Happy listening... :)
10 Jun 2010, 09:06 by GezzaiaTurkish industrial rock band Makine's eponymous album (Makine) is finally available on last.fm. Besides being fully streamable, six tracks can be listened on demand as featured tracks on the artist page. The label Mancinik is willing to cycle through the album to feature other tracks according to demand.
Happy listening... :)
17 Dec 2009, 10:53 by Gezzaia
9 Dec 2009, 09:50 by Gezzaia
15 Jul 2009, 13:06 by JohmeBut of course we are! :-)
Playing at Loreley last weekend was a blast, and as often before,
we get a creativity attack after playing live.
Meeting up with Thomas in an hour's time to work on new ideas that he and Jon has been playing with. This is by far the most exciting part of making new music for us,
and I can't wait to get down in the studio!
Maybe we'll have something ready to use as bonus tracks on the upcoming live DVD we recorded at Loreley? You never know. ;p
If you like what we do, and want to read a little about our process of making a Gazpacho album, I can recommend you read my previous blogs. They should hopefully be an informative and maybe even mildly amusing read on how Nightand Tick Tock
came to be.
As always don't hesitate to shout or e-mail any comments or questions.
12 Oct 2008, 12:42 by JohmeHello world! :-)
Just a quick note to tell you that we're currently booking a tour to celebrate the release of our next album!
Codenamed Tick-Tock, the album should be ready for release in March '09, so we are working on this cunning plan to tour several fine countries in March/early April next year to introduce our baby to you from the stage. :-)
Oh, and of course we'll be playing songs from Night and other soupy creations too!
In the hope that you are excited about this, you may ritually splash some cold & spicy tomato soup on all the dates between March 26th and April 5th on your 2009 calendar. (alternatively just circle the dates),
and be sure to pop by our websites in the weeks to come, as we'll communicate cities, days, times and venues the minute they are confirmed!
The plan is to visit England, France, Italy, Germany and of course lovely Holland, and doing several gigs in most of these great nations.
(Some may argue that Holland is a small nation, but they've always been great to us!)
Break out the calendar and make you sure you don't book an early Easter holiday next year!
Watch this space..
Official homepage: www.gazpachoworld.com
Last.FM (stream all our albums) www.last.fm/music/Gazpacho
Our beloved street-team: http://www.myspace.com/gazpachostreetteam
11 Jul 2008, 13:47 by JohmeHi guys,
Just a quick note to tell you that yet another gig is announced today!
Gazpacho is also playing in Köln/Cologne next week!
So the weekend looks like this;
Friday 18th Boerderij, Zoetermeer, Holland
Saturday 19th Bogen 2, Köln, Germany
Sunday 20th The Loreley Festival, Loreley (Rheinland Pfalz)
We're rehearsing our a**es off to be able to play new material from our 2009 album, so this is a good chance to get a pre-listening of what's to come. :-)
Hope to see many of you next weekend!
9 May 2008, 14:19 by JohmeYes, the Gazpacho camp is still very much alive and still very much writing. :)
Only, in the meantime, one of the guys have had a baby, three of us have moved house,
and these things tend to have an impact on the amount of work that can be done in the studio.
However, things are starting to “click” (read my last journal) in the studio, so here’s a new report on all things Gazpacho-writing-and-recording-their-5th-album. ^_^
Have you ever had that happen to you, that when you were whipping cream for a dessert, it turned into butter?
Well, if you haven’t I can tell you that it WILL, if you’re at it for too long. ^^
Butter is nice too, by all means, but maybe not on strawberries…
It’s all about stopping at the right time.
Those of you who struggled through the looong blogiemethingie I wrote before xmas about my small pieces in the Gazpacho puzzle of an album called
>insert any enigmatic worktitle you may fancy<, will know by now that we write/compose and record in layers;
bit by bit and mood upon mood.
And to take you back to my creamy intro; sometimes we have these art-by-accident-moments where the result is VERY different from what we had imagined when we started out. Well, not only different, but blowing us away completely! (We’re the modest types, as you understand) ;-)
The other night, Thomas and I had a little session in the studio, where he played a new groove for me that Robert had come up with only the other day.
