Tag Archive - The Moebius Project

Time Loops

“What if some day or night, a demon were to steal after you into your loneliest loneliness and say to you: ‘This life as you now live it and have lived it, you will have to live once more and innumerable times more’… Continue Reading…

Paths of Flight

A beautiful project by the folks over at Barbarian Group for GE. Composite video of planes taking off at various West Coast airports over the course of the day that reveals patterns otherwise lost to the stretch of time. Continue Reading…

dreams, in the moment of their passing

From Jong Kim’s Flickr stream. I love everything about this: the image, the poem, but even more so, the wonderful detail of the process: Continue Reading…

The Art of the Shot-for-Shot Remake

So I have a minor pre-occupation at the moment with the concept of remaking a movie shot for shot. This process is not as common as one might think. Remakes of movies occur all the time in Hollywood, far too often by some people’s standards and usually with the sole intention of cashing in on a franchise that has proven itself successful in the past or with a foreign audience. But typically, the aim of the film is to re-imagine the original, infusing it with a modern day perspective or a sly ironic twist. “Staying true to the original” is a term that you will hear in certain instances but this intent is usually reserved for the spirit of the piece and not the actual content of the frames. Continue Reading…

“Somehow Behaves So Strangely…”

Almost two years ago now, my friend Becca (@beccatronic) turned me on to this Radiolab podcast about the relationship between music and language (coincidentally titled “Musical Language”) and it has remained one of the most compelling things I have ever had the pleasure of crossing paths with. Continue Reading…

Recommended Reading: Tom McCarthy’s Remainder

A review of Tom McCarthy's Remainder
The moment that I finished Tom McCarthy’s Remainder, I began reading it again, slower this time; often pausing and re-reading a particular passage 10 or 20 times over again. I would spend hours going over a single sentence to the point where the words entirely lost their meaning and the very act of reading became the mechanical exercise of my eyes discerning the white space between the black of the type. At one point in the process of turning page 97 over to page 98, I became so enthralled by the way that the texture of the paper fell away from my fingertips and settled so serenely under my opposite thumb that I spent the rest of the afternoon reliving this moment, practicing that exact transition from 97 to 98 until I could do it effortlessly and exactly every time. Other days I would lie in the bath and simply think about reading the book as it sat on my bedside table and that would be enough.

Any and all of the above methods for fully appreciating Remainder should be taken under strict advisement by the reader however, if you begin to experience black outs or mild seizures, then I must advise that you consult a physician immediately.

Read The Believer interview with McCarthy here.

The Amen Break

The Amen Break
In 1969, soul music group The Winstons released the single “Color Him Father” which would go on to reach number 2 on the R&B; charts and number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and win them a Grammy Award in 1970 for Best R&B; song.

However what is most remarkable about this record comes from the song on the B-side, “Amen, Brother”, specifically a six second drum break in the middle of the tune that has since become one of the most heavily sampled drum breaks in the course of electronic music and played a foundational role in the evolution of hip hop, jungle and breakbeat genres.

Nate Harrison provides a brilliant look into what has come to be known as “The Amen Break”.