Wednesday, July 01, 2020

j2u0l


... a monthly column presenting five random topics of interest associated with the underlying themes of the site ... music . dance . life . art . culture ... 

music

El Búho and Chancha Vía Circuito continue their exploration of the fusion of electronic music and traditional Argentina sounds of cumbia villera in their recent four-song EP "Pleamar."  The downtempo experience mixes wooden claves, stell pans, panpipes,Andean harps, sounds of jungle foliage and native birdsong to warm the soul.

dance

Talia Favia seizes the opportunity to increase production and deepen her choreographic creativity not by finding the right person, but trusting instincts and creating space within her soul.  The process enables her to continue to be a part of a variety of dance productions  around the world.

life

A new study titled "Association of Neighborhood Disadvantage in Childhood With DNA Methylation in Young Adulthood" appears to confirm that children raised in communities with more serious economic deprivation, physical dilapidation, social disconnection and dangerous situations, display defined differences from peers in the way genes are regulated 

art

Thought toward and from Johannesburg-based South African-Malawian textile artist Billie Zangewa on strength, femininity, and the healing nature of domesticity.  Constantly challenging her own expressions through art, re-examining her past, present, and future to create unique works that beg contemplation.

culture

Michelle Buzon, Purdue Professor of Anthropology at Purdue University and Bio-Archaeologist excavates the tomb of Tombos in the Nubian region of modern-day Sudan in an effort to better understand interactions between Egyptians and Nubians.

site

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Monday, June 01, 2020

j2u0n

... a monthly column presenting five random topics of interest associated with the underlying themes of the site ... music . dance . life . art . culture ... 

music

A through thoughts on the influence of electronic music and the relative impact in shaping game development and player experience.  Skrillex Quest stands out as an overt example in the article, with other discussions towards Grand Theft Auto V and a few others.

dance

Dancing alone comes naturally for many people, but more suffer from a self-conscious state that prevent their fully letting go.  A few thoughts from "How to Dance Alone" might just help one get back to that self-contained and carefree mindset of physical expression.

life

A new study examines the magnitude of human impact on the natural world, and explains how "close to 50 billion years of cumulative evolutionary history worldwide is at risk."  As with most anything environmental, the solutions are rather simple, through global collaborative efforts.

art

Ulysses De Santi and Graham Steele blend their opposing styles against the backdrop of a 1939 West Hollywood hillside home with clean lines and hints of Cape Cod.  Filled with "pieces from one of the most fertile periods of Brazilian art and design," the collection takes center stage.
culture

In a discussion related to a photography project by the International Labour Organization, a master practitioner of the Hawaiian hula dance told UN News that he is “nothing without my culture.”  Hula is much more than dance.  It is the past, present, and future of the people of the islands.

site

The restoration process is complete. All event photos and articles are fully restored.  The backstory is discontinued in favor of writing on specific events within already existing associated blog posts.  

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Friday, May 15, 2020

levee town hideout


After a long road trip, I stopped in on The Hideout for some refreshment, and had the opportunity to enjoy local band Levee Town.  It has been quite a few years since I first heard these guys play, and I am sorry to have lost so much time.


Time was short, and travels of the day had left me weary, so this brief clip is all there is.  It is a shame, since it was a free show, which normally does not happen.

They do have a couple of dates set in the near future.  Check their web site for more info.

Friday, May 01, 2020

gathering at pillsbury


A search for a unique Kansas landmark found a small gathering at the site.  



All were practicing the best social distancing they could achieve in said situation.  




Small groups of less than 10 were loitering about, none of which intermingling really.



