There was a feature on the radio this afternoon about the fact that we execute 80% of our communication using only 7,000 words, and that many words are disappearing from use.
Watching these montages of movie clips that use the same line of dialogue it is no surprise!
(also see how many time Bruce Willis get told he looks rough and how Sigourney Weaver seems to often be in the wrong place at the wrong time)
“You look like shit”
“GET OUT OF THERE!”
Although not strictly the same thing but here’s a compilation of the Wilhelm Scream; which is a bit like a movie easter egg – keep your ears peeled for it any film you watch, you’ll be surprised.
The Wilhelm Scream
Finally, a marvelous editing job in a similar vein
Paul is a sick beatmaker and producer from South London who is (finally) getting some decent attention from 6Music and the mainstream music press.
I was best mates with Paul back at 6th form and we used to be crazy for finding weird music that was full of feeling; hours spent rewinding through cassette tapes trying to find that particular sonic artifact that had sent shivers down our spines to relay to each other.
Sadly I haven’t seen him for a number of years, funny how you can live in the same city and loose contact with friends.
Listening to his music now he is still embracing leftfield and forgotten music as a creative challenge, making some of the most psychedelic and listenable hip-hop I’ve ever heard. Let’s face it, Anticon are good but not exactly what I’d put on to relax…
He’s getting some decent props too – he’s signed to the UK offshoot of Stone’s Throw, Now-Again to co-release his second album alongside his current label One-Handed Music.
It’s called “The Purple Brain” and it’s ace. Paul was given full access to the back catalogue of Swedish psychedelic rock artist S.T. Mikael, which he uses as his entire source material for this album (Paul’s an old school sample magician).
It reminds me alot of M.F. Doom’s instrumental “Special Herbs” series, dreamy and looped but punctuated with boom-bap, and in Paul’s case trippy, bug out atmospherics.
Diplo’s been showing some love too – he’s put Paul’s remix of Bosco Delray up for free through Mad Decent, which you can get here
Way back when in my early teens when I started getting into ‘alternative’ music I used to read the NME and Melody Maker religiously every week. Something that has always been a key factor for me has been the visuals that musicians use to represent themselves.
Not saying that I’ll like a band just because they have a good album cover despite dreadful music – rather that good design and art direction can hugely boost the enjoyment of an artist.
Being an early teen it was also about identity forming, it helped make bold statements about myself wearing band t-shirts, covering my bedroom wall and schoolbooks with stickers, magazine cut outs, and any other band related paraphernalia.
Steve Gullick was a regular photographer for NME and Melody Maker who, along with Nick Knight, Anton Corbijn, and Stephen Sweet, started to get me really interested in photography as a medium. He is probably most well know for his images of artists such as Nirvana, Nick Cave, and Bjork from the mid-1990′s.
He has continued to be a massive influence on me over the years – especially as he strictly works with film and does all his own printing. As a fully trained colour hand printer I am so in awe of his abilities in the darkroom, and he influenced a lot of my early experiments with an enlarger.
In a world of retouching gone mad he shows that a well taken photograph treated properly with traditional post-production techniques is still a valid commodity. I’d also argue having worked as a retoucher and seen the amount of money spent getting a poor photograph to look anything like a finished product that he is probably more cost effective!
I’m going to end with one of his photos of Kurt Cobain that although not as ‘creative’ as some of his work, is still one of the most iconic images of the Nirvana front man and one that brings back such evocative memories of lying on my bed gazing up at my heroes pasted to my bedroom wall.