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New Videos for Cierro los Ojos (Close My Eyes)

These are the English and Spanish language versions of the song Cierro los Ojos (Close my Eyes) from the album Almas Buenas recorded in Argentina. The English vocal was done in WGC, dig.

English


Gear malarky
I used the Cinemek app for mobile storyboarding which is unbeatable and for the actual shoot I used two different stop motion apps (iTimeLapse and StopMotionRecorder). There is a related tech and software post here.

Assistant and extra stage design for the video was Lou Robertson - thanks Lou!



Spanish




Esta es la versión en español de la canción "Cierro los Ojos” del álbum Almas Buenas.
La versión en inglés se puede encontrar en: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q39glP7Ld04

He utilizado dos diferentes aplicaciones de stop motion para hacer este video, y la segunda era de mejor calidad. La primera aplicación fue la más confiable y por eso empecé con esa hasta que la segunda aplicación actualizada lo logró. Y aquí lo tienen.

Si les gusta este video tal vez les interese el álbum Almas Buenas que se encuentra disponible en http://www.drongomala.com

Asistente y diseñador Lou Robertson – ¡Muchas gracias!

Suerte

Drongomala - Voz
Carlos Corrales (bandoneón)
Juan Pablo Navarro (Bajo)
Jorge Savelon (Percusión)
Matías Chapiro (Piano acústico)
Víctor Alejandro Piseta (Guitarra española)
Guillermo Barbera (Trompeta)
Oscar Margariño (Ingeniero de grabación)


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Demi-gods of the Cloud don't need the hardware to weigh them down

It's worth mentioning the synchronicity of the other day - 25th April 2011
  • First thing - get mix back online from Glen of my track This Is The Way for my new album. Upload it to Soundcloud to keep as a master.
  • Morning - I'm moving closer to London so I do huge clearout of my own physical CD stock along with other CD's I've bought. Most of my stuff sells online these days. Bin bags are filled with shiny things and plastic.
  • Early afternoon - I submit a new mix of a track, Big Empty Houses, to Abbey Road Online Mastering for finishing touches. I notice that the Soundcloud integration with Abbey Road doesn't work. It's a business challenge for them both as they both want to be the master holding party of your audio masters.
  • Afternoon - I switch on the television and see that Norio Ohga, the inventor of the CD, has died aged 81.
Timely.

The CD is disappearing and the death of the inventor puts the full stop on the CD eulogy. This isn't big news of course as we increasingly see CD's disappearing from shops and peoples shopping bags. Folks can iGet what they iWant from online. 500 Cd's on iPod is way preferable to lugging them around in your a) family home b) bedsit c) caravan

Our prized DVD, Blue Ray, TripleDepthDataMagnets will all be ushered from the physical stores and our bookcases into black bin bags. Video and film will not escape the cloud either. The invisible data pipes are getting faster and wider and we are pulling our dreams and lifestyle trinkets down from the computer hum in the skies. It's all in 'the cloud'.

Only the cloud is quick enough - to audition, buy, listen and share among machines and people. Everything else is yesterday.

The CD was a bit of a p*ss take really and for a good 10 years the major labels re-released all their existing material and made a tonne of cash. The need to develop artists was lost somewhere as an imperative and this was one of the two deathblows that was rendered to record companies by CD. The second was when everyone with a computer learned the words 'rip', 'upload', 'ftp' and Napster. Independent fiddles played while they burned.

I'm not saying this is a bad thing either. Music technology and expression is living up to the philosophy of

'it's not about the destination - it's the journey you take along the way'


It's not about the plastic and silver discs. It's how you let music affect you - how you wear your hair, walk, talk, debate and gyrate - it's everything but the plastic disc.

Demi-gods of the Cloud don't need the hardware to weigh them down.

The format is dead - long live the new format!



