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A Dreamy Video, Remix with Loscil, and Other Christina Vantzou Gems

Christina Vantzou. Photo: Renaud Monfourny.

Christina Vantzou. Photo: Renaud Monfourny.

You know that feeling, on a hot day, of someone running an ice cube down the back of your neck? Or perhaps, going deeper, the dream of plunging into a frozen lake?

That visceral, primeval emotion, that chill that prickles the hairs on your head – that might start to describe the eerily-lovely wonderlands of Christina Vantzou. Brussels-base artist Vantzou was the visual imagination behind The Dead Texan (with Stars of the Lid’s Adam Wiltzie), releasing an epic audiovisual masterpiece that paired cinematic ambience with video realizations.

Vantzou has continued as a composer, with two records on Kranky Records (easy to remember – titled No. 1 and No. 2) engineered by Wiltzie. In swells of impossibly-slow, post-minimal string, electronic, and vocal textures, she makes elegant scenes of sound. It’s not wallpaper to me, as those materials could easily become; there’s some emotional sensitivity that makes these frozen tone poems heart-wrenching.

But because Vantzou works so much with colors, with static images, the palette of these two records is also perfectly-suited to remixing – at least in the hands of experimental artists. And Vantzou proves she’s as sharp a curator as composer, she’s released remix albums of each that can stand alone as much as the original. No. 1, in 2012, featured the likes of ISAN, Robert Lippok, Ben Vida, and many others, plus a bonus Dead Texan cut. Tracing the same adventurous, experimental collaborations, No. 2 – released last month – turns to Motion Sickness of Time Travel, Ken Camden, John Also Bennett (aka Seabat), and Loscil (Vancouver’s Scott Morgan).

The Loscil track is beautiful enough to put a pit in your stomach. But it’s Vantzou’s video that crystallises this whole aesthetic path. It’s a simple conceit: a young woman half-dances in slow-motion, her hair flowing before the camera in a way you might dance to the track in your mind. But her ghostly figure and costume, all in rich colors against a dark background, recall a Caravaggio painting, transposed to more modern, non-descript settings. The effect is eerie, unsettling – as if she has been caught sleep walking.

VHS (Loscil Remix) from christina vantzou on Vimeo.

Loscil’s understated production pulses gently as if it’s an extension of your own body.

The remixes are available on Bandcamp. And I hope against all odds that some model like this can work. I don’t necessarily want a limited-edition vinyl record of this music to show off to my friends – this is digitally-produced music, meant to be distributed in an appropriate digital format. I want to, in this instant, spend a few dollars and support something I really love, because I simply care more about some music than others.

But wait – there’s more perfection to accompany the EP – slow-motion liquids, figures, just as much classical-surrealist masterworks. I can’t think of another composer who is also as accomplished as a film director, working in cinema for the eyes and cinema for the ears with the same eloquence.

Sister (Motion Sickness of Time Travel Remix) from christina vantzou on Vimeo.

Brain fog (John Also Bennett AKA SEABAT Remix) from christina vantzou on Vimeo.

The Magic of the Autodidact (Ken Camden Remix) from christina vantzou on Vimeo.

There’s even a video for the original ‘VHS’ well worth watching:

Don’t miss the first remix record, too:

– and, of course, the originals on Kranky.

And her Vimeo feed, for lovers of ambient music and image, is better than owning a TV:

Christina Vantzou on Vimeo

Do send money via Bandcamp and let’s hope more is on its way.

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Blood and Electronics: Don’t Miss the Stunning New Lusine Arterial Video


The new music video for Lusine, like the track itself, is almost sickeningly stomach-turning, it’s so beautiful.

Director Christophe Thockler has made an epic opus. The last time we caught up with Thockler, he had set 36,000 photos of melting ice to the chilling music of Ben Neill and Mimi Goese.

This time around, we’ve gone from ice to the titular blood. And that’s lots of blood – enough to attract vampires from a couple of cities away. 5 litters of blood rush through some 15 kg of components salvaged from TVs, phones, and computers, waste turned into what the director dubs “electrorganic” material.

He isn’t just shooting stills this time – but 30 minutes of video and 7,000 photos combine to the result you see here.

Lusine – Arterial from DaBrainkilla on Vimeo.

For his part, Lusine (Jeff McIlwain) is in his usual top form, meticulous and painstaking with his attention to sound. Ghostly’s press release talks about spanning styles, but to me, Lusine’s voice overshadows any particular genre fascination. “Arterial” is pure headphone music, more introspective than the recent The Waiting Room but with the same patiently-humming grooves and Lusine fingerprints. What’s new is an especially exquisite obsessiveness about each sound, synths treated delicately with acoustic noises tucked together. It merits repeated listening, as there are so many harmonious layers of sound design. But the overall texture is McIlwain, a cover of some interior song he keeps reworking.


