Wednesday, June 09, 2010
In 1969, experimental composer Alvin Lucier designed a simple project with a not-so-simple intention. He sat in a room and made a short recording of his voice, which he then played back into the same room and re-recorded. Lucier then re-recorded the re-recording, and repeated this process over ...
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
Troy Andrews earned his nickname at a jazz funeral. Only four years old at the time, Andrews was parading with a trombone almost twice his size – his older brother spotted him and shouted "Trombone Shorty!"
A couple feet taller and twenty years older, Shorty still hasn't outgrown ...
Monday, June 07, 2010
Friday, June 04, 2010
There are a lot of people in the world with the same name. I've heard that “Mohammed” is the most common first name worldwide, and that the most common surname is “Li” (though I've never heard of a Mohammed Li...yet). I'm not sure where “Ben Frost” ranks, but I'm amused ...
Thursday, June 03, 2010
Tuesday, June 01, 2010
Guillermo del Toro was an inspired pick to direct the The Hobbit, the prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy. If anybody can keep Bilbo from getting cute – and keep Gollum genuinely creepy -- it’s the director of Pan’s Labyrinth. When del Toro visited Studio 360 last ...
Friday, May 28, 2010
Earlier this year, we introduced you to an Indian artist named Vijay Singh. For decades, he painted the bright, larger-than-life murals that showcased current attractions in Delhi’s old Bollywood movie theaters. Then digital printing put him out of a job. But he may have found a new market: hipster home decorator CB2.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
This Memorial Day weekend kicks off the Lightning in A Bottle festival in Irvine, California. The four-day event bills itself as 'equal parts music, art and green workshops' — and the name isn't a bad description for the music of one of its headliners.
The musician and producer ...
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Richard Holmes tells the story of chemist Humphrey Davy’s experiments with nitrous oxide (a.k.a. laughing gas). It's a wild tale of how the scientist convinced friends — like the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Mark Roget — to be human guinea pigs. Ironically enough, Roget (the future creator of Roget's Thesaurus) had trouble picking words to describe his experience: "I felt myself totally incapable of speaking."
Monday, May 24, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
Studio 360 has a summer project in the works and we need your help: we're redesigning the Fourth of July. Don't worry, it's not a complete gutting. We're keeping the red, white, and blue, the cookouts, and the fireworks. But there are a couple of elements that we think can use some sprucing up.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Caetano Veloso is called the Bob Dylan of Brazil; it may be Dylan who’s flattered there. At 67, Veloso continues to make music with the grace of a poet and the ebullience of a kid. In recent years his sound has been reinvigorated by the sharp edges of his son ...
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
We were sad to learn that among those killed in last week's Afriqiyah Airways crash in Libya was the talented Irish-born writer Bree O’Mara, 42. She was en route from her home in South Africa's North West Province to London to sign a publishing deal for her ...
Monday, May 17, 2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
Last week, WNYC’s Jerome L. Greene Performance Space was packed for Studio 360 Live — a night of stories and music about growing up with Josh Ritter, Martha Plimpton, and Junot Diaz. One of our favorite moments of the night: Josh Ritter’s beautiful, understated take on “Moon River.”
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
A playwright swaps homes with a longtime collaborator and friend — an actress named Molly Fox. Throughout the course of a single day in the Dublin cottage, the unnamed playwright ruminates on her friendship with Molly as well as other friends and family members. All the while, she's trying -- ...
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
Shirin Neshat creates visually stunning short films and art. The Iranian-born artist may be best known for her photographic series “Women of Allah” (1993-97) which depicts women wearing the chador, some carrying guns, their faces and hands covered with finely written Persian script. Her first feature-length film, "