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白鶴飛翔時 / 12000英里 - 繁體中文譯文 T


從字母謎案(自A)專輯中免費下載曲目


白鶴飛翔時 / 12000英里

“非同凡響的自由創作作品集” Radio Indy
“如同‘Thermal Riders’一樣,Dixon的長笛配上零落的電子斷音、吉他,音調婉轉清冽,堪比范吉利斯(Vangelis)大師傑作,現在——神奇的銀翼殺手管弦樂曲” MuzikReviews.com


《12000英里》是drongomala和Boofa異想天開的產物。 2005年網上接觸之後,兩人立即決定一起完成一個項目,就這樣《12000英里》誕生了。
12000英里是Drongomala(英國曼徹斯特)到Boofa(新西蘭惠靈頓)的距離。 此外,發行時特約了國際知名的英國曼徹斯特笛手Iain Dixon。

《白鶴飛翔時》是三年間歷經寒暑幾易其稿之作。

Drongomala和Boofa於2005年在Myspace上偶然相遇。 其時,Drongomala已出4張專輯並組建了六個樂隊,已初步開拓出試驗音樂之路,而Boofa正披荊斬棘製作純樸但卻能激發感情的下拍電子音樂。 連鎖反應是自然的,他們決定共同趕制曲目,不久開花結果出了一張專輯。

為了讓示範檔的開頭“低重量”,兩人在網路上來來回回無數次交換看法,最後確定了全部修改內容。 曲目形成以後,接著就是音訊和MIDI檔的大小,最終兩人利用《Reason》和通用聲庫直至Ableton Live音序器和音訊。

“我們確實互相挑戰聲學極限,最終到達個人無法期冀的高點。通過實驗和做單獨無法奢望之事,總的聲音效果已趨極致。每次對話都是通過網路交換檔且是開放式的,材料完全揉碎從而使我們無法仰賴任何材料或者固執任何觀點”Boofa

隨著檔交換週期漸長,兩人歷經分裂和兩次中斷合作,最終樂隊倖存下來。期間,兩人又發行了三張唱片,草創了一家T恤公司,拿下 了一個音樂學位,搬家4次,但是他們在這兩年裡彼此勉力“如影隨行”創制樣本唱片。 Boofa飛抵倫敦原籍探望朋友和家人,然後折往曼徹斯特,在此地Drongomala和Boofa僅用短短六天就將大約20多張樣本唱片搬上舞臺,屆時 於格拉斯頓伯裡音樂節第五天在曼徹斯特演員休息室裡由Drongomala演奏。

此次演出雖未經訓練但卻獲得好評,實際生活中的合作密切了原有關係。 Boofa離開英國之後,兩人開始錘煉材料製作專輯,但是最初計畫最多六個月完成的專輯最終卻拖延了兩年。

Drongomala特邀性格管樂演員Iain Dixon加入演奏長笛,進一步融合專輯去除支離破碎之感。 這是Drongomala與他灌制的第二張唱片,他曾對Iain說過:

我如何評價都不為過——他是管樂大師。他既是馬克白又是一個頑童,經常只需優雅地點點頭就行雲流水般地彈奏起來。我說鶴在海灘上進攻小矮人,喇叭/長笛/單簧管就應聲而起。真正的音樂家就像魔術師一樣。此外還有一件有趣的事,臨到他與我們灌錄唱片之時,Iain縮短了Van Morrison行程 Drongomala.

此後,D&B重新遠端加工原始材料——音樂融為一體,聲音得到淋漓盡致地發揮。 仙鶴正在起舞。

此專輯完全獨樹一幟。 某些曲目的衝擊力可比歌劇,定音鼓區域的聲音如同電纜鐵塔傾頹而下,而其它音域卻波瀾不驚。 此專輯已超過一加一等於二的簡單相加——魔力無法破除。

曲目
1. 字母謎案(自A)
2. 暖流騎士
3. 瀕危物種
4. 二賢慧心
5. V字隊形
6. 鶴與小矮人
7. 巨石滾落之前
8. 潛特
9. 鶴
10. 字母謎案(至Z)


誠心推薦

    • (艾福克斯)/ Aphex Twin
    • 加拿大滑板 / Boards of Canada
    • 邁爾斯·大衛斯(Miles Davis)
    • 流派
    • 電子
    • 智能舞曲(IDM)
    • 鼓與貝斯
    • 配樂

