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Spectacular Rice Terraces of Yuanyang

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Rural China must be an absolutely amazing place to visit and photograph. A sentiment Thierry Bornier must have said to himself before leaving his job as a Chief Financial Officer at an international fashion company in New York and traveling to China to start a new life.

Thierry states..

…deep down I knew that number crunching could never satisfy my thirst for natural beauty and my love for photography.

And so, I gathered my courage and decided to see what my life would become if I did something I truly loved. I’ve never looked back.


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Theirry, a French photographer specializing in capturing the landscapes of China, has been documenting the cascades of rice terraces in Yuanyang every year since permanently moving to China.

The winter temperatures here, although never freezing, are such that the terraces can only support one rice crop a year. After the harvest, from mid-September until mid-November depending on the elevation, the terraces are filled with water until April, when the planting begins.



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From elevations as high as 6,500 feet, the terraces undulate down into the valleys, forming intricate patterns that mirror the clouds and the sky. The fusion of man and nature creates awe-inspiring beauty, and I love the patterns and the diversity of colours that can be found at each site.


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You can see more of Theirry’s work on his website: thierrybornier.net where he offers week long photography workshops in rural China beginning in February of next year.

Via: Maptia

Posted by: Owen

Colorcast OOO4: Broken Deck

Posted by Jakub

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Beautifully dusty and complex, this mix from Broken Deck has all sorts gems on it from Patten’s rework of Caribou to Voxer which is another single from Broken Deck’s EP. We premiered his single Outmodeled earlier this month if you missed it.

Tracklist:
1. The Cyclist – Makeshift
2. Jam City – Gee
3. Caribou – Sun (Patten remix)
4. Rezzett – Yayla
5. Huerco S – Press On
6. Lee Gamble – Mimas Skank
7. Broken Deck – Voxer

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Liit Fighter presents Hadouken

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LACK records has recently become one of my favourite labels. Not just because they have a stellar back-catalogue, consisting of some great releases by Pablo Mateo and D-IX, among some other gems. But also because they have a really strong mix selection from friends of the label. Every time I listen to these mixes I discover a wealth of new music that gets me super hyped about life.

Their latest release is by Liit, with his EP titled Liit Fighter presents Hadouken. Prepare your ears for some really uplifting and addictive techno. Highly recommended!

Post by: Elaby Mackenzie.
I am a music blogger/enthusiast from Cape Town, South Africa.
Co-founder of Bluishvoid and contributor at Platform Magazine.

Slowdive Avalyn turns 25

Posted by Jakub

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Listening to tones that starts off soo frail then grows into a massive of wall of sound is something i’ve always chalked up as a masterpiece especially when its done in a way that makes a lot of pop music sound like a waste of time. The thing about Slowdive is that you want to live in their music, it the soundtrack to many people’s fantasy world of emotion which sounds sort of cheesy but when you’re mentally committed to a song its far more than just music for many of their fans.

Slowdive EP is 25 years old. It was released by Creation Records on November 5th, 1990.

When the band reformed for 2014, it seemed obvious to us to start our live shows by playing the Slowdive EP at the top of the set list. It sets out where we originally came from, and sets the scene for where we were going. And to celebrate that, we’d like to present a free live recording of Avalyn, performed during our USA / Canada tour last year. We are currently working on releasing the entire live set from that tour as a collection, so look out for news of that soon.

Vocals / Guitar – Neil Halstead
Vocals – Rachel Goswell
Guitar – Christian Savill
Bass Guitar – Nick Chaplin
Drums – Simon Scott

Song written by Halstead/Goswell/Savill/Chaplin/Sell
Mixed by Simon Scott

Answer Code Request: Calm Down

Posted by Jakub

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Man am I in love with this new Answer Code Request EP especially the title track. This sound is like a 15+ year old unearthed Mu-ziq track that got left off of Lunatic Harness but its coming from Marcel Dettmann’s camp. What really makes my mind wander is the fact that this sound is coming out along with proper trance and IDM in the forefront, not the cheap knock off stuff but the talents out there are taking a stab at the rebirth and if there’s more of this then I might have to start putting record purchases on credit cards.

The Echo Society IV: Veils

Posted by Jon M

LA based collective The Echo Society has announced their fourth show, IV:Veils. The show and will be conducted by Joseph Trapanese, and will feature visual design by EFFIXX, and sound by Satoshi Noguchi. Special guests also include Mica Levi, Justin Boreta (The Glitch Mob), Matthew Davis & Daniel Wohl, and will take place at the MAMA Gallery in Downtown LA.

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If you’re not familiar with The Echo Society, “it’s a group of like-minded composers, musicians, and artists who gather to inspire and enrich the community through the creation and performance of new original works”, and was founded in 2013 by Brendan Angelides (ESKMO), Judson Crane, Nathan Johnson, Rob Simonsen, Joseph Trapanese, Benjamin Wynn (Deru) and Jeremy Zuckerman, with past shows having included special guests such as Kira Kira, Ryat and Amon Tobin.

Take a listen below at their last show, Bloom:

ISO50 Premiere: Broken Deck

Posted by Jakub

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Dynamic ambience with this much detail and finesse is hard to come by, it doesn’t rely on repetition and seems to be one-upping itself constantly. I usually write off all new pitched vocal material right away but here Michael Wright works it in as an accent to a casual vocal part that lifts the song off the ground and brings it into the clouds, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Broken Deck is the project of East London electronic producer Michael Wright. Emerging with his debut EP Finisher on Proclectic Records at the beginning of 2015, Broken Deck has quickly resurfaced with Helter, his 2nd EP of the year and his first on Seattle-based label Hush Hush. Helter continues to showcase his rich, masterful style that confidently fuses textured ambience, punchy rhythms, haunting melodies, rumbling low end, and shadowy vocal samples.

A diverse and distinctive UK streak runs throughout the EP’s four tracks, each song morphing into its own world while flickering shades of influential artists such as Burial, Andy Stott, and Actress. “Outmodeled” and “Total Return” explore Broken Deck’s more introspective side, focusing on spacious beats and arresting atmospherics while the upfront rhythms of “Voxer” and “Endless” contain a leftfield pulse primed for adventurous clubs. Fitting perfectly into the nocturnal-leaning catalogue of Seattle’s Hush Hush Records, Helter is another impressive early step in Broken Deck’s budding discography.

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