So he asked me if I wanted to have a go at it. (and see if I had an idea for a melody.) And, in what must’ve been a stroke of sheer luck, I came up with a line we could actually use... ;o) No, jokes aside, it gave Thomas the idea to change the whole thing again and convene the rest of the band to make a new theme under what then turned into a different song entirely.
The track we’re now looking at (not to say listening to) is a mixture of MANY different ideas fused together into this itsy bitsy amalgamation of a track with the work title “tic toc”, which currently clocks(!) in at a little over 30 minutes! In one song.
And yes, I feel time is indeed ticking away like the meter in a Swiss taxi, and though not nearly as expensive,
we still feel the pressure is on to deliver a follow-up to Night that will not only withstand the scrutiny of our fans, but also the test of time itself.
We owe it to ourselves after all the hundreds of hours we put into making it, and we owe it to people (not to waste their time).
Personally, I’ve felt that a lot of songs I have loved to bits just seem to grow old after a while, while others never die (or even age a at all).
And if the justification for writing a 30 minute work of music is that it’s meant to be “an epic” in our musical life, it better be good enough to stand the aforementioned tests.
The question I ask myself then is: what IS that magic ingredient that makes a song or album “Timeless”, “Unbreakable” and forever “Enjoyable”.
When you don’t have Roger Waters, John Lennon or Jimmy Page to contribute to what you do. ;o)
If it was easy, every person on earth would release an album and call it the next big thing.
(Hang on, that’s all happening already online as we speak, and I’m not sure that’s a good thing, actually, so let me rephrase that!) ;p
It needs to move people in one way or another, of course it does. Make you think, smile, nod your head with the sounds, make you want to sing it, make you miss someone or some time, make you want to BE IN the tune; somehow relating to something in the listener, catering to their tastes, or taking them away to a place where it simply feels good to BE.
Now, how do we do that? We don’t think it can be done just by sitting down with an idea to write a 3 minute song fit for airplay.
The chances of that happening in our case would be as miniscule as winning the big lottery. No, we’ll diligently keep whipping until a patchwork of ideas take form into something we think will top Night.
And when it has, we spend a long time refining the melodies, passages, lyrics and overall “mood” until we feel the experience as a whole can outshine the actual tune, in a way... That even we ourselves can discover new things in the music after having listened to it dozens of times. Only then are we happy with it.
I have no idea whether or not I answered my “what’s the magic ingredient”-question above, but at least I’ve tried to explain our philosophy on it.
If YOU have the answer, you can send it to me on e-mail please: Jan@WillBeFilthyRichSoon.com! ;-)
Some of you have asked about my (accidentally) scrobbling Gazpacho tunes with weird titles lately.
It’s the new sketches indeed. And I forgot to turn off the scrobble-thingy. But one needs to listen to it to hear what needs to be done, hasn't one? ;o)
They sound like an elephant in a china store right now, but will be mixed soon for your snippet enjoyment (again; see previous blog) over the months to come.
I can only recommend you head over to our homepage at www.gazpachoworld.com and sign up to “the Soupkitchen”; our mailinglist, so you can get access/password to the website section where we will put listening samples from the new album as we’re starting to get some decent mixes done.
As always, comments and questions to this blog are welcome, and I hope to see a lot of you at the gigs in Holland, Germany and Belgium this summer!
1 Nov 2007, 19:24 by JohmeNuendo..
Even the name has a beautiful sound.. ^^
And I’m nocturnal to the bone.
Don't worry, it'll make sense later. Well, kind of..
(Mind you,this isn't an official Gazpacho blog as such, but my personal thoughts about things happening and how I'm writing my piece of the Gazpacho puzzle these days.
Hitting www.gazpachoworld.com and signing up to the Soupkitchen mailing-list will always be the best place to get official and mostly no-nonsense info about us.)
This journal however... ;)
A neighbor's busted water pipe decided to distribute nigh on two thousand liters of water into his flat while the poor sod was on holiday.
My problem is, this guy’s apartment is located right next to mine, meaning that when the water needed a place to go, it decided to pop by and see if I was in.