對鶴的瞭解會影響理解這些歌曲。

  • 鶴群遷徙時常排成人字形一起飛行,因此領頭鳥之後的鳥群可無需拍打氣流節省體能。
  • 據說,阿波羅曾數次變作野鶴巡訪塵世。
  • 荷馬曾講過小人國的故事,每年春季在海神俄刻阿諾斯的岸邊,小矮人都要騎鶴征戰。
  • 據說赫爾墨斯在觀察鶴及其身體形態之後,受到啟發創造了羅馬字母。
  • 一群鶴睡覺時會指定一隻鶴爪握石塊站崗,因此如若睡著石塊會掉下來,這樣鶴群知道他們無法再受到保護了。


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白鹤飞翔时 /12000英里 - 简体中文译文 S


从字母谜案(自A)专辑中免费下载曲目

白鹤飞翔时 /12000英里

“非同凡响的自由创作作品集” Radio Indy
“如同‘Thermal Riders’一样,Dixon的长笛配上零落的电子断音、吉他,音调婉转清冽,堪比范吉利斯(Vangelis)大师杰作,现在——神奇的银翼杀手管弦乐曲” MuzikReviews.com

《12000英里》是drongomala和Boofa异想天开的产物。 2005年网上接触之后,两人立即决定一起完成一个项目,就这样《12000英里》诞生了。
12000英里是Drongomala(英国曼彻斯特)到Boofa(新西兰惠灵顿)的距离。 此外,发行时特约了国际知名的英国曼彻斯特笛手Iain Dixon。

《白鹤飞翔时》是三年间历经寒暑几易其稿之作。

Drongomala和Boofa于2005年在Myspace上偶然相遇。 其时,Drongomala已出4张专辑并组建了六个乐队,已初步开拓出试验音乐之路,而Boofa正披荆斩棘制作纯朴但却能激发感情的下拍电子音乐。 连锁反应是自然的,他们决定共同赶制曲目,不久开花结果出了一张专辑。

为了让示范文件的开头“低重量”,两人在网络上来来回回无数次交换看法,最后确定了全部修改内容。 曲目形成以后,接着就是音频和MIDI文件的大小,最终两人利用《Reason》和通用声库直至Ableton Live音序器和音频。

我们确实互相挑战声学极限,最终到达个人无法期冀的高点。通过实验和做单独无法奢望之事,总的声音效果已趋极致。每次对话都是通过网络交换文件且是开放式的,材料完全揉碎从而使我们无法仰赖任何材料或者固执任何观点”Boofa

随着文件交换周期渐长,两人历经分裂和两次中断合作,最终乐队幸存下来。期间,两人又发行了三张唱片,草创了一家T恤公司,拿 下了一个音乐学位,搬家4次,但是他们在这两年里彼此勉力“如影随行”创制样本唱片。 Boofa飞抵伦敦原籍探望朋友和家人,然后折往曼彻斯特,在此地Drongomala和Boofa仅用短短六天就将大约20多张样本唱片搬上舞台,届时 于格拉斯顿伯里音乐节第五天在曼彻斯特演员休息室里由Drongomala演奏。

此次演出虽未经训练但却获得好评,实际生活中的合作密切了原有关系。 Boofa离开英国之后,两人开始锤炼材料制作专辑,但是最初计划最多六个月完成的专辑最终却拖延了两年。

Drongomala特邀性格管乐演员Iain Dixon加入演奏长笛,进一步融合专辑去除支离破碎之感。 这是Drongomala与他灌制的第二张唱片,他曾对Iain说过:

我如何评价都不为过——他是管乐大师。他既是麦克白又是一个顽童,经常只需优雅地点点头就行云流水般地弹奏起来。我说鹤在海滩上进攻小矮人,喇叭/长笛/单簧管就应声而起。真正的音乐家就像魔术师一样。此外还有一件有趣的事,临到他与我们灌录唱片之时,Iain缩短了Van Morrison行程 Drongomala.

