Wednesday, January 29, 2014

atelier de molécules

Here are some new favorite songs. Just some fun, bouncy stuff to help get through the winter. There are some proggy, Stereolab-y bits, an outsider love song, some new age, a Romanian children's ballet from 1978, loopy cassette electronics, and the sounds I can't forget from films I've been watching. Enjoy!

ahmad zahir - naza che maykhande
mike ratledge - riddles of the sphinx (film clip)
chief kooffreh - love games pt 1
dennis larouchelle - trois exercises sur l'ecran d'epingles d'alexeieff
matthew young - forest of lilacs
brave new world - alpha, beta, gamma, delta
richard rosmini - the hello machine (film clip)
pierrot lunaire - giovane madre
chuck & mary perrin - babe can you see
ron kuivila - blurred genres
chitra & jagjit singh - arth (film clip)
picky picnic - my life 1.2.3.
syrinx - secret weapons (early david cronenberg film)
jane arden - figures in white (film clip, 'anti-clock' 1979)
liana alexander/serban nichifor - the snow queen
rick crane - the fact
david bedford, kevin ayers et al. - the garden of love

Tuesday, January 28, 2014


We haven't done anything to the house in a looooong time, but this Japanese book by Fennica (Terry Ellis and Keiko Kitamura) is good inspiration.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Akran (1969)

Richard Myers, Akran (1969). Incredible film, like looking through photos of somebody's cool parents when they were young artists. Score is two hours straight of bonkers tape manipulation by Fred Coulter. Just wow. Clip here.

Monday, January 20, 2014


From the creators of Children of the Stones. So good! Watch here.

Sunday, January 19, 2014


Found this unusual book the other day. I love books and records from the sixties like this, ones that use psychedelic iconography and McLuhan-speak to try to make the church sound cool for young people. And this one comes with two flexi-discs including a bizarre harpsichord/spoken word sound collage and a robot from the future named 'Ralph.'

Dennis Benson is a plugged-in, turned-on churchgoer who wants to take religious education out of the scrolls and into the electric age. The book offers role-playing games for youth groups and church meetings. There are games called 'Acid' and 'Magic Pill,' and a lot of them grapple with cultural difference in an age of television, drugs, and long hair. Some of them actually sound fun. One asks players to imagine a post-apocalyptic world splintered into groups of embattled survivors. Into each group enter two mute, possibly dangerous interlopers (i.e., hippies) seeking shelter. Do the groups decide to let them in or send them packing? What's the xian way?

Friday, January 17, 2014

How to Build Clocks and Watches

Byron G. Wels, How to Build Clocks and Watches (1971).

"One of the first things that younger protesters protest is the regimentation of time. They don't dig it. They'll either be at a place whenever you get there, or expect you to stick around until they make the scene. Don't rap about time, for it just doesn't groove."

Sunday, January 12, 2014

J.M. Francino

Very rare private issue Spanish soundtrack oddity here. Crazy synth squalls give way to medieval Catalan folk refrains... meanwhile a disembodied female vocal melody floats over strange celestial kosmische electronics... before it all takes a turn toward a catchy bossa lounge set. All very weird and unsettling but very beautiful. J.M. Francino is a Spanish artist who made and scored a number of underground experimental films in the late 70s and early 80s. This album, released in 1986 on a micro-press, is a collection of four or five of those soundtracks. If you enjoy mp3s of hard-to-find records this will definitely be your thing. It's flawed of course but there are some really amazing alchemical moments here. Somewhere between Jodorowsky and Lard Free I reckon. Francino also has a very charming website which harks back to the early days of the internet. Some great pictures and memorabilia of the artist, who appears to be quite a Beatles fan among other things.


Friday, January 10, 2014

One Morning

Yohji Izawa and Canna Funakoshi, One Morning (1986)

Yohji Izawa is a graphic designer... He lives in Tokyo with a pet cat. The idea for One Morning came from Chieko Suemori, who suggested it to Yohji Izawa with the words 'Morning sunshine comes in through the small space under the door.'

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Riddles of the Sphinx

Big thanks to Andrew for sharing this film with me. Stunning in every way... I can actually identify with some of these scenes of child care.