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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Sweatshoppe – Rollin Out a Way to Paint with Video

SWEATSHOPPE, The Landing from SWEATSHOPPE on Vimeo.

Graffiti’s acceptance in the high art and commercial worlds has ensured longevity to a select number of pieces. Of course, governments painting over what gets thrown up on walls outside of galleries continue to impose a state of impermanence to the rest of street art. Taking such temporality into their own hands, more and more artists are making use of the increased accessibility of projectors. Call it a reclamation of control or just pure tech nerdery, there’s a growing scene of digital graffiti artists.

The newest breakthrough in this scene is Sweatshoppe‘s “video painting” style, captured in their first video “The Landing” [see above], where they essentially wheat paste moving images on walls.

What makes it different from previous “Guerilla Projection,” “Photon Bombing,” or “Urban Projection” pieces is that they are able lay their projections on a surface, paint-stroke by paint stroke–as opposed to just projecting the entire piece at once. They’re not the first to recreate the act of throwing paint up, for which most accredit Graffiti Research Lab. However, they’ve taken projected video and applied it to the physical act of bombing–which is one for the history books.

SWEATSHOPPE, 4spots, the landing extras from SWEATSHOPPE on Vimeo.

Sweatshoppe describes itself as “a new multimedia performance collaboration…that works at the intersection of art, music and technology.” One of the men behind the collective is non other than New York video artist Bruno Levy, whose previous work has been blogged right here on Trashmenagerie! The other half of Sweatshoppe is Blake Shaw, a young and wickedly talented interactive video artist currently based in Vermont.

I had a chance to catch up with Bruno and ask him more about this new project.

Waxyjax: How did you and Blake meet?

Bruno Levy: We met in Kathmandu. I had a little restaurant and he told me he wanted to throw a rave, the place was packed at maximum capacity (30 people), and that’s when I knew we could could take it far.

WJ: You made a name for yourself as a VJ with Squaresquare. What are your
goals for sweatshoppe?

BL: As a VJ, I reacted to someone else’s music. SWEATSHOPPE’s goal is to
create a whole interactive performance that leaves its viewers “sweaty”.

WJ: What can you reveal about the inner workings of “video painting”?

BL: Blake wrote the software in Max. The paint roller does not use any sort of paint, it simply contains green LEDs. The software tracks the color green and outputs the x y position which are sent to drawing commands and the strokes are textured with video. I could go into direct detail but I don’t want to expose our secrets just yet [wink]. The paint roller is an actual paint roller that we sort of “pimped-out” with faux-fur, green LEDs and an on/off button. We plan on eventually releasing the software–but only after it is much more refined, buffed up with features and user-friendly.

WJ: What was the toughest part of that whole process?

BL: Remembering to bring all the cables.

WJ: I’ve asked around and no one can think of any other artist who’s done something like this. What kinds of attention have you gotten so far?

BL: So far its been nothing but positive. I’m just happy to create something very unique–we use software written by Blake, video created by me, music by us both and we get to perform with a glowing paint roller. It’s tactile and, to me, is more interesting than just clicking on buttons. I’ve already been approached by arts publications and organizations to do performance demos at their events. Can’t say who exactly since we’re still talking.

WJ: What’s next?

BL: We want to take this idea further, use it more with the architecture, and start layering video. Also we are developing lots of other software that will enable us to play with video and sound. We are making music, working out and sweating.

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posted by Waxyjax at 1:10 pm  

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Trash Menagerie on thehype.fm

Tomorrow is the kick-off of Trash Menagerie’s new monthly internet radio show on the awesome and recently relaunched thehype.fm. Our show will be joining the ranks of countless other tastemaking blogs who grace the digital airwaves of thehype.fm and can be heard every 4th Wednesday at 4pm EST. Expect to hear guest mixes and playlists from our favorite artists as well as mixes and interviews from our own writers. I can promise it’ll be a great place to pick out the upfront gems.
Since thehype.fm’s relaunch they’ve added a couple of sweet features (besides the excellent page design), the most notable being the cellphone streaming player (via FlyCast) and the standalone executable player. This means you’ll be able to listen to the internet radio from where ever you can get a cell phone connection. Hopefully this innovation will become the standard for internet radio so we never have to listen to the real radio again. I’m testing it out right now on my blackberry and it seems to work pretty smoothly and sounds great.
For our first show, I (Local Hero) have done the honors and provided a 50 min mix of my favorite new high energy/good times tunes to match the impending Chicago Summer weather. Be sure to tune in tomorrow by clicking here at 4pm EST to give it a listen.