Really looking forward to this EP.

Lusine’s tour appearances are rare these days, so look to Missoula Montana and The Badlander on August 1 or Le Salon Daome in Montreal September 4.

Here, Thockler’s process in the video I think fits perfectly with Lusine’s approach – not just the aesthetic match, but a conceptual parallel to what the musical artist is doing. Thockler writes:

The complexity of this electronic track, mixing both cold and warm sounds, inspired me to create something I call “electrorganic” : a mix of blood and human tissues with electronic components like LEDs, screens and boards. The result is an intriguing video, where you don’t really know what’s happening, but you can imagine that some sort of electronic machine is powered by, or producing blood.
Movies and music videos from the 80s and 90s were also a source of inspiration for this video, there are some sequences that are very small tributes to audiovisual works I love like Shinya Tsukamoto’s Tetsuo, Coppola’s Dracula, Cameron’s Terminator, Carpenter’s The Thing, Cronenberg’s Videodrome, the music video Digging in the Dirt by Peter Gabriel…

And that synergy is another reason why this summer’s main project for CDM is joining the needless divide between Create Digital Music and Create Digital Motion, in a way that you can still focus on what you care about. More on that very soon – first an editorial explaining where we’re coming from, and then how we’ll get to where we’re going.

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The Stanford Laptop Orchestra – Twilight

This video captures a performance of Ge Wang’s Twilight by the Stanford Laptop Orchestra (SLOrk). The piece is inspired by the science-fiction short story Twilight, by John W. Campbell. The Stanford Laptop Orchestra (SLOrk) is an ensemble that explores the use … Continue reading

Two Decades Of Aphex Twin’s Selected Ambient Works Volume II

CCRMA Colloquium: Marc Weidenbaum: Cultural Afterlife Is a Form of Change was uploaded by: ccrmalite1
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Blonde SuperFreak Steals the Magic Brain (NSFW & WTF)

From the land of WTF comes this music (?) video, by Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips, Blonde SuperFreak Steals the Magic Brain. It stars Moby and Miley Cyrus, and is basically about what happens when Moby asks a blonde … Continue reading

Modular Soundscape – Lost Horizons

Lost Horizons was uploaded by: ikjoyce
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Retro World Music Jam – Shinto

“Shinto” was uploaded by: TheSynthFreq
Duration: 337
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Jean Michel Jarre Performs Oxygene Live

Jean Michel Jarre – Oxygene Live In Your Living Room – Full VIDEO-STUDIO was uploaded by: Jarre98
Duration: 3570
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How To Make A Hit Pop Song

How To Make A Hit Pop Song was uploaded by: Brett Domino
Duration: 290
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Watch A Charming Video with Hands On Gear, From France’s 20syl, And More

20syl – Kodama (official music video) from 20syl on Vimeo.

In a love affair with musical instruments, French producer 20syl teams up with director Mathieu le Dude for a gorgeous music video. As the bass-heavy track shuffles along amiably, hands on musical instruments and other objects reveal the instrumentation – a young hipster’s guide to the electronic orchestra, if you will.

20syl is the producer name of turnablist and sometimes-rapper and graphic artist and music maker Sylvain Richard of Nantes, well-known in his France but getting greater international exposure with this video. He co-directs the film here, applying his graphical sensibilities as well as musical aesthetic.

It’s all charming, and a clever and elegant introduction to the music, which is available as a free-to-stream EP on YouTube. (That is, as long as Google decides to allow such things.)

And, um, yes, for anyone complaining (inexplicably) about seeing a neat and tidy arrangement of musical instruments and grids on wooden surfaces, I’m proud to reward all that bad karma you created in comments last week with – your worst nightmare. (Cue the evil laugh of a blogger, deep inside his cave, lit only by the chilling icy light of his MacBook Pro. CDM presents: the new Things on Wood Video Series! Um… seriously, musical instruments being played by hands on wood apparently sets people off, why?)

Gear spotting time:
Sequential Circuits Six-Trak Synth (hmm, ripe for another Dave Smith remake?)
Akai MPC2000XL
Novation Launchpad
Korg microKORG
Moog Moogerfooger MF-101 Filter
Teenage Engineering OP-1
A Record Runner, an unusual portable VW Bus-shaped turntable playback system
and, of course, various odds and ends

But have a listen to the EP, as it’s rather lovely without the visuals, too:

Indie label On and Records has a lot of great turntable-heavy, hip-hop-flavored eclectic electronic music, and they seem to favour videos as a way to show off process. For some live turntablism, KORG-ism, and serious digital scratch (hello Serato) sampled finger drumming, which the virtuoso C2C live remixing from last year:

C2C – Down The Road – HIFANA Live REMIX from On And On Records on Vimeo.

Via booooooom!, hat tip to The Verge.

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