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Domino Grey Video Move Your Feet

October 20, 2013 1 comment

Move Your Feet – video from Domino Grey

From the Domino Grey Butterfly Affect Series Part III – I of the Beholder comes the video for “Move Your Feet”. She catches his eye and imagination leads him to behold a beautiful future. Songs available wherever fine music is sold.

I made a short piece talking a bit about the video. Thanks to DJ Sam Duren, Tyrell C, Venice Clark, Sherrika and everyone else that helped make this video possible. Here’s some more on the release …

… and a photo gallery from the dance studio session.

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http://www.DominoGrey.com

Check out more info about the EP this song is from…..

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With ‘Boxing The Girl’, Domino Grey reaches the end of his Butterfly Affect Series – interview on Soundlooks

October 17, 2013 Leave a comment

Soundlooks interview with Domino Grey

Domino Grey

It Feels Right to end the Butterfly Affect Series

With the release of his latest E.P. Boxing The Girl, Domino Grey reaches the end of his Butterfly Affect Series.

This arc of music includes instrumentals that swing from pure listening vibes to house-inspired party tracks. We sit down with this electronic artist and pick his brain over the latest releases.

Where did the obsession with butterflies come from and what does it all mean?

I wouldn’t say obsessed. It’s just the overall umbrella idea that I had everything fall under. Butterfly into caterpillar- everyone gets that. People changing over time…deciding to see yourself as you are and not through the eyes of others… The affect instead of effect, because I’m talking about how these thoughts influence our self-image and self-esteem. If you think you’re a caterpillar, you will crawl instead of fly.

 But the goal is to make dance music, isn’t it? To be a part of that scene…

Well yes and many find it strange that I’d try to inject meanings and metaphors into music where- making them move is the main motive. But not every song is weighed down in deep thought or me trying to impart some kind of message. Sometimes it’s just in the liner notes. Sometimes it’s just one track and the rest are straight cuts. I party too.

The big idea for Boxing The Girl is a long, rambling message from a girl in a bit of trouble. What’s the story behind that?

I always pull my song ideas from real-life events. Usually I clean them up and make them universal enough so that everyone can relate without exposing anyone too much. We have all gotten or left an embarrassing or somewhat compromising series of messages. It’s just that no one usually saves them and slaps them on top of some music.

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Comic Con 2013 Cosplay Video and Photogallery recap

October 14, 2013 Leave a comment

New York Comic Con is the largest pop culture event on the East Coast.

We went we say, wee took pictures, video and bought stuff. Sam Duren held down the images as we covered the main floor and took in the sites and sounds of Comic Con 2013 in New York @ The Jacob Javits Center. Awesome event, had lots of fun. I reeled up the vid and dropped some Domino Grey tracks behind it. Thanks to everyone who came out and supported and helped make this a great event.

Comic Con 2013 Poster

Super-fun and Wonder-ful weekend.

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Thanks all!  Revisit last Year’s Comic Con Journal and Gallery

New Music video: Domino Grey “It Feels Right”

October 10, 2013 Leave a comment

Domino Grey “It Feels Right”

From the Domino Grey Butterfly Affect Series Part V Boxing The Girl comes the video for “It Feels Right”. This is a concept that combines live footage, show performances and in-studio clips to create a grayed-out vibe. Get active.

She is locked in a relationship. The key is to understand a true friendship. Domino Grey presents the Butterfly Affect Series Part V: Boxing the Girl. Open the door and decide what happens next.

Boxing The Girl album cover

Open the Box and free yourself.

Track listing

1. It Feels Right

2. Cascading Drains

3. Meandering Message

4. Smoothing it Over

5. Repast Recent Past for Bridget

6. Justice Will Open the Door

Available on Amazon.com, iTunes, Beatport and wherever fine digital music is sold. http://www.DominoGrey.com

See more Domino Grey videos on Youtube

Movie Review Gravity (2013)

October 10, 2013 1 comment

Gravity (2013) Movie Review

 

It’s Mission to Mars…without the mission…or Mars….

I think it was before Elysium [read my review here] that I saw the trailer for Gravity and I thought: If this is the whole movie, then I don’t want to see it. Turns out- that was the whole movie and it’s still darn good. Alfonso Cuaron directs a story about survival and hope after space debris threatens a team of astronauts during a satellite repair operation. It stars George Clooney and Sandra Bullock as Matt Kowalski and Ryan Stone as the pair doing their best to survive despite incredibly long odds.