 It all seemed reasonable enough, on a warm and overcast day, after weeks of confinement.




m2a0y

... a monthly column presenting five random topics of interest associated with the underlying themes of the site ... music . dance . life . art . culture ... 

music

The Library of Congress recently launched Citizen DJ, a project by Brian Foo developed during his time as an Innovator-in-Residence at the Library of Congress. Inviting the public to create music using the Library’s public audio and moving image collections, the Library hopes listeners can discover items in the Library's vast collections that they likely would never have known existed.  It is an immersive experience quickly increasing in popularity around the world recently, but has been used in a lot of gaming systems over the last couple of years.

dance

Limitations on life open new possibilities for the exploration of accessible classes, projects, and performances across the globe. Ten professional dancers share their insight on what is working, what is not, and the potential for new audiences, while Dancing Alone Together.

life

One of the persistent questions in cosmology is the speed of expansion of the universe, and the rate at which it is increasing.  A paper last published in Physical Review D, two collaborators reasoned expansion would speed up as more dark matter decayed over time.  Currently, with no way to prove the theory, it remains a wait and see situation.

art

Offering a different sort concept tattoo, Sasha Unisex of St Petersburg designs brightly colored prismatic watercolor skin art.  Detailing her process through social media channels, Sasha offers the option of trying out her designs through print or temporary tattoos, before committing permanent ink.

culture

A glance back at the apprehension and mistrust associated with the pandemic of 100 years ago. "The influenza pandemic did long-lasting damage to relationships in some American communities." and history seems to be repeating itself in approach and attitudes.

site

The restoration process is complete. All event photos and articles are fully restored.  The backstory is discontinued in favor of writing on specific events within already existing associated blog posts.  

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Wednesday, April 01, 2020

a2p0r

... a monthly column presenting five random topics of interest associated with the underlying themes of the site ... music . dance . life . art . culture ... 

music

The Groove Cartel examines the recent trend towards 8D audio aka Spatial Sound, which enables a listener to  appreciate a variety of sounds coming from different directions.  It is an immersive experience quickly increasing in popularity around the world recently, but has been used in a lot of gaming systems over the last couple of years.

dance

Cultural dances of indigenous people across North America are usually more of a community experience best served "live."  All that is quickly changing as the pow- wow reaches out across the digital divide to offer  the world community emotional support.

life

As of April 1, 2020, nearly 4,000 people infected with Covid-19 aka coronavirus have died in the United States, according to a New York Times story and database. The number of cases continues to explode exponentially in the nation, and now surpasses numbers in country of origin for the pandemic that started in December.

art

The first original release from music legend Bob Dylan meditates on "art touching and shaping American lives" through a lens focused on the death of President John F Kennedy.  Starting with the moment that changed America forever, the song winds through the pop culture associations, touching on just about every song, movie and artist that preceded the death of the popular President.

culture

A new study from the University of Texas at San Antonio takes a look at the association of individual values towards what is considered "socially appropriate sickness" within socioeconomic cultures and norms, suggesting that a person may take greater or lesser action in coping with their illness, aiding in the suppression or spreading of diseases. 

site

The restoration process is currently complete through December 2007.  Full restoration of all photography anticipated in mid-April 2020.  The compiled version of photo albums discontinued with December 2006.  Individual postings for events from January 2007 to current have resumed.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

shifting and scaling


Shifting away from the Zine in 2007, the site went back to simply photographing events, and writing the random story.   It had been a lot of fun, but unsustainable without greater support and funding.  An increasing desire to move on to other things by many involved, specifically by the primary photographers, led to a decrease in photos by the site for this particular year.

Only a few events were photographed in January 2007, capturing moments in Lawrence, St Louis and a regular weekly in Kansas City.

A small resurgence in February brought a look at fashion show featuring KC's own America's Top Model behind the decks, along with several other events from Dallas, St Louis, and a celebration of the 10th anniversary of Cicada Rhythm out in Lawrence.


March was a cascade of photos. St Patrick's Day in Kansas was the usual suspect, among other events that suddenly appeared in the month.   DJ Solaris and TwoHeavy dropped in on Winter Music Conference in late March and seemingly crashed every party they could find.  Joe was there too, suffering through the rainy day at Ultra, while a group of us in KC headed out to St Louis for a rare appearance from Satoshi Tomiie.

