Kirkeby’s panoramas in von Trier’s *Breaking the Waves*

Per Kirkeby has created unforgettable works of art, some of which were commissioned for three of Lars von Trier’s films. After watching all of von Trier’s theatrical releases over the last three months, I kept returning to Kirkeby’s digitally-altered landscapes in Breaking the Waves (1996) for inspiration.

To avoid spoilers, I’m including screenshots only of the latter half of each episode/chapter intro. Watch the movie for the full effect! NOTE: Von Trier films are not for the faint of heart.

Breaking the Waves, Chapter One

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Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Forecastle 2013

Zepfanman has finally seen (a fourth of) Zeppelin. Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters played at 7pm on the final day (Sunday, 7/14/13) of Louisville’s annual Forecastle festival. The performance was the icing on the cake of an epic weekend of music, with a set on the main Mast Stage between Grace Potter & The Nocturnals and The Avett Brothers.

Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters
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Forecastle 2013 artists playlist

155 songs and over 11 hours of music on Mog.com in preparation for Louisville’s Forecastle Festival, July 12-14.*

Forecastle Festival
Used by permission from The Forecastle Festival

I’m hoping Robert Plant will play a Zeppelin tune or two, like this totally reconfigured “Black Dog” performance last year. I’m not even going to mention any other “must see” artists for fear of leaving anyone out, but here are a few of the headliners: The Black Keys, The String Cheese Incident, The Avett Brothers, Alabama Shakes, The Flaming Lips, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Toro Y Moi, Jim James, and Big Boi.
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You’re invited! Four events in and around Louisville

I’m so thrilled about these upcoming events (3/7-5/4: two concerts, a play, and a lecture) that I’m inviting everyone. I’ll be buying my tickets in the next two weeks—and none of them are more than $25. Charles Bradley will be at Exit/In in Nashville on May 4th; the others are all in Louisville, through the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts (voted four times as Kentucky’s best venue for music, theater and dance).

Alice in Black and White
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A few album ratings – Part 6

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Rodriguez – Searching for Sugar Man – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (June 2012)

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Gregory Porter – Be Good (February 2012)

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Depeche Mode – Violator (March 1990)

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Tegan and Sara – Hearthrob (January 2013)

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Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city (October 2012)

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Father John Misty [J. Tillman of Fleet Foxes] – Fear Fun (May 2012)

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Tycho – Dive (November 2011)

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Cliff Martinez – Drive – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (September 2011)

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Daft Punk – Discovery (March 2001)

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Soundgarden – Superunknown (March 1994)

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Michael Jackson – Dangerous (November 1991)

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Michael Jackson – Bad (August 1987)

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Michael Jackson – Thriller (November 1982)

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Soundgarden – King Animal (November 2012)

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Tom Tywker, Reinhold Heil, and Johnny Klimek aka Pale 3 – Cloud Atlas – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (November 2012)

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Rodrigo y Gabriela – 11:11 (September 2009)

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Michael Jackson – Invincible (October 2001)

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Led Zeppelin – Celebration Day (November 2012). However, I give the film version a 10.
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Exploring the history of home video and music media

I may need help (honestly). Anyone want to go on this data quest with me?

It wasn’t until November, when Led Zeppelin offered their new concert film (Celebration Day) on Blu-ray, that I asked myself, “Is it finally time to stop buying DVDs?” So I began to dig into the history of home video formats, and decided it would be fun to build a timeline (presented here) of both music and film media over the past 135 years.

Timeline of music and movie media types

This timeline screenshot (in Excel) is a very crude draft of what I’m aiming for. The quest is purely for my own interest, but if anyone else has good data, infographics, books, and links to share on the topic, I’d love to hear from you.

I’m sure I’m biting off more than I can chew, but I’m also interested in what the timeline implies for issues about copyright and the changing face of information exchange and media consumption in general.