Just my cynical jokey take on modern tourism and the impact on our wild spaces...
Everest summit 1953 - Edmund Hillary and Tensing Norgay
Everest summit 2019
Anyone else got any artwork to post?
I came across this painting yesterday and was really impressed. The composer Philip Glass and the artist Fredericka Foster - who are old friends - talk about time.
Spooky! I've got Koyaanisqatsi on right now! Pruitt Igoe is just getting demolished! I'll give that a read!
For those who don’t know, Pruitt–Igoe was a high rise public housing project in St Louis, Missouri. The project quickly became internationally infamous for its racial segregation, poverty, crime and dreadful living conditions. It lasted around two decades. There was a widely televised controlled explosion of one the buildings. In a macabrely ironic twist of fate, the architect of Pruitt-Igoe, Minoru Yamasaki, also designed the twin towers of the World Trade Centre, also famous for televised destruction.
Koyaanisqatsi, is a film directed by Godfrey Reggio, with a music score by Philip Glass. The film documents humanity’s estrangement from nature. Ron Fricke the film’s innovative cinematographer, went on to produce his own films. He is famous for using a 65mm Todd-AO format camera. His film Baraka - IMO his best - was the first film to be scanned for 8k resolution, resulting in over 30 terabytes of data.
Saw Koyaanisqatsi many, many years ago. At uni, I think.
Here's a favourite piece of Glass:
Graham said:the World Trade Centre, also famous for televised destruction
Also of a controlled nature, possibly...
Baraka is well worth a watch. I actually prefer Samsara though, it just seems more fantastical. There's a Tarsem Singh film called The Fall, it uses a few of the locations Fricke's used, but it knits them into one of the most fantastical stories. The Fall is one of my top 5 films ever. I think I told you before about it Graham, but one person described it as "If the Wizard of Oz was directed by Tarkovsky", and I'd say it's pretty apt. I know you appreciate Tarkovsky so I'd recommend it to you!
BTW great article!
I shall look out for the The Tarsem Singh movie.
I’ve recently discovered the delights of internet radio. You may already be aware of them, but NTS and DubLab have a great selection of styles. Some of the electronica is particularly good.