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flicks and vids, tones and tomes

cottoncandyhammer: tonguing the taste of america's waste, among other things

much media worth checking these days, so find some time this weekend for the following:

  • cottoncandyhammer has an absolutely amazing collection of flicks and finds here. i recommend setting the slideshow to about 4 secs (though you might find yourself with your mouse 'pon pause--some wild details in there). slowly but surely an overall aesthetic emerges: critical and comedic, with love of animals, nudes, everyday resistance, absurdity, and tony danza.

  • in other flickr finds, jace points to some beguiling b&w views of osaka, and random explorations repeatedly yield shots of interest and beauty, not to mention mischief.

  • for some serious shots, though, you've got to see jessica dimmock's heroin den portraits. arresting and sympathetic images of intimacy amid the utterly ordinary, if unnerving, travails of addiction.

  • you've heard the song, now see the video videos(!): c/o marquise lee and franklin lopez. i have to admit i prefer the former, as the latter is a little too over-the-top with the captions and doctored footage. this story speaks so powerfully already, it doesn't need such stunts. (though i do dig lopez's "bumping" effect.)

  • are you a music or math nerd? then you might like this: stephen wolfram, known for self-publishing heavy tomes on "new kinds" of computational science presents the latest interactive implementation of his work: wolfram's tones--an algorithmic music generator that claims to create unique pieces of music in various styles, including hip-hop! (bonus: you can have it as your ringtone.) i wouldn't know myself, as i seem unable to get it to play on my computer. but my friend nick, who pointed me to it, calls it: "annoying algorithmic music as promotional tool for dude's book..." be warned.

  • finally, if you're in the cambridge area this weekend (or next) you MUST MUST MUST go see the collision collective's latest exhibit, "ocho," at art interactive. among other oddities and inventions, jackbackrack unveils an incredible new "sketchy" video effect you can try on yourself in realtime, a light bulb hangs suspended in the air by the same electromagnetic field that illuminates it, a solar-powered dragonfly buckles around in attempts to free itself, and a miracle toaster serves up slices with the unmistakable likeness of jeebus. the exhibit is open and free to the public, sat and sun, 12-6pm, this weekend and next. don't miss it.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

sounds like whoever made this has never actually heard hip-hop... But the "signalling" style makes nice Glass-like music. Many of these compositions would not be out of place in an old zelda game...

1:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

last post was re: the wolfram tones, btw.

1:05 PM  
Blogger Alice B. said...

Hi again Wayne,

I thought the Kanye West videos were hilarious. I wonder about the intellectual property issues with the one that shows Kanye West and Jamie Foxx and in general with the use of the Ray Charles song. I hope the makers have thought of that...

Anyway I just posted an interview on www.kiskeyacity.blogspot.com with Matt Smith who is a Jamaican UWI-Mona prof --and marley expert-- but also a deejay who hosts the only show that plays Haitian music in Jamaica. He talks about how the music is received in Jamaica, among other things...

Hope all's well.

8:04 AM  
Blogger wayne&wax said...


i suspect that the filmmakers, as with the songwriters, considered the copyright issues. i think it's unfortunate, however, that with regards to such matters there is even any question about the "fair use" of such materials. i doubt that kanye will object, especially given the content of the films. but then, i also doubt that kanye has the first and last say when it comes to the copyright ownership of the video.

i'll check out your new interview. sounds interesting. not much public conversation about haiti in jamaica, in my experience--though certainly the place holds a very strong symbolic place in the caribbean (and american) imagination more generally.

12:32 PM  

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