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Thursday, June 16, 2016

“The Synthesizer For Me, Has Always Been The Greatest:” John Carpenter on His Life in Music and Movies

Posted By on Thu, Jun 16, 2016 at 3:38 PM

John Carpenter - KYLE CASSIDY
  • Kyle Cassidy
  • John Carpenter

“When I was eight-years-old, I saw a movie that changed my life: Forbidden Planet,” John Carpenter, the film composer, director, and screenwriter says from his home in Los Angeles. The film he is referring to is a 1956 science fiction movie about astronauts in the 23rd century investigating an ancient civilization of aliens on a distant planet while fighting their own “monsters from the Id.”

Not only was Forbidden Planet the first mainstream Hollywood movie to feature an actress in a mini-skirt, but it was also the first mainstream Hollywood film to use a soundtrack composed entirely of electronic music. Composed by Bebe and Louis Barron — who used homemade electronic circuit boards years before the first commercially available synthesizer was released — the soundtrack was referred to as containing “electronic tonalities” with its swirling, bleeping, booping, blurping, huming, wave-like sounds that were created specifically to enhance the tension and atmosphere of the exotic planet, and generally to add to the tone and mood of the film.

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Dario Slavazza's EP Ocean Eyes is Full of Laid-Back, Dream Pop Tunes That Are Perfect For Summer

Posted By on Thu, Jun 16, 2016 at 1:45 PM

For most of his life, 28-year-old Dario Slavazza has been making music. He learned how to play saxophone in fourth grade — followed later by guitar, piano, clarinet, and flute — and played in various jazz and other bands throughout high school. he studied ethnomusicology at UC Santa Barbara and has been working as an arranger and production director for Magik* Magik Orchestra for the last three years. 

"Working with them opened my eyes to the fact that you could do things that were musical that weren't just like playing in a rock band," he said of his job. "It showed me that you can make a living and still be an artist."

For the last few years he was working on an album with two friends, until tragedy struck in 2015 when his laptop was stolen. 

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All Eyez On Tupac: Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Proclaims June 16 "Tupac Shakur Day" In Celebration of The Rapper's 45th Birthday

Posted By on Thu, Jun 16, 2016 at 11:32 AM

We can thank Tupac for making bandanas cool in the '90s (December 16, 1993) - AP PHOTO/KEVIN LARKIN
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  • We can thank Tupac for making bandanas cool in the '90s (December 16, 1993)

Today would have been Tupac Shakur's 45th birthday. The East Harlem born rapper — who is widely-lauded as one of the greatest emcees of all time — was shot multiple times after leaving a boxing match with then-CEO of Death Row Records, Suge Knight in Las Vegas. He died six days later on September 13, 1996 at the age of 25.

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Fanciulla Gentile on Her Newest Project "the Creatrix" and the Healing Effects of Deep Dark Techno

Posted By on Thu, Jun 16, 2016 at 9:43 AM

  • Josephine Shetty
Layering ambient techno beats with sci-fi inspired written passages, local artist Fancuilla Gentile’s newest project "the Creatrix" strives to take listeners on a voyage through a “a multidimensional sonic and literary narrative.” While "the Creatrix" is less than a year old, Gentile has been steadily putting out original tracks for the past couple of months, which will be incorporated into an upcoming release on NYC’s No-Tech label.

Starting her musical career five years ago by making experimental mixtapes, she’s also made a name for herself as half of dream noise duo Felidae. We got a chance to talk about her inspirations, affinity for sci-fi, and upcoming set at Surface Tension. Watch her in action as the Creatrix this Friday [6/17] for Surface Tension at 1192 Folsom

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