May
20
2017

Music of the Week – Ruth White – Chopin – Prelude in E Minor

Hello fellow readers! For this week, I’m proposing you a track from the very talented electronic music pioneer Ruth White. She had quite an extensive career, her most famous record is maybe “Flowers of Evil” (1968) in which she puts into music some of the most striking Baudelaire’s poems.

For an extensive look on Ruth’s work and career, I suggest you to visit this blog, which maybe is the best online source about her.

The track I’m posting here, tough, is from her 1971 album, “Short Circuits”, in which Ruth plays with a Moog her favorite classical pieces, reinterpreting them and giving them a quite unique flavor, one of them being a complete rework and thus being credited to her directly.

This Chopin piece is one of my favorite from the record. I considered posting Satie’s Gymnopedie No. 1 which is also present, but then I decided to put a less known (and listened) piece instead.

May
13
2017

Music of the Week – Massive Ego – Beautiful Suicide

Here is something that I haven’t done frequently in those years of writing on Illusion City: to propose a brand new song from a brand new album for which the band is currently touring :)

 

Massive Ego is a very interesting Wave / Goth / Electro act from UK. According to their bio, they formed in 1996, released their first album in 2006, got a long recording hiatus and then came back with new releases in 2014 (with EPs) and finally released the Beautiful Suicide double CD in February and are currently touring Germany supporting Blutengel (if you are interested, you can check the dates on their official site).

What makes them really interesting to me is their ability to mix different styles (EBM, classic wave…) in a very fresh way. They don’t sound stale or phony, like many other releases do. It’s nothing revolutionary but this new album is a very good work.

So…enjoy your beautiful suicide :)

 

 

May
1
2017

A new movie review: Break Up by Marco Ferreri

Hello my dear readers… it’s been a while since the last time we saw each other, isn’t it? :)

I’ve reviewed a new rare movie, the very brilliant Break Up by the maverick and explosive Italian director Marco Ferreri, who gained notoriety for his very polemic movies in the ’60 and the ’70. I found Break Up to be a very fresh movie, in spite of it’s age, talking about topics that are still very actual.

I plan to start some new music again, more or less regularly, and have some more reviews and article to bring online, I hope in a relative short time.

In the mean time you can read Break Up’s review here.

See you!

Mar
25
2017

A Quiet Death movie reviewed

The hunt for obscure and valuable works of art continues! This time I’ve unburied a very interesting Greek movie of the ’80s on which I’ve stumbled by pure chance. It’s name is A Quiet Death and has some very interesting visual and psychoanalytical undertones. It was shot by a director, Frieda Liappa, who shot only three full feature movies and died in the ’90s because of a severe illness.

Greek cinema is really obscure today because of the lack of sources (excluding the rare famous worldwide directors like Theo Angelopoulos) and the deep crisis that hit it since the ’80s, but is a very interesting field of research indeed. It’s uniqueness plus it’s artistic and intellectual value surely deserves it to be brought to light again. A Quiet Death surely is one of those valuable titles.

You can read the review here.

Mar
5
2017

3-Iron review added

After a period of silence, a new update!

I’ve added a review for one of the best efforts from one of the most talented Asian directors, 3-Iron by Kim Ki-Duk.

You can read it here.

 

 

Jan
19
2017

Opium Hotel reviewed

After a long time a new music review. Kory Clarke’s Opium Hotel review has been written! You can read it here.

Jan
15
2017

Music of the Week – Kory Clarke – Opium Hotel

Hello, my dear readers. For this time, I want to propose you a little oddity that I found some time ago. It’s the tile track off the first album of Mr Kory Clarke, the leader of the late ’80s/early 90s band Warrior Soul (one of the best and less understood of their times), recorded in 2003.

I plan to review the album because of it’s nature of a bizarre experiment so here I will only say that it’s songs are a very strange blend of spoken-word poetry, electronic beats, groovy and trippy hard rock filled with visions of rage, dreams and a stubborn antagonist spirit. Quite interesting, uh? Not always it succeeds, but sure is quite unique and worth mentioning.

The title track maybe is the more “traditional” sounding of the bunch. It’s a short and very nice bluesy song that I’ve appreciated a lot. I hope you will do the same.

Jan
5
2017

PC88 Update

I’ve decided to anticipate the first update of the site. It regards the PC88 emulation section, which wasn’t updated for a long time, more than one year.

The scene saw some vitality in the latest months, so I updated the page accordingly to what happened in the emulation scene.

There is two brand new emulators (XM8 and Excite88, however the latter is still in it’s infancy) and some of the most important old ones (M88, X88000) got a recent update.

I’ve also added some more info on the page as well. You can visit it here.

Jan
5
2017

Music of the Week – Marilyn Manson – Coma White

Happy new year, my fellow readers! May be this 2017 a less troublesome year for us all. Many things have shaken the world during the past year, and we’re living a time marked by great doubts, partial visions and global paranoia. However, life goes on and still offers a lot of positive possibilities to all of us, in all it’s great mystery…

To start this year, I’ve decided for once to post a very famous song. It’s one of Manson’s best, Coma White from the Mechanical Animals album, in late ’90s. I chose it because it reflects quite well the time we’re living and has, despite all, a shade of light in it, buried deep inside.

Speaking about the site, I’m planning to write some new material, but I don’t know yet when it will be released. I hope to put some new material here soon.

Again, happy 2017 friends…and now, Coma White:

Nov
20
2016

Music of the Week – Zakk Wylde – Lost Prayer

2016 hasn’t been a very easy year, but fortunately there have been some nice surprises too. One of them is the return of the acoustic/introspective version of Zakk Wylde (of Ozzy Osbourne’s and Black Label Society fame) with a direct sequel of Zakk’s first solo album, Book of Shadows, released twenty years ago.

I didn’t expect much (very rarely sequels are better of or on par with the original) but I have been very surprised to hear an excellent and fresh album. Of course, there is nothing really new on it, but it’s a traditional blend delivered in a very personal and heartfelt way. Exactly like the first Book of Shadows was…

This is one of my favourite song on it, Lost Prayer. Hope you’ll enjoy it.