THAT STRANGE COINCIDENCE OF “SHAKUHACHI” AND “LINGER”…

Joshua Sellers, composer and producer based in West Memphis, posted me this message:

I had to share this funny (and pleasing) coincidence with you. Searching on YouTube for shakuhachi music, I came across a shakuhachi player Ninjutsu (far more disciplined than me!) who has recorded some wonderful music which I just downloaded from iTunes. But what was funny was that the top video he listed under his favourites on his YouTube page is our video for “Linger”! What a strange coincidence! LOL! I just had to share that odd discovery with you :-)”

Thanks Josh for sharing this curious coincidence: how small the web (and the world) are. On his Riverflow blog, Joshua explained what “shakuhachi” is. It is a Japanese end-blown flute. It is traditionally made of bamboo, but versions now exist in ABS and hardwoods. It was used by the monks of the Fuke school of Zen Buddhism in the practice of suizen (吹禅?, blowing meditation). Its soulful sound made it popular in 1980s pop music in the English-speaking world.

 So here’s the link to NinjutsuLives on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/user/NinjutsuLives

 Links to the “Linger” video on YouTube pages:

 Earscapes Channel

http://youtu.be/iTtli44H66w

 Lacer/azioni Channel

http://youtu.be/lOTx5QphUjE

 www.earscapes.com

 

 

“LACER/ACTIONS AND LIFE”: AN “HEALING CLIP” WITH DR.SRINI PILLAY ‘S WORDS

The evocative and deep thoughts expressed by Dr.Srini Pillay about my art in his article at “The Huffington Post”, suggested me to create a videoclip-fragment. So, here it is: thirty seconds of words, music and one of my “lacer/actions” psycho-artworks; I selected “In amniotic fluid” (canvas, 57×87, 2010). The soundtrack is the beautiful Chopin’s “Nocturne n.2” .

It’s a sort of flash of some good thoughts about art and healing from Dr. Pillay, Psychiatrist, Harvard clinician, brain-imaging researcher, speaker, “Huffpo” columnist and author (“The Life Unlocked”, “The Brain and Business”, “Tle Science behind The Law of Attraction”).

These are the phrases from which I chose the videoclip words”Art is a form of healing whose effects we can see in the brain. When it is as beautiful as Alborghetti’s, it invites us to revisit the tragedy of terrorism, the horror of loss, and the beauty of our own resilience as we make our way through this mysterious life.”

 YOUTUBE LINK

http://youtu.be/FKSyUzhBSQQ

BLIPTV LINK

http://blip.tv/laceractions-lacerazioni/lacer-actions-and-life-srini-pillay-s-words-5546158

ANIMOTO LINK

http://animoto.com/play/tuhJDFO8jtDmYFPK8d6E9g

FACEBOOK LINK

https://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=209922685736923&saved

LINK TO “THE HUFFINGTON POST” ARTICLE BY SRINI PILLAY

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/srinivasan-pillay/911-art_b_953397.html

 

“LINGER”: JOSHUA SELLERS MEDITATIVE MUSIC MEETS ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI’ S ARTWORKS

Four blue colored images merge into the meditative sound of the Usa composer and producer. A videoclip “for the contemplative eye and ear”.

 

The meditative music created by Joshua Sellers – composer and producer – meets “Lacer/Actions” artworks by Roberto Alborghetti in a videoclip titled “Linger”. Made by Earscapes, the video presents a Joshua Sellers soundtrack accompanied by four images comin’ from the huge collection of Roberto Alborghetti (pics of torn posters and papers “captured” on cities walls). The pics – their titles are: “A quiet summer afternoon”, “A teardrop on your face”, “A wave on a shore” and “My dreams in a lonely night” – have the blue as a prevailing color. They suggested to Joshua Sellers to produce a clip “for the contemplative eye and ear”.

Joshua Sellers and Roberto Alborghetti are very glad about this collaboration borned and created in distance thanks to the web: Joshua lives in Arkansas (Usa) and Roberto overseas, in Italy (Europe). The meditative and slowly electronic sound of Joshua Sellers merge into the “Lacer/Actions” images that Roberto Alborghetti takes from ads billboards all around the world. A beautiful experience of sounds and colors (lenght: 9 minutes and 44 seconds). Josua Sellers said about it: “I do think that art and music can be a way of creating a meditative space, to slow down. It’s something I am naturally drawn towards I think.“

ABOUT JOSHUA SELLERS

Joshua Sellers ( www.earscapes.com ) has attended the University of Louisiana at Monroe studying music composition. Over the years, Joshua has worked as a performer, songwriter, producer, engineer, DJ and musical collaborator in classical, rock, folk, jazz, avant-garde, electronica and ambient music. As a member of the pop-rock duo Joker, Joshua released the album Homecoming in 2009.

In addition to musical projects, Joshua Sellers has been given an arts grant by the state of Louisiana for a poetry reading at the Masur Museum of Art (1996). Joshua has also been a co-editor of Hart Beats, a journal of philosophy and spirituality published in Monroe (1996-1998).
Joshua has long been fascinated with the sound textures. As a child, he would play with tape recorders, altering the tape speed or running the tape in reverse. Joshua Sellers: “I discovered that you could use a recording device not simply to document sound, but to create unique sounds never heard before.”

Reviving his interest in these childhood experiments, Joshua first began recording ambient music under the pseudonym Murmur in 2003. Rather than rely on the latest state-of-the-art synthesisers, Joshua uses found sounds, toy keyboards, electric guitars and shakuhachi as sound sources.
Joshua Sellers: “In music, we place traditional musical elements like rhythm, melody and harmony in the foreground and so we tend to not notice the actual texture as much. In my music, that’s a perception I want to reverse.”
In 2010, Joshua Sellers completed his first full-length album of ambient music, Amniosis. A new EP, State of Flux, is due to be released later in 2011, followed by a large-scale work, Elemental. Joshua Sellers: “I like to think of my pieces as enigmatic abstract icons, each providing a quiet meditative space and luminous presence of its own.”
Joshua Sellers currently lives in West Memphis, Arkansas, with future plans to emigrate to New Zealand.

LINK TO “LINGER” VIDEOCLIP

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTtli44H66w

 Joshua Sellers websites:

http://www.youtube.com/user/earscapes

www.earscapes.com

http://earscapes0.wordpress.com/