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.

Always looking to expand content, if interested in writing a column similar to this, any one of these topics, or have your own idea, leave a comment below or get in touch with the editor at phocas.net.

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.

Always looking to expand content, if interested in writing a column similar to this, any one of these topics, or have your own idea, leave a comment below or get in touch with the editor at phocas.net.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

j2a0n

Branches ignite after falling across power lines, during a recent ice storm in Kansas City.

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

music

On the evening of the anticipated release date of the forthcoming album Guiding Light, and while on tour in support of the same, iconic trance producer/DJ Paul van Dyk will be taking folks on a sonic journey  at Club Europe in St. Louis at the end of of January.

dance

"... [Metal] embodies the concept of one world spilling into another with explosive energy," with five dancers and eight metal-heads, traditional throat singing, modern dance, and underground metal, against a backdrop of unique and distinct cultures.

life


Peter Vickers, Associate Professor in Philosophy of Science at Durham University, suggests that if we discover evidence of alien life, we probably would not even realize we had.  Bias and bad data have created the perfect mousetrap for scientists on their quest to discover any sort of life beyond earth. 

art

Proclaiming he would no longer make boring art, John Baldessari launched his creativity in a new direction in 1970, cremating two decades of paintings, and placing a death notice for them in a local paper.  Awarded the National Medal of Arts for his creative genius in 2015, the celebrated conceptual artist stepped away from this world at the beginning of January.

culture

Erasing boundaries between home and work, careers in the 21st century are consistently demanding more hours than are realistic. New research supports a call for employers and lawmakers to rethink the traditional model of 9 to 5 in five days, suggesting it really does not fit any longer.

site

The restoration process is flying along now, currently complete through June 2006.  Full restoration of all prior photography anticipated in May 2020.

Always looking to expand content, if interested in writing a column similar to this, any one of these topics, or have your own idea, leave a comment below or get in touch with the editor at phocas.net.