Tracklisting

01. Nero – End Of The World
02. Reso – If Ya Can’t Beat Em
03. DJ Class – Roll It (Armani XXXChange & Pase Rock rmx)
04. Rye Rye feat MIA – Bang (WTF I Asked for a Kuduro Remix by Buraka Som Sistema)
05. Mr Miyagi feat Storvreta Hustlers – We Are Back
06. Dub Frequency – Whoop! Whoop!
07. Passion Pit – Little Secrets (Internals Friends Complain rmx)
08. Boy Crisis – Dressed to Digress (Nero Remix)
09. High Rankin – No Money For Guns
10. Joker – Do It (Rap Pack rmx)
11. Raffertie – Antisocial (B. Rich rmx)
12. Redlight – Rock The House
13. Rob Threezy – Beggin’
14. Noise Floor Crew – How To Ruin A Train
15. Fatboy Slim – Rockafeller Skank (Riva Starr Snatch rmx)
16. RipTide – F#m
17. Noise Floor Crew – Ozz pt. 2
18. Radioclit – Secousse (Gant-Man Afro-Latin/Samba Juke Remix)
19. Feadz feat. MC Wesley – Subiu, Desceu
20. Dub Fiend – Tetris (Dubstep rmx)
21. Ellie Goulding – Starry Eyed (Jakwob rmx)

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posted by Local Hero at 4:53 pm  

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Fallon & The Roots

What does everyone think of Jimmy Fallon & The Roots?

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Saturday, February 28, 2009

LOVE Magazine. Love or Loathe it?

Conde Nast’s brand new magazine LOVE launched this week, hugely anticipated and aiming to shake up the failing fashion publishing industry, it was something we just had to get hold of. So much to our surprise when we got our hands on one of the first copies and it really was an anti-climax.

If you know POP magazine then you might see some similarities with LOVE, why? Because it seems that Conde Nast couldn’t buy POP so instead, they bought the staff. Namely Editor-In-Chief, Katie Grand.

The front cover bares a naked Beth Ditto, something that while looks great, isn’t as fresh as you think, with NME going for a very similar cover only last year. The amount of adverts is also astonishing. Being used to the approximate 25 pages of adverts in Vogue before you begin the magazine, but the first issue of LOVE a supposed more contemporary mag in rival to Dazed & Confused or I-D has 45 ad pages before a masthead appears and a monstrous 75 ad pages before the mag actually begins (thats nearly a third of the magazine content-less).

Inside the layout is contemporary yet a little pedestrian, although the big names are all there. Iggy Pop, Kelly Brook, Pixie Geldof, Kate Moss, Pam Hogg and more. Nothing really stands out, nothing jumps off the page screaming for a closer look. We’re not saying LOVE is bad by any stretch but it isn’t amazing either, feeling like another mid-range, mid-placed magazine.

In fact like a much respected fashion editor said to me at London Fashion Week only a few days ago, LOVE magazine is much like the real thing. On the outside it looks great but once you get into it, you find it is not quite what you expected and a bit of a let down.

LOVE has some really strong competitors, VOLT magazine in the UK has always been a favourite of ours, namely for its blow-you-away imagery and manifesto “something to be treasured and admired”, rethinking the magazine concept into an A3 format that is unbound and ready to be framed. Along with magazines such as Dazed & Confused churning out provocative photo shoots like the one shown above featuring Pixie Geldof and Alice Dellal we’re left wondering whether LOVE might need a bit of a re-think for the second issue.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Eggs in One Basket – New Mixes & Music from Stereoheroes, Them Jeans, Flashing Lights, and Tits & Clits


Stereoheroes photo, courtesy of their myspace

Here’s a random assortment of stuff that’s been floating through my oversubscribed inbox and managed to get on my ipod or iTunes or whatever just so I can listen on my way to work/parties/friends/pub/etc.

