Esplendor Geométrico is a Spanish industrial band. The band was formed in the early 1980s by Arturo Lanz, Gabriel Riaza, and Juan Carlos Sastre, who had all been members of El Aviador Dro Y Sus Obreros Especializados. They took the name "Geometric Splendor" from Geometric and Mechanical Splendor and the Numerical Sensibility (Italian: Lo splendore geometrico e meccanico e la sensibilità numerica), a text of the Italian futurist, F.T. Marinetti.[wikipedia]
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Padmini (June 12, 1932 - September 24, 2006) was an Indian actress and trained Bharathanatyam dancer who acted in over 250 Indian movies. "Padmini" in Sanskrit means "She who sits on the lotus" and refers to the goddess Lakshmi. It is common for people to be named after deities in India, and this actress is today more well known than Padmini as a form of the Goddess.
Apart from Hindi she also acted in films in other Indian regional languages viz. Tamil and Malayalam. She was fluent in all of the four mentioned languages, and was able to use her own voice to dub the films between these languages. She became the most popular actress and dancer of the Tamil film industry and most of her movies are shot in Tamil.
Born and raised in Thiruvananthapuram(Trivandrum) in what was then the princely state of Travancore (now the Indian state of Kerala), Padmini was the second daughter of Thankappan Pillai and Saraswathi Amma. Her sisters, Lalitha and Ragini, were also renowned film actresses. Together, the threesome were known as the Travancore sisters. Actress Sukumari is a first cousin of the Lalitha, Padmini and Ragini (their mothers are sisters).
Padmini and her sisters learnt bharathanatyam from Great Vazhuvoor Ramaiah pillai. Padmini and her sisters were disciples of the noted Indian dancer Guru Gopinath . They learnt Kerala natanam style of dancing from him. The noted film director, P. Subrahmaniam, noticed her talents while she was presenting 'Parijatha Pushpapaharanam 'in Trivandrum.
At the age of 17, Padmini was cast as the heroine in Kalpana (1950), launching her film career. She acted in films for nearly 30 years.
Padmini was renowned for her linguistic ability, and dubbed her own voice onto versions of her movies destined for the Tamil, Hindi and Malayalam markets. This cross-cultural linguistic ability made her a very significant figure in the history of 20th-century moviemaking in India.
Padmini co-starred with several of the most well-known actors in Indian film, including Sivaji Ganesan, M.G. Ramachandran, Raj Kapoor, Prem Nazir, Rajkumar and Gemini Ganesan.She acted with Sivaji Ganesan in almost 60 films.
She acted in almost 400 Tamil films. Ezhai padum paadu was her first film in Tamil. Her association with Nadigar Thilagam Sivaji Ganesan starts ith the film Panam in 1952. Some of her noted Tamil films include Anbu, Thankapadumai, Thillana Mohanambal, Viyatnam veedu, Ethir Parathadhu, Mankayar thilakam , Poove Poo chooda vaa.
Some of her popular Malayalam films include Prasanna, Snehaseema, Vivaahitha, Adhyaapika, Kumaarasambhavam, Nokkethadoorath Kannumnatt, Vasthuhara, Dolar, and many others.
In two of her popular Bollywood films - Mera Naam Joker and Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai - she was paired against the legendary Bollywood star, Raj Kapoor. Her other Bollywood films included Payal (1957), Babubhai Mistry's Mahabharat (1965), etc.
Her most famous film was Thillana Mohanambal, a Tamil film where she plays a dancer competing against a musician to see whose skills are better. She dances and he plays the Nadhaswaram.
Padmini was also awarded the title "Naattiya Pehroli" (Danseuse), honouring her contribution to Bharathanatyam in cinema.
After her marriage to Dr Ramachandran, a US-based physician, in 1961 Padmini retired, though temporarily, from films and focused on married life and refining her classical dance. She settled in the United States and in 1977 opened her classical dance school in New Jersey, The 'Padmini School of Fine Arts'. Her school is today one of the largest Indian Classical Dance institutions in America.
