Sunday, August 18, 2019

Organ sonata in the modern style

About a week ago, we visited the organ museum in nearby Elburg. A lovely experience, and I was particularly impressed by this colourful modern organ. With these lines and colours, the shot becomes quite abstract.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170 handheld
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal length: 8.9 mm
Exposure time: 1/20
ISO speed: 500
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

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Saturday, August 17, 2019

Keeper dozen: pop/rock albums of the 00s

This is the sixteenth of a series of posts that are inspired by the "Desert Island" phenomenon - and that uses an Ansel Adams quote in the wrong way (Adams stated that 12 photographs per year that you're satisfied with is a good showing). In this post I will select my 12 favourite pop/rock albums from the 00s. There is no ranking, I'll list them by year of release. I hope these lists inspire you to check out works you do not know yet.

Porcupine Tree - Lightbulb sun [2000]
Peter Gabiel - Up [2002]
Porcupine Tree - In absentia [2002]
Tori Amos - Scarlet's walk [2002]
Kayak - Merlin, Bard of the unseen [2003]
Green Day - American Idiot [2004]
Keane - Hopes and fears [2004]
Kate Bush - Aerial [2005]
Porcupine Tree - Deadwing [2005]
Blackfield - Blackfield II [2007]
Porcupine Tree - Fear of a blank planet [2007]
Steven Wilson - Insurgentes [2008]

Steven Wilson runs away with it in this decade, with four albums as front man of Porcupine Tree, one for his collaboration effort Blackfield (with Aviv Geffen), and a sixth one for his first solo album. There are repeat performances for Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush and Tori Amos. The Green Day album is the absolute highlight in their discography for me, and the Keane album is one of the best debuts of all time. Finally, we have the Dutch prog band Kayak with their concept album based on the King Arthur legend. Just missing out are some of the early albums by Coldplay and Muse.

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Friday, August 16, 2019

The zoological garden

Another painting that was displayed in the exhibition at the Singer Museum in Laren, and arguably the most important one. This large triptych is among the best works of German expressionist August Macke (1887-1914).

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Stafelalb in moonlight

Last Tuesday, we went to the Singer Museum in Laren to see their exhibition about German expressionists. An amazing collection, on loan from various German museums. Many of the paintings we saw will feature on the blog the coming weeks, starting with this beautiful alpine landscape from 1919 by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880-1938).

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Pandora's box

Going back in time to the jazz age for the poster of this Pabst movie - well, any excuse really to post Louise Brooks, one of my favourite movie stars.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Fire and ice

The third in a series of art abstractions that I shot some weeks ago in the Kampen City museum. All are details of three dimensional art works by Sibyl Heijnen. This is my favourite of the bunch.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170 handheld
Aperture: f/3.6
Focal length: 4.5 mm
Exposure time: 1/13
ISO speed: 800
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

Copyright statement: image created by myself. Copyright Hennie Schaper.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Keeper dozen: great covers (not better than the original)

This is the fifteenth of a series of posts that are inspired by the "Desert Island" phenomenon - and that uses an Ansel Adams quote in the wrong way (Adams stated that 12 photographs per year that you're satisfied with is a good showing). As a follow-up of the previous keeper dozen post, in this post I will select my 12 favourite pop/rock cover songs, which I do not like better than the originals (no versions in other languages, no live in concert renditions, no jazz standards etc), but which are very much worthwhile nevertheless. There is no ranking, I'll list them alphabetically. I hope these lists inspire you to check out works you do not know yet.

Bad Wolves - Zombie (Cranberries)
Disturbed - The sound of silence (Simon and Garfunkel)
Easy Star All-Stars - Time (Pink Floyd)
Elbow - Mercy Street (Peter Gabriel)
No Doubt - It's my life (Talk Talk)
Nouvelle Vague - Fade to grey (Visage)
Pat Benatar - Wuthering heights (Kate Bush)
Rocksferry - The raven that refused to sing (Steven Wilson)
Sarah McLachlan - Blackbird (Beatles)
Steve Hackett - Firth of Fifth (Genesis)
Steve Hackett - Supper's ready (Genesis)
Yes - America (Simon and Garfunkel)

A mix that may be more surprising than yesterday's counterpart. Metal versions of The sound of silence and Zombie (Cranberries' singer Dolores O'Riordan was scheduled to take part in that one, but her untimely death prevented it), and another cover of a Simon and Garfunkel song in full prog mode. Elbow's version of Mercy Street is part of Peter Gabriel's mutual covers project. Then we have a female take on Blackbird, a hit version of one of the best Talk Talk songs, and Pat Benatar covering Kate Bush. Three of the covers were selected to represent these bands extensive covers repertoire: the hilarious reggae dub version of Time, the bossa nova cover of the Visage hit, and the Mexican band Rocksferry, best known for their amazing Steven Wilson and Porcupine Tree covers. Finally, Steve Hackett, helped by excellent guest vocalists, revisits two of the most amazing works of his Genesis years.

