Monday, November 21, 2005

Knellotron Labs - Films, Music, and Art by Chris Larkee


.:Knellotron Labs - Films, Music, and Art by Chris Larkee:.

Here is an absolutly remarkable artist that I came across while visiting the Blender 3d modeling page. Chris Larkee is a multimedia and film artist who not only composes electronic music but is very apt at creating masterful pieces of computer film art and short films. Chris has successfully taken his artform to where I personally have wanted to go with my art, merging abstract 3d modeling with music. I highly reccomend watching the film pieces "Esign" and "The Brian Diptych"

The Philadelphia Ambient Consortium (Music and Noise)


.:The Philadelphia Ambient Consortium (Music and Noise):.

The Philadelphia Ambient Consortium is a website dedicated to promoting ambient music and performances in the Philadelphia area. The website includes event listings, webcasts, messageboards and more.

Ambient sounds are unique and special, but their veritable ubiquity hides them from casual perception. Ambient artifacts are obscure because a minority of perceptive people have reflected long enough on the various stimulus feeds to discern their existence and not take them for granted. This obscurity has had the additional effect of creating a certain esoteric charm to the genre of music called Ambient, and this has been a charismatic force binding many of us to study ambient sounds and Ambient music more actively.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Kronos 1: Congotronics and Bazombo Trance


.:Konono N 1:.

Now to be quite honest this site really has nothing to do with Livepa. However the site does nicely describe a likemb, which is a sort of thumb piano. Konono N 1 utilizes a unique hybrid of this instrument, eletricfying what was once a classic acoustical instrument and adding amplifiers to it. To top it off look at the tools these men are using to create and perform music. Simply astonishing!!!!!!!!

A wooden Mic and the band's mixing board. No seriously.

The percussion set.


.:Konono N 1:. was founded over 25 years ago by , a virtuoso of the li(a traditional instrument sometimes called "sanza" or "thumb piano", consisting of metal rods attached to a resonator). The band's line-up includes three electric likembés (bass, medium and treble), equipped with built from magnets salvaged from old car parts, and plugged into amplifiers. There's also a rhythm section which uses traditional as well as (pans, pots and car parts), three singers, three dancers and a sound system featuring these famous megaphones.