Padmini died from a heart attack in the Chennai Apollo Hospital on September 24, 2006. [wikipedia]
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The Equals were a pop/reggae/rock group that formed in North London, England in 1965. They are remembered mostly for their million selling chart-topper, "Baby Come Back". Eddy Grant, then sporting dyed blonde hair, was in the group, and also in the original line-up were the twin brothers Derv and Lincoln Gordon, as well as John Hall and Pat Lloyd. [wikipedia]
Tom Cora and the Ex: State of Shock
Thomas Henry Corra (September 14, 1953–April 9, 1998), better known as Tom Cora, was a United States cellist and composer, best known for his improvisational performances in the field of experimental jazz and rock. He recorded with John Zorn, Butch Morris and The Ex, and was a member of Curlew, Third Person and Skeleton Crew. [Wikipedia]
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Roman Flügel - Stricher - Turbo 067
Footage from Alexandre Alexeieff's films 1933-1963.
Alexandre Alexeieff (born as Alexej Alexeieff, sometimes credited as Alexander Alexeieff or Alexander Alexeïeff or Alexandre Alexieff) (August 5, 1901 - August 9, 1982) was born in the town of Kazan in Russia. He spent his early childhood near Istanbul where his father was a military attaché. At the time of the Russian Revolution of 1917 he was a military cadet in the Russian navy.
In 1921 he left Russia for France, where he began his involvement with illustration and animation.
In 1930, Alexeieff married Claire Parker (1910 - 1981), a wealthy American art student living in Paris. Together they formed a life-long partnership working together on animated films. Their main contribution to the art of animation is the pin screen. They also made many stop motion-animated commercials to sustain themselves financially, though they reportedly did not see much difference between their "artistic" and "commercial" films.
Alexeieff worked as well in Berlin, returning 1933 to Paris.
Giannalberto Bendazzi wrote a book about him titled Alexeieff - Itinerary of a Master which featured essays from various famous animators such as Yuriy Norshteyn.
On August 7, 1972, Alexeieff and Parker demonstrated the pin screen to a group of animators at the National Film Board of Canada. This demonstration was filmed, and released by the NFB as Pin Screen. This film appears on disk 7 of Norman McLaren: The Master's Edition, along with Pinscreen Tests (1961). [wikipedia]
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The Lemon Pipers were a 1960s psychedelic pop band from Oxford, Ohio known chiefly for their song "Green Tambourine", which reached number one in the United States in 1968. The song has been credited as being the first bubblegum No.1 hit and ushering in the bubblegum pop era. [wikipedia]
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Raumpatrouille – Die phantastischen Abenteuer des Raumschiffes Orion (literal translation - Space Patrol - the fantastic adventures of the spaceship Orion), colloquially also known as Raumpatrouille Orion, and Space Patrol Orion in English, was the first German science fiction television series. Its seven episodes were broadcast by the ARD beginning September 17, 1966. It achieved audience ratings of up to 80 %. The series has since acquired cult status in Germany. The soundtrack was composed by Peter Thomas.[wikipedia]
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Love 666 Lead singer Dave Unger met drummer Angel in Washington D.C., after dropping out of Peabody Institute of John Hopkins University where he studied music of avant-garde composer La Monte Young. Together they formed Love 666 and produced a number of singles and full-lengths for AmRep, including 1995 “American Revolution” and 1996 “Please Kill Yourself So I Can Rock”.
Love 666 broke up in 1996 and Dave Unger moved to New York, where he started performing under the name Rock. He also started a new label called Feedback, along with former Love 666 member Joe Johnson.
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Thai pop history has been largely ignored and neglected by the international musical community for far too long. By the late 20th century, Thai pop music had developed as many faces as localized roots music such as Molam or styles like Luk Thung or Luk Krung, (each with their own respective pop-sectors). Bangkok – always the hub of the Thai recording industry – attracted musicians and singers from across the country that were both informed by tradition and inspired by the wealth of international sounds entering the region via radio and phonograph. Jazz, for instance, had a profound influence on early Thai pop music, the King of Thailand himself being a noted Jazz composer.
