Thursday, October 19, 2006

Krzysztof Kieslowski "Revelations of the Human Soul" Film series at NWFF : Nov 10-19


Northwest Film Forum is hosting 10 days of Films by the master late 20th Century Polish filmmaker Krzystof Kieslowski. The words that I have to say about his films do little to express the genuine emotional/existential life-questioning (and often life-affirming in their own circuitous and poetic way) narratives that are both dramatic and simultaneously true to the complexities and subtleties of the human experience in society. So yes. Theyre beautiful, consciously political and often timeless in their search to express the questions that existence, reflection and shared experience bring into daily life. Not to mention the quality of the casting and cinematography found throughout his work.

NWFF Kieslowski "Revelations of the Human Soul" site

From the Northwest Film Forum:
The history of cinema is rich with celebrated moralists, directors intent on examining the human condition and commenting on its flaws and foibles-among the greatest is Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski, who was plucked from cinema far before his time just ten years ago at age 54. NWFF is honored to present REVELATIONS OF THE HUMAN SOUL: WORKS OF KIESLOWSKI, a retrospective of the lifetime achievement of this great European filmmaker - tracing his evolution from student films to subtly subversive social documentaries to the magic of his first forays into feature filmmaking, CAMERA BUFF and BLIND CHANCE. This series offers a unique opportunity to draw connections between the artist's early film studies and his mature, fully realized portraits. All films in Polish with English subtitles.

Monday, October 9, 2006

Matmos / Earshot Jazz Festival - Seattle : Oct 19 - Nov 5


As part of this years Earshot Jazz Festival those SF Ass-Slapping-Rhythm-Section Musique Pop-Concrete maestros Drew and Martin
aka Matmos will be performing at the Triple Door on October 21st. This being a larger seated venue with a *real* soundsystem,
expect a more lengthy dedicated performance and no doubt a good dose of their typical Inflated-Cow-Uterus type sonic antics!

Matmos at Earshot Jazz Fest

Check the Earshot site for other noteworthy goings on throughout the months of October/November:

Earshot Jazz Fest schedule

Monday, October 2, 2006

Sounds on Rotation - Sept / Oct - Books in Circulation


So here's whats been playing at my place/on my pod this past month or so. Have been particularly pleased with
the past couple months of new albums I've acquired, these being mostly textural, melodic and atmospheric type sounds.
Has really complimented both the change of season and my hyperactive return to bookreading thats happened post-Decibel:

Marsen Jules "Les Fleurs" (City Centre)
v/a "Silva Compilation" (Miasmah)
Tim Hecker "Harmony In Ultraviolet" (Kranky)
Colleen "Et Les Boites À Musique" (Leaf)
Machinefabriek "Marijn" (Lampse)
Alva Noto "For" (Line)
Murcof "Cosmos" (Leaf)
Orla Wren "Butterfly Wings Make" (Expanding)
Steinbrüchel "Opaque (+Re)" (Room 40)
The North Sea and Rameses III "Night Of The Ankou" (Type)
Modern Institute "Excellent Swimmer" (Expanding)
William Basinski "Variations For Tape And Piano: Pantelleria" (2062)
Skoltz_Kolgen "Post Piano 07_05" (12k)
Helios "Eingya" (Type)
One Second Bridge "One Second Bridge" (Buro)
Taylor Deupree "Northern" (12k)
Alva Noto/Ryuichi Sakamoto "Revep" (Raster-Noton)
The Gentleman Losers "The Gentleman Losers" (Buro)
v/a "Expanding Compilation 2006" (Expanding)
Svalastog "Woodworking" (Rune Grammofon)
Pan American "For Waiting, For Chasing" (Mosz)
Richard Chartier/Taylor Deupree "Specification.Fifteen" (Line)
Phonophani "Phonophani" (Rune Grammofon)
Sickoakes "Seawards" (Type)
Triosk "The Headlight Serenade" (Leaf)
v/a "Touch 25 Compilation" (Touch)
Coh "Patherns" (Raster-Noton)

Books in question being split between two authors, some of these being re-reads from years ago.
Both authors of Japanese origin, the first a well known contemporary fellow, the second being
one of the prominent Japanese post-existentialist writers from the 50's-60's post-war era:

Haruki Murakami - "Wind-Up Bird Chronicles" and his new short story collection; "Blind Woman, Sleeping Willow"
Kobo Abe - "Ruined Map", "Face of Another" and "Roadsign at the End of the Street"

...and finished the new Issue 20 of McSweeney's. Which had a pretty stunning visual element this time around.
Including a personal fave of mine, painter/multimedia artist Jules De Balincourt:
Jules De Balincourt links and articles