The film starts by following a mysterious hooded figure, as it moves around city walls surrounded by brightly lit advertisements and giant pills rolling down slides.
As the figure progresses, the animation shows people scrolling through images on tablet devices, individuals fighting, and dogs and cats confronting each other in alleyways.
The surrounding city occasionally resembles New York, but according to Merc the environment is meant to represent “a metaphorical crossroads” rather than a specific place.
“It’s about the culture of war and violence, and in that regard it can be any place that is struggling with this,” he said. “We’ve been saying it reflects modern society in a hyper-real, borderline dystopic way.”
The hooded individual is chased by drone cameras floating overhead and policemen in gas masks, while the action is overseen by a sinister-looking politician.
The main character reaches what appears to be a weapons factory and reveals herself as a girl with bright pink hair. She uncovers a giant missile, which she fills with pink liquid from a test tube.
“I really wanted to have a powerful female protagonist,” Merc told Dezeen. “I wanted someone who was a bit of a ninja, and there would be a bit of mystery surrounding them, their journey being something you realise as the story unfolded.”
“We did a lot of character design to explore and understand what makes this character special,” he added. “We explored a lot of form, and it was important not to over-sexualise the character.”
The subterranean garage was designed by Geneva studio B29 for a home near Lake Geneva, where the owner – an undisclosed royal – keeps his classic cars and motorcycles, including an Austin Healey Sprite.
The building provides security for the valuable vehicles, as well as freeing up space ground level to create a “paddock area” for manoeuvring.
“The first purpose of this building was to case a collection of motorcycles and luxury cars,” studio founder Thomas Bregman. “It is kind of a man cave, or a James Bond super garage that our client ordered.”
“We were interested in building a project like a tailor would cut a suit for his client,” he added.
The two car-sized lifts are operated by giant electric pistons and are sheltered beneath a 7.5-metre-long pitched roof. This is supported at one end by a small semi-glazed enclosure, which can be used for extra parking and maintenance.
The linear roof is modelled on a 19th-century stable block, but instead of the traditional timber bracing, the structure is built from concrete and brick.
the artist and architect collaboration plans for a subterranean gallery and two semi-subterranean art installations to be integrated into ARoS’ existing fabric.
limited to 150 models worldwide, the edition is based on the recently launched ‘DB9 GT’ which includes a 6.0 liter V12 engine with front and rear sterling silver badges, and ‘007 bond edition’ exterior logos.
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“Life,” the latest feature from Dutch photographer-turned-filmmaker Anton Corbijn, best known for his portraits of musicians, explores the dynamic relationship between Magnum photographer Dennis Stock (played by Robert Pattinson) and American icon James Dean (Dane DeHaan). Despite Dean being the big name draw for most, Corbijn tells Dazed, “It is really the story of Dennis Stock.” Stock tracked the brooding, introspective Dean right on the brink of fame as he returned home from Los Angeles for an infamous Life Magazine photo essay that ran just months before his untimely death.
According to Ben Cosgrove, editor of Life.com, “as iconic a star as Dean has become, much of the public’s view of the brooding young man from Indiana was, in fact, formed not by his singular onscreen presence in Giant, East of Eden or even Rebel Without a Cause, but by a series of remarkable pictures made in early 1955.”
Friedman amps really don’t need any introduction, Dave Friedman has become a legend in the guitar industry thanks to his company Rack Systems Ltd. building incredible rigs for the likes of Steve Lukather, Jerry Cantrell, Slash and Joe Bonamassa. Aside from his legendary rack and rig building company Dave Friedman also makes amazing amplifiers including signature models for Steve Stevens and Jerry Cantrell.
The BE-100 is the modded plexi head that has become one of the most sought after amps over the past few years, I had the chance to play one over at the Cilia Guitars workshop a couple of months ago and it is definitely worth the hype! Until now there haven’t been any metal demos of the Friedman BE-100 (at least I haven’t seen one) but I think this is the ultimate metal demo for Friedman from yet another incredible Aussie talent (see my earlier post on PLINI for another), James Norbert Ivanyi. Every time I hear James Ivanyi play I am stunned, he has incredible accuracy and a writes impossibly complicated riffs and yet he can play beautiful melodic passages too so he needs an amp that does it all. From what I experienced the Friedman has an incredible amount of gain on tap when you need it but cleans up nicely using the guitar volume, it is touch sensitive yet an absolute monster. Great demo Mr Ivanyi!
uniformed young children at university in moscow are seemingly dissimilar to people running to class in the buddhist kingdom of bhutan – nevertheless, even though the atmospheres are broadly various, mollison discovered the youngsters to be astonishingly alike.
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The name is Bond, James Bond. And his name won’t be forgotten in all the places he has been to. Every one of his missions means an around the world adventure from sacred sites to luxurious hotels. The shots of breathtaking sceneries aren’t missed in every Bond movie and don’t even forget about the lovely kick-ass women who complete the whole picture. So how do you travel like agent 007? Better get dressed and start visiting these 10 locations where he’s been throughout the years.
1. Dr. No (1962)
North Shore, Jamaica
According to Ian Fleming’s novel Dr. No (1958), Crab Key was an island located thirty miles north of Jamaica and sixty miles south of Cuba. The island has an area of 80 square kilometers and 3/4 of the land towards the east was occupied by swamps, shallow lakes and marshland filled with thousands of trees and mangroves. This is where Dr. No had built his lair located into the mountain at the west of Crab Key. The thing is, Crab Key doesn’t exist in real life and the location used for the filming is in North Jamaica, using shots that made it look like a small island. The northern coast of Jamaica is popular tourist site featuring a variety of hotels and beachfront resorts.