The Fabulous Bowling for Soup landed a sold out show at the Grand Emporium in April.  Boogie Knights returned to host an event in St Louis in May, and in June the El Torreon Ballroom in Kansas City once again pulsed to the beat for a lot of new faces.


Summer in Chicago promises so much, and over the 4th of July, even more.  A Mamby Marathon at Moonshine, with some of our favorite DJs filled the day nicely, before heading down to Navy Pier for the fireworks extravaganza.  Meanwhile in Kansas City, a new club up the street from Kabal was trying hard to stand in place of that original go-to.  Underground Sound filled a few days out at the cave in Illinois, and an appearance by Tiësto in St Louis rounded out July very nicely.

Only a handful of events appeared for August, with one completely random rave out Kansas.  September was much the same.  Velvet hosted a reunion party for their old patrons, and we brought Mazi back to Kansas City for another round.




About this time, everything sort of dropped off. Life got busy for most of the contributors, and only a couple of random Halloween events are featured. November is completely void of any photography, and there is only only one event for December.

We never quite stopped though, just scaled back significantly.  All photos from events photographed in 2007 are now restored, photos from events in 2008 will be restored soon, and many more are already available from the years following.

Sunday, March 01, 2020

m2a0r

... a monthly column presenting five random topics of interest associated with the underlying themes of the site ... music . dance . life . art . culture ... 

music

The Wall of Sound is the latest project from the Warsaw-based collective panGenerator, enabling audiences to interact with their own voice recording through infinite variations.  The interaction of light, sound, samplers and sequencers evolves over time too, bringing new voices and new sequences into the mix.

dance

Zebrafish brain development never looked quite so interesting, until Antonia Groneberg's depiction won the prize this year in an annual contest hosted by Science and American Association for the Advancement of Science.  The winners were only just announced for all categories, along with video of the interpretations.

life

Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler examine the dawn of a new age for human life, suggesting that we are quickly reaching the point that even things like cellular exhaustion are becoming irrelevant, and easily addressed through bio-technical engineering.

art

A portrait honoring DNA pioneer Rosalind Franklin is the latest addition to the hallowed halls of the University of Washington Bill and Melinda Gates Center for Computer Science and Engineering.  Created by multimedia artist Kate Thompson, it is not just any portrait though, but one that preserves the memory and genetic data of the late scientist.

culture


site

The restoration process is currently complete through November 2006.  Full restoration of all prior photography anticipated in May 2020.  The compiled version of photo albums will discontinue with December 2006.  Individual postings for events from January 2007 to current will resume after that.

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Saturday, February 01, 2020

f2e0b

... a monthly column presenting five random topics of interest associated with the underlying themes of the site ... music . dance . life . art . culture ... 

music

Lulu Garcia-Navaro gets a primer straight from Detroit on what to listen for in Deep House, along with a little history of electronic music.  The story includes several samples from some of the greats and look at the influence the music holds on the world of today.

dance

A One-Reeler Film set to glitchy electronica by Radiohead's Thom Yorke, choreographed by Damien Jalet, featuring actress Dajana Roncione and the  Swedish Göteborgs Operans dance company.  It is fantastic story of anxiety and romance across 15 minutes available now on NetFlix.

life

An examination of recent findings from the University of Technology in Gothenburg, published in Science Advances, suggesting that cellular membranes on Titan would be inverted, immobile,and rely on slow diffusion of smaller molecules.  While It does beg the question, how then would cell integrity be maintained? 

art

Artist and writer Agustín Vidal Saavedra has been busy recently creating animated versions of paintings from the some masters.  Set to a backdrop of electronic music, and an intro that includes snapshots of his process, paintings from Caravaggio, Gaulli, Nouguereau, Bryullov are coming to life, one by one.

culture

An interesting discussion of a paper recently published in the journal Science analyzing universal characteristics of music and culture, the variations and common threads running the world’s songs and song-related behaviors, indicating a global presence of music in human minds.

site

The restoration process is in high gear, currently complete through August 2006.  Full restoration of all prior photography anticipated in May 2020.

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