth Super Rainbow

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Play of the day:

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Black Moth Super Rainbow’s “Born On A Day The Sun Didn’t Rise” – Brings to mind the Flaming Lips and Mercury Rev which makes sense since producer Dave Fridmann is behind the knobs. The new album “Eating Us” comes out 5/26

@AWESOMEBANDNAME

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Every thought that you had an awesome name for a band? I stumbled upon @awesomebandname on twitter. There are some entertaining names BUT the real find is this link to a visual mapping of metal band names. The visualization includes categories such as deadly things, pleas for help, foreign sounding and badass spellings.