by Doug Moore
Stephen O'Malley (1/3 of Nazoranai) at Big Ears Fest (more by Joshua Ford)
Its pure improvisation, I'm going to try and avoid as many clichés as I can here, in talking about improvisation. That's the whole thing though, its not a cliché, the idea is that I don't know what the idea is. The idea is in the present, so everything that happens is happening right then, and will probably never be repeated. Even stylistic tendencies, I've noticed, have been completely different every time we play together...It's an interesting exercise in patience, in trance, in timbre and in alertness as a player.
[Stephen O'Malley on Nazoranai]As briefly mentioned in our Stephen O'Malley interview post (quoted above), Nazoranai -- a perplexing improvisational trio that features the prolific and influential Japanese experimental musician Keiji Haino, SunnO))) / Khanate guitarist Stephen O'Malley, and Australian multi-instrumentalist / occasional SunnO))) contributor Oren Ambarchi -- will be embarking on a brief North American tour in May, which will include a NYC stop at The Wick on May 21. Tickets for that show are available now.
A few days later, O'Malley and Ambarchi will play a duo show as part of the NYC edition of Tectonics Festival. This reprisal of a May 2013 Tectonics Glasgow performance will go down on 5/23 at Issue Project Room in Brooklyn. No advance tickets, $20 at the door. Full Tectonics schedule here.
All of O'Malley's dates (including a few solo appearances) are listed below...
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When it finally opens its doors on April 24th, NYC’s famed Tavern on the Green restaurant will boast a slew of sustainable features that will help it live up to its verdant name. Inhabitat recently had a chance to tour the newly renovated space – click here to sneak a peek for yourself!READ MORE >
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In the second episode of our exclusive Sole Access segment featuring a look inside the Sacramento Kings’ locker rooms, equipment manager Dwayne Wilson gives George Kiel a tour inside their second locker room and the equipment room. He also discusses his most memorable moments, in regards to sneakers, over his 20-year career as a equipment manager.
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If you work online or with a lot of gadgets, chances are you want a backpack that can hold everything with an organized system for where things need to go. There are many backpacks out there that are only going for aesthetics, and look like they could only hold a laptop and a fun-size bag of M&Ms. If you are constantly on the move and need all of your gear to come with you, then you want something that looks professional and won’t make you worry about not having enough space for everything.
The Tylt Energy Backpack + Battery was made with the gadget-savvy in mind. You can charge three gadgets simultaneously thanks to the internal 10,500mAh lithium ion battery with in various configurations through the 7 pockets. That battery is capable of recharging your tablet once, and your phone four times over. You can even pass a cable outside of the backpack so you can charge your phone while it’s in your hand.
If you can remember to keep the backpack recharged whenever you’re near a wall outlet, car charger, or computer, then this could regularly be a lifesaver. The material this pack is made from is a high-quality ballistic nylon, and most of the places to store your laptop, sunglasses, and phone are lined with a soft material that will keep them scratch-free. In the back panel, there is a trolley slot, meaning you can slide this over your rolling luggage when going through an airport. If all this isn’t enough, there’s a pass-through for headphones near the pocket meant for your phone, as well as a pocket for headphones on the backpack strap for easy access. This certainly seems worth the $200 ($140 if you have Amazon Prime) price tag.
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While the Layers Cloud Chair might feel (and look) like you're sitting on a cloud, the bulbous lounge is anything but weightless. It's made from 550 pounds of solid wool—and its construction was a woolly beast of its own. Designed by Richard Hutten, the chair made its debut in Milan last week as part of an exhibit by the Danish textile manufacturer Kvadrat, which enlisted 22 international designers to explore the diverse capabilities of its Divina fabric.
"For me, designing is in the first place a thinking and research process," the Rotterdam-based Hutten says. "So I looked into the material. What makes it special? How does it look, feel, smell? How can I use it in an exceptional way?" Divina is a durable wool blend, and Hutten chose to focus on what he considered the main qualities of the material—its soft tactility and its availability in a range of vibrant hues.