此后,D&B重新远程加工原始材料——音乐融为一体,声音得到淋漓尽致地发挥。 仙鹤正在起舞。

此专辑完全独树一帜。 某些曲目的冲击力可比歌剧,定音鼓区域的声音如同电缆铁塔倾颓而下,而其它音域却波澜不惊。 此专辑已超过一加一等于二的简单相加——魔力无法破除。


曲目
1. 字母谜案(自A)
2. 暖流骑士
3. 濒危物种
4. 二贤慧心
5. V字队形
6. 鹤与小矮人
7. 巨石滚落之前
8. 潜特
9. 鹤

10. 字母谜案(至Z)


诚心推荐

  • Aphex Twin(艾福克斯)
  • Boards of Canada
  • 迈尔斯·戴维斯(Miles Davis)
    1. 流派
    2. 电子
    3. 智能舞曲(IDM)
    4. 鼓与贝斯
    5. 配乐

对鹤的了解会影响理解这些歌曲。

  • 鹤群迁徙时常排成人字形一起飞行,因此领头鸟之后的鸟群可无需拍打气流节省体能。
  • 据说,阿波罗曾数次变作野鹤巡访尘世。
  • 荷马曾讲过小人国的故事,每年春季在海神俄刻阿诺斯的岸边,小矮人都要骑鹤征战。
  • 据说赫尔墨斯在观察鹤及其身体形态之后,受到启发创造了罗马字母。
  • 一群鹤睡觉时会指定一只鹤爪握石块站岗,因此如若睡着石块会掉下来,这样鹤群知道他们无法再受到保护了。

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Almas Buenas Launch Night - Oct 27th 2010 - London

Almas Buenas Launch Night @ Barrio North, Islington, London.


I'll be playing some of the songs from my latest album (in Spanish) at the delightful Barrio North which provides the right chic Latin ambience for such a thing.


I'll be doing a solo acoustic set and flexing the songs in a different way than the recording from Buenos Aires.



All those that attend get a free When You Go You Take The Garden With You CD single.


7pm

Wednesday, October 27th 2010





Directions: Nearest tube stop is Angel. Come out of Angel and turn right, walk down ‘Upper Street’ until you get to ‘Islington Green’, then bear right. You will pass a Tesco Metro on your Right and Barrio North is a few hundred yards further up, on your left. It should take a 10 minute walk from the station.


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Almas Buenas by Drongomala (Release Date 20th Oct 2010) English Blog




Blog en Español


Almas Buenas (Good Souls) is the fruit of a months work in Buenos Aires by Drongomala working with some of the cities finest tango, folklore and jazz artists. The project sees the group playing new latin arrangements of Drongomala songs from his back catalogue which spans work in India, Greece, UK and the US.



Pre-Production: The project was ambitious from the start. Prior to a 2 month trip around Latin America Drongomala had 11 candidate songs translated by reknowed translator Paula Tizzano. After travelling through Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Chile tuning his ears, heart and mind to Latin America and a Spanish speaking culture Drongomala settled in theAlmagro district in Buenos Aires. The choice for Almagro was two-fold, that it was the spiritual home (Barrio) of tango and that it contained a legendary boxing club. Drongomala started a routine of boxing training for 2 hours every morning and began the search for musicians to collaborate with. Quite soon into the stay he was introduced to Jorge Soldera who after a few meetings became the holistic mentaur of the project. Jorge committed to finding the musicians and working on the songs in pre-production to give the arrangements a latin slant. Drongomala and Jorge worked intensely for the month leading up to recording.

Rehearsals: Drongomala had the luck to get legendary international tango players such as Carlos Corrales and Juan Pablo Navarro as well as Argentinian luminaries and rising stars like Matias Chapiro (acoustic piano), Victor Piseta (spanish guitar) and Jorge Savelon (percusion/drums). A special arrangement for Exploto Trato Day Ser Alguien was written by Carlos Corrales for Bandoneon.






Recording + Mixing : Recording was undertaken in the famous live room of Moevius Studios. Moevius is well known in Latin America for its specialisation in Tango and acoustic recordings. The recordings were all played and sung live over a period of 3 days. Most songs were captured within 2 takes to retain an edge of excitement. Once recorded the mixes were undertaken by Oscar Magariños who engineered the project.






