Seattle Office of Film + Music


SEATTLE SOUNDBITE CALLS FOR BANDS
December 10, 2009, 11:35 am
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The Stranger
Bands/solo artists have till Jan. 15, 2010 to submit music to be accepted for Seattle Soundbite, an annual event that combines fine street dining and tasty tunes from Seattle-based musicians. The catch: At least one member of your band has to be employed by the food service industry. Hurry, learn how to cook and/or take orders! For all the details, follow the above link.



CHECK OUT NEW WASHINGTON FILMWORKS YOUTUBE CHANNEL

Washington FilmWorks’ YouTube Channel
Washington FilmWorks has launched a YouTube channel which includes videos from their 2009 Viral Video Campaign. The campaign solicited local filmmakers to create :30 and :60 commercials promoting Washington State as a great place for motion picture, commercial and television production. Final videos from Mark O’Connell, Will Chase & Lucien Flynn, Staci Bernstein & Ilona Rossman Ho, and Philip Rezek & Michael Welty are available for viewing. Click the above link to watch them!



THREE IMAGINARY GIRLS PROFILED BY THE SEATTLE WEEKLY
December 9, 2009, 12:44 pm
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Seattle Weekly
Local indie rock blog, Three Imaginary Girls, gets a write up and interview courtesy of the Seattle Weekly. The Weekly calls TIG “the largest, most well-respected independent music blog in Seattle, one that’s broken pop bands that live in their saccharine-sweet wheelhouse and spawned at least a couple of fawning imitators.” To read the full profile and interview, follow the above link.



SEATTLE INSTRUMENT INVENTOR TRIMPIN HEARS MUSIC EVERYWHERE
December 9, 2009, 12:43 pm
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Wired
When the earth quakes, most people run for the closest doorway. Trimpin heads to the studio. The German-born artist-inventor has been generating sounds inspired by oddball sources since he was a kid. So when a tremblor struck his adopted hometown of Seattle, Trimpin tuned in to the sonic chaos. “I had tympani hanging on a catwalk that started to move back and forth, got out of control, and smashed to the floor,” he recalls. “Outside, trolley cables came together and created sparks. That was the inspiration to use seismic data as musical material.” So Trimpin designed giant marimbas that translate tremors into ever-shifting compositions. The Seismofone is one of several contraptions featured in Trimpin: The Sound of Invention, a documentary about his life, which is released on DVD this month. To read the full profile, follow the above link.



JOIN KPLU FOR FREE HOLIDAY JAZZ CONCERT

KPLU
Award-winning jazz vocalist (and Roosevelt High School graduate) Sara Gazarek will anchor this years’ KPLU Holiday Concert. She’ll perform Christmas selections with the University Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Dr. David Deacon-Joyner. Ms. Gazarek will be joined by jazz pianist/composer Dawn Clement, who is a faculty member at Cornish College of the Arts. The event will take place at Pacific Lutheran University this Thursday, December 10.



SWAP IT, SPIN IT, BRING IT, SCREEN IT AT VERA THIS WEEKEND

Sub Pop
All ages venue, the Vera Project, and Seattle online radio station Hollow Earth Radio, are teaming up to host a holiday fair extravaganza on Saturday December 12th at the Vera Project from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm featuring items for sale from independent Northwest record and cassette labels, silk-screened show poster makers, independent record dealers, and a variety of local craftmakers. Bands will be playing live throughout the day while you browse including: The Foghorns, 1985, June Madrona, Dashel Schueler, Iji, and World History. The “screen-it” part of the fair will include demonstrations by Vera silkscreen instructors. Bring a piece of fabric to practice on, or you can buy white T-shirts at the event.



NEKO CASE PROGRAMS TCM TONIGHT

AV Club
In a stellar film + music combination, Tacoma native singer-songwriter Neko Case will be serving as TCM’s Guest Programmer tonight, sitting in with Robert Osborne and talking about four of her favorite movies. Those movies are: Radio Days, A Face in the Crowd, The Third Man and the 1945 version of The Picture of Dorian Gray. Check it out tonight on TCM beginning at 5:00 pm Pacific time.



APPLE CONFIRMS PURCHASE OF LALA.COM
December 8, 2009, 10:59 am
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Billboard
Apple Inc. has purchased online music retailer Lala.com, a Silicon Valley start-up that has threatened “the end of the MP3” with its fast song-streaming application. Lala has developed an application — not yet available to the public — that allows users to buy the right to stream songs from a digital locker for an unlimited time on their iPhones for 10 cents each. The song quality is lower than what Apple’s iTunes songs offer, but tracks can played in seconds, and cost much less than the songs on iTunes, which generally are priced at 69 cents to $1.29 each.



WATCH THE MOONDOGGIES ON KEXP
December 7, 2009, 1:51 pm
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VARIETY NAMES NFFTY EXEC. DIR. JESSE HARRIS ONE OF 25 TALENTS WHO TRANSFORMED YOUTH ENTERTAINMENT IN 2009
December 7, 2009, 1:49 pm
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Variety
NFFTY co-founder and Executive Director Jesse Harris was one of 25 individuals honored by Variety in their annual Youth Impact Report. Fellow Impact List members included Danny Boyle, Taylor Lautner, Abigail Breslin, Jordin Sparks and more. Read Jesse’s profile and the full Youth Impact Report at the above link.