Food for thought‘[...] do not think that good design can make a poor product good, whether the product be a machine, a building, a promotional brochure or a business man. But [...] good design can materially help make a good product reach its full potential. In short, [...] good design is good business.’
Thomas J. Watson Jr., IBM CEO

Bad Mudaf'

November 21, 2007, 1:09 AM

Found this on Corbis today, by accident :) Ike and Tina Turner, showing their “black power” (by the look on her face, I guess Tina was already fed up with Ike’s demonstrations of power).

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Anyway, I guess it’s good tshirt graphics material :)

And by the way, if you want some BMF wallets like Samuel’s from Pulp Fiction, you can find more info here :)

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Classics never die

November 17, 2007, 9:15 PM

I was listening to Guerrilla Radio and something odd caught my ear. The song was American Woman, but the voice resembled Robert Plant‘s. I may not be a “rocker” anymore, but once a Led Zep fan, always one… So I was wondering when on earth did Plant record this song and how come his voice sounded so good (like the good ol’ days), since I knew that he lost it through age and rock’n’roll excesses (should you wish to disagree, listen the beautiful Rain Song here and then here).

Checking the song, I found out that I was mistaking, the song was performed by The Guess Who, and they surely sounded like Led Zep’s Plant singing next to Cream‘s Eric Clapton.

Here are the videos, enjoy some true classics (and mind the similarities :) ):

There seems to be some problems with embedding youtube movies, here are the links (I’ll try to fix this again later):

American Woman – The Guess Who

Whole Lotta Love – Led Zeppelin

I Feel Free – Cream

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Joy

November 6, 2007, 1:51 AM

Wonderful song, brings pure joy every time. Maybe they should play it in the metro stations every 10 minutes or so :)

Who could not smile when hearing:
“Are you married?”
“Am I not a man? And is not a man stupid? I’m a man. So I married. Wife, children, house, everything. The full catastrophe.” (Zorba’s reply)

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Er Hu – chinese violin

October 29, 2007, 1:36 AM

The erhu is a two-stringed traditional chinese violin, with a much smaller resonating chamber. Watch first a traditional chinese song played in duo with a piano. Lang Lang and his father at Carnegie Hall – “Horse”:

(thanks Toma >:D<)

and now played in a very violin-like way, by Wang Ying (the piece is from Carmen):

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Ben Webster – sax

October 21, 2007, 5:41 PM

Thanks to Guerrilla Radio, I’ve discovered Ben Webster, a great tenor saxophonist. It goes very well with the rainy autumn, warm, thoughtful, melancholic (reminds me of Cowboy Bebop).

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Bonobo and Silent Strike

October 15, 2007, 3:11 AM

Saturday night I went to see and listen to Bonobo (UK, from Ninja Tune) and Silent Strike. I only found Silent Strike just a few hours before the show, thanks to Oana (thanks again :) ), a young talented artist. I’m sure gonna buy his album today, hope I still find it. Silent Strike was surely on par with Bonobo. Period.

Long story short, it was a great show, I’m glad to see this kind of events taking place more and more often (and Becker Brau Live seems to be a good location).
Here are some pics of the band, Simon Green aka Bonobo being the one with white shirt and guitar. They also had a cool drummer, made the girls go crazy :)

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Tekkon Kinkreet – the savage beauty of innocent life

October 13, 2007, 3:50 AM

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Listening to the beautiful soundtrack, made by Plaid, I would’ve liked to write about the sensations Tekkon Kinkreet gives you. But I can’t, and I really shouldn’t. Because Tekkon Kinkreet does what movies should do (at least in theory): it touches you. I really felt the movie gave me in the end a small part of what Shiro was talking about, “Anshin! Anshin!” – meaning peace of mind, happiness.

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I highly recommend it to anyone who likes to “feel” while watching a movie. And even if the story will fail to touch you, the visuals will surely blow you away with their insanely detailed city scapes, streets, buildings, and with its wonderful colors.

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There are also the wonderful main charachters, Shiro (meaning white), contrasting with his “aniki” (older brother, but not necessarily by blood), Kuro (meaning black), both full of life in thei own way, complex, completeing each other.

