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Denseland: Scrape It Up

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By Snorkel in New Music on Saturday 10 September 2011

Denseland’s album Chunk is one of the most impressive to these ears in recent years. They are trio made up of David Moss, Hannes Srobl, and Hanno Leichtmann. Moss is familiar through his work with John Zorn and other ‘downtown players’ during the 80s and early 90s in New York and this recording carries strong […]

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Sodaplay: construct your own models

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By Snorkel in Cool Websites on Saturday 10 September 2011

This is a simple, fun interactive website that lets you play and construct your own models that follow simple physical laws. It’s very immediate and fun to start throwing the models around and enjoy hours of wasted time.

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Animated puppetry style video for new Snorkel single

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By Snorkel in New Music on Tuesday 6 September 2011

The Deadskin video was made by a friend of ours, Shaw Petronio. He has previously made videos for the band Sparks and Ben was involved in the live VJing performance on some of their tours. With a nod to Terry Gilliam, Shaw uses a cut-up animated puppetry style against a backdrop of film collage to […]

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Step Across The Border: Morning Song

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By Snorkel in New Film on Wednesday 10 August 2011

Step Across The Border is a film that follows Fred Frith and various musicians playing, rehearsing, and improvising, interspersed with interviews, conversations and observations shot beautifully in black and white. It’s an amazing film about music which manages to combine incredible performances with moments of the everyday as he travels through various locations. This is […]

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Sculpture: a band combining animation with live music

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By Snorkel in Video on Wednesday 10 August 2011

We have had the pleasure of sharing the bill with these guys a few times. Definitely one of our favourite acts around at the moment. A music and animation duo, Dan Hayhurst makes the sound using drum machine, dictaphone, samplers, fx and tape, loops of which are plucked from a mic stand and fed through what looks like an answering machine. Reuben Sutherland does the visuals, DJ-ing zoetropic vinyl picture discs printed with intricate concentric circles of illustrated frames which come to life when filmed with a camera.

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Information Is Beautiful

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By Snorkel in Cool Websites on Thursday 4 August 2011

A website dedicated to understanding information through visualising by David McCandless. Information Is Beautiful explores the world by revealing hidden connections and patterns with neat graphics. It’s great how the range of ideas — from fun to more serious subject matter — can come together in a clear, visual way and eradicate endless mundane lists.

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A magnetically patchable live remix synth

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By Snorkel in Video on Thursday 4 August 2011

Folktek were brought to our attention by producer Ivor Guest, who has started to buy some of their instruments. They are beautifully made, sound and look fantastic and are wonderfully erratic: a blend of analogue circuitry, junkyard sound generating devices, and high-end digital processing.

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