Archive for December, 2012

Oscar Niemeyer: 1907-2012

I remember the first time I laid eyes on a photo of Brasilia. I actually thought it was from a science fiction movie or computer generated 3D model. In fact, it’s still hard to believe these buildings really exist on our planet today.

Yesterday, the legendary architect behind Brasilia and many more modernist works of art, passed away at the age of 104.

Oscar Niemeyer was an architect by trade, but his buildings embodied much more than the engineering or utility behind them; they were, to borrow a phrase I read in a recent obituary, “a poetic vision of the future.”

And nowhere was Oscar’s vision better demonstrated than in Brasilia, a planned utopia conceived in Brazil’s interior that resembles a spaceport more than anything we might recognize as a city. In fact, after flying over Brasilia’s futuristic presidential palace and modular ministries in 1961, Yuri Gagarin, the Russian cosmonaut and first man in space, said “the impression was like arriving on another planet.”

The photos presented here are from two photographers and sources. Marcel Gautherot’s photos of ‘The Construction of Brasilia’ are sourced from an Arch Daily article you should read and see. The others are from Rene Burri, and you can view more of them through Magnum Photo’s website.

Posted by: Owen Perry
Instagram: @circa_1983

Tycho LA + SD + SF Shows in January

Posted by Scott

UPDATE: Added another LA show and a show in Santa Ana.

We’re going to take a break from recording the next Tycho album to play a special run of shows on the west coast next month including two nights right here in San Francisco. Really excited to end off this past year of shows back home. We’ll be sharing some new songs and visuals and a few other surprises. See you soon!

The first 100 people to buy tickets for each show will receive this limited edition poster, so be sure to get your tickets soon as they’ll be gone fast.

Also really excited to announce that some good friends will be supporting for these shows. First up, Christopher Willits will be opening the Jan 18th date at the Independent in San Francisco where he will be debuting some new video work. All of the other dates will feature DOOMbird as opener, who just released an excellent EP.

Jan 13 – Los Angeles – The Troubadour – Tickets
Jan 14 – Los Angeles – The Troubadour – Tickets
Jan 15 – Solana Beach – Belly Up – Tickets
Jan 16 – Santa Ana – Constellation Room – Tickets
Jan 18 – San Francisco – The Independent – Tickets
Jan 19 – San Francisco – The Independent – Tickets

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Nenad Saljic: Matterhorn Portraits

Nenad Saljic’s study of the north face of the Matterhorn is absolutely stunning work. Over the course of three years, the Croatian photographer has captured this iconic Alp no less than a few thousands times.

Using a black and white medium, Nenad masterfully demonstrates how weather, light and composition can drastically change a photographic subject through time.

Nenad states, “I want my images to compress the passing of time – the beauty of the wind and the clouds dancing around the mountain.”

You can read about and view more of these amazing Matterhorn images on his portfolio.

Posted by: Owen Perry
Instagram: Circa_1983

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Nueva Forma Bandcamp Exploration

Posted by Jakub

Nueva Forma is an audiovisual record label, comprised of sound-makers, designers, and ever-evolving digerati.

We’ve always been supporters of Nueva Forma since the first time Shelby shared their mixes on the blog, this morning I went thru their bandcamp which is easy to click around in and explore their catalog. If you liked those free mixes then you’ll sure into the vast collection of talented artists they have.