Nostalgia department: in 1963, my Mother & Step-Father took me to the Dayton (Ohio) Philharmonic Orchestra (on a school night!), my first experience with live classical music. I distinctly remember the part where the musicians “tuned up” their instruments, thinking that was part of the work which was subsequently performed: Igor Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring). It was to be my introduction to “classical” music and it was memorable. Of course, I knew nothing of its history, that it was a riot causing sensation when it premiered (as a ballet) 50 years before in Paris, that it was to become one of the most monumental and influential musical works of the 20th Century, I just thought all classical music must be AWESOME! Two takes on the work:
Leonard Bernstein & the New York Philharmonic Orchestra (probably from the 1960s), a treat to watch Bernstein conduct:
And, interestingly, Stravinsky wrote a version for piano (2 performers, 4 hands, 1 piano) which was published about a year before the Orchestral/Ballet version (one can only imagine what it was like to hear Stravinsky and Claude Debussy performing it to an unsuspecting audience in 1912). Here is a stunning performance by Dutch Brothers Lucas & Arthur Jussen:
Since 1975, Nikon has hosted the Small World Photography Competition, a showcase for the heros of Microphotography (both still and motion). The video above highlights some of the astounding work in the “Motion” category from this years competition (2018). If you want to go really deep, you can view over 40 years of amazing images and movies from the archives.
Behold this awesome video from NASA created from data provided by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft (LRO).
April 2, 1968: the best movie of all time is released, 50 years ago today!
Here’s an awesome time-lapse from JeffHK on YouTube!
This is (I guess) a promo for an interactive game with the tag “Be the Universe in this epic reality simulation game” created by David OReilly. I better stop there. I am NOT a gamer, and I have no business trying to explain a world I can not understand. BUT, as a film, a meditation, a work of art, EVERYTHING is a work of great beauty. Give it a chance to grow on you, let it unfold before your eyes and mind. Featuring narration by philosopher Alan Watts. Inspired.
Young Polish pianist Krzysztof Książek performs the work with great delicacy. From a performance at the 2015 International Chopin Competition. Prepare to be mesmerized.
This is a finished version of the “Cloud Mirror” post from February. Didn’t change much: extended the length of the cloud segments & added the rising spheres. Meditate on this, we are part of something greater !
I’ve been collecting time-lapse clouds for a number of years and thought it was time for an assemblage of some of the nicest ones, but with an abstract twist (the mirror effect). Kind of makes you look at it differently.
Dennis Hopper called Bruce Conner “the most important artist of the 20th century”. He frequently recycled stock footage, found objects, photographs, clippings, whatever, into “assemblages” filled with irony, humor & pathos. I first encountered Conner via “A MOVIE” in High School nearly 50 years ago, and either consciously or sub-consciously, he has been a huge influence on my film work. Bruce Conner: It’s All True is a career spanning retrospective which will be at SFMOMA (San Francisco) from late October to January 2017.
“Mongoloid” is a Music Video Conner did for Devo.