To the notes of MJ, the music of “The last dance”

To the notes of MJ, the music of “The last dance”

Emanuele D'Angelo · 8 months ago · Music

It was 1963, in America radios were playing “It’s now or never” by Elvis Presley, John Fitzgerald Kennedy was leading the country and in mid-February in New York the great basketball star Michael Jeffrey Jordan was born.
Today, years later, thanks to the precious material of ESPN and Netflix we are reliving emotions and retracing the 97-98 season of the Chicago Bulls.
The story of an absolute myth, a man who wrote every record, but not only, a team that managed to leave an indelible mark in our memory.

The Last Dance“, the last dance is a tailor-made dress made for MJ, from music to dialogue, a tour through the golden years of hip-hop, which vaguely coincide both with the beginning of Jordan’s career and the rise to the cultural limelight of the NBA.
Initially, as Jason Hehir, the director of the series himself admits, the idea was to have Kendrick Lamar record all the songs used in the series in a modern key, but the project proved too time-consuming. So the director chose the original music of the time, telling the story of the 80s and 90s and the world where “the Bulls” lived.

The first song on the playlist could only be “Sirius” from “The Alan Parsons Project“, an unforgettable song for all sports fans and especially the Bulls.The love story with this song was born in 1984 when the speaker of the Bulls, Tommy Davis, listened to “Sirius” while he was sitting in a theater waiting for the beginning of a movie. On the way home in a hurry, he stopped to buy the record and rehearsed the line-up with the music in the background all day long.
In a short time, “Sirius” went through Chicago Stadium like an electric shock and, over time, many professional teams from every sport used this beautiful song, in Italy the first to use it was Sassuolo football.

One of the songs that symbolizes the highlights is definitely “I ain’t no joke” by Erik B & Rakim, which fully describes that boy from North Carolina, chosen third in the draft by the Bulls. A rhythm that accompanies every step of the young basketball player who has always done seriously, showing his potential on the field.

To open the documentary was chosen “Been Around the World“, the 1997 Puff Daddy’s song with Mase and B.I.G. is the perfect ally to tell and capture the cultural glamour that the Bulls had achieved in the late nineties.

Rudy Chung, the music supervisor of the series has thought of everything, some songs make the difference like: “The Maestro“, a Beastie Boys song that is halfway between punk rock and rap, but that perfectly describes the chaotic style of play of Dennis Rodman and his colorful public life. Or “How ya like me now” by Kool Moe Dee that accompanies a celebratory sequence after Jordan’s first playoff triumph over the hated Detroit Pistons. The editing of Jordan’s 63-point playoff game against the Celtics in 1985-86 is perfectly synchronized with the percussion boom and the flow of LL Cool J’s “I’m Bad”.

One of the most moving moments in MJ‘s life, however, is when his father’s lifeless body is found. This dramatic event in the documentary produced by Netflix is accompanied by Simon & Garfunkel’s famous “The sound of silence”. A difficult moment to go through even for the strongest athlete of all time who, because of his grief, will decide to retire and end his career early. A choice not made by chance, given the scandals that overwhelmed him, Magic Jordan over the years had some problems with gambling and many journalists tried to hypothesize a correlation between the two events, in fact never experienced before.

From hip-hop – undoubtedly a dominant influence – to rock to RnB, from Notorious B.I.G. to the Beastie Boys, to Janet Jackson, 55 tracks that tell the story of one of the strongest NBA franchises ever. They tell the story of a man like all of us, fragile with his worries, but who hasn’t lost sight of his goal: to be the best ever. A man who retired for the third time definitively in the 2002-03 season, when Eminem dominated the charts with “Lose yourself” and George Bush at the helm of the country, but to whom even today artists like Drake and Future still dedicate pieces like “Jumpman“.

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Korbinian Vogt, the connection of human and nature

Korbinian Vogt, the connection of human and nature

Giulia Guido · 6 days ago · Photography

Born in Munich in 1995, Korbinian Vogt discovered his passion for photography at an early age, when he was still a child. 
For the past six years or so, Korbinian has been working independently, with the freedom to focus on the subjects closest to him. In fact, for some time now, his attention and his artistic research have been focalized on a recurring theme in the history of art: the connection of human and nature

Although this theme has been part of the history of art since its origins, it was between the 18th and 19th centuries thanks to Romanticism that it became central to the artistic debate and beyond. The new concept of the sublime is often described as that feeling of awe mixed with fear that man has in front of the magnificence of nature.