I wasn’t even at home at the time, as I was really busy (not catching a single salmon) on my fishing holiday.
This fact did in no way prevent hundreds of liters of water coming to visit me, pouring in for several hours before the leak was finally stopped by the janitor, but not before it had turned my wooden floor into what looked like a plowed field apt for potato seeding. ^^
Now, what does this have to do with that weird N-word, or me feeling nocturnal?
Well, the guys helped me set up my own little “mobile studio” at my temporary home (while the apartment dries up and is being refurbished by the insurance leeches (who I've started to like, strangely enough)), and this will eventually lead to my point..
See, this temporary abode of mine is a small cabin in the forest, built during WWII, with a panoramic view of the Oslo skyline & harbor from just across the Oslo fjord.
And last night this great view was framed on each side by pine needles just starting to be frosted, glowing in the little light they managed to pick up from the outdoor lamp. And the city was lit up in different colored neon-signs, lights randomly on/off in the windows of Oslo's 3(!)+30 stories buildings (Chequered Light Buildings indeed), and the floodlighted old castle/fortress looked like a mirage because of the movements in the air over that distance..
THAT view made me wish I could stay in that night and never come back. ;)
Every day after work, I come "home" to this nighttime view and I feel more alive than I have all day.
What a perfect setting to write and record bits and pieces of vocals that eventually may (or may not ^_^) end up on the next Gazpacho album.
..Which in turn will be heard by people as far away from Norway as Australia, China, Afghanistan, Turkey, Vanuatu(!) and many other corners of the world, both near and far where we seem to have touched people with this strange concoction of ours. Ni hao, Merhaba and “g'day” to you lovely people, by the way.. ^^
But I digress.. Nuendo was the word I started out with.
It’s a wonderful and utterly fantastic system used for recording and production which only recently had the decency to move into my life. Why I hadn't bought this before is just beyond me.. And here I was thinking that ignorance was bliss.
(It sped me up to no end, when Mikael said it’s the system he and Thomas used to record, produce and mix Night.)Expensive, but worth it.
It has effects, instruments & compressors galore.
Innovative action made easy right there..
And as a result I find myself going at flank speed towards nerd status. ~_^
Up until now, I’ve been the fashionably late (read: lazy) singer shuffling into the studio where Thomas, Mikael and Jon would have everything ready & set up.
I’d sit down, pop a bottle of something and just sing whatever came into my head when hearing the music they’d recorded before I came. Making melodies that way has been a luxury for ten years.
Conveniently letting the others sort out levels, choice of effects, producing what I did, stop the “tape” when I was singing something they didn’t immediately like
and then, when we were all fairly happy with the vocal melody, mood & feel,
I’d do a round of hugs and “get the hell out of Dodge” before the what-I-thought-was-the-boring-part started.
Meaning; Mixing the stuff, selecting the takes that was mostly in tune ~_^ ,as well as tweaking & orchestrating more around what we had just recorded, so another layer of the song could be created, turning it into a proper composition.
That was before. Now I understand a whole lot more of why things take time when we’re recording, and why it is actually not only hard work to make it “click” production-wise, but very interesting as well… ^_^
A lot of possibilities open up for that much more experimenting, tweaking itsy bitsy details, and eventually getting a whole new angle on our tunes.
…as an example, the 17 minute track “Dream of Stone” (Night) came out of what was originally just a few seconds’ strand of an idea within what was the sketch for something else completely.. *phew* I have to learn punctuation some day.
Taken out of context, the original idea (in my head, at least) doesn’t sound remotely like the finished song. But that doesn’t mean I wasn’t happy with the end result. Au contraire..
But it proves that the bits and hums and murmurs I come up with, when I’m having my (pretty rare) moments of clarity, can be remembered. I don’t have to make an appointment with Thomas or Mikael. It doesn’t need to be done at a previously agreed, set-up and prepared meeting with half the band in the studio, but can be jotted down and recorded by yours truly, on my own directly on the “music sketch” tracks while overlooking this great panorama. The first writing sessions @ Thomas’ cabin around midsummer produced a lot of different jam sessions which make diverse and “unusual” sound beds to find melodies and lyrics and harmonies to.
