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

Jay Jay in Bucharest — a city with no respect

December 5, 2009, 3:15 AM

Jay Jay in Bucharest

Jay Jay Johanson sang tonight.
A voice out of this world.
An immense joy for the soul.


If only had I had the pleasure of listening to him somewhere else. I can’t yet describe in words the anger and the desperation that overwhelmed me while watching the people around me. Jay Jay’s music may have trip-hop and electro elements, but in its essence, it’s very close to blues, or old school jazz — a melancholic man singing from the bottom of his heart. How can one trample underfoot such sincere music?

More than half of the ‘audience’ was talking loudly, chitchatting like grocery sellers in the market, backs turned from the scene, smoking their fetid cigarettes and drinking their beer. No respect whatsoever for the few that were all-ears, no respect for the few that felt shivers down their spines whenever Jay Jay’s voice sighed or trembled. No respect for themselves, the ones that are the ‘educated’ young hope for the romanian future. We all know each other more or less — advertisers, journalists, so called modern artists, musicians, entertainers, djs, vjs and so on. Small world. Crème de la crème. The ones present at every hip, cool, trendy, ‘indie’, ‘underground’, ‘alternative’ music event. Muse? They were there. Massive Attack? Of course. Placebo? Cohen? Goldfrapp? IAMX? You bet. All there. Sitting around, chatting and drinking. Like they just got there by mistake. Like it didn’t matter whether the singer was singing about his lost love or the last three burgers he just wolfed down while watching the game. Too bad Jay Jay didn’t have the strong enough sound system to cover up the truth: there is no real cultural demand in Romania. It’s all a façade.

Fuck you very much, hipsters and yuppies. You just proved once more that Romania doesn’t deserve to be european. Not now and not in the next ten years. And that’s being optimistic.

— iancu



S.K. Thoth — The power of prayformance

July 23, 2009, 2:50 PM

Soul-stirring art by a free individual: S.K. Thoth‘s street performance (“prayformance”, as he likes to call it, and for good reasons) is out of this world (both literally and metaphorically). Weird and intriguing at first, resembling native american dances combined with countertenor-voice and an ambidextrous violin, it grips you shortly after, taking you to the magical lands of his imagination. The short documentary on his life and performance won an Academy Award in 2002. After watching it you easily understand the depths of his craft, the sincerity of his art. He definitely has a touch of genius (for more information check out his site, his MySpace or Wikipedia—you can buy the dvd on Amazon)

You can watch the full documentary on Youtube (42 min). Make sure you’re watching and listening in HD:

Thank you Cinty, very much!



Father & Daughter — a touching animation

June 20, 2009, 3:31 PM


It was made by Michael Dudok de Wit and won Oscar in 2001 (and several other awards). It’s a wonderful piece of art.

(via portocala mecanica)



Aneb — a promising electro prodigy

June 16, 2009, 12:47 PM

Heard some days ago a song on ProFM’s Alternative station (ProFM is one of the corniest main stream radios in Romania, but its secondary stations are quite enjoyable, mostly because there’s no advertising and no annoying djs—make that no djs at all). It got me hooked, sounded very nice, so I checked to see who was playing. Aneb. Never heard of them. Google? Nada. Hmmm. Weird. Looked some more, managed to find Aneb’s Myspace.

To my surprise, Aneb is an 18-year-old romanian highschooler, Horatiu. He makes music in his spare time, always happy to work with new people. He doesn’t have an album out yet, but he certainly has some great material. Hopefully, we’ll be hearing a lot from him in the future.

Be sure to listen to Oltul la vale feat. Georgiana. The song played these days on ProFM Alternative is Heaven Lost feat. Ghost.



Blockhead — Music By Cavelight

April 17, 2009, 11:40 AM

What better title for an album that really makes you feel the sun going down, the shadows reaching higher and higher, the chill of the night slowly slipping around you, kept at bay only by the shimmering flames of a small fire, glowing in your cave, warming your heart.

Blockhead is a NinjaTune artist, born in New York, mixing jazz, down-beat, trip-hop, hip-hop and many other sounds into subtle, delicate music. Reminding sometimes of Bonobo or even Cinematic Orchestra, Blockhead manages to pull off a very well balanced album, a real enchanting journey from start to end. Definitely worth adding to the collection.

Enjoy Insomniac Olympics: