Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Noisy Love Song - Okkyung Lee

     Sometimes, we need a noisy love song.  A song that blends with our squeaks and giggles.  A melody that melts into our paddles and swats.  Sometimes we never return to a chorus, but escape into eternal improvisations.  I want to dedicate a love song that to clicks. pops. buzzzzzzzzzzzes.
     We keep each other on our toes, forever guessing.  Shadows smother us in broad daylight as the dawn bursts suddenly from the darkness.  We need a score accompany us.  We need something that captures our summer's chill...the victory of our snowball's survival in Hell.  Where is our song? call? tone? riiiiiiiiiinnnnnnngggg?

Where is it?

       Of course, we hold hands and buy Valentine's Day chocolate.  We bicker, hurt each others feelings and make up.  We eat fancy dinners where the menu's making little sense.  But, who sings along to way her teeth chatter?  Who's rhythm matches how I'm always late but always on time?  Sometimes, we need a noisy love song.  Because we aren't crazy. stupid. drunk.  But, our love makes us that way.

Who writes noisy love songs for us normal people?

     I have been completely captivated by this Okkyung Lee's latest album, "Noisy Love Songs".  It's a beautiful blend of Classical, Noise and No-Wave.  Somehow, she managed to compose a soundscape both smooth and coarse.

Add some sophisticated strangeness to your life

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Director's Crush: Darren Aronofsky

The master of the psychological whirlwind...
The prophet forewarning the pursuit of perfection... 
The auteur of ugly truths and pretty lies..
I absolutely love the works of Darren Aronofsky!

     I fell in love with Darren when I was exposed to his 1996 film, "π".  I was devastated by its outcome.  The sacrifice of sanity that is mandatory for omniscience.  I was further devastated by my own feeling while watching; I actually felt a sense of relief when he sent a drill through his own head.  Damn.
     After watching his latest film, "Black Swan", I ran out and replayed all of his films.  I realized that a constant theme in his films is the pursuit of perfection.  Omniscience: "π"  Success & Happiness: "Requiem for a Dream"  Immortality: "The Fountain"  Resurrection: "The Wrestler"  ...I am still pondering what Nina was chasing in "Black Swan".  Perhaps, transmutation?  Whatever the subject of the main chartacters desire, the road always leads to death.
     If you enjoy seamless, shuffling masterpieces... If you are intrigued by high-speed shifting and overlapping of perspectives... If you are curious about what happens when The Name of God gets lodged in your head... I strongly urge you to review Darren Aronofsky's filmography.