And as we keep sending "layers" of compositions back and forth between us, the upcoming album is taking the shape of a .. a... a new album! ;)
No but seriously, this one will be a cracker, I'm sure of it.
Every once in a while, we'll meet up to actually record this properly, of course. We're not doing this because we're not the best of friends, but because we all have full day jobs. ;)
So here I am, feeling like a kid with a bag full of brand new crayons, and I’ve been sent these fantastically weird paint-by-numbers sketches, only there are no numbers or colour codes; I’m free to fill those in when the right idea correlates with the right mood and energy. So right now, I can’t think of a better place to be than right here with a mic, a bottle of wine
and .. you guessed it; Nuendo. :D
Try and imagine having a bad day and someone suddenly pointing at you, yelling "BE FUNNY"!
Well, it's not as easy as when you get to decide yourself to say something funny as it pops into your head, is it?
Being able to be creative when I'm inspired, instead of every Friday after a tough week at work, will hopefully contribute to this album being not only different, but also better than the last in many ways. ^^
(The other guys have had home recording studios all along, the lucky XXXXX) ^_^
Not completely unruffled by the (largely) fantastic reception and reviews we received for our last album, Night, we feel strongly that we have to record something now that won’t disappoint.. well.. ourselves, mostly, as we can’t try and make the music that we think people may like, but rather we have to trust our collective instincts on that one. If WE like it, chances are we have many musical friends or even -soulmates walking the earth somewhere who will too. And you who are reading this are hopefully one of them already. :)
This time around, I've suggested we make some snippets available for streaming online as the album progresses.
For your listening pleasure, if you will. :)
I know this is not optimal for everyone, as it is a fine art to be able to hear what a sketch will become when it’s done, but I think murmurs will always be better than total silence. ^^
I’ll keep you posted.
Until next time,
take care of yourself
7 Sep 2007, 09:00 by GezzaiaThis review is not by me and it's even more than one year old, but it is excellently written and if it makes just one or two more people listen to this great soundtrack the better...
So I present you Paul Schultz' review on Battlestar Galactica: Season 2:
http://www.the-trades.com/article.php?id=4496 (the original link)
Bear McCreary, "Battlestar Galactica: Season 2" Soundtrack
Music Review by Paul Schultz
Published: July 9, 2006
Collecting the very best musical moments from the second season of the Sci Fi Channel's daring re-imagining of the late 1970's series Battlestar Galactica, this soundtrack delivers a rich score that covers vast emotional territory. The young Bear McCreary builds upon his accomplishments from the previous season to scale new heights with this impressive mix that works well on its own, apart from the visuals it was geared toward.
The packaging includes an eight-page color booklet featuring scenes from the year's offerings, plus liner notes from Executive Producer Ronald D. Moore and composer McCreary. Both are quite informative as far as revealing the difficulties and struggles inherent in producing a weekly series. McCreary relates an encounter with Stu Phillips, who composed the original theme music over twenty-five years ago, along with memories more bittersweet: "(The fourth track) was performed by the Supernova String Quartet, led by a talented young violinist, Ludwig Girland. Tragically, within a month of this recording, his car was struck by a drunk driver, leaving him in a coma, from which he has yet to awaken... The original title for this piece was 'Saying Goodbye,' which no musician who ever worked with Ludwig is ready to do. Watching 'The Farm' again, I realized that Kara is not saying goodbye to Anders, but actually giving her word that she'll come back, against all odds. So, 'A Promise to Return' seemed a more fitting title for this piece, which I have dedicated to Ludwig's recovery."
"The first season soundtrack introduced an arsenal of Japanese taikos, Middle Eastern woodwinds, Celtic world percussion and symphonic orchestra," McCreary explains in the liner notes. Expanding upon that base, "season two's score introduced even more instruments and styles" including Indian tablas, sitars, and twangy ethnic guitars. McCreary was fortunate to mentor under renowned movie composer Elmer Bernstein to learn how to fashion music into a storytelling tool. The military snare drum cues so prevalent in the music for Season One are still present, but now are joined company by somber synthesizer textures with touches of electric guitar and bass.
As a huge fan of the original series (a touchy subject when comparing it to this new incarnation, which I expound upon in my review of Season One), I was more than pleasantly surprised to hear the disc open with the familiar "Battlestar Galactica Main Theme" penned by Phillips and Glen A. Larson (with a little piece of "Exploration" toward the end, also from the original series' soundtrack). McCreary conducts a sixty-piece orchestra to showcase the only brass-heavy track in this new take on an old favorite. From there, the musical diversity runs the gamut from thundering percussions ("Scar"), to emotive march ("Reuniting the Fleet"), to warmhearted waltz ("Roslin and Adama"), to creepy reed instrumentation ("Escape from the Farm"), to ethereal ("Baltar's Dream"), to something you might expect to hear from an Alan Parsons instrumental ("Pegasus").
The two lengthy inclusions, "Something Dark is Coming" and "Prelude to War", really highlight McCreary's ability to take you on a rollercoaster ride of emotion. Esoteric vocalizing is employed on "The Cylon Prisoner" (featuring McCreary's brother Bt4) and "Lords of Kobol" (featuring Raya Yarbrough). The latter track also utilizes some up-front drum sampling which was the only segment that felt out of place of any of the music presented. The final track begins innocently enough before transforming into a sprawling, gritty wall of sound featuring the guitar work of former Oingo Boingo member Steve Bartek.
Improving on his achievements for Season One's soundtrack, Bear McCreary expands his musical palette to complement the story complexity presented in Battlestar Galactica's second season. As McCreary notes, he can't wait until he can begin scoring again for the third season. He joins the show's many fans in anticipation of the continuing adventures with a hearty "so say we all".
Original Music from the Sci Fi Channel Television Series "Battlestar Galactica" - Season 2
01. Colonial Anthem (Theme from Battlestar Galactica) from 'Final Cut' (4:02)
02. Baltar's Dream from 'Valley of Darkness' (2:45)
03. Escape from the Farm from 'The Farm' (3:09)
04. A Promise to Return from 'The Farm' (3:03)
05. Allegro from 'Home' Part One (4:59)
06. Martial Law from 'Fragged' (1:51)
07. Standing in the Mud from 'Black Market' (1:45)
08. Pegasus from 'Pegasus' (2:46)
09. Lords of Kobol from 'Pegasus' (2:50)
10. Something Dark is Coming from 'Lay Down Your Burdens' Part One (8:51)
11. Scar from 'Scar' (2:26)
12. Epiphanies from 'Epiphanies' (2:43)
13. Roslin and Adama from 'Resurrection Ship' Parts One and Two (2:49)
14. Gina Escapes from 'Resurrection Ship' Part Two (2:00)
15. Dark Unions from 'Lay Down Your Burdens' Part One (2:53)
16. The Cylon Prisoner from 'Pegasus' (3:51)
17. Prelude to War from 'Pegasus' and 'Resurrection Ship' Parts One and Two (8:22)
18. Reuniting the Fleet from 'Home' Parts One and Two (2:45)
19. Roslin Confesses from 'Lay Down Your Burdens' Part Two (2:09)
20. One Year Later from 'Lay Down Your Burdens' Part Two (1:43)
21. Worthy of Survival from 'Lay Down Your Burdens' Part Two (3:35)
22. Battlestar Galactica Main Title (0:45)
23. Black Market from 'Black Market' (5:48)
30 Aug 2007, 07:57 by davinca
Occupation 101 is a 2006 documentary on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict directed by Sufyan Omeish and Abdallah Omeish.
The film, which discusses to varying degrees events ranging from the rise of Zionism to the al-Aqsa Intifada and Israel's unilateral disengagement plan, presents its case through dozens of interviews, many with political personalities known for their criticism of Israel and advocacy for Palestinian causes.
The film's central premise questions the nature of Israeli-American relations, while the film presents itself as the "voice of a silenced majority" and "The Re-education of America Project".
please not only watch it
please have a look at my american friends BWL blog too
Winner of the "Golden Palm" Award (highest honor given by jury) and for
"Best Editing" at the 2007 Beverly Hills Film Festival
Winner of the 2006 Artivist Best Feature Film Award under the category of