Saturday, September 28, 2013

Coded Candy | Pushing the aural envelope

So far Coded Candy dealt with the visual – infographics, computer generated graphics and films, icons etc. – but there is another type of Coded Candy – the aural. Technologically, DJ’ing has moved beyond mixing the records. The equipment digitizes it all and has expanded in such a way that in deft hands DJ’ing approaches the arena of pure performance. At the core of it all, we want the DJ to just play that song – but the question is now, which one? The pre-recorded or live?

Following is an excellent insight into DJ’ing Coded Candy courtesy of BBC Radio 1, hosted by a longtime proponent of electronic music and a DJ himself Pete Tong, featuring a master class by affable DJ James Zabiela. When you are done or over the chit chat, check out James Zabiela’s London set at Boiler Room TV to see it all in practice. When done by a Master.

At Home | 350-year-old farmhouse in rural Japan

Location: Otowa, rural village near Kyoto
Build: in 1600s
Renovated: more than once but not that much…
Feature to know about: tategu (“standing things”, the Japanese sliding doors that are also interior walls) change with the seasons


Random | I have plans, things to do

dust jacket attic via paola silvia bombelli’s the art of slowing down

Friday, September 27, 2013

Random | Before the weekend starts – chill

Learning to be silent | The pupils of the Tendai school used to study meditation before Zen entered Japan. Four of them who were intimate friends promised one another to observe seven days of silence. On the first day all were silent. Their meditation had begun auspiciously, but when night came and the oil lamps were growing dim one of the pupils could not help exclaiming to a servant: "Fix those lamps." The second pupil was surprised to hear the first one talk. "We are not supposed to say a word," he remarked. "You two are stupid. Why did you talk?" asked the third. "I am the only one who has not talked," concluded the fourth pupil.


Food & Fashion | Make it a meal. Chanel encased meal.

I am not sure if this is quite the nosh Mademoiselle Coco would've indulged in, but let’s not forget that the reigning Kaiser, Karl Lagerfeld, knows about indulging in food. His strict diet was survived potentially only by Diet Coke, so much so that he advertised the drink. I am also not sure if “Fashion is the healthiest motivation for losing weight”, but boy, it can be a fierce one. Still, a burger meal encased in Chanel insignia?! I’d eat that with styling gusto!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Travel & Music | Paris & New York just want to dance

Peeps in the City of Light and the City that Never Sleeps struggle under gentile sensibilities, 
and then get creative.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Travel & Music | Berlin doofs

A hub of decadence (think Weimar Republic), through the turbulence it never lost its edge.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Music | Beautiful and angular

"Now is ze time on Sprockets vhen ve dance!" and dance some more

Sprockets Germany's most disturbing videos | September 29, 1990
Nina Kraviz Boiler Room Berlin DJ Set | Recently
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