2. From Russia With Love (1963)
Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey
The spectacular Hagia Sophia is one of Istanbul’s famous landmarks. This place was shown in the scene when Tatiana leaves the plan of the consulate and the whereabouts of the MacGuffinesque Lektor machine. It’s also the part where Red Grant kills the Russian agent. Hagia Sophia is a church declared to be the most imposing monument of the Byzantine Empire. From a church, it was turned into a mosque in the 15th century and became a museum in 1935.
3. Goldfinger (1964)
Andermatt, Uri, Switzerland
While Bond trails Goldfinger’s Rolls Royce along the Swiss Alpine roads in his Aston Martin DB5, he encounters Tilly Masterson in Andermatt. Andermatt is a small Swiss village located 80 kilometers from Zurich in the Leopontine Alps near the Simplon Tunnel. Andermatt is a go-to spot when it comes to hiking and skiing.
4. Thunderball (1965)
Love Beach, Nassau, Bahamas
After the underwater tryst of James Bond and Domino, you’ll find them ashore under the sun in a beach named Love Beach, located west of Gambler Village on the northwest shore of New Providence. It is one of Nassau’s good snorkeling spots to visit due to its shallow seas and rocky sea bottom that makes it easy to snorkel even for beginners.
5. The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
Temple of Karnak, Luxor, Egypt
From Cairo, James Bond and KGB Major Amasova find themselves driven out to Luxor and there they follow Jaws into the Great Hypostyle Hall, a maze of giant columns found inside the temple complex of Karnak. The Karnak Temple Complex is a sacred site in Egypt known for its mix of decayed temples, chapels, pylons, monuments, and other creations that showcase ancient Egyptian design and architecture.
Every year since moving to the new factory in 2011 Suhr have held a party at the same time as Winter NAMM with live performances from Suhr artists such as Pete Thorn and Ian Thornley and this year saw the return of my fellow Sydneysider James Norbert Ivanyi who has recently released a stunnning second solo album ‘The Matter Circumvention‘ and Andy Wood who recently released his second solo album ‘Caught Between The Truth And A Lie’. Both guitarists are incredibly versatile in different ways, James with his progressive Metal roots and Andy with his bluegrass roots. As a bonus, accompanying Andy on a fetching green drip finish Suhr was none other than Ben Eller, guitarist, teacher and general entertainer with an excellent and hilarious series on YouTube called ‘This is why you suck at guitar’ which you can check out here – https://www.youtube.com/user/BenEllerGuitars.
Above is a video featuring James Norbert Ivanyi playing the track ‘Thumb Trick’ from his latest album. Below is Andy Wood and Ben Eller below playing “Got a light”:
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An advertisement on Craigslist is providing a “KerteszCaster,” a sound human body electric powered guitar made in tribute to the renowned early twentieth century photographer André Kertész. Critically. The advert alleges that the wood for the guitar, shaped with reference to the Fender Telecaster, was recovered from “a shelf owned by Kertész exactly where he retained his publications and prints in his Washington Sq. apartment.”
James Norbert Ivanyi’s debut album “Aphasia” was a powerful onslaught of blistering metal riffs with moments of beautiful acoustic guitar, piano and violin. It was interesting, virtuosic and a significant beginning for a truly gifted young Australian musician. James went on to perform at the Suhr factory party which takes place every January and he has been invited back again this year where he will perform tracks from his latest release, “The Matter Circumvention”.
“The Matter Circumvention” was released a couple of days ago on Bandcamp and you can listen online before you buy – http://jamesnorbertivanyi.bandcamp.com/. As you would expect from Ivanyi if you have heard his previous albums there are plenty of technical Metal riffs but this album takes a much more of fusion direction with more bluesy guitar tones, swirly hammond organs and more of a classic Prog rock approach to the compositions. With this new direction I feel James may have opened up his music to an entirely new audience who perhaps found some of Aphasia too heavy. This is definitely not a shredder album enjoyed by mainly guitar players, it will appeal to a wide audience of rock and metal fans.
“The Matter Circumvention” consists of 6 tracks and features David Horgan on drums, Keyboard solo’s and additional piano by Beau Golden and a guest guitar solo by James Muller on ‘thumb trick’. This new album from James Norbert Ivanyi is absolutely stunning, both in terms of composition and as a guitarist. James has drawn on the classic sound of 70’s prog and fused it with modern progressive instrumental metal and in doing so created something quite unique and definitely very enjoyable to listen to.
Aussie guitarist James Norbert Ivanyi released a stunning debut solo album ‘Aphasia’ back in November 2013 and has just his 2nd album, ‘The Matter Circumvention‘, due for release on January 16th and available to pre-order now at http://jamesnorbertivanyi.bandcamp.com/. As you can hear from the video above track 5, ‘Thumb Trick’, is a slight shift from ‘Aphasia’ towards the more progressive side of Metal. Not to say the previous album wasn’t Progressive Metal but this has more of a Jazz Fusion element to it, I really like this direction and can’t wait to hear the rest of the album.
James mentioned in a recent video that he recorded most of the new album with his Suhr Classic Antique rather than his Suhr Modern so I wonder if there will be more of this Fusion influence throughout the record, all will be revealed in 16 days!
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James Norbert Ivanyi, in case you haven’t heard, is a young and very talented Australian guitarist who released his debut solo album, Aphasia in November 2013. Since then you may have seen and heard James’s playing on various Suhr demo videos such as the Suhr Cherry Modern Satin video and now James is finishing production of his follow up to Aphasia called ‘The Matter Circumvention’. Whilst James was putting the final touches to his new album he recorded the video above talking about his 3 Suhr guitars which I thought you would enjoy.
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