Not having a lot of brainspace at the moment, hence the sloppy whacking up. Apols, but if there’s good stuff to share, you can’t wax too lyrical about it.

Really got into French maestro StereoHeroes courtesy of NLLR mixtapes a while back (loads featured on Trash). Everytime I play their stuff in the UK, music heads (esp older crusty types) cackle and grin with appreciation at their rave-influenced sound.

France isn’t that far away to catch one of their shows for us UK lot, but I threw in their dates for this year as there are a few on the North American balmy shores (lol) – later in March and May. I wouldn’t mind seeing how dirty they get!

22 Feb 2009 – Skins Party @ Mistral, Aix en Provcence
6 Mar 2009 – First Time Party + The Toxic Avenger + Mustard Pimp, Valence
7 Mar 2009 – Zoo Electro @ Omega Live + Les Petits Pilous, Toulon
14 Mar 2009 – Glaz’art, Paris
18 Mar 2009 – Aqua Audio, Calgary
20 Mar 2009 – T.B.C., Montreal
4 Apr 2009 – Sonic @ Zenith, Dendermonde
9 Apr 2009 – Leonizer party @ DV1 + The Toxic Avenger + Leonard De Leonard, Lyon
10 Apr 2009 – Club Ô, Nantes
11 Apr 2009 – Leonizer party @ Nouveau Casino + The Toxic Avenger + Leonard De Leonard, Paris
17 Apr 2009 – Skins Party, Lille
9 May 2009 – T.B.A., Toulouse
23 May 2009 – etd.POP Festival @ Cow Palace, San Francisco

This mix (apparently an extract, a clean one at that!) features an exclusive upcoming remix they made for Mendel (??anyone?), a remix of Mustard Pimp’s “Oh La La Satan” (I’ve got a lot of time for Crux Records) and an exclusive untitled original. Very cool! I thoroughly enjoyed, and I’m 100% sure you will too.


StereoHeroes Mixset January 2009

01. Congorock – Runark (His Majesty Andre Growl Remix)
02. Hostage – Shake it
03. Project Bassline – Drop the pressure (The Count & Sinden Remix)
04. Bill Conti – Gonna fly now (Dj Barletta Remix)
05. Soulja Boy – Crank Dat (Cousin Cole Remix)
06. Parker & Lewis feat. Don Nola – Wet Tee Shirt Contest
07. Justice vs Simian – We are your friends (Cold Blank Somos Tus Amigos Remix)
08. Wonk vs. Kriss Kross – Jump
09. Mendel – Beatburger (StereoHeroes Remix)
10. StereoHeroes – Untitled
11. The Bloody Beetroots – Cornelius (Mix Oi!)
12. Mustard Pimp – Oh La La Satan (StereoHeroes Remix)

Cheers to DJ Aryes for tracklisting and pics.

I can’t remember how I came across Flashing Lights #2 but I was chuffed to pieces to find the ubiquitous and talented Ms Jess Jubilee (Nightshifters) as part of the line up (otherwise known as 4am Jess here at Trash) at the night and on the mix.

What a hot mix! The past week or two I’ve been dragging it to parties and blasting it at about 5am on Saturday nights in between moments when djs get sorted out and it always goes down well. I’ve also palmed it on to a few die-hard acid house friends to taste in their own battery-on-tongue time.


