My name has the perfect number of characters.
Yesterday was a good day.
“Greatest Hits” (2003-)
… on the eve of my 30th birthday, I began rendering “automatic” “enhancements” of only the most salient points of the pop music of my youth ; a line, bar, or fragment of a particular song (after being heard out in “the wild” in the present ; akin to running into an old friend on the street) was chosen based on how much my nostalgic recollection of it differed from its contemporary reality. Each was played back at exactly half-speed, then run through a series of time- and gain-based processes that slowly & meticulously chewed through the audio, revealing hidden layers of content, context, and temporal / spectral production details … shining a flashlight into the dark corners of each selection, revealing the ghosts lurking within.
I’ve worked on these on & off over the last 10 years, largely as a form of therapy (a way to combat insomnia ; a way to reconnect with my younger self) … This year, as I approach 40, I’ve decided to make public the first 100, dovetailed into a single just-shy-of-12-hour block. Hopefully at least one of these will trigger a fond memory for you (especially if you grew up in the shadows of New York City during the 1980’s) … My only request is that you listen to these either on proper speakers or good headphones (due to the nature of the alteration-process there’s a fair bit going on in the low-end ranges ; all those crisp LinnDrumm kicks and chorused BassLines, when sent wholesale down an octave, simply will not be reproduced by your laptop speakers or cheap earbuds) …
Only an eleven hour album!
I’ve spent the last few weeks producing “The Bombing of al-Bara,” an immersive digital short film about Syria.
FRONTLINE filmmaker Olly Lambert was in the village of al-Bara in Idlib province filming Syrian rebel commander Jamal Maarouf when government jets dropped bombs on homes 300 meters away from him. Though the blast knocked him to the ground, Olly kept filming for the next hour, journeying to the scenes of each strike.
I produced the footage into this 36-minute digital film, vividly narrated by Lambert. It captures the chaos on the ground as villagers try to rescue family and friends trapped under the rubble, the bombing’s effect on ordinary civilians whose lives literally have just been blown apart, the terrible fear when the government jets return for a second bombing run, and the ensuing calls for revenge that illustrate the country’s descent into a no man’s land of hatred, suspicion and terror.
I hope you’ll watch.
Crash Fabian Cancellara during 2013 Paris-Roubaix reconnaissance (by CyclingFlash13)
Ouch. But Fabian will be okay.
Carruth directs and scores the film!
Upstream Color (Original Motion Picture Score)
by Shane Carruth