ABOUT Moebio: Moebio is one of the best and finest studio rooms in Argentina specially designed by Carlos Piriz, acoustic engineer recognized throughout Latin America as an ideal for recording acoustic projects.
In this room have recorded the greatest artists of recent times, including Mercedes Sosa, the guitarist and composer Juan Falu, the guitarist Luis Salinas, the violinist, composer and conductor Antonio Agri, Soda Stereo, Fito Paez, Luis Alberto Spinetta, La Camerata Bariloche, there was recorded the historic album "200 Years of Argentina Music" by the Salta Symphony Orchestra, and many other orchestras, because the audio quality obtained in this room is discussed by many to be insurmountable.




Artwork: Juxtaposing the classic nature of the instrumentation Drongomala chose a rising Graphic Novel/Comic artist, Sergio Carrera, to undertake the artwork for the record. He became aware of Sergio through an iPhone graphic novel entitled ´The Eternal City´ which is a story of a reluctant agent of Death who escorts expired Porteños (Buenos Aires folks) to the afterlife. Drongomala "For me Eternal City is a love story to Buenos Aires by Sergio and throws light on not only the characters of this grand city but provides the city itself with a face too showing the different districts, landmarks and buildings."



Musicos



  • Drongomala - voice
  • Carlos Corrales (bandoneón)
  • Juan Pablo Navarro (Double Bass)
  • Jorge Savelon (Percussion and Drums)
  • Matías Chapiro (Acoustic Piano)
  • Victor Alejandro Piseta (Spanish Guitar)
  • Guillermo Barbera (Trumpet)
  • Jorge Soldera (chorus)
  • Oscar Margariño (Recording Engineer)


  • Producer - Drongomala
  • All songs written by Drongomala except "Exploto Mientras Trato De Ser Alguien" (Blowin´Up Tryin´To Be Someboday) - by Drongomala & Jorge Soldera, with arrangement by Carlos Corrales.
  • Arrangements - Jorge Soldera & Drongomala
  • Translations - Paula Tizzano (with additional translations by Jorge Soldera and Patricia Zaina)
  • Recorded In Estudio Moebius , Buenos Aires, Argentina May 2010
  • Artwork by Sergio Carrera
  • © Copyright 2010 Flying Mountain Productions

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Almas Buenas - Drongomala -Lanzamiento 20th Oct 2010 (Español)


Almas Buenas (Good Souls) - Lanzamiento- 20th Oct 2010 - es el fruto de un mes de trabajo en Buenos Aires de Drongomala junto con algunos de los más exquisitos artistas del tango, el folclore y el jazz. El proyecto muestra al grupo tocando con nuevos arreglos latinos algunas canciones del catalogo de Drongomalaque abarca el material en la India, Grecia, Reino Unido y EE.UU..





Pre-Producción:
El proyecto fue ambicioso desde el principio. Después de un viaje de 2 meses por América Latina Drongomala contaba con 11 canciones candidatas traducidas por la reconocida traductora argentina Paula Tizzano. Después de viajar por Brasil, Ecuador, Perú,Bolivia y Chile afinando sus oídos, el corazón y la mente a América Latina y a una cultura de habla española, Drongomala se estableció en el porteño barrio de Almagro en la Ciudad de Buenos Aires. La elección de Almagro tenía dos razones, el hecho de que esta parte de la ciudad ha sido y es aún la casa espiritual (Barrio) del tango y por otro lado que allì se encuentra un club de boxeo legendario. Drongomala empezó una rutina de entrenamiento en boxeo durante 2 horas cada mañana y comenzó la búsqueda de un equipo de músicos que colaboraran en este trabajo. Rápidamente al principio de su estadía fue presentado a Jorge Soldera quien después de una serie de reuniones se convirtió en el mentor integral del proyecto. Jorge se comprometió a la tarea de elegir los músicos y trabajar en las canciones durante la pre-producción para darle a los arreglos una influencia latina. Drongomala y Jorge trabajaron muy intensamente en el mes previo a la grabación.


