Netflix to launch music history documentary series, ‘ReMastered’

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Netflix’s newest original series will take a trip down musical memory lane. Entitled “ReMastered,” the music history documentary will profile a different musician during each successive installment. Slated for an October 12 debut, “ReMastered” will devote episodes to several artists, including Bob Marley, Sam Cooke, Johnny Cash, Jam Master Jay, and more.

Although the concept of a music history documentary is not exactly novel, “ReMastered” directors have promised that the series will publicize “discoveries and insight beyond what’s been previously reported” about the musicians featured on the show. “ReMastered” boasts a diversely talented directorial staff comprised of Kief Davidson, Barbara Kopple, Sara Dosa, Brian Oakes, Stuart Sender, B.J. Perlmutt, Kelly Duana de la Vega, and Sam Cullman.

H/T: Pitchfork

TOKiMONSTA reveals full extent of her recovery from brain surgeries and relearning music on final episode of Vox’s Netflix series, explained

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TOKiMONSTA reveals full extent of her recovery from brain surgeries and relearning music on final episode of Vox’s Netflix series, explainedTokimonsta Music Eplained

On the Netflix original “explained” created by Vox, the show aims to explain why humans are able to uniquely master musicality relative to other animals. Researchers discuss how music can help people relearn how to speak and with patients with movement disorders, like Parkinson’s disease, move more fluidly.

Jennifer Lee, aka TOKiMONSTA, was featured in episode due to her brain injury which lead to two brain surgeries. She had been deeply ingrained in the music industry, but due to her prognosis, she was all of a sudden not able to hear. This made her a valuable subject, as the documentary continues to explain music’s sonic qualities and why musicians who are able to create musical perception have an extraordinarily unique ability.

Cut to TOKiMONSTA, who explained she was diagnosed with Moyamoya in 2015, a disease where blood flow to the brain is constricted. After her first surgery, she couldn’t talk or understand anyone else talking. She watched Portlandia to recover and soon realized she didn’t understand the music in the intro song. A second surgery was needed. Her brain eventually healed, and could understand music, but she still couldn’t produce music. She retaught herself in a three month period, ending the episode by saying, “I wanted to live every moment like it was the last day I’d be able to make music again.”


Photo credit: Nikko Lamere

deadmau5 is working on his film score debut

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deadmau5 is working on his film score debutDeadmau5 Mau5ville Level 2

The mau5 is “out of the bag” and in the studio working on the inaugural film score of his career. deadmau5 originally declared his interest in film score writing following the release of where’s the drop?, the mau5trap producer’s full-length orchestral album. “I’ve always wanted to go into film scoring,” deadmau5 said at the time of where’s the drop?‘s arrival. “I think that this is a better entry point because now I’m like fucking walking the walk, as opposed to fucking talking the talk. Which is all you can do before anyone would think that you are capable of scoring a film, you know what I mean?”

deadmau5 similarly expressed his hope that where’s the drop? would resonate with figures in the film industry. “Hopefully this kind of puts me on the radar with professionals in that area or even the public to want something like that,” deadmau5 stated, “It would be cool to custom-write music for some kind of story. That’d be cool.” Judging by deadmau5’s recent tweet, where’s the drop? certainly registered on the “radars” of film producers, as the mau5ville head has now landed his first film score. deadmau5 will compose the score for Constantin Film and Netflix’s joint production, Polar.

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Director of Netflix’s ‘Ibiza’ has never been to Ibiza

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Director of Netflix’s ‘Ibiza’ has never been to IbizaAle Richanbach Ibiza

In an awkward interview with Mixmag, director of the new Netflix original film, Ibiza, Alex Richanbach, reveals he’s never been to the island of Ibiza. Granted, the movie is a light rom-com about three girlfriends traveling to Spain for “work.” Let’s just say the European party scene took over, and not much professionalism ensued. The protagonist, played by Gillian Jacobs, ends up falling in love with an EDM DJ, played by Richard Madden, and supposed hilarity ensues.

When Mixmag interviewer Jeremy Abbott asked Richanbach if he’s ever been to Ibiza, the director revealed he’s never even been.

“You know I hadn’t been able to go,” he told Abbott. “So I did all my research through our writer who spent a lot of time there and also Richard Madden who spent a lot of time there and I sort of watched as much as I could from a documentary stand-point and I read books and did as much as I could. But the speed of which we prepped the film I wasn’t able to get there.”

Abbott continues pushing the subject by mentioning the Spanish government’s disapproval and potential lawsuit. The movie was filmed in Croatia, which Abbott points out adds to the misrepresentation of the Ibiza brand and vibe. There were also accusations of stereotyping the island’s culture and drug use. The director’s response was to highlight a writer and actor of the film who spent time in Ibiza.