This superb collection features modern Thai music styles combining with elements of surf, rock, funk, disco and comedy, revealing the use of clever instrumentation, brilliant vocals, great arrangements, twisted breaks, and resourceful production techniques. Discover the Queen of Luk Thung, the 1960s “Shadow Music” sound, classic tracks from Thai films, blazing examples of Bangkok disco from the 1970s, legendary Thai comedy Pop, and the most outrageous version of "The Night Chicago Died" you'll ever encounter. Thick horn sections, wah-wah guitars, tight drums, and funky organs help round out this astounding set which proves beyond a doubt that the Thai were a completely unique and powerful force during the 1960's, 70's & 80's global popular music explosion. [Sublime Frequencies records]
Kabuan Garn Yor Yod Yung Yong "Gang Geng Nai Krai Lab" (Look Whose Underwear Is Showing)
Kampee Sangthong "Mai Na Lork Gun" (Don't Deceive Me)
Man City Lion "Na Doo" (Very Striking Girl)
Ustad Ahmed Jan Thirakwa is considered one of the greatest tabla players of the 20th century. He is known for his mastery over most of the different tabla gharanas, and was one of the first tabla players to elevate the art of playing tabla solo to an art in its own right.
He was born to a family of musicians in 1892 in Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh state in northern India. Although his early musical training was in Hindustani vocals and the sarangi, his interest in tabla was aroused when he heard the famous Ustad Munir Khan. He became Munir Khan's disciple at the age of 12.
The name Thirakwa is not actually his original name, but was an epithet he earned from his guru's father. One day, while watching him practise, his guru's father remarked that he played so well his fingers seemed to be "shimmering" on the tabla. This earned him the nickname Thirakwa (shimmering). [wikipedia]
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Tony Hatch (born Anthony Peter Hatch, 30 June 1939, Pinner, Middlesex, England) is an English composer, songwriter, pianist, music arranger, and producer. Allmusic journalist, Richie Unterberger, states "Hatch had success in various segments of the entertainment industry from the 1960s onwards, but he will be best remembered for his work as a producer and songwriter for several British pop and rock stars in the 1960s. As a staff producer at Pye Records, Hatch worked with The Searchers, Petula Clark, his wife Jackie Trent and on several mid 1960s singles by David Bowie, long before that singer had become famous. Hatch's productions boasted a clean and well-arranged sound that, particularly on his collaborations with Petula Clark, displayed some traces of mainstream pop and Broadway. [wikipedia]
Bloarzeyd A relentless assault of prehistorically loud, growling bass and tightly controlled, complex drum patterns. Phil sings. Live, the band's sophisticated, unpredictable, tight, razor sharp performance is loud enough to reach obscene proportions and has seen people running to the exits and becoming physically ill. But you know, they're smiling the whole time. Think: Godheadsilo with jazzy interludes, Unsane noise, feedback in general, the Kids In the Hall...
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Comment aborder un groupe aussi artistiquement énorme que Deity Guns, à posteriori aussi indispensable pour l’histoire de la musique dans l’hexagone que le furent –et le sont encore- Sonic Youth à la musique américaine ? Simplement peut-être, en prenant conscience que ni l’un ni l’autre ne saurait se contenter d’une appartenance géographique et que c’est bien d’Art dont nous parlons.
Oui, en amont, on est bien obligé de citer les New-yorkais puisque c’est Lee Ranaldo lui-même qui a produit Trans Lines Appointments, seul et unique album de Deity Guns. On trouve, en effet, chez les Lyonnais comme chez Sonic Youth, ce même profond désir de faire table rase des conventions sonores et des options classiques à la construction d’une "chanson". Une même urgence à exprimer, avant tout, un ressenti et une pensée qui ne peuvent se résumer à un texte posé sur une structure classique de couplet/refrain. Les méandres de la souffrance, de la violence comme de la passion amoureuse, les méandres de la vie, les méandres du cerveau humain ne peuvent créer qu’une musique qui, en partant des coups reçus en plein ventre atteignent la moelle épinière pour finir par toucher le cortex cérébral. Deity Guns, dès ses débuts, a mis le doigt sur l’essentiel de la musique : l’émotion pure.