Ensayos: Drongomala tuvo la suerte de contar con legendarios mùsicos de prestigio internacional del tango como Carlos Corrales y Juan Pablo Navarro, y luminarias estrellas en ascenso como Matías Chapiro (piano acústico), Víctor Piseta (guitarra española) y Jorge Savelon (percusión / batería) . Un arreglo especial para el tema "Exploto Mientras Trato Ser Alguien", fueescrito por Carlos Corrales e interpretado con Bandoneón.






Grabación + Mezcla: La grabación de este proyecto se realizó en vivo en la sala de uno de los estudios de grabación más prestigiosos de Argentina, el Estudio Moebius.
Moebius es reconocido en América Latina por su especialización en Tango y grabaciones acústicas. Las grabaciones fueron todas realizadas en toma directa durante un período de 3 días. La mayoría de las canciones fueron capturadas en las dos primeras tomas para lograr mantener una energía excitante. Una vez terminada la grabación se llevaron a cabo las mezclas por el experimentado ingeniero Oscar Margariños quien fue el diseñador técnico del proyecto.
Oscar Magariños es un reconocido ingeniero que comenzó su carrera en Argentina en la época de las grabaciones análogas en cinta.Trabajó en los estudios más importantes y es un gran especialistas en tomas acústicas. Entre los artistas más importantes que le confiaron sus grabaciones y mezclas podemos citar a: Rubén Rada ,Osvaldo Fatoruzo ,Estela Rsval, Los Nocheros, Miguel Abuelo, Oscar Kreimer y Mario Parmisano entre otros.




Sobre Moebio: Moebio es una de las mejores salas de estudio de grabación deArgentina especialmente diseñada por el ingeniero acústico Carlos Piriz, reconocida en toda América Latina como un ideal para la grabación de proyectos acústicos.
Por su sala han pasado los más grandes artístas de los últimos tiempos, entre ellos Mercedes Sosa, el guitarrista y compositor Juan Falú, el músico Luis Salinas, el violinista, compositor y director de orquesta Antonio Agri, Soda Stereo, Fito Paez, Luis Alberto Spinetta, La Camerata Bariloche, allí se grabó el histórico álbum “200 años de Música Argentina” de la Orquesta Sinfónica de Salta, y otras muchas orquestas, ya que la calidad de audio que se obtiene en este estudio es comentada por muchos como insuperable.




Arte de tapa: Yuxtaposicionando la naturaleza clásica de lainstrumentación Drongomala eligió un dibujante de cómics y novela gráfica en ascenso, Sergio Carrera, para realizar el trabajo de arte para el disco. Conoció a Sergio a través de una novela gráfica en iPhone titulada "La Ciudad Eterna", la cual cuenta la historia de un agente de la muerte que escolta fallecidos porteños (ciudadanos de Buenos Aires) hacia la otra vida. Drongomala ha dicho "Para mí Ciudad Eterna es una historia de amor a Buenos Aires por Sergio y arroja luz no sólo sobre los personajes de esta gran ciudad, sino que ofrece a la misma ciudad con un rostro propio mostrando los diferentes barrios, monumentos y edificios".



Musicos


  • Drongomala - voz
  • Carlos Corrales (bandoneón)
  • Juan Pablo Navarro (contrabajo)
  • Jorge Savelon (Percusión y batería)
  • Matías Chapiro (Piano acústico)
  • Victor Alejandro Piseta (Guitarra española)
  • Guillermo Barbera (Trompeta)
  • Jorge Soldera (coros)
  • Oscar Margariño (Ingeniero de grabación)
  • Productor - Drongomala
  • Todas las canciones escritas y compuestas por Drongomala excepto "Exploto Mientras Trato De Ser Alguien" (Blowin´Up Tryin´To Be Someboday) - por Drongomala & Jorge Soldera, con arreglos de Carlos Corrales.
  • Arreglos- Jorge Soldera & Drongomala
  • Traducciones - Paula Tizzano (con traducciones/versiones adicionales de Jorge Soldera y Patricia Zaina)
    Grabado en Estudio Moebius , Buenos Aires, Argentina Mayo de 2010
    Arte de tapa por Sergio Carrera
  • Copyright: © Copyright 2010 Flying Mountain Productions

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Goodbye Anoop

This recording is in memory of my good friend Anoop who was lost on 13th May 2009. (listen on Soundcloud)

The Deccan Herald in India reported it like this:

35-year-old man from Kerala was found dead on the railway tracks here on Wednesday. The Railway police are yet unable to ascertain if it was case of an accident or a suicide.