As an added challenge, the designer resolved to use Divina as the structure for the object itself. "I wanted to use the Divina material as the sole material for the piece, not only as a cover, which is the normal way it's being used," he says. "These I called 'the rules of the game.' From there, the playing started."(more...)
You've heard it time and time again – mirrors are a great way to reflect the light in a small space, thus increasing the sense of space. It's particularly true for bathrooms, which are often among the smallest, darkest rooms in our homes.
The economics of combating climate change may depend on an underfunded technology.
When it comes to technology for averting climate change, renewable energy often gets the limelight. But a relatively neglected technology—capturing carbon dioxide from power plants—could have a far bigger impact on the economics of dealing with climate change, according to a U.N. report released earlier this week.
Listening to a piece by Hauschka can be deceiving: What sounds like an ensemble of musicians and instruments is just one man, performing at one piano. His real name is Volker Bertelmann, and he hails from Dusseldorf, Germany, where he works with his "prepared piano." He wrests disruptive sounds from the instrument's 88 keys by outfitting the strings or mallets with objects such as ping-pong balls, aluminum foil and leather.
[...] "They create a whole carpet of sounds underneath the tones that the hammers create," Hauschka tells Weekend All Things Considered host Guy Raz. "What I like about it is that there is something going on without my control." [NPR]German pianist/composer Hauschka released his newest album, Abandoned City, earlier this year via Temporary Residence Ltd./City Slang, and tonight (4/18) he begins his North American tour in support of it. Hauschka's roots are in techno, but for this project he utilizes prepared pianos, a concept made famous by John Cage and others, though Hauschka claims he wasn't familiar with Cage when he first came up with the idea to do so. (As Sonic Youth fans may know, it's also something you can do with a guitar.)
Hauschka and his prepared piano will hit NYC on this tour on April 25 at Joe's Pub, and after a European run, he'll return for another show on May 27 at Glasslands. The Joe's Pub show is sold out, but tickets for the Glasslands show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with a video of "Elizabeth Bay" from the new album and a stream of another LP track, below...
Starting from the very first model, Jordan products have always been at the forefront of innovation. Like the great player from which the products draw their name, it seems Jordan Brand performance models have only gotten better over time. This is underlined in the Air Jordan XX9, unveiled just yesterday, which marks the introduction of Nike's latest innovation: Flightweave. Flightweave takes influence from the process of knitting and weaving to create a one-piece seamless upper, reducing weight while also leaving room to infuse a Flywire-like lacing system at the sides. Even fused with the outsole – which sports a new stabilizing tendril at the Flightplate – the resulting silhouette is not only lighter than its predecessors by 8%, it's one of the most durable as well. Watch the video above for the full breakdown from Nike innovators and designers, then head over to FastCompany to learn more.
QR codes are showing up everywhere. I have to admit it took me a while to understand the appeal. I’m finally starting to see how useful these odd little pattern filled squares are. A simple scanning app, and you can be connected to all sorts of information. Is it any surprise that they are making their way onto wearable items, and into social media?
Well, check out Skanz… a cool new product, that that lets you wear your entire social profile, by means of a trendy little QR-coded bracelet. Simply choose a thin, or a wide band in the color of your choice, register it with skanz.com, and create your own personal, mobile “Skanzsite”. Skanzsites allow anyone that scans your unique QR code with their smartphone to connect all of your social media accounts, like Facebook, or Instagram, any contact info you would like to share, like phone numbers, or addresses, and your favorite photos, music and more.
The Skanz bracelets also come in a Jr. version that allows your kids to build a fun homepage that includes all the fun things they would like to share, like TV shows, music videos, favorite things, all without revealing any personal info, that could be dangerous. There is never any charge to customize or maintain your Skanzsite and both regular and Jr. Skanzsites have the ability to be password protected.
If you’d like to get in on the newest way to indulge in your social media obsession, or just want another way to answer the question “can I have your number?” then a Skanz bracelet is just what you’re looking for. Get yours at amazon.com for under 12 bucks.
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