This is a film my friend Camille Budin made with some friends. She asked me to write some music for it and i went for it. It was done very quickly on fairly short notice and some edits were made afterwards to fit a slightly shorter cut of the film. I am extremely pleased with how it worked out and feel a real synergy between the set, the dancer and the sound. It was a vision for me to try and make the sound of the space and the movement and not so much focus on writing music. The beats came through unexpectedly as i did not real at first it would make sense in the piece. When i sent Camille the first edit i thought she would ask to cut them out and focus mor eon the ambient soundscape. However, they seemed to gel with the vibe. Hope you enjoy. Love to hear your thoughts.
Wow Winter Solstice has passed… New Years has passed.
Here we are in the midst of 2014. Seems to be odd to post video and photos from last year. Yet I feel I am constantly playing catch up with posting photos, videos and music…let alone actually sitting down to write something. “We” spend so much of our time trying to record and document the moment. But what is so great about a moment. What does a few seconds of video do for you? Why do we want to be able to listen to that set from that night over and over again? Even though we were not there, and we can only connect with a virtual copy of the recording of someone playing some records in a club. Nevertheless we do it because it is good. It is what we enjoy. Why – is hard to say. But the reality is looking at a photo connects us to a moment – to a feeling – and for some reason I am drawn to post these memories, as a way to have a record of the moments, and feelings and times and places. I hope someone out there is enjoying other than just me…
So in this fresh new year I will post a short video from our Nightgazing party… promise uploads of sets in the near future. and a couple pics from the ice storm! Hope you are staying warm!
As night follows day and the seasons pass, we gather under moonlit clouds to dance the dark away. Keep your eyes on the skies and spend the longest night of the year with us in a celebration of community, music and art
Featuring music by:
/// AUTHOR live – UK – Black Box, Tectonic ///
AQUATIC MIND – Equaria
SAFETY DEPT. – Darkwalkers
KRISTIAN SUNFLOWER – Suma
JONAH K – Permanent Damage
ZUM ONE – zum1.com
Live visual mixing by:
PETER METTLER petermettler.com
Deco by: quARTz Creatures & SUMA
Sound by: 40hz
The Grind House – 281 Augusta Ave (no service fee!)
Play De Record – 357A Yonge St, Toronto
Shanti Baba – 546 Queen W, Toronto
Fairies Pyjamas – 29 Kensington Ave, Toronto
MORE AT THE DOOR
Holy wow. What a massive wonderful night full of amazing costumes and crazy fun. Amazing music, video and more!
Here is some photos from the night.
THANK YOU TO ALL THE DANCERS, ARTISTS, SET UP AND TEAR DOWN PEOPLE… PROMISE CREW AND QUARTZ CREATURES FOR THE BONE SCULPTURES!!! (yes they deserve CAPS)
Wink, roar, meow it’s Halloween!
Suma and Promise are coming together for a MONSTROUS warehouse party.
A cavernous mashup of thumpin’ beats, tricks and treats… and you!
Dance the night away with friends and friends of friends and all kinds of kooky creatures.
Dub and Bass:
Biome (UK – M.U.D.)
Zum One zum1.com
House, Techno and Electro:
Derek Plaslaiko (NYC/Berlin)
Roozbeh and Ben
20,000 square foot big ass warehouse
Thumpin’ crystal clear sound by alienInFlux
38,000 watts with 24 bass bins
Laser and lights – Lumatronic
Deco – quARTz Creatures and Kyle
Visuals – Elysha Poirier, Wackawacka, Jax A Muse, Siren Sativa and Zum One
Blacklight Ping Pong – VanGrey
Photobooth – Anastasia Levinta and Chris Lingard
Stilt walkers and creatures – Stiltcore, Saphyre and Ghoulash of Squid Lid
Tasty treats – Fairy Foods by Sylis
Food truck – Gourmet Bitches
Zero Gravity Circus Training Warehouse
213 Sterling Road (Dundas and Lansdowne)
10pm onwards, 19+
Early Bird $30 (limited to 200)
online at http://ilovepromise.com/
Advance $40 (limited to 600)
online at http://ilovepromise.com/
and in stores Play De Record, Fairies Pyjamas and Shanti Shanti Baba
Pre-party treats from our headliners:
Globular (UK) (FREE ALBUM)
Monster art illustration by Melita Curphy
http://missmonster.com/ (there’s some neat stuff there)
The funnest night of the year, can’t wait to see you and everyone all dressed up in costume!
Press release – September 25, 2013
Responding, Greenpeace International Executive Director Kumi Naidoo said:
“We welcome President Putin’s recognition that our activists are clearly not pirates and acted purely out of concern for the Arctic environment.
“Our climbers attempted to attach themselves to the side of the platform to raise attention to the threat of Arctic oil drilling in this fragile environment and the urgent need to deal with climate change. This was a peaceful protest against Gazprom’s ambitions to be the first company to pump oil from icy Arctic seas.”
Russian authorities today released (2) new footage apparently taken from the rig itself which shows Russian security forces confronting two climbers during the protest last Wednesday. It can be viewed here: http://youtu.be/rFF0JTG2-Y8
Female climber Sini Saarela from Finland – clearly in distress – is heard shouting “I’m coming down, I’m coming down!” while armed agents recklessly pull on a safety rope used to secure her to the structure. The video then shows live rounds fired into the water by Russian security forces despite an activist on the Greenpeace boat clearly holding his hands in the air, signalling his peaceful intentions.
Russian media sources also reported that Russian border guards who confronted the activists are claiming to have been unaware that the protest was carried out by Greenpeace International:
“The border guard’s claim is simply not credible. Our ship bears two large rainbows, two peace doves and has Greenpeace emblazoned on each side. They followed us for over 24 hours before the protest began. We have a long history of peaceful activism in Russia and are well known to the authorities.” Naidoo added.
Greenpeace Russia has contacted both Gazprom and Russian authorities multiple times in the past to explain the organisation’s peaceful opposition to dangerous Arctic drilling.
All 30 activists remain under arrest near Murmansk, apparently in different locations. Five people were interviewed last night by the Investigative Committee and served papers confirming they were are being investigated for piracy offences. They have not been charged with any offences.
Greenpeace International press desk: +31 (0)20 718 24 70 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Greenpeace International picture desk: +31 (0) 20718 2471
Greenpeace International video desk: +31 (0) 20718 2472
Information about last week’s protest at Gazprom’s oil platform can be found here:
Russian authority footage: http://youtu.be/rFF0JTG2-Y8
So last February and March we decided to take a trip to Costa Rica with our daughter Zoe who was about 6 months at the time.
Travelling has been a long time passion for both of us and we really wanted to spend some time away from home while Zoe was still young and it was cheap/free to travel with her.
So i have been meaning to post photos and blog about my trip to Costa Rica and have been way to slack in my writing and going through the photos and all of that. In reality there are just WAY too many photos to choose from and so many of them are really good.
SO I think i will just try and post some every week…. and just keeping adding more and more to the story as i GO.