Quiet Music Festival of Portland

By Tom Ran

Published: May 30, 2013 under Music

Left: Money Mark Right: Clare Rojas aka Peggy Honeywell both will be performing at the Quiet Music Festival in Portland

Photo: Money Mark / Clare Rojas

Chris Johanson’s annual Quiet Music Festival of Portland returns for the third year featuring acts from across the country with performances in art and music “interpreting low volume, deep-sonic meditations.” In other words, less like Diplo and more like Brian Eno. This year’s acts include Johanson’s contemporary Peggy Honeywell aka Clare Rojas, Money Mark, Lori Goldston, White Magic, and many others. The two day event will take place at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center in Portland starting tomorrow evening.

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Song Reader

By Tom Ran

Published: August 9, 2012 under Music

Beck's <i>Song Reader</i> from McSweeney's. This is just a mockup.

Photo: McSweeney's

Even though we’ve seen and heard new material from Beck recently, he hasn’t released a full length album since 2008. Well, that’s about to change with an announcement made yesterday about a new album that will debut this December. Sort of. Beck and McSweeney’s will bring you Song Reader, a collection of sheet music consisting of twenty songs that have never been released or recorded. Without the assistance of a producer, it will be up to an individual to play the music in order to hear what the album sounds like. For those unable to read music, play an instrument, or even sing, you’ll still be able to enjoy the music on McSweeney’s website when they feature readers and select musicians performing the songs. And with any McSweeney’s release, the packaging will be first-class. Song Reader will be accompanied with a “lavishly produced hardcover carrying case,” with contributing artists like Marcel Dzama, Leanne Shapton, Josh Cochran, and Jessica Hische to design each sheet.

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Quiet Music Festival 2012

By Tom Ran

Published: June 12, 2012 under Music

Details from the Quiet Music Festival poster designed by Chris Johanson.

Photo: Chris Johanson

Calming, soothing, and relaxing are not words associated with the summer music scene but it is with the Quiet Music Festival. It’s a gathering of music fans without any of the debauchery and the antithesis of all other summer music festivals. Based on the success from the first year, Artist Chris Johanson is bringing back the event to Portland, OR. His passion for music has lead him in the direction of featuring “emotional, vibrant and low volume” music to the masses. The two day festival will include performances, screenings and readings from Dan Sasaki, Grouper, Kevin Thomson, Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs, Sam Coomes, Scout Niblett, Sonny Smith, Strawberry Smog, The Lichens, Ural Thomas, and Vetiver. The two day event will be held this Friday and Saturday at Disjecta. Tickets are still available.

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Quiet Music Festival

By Tom Ran

Published: August 11, 2011 under Music

Quiet Music Festival of Portland

Photo: Quiet Music Festival of Portland

Artist Chris Johanson and arts and cultural organization Disjecta may be putting on the first music festival of it’s kind. This Friday will see the debut of the Quiet Music Festival of Portland, a showcase of bands that will rock softer. Johanson explains

“I love music, but don’t like to be around loud music anymore. Quiet music is so calm and peaceful and yin. I find that quiet music is restorative and want to celebrate it through having a concert in a community art space. Sharing it in this context will show how nice it is that music does not have to be so loud to create an emotional experience.”

The festival includes Stephen Malkmus, Kyp Malone from TV on the Radio, Johanson’s band Sun Foot and many others. Visit Disjecta for the full rundown and schedule.

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Lights Out

By Tom Ran

Published: December 21, 2010 under Music

<i>Simon Werner a Disparu</i> aka <i>Lights Out</i>

Photo: Lights Out

While Daft Punk’s soundtrack for Tron proved to be a big success, Sonic Youth’s foray into scoring a film, unfortunately, will not receive as much attention. The band produced an original score for a small French movie titled “Simon Werner A Disaparu” (aka “Lights Out”). According to The Playlist, our go-to blog for all things movie related, the film is reminiscent of Brick, the 2005 indie hit starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. It is uncertain when “Lights Out” will make its way to the States but the soundtrack is scheduled for a digital release on January 25th followed by a physical release in February. Watch the French trailer for a sampling of the soundtrack.

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Tron Legacy Soundtrack Website

By Tom Ran

Published: September 30, 2010 under Music

Tron Legacy

Photo: Disney

The Tron Legacy soundtrack website is filled with easter eggs. View the source code to see an ascii image of Kevin Flynn. Type in “derezzed” to hear a 20 second sample from the soundtrack. Type in “missing” and “mcp” for sound bites from the two films. Type in “light” and you will be taken to a sight to play Circuit Cycles. Other keywords include “tron,” “daft,” “flynn,” and “encom.” There are probably many others, but that’s what we’ve found so far. The soundtrack is set for release on November 22nd.

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Alya Kazakevich

By Raven Keller
Alya Kazakevich in her shop in the Lower East Side

Photo: Rose Callahan

On a damp and muggy summer morning on the Lower East Side, Alya Kazakevich slowly stitched up the edges of a leather coin purse and recalled her childhood in Eastern…

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By Tom Ran
Partners Robert Highsmith and Stefanie Brechbuehler

Photo: Samuel Bristow

Stefanie Brechbuehler and Robert Highsmith, are the partners behind Workstead. The two met at Rhode Island School of Design while studying architecture and opened their studio in 2009,…

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M.Nii John Moore

By Tom Ran
M.Nii Tailor, Waianae, Hawaii 1959

Photo: Tom McBride

The photo is one of the few relics that remain of M.Nii’s history. An image that recalls the golden age of American surf culture. Three friends in front…

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