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Country Funk. A genre with no name

In 2012, Country Funk 1969 – 1975 Vol I gathered together songs from a genre with no name. It’s a genre created not from geography or shared ideology but a term applied retrospectively based solely on the feel of the songs: hip-swinging rhythms with bourbon on the breath. These were songs to make your cowboy boots itchy, written and performed by the likes of Bobbie Gentry, Johnny Jenkins and Link Wray. Songs that encompass the elation of gospel with the sexual thrust of the blues; country hoedown harmonies cut with inner city grit. Compiled from tracks dating from the late ‘60s to the mid ’70s, Country Funk is the sound of country music blending with sounds and scenes from coast to coast, white America’s heartland music blending with the melting pot as the nation assessed its identity in advance of its bicentennial year. The good news for the people who fell in love with the first volume of Country Funk is this: there’s plenty more where that came from. There’s a follow-up to that first 16-track disc with a second …

The Inside Guide VI. Berlin

No amount of guidebook research can replace local knowledge so FNND has asked locals about their city and how they interact with it. This is the sixth in a series, with part two focused on the capital city of Germany, Berlin.   Modern Berlin is home to renowned universities, orchestras, museums, entertainment venues, and is host to many sporting events.     The city is well known for its festivals, diverse architecture, nightlife, contemporary arts, and a high quality of living.   There is plenty to explore in this city so meet Berlin local Parusha Naidoo – a kind heart and inquisitive mind who loves the food and culture of the city.   What you do for a living? I’m a freelance graphic designer and right now I run a vegan pop up dinner club called Chakalaka. Vegan & plant-based food and lifestyle which is focused on great flavour & food design. How did you end up in Berlin? A good friend of mine moved here a few years before I did. I would visit her and her  husband a …

Dubai’s theatre and arts centre

DUBAI COMMUNITY THEATRE AND ARTS CENTRE   Dubai Community Theatre & Arts Centre (DUCTAC) aims to contribute to the creative and cultural development of Dubai by presenting and hosting a programme of events and participatory activities for Dubai’s many multi-national communities and visitors alike. The Theatre & Arts Centre is the first modern, non-profit, cross-community creative centre in the Gulf. This flagship project was the brainchild of local theatre-lovers, arts enthusiasts, artists and business people who recognised the need for an entertainment and educational centre for the community of Dubai. The centre offers a range of workshops and activities for all ages and next door is a small art and craft materials shop where you can by most materials from easels to palette knives. You can find them at http://www.ductac.org Or email info@ductac.org Or phone for bookings on +971 (0) 4341 4777

spike jonze’s ‘HER’ is a beautiful picture – with a limited palette

Spike Jonze is someone that needs very little introduction… but just incase, here is a brief one, courtesy of  FNND. Jonze’s breakthrough video for The Beastie Boys song “Sabotage” earned him four MTV Video Music Awards. Throughout the 1990s, he directed music videos and commercials. In 1999, he acted in and directed Three Kings. Jonze’s first full-length directorial effort, Being John Malkovich, earned him an Academy Award nomination. He went on to  direct many of the most interesting and critically lauded movies of the past decade, from Adaptation to Where the Wild Things Are. So what happens when a director known for his artful execution of big ideas decides to make a film about some guys computer operating system? HER is an American Science fiction romantic comedy drama film written, directed, and produced by Spike Jonze. It marks Jonze’s solo screenwriting debut . The film stars Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, and Scarlett Johansson as the voice of Samantha. The film centers on a man who develops a relationship with an intelligent computer operating system with a female voice and personality. HER is set in the future – but …

the 3D printer that can build a house

So imagine designing your own dream house, what would you say if a builder came to you and said he could deliver you a 2500 sq foot house in 24 hours? What if your friendly builder said he could skip past the weeks and months of waiting for materials to be delivered and trying to steal moments of construction in between spurts of bad weather? What if he said he could printout your house?   Well the researchers at California university reckon you’ll be pretty interested in that prospect. So much so that they have developed a new layered technology 3d printer called contour crafting. Up to now, 3d printers use thermal plastics that harden but this uses concrete in layers to construct straight or curved walls, even domes. The man behind this idea, Mr Koshenevis, said that everything is being made by computers and machines but not buildings and he wants to bring that technology to urban construction. The advanced process is actually quite simple: a computer program guides a giant robot with a …