– Read more: Nadia von Scotti photographs the delicate balance between man and nature

Representatives of this new aesthetic became painters such as Turner and Friedrich and, looking at Korbinian Vogt’s shots, it is not difficult to find that sense of perfection and wonder that comes when man rejoins nature without wanting to control it at all costs, but allowing himself to be overwhelmed by it. 

Korbinian’s photographs show young naked girls surrounded by the icy and pristine landscapes of Greenland, Norway, Iceland, but also the Alps, where we cannot help but notice the harmony created between the body and the elements of the landscape, from rocks to streams, from snow to grass. 

The works should show a timeless view of the connection of human and nature, combined with wilderness of the north.

Below is a selection of shots, but to make sure you don’t miss the next ones follow Korbinian Vogt on Instagram and visit his website

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Regular Rain: the suggestion that hides a puddle

Regular Rain: the suggestion that hides a puddle Contributors · 5 days ago · Photography

A debate has always governed the world of art: reality or fantasy?
Both fronts have brave warriors, but this battle does not foresee, nor has it ever predicted, winners and losers; it changes the style, but not the urgency of the artistic expression. There are also those who, however, are able to unite these two aspects, creating a third one: in this case, we are talking about Slava Thisset.

Russian photographer and graphic designer, Slava describes himself as a visual scientist: combining both arts, he creates unexplored and fluorescent worlds. A third dimension, made of realistic forms and surreal aesthetics, comes to life. Because of the neon lights and their saturation, his works seem to belong to an extraterrestrial reality. This feeling is combined with the vision of the artist, who perceives that he is the Earthman among aliens.

His subjects are usually models, mostly females, but he dedicated an entire project to rain. In particular to puddles, to be exact. Influenced by the streets of his city – Sochi -, Slava Thisset was fascinated by the neon lights reflected in the water. The more he looked at them, the more he seemed to enter another dimension.

Thanks to the combination of photography and post production, everyday life has become extraordinary. Even the most common things in the world, like a puddle, have taken on the charm of exception. A result obtained from both reality and fantasy.

If you feel that this world does not belong to you, you should suspend the rules too. Let be astonished, by this universe and by Slava one too.

Article by Cobie

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The intense and dramatic portraits of Max Fairclough

The intense and dramatic portraits of Max Fairclough Contributors · 5 days ago · Photography

Melbourne-based Australian photographer and portrait artist Max Fairclough travels the world in search of a special emotional connection with his subjects. Whether it’s to work with great artists and musicians or for more straightforward personal projects, Max manages to create a deep emotional connection with his photographers and is able to retain and communicate this through his shots.

An anomalous artist and observer, Max Fairclough knows no boundaries: he regularly travels between Los Angeles, Tokyo, London and Mumbai to document his surroundings and create unique dramatic portraits.
His photography is vivid, intense and theatrical, rich in shadows and contrasts and with a distinctively dark and warm palette. These aesthetic choices thus give a particular tone to his shots and recreate sharp and edgy atmospheres.

Max has worked extensively with some of the world’s leading record labels including Capitol Records, Universal Music and BMG. He has also been involved in several musical tours including Troye Sivan, Vance Joy, Dean Lewis, Bring Me The Horizon and PVRIS.

See a selection of his shots here, follow him on Instagram and on his personal website.

Article by Federica Cimorelli

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“RED MOON”, photographs of a mysterious summer

“RED MOON”, photographs of a mysterious summer

Giulia Guido · 4 days ago · Photography

Often, to warm ourselves in these cold winter days, to escape from everyday life, we present photographic projects made in summer, along endless white beaches, when the light of sunset warms the faces and looks. 
RED MOON” by Arturo Bamboo is yes a photographic series made in summer, but different from all the others.

Arturo Bamboo, a Dutch photography duo composed of Arthur Groeneveld and Bamboo van Kampen that we met a few months ago when we talked about the “Summer Diary” project, is back to make us dream with the photo book “RED MOON“. 

“RED MOON is a personal album of dreamlike memories and feels like a middle ground between a utopia and a dystopia.”

– Read also: A Mediterranean summer: the shots by Arturo Bamboo

RED MOON” is a collection of shots produced this summer in different beach locations overlooking the Mediterranean. These are analog photographs, shot on a reverse-rolled color negative film to emphasise the raw beauty of the subjects. With this technique, the photographers have obtained images with a thick grain and characterized by two colors, black and red, and the result is a collection of landscapes, silhouettes, views almost abstract and mysterious. Perhaps not the summer we dream of, but thanks to the black and especially red, it becomes intriguing, almost passionate.

The book “RED MOON” consists of 22 pages, some photographs can be found below, but to discover it in its entirety visit Arturo Bamboo’s website and Instagram profile

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