Just because it’s great

2014/11/21

Tom Waits’ press conference, ahead of his Glitter and Doom tour.

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Eric Eckhart’s DIT Project – The Video

2014/08/14

Do It Together from ORANGE 'EAR on Vimeo.

http://ericeckhart.bandcamp.com/album/dit-do-it-together – Listen, FREE download and share the album!

"Connect with Eric Eckhart at http://www.ericeckhart.com".

100 independent artists came together for one week to record, design, film, promote, mix, master and release Eric Eckhart's new album, all in front of an audience and all without spending ANY money at a former grocery store in Berlin.
DIT: Do-It-Together is a short documentary film about this unique, open source and powerful project that shows how independent artists can work together to build their own alternative music industry.
Find out how you can host a screening of the film at info@ericeckhart.com.
DIT was produced by 'A Headful of Bees' international artist collective based in Berlin – http://www.aheadfulofbees.com and Orange 'Ear Video Productions – http://www.orange-ear.de
DIT is an open source project and release under a Creative Commons license.

"Produced at Supermarkt, Berlin – http://www.supermarkt-berlin.net"


For Inspiration & kreative Gesellschaft

2012/08/30

The last five years in my life were five of the best. That stemmed primarily from the wonderful, warm, creative people I met while living in Berlin. From them came a sense of community, of shared endeavour, and a constant buzz of inspiration.

It was those things that led to the formation of the artist collective, A Headful of Bees, and next week, my delightful and fabulously talented colleages are running Do It Together workshops as part of Berlin Music Week. So if you’re in town, why not go along and pick up a dose of that fantastic momentum that I got from these people? The underlying concept is learning how we as artists can be our own music industry. We’ve seen it work for the shining beacons of DIY/DIT like Amanda Palmer; find out it if can work for you!

5€ gets you into as many sessions as you want on the day (Friday the 7th for the Bees’ workshops), and to be sure you don’t miss out, you can pre-book your tickets here.

And then, to feed your inspiration further, why not check out a splendid assembly of Berlin’s finest singer-songwriters at Lovelite?

 

And if that’s not enough, there are special Berlin Music Week Sofa Salon living room concerts on the 5th and 7th! So much shiny in such a short time! Be sure to have some surgical-grade duct tape on hand, in case your heart explodes with delight!


A Twilight Shore

2012/08/12

Part 1

An ink-black sky and bright sea underneath
– a storm that never breaks –
just the rumbling, old-man voices
of wind and waves, rising and falling in argument,

and the sand, hissing cold
through the dry grass on the dunes,
where a dim glow dances
between shrunken, groaning timber.

Like shipwreck sails, the tattered dresses
of the Caretakers whip against their legs.
Bent into the wind, bent with age,
they walk the strand and scan the water’s edge:

no sea-shells, no boats, no messages
in bottles – not any more.
The only thing these waters bring,
in their phosphorescence and foam:

a traveller at her jouney’s end –
one more body
washed up
on the twilight shore.

Electric drawing by mr oCean (c) 2007

Part 2

Wake up, weary traveller.
Come warm up by the fire.
Take another spoonful now:
it’s all that you require.

Wake up, weary traveller.
You’ve further yet to go.
Where your journey takes you now
is not for us to know.

Stand up, weary traveller.
We’d love to have you stay,
but your footprints are ahead of you;
it’s time you were away.

Go now, weary traveller.
Although you may be dead,
follow where the sea-breeze blows;
you’ve one more dream ahead.

Walk on, weary traveller.
Tire not, weary traveller.
Walk on, weary traveller.
We wish that we could, too…

Text: mr oCean
Music: Lina Paul
© 2011
Illustration: mr oCean ©2007


Trawled

2012/07/24

Over the last year or so, my esteemed friend and colleague, Dreynardine, has been trawling the mr oCean Archive of Unfinished Musicks and turning his finds into exquisite noise. And the result has emerged into the world:

I am absolutely delighted with it. It is unsettling at times, beautiful at times, noisy quite a lot of the time, and curiously ambient.

Here is Dreynardine’s description to accompany the 2nd part of the series, A Wimple, A Stain:

Deep on the oCean floor outside the bounds of natural light, a Dutch galleon decays regally. Strange eyeless creatures inhabit its portholes and the ancient timbers creak and groan. Elsewhere Poseidon plugs his axe into a cranked Fender tweed amp and shakes out an aquatic blues crackling passing jellyfish with sparks of electricity.

Enjoy the oddity!


Getting Reacquainted

2012/04/22

It has been mighty quiet here since the flurry of January’s “River of Stones”, but all is not silent. I have been intermittently delighting in getting to know some old friends again, and you can hear some of the resulting sounds here. It’s all work in progress, but you’ll be able to hear some of these pieces evolve over the coming months.


Debut Album for Wasp Summer

2011/12/07

Ladies and gentlemen, it delights me to announce that my dear friend and multi-talented superhero, Wasp Summer, is about to release her debut solo album, and you can help make it happen. The music is already recorded and her excitement about it is positively radiant. She has launched an IndieGoGo campaign to raise the money for the final stages: mixing, mastering and manufacturing. As well as snaring you a copy of the album, there is a cracking selection of bonuses for contributors, so please pop by and have a look. Splendid music and superb value!

Her music is alt.country/folk and her voice is like both a warm hug and roller-coaster for your heart. Have a listen on ReverbNation, SoundCloud or BandCamp. Also dear to my heart, she was also a member of Melbourne band, The Mime Set, who did such mind-blowing work with poet, Sean M. Whelan.

Close as a Slow Dance will be the first A Headful of Bees release for 2012. Please help make it real!