The xx – Angels

can’t wait for the rest of the new album to be released in september.

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iPod + iPod = miShare

Sharing you music has never been this easy. Want some new tunes from your friend? Simply connect both iPods to the miShare unit, press the button – and ready to go. You can copy a single file, all the songs of a particular artist or an entire playlist.

You can literally swap music from one iPod to another w/out any computer. Only, would cost you $ 100. The most useful gadget I’ve seen for a long long time.

Play nice and share.

Les Amours Imaginaires: Love Beyond Reason

Les Amours Imaginaires is a love story. Yet certainly not like the ones you’ve recently seen or heard. Marie and Francis are two close friends. They meet Nicolas, an extremely good-looking androgynous visitor to Montréal, and begin hanging out with him. Yet as time goes by, they realize both have fallen for him.

There’s not much to say about this movie – except from recommending it to you. It’s an experimental, unconsummated and unusual romantic triangle in which we watch the rivalry of Marie and Francis in seducing the flirty Nicolas and avoiding to admit it to each other. Written, edited and directed by a 21-year-old Québécois, Xavier Dolan, the 95-minute feature is a cinematic dream. With statue-like features, Nicolas becomes the object of desire of Marie, a sensual and sassy Audrey Hepburn, and Francis, her earnest gay friend.

This movie very much reminded me of Jules et Jim – couplings that take place in the imaginations but do not exist in reality. It’s poetic, it’s romantic and it’s certainly very very funny. In an interview with a magazine, Dolan said one of the purposes of making this movie was to spend time with his two close friends. Seems like he certainly did enjoy that time he spent with Monia Chokri and Niels Schneider.

I leave you with two videos from the movie so you get a glimpse of it. Dalida’s pop anthem Bang Bang is almost the theme song – but there are other cool tracks from popsters also.

Enjoy.

The Greatest

A nice Sunday morning coffee could be the greatest moment of all week. If you pair that with some nice tunes – give classical music a chance, you might really like it – becomes even more enjoyable.

Below is an article/series I read in NY Times this morning – aims to compile the top 10 classical music composers of all times. I will not discuss whether I completely agree with the author or not. There is one or two major composers I really enjoy that are left out in this article – yet it might take you to an adventurous journey through the world of classical music. Might even help you choose what you’d like to listen to tomorrow morning ?  

Here is the link: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/23/arts/music/23composers.html

Enjoy – and have a great w/end!

let me in the sound.

Resonance. Space. Movement. Simplicity. Materials. Textures. Sound.

An audiodidact from Switzerland, Zimoun creates installations and sound sculptures all over the world, usually in connection with mechanical features, movement and physically generated sounds – which are simple yet complex, regular but irregular. His use of materials generate complex sound structures and movements through interaction. Below are some of his forms and structures.

To see more of his works, videos and events, check Zimoun’s website.

  

Bennett Sings

Very rarely comes a concert that moves me so much… The Tony Bennett concert a few days ago was THE event of the Istanbul Jazz Festival, if not of this year.  Not only I was impressed by Bennett’s amazing voice and warm performance, but also his phrasing – which gave a meaning to every single word he sang – was impressive.

Bennett sang and spoke to the audience at the same time. He gave hope in Maybe This Time, showed love in The Way You Look Tonight, made me smile in Stranger in Paradise and feel sadly gay in I Left My Heart in San Francisco, and lit up my face in Smile.

And you know what he made me realize…  Love is the person you think about during the sad songs, right?

If you ever get the opportunity to listen to him live – do not miss.

Got Music?

stereomood

Forgot your ipod? Bored in the office? Too lazy to set up a playlist? Not sure what you want to listen to? Or simply want to listen to a different tune? There could be many reasons why you might like stereomood.

Stereomood.com is an emotional internet radio. Go to the site, pick one of the words that represent different feelings, and you’ll be greeted with a playlist of tracks that go with that mood. Click lost in thought and you’ll hear some Radiohead.. try make love and some Sebastien Tellier tunes will come up.. hit dreamy and you’ll meet The Cinematic Orchestra.

If your melancholy is deeper than theirs, if you’re sleepier than they are, or if asleeping on your feet is not as sweet, you can also create your own library, personalize the existing playlists, shuffle, tag and even buy the ones you like. 

Enjoy.