Saturday, March 3, 2012

A Butcher - Wasteland Research in Tilburg



Gijsbertus Ooms was a butcher, he lived at the St. Josephgesticht from 1914 till 1918. The Jospehgesticht is an asylum that was located at the wasteland which I currently investigate. Elderly people were taken care of by nuns from the neighboring monastery. The elderly were divided into three different class groups. Images from that time reveal the striking differences in comfort of living. See this page for more information on the wasteland in Tilburg.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Listening to the city, Driving the nightscapes: Themes For An Imaginary Film

Please sit down and listen to this compilation of (city)sounds. I'm not trying to give a further description, there is already quite a brilliant one which can be found on the sound-cloud website(thanks Tijana):

"...Themes For An Imaginary Film is two hours of claustrophobic cinematic bliss compiled for Painters, Writers, Photographers, Designers, Cruisers, Night Walkers, & Dreamers. Adrenaline drips thick like syrup across a horizon where memories become blurred scenes behind the windshield & yesterday's faces fade as the road strobes to aggressive rhythms. Romantic melodies linger in the rearview mirror as chimera bells saturate the electric fog that's slowly rolling in.

Over the span of thirty seven tracks, Symmetry embraces the elegance of European noir cut with a lean & violent American razor. Directly in your face & breathing down your neck one minute, & escaping beyond the night sky the next. The attention given to color & detail on these recordings is more graphic than musical. More visual than aural. With no flashy virtuosity to clutter the mood, the album's pulse thrives on the empty pockets of space left in the wake of throbbing bass & the faint flicker of electro candlelight. Minimal, strict, & always in motion, there's an oppressive overtone throughout the record that winds itself tight as a clock. Johnny Jewel & Nat Walker (Chromatics & Desire) give us propulsive moments that are more rhythm based than Pop, & less reliant on a lyrical presence than their other projects."