The Boys on the Bus Interview

On July 1st I will be siting with my old friends Jay Serken & Chris Hardwick talking about our time going across country with Depeche Mode. We all won a contest to be in the movie Depeche Mode 101. The talk will be broadcast on a radio show called Black Door. It is hosted by DJ Andi. It’s live and drinks will be served so expect a few fun stories!

“The Boys on the Bus: DM 101 Revisited LIVE on WFKU RADIO – 8 PM. This special edition of BLACK DOOR will feature the stars from the infamous 101 documentary. OLIVER CHESLER, JAY SERKEN, and CHRISTOPHER HARDWICK will take you back to 1988 to the Music for the Masses tour! For two hours, they will answer your questions, reminisce about old times and play special Depeche Mode tracks!” – Black Door

For more info: facebook.com/events/1494001460833691/

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on June 17, 2014 at 7:22 am, filed under interviews and tagged , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Elektro Moskva

My friends over at Sequencer.de mentioned a movie called Elektro Moskva yesterday. It looks amazing so I had to repost the info here. The movie is about the Russian synthesizer world. If anyone knows how I can see the full film let me know. I am excited to go perform in Moscow in a few weeks.

“On a western device, you push a button and get a result. On a Soviet instrument, you push a button and get something.” – Benzo

For more info: elektromoskva.com

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on November 21, 2013 at 5:54 am, filed under hardware, synthesizer and tagged , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



I Dream of Wires 2013 Trailer

The incredible modular synth documentary I Dream of Wires is getting closer to being finished. It comes out this June. The new trailer above is great. I can’t wait to see this and further justify my obsession and spending.

“This is the famous red panel that was apparently dipped in LSD where you could kind of lick it and get some extra inspiration.”

For more info: idreamofwires.org

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on February 11, 2013 at 2:48 pm, filed under modular, synthesizer and tagged , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Fictional magazine covers from Blade Runner

Here we have an incredible 80s find. These magazine covers were created by Tom Southwell and appear in the movie Bladerunner. How beautiful and fascinating! A look into our future and past. You can get some more info on each magazine by clicking on it’s image.

“Fictional magazine covers from Blade Runner… as shown in the blade runner bonus feature “Signs of the Times: Graphic Design”. The covers were created by production illustrator Tom Southwell in 1980-1981 and appeared in the background on a magazine stand in the city streets.” – sbwoodside

For more info: bladerunnerthemovie.warnerbros.com and imdb.com/title/tt0083658

photo credits: sbwoodside

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on July 9, 2012 at 1:07 pm, filed under video and tagged , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



The Skin I Live In

I knew my 10 days in Berlin would be incredible. What I didn’t expect was the movie I was going to watch on the flight home would be just as epic. At 42 I’ve seen a lot of films. When I was 13 my father showed me A Clockwork Orange. It takes a lot to impress me. Whenever I fly I download a few movies onto my iPad. I usually just look at see what’s rated highly on Rotten Tomatoes and is somewhat new. Within the first 10 minutes of Pedro Almodóvar’s The Skin I Live In my eyes were glued wide opened on the screen. It’s a super stylish tragic drama with a heart wrenching and surprising twist. It’s too early to tell for sure but I believe it’s one of the top 10 movies I’ve ever seen. I’m so in love with what I saw I would dare say it could even be my favorite movie of all time. If you have seen it let me know your opinion (good or bad). If you haven’t seen it wow you are in for a real treat!

“it’s instantly clear that something is jumping beneath the surface here, threatening to burst forth.” – NYTimes

For more info: sonyclassics.com/theskinilivein and imdb.com/title/tt1189073

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on June 14, 2012 at 9:22 am, filed under video and tagged , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



PressPausePlay

Everyone can be an artist and that’s ok. In fact it’s great. I’ve had no money and I’ve had a lot of money and it made no true difference in my personal happiness. What you share and leave behind on this earth is what matters. I wish my father created music albums. It would be a thrill now to hear him singing about what was important to him.

