Sunday, May 31, 2015

I/You

Every two months, the local record store HOE has a vinyl evening, on which they play LP records brought in by their customers. Earlier this month, I took Brian Protheroe's I/You, one of my favourite obscure art pop records from the seventies to the meet-up. The cover, an obvious homage to Magritte, is excellent as well. No information on its designer unfortunately.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

The best Dutch #1 hits: 30. A different corner (George Michael)

As posted here, the Dutch top40 chart celebrated its 50th birthday in January this year. When I posted about that event, I included my top50 songs that made the top40 chart in the past. I was intrigued how few of my favourite songs actually made the #1 position, so the rest of the year I will be posting at a rate of one a week (on Saturday, the day the top40 was broadcast) my countdown of fifty favourite #1 hits. At #30, we find one of the most beautiful George Michael ballads A different corner ( #1 in 1986). The instrumentation is rich and suitable, the lyrics are predictably sweet, but have their moments in lines like "Take me back in time maybe I can forget, turn a different corner and we never would have met ". Art Rock score: 9/10 (awesome song, one of the 1000 best of all time).

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Shesmovedon

The cover of the Porcupine Tree single Shesmovedon from 2000 (taken from the album Lightbulb sun) is one of the best in their repertoire: an awesome setting, a great choice of focus, and stylish small print. More about Porcupine Tree on the linked Wikipedia page.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Galapagos

Partially because he has been less active on Flickr, but it has been far too long since my Flickr friend aftab featured in this blog. Well, here he is, with one of those beautiful wild life shots that he excels in. As always, all rights retained by the creator.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Sunday afternoon

We have finally come around to updating our web site again, with the added benefit that I can post some of my wife's latest creations in the blog the coming months. Here is a beautiful miniature oil painting (20x20 cm) that packs a lot of atmosphere in such a small space.

The Art of Lu Schaper

Saturday, May 23, 2015

The best Dutch #1 hits: 31. La solitudine (Laura Pausini)

As posted here, the Dutch top40 chart celebrated its 50th birthday in January this year. When I posted about that event, I included my top50 songs that made the top40 chart in the past. I was intrigued how few of my favourite songs actually made the #1 position, so the rest of the year I will be posting at a rate of one a week (on Saturday, the day the top40 was broadcast) my countdown of fifty favourite #1 hits. At #31, we find one of my favourite Italian songs of all time, Laura Pausini's La solitudine (Loneliness, #1 in 1994). A great pop ballad about a love lost, nothing special about that, but with a gorgeous melody and sung with great emotion and panache. Art Rock score: 9/10 (awesome song, one of the 1000 best of all time).

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

N

This album cover is as minimal as the title itself, but shockingly effective. It is the fourth album by Tokyo trio Nisennenmondai, whose experimental pop/rock sounds have been well received by critics, if perhaps not by the general audience.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Tour de Kampen

Maybe I should do this more often, as more often than not I'm very satisfied with the outcome. This shot is a digital merger of seven photographs taken during the start of the local bicycle race. Good responses at Flickr, probably just missing out on Explore.

Camera: Canon IXUS 115 HS, 12 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.02 sec (1/500)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.0 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

The best Dutch #1 hits: 32. Can't stay away from you (Gloria Estefan)

As posted here, the Dutch top40 chart celebrated its 50th birthday in January this year. When I posted about that event, I included my top50 songs that made the top40 chart in the past. I was intrigued how few of my favourite songs actually made the #1 position, so the rest of the year I will be posting at a rate of one a week (on Saturday, the day the top40 was broadcast) my countdown of fifty favourite #1 hits. At #32, we find Gloria Estefan's beautiful ballad, Can't stay away from you (#1 in 1989). In the charts, the song was billed alternately as a Gloria Estefan solo record or one with her band the Miami Sound Machine. Effectively, this is a solo effort though, the exciting Caribbean rhythms of the Sound Machine having been replaced by lush instrumentation. Art Rock score: 9/10 (awesome song, one of the 1000 best of all time).

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Tulip fields

Earlier this month, we managed to see some of the tulip fields that the Netherlands are so famous for. These were just 20 minutes by car from our home, but for years we had failed to see them in time. I posted a series of photographs on Flickr, but for the blog I decided to include a digital art version of one of these, created with the free software SuperPhoto (painting mode) that came with my laptop. The link leads to the original photograph.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Dynamics

Another co-production with my wife. She took a print on canvas of my photograph Peugeot Headlight (blogged here), added some paint and more importantly magazine cut-outs, to create a beautiful piece of mixed media art.

The Art of Lu Schaper

Saturday, May 09, 2015

The best Dutch #1 hits: 33. Fernando (ABBA)

As posted here, the Dutch top40 chart celebrated its 50th birthday in January this year. When I posted about that event, I included my top50 songs that made the top40 chart in the past. I was intrigued how few of my favourite songs actually made the #1 position, so the rest of the year I will be posting at a rate of one a week (on Saturday, the day the top40 was broadcast) my countdown of fifty favourite #1 hits. At #33, we find one of ABBA's many hits, Fernando (#1 in 1976). Only one year after their runaway Eurovision Songfestival win with Waterloo - but what a great step forward in so many respects. This sensitive ballad showed that the Swedish quartet had much more to offer than many thought. The song was written for and included on Frida's solo album, but the band decided to re-record it as a single (strangely enough, it never made a regular album). Art Rock score: 9/10 (awesome song, one of the 1000 best of all time).

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Sunday, May 03, 2015

The Made in China project

The linked art-icle is a really interesting read, which makes you think. The Dulwich Picture Gallery replaced one of its paintings (by Jean-HonorĂ© Fragonard) by a copy made to order in China. They then told the visitors that one painting was replaced by a copy, but not which one. The challenge was to discover which one was the copy in the exhibition. About 10% of the visitors got it right, but the curator noted a vast increase of number of visitors and a clear increase of interest in looking at each painting. Full story in the link - the gif that I created shows the original and the copy (the latter is the brighter one with a small white line on top in this gif).

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Saturday, May 02, 2015

The best Dutch #1 hits: 34. Don't cry for me Argentina (Julie Covington)

As posted here, the Dutch top40 chart celebrated its 50th birthday in January this year. When I posted about that event, I included my top50 songs that made the top40 chart in the past. I was intrigued how few of my favourite songs actually made the #1 position, so the rest of the year I will be posting at a rate of one a week (on Saturday, the day the top40 was broadcast) my countdown of fifty favourite #1 hits. At #34, we find the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice song about Evita Peron, Don't cry for me Argentina in the original version by the British singer Julie Covington (#1 in 1977). Art Rock score: 9/10 (awesome song, one of the 1000 best of all time).

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Friday, May 01, 2015

Victim

Once more one of my attempts at digital art based on my own photographs, created with the free software SuperPhoto that came with my laptop. This is a painting version of a photograph I took over two years ago, at a small exhibition in a nearby museum. The link leads to the original photograph.