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Dust and rain, and rainbow

Under - Inspiration, Media, Music

Dust and rain, and rainbow - Pakistani folk, classical and Sufi music

I wrote about Pakistani folk music before. Here comes a fusion of classical Pakistani folk and Sufi music with modern strings. I’m extremely sceptical when it comes to remixing classical folk with modern tunes but what is done at the Coke Studio below by Rohail Hyatt is so full of life, vibrant, refreshing and soul warming that I want to stand up and applaud, and applaud, and applaud…

The tracks below are in Seraiki, Sindhi, Punjabi and Urdu languages, featuring legendry Sufi kalam and folklore. Pakistani music is very diverse at its core, with heavy influences from South Asian, Central Asian, Turkish, Persian, Arab and modern western music especially American Rock resulting in a very distinct and signature sound.

Coke Studio prides itself on providing a musical platform which bridges barriers, celebrates diversity, encourages unity and instils a sense of Pakistani pride. Coke Studio is an inspired step by Coca-Cola for having created a platform where renowned as well as upcoming and less mainstream musicians from various genres can collaborate musically.

Mai Ni Main by Atif Aslam

Aik Alif by Noori & Saieen Zahoor

Aj Latha Naeeo by Javed Bashir

Toomba by Saieen Zahoor

And, this post wouldn’t be complete without a nice pop song by Zeb and Haniya.


Chup by Zeb & Haniya

Artists featured: Saieen Zahoor, Javed Bashir, Atif Aslam, Noori and the female duo Zebunnisa Bangash and Haniya Aslam.

Visit Coke Studio for more electrifying performances.

27 March 1
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SolarBeat

Under - Inspiration, Miscellaneous, Music

There’s something in it, I’ve been listening to this beat for some time now.

A simple ambient musicbox (by Luke Twyman), with sounds generated using the orbital frequencies of our solar system.

SolarBeat

SolarBeat

Chopin, Nocturne, Opus 27 #2, piano solo (animated)

Under - Art, Inspiration, Music

Nocturne by Frédéric Chopin, opus 27, number 2, accompanied by an animated graphic showing interval type.

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Uniqlock: music, dance and clock

Under - Advertising, Inspiration, Media

Uniqlock

Season 6 is out now. I watched these excellent clips a year ago and was completely blown away. Despite dance being quantum physics to me I think dancers’ synchronization in these clips with music, time and tempo is brilliant. The genius behind this campaign for a clothing retailer is out of box to raise brand awareness.

Uniqlock

Uniqlock

Uniqlo (UNIQue CLOthes), Japan’s leading clothing retail chain, came into world’s attention with its innovative online and integrated campaigns attracting millions worldwide. Produced by Projector Japan, Uniqlock is combination of music, dance and clock in a downloadable screensaver format and blog widget. In Projector’s words:

UNIQLO was seeking an innovative way to build its brand awareness internationally, and promote its business expansion into the global market. We recognized the 70 million blogs worldwide as a powerful buzz-building media, and created a functional and entertaining blog widget for the bloggers to spread the brand globally. The campaign concept we developed was the fusion of a CLOCK which functions as a blog utility, time signaling MUSIC, and DANCE performance videos with UNIQLO clothing. We named it UNIQLOCK. As a 100% UNIQLO branded widget, this automatically became a tool to connect UNIQLO and the world’s bloggers.

Despite the campaign becoming more rhythmic and animated, Season 1 is till my favourite. You can visit the whole archive here.

Watch something different this weekend!

Under - Art, Media, My Musings

If you are planning to watch something different this weekend then I have three movie recommendations for you.

Le scaphandre et le papillon (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly)

This intense and moving French movie is based on the memoirs of Elle France editor Jean-Dominique Bauby, who suffered a stroke at the age of 43, paralyzing his entire body except his left eye. Being trapped in his body he blinked out his entire experience in a book.

Le scaphandre et le papillon (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly)

Le scaphandre et le papillon (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly)

Excellent photography by Janusz Kaminski would make you feel as being part of Bauby in his experience of life within confinement of his own body. Having watched this movie you would only appreciate and understand simple pleasures in life that we take for granted.

I haven’t seen many French movies but this appears to be an excellent piece of French cinematography to me and one of the best movies in years I watched.

The Story of the Weeping Camel

The very first thing I wanted to know when looked at this movie’s title was what made my wife to recommend this! But, having seen it, I have no problem recommending it to everyone, everyone who wants to appreciate simplicity of life.

The Story of the Weeping Camel

The Story of the Weeping Camel

Gobi desert (Mongolia) is one of the least known places in the world and this documentary drama is around a family of nomadic shepherds who wanted to save life of a rare white camel calf that was rejected by its mother. Better summarised by TNS at IMDb:

A family of nomadic shepherds assists the births of their camel herd. One of the camels has an excruciatingly difficult delivery but, with help from the family, out comes a rare white colt. Despite the efforts of the shepherds, the mother rejects the newborn, refusing it her milk and her motherly love. When any hope for the little one seems to have vanished, the nomads send their two young boys on a journey through the desert, to a backwater town in search of a musician who is their only hope for saving the colt’s life.

The movie tempo is quite slow (so as life in desert) with quite an emotional ending.

Dancer in the dark

I’ve been listening Björk since ‘Play Dead’. Never knew this Icelandic signer is also gifted with acting talent that was truly evident in her only movie (so far) ‘Dancer in the Dark’ wining her several Best Actress awards. The movie might be a bit grim and depressing for some. It is a musical around an East European immigrant to United States in early 1960s, which was going blind with a 12 years old son.

Selma (Björk) is a Czechoslovakian immigrant, a single mother working in a factory in rural America. Her salvation is her passion for music, specifically, the all-singing, all-dancing numbers found in classic Hollywood musicals. Selma harbors a sad secret: she is losing her eyesight and her son Gene stands to suffer the same fate if she can’t put away enough money to secure him an operation. When a desperate neighbor falsely accuses Selma of stealing his savings, the drama of her life escalates to a tragic finale. (Summary from IMDb)

Dancer in the dark

Dancer in the dark