The train ran over Anup Adityan, a native of Thrissur in Kerala between the Elagi and Anekal Railway stations in Byapanahalli division limits.

He had booked two private bus tickets from Sangli to Bangalore, and from Bangalore to Thrissur. “It is not clear what he was doing on
the railway tracks. His family members have arrived in the City to collect the body,” said a top GRP official. The post-mortem was completed at Bowring Hospital on Thursday afternoon. The accident would have taken place around 9.30 am, the sources said.

Adityan had just completed his education in London and was keen on setting up an old age home in Bangalore, police added.

It doesn't tell you anything much about him. He was a bright soul with a good heart but a troubled mind. We mostly talked about art and politics and his indexing of facts and figures was close to photographic memory ability. Up until I met him I hadn't known Carnatic classical music much beyond one or two names. Anoop opened me up to the richness of the South of India and her traditions when most of what I was listening to was from the Northern tradition of Hindustani.

He set me up with the musicians for this recording which took place around 10 years back. It was with a young singer who went by Vamsi Das (Vamshikrishna Vishnudas) and had a wonderful tone and authority in his voice beyond his years. The songs were a mixture of light classical and folk tunes. We recorded on my mobile setup in the living room and hall of a semi in Maidenhead, England, UK and got the whole record done in a day.

Afterwards when I went to Kerala to record Scale is was he who provided me with contacts and information to insulate the impact of trying to run a studio in the middle of the jungle. He put his name on the line for the crazy foreigner.

The last time I saw him we were lying on the grass looking up at the stars during a suprise warm night for Manchester.

He left his book called 'An Encyclopedia of Symbols' that night.




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Available from all iTunes stores by searching for 'Vamsi Das' or 'Goodbye Anoop'


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Edinburgh, Magrite and how the cover of 'Garden With You' came to be


As a teenager I mostly grew up in Cowdenbeath and Dunfermline and would always be excited when I could somehow get across the Forth Rail Bridge to see Edinburgh the capital of Scotland.

Over the years I developed regular haunts and one of them I indulged regularly was a visit to the Modern Art Gallery in Edinburgh. The collections didn't change a huge amount but I just liked the building, the setting and the mood it put me in when I was there. I
was/am big on the surrealists and they had plenty of good content in that direction.

Time passed since then and in May of this year (2010) I was experimenting with different ideas for imagery for a single I was completing. I was in Argentina recording another album and was completing the artwork and remixes for this other single - '(When You Go You Take The) Garden With You'.

As the single was a dance single I thought that I could try a geometric idea and keep it simple in the way the imagery of electronic dance music often translates the music maths of sine waves and frequencies to their artwork.

I thought of a green triangle simply communicating the pubis of a woman but it was boring when mocked up and the idea had been done before. Then I thought of cutting out grass in the shape of a triangle and slowly the idea developed and crystalli
sed when I remembered a wonderful painting by Magrite (Belgian surrealist with a penchant for bowler hats) that used to hang in the back room of the Edinburgh Modern Art Museum. Using the painting as a launchpad I had the specification below for the artist that was going to work on bringing the idea to life.

Here is the mail I sent to the artist....

Specification for 'Garden With You' Cover Art

The song title is a reference to a womans body as a garden - specifically her vagina/pubis. The idea for the cover is to have a picture frame shaped like a womans hips and the picture frame to contain green grass with one triangle cut out (like a womans pubic hair shape) showing the brown soil underneath.

There is famous painting by a surrealist
Magritte called La Représentation (1937) that used a picture frame shaped like a womans hips and it would be good to use this shape (not the actual frame) for the picture frame.


