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Wednesday, 01 August 2012

The Dark Side of the London Olympics, RULE BRITANNIA

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I was never really much a fan of VICE magazine in its printed incantation but (as I mentioned in a previous post of their interview of Kenneth Anger) their video content and interviews are getting quite good. I found this investigative doc about Olympics, which for our London viewers I am sure this is all old news, but might be eye opening for others outside. Not exactly the kind of reporting being done on major networks in the States or in Europe. Notice how freaky the robotic missile launchers look with the built in sensors ...

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The strange/unfortunate thing is I wanted to post a clip of the opening ceremony with this doc , but its impossible to find. With in the past days since friday, the powers that be have meticulously had all of the clips removed. Only to sell dvds later ? Isn't this an event that the whole world is suppose to celebrate and enjoy ? Or just another excuse to sell more useless crap to people ?

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- GRIFFIN

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Friday, 22 June 2012

VISUAL VORTEX - 062212

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- GRIFFIN

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Tuesday, 09 August 2011

BJÖRK for President. She Knows What Love Is. "Virus" is Magic. By Jessica Trent

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Dear Diane, Dear Shaded Viewers,

Björk has me repeating/singing these words. No one else (except perhaps Morrissey...or Edgar Allen Poe) could make the earnest tone of this poetry, and likening oneself to a virus, so sweet. 

The perfect match, you and I
You fail to resist
My crystalline charm, you do

Like a virus, patient hunter
I’m waiting for you, I’m starving for you

The latest Björk and Michel Gondry collaboration, "Crystalline," spun me out in the best way possible two weeks ago when I listened and watched the magic on my computer screen for the first time (and then again and again). Today I heard "Virus" and am completely enthralled! It is now available for download and the corresponding iPad/iPhone app goes on sale Aug. 9. Bjork.com has been completely revamped for the Biophilia project and its neat to trip around on even if you don't have an iPad.

Biophilia is not "just an album" but a multi-media project, comprising a studio album, apps, a new website, custom-made musical instruments, live shows, and educational workshops.  Biophilia is said to be the worlds first iPhone/iPad app album.  Biophilia was created by Björk in collaboration with interactive artist and app developer Scott Snibbe, and Björk’s longtime design collaborators M/M (Paris).

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A screengrab from Bjork.com 

Björk has done an entirely thorough job in collaborating with app developers, scientists, writers, inventors, musicians and instrument makers to create a unique interdisciplinary exploration exploration of the universe and its physical forces—particularly those where music, nature, and technology meet. (NO ONE ELSE COULD DO THIS!) "The project is inspired by and explores these relationships between musical structures and natural phenomena, from the atomic to the cosmic."

I hereby nominate Bjork for president/queen of the planet Earth and the entire universe!

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 Björk mimics a geode.

More Biophilia Apps are coming from One Little Indian / Nonesuch Records. 

Listen to "Virus" HERE.

Björk is now accepting pre-orders for Biophilia and, of course, there are a variety of configurations to consider. The album will be available on CD, LP, and digitally. There’s also ‘The Biophilia Manual,’ which is a “48-page, full-color, hardbound, cloth-covered, and thread-sewn book, tipped on lenticular panel to the front cover, with foil-blocked spine and back cover; the music is housed in black uncoated board wallets.”

In late September dedicated followers can purchase the art piece that is her Biophilia "Ultimate Edition" for $800 USD.

Presented in a lacquered and silkscreened oak-hinged lid case, it consists of the Biophilia Manual (a 48-page, full-color, hardbound, cloth-covered, and thread-sewn book, tipped on lenticular panel to the front cover, with foil-blocked spine and back cover; the music is housed in black uncoated board wallets), along with 10 chrome-plated tuning forks, silkscreened on one face in 10 different colors, stamped at the back, and presented in a flocked tray. Each fork is adjusted to the tone of a Biophilia track, covering a complete octave in a non-conventional scale. It will be made to order and fabricated only once; each case comes with an individual numbered certificate.

The lyrics to "Virus" are below. 

Enjoy!

Jessica

Lyrics to "Virus"

Like a virus needs a body

As soft tissue feeds on blood
Some day I’ll find you, one day I’m there

Like a mushroom on a tree trunk
As the protein transmutates
I knock on your skin, and I am in

The perfect match, you and me
I adapt, contagious
You open up, say welcome

Like a flame that seeks explosives
As gunpowder needs a war
I feast inside you, my host is you

The perfect match, you and I
You fail to resist
My crystalline charm, you do

Like a virus, patient hunter
I’m waiting for you, I’m starving for you

My sweet adversary
My sweet adversary
My sweet adversary

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