British duo Zero 7 return after severals years of radio silence and I’m loving this new direction. Henry Binns and Sam Hardaker deliver the chillest 9 minutes with vocals by Danny Pratt (AKA Danny Boy). Enjoy!
Next week I’m headed to Hawaii for Pow Wow Hawaii 2013. I look forward to this event all year and it’s finally that time again! Like last year, I’ll be living on the North Shore with a bunch of international artists in a beautiful house called the Utopium Estate.
Feb 11th-16th artists converge on the streets of Honolulu, painting murals and interacting with the community. There will also be youth art and music workshops, as well as lectures at the University of Hawaii.
Confirmed International Artists:
Dabs Myla (Melbourne)
Faith47 (South Africa)
Hannah Stouffer (SF)
Andrea Wan (Vancouver)
Yoskay Yamamoto (Japan)
Jeff Soto (LA)
Sam Rodriguez (San Jose)
Eric Marcinizyn (Delaware)
Suitman (Hong Kong)
Alisa Ross (Missouri)
Askew (New Zealand)
Shark Toof (LA)
Jim Mahfood (LA)
David Flores (LA)
Flying Fortress (Germany)
Jeff Hamada (Vancouver)
Poesia (San Jose)
Erik Otto (SF)
Peap Tarr (Cambodia)
Lisa Mam (Cambodia)
Orly Locquiao (San Jose)
Mark Bode (SF)
Chaz Bojorquez (LA)
This one’s a collaboration with MTV and Sony Xperia, so I think it’s safe to say this is the biggest one yet. Does that image give you any idea what we’re doing this time?
We’re building homemade instruments! Beautiful, hopefully ingenious, and probably ridiculous musical instruments. You can choose to re-make an existing instrument or invent a completely new one.
I’ve snagged a couple of the new Xperia Ion phones as prizes, and I’ll definitely throw in some Booooooom goodies too. There will be a prize for the most creative instrument and another for the best video performance! So if your instrument can actually make noises I’d love to see you perform a song with it!
It’s up to you though! You can spend all your time building an insane instrument and forget the performance OR you can build a simpler instrument, figure out how to play a song with it, and create the ultimate performance video. The third option would be to build an insane instrument AND learn how to play it so masterfully that your performance video actually shatters the entire Internet and people get pregnant just from hearing the explosion.
Nada and I have also been put in charge of imagination.mtv.ca, a mini site made just for this project! We’ll be posting all your submissions over there, as well as craft instructionals, and creative videos to get you stoked. I’ll also post my favourite submissions here on Booooooom!
How does all this sound?
If you want to get your creative juices flowing, check out:
INSTRUCTIONS! READ ALL OF THIS!!!
1. Create an instrument using whatever materials you can find. Be creative, and actually build something! Don’t just turn a pot upside down and call it a drum. This is the fun part!
2. Take a good photo of your creation. Don’t spend hours making something and then take a bad cell phone photo!
3. (This step is optional) Record a video, performing a song with your instrument. Your performance may include real instruments too, but only as back-ups and only if there are more hand-made instruments than real ones.
4. Submit your work to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Include the following information:
Brief description of instrument(s)
Youtube/Vimeo link (if you made a video)
Song Title (if you made a video)
5. High-five yourself, you’re done.
By submitting your work you are giving us permission to post your work on the Internet and the right to distribute these images to publications that may want to write about this project. We will give full credit to you, the image makers, wherever possible.
The deadline for submissions is: September 26th 2012.
There is a scene in Efterklang’s film “An Island” where the band performs with local people from a small town and although it is obvious that most of them are not musicians they are all playing instruments alongside the band. It is a beautiful scene (I admit I shed a tear the first time I watched it), and I was so inspired by it I began brainstorming ways that I could create a similar experience with bands here in Vancouver. I didn’t take the idea any further than my notepad.
Last week I discovered that some fellow Vancouverites have started doing this very thing! They call it Playground. The premise is simple: One band, one audience, one goal. Create a song together, and then record it in less than an hour.
Watch a video of the most recent Playground event below!