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been | The Legend Of Zelda – Symphony Of The Goddesses

The Legend Of Zelda - Symphony Of The Goddesses

At E3 2011, Jason Michael Paul Productions produced a 4 minute overture to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the iconic Zelda franchise. The clip contained footage from the various titles paired with an arrangement of some of the stirringly beautiful themes the series is famous for which, for anyone who’s spent even a moment of their childhood wrapped up in the saga of Link and Zelda, was one hell of a nostalgia trip. Shortly after the event a full concert was announced whose success would eventually lead to the creation of “The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses” to which I had the unique pleasure of seeing on the evening of the 14th of August at Auckland’s Civic theatre.

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The show begins with the aforementioned overture, conducted with infectious enthusiasm by award winning Australian conductor Jessica Gethin, and performed by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra with assistance from the haunting Freemason Chorus. The performers are accompanied by the very same footage from the E3 presentation projected upon the back of the stage behind the Chorus.

The closing of the overture precedes an early teary eyed applause from series fans and newcomers alike and is followed by a brief introduction from Jason Michael Paul and a short clip from the one and only Shigeru Miyamoto himself. Not the last we see of the legendary game director as he makes a further announcement towards the end of the show, espousing his love for the series and the personal impact it’s had on him. He’s joined by two further clips, one from designer and current director of the Zelda series – Eiji Aonuma (who began his work with the series during the spectacular “Ocarina of Time”) and the renowned video game composer Koji Kondo.

Each piece of music is expertly choreographed to footage of the particular title it’s inspired from. It’s not just promotional footage either: a good deal of the scenes are actual gameplay meaning someone played through and recorded them for the show (I like to imagine Mr Paul did a start to finish “Let’s Play” of all 30 years worth of games for this himself). The masterful pairing with the swelling and pacing of the score suggests the clips were chosen by someone with a love for the series and, while a couple of clips felt like slightly odd choices, the vast majority of footage fit in sublimely and included enough chicken chasing and Master Sword pulling to satisfy everyone.

The pieces include arrangements from many of the greatest games in the series. Act one begins with a composition of the Dragon Roost Island theme from Wind Waker which, as the piece draws to a close, has the orchestra bathed in crimson light while showing Links dramatic battle with Gohma in the caverns. The stage lighting is used to great effect throughout immersing you even further from the vibrant greens of the Plains of Epona during a piece from Breath of the Wild to the deep blue of the Great Sea during Movement III – The Wind Waker.

I could more than happily talk about each piece in detail but, as Miyamoto says himself that “life, just as in the game, is full of surprises” and the surprises of this show really need to be experienced in person. The show will be moving on to Perth on the 24th of August and Singapore on the 26th before returning to Melbourne for two more shows on the 3rd of September. I implore you, if you’re able, crack open some pots and collect as many Rupees as you can to make it to one of these showings. You will not be disappointed.

Hyah!

 

 

 

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DocEdge 17 | Tokyo Idols

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Canada / United Kingdom | 2017 | 89 min | Japanese / English Sub | Kyoko Miyake

Tokyo Idols focuses on idol culture in Japan and is more of an overview, rather than an in-depth look at what is a facinating subject.

We are introduced to young aspiring idols (some very young), and the journey that they inevitably will take on their road to success – or not. With so many eager would-be idols striving for the top spot, the competition is fierce and truly popularity based. A dominating factor of this popularity contest is based on a superficial image constructed by and for the individual. Innocence, youth, vitality, and cuteness are all key qualitites.

The fandom (and potential to profit from ‘super-fans’) is what seemingly drives this industry; However, once you start looking closer at this, questions start arising. Why are these sometimes significantly older men so emotionally invested in these young girls? Is it obsession? How healthy or unhealthy is this obsession?

With a constructed image of innocence and youth catering so blatantly to the personal desires of these fans, one has to consider some realities, such as safety of the idols (and perhaps a few other things).

This is cleverly illustrated with the characters we are introduced to; specifically Rio Hiiragi, or ‘RioRio’, to her fans. She is paving her way to hopeful success by doing her own promotional work, and utilises her small fan-base for support; you can truly see her earnest determination to succeed.

If you have little to zero knowledge of the subject, I would  highly recommend this as a introduction or taster if you will; It provides a fantastic overview as well as an objective take on Idol culture.

Absolutely recommend.

 

The 12th DocEdge Festival takes place Auckland 24 May – 5 June – www.docedge.nz

been | Lost in Paradise tour

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Roots superstars, Common Kings returned to New Zealand as part of their Lost in Paradise South Pacific tour.  They were greeted by a packed-out, raucous crowd at the culmination of the New Zealand leg at Auckland’s Powerstation last night.

The crowd, after being amped up by Mikey Mayz, were full of energy to welcome the Common Kings on stage.  They began their set with a drum and guitar set and played all of their classics as well as tracks from their latest album, Lost in Paradise.

Their mix of uptempo rock beats, feel-good vibes and emotional riffs had every member of the audience jumping, head-bobbing and swaying.  It was a great night for all hip-hop, urban and reggae fans a-like.  Whilst performing their own catalogue, they also played a few classic hip hop tracks, with their own unique twist.

