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Centri – Music On My Mind (EP)

August 28, 2013 1 comment

Lenz Centri lands his EP on Rapper’s Delight- peep his music. Music on My Mind needs to be on your mind.

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Centri releases a 5-song extended play before his long-awaited The Headless Nobody LP.  Listen to the first single and keep reading for the rest of the EP tracklist, download and stream.

 

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Technical Tests and Getting it Back Up – Domino Grey @ The Trash bar August 2013

August 25, 2013 2 comments

 Technical Tests and Getting it Back Up

 Domino Grey @ The Trash Bar, Brooklyn NY August 19th 2013

Domino Grey at The Trash bar

Domino Does Despite…

And so, I was invited by Lev to join the line up at The Trash bar in Brooklyn New York. I performed there before and had a real good time. The last show’s set up was based on two iPads running IK Multimedia’s DJ Rig combined with their iRig MIX as the soundcard, connected to the house system.

IK Multimedia DJ Rig

iPads pad the set up.

Before that, I used a NI’s Traktor Kontrol S2, but never played out with it. I wanted to do more of a live performance showcase and steer away from a traditional DJ set up. My current rig is a touchscreen running Traktor 2.6 combined with The Z1 mixer, F1 and X1 controllers.

Lenovo touchscreen and Native Instruments Kontrollers

Touching set up

After watching Lev, Gem Uriah Star and Born Wreckless perform, I started to set up. No Power! The USB hub (that connects everything!) burned out on stage. Now what? I actually have doubles and redundancy for every part of the show and I keep every kind of adapter and spare bit you can imagine- I even have several versions of the show in case I run into some kind of software–related issue. But this was totally unexpected. The soundman Kam used testers and discovered the hub had melted. Real tight moment. I mean, those controllers are 95% of my show. To his credit, DJ SpacelyRockit [@SpacelyRockit] did tell me to bring an ENTIRE secondary set-up just in case. Well this show was a little more important than most because I was having clips filmed to be used in upcoming videos. Even so, I figured that was paranoid thinking. Ouch. I had two choices; A) Pack up and go home and maybe figure there’s some kind of meaning in this disaster and just prepare better next time or B) Do a scaled down show and stick to blending records and a traditional playlist-driven DJ work. I chose B and see it as the right decision to make, now that I’m looking back.

I ended up performing and started with a traditional DJ set; playing a bunch of my releases and a lot of songs from the recent Butterfly Affects series. For the live work, I ended up running off the tablet’s battery and only using the Z1 mixer. I brought a wireless mouse and keyboard as a worse-case-scenario in case the touchscreen failed and ended up using them to pull off a good portion of my live routine. The crowd enjoyed it and I secured future bookings. All in all, it was a good night and I learned another valuable lesson. A few people said they would have packed up and gone home, but that’s simply not an option. I likened this experience to a boxer getting knocked down for the first time. It’s good for me to know that I can get it back up. Thanks to everyone that came out and supported me.

– Domino Grey

One of the tracks I played from the Butterfly Affect Series Part III: I of the Beholder “Nothing is the Same Without You”

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Images from the night

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Movie Review: Elysium (2013)

August 15, 2013 2 comments
elysium movie poster

He will fight against the future… for yours

Movie Review: Elysium (2013)

An A-list actor can’t save a B-level movie- despite its meaningful message.

Oh I was intrigued. I saw Matt Damon on a mission to get up to a space habitat and crash the party of the elites -for all us poor slobs stuck here on earth. I saw a cool shuttle flying around and a robot enforcer disintegrate. Plus, the writer and director is Neill Blomkamp from the [future] classic District 9. I saw Jodie Foster and Sharlto Copley (also connected to District 9 and Europa Report [2013]) so we have a tight set of actors on board. But, it wasn’t until I mentioned my interest in this movie to @SpacelyRockit and he laughed in my face and yelled “Activate Kruger!” that I realized there might be some corny aspects to this movie.

Alphabetical Actions

Well, let’s get the meat out of the way. We have some stunning visuals and a few good action sequences. It’s all slapped into a movie, whose overall theme of class inequality is supposed to be profound enough to negate the ridiculous premise, bad characterizations and numerous plot holes. So is it any good? Well, that depends on what you went to go see it for. If you are content with a movie a few notches below District 9; then yeah, it’s an okay summer flick {that is far below its blockbuster promises}. If you expect the Whole to equal the sum of its Parts, then you will be disappointed.

Activate Kruger!

That line is said by Jodie Foster, who plays the tight-mouthed-heavy in charge of Elysium security. We see they have aggressive super-sentry robots capable of [police] brutality at the drop of a circuit board. We see NSA surveillance from the top to the bottom and yet- she “Activates Kruger” as her first line of defense. So yeah, those missiles you see streaking after the shuttles, that the trailer makes you think are launched from the Elysium satellite, are actually launched by Kruger- from a shouldered …rocket…launcher… Yes, we’re talking surface-to-space RP-G, erm Ms. {rocket-propelled-missiles}

It certainly establishes Kruger as a bad guy, but he just didn’t fit in that world, sleeper-agent status and all. Sharlto Copley plays him well as the loose cannon and psychotic mess that he is, but the writing leaves his character uneven. As opposed to Matt Damon who seems miscast as the central figure- Max. A lot of other actors came to mind- to play the, you know, the chosen one with a destiny to do something important and change everything. But now that the credits are rolling, thank goodness Vin Diesel wasn’t in this. And I say that in a respectful way.

