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Marc Newson to design Sydney’s New Years Eve displays

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By Craig Simmons in New Design on Thursday 25 August 2011

The curvilinear Marc Newson is kind of a rock star amongst designers. He has been extremely fortunate to design such a diverse selection of ‘things’. He has been enlisted by Sydney City Council to design the displays for New Years Eve in Sydney this year. I trust we’re in for a geometrically curved welcoming to […]

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We Buy Your Kids

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By Craig Simmons in New Design on Monday 22 August 2011

These guys had me at the name, but the quality and distinctiveness of their retro-modern, screen-printed design aesthetic is just as strong. They seem to be quite productive, yet no work seems to be better or worse than another. They must have very good quality control procedures.

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Fancy video for the new Space March single

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By Craig Simmons in New Music on Monday 22 August 2011

Space Cowboy is a track from the new Space March album, Monumental, and is mixed by legendary producer Mark Saunders (The Cure, Erasure, Depeche Mode, A-ha, Tricky). The video was shot in Mungo National Park in outback Australia and features many fancy video effects to distract you from my over-acting.

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AudioCubes

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By Craig Simmons in New Trends on Monday 22 August 2011

Whilst the concept of a non-keyboard MIDI controller is nothing new, the AudioCubes do represent an elegant solution to the age-old dilemma of how to make live performance more interesting for electronic musicians. The performer can gesture around these coloured illuminated cubes to control synthesizer or effect parameters in real time.

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On Her Majesty’s Secret Service: epic score by John Barry

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By Craig Simmons in New Music on Monday 22 August 2011

Although the music I make is electronic and undeniably pop, one of my musical mentors is the film composer John Barry, who passed away earlier this year. Barry’s legacy of film scores is diverse, but he is most remembered for this 007 films with the 1969 On Her Majesty’s Secret Service being his and my […]

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Jens Lekman’s upcoming October 2011 tour

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By Craig Simmons in New Events on Saturday 20 August 2011

Jens Lekman is one of the cleverest songwriters of modern times and should be far more popular than he is.

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Analogue Video Synthesis

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By Craig Simmons in New Trends on Saturday 20 August 2011

In a digital world, where almost every video graphic you now see is created by software, you’ve got admire anyone who seeks to generate video graphics by analogue synthesis. In the same way analogue music synthesizers have an imperfect quality that is somehow appealing, video synthesizers have some elusive beauty in their output too.

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Visualising Music: 12 artworks for 12 songs

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By Craig Simmons in New Art on Friday 19 August 2011

Visualising Music: 12 artworks for 12 songs is an art exhibition I’ve put together for the new Space March album, Monumental. Each artwork is a visual response to the corresponding song.

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