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Vivid & Electric

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Since 2009, every year the city of Sydney dresses up the sails of its Opera House in colour for the Vivid Festival. The event is designed to cheer locals and visitors up from their Southern Hemisphere winter blues with light installations and music. The first two festivals were designed by international artists: Brian Eno directed the debut, while Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson did last year’s edition. This year, Stephen ‘Pav’ Pavlovic, founder of local record label Modular, has chosen the line-up. I no longer live in Sydney so I could not go to the concerts but I went through the festival program with a fine comb in search – as I always am – of new music.

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Image courtesy of Alex Photopaint

Armed with MySpace and itune accounts, I listened, followed and befriended the artists due to perform at this year’s Vivid and enjoyed their creative output immensely. Pavlovic is not just the dude who brought Nirvana to Australia; this guy is a genius!

The following “mixed tape” is a collection of what I liked best from the Vivid 2011 program plus Greg Sheehan, who did not perform at the festival but should have. Greg is an excellent percussionist; his music is evocative and original and is the perfect introduction to the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble so I slotted a couple of his tracks in. They make for a better compilation.

My second list (Electric 2011) is a derivation of the first: it comprises artists whom I found half-randomly, while compiling my Vivid tape. I very much hope that you enjoy both selections.

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Maurizio Viani
www.thepocketroad.com

Vivid 2011

Title Artist Album
Teenage Dream Katy Perry Teenage Dream – Single
Firework Katy Perry Teenage Dream (Deluxe Edition)
Daniel (Tara Bush remix) Bat For Lashes Two Suns
Living in America Dom Sun Bronzed Greek Gods
Feel The Love Cut Copy In Ghost Colours
Take Me Over Cut Copy Zonoscope
Blink and You’ll Miss a Revolution Cut Copy Zonoscope
Escapee Architecture In Helsinki Moment Bends
Contact High Architecture In Helsinki Moment Bends
W.O.W. Architecture In Helsinki Moment Bends
That Beep Architecture In Helsinki Moment Bends
Way Back Home Bag Raiders Bag Raiders
Shooting Stars Bag Raiders Bag Raiders
A Different Feeling The Avalanches Since I Left You
Kubing Greg Sheehan The Life Of My Time
Paw Paw Greg Sheehan The Life Of My Time
War Hypnotic Brass Ensemble Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
Flipside Hypnotic Brass Ensemble Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

 

Electric 2011

Title Artist Album
Abducted Cults Cults
Oh My God Cults Cults
All We Want, Baby, Is Everything Handsome Furs Face Control
Istanbul They Might Be Giants Flood
Narco Ballad The Wingard Manor If You Could See Yourselves
Daddy Built a Chimney The Wingard Manor If You Could See Yourselves
Wherever We Are (Grum Remix) Human Life ONELOVE – Sonic Boom Box (Mixed By Calvin Harris, Andy Murphy & Acid Jacks)
She’s Electric (Vega Italo Dub) Nightwaves She’s Electric
Sweet Carrie Nightwaves Sweet Carrie
My Sugar Cane The Sunshine Factory Sugar
Lifeblood Flow Midnight Juggernauts The Crystal Axis
Lara vs. the Savage Pack Midnight Juggernauts The Crystal Axis
6 O’Clock Blues Solange SoL-Angel and The Hadley Street Dreams (Deluxe Digital Version)
I Decided – Pt. 1 Solange SoL-Angel and The Hadley Street Dreams (Deluxe Digital Version)
Sandcastle Disco Solange SoL-Angel and The Hadley Street Dreams (Deluxe Digital Version)