“The digital revolution of the last decade has unleashed creativity and talent in an unprecedented way, with unlimited opportunities. But does democratized culture mean better art or is true talent instead drowned out? This is the question addressed by PressPausePlay, a documentary film containing interviews with some of the world’s most influential creators of the digital era.” – presspauseplay.com

For more info: presspauseplay.com

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on January 12, 2012 at 6:29 am, filed under political and tagged , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Retard World

The FP – Trailer from Trost Bros. on Vimeo.

I called this post “Retard World”. I could have also called it “End of Days”. Please watch the movie trailer above. Please tell me this is a joke, a fake trailer or a bad dream. How is something so stupid possible? America’s financial rating should be downgraded solely on the basis we can produce something like this.

“THE FP is a little difficult to explain; it’s basically a gang warfare movie, except instead of rumbles the rival gangs fight it out with Dance Dance Revolution.” – aintitcool.com

For more info: aintitcool.com/node/50632

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on August 7, 2011 at 7:06 am, filed under video and tagged , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Tron Moog

Two retro futuristic things get mixed together in Jacob Borshard’s Moog meets Tron Poster. Imagine this as one of those 70s felt glow in the dark posters you could get at Spencers. $25 for blue, $50 for the limited edition red ones.

“A survey of notable modular series types as well as a complete collection of every classic Moog all-in-one synthesizer, presented in chronological order. Two color screen print on heavyweight black paper with gloss varnish. Measuring 18×26, this artist printed art print is signed and numbered in an edition of 75. Also available in a ‘BAD GUY’ red edition of ONLY 6!” – nakatomiinc.com

For more info: nakatomiinc.com

via matrixsynth and synthtopia

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on December 17, 2010 at 5:05 am, filed under hardware, synthesizer and tagged , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Watch out it’s a new Gaspar Noé movie.

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Gaspar Noé. Do you know that name? If not go and rent a movie called Irreversible. Are you back? I apologize. I know that was really hard to watch. Now you will never forget the name Gaspar Noé. He’s a French director who up until this point had ridden the line between “The next Stanley Kubrick!” and “Disgusting useless film maker”. He has a new movie called Enter the Void which will help the world decide which tag line will be set upon his name permanently.


Teaser of Enter the Void by Gaspar Noé (new version)
by Le_Temps_Detruit_Tout

I’m not sure why but there is violence that is wrong,  violence like porn and violence like art. Our world has a large pool of music that fits in the violence as art category. Maybe violence as a musical form is the easiest way we as humans digest and excise such dark parts of our physiques. What I find so interesting about Gaspar Noé’s films is how they seem less like movies and more like my favorite evil album.

Have you seen any of his films?

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on May 24, 2009 at 7:17 am, filed under music, Uncategorized and tagged , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Sunday Sounds: The Liquid Sky Soundtrack

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9-n9gpFVpk

Growing up, my father showed my brother and I films from a reel to reel machine that he owned. Looking back I’m pretty shocked at some of the stuff he subjected us to including the movie Liquid Sky. Liquid Sky (1983) was a sci-fi flick directed by Slava Tsukerman where the alien was searching for drugs but discovered orgasms were better. Now imagine all the actors as club kids and the sound track was all real analog electronic. One of my favorite films of all time? You bet!

“Invisible aliens in a tiny flying saucer come to Earth looking for heroin. They land on top of a New York apartment inhabited by a drug dealer and her female, androgynous, bisexual nymphomaniac lover, a fashion model. The aliens soon find the human pheromones created in the brain during orgasm preferable to heroin, and the model’s casual sex partners begin to disappear. This increasingly bizarre scenario is observed by a lonely woman in the building across the street, a German scientist who is following the aliens, and an equally androgynous, drug-addicted male model. (Both models are played by Anne Carlisle, in a dual role.” – Marty Cassady, imdb.com

Liquid Sky

You can hear four of the crazy songs from Liquid Sky in full on the following MySpace page:
http://www.myspace.com/liquidskyslavatsukerman

1. Noon
2. Me and My Rhythm Box
3. Aliens Theme II
4. Margret’s Apartment

Come on now scream it with me: “It is pre-programmed. So what!” – Me and My Rhythm Box

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on February 1, 2009 at 11:18 am, filed under music and tagged , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



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