Gravity Movie Poster

Space can be frightening without monsters or aliens.

Gravity features stunning special effects, camera angles and wonderful 3-D work. Although the movie works in 2-D, the cosmic peril of space missions is brought, literally, right before our eyes. On the surface, Gravity is about the lack of gravity and how important a force of nature it can be. If you want, Gravity is about two star actors in a minimal plot that sets up frightening scenario after frightening scenario. It’s a simple thing to hurl debris and metal parts at us until we dodge, bob and weave in our seats. It’s enough to make us gasp as fingers miss a hand hold or an object floats by- just out of range. Below that, Gravity is about the gravity that anchors us in place. It’s the force that holds our feet down and is the deciding factor between choosing to give up or carry on. This film represents a triumph in special effects and minimal storytelling. Gravity forgoes many of the space-movie tropes and clichés by bypassing common set ups and getting right to it- and sticking to it.

In the end, Gravity gives a big emotional push and left me a feeling of…glad I don’t have to be out there doing that and a greater appreciation for what NASA and it’s team of astronauts are doing and have already done. [On a wider, global level, to be honest] The next time you hear about a space walk or satellite repair, you’ll think about those daring few and view those grainy news clips differently. Nice ending line: You’ll appreciate the gravity of their situation and Gravity is a movie worth appreciating. I’m not a movie critic; I’m just critiquing a movie.

Movie Review After Earth 2013

October 10, 2013 3 comments

 

After Earth 2013

A really good movie if you ignore who made and who is in it.

I’m kicking myself for being talked out of seeing this in theaters. I had no idea what it was about and was nervous because it was an M Night Shyamalan movie. What’s that got to do with anything? Well, Shyamalan is best known for The Sixth Sense (1999) which gave us a bend on the surprise ending no one saw coming. It’s a formula he repeated in movies like Signs (2002) and Lady in the Water (2006). Movies, where everything fits together, at the end, and you get to see all the little points along the way add up to a big finish. In my opinion Unbreakable (2000) is a classic and gives us the realest depiction of a super-hero without using a comic-based format, but includes every motif and cliché. See, movies like The Village (2004) and The Happening (2008) left many with questions about his continued ability to deliver at his highest potential. After all, Devil (2010) was another won’t-tell-you-the-plot-until-you-see-it and the curious pay off wasn’t as revealing as it could have been. Let’s just say we didn’t see the Saw [a reference to the 2004 horror flick] in this movie.

Will Smith presents another problem for potential movie-goers as his star power and box-office draw was super-high then. And so you expect another blockbuster- another big movie and wow, his son Jaden Smith co-stars, well, really stars. (The Karate Kid 2010 wasn’t as good as the original, but was way better than any of its sequels so….) I’m saying expectations may have been too high and perhaps another mysterious movie with a surprise ending may not be the best formula to run with.

After Earth Poster

Putting BOTH of them on the poster may not be the smartest thing

Proper Plots

Let’s cover what the movie is really about and get down for the set up. It’s far into the future and Earth has been lost to the self-inflicted wounds of environmental pollution. We flee to the stars and find ourselves in a war with aliens. Will Smith plays General Kitai Raige and during a space voyage, their transport is crippled and it’s up to not-yet-a-space-ranger Jaden (as Cypher Raige) to cross the dangerous landscape to reach help. Is Will Smith in the movie? Yes, and it’s not a goofy hologram or ghost, but the movie is the debut of a young action hero in the making. I can dig it. And I also see what the second problem is. You wanted Will Smith to be bounding over those rocks, facing peril and outlined against wondrous vistas. And maybe you wanted some kind of big message at the end or some sort of moral statement with all kinds of pretentious and righteous writer wit. No, you get the story of a father standing by and letting his son brave a new and hostile world. That’s true- for both the Raige and Smith families, for After Earth and Hollywood.

After-Earth-Movie poster

This accurately describes the movie

After the… Earth summary

Certainly it’s no spoiler to tell you -there is no big-surprise ending or twist and the movie flows and unfolds as expected. Yes, you can relax without worrying if M Night is going to ruin it in the last five minutes. If you have a family that might enjoy and sci-fi tale, this is a solid movie. If you expect…the expected movie from Will Smith + Shyamalan you will be, like many = disappointed. Me, I enjoyed it.