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Common Social Commentary

So let’s go heavy with the metaphors and messages about the future of our planet and its people. We have a ruined earth, polluted, poisoned and over populated and the elevated elites living lush in Olympus. Down below it’s the Barrio and the great border barring the crossings to a better life is orbit. Right, it’s white people up in space and the Spanish-speaking tans dreaming the American Dream of 2173 down heah. Well, it’s supposed to be the L.A. of the future, so we have a projected future being depicted. Hey, we even have an ineffective puppet-head person-of-color president. Okay, yes, the politicians are in bed with the corporate war machine and their plan is…well there doesn’t seem to be one besides keep the dirty populace under control and maintain their ultra-comfortable existence. That resonates. I get it. It’s like that now. We have robots doing Stop-and-Frisk and a system that’s bent on seeing us turned into a drugged up zombie-fied worker force or prison inmates. Yikes.

Directed Shots

District 9 did so much to turn convention over. We had South Africans being racist toward a displaced alien population. Oh, the irony! Here, director and writer Neill Blomkamp makes his point and points some fingers. You’re supposed to walk out of that theater and think, man that’s where we’re headed and maybe have a stirring. Conspiracy theorists will say it’s predictive programming, where Hollywood shows us a frightful future in order to mentally prepare us for the inevitable. It tells us, if you don’t do something different now, you’ll be doing that same thing then. Despite its shortcomings, I applaud Elysium for have something to say when many movies are mostly made to make money.

Elysium (Ancient Greek): is a conception of the afterlife that evolved over time and was maintained by certain Greek religious and philosophical sects and cults. Initially separate from the realm of Hades, admission was initially reserved for mortals related to the gods and other heroes. Later, it expanded to include those chosen by the gods, the righteous, and the heroic, where they would remain after death, to live a blessed and happy life, and indulging in whatever employment they had enjoyed in life

Familiar THX 1138

Of course this movie is inspired by the George Lucas early Classic THX-1138 (1971). With all the reboots, rehashes, sequels and spin-offs, I’m quite glad it’s only a borrowed theme and not a generation-now update of any kind. I won’t draw all the parallels because they are all pretty obvious and I won’t even sit here and nit-pick all of the Elysium plot holes. But, we have John Carlyle [William Fichtner] the CEO of the big budget defense company, visiting a robot-production plant on earth. He sees Matt Damon’s Max irradiated and dying and he is more concerned with saving the cost on the bed sheets than seeing the value in a skilled worker. It’s a ridiculous moment that exists only to hammer home the message that the bottom line is the bottom line. If you remember that as the whole point then you will appreciate why these parts came together to make this whole. I’m not a movie critic; I’m just critiquing a movie.

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Fallout Shelter and Domino Grey’s music in AutoModCentral promo

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Fallout Shelter’s “Beast In Green” and “Cold October” from Elevator Music Volume I Bassment Level gets dropped in an AutoModCentral promo video.

Yay. Cool stuff.

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This one has the Domino Grey songs “Communication Is The Key That..” and “Unlocks The Delicate Girl” from the Butterfly Affect Series Volume 1 Facial Recognition Technology.

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Movie Review: Only God Forgives (2013)

Only God Forgives poster

Movie Review: Only God Forgives (2013)

Delivers less than Drive, although driven by a similar engine

Ryan Gosling and Director Nicolas Winding Refn team up to tell another tense and intense tale.

Drive (2011) was a sleeper of a movie that pulled you in and kept your stomach tight for the entire runtime. It was a slick balance of grit and grim – filled with explosive moments of visceral violence. When I heard Gosling and Refn had reunited for another film, there was zero hesitation in seeing it.

Potting Plots

A drug dealing family sets up camp in Thailand under the guise of a kick boxing circuit. When one brother is killed, it sets bloody wheels in motion. It’s revenge upon revenge upon revenge. Who will be the last one standing when the twisted love of an avenging mother is pitted against the relentless will of a rogue police chief?

Ryan Gosling plays the younger brother, Julian [with a purposely soft name] tasked with finding out the whys and who of his brother’s killer. It’s another role that sees Gosling suppressed and repressed. In Drive, he was the quiet scorpion; tail coiled and ready to strike. Here, he is the lesser brother, restrained and straining to find his own place and sense of justice. It’s a familiar building of tension that eventually explodes into violence and delivers as expected.

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A special nod for the performance of Kristen Scott Thomas as the mad-matriarch of the family who is hell bent of seeing her son’s killer’s pay. Vithaya Pansringarm plays the mirror of Julian as the final judge and jury as the dominant authority figure, the relentless Chang. He maintains that same demeanor of controlled rage and the inevitable clash is worth the price of admission. Yayaying Rhatha Phongam does her part in bringing sexual tension and keeping us tamed and restrained in more ways than one. All in all, we have great casting and colorful supporting characters.

Only God Forgives Poster

Only God Forgives, but Man will Judge

Ratcheted Righteousness

This movie lives in its atmosphere. There’s a touch of Brian De Palma, Stanley Kubrick and even a spell of David Lynch. Where Drive was quite literal and linear, Only God Forgives is a bit more surreal and some moments and events are played out from the subconscious and/or a foreshadowed premonition. You’ll need a bit of patience for the numerous scenes that splice together so …perfectly that you won’t realize you’ve changed locations and times. If you trust that everything will make sense eventually, you can relax in the brief moments of confusion. And I think this is what separates Refn from some of the films that inspire his work. It feels like he is adopting a visual story-telling style that causes the viewer to [literally] grope in the dark without sacrificing overall understanding for mood. When you are done watching Only God Forgives, you’ll be left discussing some of the metaphors, meanings and moments and thankfully, you won’t be left scratching your head. Although this movie lands a notch or two below Drive, it is certainly worth seeing and owning. Well recommended. I’m not a movie critic; I’m just critiquing a movie.

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Read my review of Drive and another Gosling movie, The Place Beyond the Pines