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Cada día aprendo algo, indeed.
November 7, 2010, 11:26 pm
Filed under: Music

Okay. So we didn’t party in London but… something tells me that the hand wrapped in orange shoe string isn’t the newest thing in underground clubbing. Come on, Neo, rave on with the times. Try  Techno Clothing.

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CG is simultaneously errie and pretty
September 16, 2008, 4:08 am
Filed under: art, Music, technology

I dig the digital revolution in the aesthetic of video media. Computer Graphics (CG) made eerie and beautiful. A case in point is Tetsoo (e.g. bloo). However, there are many more. For example, my old friend Jonathon and some gifted friends came out with this.

Kinda makes me want the matrix to exist, just so we can crash it.



La fuerza de hiphop Chileno
July 7, 2008, 7:56 pm
Filed under: dance, Music

En enero, yo tenia el placer de conocer a Claudio Flores. Fue por su cuenta que podia siguir bailando break y funky mientras que estuve en Santiago. Su dedicacion y presencia honesto me dejo impresionado. Aqui hay un video de un evento donde Claudio canto en su grupo Fuerza Hip Hop con MC Tanque, un otro tipo bien real y simpatico. Es por tipos como Claudio y Tanque que, encima de todo la mierda del ‘mainstream’, el hiphop sigue haciendo una experiencia real.



A confluence of two masters
April 8, 2008, 11:51 pm
Filed under: art, Music

-Six Days-
Music by DJ Shadow,
Video by Wong Kar-wai (of ‘In the mood for love’ and ‘2046’ fame)

They disabled embedding, so here’s the direct link.



1000por100 dance battle: Paris, October 2007
January 14, 2008, 2:23 am
Filed under: dance, Music

France has got some good dancers, new styles and great beats.



the hacienda: legacies are stupid, unless they’re cool
December 4, 2007, 4:09 pm
Filed under: Music

Coming to Manchester is somewhat of a pilgrimage for Carmen and me. A very meaningful part of our lives –the all-nite electronic dance music party– had part of its origins here. The history of electronic dance music is complex and multi-faceted (nevermind Ishkur). Nevertheless, after it’s birth in Chicago House music in the eighties and its later transformation into Techno in Detroit, it can be said fairly confidently that it was the Hacienda club in Manchester, England that birthed the culture that would support electronic dance music into the nineties.

While in Manchester, Carmen and I went to see an exhibition on the Hacienda and the Factory Records label that owned it. (Pic).

One thing that seemed to ring out again and again throughout the exhibit was the diversity of the innovation. Why was it such a hot bed?
It was a time (late eighties) when Manchester’s past industrial glory lay rusted and crumpling in a city centre with less than 300 inhabitants because of derelict infrastructure and the accompanying violence. The time was ripe for innovation. And it happened.

Spurred by successes in new music over the previous decade, Factory Records opened the Hacienda. It was the first club (in Manchester) that you didn’t need a suit to get into. It was the first club didn’t look like a club; it looked like Manchester, i.e. a factory. Even the details like the club’s promotion were artistically ahead of its time (even if they were completed after the scheduled party they were supposed to be promoting!). The Hacienda provided a sanctuary for deprived youth to express the typical angst of the age together and to music. It provided the perfect stage for Chicago house music to enter.

Carmen and I weren’t there in 1987 when the club first opened. But Dave was. Listen to his take on the era.



It’s sorta sounds repetitive and robotIshkur
October 30, 2007, 2:19 am
Filed under: Music

Okay, so the hypergenrifiation in electronic dance music can get dizzying and pointless very quickly. That’s why an online categorized archive of audio samples of its various genres may seem, well, dizzying and pointless. Nevertheless, be it the vet or the ignorant, I think it’s worth a peak. My advice: explore, don’t take the boundaries as fixed, don’ take any of the subgenres too seriously, and laugh at the seriously biased (but hilarious) descriptions. Thanks Ishkur.