All posts by Vivian Hua

Vivian Hua (華婷婷) wears a lot of random hats, but has somewhat mastered globetrotting like a hobo and evading traditional 9-to-5 work schedules. She enjoys observing human idiosyncrasies perhaps more than anything and is a magnet for homeless people (a joy) and bug bites of all types (absolutely terrible). Through her work, she hopes to embrace the temporary while documenting the nostalgic, using divination and dream symbolism as guides through the cosmic maze. Additional writing, art, video, and other crap, like her astrological chart, can be seen at www.inallthings-patterns.net. She is the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE magazine, and quite appreciates unsolicited personal e-mails just to shoot the shit and narrow the gaps between human beings.
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Worldwide Collaborations Between Kyle Noble and Jamie Irvine

Scottish illustrators Kyle Noble and Jamie Irvine travel the world individually but remain tethered together through the constant exchange of twisted, fantastical comics. Emerging from their psychedelic landscapes — some of which hardly resemble landscapes at all — come floating heads with third eyes, praying mantises with Madonna streaming out of the top of their...Read...
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Remix City: Tame Impala + Canyons / Todd Rundgren Remix “Elephant”, Asaf Avidan + Wankelmut Turn Folk Into Dance

Remix City sifts through mountains of remix trash so you don’t have to, in an attempt to find those that contribute something original to their originals. Australian psych-rockers Tame Impala get some love from labelmate Canyons, and German producer Wankelmut creates the weirdest dance track out of a folk song by Asaf Avidan & The...Read...
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Madness! Source Of Yellow, Fontanelle Space Out Experimentation

MADNESS! is a recurring series of audio WTFs and head-twitching, spine-tingling experimental or chaotic fun (k-k+st-s-t+l)icks. Fontanelle Ever-trustworthy metal tastemakers Southern Lord Records are releasing the latest from Portland rock experimentalists Fontanelle! Their last three releases were escapades in ambient jazz-rock weirdness released on Kranky Records in the early aughts. Vitamin F, to be released...Read...
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TBA Festival 2012: Cheltfisch – Hot Pepper, Air Conditioner, And The Farewell Speech Performance Review

In a three-part performance full of bizarre gestures and circular wording, a Japanese theatre troupe examines office politics in an off-the-cuff way. Performed completely in Japanese, everything in Cheltfisch is translated via a series of projected subtitles, allowing the subtle social dynamics of Japan to really shine through. Part One: Hot Pepper Three office temps...Read...
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Bleep: Majeure, Chrome Canyon Get Sci-Fi With Analog Synths

Bleep is a column focusing on varying degrees of electronic music news, videos and MP3s. In this post, ’80s sci-fi influences electronics are given their due as Majeure and Chrome Canyon churn out analog synth-layered landscapes like nobody’s business. ++ SEE ALL: BLEEP POSTS or MUSIC COLUMNS   Chrome Canyon We begin with the well-reputed...Read...
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The Last Names – Wilderness Album Cover Review (w/ Band Interview)

Adorable husband and wife duo The Last Names, consisting of Justin Rice of Bishop Allen and his wife Darbie, have now released Wilderness, a 12-track indie pop record that floats through dual-vocaled harmonies with the peacefulness of a ’60s haze. To bring their intimately self-recorded and self-mixed project to life, the couple decided to go...Read...
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Almanya – Welcome To Germany (Almanya – Willkommen in Deutschland) (2011) Film Review

During the 1960s, a flood of immigration brought thousands of Turks from their homeland to Germany, with promises of well-paying career opportunities. Without cultural context, one might find such a German and Turkish association to be bizarre — but when given historical context, which the heartwarming and humorous Almanya — Willkommen in Deutschland provides, one...Read...
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Portland Events: Six+Robert Henke, Nils Frahm, IASOS

Early Fall is apparently the time in Portland for experimental and ambient listening events galore. These exciting weeks begin on Sunday, September 23rd with a FREE six-channel installation at PNCA featuring Robert Henke (Monolake), Marcus Fischer, and many more local musicians. It continues on September 26th and September 28th with two sessions from New Age...Read...