Thursday, August 21, 2014

Elektronengehirn Germany concerts in August

next Elektronengehirn Germany concerts dates:

24.August Platzhirsch Festival Duisburg performing reqPZ
28. August Kyoto Protocol NK, Berlin performing reqPZ and Octopus, a collaboration with Michael Lyons from Kyoto, Japan

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

RIP Marilyn Burns

Texas Chainsaw Massacre scream queen Marilyn Burns passed away at 65.
She also starred in Tobe Hoopers second, lesser known movie Eaten Alive. After his success with Texas Chainsaw Massacre he reunite with writer Kim Henkel and assembled with a higher budget an interesting cast in an amazing set that unlike his first movie is not realistic at all, its artificial looking giving the movie an colorful EC Comics feel. Marylin Burns plays the young mother of a dysfunctional family with William Finley (the phantom in De Palmas Phantom Of The Paradise) as husband, checking in the wrong motel in a swamp area, ending up screaming her lungs out, again. In the cast was also Robert Englund who later shall become famous as Freddy Krueger, delivering here a quote in the opening scenes which decades later will be picked up by Tarantino. Carolyn Jones as an old brothelowner, unrecognizable in her mask as an old hag. Only 10 years before she fueled our gothic dreams as Morticia in the original Addams family. Mel Ferrer is on the receiving end of my favorite murder in this movie, Stuart Whitman supports as Sheriff. But the star is Neville Brand as mumbling vet and owner of that motel who lost all his marbles.
Unfortunately Tobe Hooper got kicked out during the filming by the producers but the film feels rather coherent in all its insanity.


Unfortunately Tobe Hooper got kicked out during the filming by the producers but the film feels rather coherent in all its insanity. The electroacoustic soundtrack is again done by Hooper, like in TCM.

Here Englund recalls his meeting with Jones 

The trailer, unsuitable for children as all of my posts so get of my lawn you brats:


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

32 years Tron

32 years ago the movie Tron was released. I was on vacation in Japan with my father when we saw posters of that film and we both became hysterical (and that in a country which already made me hysterical) about it and saw it eventually in a cinema either in Tokyo or Kyoto, complete with japanese subtitles.
The soundtrack is by Wendy Carlos who also did the amazing music for Clockwork Orange ten years before, conceptual designer team included Moebius and Syd Mead.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=of-IF7R-fgo

Sunday, April 13, 2014

workshop and concert in Athens, Greece

I will be in Athens, Greece from 24. to 27. April. On 26. April 2014 I will give a Pure Data related workshop at Frown Tails, details and registration are at their website: http://www.frowntails.com/technology/piezo-pure-data

The day before I will perform as Elektronengehirn on the Electric Nights festival in Athens: http://www.medeaelectronique.com/2014/03/electric-nights-line-up


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Raspberry Pi, best way to program it?

Continue to experiment with Raspberry Pi, still not decided which software route I should go:
Python, C, C++ with QT, or Java. For me its necessary to have access to the Raspi Cam, accelerated graphics with OpenGL ES and OpenCV. I tried Java8 and followed this steps http://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=73489&p=528225 to get it running and it works. Framerate is low but I have to conduct more tests, it seems to run OpenGL accelerated anyway...