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Pingmag writes about the visuals, Catsuka posts some nice hi-q screens, SuperHeroType interviews the director (non-japanese, if you can believe) and highly talented Audrey Kawasaki shows us scans from Tekkon Kinkreet Art Book, just pure eyecandy, if you needed any more proof that Japan is ages in front of everybody else when it comes to animation.

later edit:
Some time ago I was reading about Paprika and Tekkon, and reviews said that Satoshi Kon’s Paprika is better, making Tekkon look like something incomplete, with only great visuals, but little substance. How wrong they were… While Kon’s Paprika is beautiful, raising many questions about human’s psyche and dreams, Tekkon is way ahead, dealing with human emotions, and not in a rational way, like Paprika, but in a personal, introspective, i-feel-it kind of way.

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Muse – Live in Bucharest

October 7, 2007, 5:00 AM

Imagine Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant and Jimmy Page combined with Queen’s sound (remeber Queen’s Bohemian choirs? – just listen to Muse’s Soldiers Poem) , and you might get a glimpse of what Muse is all about: true rock evolved. To say that Muse singing live is superb is an understatement. Matthew Bellamy is an extraordinary singer and guitarist (not to mention his piano skills), reminding of singers like Robert Plant or Ian Gillan, but also playing some wicked looking and sounding guitars, custom made, 7-stringed, or with other crazy tunings that made him sound like no other (read more about them here). Sometimes you’d almost think Jimi Hendrix has reincarnated. And of course, like most great frontmen, Matt’s stage performance, with his dynamic and energetic moves, is a real treat.

The show was great, the best I’ve seen (even considering Depeche Mode last year concert, which was also great, but even diehard fans have to admit that Dave and co are now quite some years after their peak in live performances). I knew Muse were good, I can’t say I was a real fan though, I just enjoyed their music. Not all of it, since it takes some time to digest it, to understand it and then to love it. Just like old 70’s rock, Muse’s complex sound won’t reveal its beauty that easily. At some times during the show I was thinking this music is way too elevated for normal “rock concerts”. Clear classical music influences, blues and jazz-like improvisations, mixed with pure adrenaline make their music something uncomparable. It is no wonder for me now why Muse won so many prizes for their live performances. The only minor regret was my brother’s, for not hearing his favourite song, Bliss.

I was very glad that tickets in the A section were sold out fast (and the other sections as well, except the B one), this proved enough that we want quality bands touring in our country as well, not just big, long-time players in the music industry (yup, the Stones). Many failed to buy tickets in the A section thinking “who listens to Muse in Romania?”. Well, A LOT of people, it seems, since many of the band’s well known singles were sung by the crowd as well, giving me an imense satisfaction and thrill (and also the regret I hadn’t learned them better myself – but I’ll be ready next time).

But enough talking, here are some photos to get the idea (made with my Nokia N73 – tinkered just a bit in Photoshop). I’ve also uploaded a video on youtube, but the sound isn’t very good, unfortunately.

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More info about Muse here (Muchmusic), here and on Muse’s Wiki.

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Giovanni Sollima – Daydream

September 30, 2007, 2:00 PM

Amazing cellist, Giovanni Sollima. Also, nice video, insane on some parts, painstakingly made. I love how well the development of the music is represented by the multitude of hands. The second part reminds me of “Flight Of The Bumblebee”. Enjoy:

here is the second part:

and definitely check out this mindblowing project with ice instruments:

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Blue Foundation

September 29, 2007, 10:16 PM

It’s not every day that I find a new band to like, yet alone two (see my previous post about The Silk Demise).

Meet Blue Foundation, a danish electronic music group (wiki). Imagine a Bjork-like voice, superb trip-hop beats, great turntable scratching, haunting piano and violins and you get a close image of what they sound like. Sometimes they remind me of Massive Attack, sometimes of Portishead, but they surely have their own sound.

This video is called End of the day, from their 2004 album, Sweep Of Days (great album, almost perfect). Enjoy:

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