La forme, évidemment chez Deity Guns, est partagée entre violence et tristesse, entre hardcore et expérimentation bruitiste, entre besoin de tout sortir de soi et envie de se recroqueviller sur sa sensation intime. Comme un débutant sur le chemin de la sagesse ayant besoin de jeter hors de lui cette violence qui l’habite pour espérer la sérénité.
D’autres groupes en France ont pris ce chemin, tels les Sister Iodine, Ulan Bator, voire Portobello Bones, Prohibition et même Kill The Thrill ou les éphémères Hydrolic System. Mais Deity Guns est une pierre angulaire de ce chemin artistique. Ce groupe a montré que la voie de l’émotion était aussi possible « chez nous », et que le plus important dans une musique était ce qu’on avait à exprimer de soi.
Maintenant, quand on regarde la nébuleuse du label Constellation, tout semble évident : Godspeed You Black Emperor, The Silver Mt. Zion et autres Fly Pan Am utilisent un chemin totalement parallèle où la recherche musicale n’est jamais froide et technique mais au contraire empreinte de sensations intimes et terriblement fortes.
De la même manière que les Canadiens, Eric Aldéa, l’homme central de Deity Guns, continuera ses recherches en solo ou dans Narcophony avec Ivan Chiossonne. Les deux retrouvant Franck Laurino, présent dans Deity Guns, au sein du projet Cutting Flat et surtout, dès le début des 90’s, dans les incontournables et indispensables Bästard avec François Guilleron. Ce noyau dur de quatre musiciens se croisent encore dans Spade & Archer avant de se retrouver, surtout, dans l’actuel Zëro.
Deity Guns était la centrale nucléaire d’origine de ce courant nouveau né à Lyon. Son électricité circule encore, toujours puissante et dérangeante dans les jacks et les guitares de Zëro et l’esprit de chacun de ses musiciens. Ici d’Ailleurs nous donne l’occasion de revenir à la source de cette famille musicale qui, comme Sonic Youth, avance par sa propre énergie en en nourrissant tout ceux qui les écoutent. Un coffret monument, un coffret événement pour une intégrale d’un des groupes majeurs ayant pu naître de notre côté de la planète. Indispensable. [article : Silvère Vincent ]
Asa Chang & Junray is the band of the Japanese percussionist Asa Chang, who was the founder and original bandmaster of Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra. After leaving that group in 1993, he formed Asa Chang & Junray in 1998 with programmer and guitarist Hidehiko Urayama. They were joined in 2000 by tabla player U-zhaan. Live, the group use a portable soundsystem called 'Jun-Ray Tronics', hence the name — although the word 'junray' also means 'pilgrimage'.
In 2002, the British label The Leaf Label released Jun Ray Song Chang, which compiled the group's first two, Japan-only albums. It was followed a year later by the mini album, Tsu Gi Ne Pu. The group's song 'Hana' was featured on Fabric Live 07, while 'Tsu Gi Ne Pu' was included on a The Wire Tapper CD. The group's most recent album, 2005's Minna no Junray, featured vocals by singer and actress Kyōko Koizumi. It has not been released overseas. [wikipedia]
Asa Chang + Junray - Hana
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With her "smoky, sensuous, contralto" vocals set to the melodic strains of oud and gypsy-esque violin, Rita Abadzi was one of the most successful rembetika (acoustic Greek blues) during the '30s. Her first recordings in 1932 followed the initial releases of her contemporary, Roza Eskenazi, by two years. Throughout the '30s, recordings by Abadzi and Eskenazi were combined and released as double-sided singles. As the popularity of rembetika waned in the '40s, Abadzi faded from the limelight. [all music guide]