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June 16, 2009

Sitars, Violins, Voices and 3D — Saturday, June 20, 2009 at Monkey Town


Saturday, June 20
Admission: $5, $10 minimum
Showtime: 7:30 pm

Reservations are recommended, go here

NYSS Member Gerald Marks writes to let our audience know about this show:

This event should be spectacular and I will attend for sure. Dan is a PhD candidate at the Columbia University Computer Music Center and he generates both music and great stereoscopic 3-D from his laptop. . .at the same time!

He programs for the video card, much like a gamer, but in the service of Art. He uses anaglyph projection.

Monkeytown has a large back room that is set up as maybe a 24' cube with projectors focused on all four square walls. There are floor cushions along all four sides for 8 people, so a total of 32 folks get the experience. And, great, reasonably priced, food is served on low tables in front of you. The artists and their electronics are in the center of the room. It's like a cube-ular planetarium.


Sri Lankan sitar virtuoso Pradeep Ratnayake combines forces with electronicist Daniel Iglesia for a most curious sensory experience. The traditional forms of Indian and Sri Lankan music will meet digital fragmentation and subversion, turning live sound into aural fodder and visual abstractions for 3D glasses.


The Draftmasters (Jeff Snyder and Victor Adan) performing live electronic wizardry on hacked pen-plotter printers. Physical gestures turn into vector commands, with electromagenetic pickups uncovering the secret aural world of the inner machinations. As they draw, video analysis by Daniel Iglesia turns the shapes into graphics for 3D glasses.

Glissando Bin Laden is an improvising ensemble consisting of 2 violins (Jim Altieri and Caroline Malonee), and 2 laptop performers/vocalists (Sam Pluta and Alex Ness). Glissando works as a group to compose sound worlds through improvisation, focusing on just intonation, noise, and electronic sounds, creating unique sonic environments and software interfaces for each piece played. This show celebrates their new release, Drone Level Orange on Carrier Records.

June 24, 2009

The Final Destination 3D - Opens August 28, 2009


Now if you've been following this franchise, you'll know that this is actually Final Destination 4. Three previous films have been released with identical plots, only the Rube Goldberg-like methods by which the young, attractive casts are dispatched are changed.

For examples, go here, here and here.

But this latest entry is in 3D. In fact, this was shot using the same Hi-Def 3D camera system (Fusion F23 3D HD) employed by James Cameron for the upcoming Avatar.

I can't wait.

The set-up is that a group of actors in their late 20s playing teenagers avoid death because one of them foresees a calamity: an airplane exploding on take-off, a multi-vehicle accident on a highway, etc. The mythology of the series is that "Death has a plan" and each major cast member starts meeting their doom in the same order that they would've died had they not avoided the disaster in the opening reel.

The great pleasure in these films is in how ridiculously convoluted the dangers are constructed. For the trailer for the new film, go here.

For a behind the scenes peek, go here on the MovieWeb site.

My favorite this time around is the sequence where a young woman first looks like she will drown inside her car due to a spectacularly malfunctioning automated car wash. Seconds later it looks like she's about to be be-headed.

I'll never wash my car again.


June 25, 2009

James Cameron's "Avatar" — The 3-D Renaissance Has Arrived


24 minutes of James Cameron's Avatar were screened at the Cinema Expo in Amsterdam on June 23rd and although all audience members were required to sign non-disclosure agreements anonymous reports have been posted on various websites. Uniformly, they are positive to the point of near-delirium. Like the headline at the FilmDrunk site which modestly proclaims it to be "THE MOST IMPORTANT MOVIE OF ALL TIME."

See The Hollywood Reporter's coverage, here.

The film's budget is reported to be in excess of $200 million dollars — which 20th Century Fox obviously believes is a safe bet, given that Cameron's last feature film back in 1997 went on to earn $1.83 billion-with-a-B dollars world wide. (You know the one I mean, it had a boat in it, and ice—geez, it's on the tip of my tongue—and it was a really big boat). And that was without a Happy Meal tie-in, plastic action figures or even T-shirt sales.

Of course, these days Hollywood takes second place behind the computer gaming industry in the market for our entertainment dollars. But films reach a much broader audience — all video gamers watch movies but not all moviegoers are gamers. Still, this is a science fiction film set on a distant planet and when has a movie like that ever made any money?

Correction: My editor informs me that the 8 theatrically-released Star Wars movies (including Star Wars:Attack of the Clones (IMAX) and the animated Star Wars:The Clone Wars) have a combined world box office gross of $4,411,410,761. $4 billion-with-a-B.

OK, fine, but name another one!

For NYSS members and supporters the big news, obviously, is that Avatar was filmed and designed to be seen in 3D (as well as IMAX 3D). It will also screen in a 2D version. The current US release date is December 18, 2009 though I imagine a lot of you will be booking tickets to Belgium or Egypt to see it on December 16.

First one to see it and send a review to this site wins the fabulous. . . esteem and praise of the NYC 3D community. Remember, if you see it on the 16th you could get either crude oil or waffles.

Fanboy Trivia: According to IMDB.com Farrah Fawcett, Glenn Close, Barbara Hershey, Bernadette Peters, Bonnie Bedelia, Dianne Wiest, Margot Kidder, Jessica Lange, Meryl Streep, Sigourney Weaver, Cybill Shepherd, Christine Lahti, Jane Seymour, Anjelica Huston, Catherine Hicks, Christine Baranski, Kay Lenz, Kim Basinger, Kathleen Turner, Debra Winger, and Geena Davis all auditioned for the role of Princess Leia.

While James Caan, Al Pacino, Jack Nicholson, Robert De Niro and Burt Reynolds turned down the role of Han Solo.

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