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The Belle Game – River Music Video (w/ Band & Director Interviews in 日本語 & English)

After their collaboration on The Belle Game’s first music video proved natural and compelling in narrative, director Kheaven Levandowski and the band decided to once again work together on the music video for "River", from their debut album, Ritual Tradition Habit. Much less upbeat than the previous track, "River"'s finds its setting moving from Western...
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Butoh Dancing (舞踏): Discovering Emptiness, Embodiment & Environment in an Archeology of Body

Butoh dancing (舞踏) is an expression of body that has found relevance outside of its roots in Japan, across cultures and generations. "Butoh, as [with] so many true arts, contains the beautiful spectrum of being. Often these first looks at Butoh are early works of suffering individuals. I have found that once the repressed or...
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Music Art Trends: 3-D-Rendered Music Videos = Oneohtrix Point Never + Takeshi Murata, Jimmy Edgar + Brez

In this first installment of Music Art Trends, a column detailing stylistic commonalities across music media, we highlight electronic musicians Oneohtrix Point Never and Jimmy Edgar‘s respective collaborations with artists Takeshi Murata and Brez. In the music videos for “Problem Areas” and “Hot Inside”, animated three-dimensional objects are the main focus (and in the case...Read...
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TOKiMONSTA – “Clean Slate” / Toki’s Monstas Animated Interactive Music Video (w/ Director & Artist Interviews)

"I think music videos will only become more engaging and interactive. I think the concept of a MV being only limited to video format will also be a thing of the past." - TOKiMONSTA "For over thirty years, music videos had to be 4:3 audio/visual tracks under five minutes that MTV could rotate through their...
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Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) 2013: Best & Worst Films Round-Up Reviews

There is an inherent danger with really diving full-force into a film festival that has a scope as large as the Seattle International Film Festival. Often, the movies are top notch, well-selected and well-curated, and fit perfectly within the framework of that section of the festival. Other times, after sitting through self-indulgent artsy dribble that...Read...
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Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) 2013 Preview: Films We’re Looking At Potentially Being Excited About

Due the unfortunate fact that we are merely human and Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) is just beginning its three-week film rampage, we’ve sifted through the Festival’s gigantic catalog to come up with the best films of the bunch — or so we suspect. SIFF is annually guaranteed to have a mixture of some of...Read...
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Top Pops! Top Tracks of 2012

“Pop music shouldn’t always get a bad rap,” says Top Pops!, a recurring selection of pop music highlights across a selection of styles. This round-up list includes our favorite pop tracks from 2012, listed in a spectrum from the chillest to the grooviest to the danciest.   Chromatics – “Into The Black” (Neil Young Cover)...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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