Boggie’s New Perfume

Hungarian Pop star Boggie’s, real name Csemer Boglárka, new music video titled ‘Nouveau Parfum’ shows her being transformed in real time. Even though such real time editing software is far from reality, but the message this video conveys is strong and deep. Nouveau Parfum is the song about resisting the fashion labels and beauty industry that markets their products with heavily edited and digitally transformed photos to lure customers in to believing how the magical product can change your looks in minutes.

The video is directed by Nándor Lőrincz & Bálint Nagy, as the film-makers shot four different videos during the time of make-over and using different lights. Rest of the stitching work is done in After Effects giving it the appearance of being edited real time in a software.

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Have a Very Non-Euclidean Solstice!

Unholy night, of darkness never ended!
It is the night when the Old Ones arise.
Old legends tell, though few have comprehended,
that waking will speed man’s demise.

For countless years they ruled the world around us,
and when they’re back they’ll rule the world again
Fall to your knees!
Oh see the heavens crumble!
Oh endless night, oh night the Old Ones rise.

Long have they lain in slumber darkly dreaming
And whisp’ring secrets to man from the grave.
We hear their call to patient evil scheming
And gladly answer that call as their slave.

The stars will turn in bright array above us,
And when they’re right we’ll call upon our gods!
Fall to your knees!
Oh hear the heavens rumble!
Oh endless night, oh night the Old Ones rise.

Oh holy shit! At last Cthulhu’s rising
Out of that huge non-Euclidean door!
I must admit, it’s really quite surprising
And I’ve never been terrified more!

Now madness strikes, mere words cannot describe him.
This eldritch god, this titan spawn of stars!
Fall to your knees!
A mountain walked or stumbled!
Oh endless night, oh night the Old Ones rise.

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Journey with Arnel Pineda

Sig’s family is very musical and through them I was introduced to a lot of rock bands.  Oddly enough, I first experienced Journey by playing Rock Band.  I am already a fan of their music, but last Monday, I watched part of PBS’s Independent Lens “Don’t Stop Believing” and was floored by the story of Arnel Pineda.  Its a real-life fairy tale of a Filipino singer plucked from YouTube to front the iconic American band Journey.

You can catch the full episode on the PBS Independent Lens website

Journey

The Fellowship of the Ring in Concert

Did you know it’s been 10 years since The Fellowship of the Ring was released? The Lord of the Rings In Concert: The Fellowship of the Ring kicks off a three-year celebration during which each of the films will be performed “In Concert”. The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) will tour in 2011, The Two Towers (2002) in 2012, and the grand finale, The Return of the King (2003), in 2013.

Last night Sig and I went to the first concert at the Key Arena. An immense 60-foot screen using an uncompressed high definition source with two 20k lumen projectors played the director’s edition of The Fellowship. The Munich Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Chorale, and Phoenix Boys Choir performed in front just below the screen. For our performance, we also had Maestro Ludwig Wicki, a preeminent conductor of Howard Shore’s Ring music, and world class soprano Kaitlyn Lusk, a talented soloist in The Lord of the Rings Symphony.

Though I love the Fellowship movie, my eyes and ears were more attuned to the stirring live performance of 200-plus musicians on stage. With only subtle differences in vocal resonance and the balance of instruments, the concert presentation of Shore’s score is nearly identical to the original soundtrack. The concert drew my attention to the skill and talent behind this epic score.  A live concert performance that truely attuned my ear to the composition of both concise musical cues and comprehensive sequences.

My favorite piece follows the tragedy of Moria, in “Lothlórien” or the Lament for Gandalf. Kaitlyn Lusk’s crystal soprano voice cuts through the haunting aura of orchestra and chorus – a nearly tear-jerking performance.  I was very disappointed when they didn’t bring out a folk band to play Bilbo’s Birthday Medley. And the young boy singing “In Dreams” felt somewhat strained with the high notes.  I still have a special place for Enya’s rendition of “May it Be,” but Kaitlyn’s supreme performance made my heart swell.

Overall, it was well worth the pricey uncomfortable seats of the Key Arena.  I can’t wait to see the Two Towers in concert next year. Maybe they’ll pick a better venue.

Fil-Am-Pride: apl.de.ap and Charice

I don’t think about my race very much these days because I’m focused on gaming, technology, and geeking out. When I do have to think about my race it’s mostly in the context of my family usually tainted by some bad memories or the fact that I feel discriminated in some way related to the color of my skin and the shape of my eyes. I don’t want to have to think about my race or my cultural background with any negative perspective, so I’ve been trying to fill my life with good things and happy experiences with being Filipino.

