Passing of David Bowie

A week after the sudden news of David Bowie’s I am still reading, listening, watching – trying to figure out what his creativity meant to us & me personally.

one of the best pieces I saw this week, came from Momus, aka – Nick Currie. Originally from Scotland, now in Japan.  He described Bowie as an imaginary friend that everybody had.

I think we will spend many years to come to discover new angles to Bowie’s music & art.

Hansa Ton Studio berlin

Hansa Ton Studio where Bowie recorded with Iggy Pop, Brian Eno, Tony Visconti

 

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Sindbad & The whale

and the video clip

The new Song of the Sea is in 7/4 time. Daniel started out by trying a Middle Eastern feel. We were very lucky to get the Iranian / English singer Hossein Ragheb on board this song.

It deals with one of the stories from Thousand and one night (in Farsi : هزار و یک شب / Hezar-o-yek shab), where Sinbad (or Sindbad) the sailor arrives on an island that turns out to be a whale. In the meantime Shaharazad (Sherherazade) tells her story.

دوباره سندباد
به دریا میره
سفر در کشتی
از این جزیره
به اون جزیره

تا میرسه به
جزیره ای که
آروم نداره
آروم نداره

چه وقت خوابه
نهنگ بیداره
به قایق برگرد
وقت فراره

Here is a translation of the Farsi lyrics:

Sinbad, once again,
Goes to the sea
Travelling on a Ship
From this island
To that island

Until he arrives
On this odd island
Which is not still
Which is not still

It’s not time to sleep
The whale is awake
Go back to the boat
It’s time to escape

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Jeroen Bosch

Did a small piece inspired by Jeroen Bosch (1450 – 1516). From this famous Dutch painter, well known for his depictions of hell, devils and other strange creatures and situations, probably only 25 paintings have survived. But these have left a huge influence on many painters and indeed artists from other departments after Bosch. One could think of Salvador Dali, and a more modern Dutch painter like Theo Voorzaat.

Jeroen Bosch’s work will be hightlighted in 2016 with a big exhibition in Den Bosch.

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Island of light

and the clip

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New track on 3 platforms

To see if there is some alternative to Soundcloud (I think not but I try to keep myself in teh loop on other possibilities) I put a new track on Reverbnation, Hearthis.at and InMusik.co

https://www.reverbnation.com/oorlab/song/24687663-n-h-k-collage-japanese-news

https://hearthis.at/oorlab/n-h-k-japanese-news-2010-oorlab-11-11-2015/rAQ/

https://www.inmusik.co/oorlab/song/N-H-K-Japanese-news .

I still think none of these 3 has the ease, user interaction and logic of Soundcloud. Specially Reverbnation looks cluttered with lots of options you don’t really need when you want to share and discover new music. Hoping to hear other people’s experiences.

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Sir John’s passage

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The garden upwards

My garden is an ongoing inspiration. Here a new clip and accompanying music.

youtu.be/VMKYtVU9DCw

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