Flashing Lights #2 – DJ Ayres + Nick Catchdubs + Jubilee

01. Bamabounce – Story About House / Cajmere – Preacher Man Accapella / Tyree – Acid
02. Crash / DHS – House of God / LNR – Work It To the Bone
03. Runaway – Brooklyn Club Jam
04. Sebastien Leger – Majuro
05. Kissy Sellout and Herve – Rikkalicious
06. Crystal Castles – Crimewave (Lzrtag Remix)
07. DJ Tom – Rock On (Mondo Remix)
08. Clark Able – Lemon Head (Hijack Remix)
09. Ursula 1000 – Zombies (DJ Ayres Remix)
10. Proxy – The Raven (Kazey & Bulldog Remix)
11. Emynd ft Young Chris – We Don’t Give A (DJ Ayres & Nadastrom Remix)
12. DZ – Fireman
13. DJ Bang – The B.E.A.T.
14. Dance Area – AA247
15. Dance Area – AA247 (Diplo Remix)
16. Bizarre Inc – Took My Love (MK What Up Dub)
17. Todd Edwards – Beckon Call
18. Esser – Work It Out (The Very Best Remix)
19. Jesse Rose – Touch My Horn
20. Michna – Swiss Glide (Brooklyn Warehuse Version)
21. DJ Sega – Colours
22. Bonjay – Hot Patty (Grahm-Zilla Remix)
23. Tonka – Blow Up
24. Kidda – Under the Sun (Herve Remix)
25. AC Slater – Night Shift
26. Devil’s Gun – Gold Dust (Boy 8 Bit Remix)
27. Tommy Sparks – I’m a Rope (Drums of Death Moonrocker mix)
28. Little Jinder – I Like it Casual (Goon and Koyote Remix)

Check out last year’s Flashing Lights #1 if ya liked this.


Flashing Lights #1

///Next in my inbox, which I NEVER EVER CHECK BECAUSE I’M LAZY///

is this track from Hungarian electro duo Tits & Clits. I’ve never heard of them, but I’m sure I have somewhere along the line – I asked the boys BCS and Ben (graphiky art type people) to drop me some more info about who they were and sure enough, some of their hooked-upness was enough to warrant some brainspace, besides being on Trash once or twice (courtesy of PD Williams).

Tits & Clits started, they say, as a sort of inside joke between them in the summer of 2007, inspired by French touch, French electro, Boys Noize Rec, Chemical Brothers, Josh Wink, DFA, italo disco. The joke became an extended joke in November 2008 when their track “She Likes Gasoline” was featured on the free compilation CD for the November 2008 issue of French electronic music magazine Trax (which was later re-recorded with vocals by Canadian rap act Obscene Kidz).

Their releases include two remixes, Mustard Pimp – Oh La La Satan (Tits & Clits Remix) [Crux Records, 2008] (featured on the above Stereoheroe’s mix) and Bryan Cox – Let’s Go To Work (Tits & Clits Remix) [Crux Da House, 2008]. Tits & Clits have upcoming releases on US labels Gigabeat, Sick, and Pivital, and (apparently) they’ve shared the bill with D.I.M., Fake Blood, Moulinex, ShitDisco, Sidechains.

All that said, the track was good enough to get my attention and I would have posted it even if they didn’t “tick” all the right boxes. I enjoyed the heavy, industrial techno sound. Check it out.


Tits & Clits – Aggressive

Another surprise gem was bass-bouncing “Cross Country” from LA’s Them Jeans, again no strangers to music heads (or at least people far more in the know than me) – yesterday (3 Feb) they just played with Little Boots, Dan Oh and Cosmic Kids.


Them Jeans – Cross Country

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posted by Amy Riley at 7:38 pm  

Monday, April 7, 2008

How Not to Spice Up Your Live PA


photo from SharperImage.com

For a mere $600, you can own beamz (“beamz,” as in laser beams…but with a “z”! Is that how all the kids spell it nowadays?), which does for the theremin what lawn jams did for funk music. I just spotted this on Gizmodo, which, posts the video demo and accurately describes it as “amazingly asstupid.”

All I gotta say is–two middle-aged men exchange hi-fives within the first 5 seconds! Is it so asstupid, it’s asstastic? Or just asstupid? How ’bout you watch it and judge for yourself.

beamz hits stores April 15, 2008.

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posted by Waxyjax at 2:32 pm  
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