Monday, 31 August 2009
Hervé Tullet is a French children's author, internationally acclaimed illustrator, artist and art director. My cousin is having a baby in November and I can't seem to stop planning the awesome things I'm going to get for it (sex unknown). So far, the list includes a towel with hood and ears, a cuddly bunny, and some books that it won't possibly be able to enjoy until the age of five at the earliest. Birthdays are mapped out for the forseeable future. Have been doing some personal reconnaissance work re: Tullet (which has absolutely nothing to do with me wanting the colouring book for myself, and everything to do with baby suitability...) Will post an update when said colouring book has been delivered.
Also - full disclosure - I went to a preview of (500) Days of Summer a week ago and can't stop listening to the soundtrack, which hopefully explains the track above.
I kind of hate it when people post YouTube videos, and hardly ever click play. But today I've been relistening to Bjork, one of my all time favourite singers, who has the most amazing videos. They are actually very hard to find online, so I can't post all of my choices. Here is a fairly decent low resolution video gallery with lots of extra detail about the various themes and directors she's worked with (Spike Jonze, Michel Gondry, Nick Knight, Chris Cunningham etc.... dream team).
Controversially my favourite video not posted is probably Pagan Poetry, mainly for the part towards the end where she starts crying. One of the reasons I am obsessed with her videos the most is that she breaks so many cardinal rules of music videos as dominated by Beyonce, Britney, Girls Aloud– including no make up, shaved head, body stockings, corset piercing, nudity, and absolutely no flattering angles at any time. As much as I love the divas listed above, I can’t handle any more overly edited videos of them wiggling about in leotards with 6 inches of make up (apart from this, obviously, of which I will never be able to watch enough).
Anyway if you ever have a chance to watch Bjork’s music videos on DVD do it! Also click here to see a live performance of Aurora at the Royal Opera House, London, 2001. It shows the process behind the sound effects on the track (including crunching gravel and an Inuit chorus).