Supple think... and luck.
Friday, March 27, 2009
2:12PM - MOVIE REVIEWS ON THE RADIO
Whoah, I keep forgetting to update this thingamajigger. Sorry, folks! Here are two radio-format movie reviews I did for a friend's show. Both movies reviewed are documentaries, but that's just a coincidence. Enjoy!
Review of Dear Zachary
Review of Man on Wire
Thursday, February 12, 2009
4:42PM - MOSES & MACONDO #1
Belated upload of the first episode of this semester's radio show that I'm doing with a friend of mine. It's a little rambly, but we've since tightened things up considerably. Give it a listen if you have the time!
Monday, December 22, 2008
It's titled "4:51 PM" and I think it turned out pretty well. You can download it via the below link:
Download here. (right click and save, please)
I used pxtone collage for composition. Samples included the requisite Konami VRC drum samples, three square waves and a triangle wave. Maybe next time a saw wave will appear? Seems likely.
I'll be out of town until the new year, so consider this my parting gift for 2008. It's been a pleasure. Have a good week!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Is there such a thing as being too weird, too obtuse, too eager to make your head explode? I didn't think so, but Synecdoche, New York - the directorial debut of Charlie Kaufman, whose previous writing credits include Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Being John Malkovich - comes pretty damn close.
The always-excellent Philip Seymour Hoffman plays Caden Cotard, a theater director whose life is pretty much exploding. He's got blood in his stool, his gums are fucked up, he seizures randomly, his wife fantasizes about his death and eventually takes his adorable daughter away forever to a new lesbian life in Germany. The silver lining: Caden receives a MacArthur genius grant for some ridiculous amount of money. Worried about his imminent death, he decides to put it to good use.
And that's about where the movie's comprehensibility ends. Scenes in this movie come so quickly and confusingly that it becomes nearly impossible to keep up with the torrent of ideas spewing from Charlie Kaufman's brain with firehose-like force. That is, I think, the idea. The flow of time in the film is completely fractured - there are almost no landmarks to keep track of. Caden's hair seems to gray in one scene, but looks fine in the next. 20 minutes of movie-time after his wife leaves him and he starts his project, other characters comment that "it's been 17 years since you started this thing." When he starts hiring people to play himself in the grandiose New York-within-a-New York that he plans to make his life's work, things just get even more confusing. The movie spirals towards its conclusion with such singular, bewildering vision that you can't help but be moved by it. But you also probably can't understand it.
Ebert has said in blog posts and elsewhere that the first time watching the movie is tough, but the second time is where everything starts to make sense. Maybe! But watching this movie made me realize what's so wonderful about Kaufman's earlier films: despite having consistently ingenious and utterly bizarre premises, all of his previous movies have had the good sense to explain themselves to some degree. A man moves a filing cabinet aside in his askew office building, finds a door in John Malkovich's mind, and starts charging people money to go inside. In-between, though, he has the conversation that we're having inside our own heads with other characters in the movie: "What the fuck is going on here?" That's important. It puts us on the same page as the characters.
Synecdoche, New York offers us no such outlet. It is inscrutability manifest. Maybe it's because Kaufman's the director. Will I watch it again? Maybe. I don't think I regret watching it once, anyway.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Last Tuesday, I partnered with fellow DJ Dylan Wray to put on a nearly 4-hour show of something resembling madness. We switched off running the board every 30-40 minutes, so there's an eclectic variety of music in here: I tend to favor the funkier, hip-hoppier side of the spectrum, Dylan tends to play the indier stuff. Should be a pretty fun listen, I think.
Megaupload link. (200mb)
Friday, November 21, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
11:11AM - NO
Exhibit A: Crime City. (specifically, about a third of the way down the second page)
Exhibit B: SKATE OR DIE
Exhibit C: This promo we made for my college radio station. We probably shouldn't be allowed to get away with this kind of thing.
All credit goes to BBH for spreading Crime City awareness in the first place.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Last night, I had a good friend of mine come up from Boulder to play acoustic guitar at 1 in the morning. On the radio. After that, we played the entirety of Ziggy Stardust. It was pretty fun! If you would also like to partake of our early-morning radio jibba-jabba, feel free to download the first ever MOSES IN THE MORNING RADIO PODCAST from the below link. Plays in Windows 95 and Mac.
Friday, October 17, 2008
10:47PM - SPECIAL ROUND UPDATE 10/17/08
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
This is the start of what I hope will become a regular series in which I write about movies I've seen recently. If you want to suggest a film for me to watch, feel free. I'll add to queue and all that.
John Carpenter is awesome. How else do you explain Big Trouble in Little China? It's his biggest-budget film, the one that made him disillusioned with Hollywood forever after it bombed miserably. It's borderline racist. It's occasionally ridiculously funny for reasons that always feel vaguely unintentional. As a follow-up to that last point: It's got hilariously bad dialogue that somehow doesn't feel tongue-in-cheek. The special effects are still pretty cool! The soundtrack is inscrutable, clanging and synth-heavy. John Carpenter composed it, too. He's a Real Rennaissance Man.
Jack Burton (Kurt Russel) is a trucker. While driving around the majestic highways of the mid '80s, he tends to spend his time yelling angrily into his intercomm radio to no one in particular, usually in the third person. His subjects vary, but they invariably seem to revolve around how you'd have to be some kind of fool to think we're alone in this crazy universe!
Not too long after the movie begins, the plot draws Jack inexorably to San Francisco, where he meets with his old friend Wang Chi (Dennis Dun). The film establishes him as being either insane or simply a Bizarre Chinese Stereotype by having him bet a large sum of money on being able to cut a glass bottle clean through with a knife. Jack bites. We get a tense scene which ends with Chi not cutting the bottle. He exclaims something to the effect of "it always worked at home!" immediately afterwards, and that kind of attitude is why the film works at all: Carpenter looks us square in the eye and tells us with total conviction that this shit works most of the time. Bear with me, ok? He then manages to convince us that there is a phantasmic mythological Chinese Hell beneath San Francisco's Chinatown, and has a lot of fun taking us through it for the next hour and twenty minutes. Bravo.
RATING: Pretty awesome.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
The Mother 3 English-language patch will be out later this week.
If you're looking for an original-language rom to patch, feel free to contact me. I'll get you squared away.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
1:06AM - KCSU SCHEDULE
I've got about four shows a week over at KCSU (new web site coming later this week) this semester, and I thought you might like to know about it.
First, I appear on a friend's show from 3-4pm on Fridays. Listen in for vaguely amusing banter!
Second, I've got a primetime show from 4-7pm on Saturdays. 3 hours of new music and fairly new music, plus me talking. How could you not listen?
Third, I've got an experimental show from 1-3am on Sundays (i.e. late Saturday night). I don't even know what's going to happen beforehand! It's insane. If you want to request wack-ass IOSYS remixes or something, I will gladly play them during this time slot. I'll also be recording my shows this semester for online distribution afterwards.
Fourth, I co-host a news show titled "KCSU LIVE" on Sundays from 7-8pm. It's uh, pretty terrible. We do it because we must, in order to serve the public. Totally not joking. If we could never do the show again, we would. Unfortunately, it is required by law. Shucks. That said, if I put together a really good news package for this thing, I will upload it here.
So basically: listen to the first three things if you can, and skip the fourth. Feel free to bug me on AIM while I'm on-air. In fact, I encourage it. Hellll yeah.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
An update for a rainy day (so uh, yesterday, I guess). Just a big grab-baggity link update.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
virt's uploading to youtube and it is going to change your life. Maybe in a bad way? Nahhhhhhhh.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Blog update: The only E3 news post you need to read this year.
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