Music plays a big part of that appreciation process. Two Filipino performers that I admire for their talent are apl.de.ap (prouned as “APPLE-DEE-AP” aka Allan Pineda Lindo Jr. from the The Black Eyed Peas) and Charice (aka Charmaine Clarice Relucio Pempengco; A Filipina recording artist and actress who rose to popularity through YouTube).

Apl was born to a Filipino mother and an African-American father. His father, a U.S. airman stationed at Clark Air Base, abandoned the family shortly after his birth; his mother raised him and his six younger siblings as a single mother. At age 14 he was adopted by an American family and, as adult grew to fame with will.i.am under the The Black Eyed Peas. Coming from the Philippines to America, his whole goal was to support his family and to have a better living situation. He later went back to help his family in Pampanga.

Charice was born in Laguna, Philippines. After barely escaping her violent father, Charice was raised by her single mother. To help support her family she began to enter singing contests at age seven, from town fiestas in various provinces to singing competitions on TV. She is said to have competed in almost a hundred such contests. It was not until 2007 that she gained worldwide recognition after an avid supporter under the username FalseVoice, started posting a series of her performance videos on YouTube. These videos received over 15 million hits. And, yes she was in the TV show Glee.

By way of Bat Mitzvah: Balkan Beat Box

During a Bat Mitzvah party, they were playing modern Jewish and Israeli pop music. I couldn’t resist searching for different kinds of bands, and found Balkan Beat Box. Balkan Beat Box is an Israeli musical group based in New York. They combine live instruments with near anxious electronica, hip-hop and ragga. I wouldn’t call them “gypsy punk” – they’ve got a sonic model much more global than that. Middle Eastern and Mediterranean tones prevail more frequently with Slavic horns and klezmers, but you can hear the solid foundations of rock and reggae.

Their most recent album was released in 2010 under the title “Blue Eyed Black Boy.” It’s got more hip-hop sounds than their previous albums, but it’s still got old world roots with Berber woodwinds, Gypsy brass, Arab voices, Greek guitars, and Bulgarian chicks.

Balkan Beat Box – Dancing With The Moon

Balkan Beat Box – War Again

Lazy Summer Sunsets: The Girl from Ipanema

Bossa nova is a style of Brazilian music and acquired a large following in the 1960s. Since its birth, the bossa nova movement contributed with its style and a number of songs to the standard jazz repertoire. Stan Getz, an American jazz saxophone player, performed bebop, cool jazz and third stream, but is best known for popularizing the bossa nova, as in the worldwide hit single “The Girl from Ipanema” (1964).

Somewhere a long the way a part of me got a older and wiser. Living slow felt pleasing rather than dull. Suddenly, within this aged transformation, slow jazz sounded 10 times better than it did a decade ago.It really doesn’t get clichéd as Stan Getz’s Girl from Ipanema: Bossa Nova Years (1989). Its is my sound track for warm sunny afternoons till well after the sun sets. Add a nice plate of grilled pork, a side of avocado salad, and a splash of mojito on a backyard porch dinning setting, and you’ve got a slow relaxing evening that could only be topped by a beach and digging your toes in warm sand.

Stan Getz – Só Danço Samba

Stan Getz – The Girl from Ipanema

Always On: Tron Legacy R3CONFIGUR3D

Ever since the movie came out, Tron Legacy R3CONFIGUR3D always makes it on to my shuffle list. This remix of Daft Punk’s latest album has got Moby, the Crystal Method, and Paul Oakenfold playing up mixes with n3wbies Com Truise and Pretty Lights. Its a collection that offers eclectic tangents on the retro-futuristic music of Daft Punk. R3CONFIGUR3D is indeed a musical technocratic gestalt of excellence.

Daft Punk’s Derezzed – Remixed by The Glitch Mob

Daft Punk’s Derezzed – Remixed by The Glitch Mob

The Glitch Mob is a three-piece electronic group from Los Angeles. Thought they started up in 2006, they made a name for themselves playing live gigs performing with laptops and a Lemur (a MIDI haptic audio controller brand, not the Madagascar mammal).

Creative Chants: Hildegard von Bingen

When I need to be centered and creative I listen to the chants composed by Hildegard von Bingen. Also known as Saint Hildegard, and Sibyl of the Rhine, she was a writer, composer, philosopher, Christian mystic, German Benedictine abbess, visionary, and polymath (a short word for “person whose expertise spans a significant number of different subject areas”). The amazing part is that she lived in 11th Century and a scholarly woman who wrote theological, botanical and medicinal texts, as well as letters, liturgical songs, and poems.