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Sunday, August 11, 2019

Keeper dozen: great covers (better than the original)

This is the fourteenth of a series of posts that are inspired by the "Desert Island" phenomenon - and that uses an Ansel Adams quote in the wrong way (Adams stated that 12 photographs per year that you're satisfied with is a good showing). In this post I will select my 12 favourite pop/rock cover songs, which I like better than the originals (no versions in other languages, no live in concert renditions, no jazz standards etc). There is no ranking, I'll list them alphabetically. I hope these lists inspire you to check out works you do not know yet.

Carpenters - This masquerade (Leon Russell)
Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen)
kd lang - After the goldrush (Neil Young)
Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Blinded by the light (Bruce Springsteen)
Matthews Southern Comfort - Woodstock (Joni Mitchell)
Natalie Imbruglia - Torn (Ednaswap)
Peter Gabriel - Suzanne (Leonard Cohen)
Roxy Music - Jealous guy (John Lennon)
Steven Wilson - The guitar lesson (Momus)
Sinead O'Connor - Nothing compares 2U (The Family)
This Mortal Coil - Song to the siren (Tim Buckley)
Tori Amos - Time (Tom Waits)

Many of these were very successful and do not need additional information. Perhaps the least known to the general public are Steven Wilson's cover of the rather creepy Momus song - part of his series of "cover version" singles, kd lang's take on the Neil Young classic included in an album of covers of famous songs from Canada, and Tori Amos' take on Tom Waits' Time, also from an album completely consisting of covers. Some of those just missing the cut include Alison Moyet's The windmills of your mind (N Harrison), Linda Ronstadt's Blue Bayou (Roy Orbison), Ray Conniff Singers feautring Jackie Ward's The way we were (Barbra Streisand) and David Bowie's Friday on my mind (Easybeats) and China girl (Iggy Pop).

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Friday, August 09, 2019

Running up that hill (First Aid Kit cover)

When I was surfing YouTube in our gallery last week, I came across this wonderful cover of Kate Bush' masterpiece Running up that hill (a deal with God) by Swedish duo First Aid Kit. Although it does not outshine the original, it is a wonderful feat, especially live on a massive rock festival like Werchter's.

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Thursday, August 08, 2019

Backside lyrics

A gorgeous shot by my Flickr friend tapatim - I love everything about it, from the colour palet to the composition that suggests a collage rather than a photograph, to the mysterious title.

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Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Secretions

Garfunkel and Oates is an American comedy–folk duo consisting of actresses and songwriters Riki Lindhome (Garfunkel) and Kate Micucci (Oates). You may know them from their own TV series, or from their guest rols in the hit sitcoms Scrubs (Kate) and The Big Bang Theory (both). I'm not a big fan of their music, but I love the cover of this 2015 album.


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Tuesday, August 06, 2019

La Vie Parisienne October 1920

La Vie Parisienne was a French magazine, the covers of which have appeared a number of times in this blog. In this one, designed by Chéri Hérouard (1881-1961), they go with the increasing influence of Asia on European art, depicting a traditional Chinese dragon and using faux-Chinese font.

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Monday, August 05, 2019

Collision

The second in a series of art abstractions that I shot about ten days ago in the Kampen City museum. All are details of three dimensional art works by Sibyl Heijnen. I like the movement suggested in this excerpt.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170 handheld
Aperture: f/3.6
Focal length: 4.5 mm
Exposure time: 1/100
ISO speed: 200
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

Copyright statement: image created by myself. Copyright Hennie Schaper.

Sunday, August 04, 2019

Thirteen years

Happy Birthday to my blog for the 13th time. Once again I came close to stopping earlier this year, so chances that it will turn 14 in twelve months time are slim....

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Saturday, August 03, 2019

Salad oil from Delft

Anything connected with Delft still connects with me - I lived there five years, and got my engineering degree and my PhD at the university. This late 19th century poster is a commercial for the salad oil made in Delft, in a very attractive Art Nouveau style. After a bit more research I found that it was actually made my the famous Dutch artist Jan Toorop, who already featured in this blog a few times (link).

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Thursday, August 01, 2019

Oudestraat

Last year I posted a photograph of one of the medieval gates taken by fellow Kampen citizen Colin Kouffeld (link). Here he is once more with an unusual and very effective view of our city's main street, the Oudestraat, after the rain.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Lost in an absinthe dream

What's not to love here? A beautiful image, a great band name and a punny title. No clue whether the music is any good. This 1993 album by American neo-prog act Mutiny in Jonestown does get good reviews at the linked progarchives site.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Alone in the park

Here we have an artist I had never heard of (Poland's Władysław Wankie, 1860-1925), who painted in a late romantic style that is not a natural favourite for me - and yet, when I came across this 1900 painting in an art supplies advertisement, it immediately caught my eye. More about Wankie in the linked Wikipedia entry.

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