Slow Rave (last moments of Trance Energy 2006) (2006) - Damon Zucconi

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Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore (1999) - Mark Leckey

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Home of the Brave (1986) - Laurie Anderson

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Home of the Brave is a 1986 American concert film featuring the music of Laurie Anderson, who also directed the movie. The film's full on-screen title is Home of the Brave: A Film by Laurie Anderson. The performances were filmed in Brooklyn during the summer of 1985.

-- FROM THE WIKIPEDIA ENTRY FOR "HOME OF THE BRAVE"

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2010: A Small Odyssey

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2010, Francesco Bonami and Gary Carrion-Murayari’s Whitney Biennial, is essentially a Whitney Biennial calibrated for the times: small at 55 artists and altogether humble. This humility, and the fact that one needn’t contend with an overwrought curatorial concept, allows viewers a more cogent experience than past, sprawling, thesis-driven Biennials could offer. Several works, rooms and motifs make good impressions. Not many are impressive enough to make an indelible impact—but a few are. Judging by the past couple decades, the task of this biennial of American art seems insurmountable, and there is no urgency to fault this edition for hitting the target and missing the bulls-eye. While the levelness here is exciting as an indicator of a playing field for post-boom artistic production, the devil’s advocate wonders, perhaps unfairly, if there isn’t something ultimately more exciting about a splashy Biennial that fails stupendously.

In the absence of an overarching conceit, why not start with a premise that did precede itself a bit: the third floor as a dedicated space for film and video. Considering the continued expansion of film and video practices throughout the art world, the idea seemed gimmicky at best—easily the curators could fill a floor, but why ghettoize? Then, come February 25, visitors stepping off the elevator and onto floor three were greeted by a tapestry by Pae White, freezing a frame of interlaced wisps of smoke in a vast expanse of fabric. Mercifully this is not a plain LCD screen (as it turns out, the floor showcases a variety of mediums), but as a piece that meditates on materiality, medium and time, it serves as an excellent banner to welcome visitors to the area of the exhibition that is most concentrated on media. The projects therein attending to these matters soar.

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Synth Britannia

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Documentary following a generation of post-punk musicians who took the synthesizer from the experimental fringes to the center of the pop stage.










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XLR8R TV Episode 13: Detroit Ghettotech

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BBC 2 Jungle Documentary (1994)

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Via blog to the oldskool

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Pump Up the Volume: History of House Music

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The Shape Of Things That Hum

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Series looking at cult electronic instruments that have shaped modern music.

The Shape Of Things That Hum: Minimoog

The Shape Of Things That Hum: Roland TB-303

The Shape Of Things That Hum: Fairlight

The Shape Of Things That Hum: AKAI Sampler

The Shape Of Things That Hum: Simmons Drums

The Shape Of Things That Hum: Vocoder

The Shape Of Things That Hum: Roland TR-808

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Seen and Heard

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There seems to be an unshakable division of labor between two of our major senses. 'Sight and Sound' and 'Audio and Visual,' are often paired as binary opposites, understood both as semantically and biologically distinct yet totally interdependent. “See This Sound,” an exhibition currently on view at the Lentos Museum in Linz, Austria, delves deeply into this co-dependent relationship. Far from another "art and music" show, the exhibition looks at numerous cultural, metaphysical, biological and neurological explorations of these senses - and how artists have mined them for decades. By highlighting their distinct and convergent streams of influence, “See This Sound” uses sight and sound as a metaphor for similar divisions and dependencies between "visual," "sound" and "media" art.

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