Hildegard von Bingen composed over 70 surviving medieval chants intended to be sung by nun choirs in Catholic Churches. Her music has lasted over 900 years! Though I’m not a religious person I appreciate the quality of talent put into the album, Hildegard von Bingen: Canticles of Ecstasy. When I want to be at peace, and focus on my creative work, this is the music I turn to. Its so simple, direct, beautifully pure, finely tuned, and warmly colored by the voices of talented women.

Pamela Dellal – Spiritus Sanctus vivificans vite

Lyrics of Spiritus Sanctus vivificans vita

Spiritus Sanctus vivificans vita,
movens omnia,
et radix est in omni creatura,
ac omnia de immunditia abluit,
tergens crimina,
ac ungit vulnera,
et sic est fulgens ac laudabilis vita,
suscitans et resuscitans omnia.

Translation of Spiritus Sanctus vivificans vita

Holy Spirit, bestowing life unto life,
moving in All.
You are the root of all creatures,
washing away all impurity,
scouring guilt,
and anointing wounds.
Thus you are luminous and praiseworthy, Life,
awakening, and re-awakening all that is.

Secret Pleasures: Cosmic Night Run

Cosmic Night Run (featuring Maki Nomiya and Crazy Ken Band) is track number 14 from M-Flo’s 2004 studio album, Astromantic. M-Flo is a Japanese hip-hop group which I learned about by playing the video game Dance Dance Revolution.

I have this thing for J-Hip-Hop, which I don’t really talk about with folks because I don’t know anyone else who listens to J-Hip-Hop. Regardless, I like Cosmic Night Run because its got this old world sound that mixes well the modern feeling of rap. Its a delightfully eclectic mombo-ish song that goes beyond today’s monotonous hip-hop loops. Really the whole album, Astromantic, is just a refreshing change from the repetitive (nearly unoriginal) American hip-hop.

M-Flo – Cosmic Night Run (featuring Maki Nomiya and Crazy Ken Band)

Cosmic Night Run Lyrics Translated in English

I get the feeling, oh yeah…something good’s gonna happen today…
Yeah! This ain’t the average date, so get ready!
Looks like we’re mixing business with pleasure
In front of Swiss Bank…say what?…we’re making a few plans
We get busy y’all…once we kiss it’ll all get going
Plan A, B,…C, D, I’ve got a good feeling about this

Shove a ton of stuff in your Boston bag!
Samba, samba! From the car window we can see a diamond shower
We’ve got the glittering constellations all to ourselves
Yay, yay! We did it, baby! For real!

Let’s go…far away! Luxurious jetty tonight!
Right away! Our destination? We won’t think about it…
And then!
Gangsta gangsta ecstasy (prrring!)
Gonna escape this lonely love
A handsome night run!

Great! A shuttle limousine, jacuzzi girls
Chillin’ yet nervous, we open the door to party!
Great! There’s a red carpet up to the entrance
Pop the bottle, celebration
Great! Fashion police check 1!
It’s the middle of winter but there’s some young, lively girls dancing in swimsuits
Great! Whoo! You so crazy!
This is my first time…hey Ken!
Yo, yo, yo, this is the best sound machine in Asia
Crazy Ken’s band represented by the lead singer!
I think I like how that sounds!
The name of this Spancoll sparkling city we’re goin’ through is…

Ginza, Ginza, shopping in a space Ginza
Gold and silver fly about, silver makes an emergency landing at a department store
We’ve got the makeup and the designer clothes and the jewellery all to ourselves
Yay, yay! A feast several days long! For real!

Let’s go…like this! Jetty tonight until dawn!
We ain’t stopping…forever….where to next? We don’t know
Science gangsta fantasy
Gonna escape this lonely love
A cosmic rendezvous

We at large~ no signs of being caught, baby
Baby…Tokyo, New York, Paris, right! Baby!
Ready for some action! A sound that’ll disturb the neighbourhood
Live and direct! Lady miss warp to shop the stores out
An haute couture flow just for you
For real, kiss me, je t’aime*
Up late polishin’ the leather til it shines
Your eyes flash, flash! Tomorrow’s hidden…I like that!
Like this, like that, like this, c’mon

Great! 3, 2, 1, great!
Counting down to the year 2014
Great! Three, two, one, great!
Not long now…everybody say
Great! Feelin’ great!
Something to be jealous of, huh! Life is great! For real!
Great! (Great!)
Great! (Great!)
Great! (Great!)
Greeeeeat!!!

Let’s go…like this! Jetty tonight until dawn!
We ain’t stopping…forever….where to next? We don’t know
Science gangsta fantasy
Gonna escape this lonely love
A cosmic rendezvous

Let’s go…far away! Luxurious jetty tonight!
Right away! Our destination? We won’t think about it…
And then!
Gangsta gangsta ecstasy (prrring!)
Gonna escape this lonely love
A handsome night run!