Pluralism is a collection of songs conceived / recorded on the Teenage Engineering OP-1 digital synthesizer and mixed / polished in Ableton Live. It’s a marriage of lo-fi improvisation, 4-track overdub recording, modern production trickery, and old fashion engineering. A digest of exalted mistakes.
1) Touch Too Much (Fake Blood Remix) — Hot Chip
2) Can’t Get Better Than This — Parachute Youth
3) Can’t Take That Away (Original Mix) — Greg Stainer Feat. Roland Clark
4) Don’t Fuck With My Money (Dave Aude Club Mix Extended) — Penguin Prison
5) We Are Now Connected — Mord Fustang
6) Change (Feat Nola Darling) — Yolanda Be Cool
7) Solid Ground (Adrian Lux Vs Blende Remix) — Pnau
Download (right-click-save-as) HERE
In honor of Elbow’s 2012 Olympic performance and the release of their new anthology “Dead in the Boot”, I’d like to share a show of theirs I mixed from the 2011 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival. This was the show where I first fell in love with the band (yeah, I’m a little late to the party), and it has a bunch of my absolute favorites songs from them. Guy Garvey is one of the most engaging front men in rock, period, and the band’s ability to jump effortlessly around their vast and deliciously diverse repertoire is impressive.
High points, for me : “Lippy Kids” (swoon) and the sing-along version of “Grounds For Divorce”. Also, “Mirrorball” and “Open Arms” are amazing live and still give me goosebumps. God bless Manchester!
You can download the whole set as a .zip file here : Elbow_HSBG_2011.zip
The boyfriend and I took a little road trip to Fort Bragg a few weekends ago. We really had no idea what to expect : we had seen something about a beach made of bottle glass that seemed interesting, and that was excuse enough to rent a car and get out of town for a bit.
While the town and the glass beach turned out to be a bit of a disappointment, we were determined to have the best possible time we could, and that meant taking pictures of *something*. Out on a hike, bemoaning the uniform beauty and texture of trees, I recalled a blog about yowayowacamera, a japanese girl who does a photo diary of herself levitating in weird situations. I was like, hey, that could be a fun way to take advantage of this otherwise mundane scenery.
It’s proven to be one of the most addicting things I’ve ever done with photography. I’ve been dragging the boyfriend around Oakland, convincing him to jump with expensive cameras in his hand. “ACT NATURAL!”, I’ll scream, asking him to leap forward while holding a FM-3 with a speedwinder to his face. Sometimes it works, sometimes not so much. But it’s a great way to play with conceptual photography, use people in your shots, and create an interesting thing to look at.
I really want to take this to more private mundane places : shopping malls, coffee shops, BART, grocery stores. I think it works best when there is the juxtaposition of an everyday activity done while levitating. It helps if there are props, and if no one in the background is paying attention.
This has gotten me thinking of other situations one could concoct to create magical-realism photography. Cannot wait to jump around more!
Summer in Oakland is photogenic as heck, and the partner and I are trying hard to capture it. Learning where sunset creates magic is turning into a fun game : sometimes San Francisco’s fog hides it from us. Other times you forget there’s this thing called The Marin Headlands between you and your perfect silhouetted shot. No matter : it gets us exploring and taking more photos, learning how to deal with different kinds of light.