All fans were certainly Lost in Paradise last night.

Check out our photographs from the night.  All photos were taken on a #HuaweiP10NZ.

been | Milky Chance

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Folk off- it’s not folk music, if there was no tambourine in sight!

Germany has certainly come a long way since David Hasselhoff and Rammstein.  Its latest ‘folky’ export comes in the form of Milky Chance, a nu-folk electronica act whose infectious toe-tapping songs charmed a sold-out crowd at Auckland’s Powerstation.  

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Their set, paired with the resonating bass and colourful lights left us feeling like we’d entered Milky Chance’s psychedelic brain. Each song was sung with perfection, every beat was tapped by feet, and several harmonica solos reminded the crowd, that folk music can be cool and a tambourine is not required!

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Milky Chance certainly have a cult-following of loyal fans here in NZ, and it showed with most of the sold-out crowd singing along to every song.  With a solid 90 minute performance, they performed tracks from all three of their albums, including Flashed Junked Mind, Cocoon and their biggest hit, Stolen Dance.  These tracks have been playlisted on several NZ radio stations and have racked up over 400 million plays on Spotify!

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If you ever get the chance to see them live, I’d fully recommend it.  Check out our photographs from the gig, taken on a HuaweiP10NZ.

humans of mac+mae: MC Bliss

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Something that is very special to me is the craft of hip-hop music.  For me, it’s a creative outlet and a form of expression that I have found, nothing else is like.  I can get ideas and concepts out in a creative way.  In a lot of ways, it’s like self-therapy.

When I have something that’s on my mind that I really want to express it; to be able to do that and tell a story but also combine it with a sonic landscape that evokes emotions of what I’m trying to tell is amazing.

The best feeling on earth is when you first create a song and you hear it back for the first time and it gives you those shivers, those goosebumps or tears, or whatever it is and you know you’ve plucked a chord, you’ve plucked a heartstring.  So hip-hop music, Love ya.

Bliss n Eso, Off The Grid - available from 28 April (blisneso.com)

Bliss n Eso, Off The Grid – available from 28 April (blisneso.com)

MC Bliss is one third of Australian hip hop trio, Bliss n Eso.  Since meeting in high school, MCs Bliss and Eso plus DJ Izm have broken records, won ARIA and APRA awards, staged spectacular live shows, and toured internationally.  

This Friday, they release their hugely anticipated sixth album, Off The Grid about overcoming personal struggles and establishing new beginnings – Pre order the album.  They’ve also just announced 4-city NZ Tour – buy tickets.

Inspired by the ‘Humans of New York’ series, we’re talking to our network find out what’s special to them, whether it’s a place, a thing, or a memory – Meet the “Humans of mac+mae”.

heard | Thomas Oliver – new album + tour!

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Our favourite Wellingtonian, singer-songwriter, Thomas Oliver, releases his debut album this Friday.  

Titled, Floating in the Darkness, the album includes his Silver-Scroll award-winning hit “If I Move to Mars” as well as his single, “Shine like the Sun”.

Thomas will be on the road next month where he’ll be joined by a full band (including Sam Notman, Ed Zuccollo, Johnny Lawrence, Bella Trotter) before finishing off with a string of solo shows.

WITH BAND

Fri 5 May – Auckland, Tuning Fork

Sat 6 May – Leigh, Sawmill

Fri 12 May – Christchurch, Blue Smoke

Sat 13 May – Wellington, San Fran

SOLO

Wed 24 May – Takaka, Mussel Inn

Fri 26 May – Queenstown, Sherwood

Sat 27 May – Invercargill, Repertory House

Sun 28 May – Dunedin, Pequeno Lounge Bar

Buy tickets herePre-order the album here

**We featured Thomas as part of our humans of mac+mae series – read his story.

heard | Laneway Festival New Zealand 2017 Line-up

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Laneway Festival Lineup announcements are always great not only because of the lineup itself, but it’s a reminder that summer is just around the corner and heavy layers and brollies won’t be needed for much longer.

Laneway never fail to impress with their lineup and the first announcement surely will have something for everyone. Given the venue change for next year’s festivities (moved from Silo Park to Albert Park), it will be interesting to see how the organisers will make Albert Park their new home. Considering it is in a much more central location, almost a stone’s throw from where they have held it previously that one year at Aotea Square, it’s already sounding like a great venue. And there’s much more shade cover there, #winning so far.

The lineup in alphabetical order: AURORA, Bob Moses, Car Seat Headrest, Clams Casino, Cut Off Your Hands, DMA’S, Fazerdaze, Flight Facilities, Floating Points (Live), Fortunes, Glass Animals, Julia Jacklin, k2k, Mick Jenkins, Mr. Carmack, NAO, Nick Murphy (Chet Faker), Nikolai, Purple Pilgrims, Refused, Tame Impala, The Chills, The Julie Ruin, The Veils, Tourist, Tycho, White Lung, Whitney, Yukon Era.

Ticket sale deets:
Festival Members Pre-Sale: Monday 19th September, 9am – 5pm
General On Sale: Wednesday 21st September, 9am via lanewayfestival.co.nz

Jams from our favs and who we think you should be checking out on the day:

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Glass Animals

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Tame Impala

Tourist

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