Pin Animation

How many animations can you make on the head of a pin??  Well, here's one.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGtUDffAdy8 Son Lux - Change is Everything.

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What freedom is… Nina Simone

This is one of the best films available on Netflix. I’m reposting, as a friend of mine saw it recently and was just as profoundly shaken and stirred by it. Totally absorbing.

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Last night I more or less idly began watching a documentary on Netflix about Nina Simone – and was right from the start transfixed by her words: “I’ll tell you what freedom is to me – no fear!”

From those opening comments in “What happened to you Miss Simone?” I was glued to the screen.  One of the words most used by the singer herself is “compelling” – and it fits her appearances.

Musically, she is electrifying: confident, powerful, emotional, unpredictable, distinctive.  Like all great artists in any genre (and this is something someone needs to tell warbly teenage wannabe popstars)

  • she inherited powerful art skills through her family (literature words and performance as her mother was a Bible preacher)
  • has invested depth into her art by years of studying and acquiring classical technique (classical piano study),
  • responding to her times and national culture (Civil Rights),
  • bringing in her most personal…

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10 tips for Making it in the Music Industry – Nile Rodgers, Part 1

For anyone wanting to be a musician, these 3 programmes by the BBC are full of 40 years of experience and advice from Nile Rodgers, who has been at the forefront of popular musicianship for so long, he's practically the figurehead on its prow. His CV (the 2 minute version) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pExmgX7oU4c Basically, as I hear …

“Weather the Storm” Short Musical Animation

"Weather the Storm" by Trunk & Radish Pictures is just exquisite animation short set to  a song, examining a difficult time - in this case, bereavement, in under 5 minutes.  Unsurprisingly, it won an award in the 2016 British Animation Awards. https://vimeo.com/161580806?from=outro-embed I heard the most wonderful quote recently from a TV presenter, Sandi Toksvig, …

Sound Sculpture – Janet Cardiff

Janet Cardiff heard a musical piece and immediately saw it as a sculpture. "Our ears are designed for 3-dimensional sound... the soundwaves hitting your body from 40 separate speakers in such a pure way, really affects you emotionally.  If it's the right space, it really reverberates within your body" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38ORiaia9r8 "I saw the score and …