I have done a very rough mockup in photoshop to give you an idea but I do not consider it to be anywhere close to a finished piece because :

  • The picture frame is not shown squarely i.e. I used the photo which shows the frame at an angle. I have not taken the frame shape and created a new frame. A new frame shape is needed not a photograph using wood or branches for the frame
  • The grass is not attractive enough (I used quick stock footage photo) and is in much too low a resolution. The grass should be rich, green, natural and shown from an aerial view.
  • The soil is not rich and warm or complementary to the colour of the grass. The triangle should look like it has been cut out of the grass.- the pubis triangle shape could look more like a womans pubic hair
  • Proportions are not correct and the elements do not look like they belong in the same composition
  • It doesn't look sexual or erotic
It should be immediately clear to viewers that the picture is a representation of a womans hips and pubis using grass/soil and natural elements.


And this is what Santiago Carosella managed to come back with exceeding my expectations by some margin.





Single is available now directly from drongomala.com and also available from iTunes and other online shops around July/Aug 2010.

More exciting artwork coming for Almas Buenas, a record recently finished in Buenos Aires due out later in the UK summer.




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The little things I will and won´t miss about Buenos Aires, Argentina


Things I´ll miss about Buenos Aires, in no particular order, and without reference to the typical tourist sights..............

Things I´ll miss
  • Smart taxi drivers who can engage about music, politics or anything else.
  • Empanadas
  • Bullshit conversations about Maradonna
  • Malbec
  • Meeting up in apartments around 11pm before going out and drinking wine mixed with coke. This is often the most fun part of the night and is revered by Porteños
  • Simpsons, Family Guy and American Dad dubbed in Spanish
  • Old people sitting outside cafes watching the world go by
  • T-shirt slogans in English with broken grammar
  • Cheap beer
  • Small children walking about in Lab Coats
  • The Soldera family
  • Steak - Bife de Lomo
  • The modern art
  • Acerbic political satire
  • Spanish terms of endearment for your girlfriend
  • The sense of drama that fills the city
  • Fileteado- the distinctive porteño artwork
  • Friendly people - it´s such a misconception that Porteños are aloof
  • The graphic artists
  • Almagro Boxing Club
  • Being in a context where I can use Spanish
  • The lack of obvious class distinction
  • The horse and cart men (and their family) that collect recycling at 2 in the morning
  • Second rate jugglers operating in the road at traffic lights.
  • Views of the city from the 12th floor
  • The cyan blue of the Argentinian flag
  • The mashup of architecture styles - like Paris/Italy crossed with a noir Batman movie
  • Great second hand clothes shops
  • Mastery of ice-cream
  • A common dislike of Maggie Thatcher
  • The blend of South American and European culture - it´s just right.
  • Kissing on the cheek when you meet
  • Waking up late and going to bed late
  • Clapped out American saloon cars from the 70´s
  • Coffee obsessions
  • Pharmacies that will give you almost anything without prescription
  • Choripàn (sausage in bread)
  • How the streets look in the rain
  • Hearing tango on the Radio
  • Dulce de Leche (milky caramel syrup for all kinds of cake, ice cream)
  • The musicians
  • Not seeing the 2010 World cup here...I leave just before it starts
  • Morcilla (black pudding)
  • The Argentine version of Spanish (Castillian) - I like how it doesn´t have all the ´htth´sounds
  • Cheap massages and service industry (legit I mean!)
  • San Telmo bars and markets
  • Getting a bag of laundry done for 1.50UK
  • Palermo
  • Black market stalls
  • British theme bars that play the Stone Roses all night.

Things I won´t miss
  • Dog mess on the streets
  • The never-ending noise of the streets through the whole night and the public service vehicle sirens that sound like Commodore 64 SID chips through a distortion pedal
  • Lack of really spicy food
  • Obsession with Grunge music from the 90´s among men aged 25 and over
  • Natty 2 peso notes and shopkeepers that are unhappy that you don´t have the correct change
  • Cash machines with a low limit for withdrawals per day
  • Seat belts in cabs that don´t work

Please do comment and leave your own slant on what you will or won´t miss about this city!

Gracias
A-D

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