The playlist are back!
In this instalment, we have a great collection of country, psych, folk and every possible combination of those styles.
Together Mixtape ‘Volume Eight’
Aaaaand… we’re back! During the wintry silence since our last post, we managed to move into a new studio space and complete production on a new animated short!
TIN CANYON PREMIERES!
Tin Canyon is the story of a trio of musicians who play fantastic bluegrass music, but are stymied by their inability to play in front of an audience. The short, directed, designed, and animated by Andrew Foerster, premieres this Thursday, January 23rd as part of an installation piece at Come Up To My Room 11, the Gladstone Hotel’s Annual Alternative Design Show:
This year, the show intentionally brings into collision a range of creative practices and techniques. Projects range from miniature to macro, craft-based to digital, fantasy to epistemological, public to private and historical to contemporary.
Together co-produced the film, and adapted the Tin Canyon script, condensing the original story (initially a 1.5 hour live storytelling event) into twelve minutes of rhyming verse. CUTMR 11 runs from January 23-26 and is crammed with amazing artist from Toronto and around the world. Take some time this weekend to visit us there and check out the film, as well as Andrew Foerster’s fantastic 15-foot installation of the town. Immerse yourself in Tin Canyon‘s setting and enjoy the music.
NEW STUDIO! LET’S PARDEE!
We are thrilled to be working out of a new studio space on Pardee Street in the King West Centre, where we work with the inimitable creative director/audio maestro Nick Sewell, and the amazing team at Varipix . We’ve got desks, shelves, potted palms, and even a nifty stereo system complete with turntable for the tunes. If you come by, bring snacks! We don’t have those yet.
NEW PROJECTS IN DEVELOPMENT
We are excited to be working once again with the dedicated conservationists at the WWF Canada, and we’re also chugging along on a new TED-Ed lesson. We’ll be sure to pound you over the head with announcements when those are complete and ready to view!
January’s almost over, but we have no problem popping open more bubbly to wish you an inspired and creatively fulfilled 2014!
Welcome back to our (semi) bi-weekly playlist!
In this instalment, we have a songs about socially acceptable addictive substances: coffee, cigarettes, and love.
Together Mixtape ‘Coffee & Cigarettes’ edition
The Abbozzo Gallery in Toronto had a reception a couple of weeks ago for David Blackwood‘s current exhibit, Revelation. Blackwood is an eminent printmaker, known for his etchings that depict a by-gone way of life on the harsh coast of Newfoundland where he was born and raised. Despite his mastery of printmaking, since the ’80s he has also worked in a variety of other mediums, including oil paint, encaustic, and watercolours. It was deeply inspiring to see both his luminous and mesmerizing etchings, as well as his newer sculptural works that bring the subjects of his earlier etchings into three-dimensional relief. (The exhibit catalogue is here.)
In 1976, a film was made by the National Film Board about Blackwood and his printmaking process. The meditative process, with its repetitive subtraction (etching, Varsol, etc) and filling in (inking), recalls the movement of the ocean on the shore, slowly eroding and filling in. In the film, Blackwood describes each step in the etching and aquatint process. It is a process that seems to take patience and precision, as well as the ability to visualize something complete, and then re-create it in meticulous increments. Although the craft itself may not have all that much in common with what we do here on our computers, writing, designing, and animating, there are things to be gleaned from his manner of work, and his approach to it.
Anyone who tries to create is sometimes hampered by the terror of the blank page, and sometimes flummoxed in gauging when a work is done. Blackwood notes something very useful at the very end. He says, contemplatively:
The final printing. …It’s very very hard to, to say when something is completely finished. ‘Cause it could be simpler, it could be more complex. It simply reaches a stage of development and stops.
By beginning with a well thought-out sketch, Blackwood does not really set a predetermined endpoint for himself as he creates his etching, nor does he wait for any sort of epiphany that signal’s completion. He works till he is content, letting the development of the etching dictate its own process, kind of like slowly feeling satiated with food, till you know you won’t have another bite. It’s something we can practice in our creative work, paying attention to that moment when a work feels ready, even if it is hard to explain why to a casual observer.
Welcome back to our bi-weekly playlist!
In this instalment, we have songs sung in voices that tell a story.