Read the full interview here.

H/T: Mixmag

Photo Credit: @alexrichanbach/Instagram

Martin Garrix and Carl Cox’s documentary to be released in March

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A tidbit sure to elicit an “oh yes oh yes!” from fans, Martin Garrix and Carl Cox’s dance-focused documentary, What We Started, will soon become available on the big screen. Originally premiered in Los Angeles on June 15, 2017 to a crowd of music icons including Moby and Erick Morillo, the documentary will be shown in select theaters come March 23. What We Started will additionally make its Netflix debut not long thereafter, with the production slated to appear among the video streaming service’s viewing options in June. Prominent Martin Garrix news source, @TheMartinGarrixHub was the first to break the news of the documentary’s impending release, doing so in a recent Instagram post.




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Sigur Rós co-writes two tracks for ‘Black Mirror’

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Sigur Rós‘ legacy within experimental rock is unparalleled. The Swedish group is known for their uniquely ethereal sonic landscape, which often incorporates dark melodic elements and haunting atmospheres.

Black Mirror‘s fourth season was recently released to Netflix, and one of the season’s episodes — “Hang the DJ” — features an original 18-track soundtrack composed by producer Alex Somers. Two of the tracks featured on the soundtrack, “Match” and “End”, were reportedly co-written by Sigur Rós. Pitchfork reports that Alex Somers and Sigur Rós have been involved in each other’s projects for many years.


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“Nosedive,” an episode of dystopian Netflix series, Black Mirror, depicted a world where a social ranking system determined everything from the quality of people’s homes to how long it would take to hail a cab. Citizens would incessantly rate one another on a star system after each and every cursory interaction, effectually determining the person’s overall ranking: the perceived worth of the individual.

Now, thanks to a social classification feature of Alipay, the central mobile payment app in China, called Zhima Credit, Chinese citizens are living in an uncannily similar, and altogether Orwellian, social order. According to Mara Hvistendahl in her story for Wired Magazine, Zhima users are rated on a scale of 350 (bad) to 950 (good), with higher scores yielding hordes of benefits, including faster transportation, access to luxury hotels and apartments, and even opportune bank loans.

However, those with unfavorable scores suffer in silence. Hvistendahl reports on her own experience as a first-time user, with a primordial score of 550, causing her to fork over a 30 dollar deposit on a bike rental for a trip across town. The negative repercussions of the app are often insidious; while scores are not public, Hvistendahl says users often speculate as to which individuals are “better left unfriended,” as friends’ scores are a significant determinant in the system’s calculations.

In addition to nearly all the individual’s spending history, Alipay can access data from a user’s third-party apps, like Uber and Airbnb, which is all then configured into Zhima’s algorithm. So, the app then knows, for instance, if the user is keen on paying bills late, over-indulges in video games, or has spread a nasty rumor online, all of which negatively impact Zhima Credit, according to Hvistendahl. Egregiously low scores comprise a 6 million person blacklist the Chinese government uses to publicly weed out “dishonest” people, who for example, defaulted on court payments.

While the US currently lacks an app with this much collective profiling and authoritarian influence (hats off to democracy), we willingly and tirelessly surrender data to tech-giants and corporations like Apple and Facebook, while rating systems like that of Uber’s can delay or even deny a user access from services.



H/T: Wired Magazine

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New Netflix docudrama ‘Wormwood’ seeks to uncover history of CIA’s LSD mind control experiments

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Netflix is set to release what is sure to be one of the year’s most enigmatic and deeply compelling documentaries in Wormwood, out December 15.

The six episode miniseries, which screened at the Venice and Telluride film festivals earlier this year, was directed by Errol Morris, the mind behind The Thin Blue Line and The Fog Of War. Now the Academy Award-winning documentarian takes on one of the biggest conspiracies of the last century as Wormwood delves deep into the cloaked history of the CIA, its secretive effort “Project MKUltra,” and the death of Frank Olson.

Olson, a bacteriologist and Army scientist, was covertly dosed with LSD by his supervisor. Nine days later, he plunged to his death from the window of a New York City hotel room. The US government ruled the death a suicide. Olson’s son, who has spent the last 60-plus years trying to unearth the truth behind his father’s death, stands convinced it was a CIA cover-up.

The docudrama attempts to uncover the murky secrets further associated with the highly controversial MKUltra experimentation on both willing and unwilling participants. The MKUltra project sought to use mind control through the dosing of certain drugs, namely LSD, which could then be used in CIA interrogations and torture.

Wormwood includes both interviews, including with Eric Olson, alongside dramatic reenactments starring Peter Sarsgaard (as Frank Olson), Molly Parker, and Bob Balaban.

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‘Avicii: True Stories’ documentary is coming to Netflix

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Avicii has revealed his career-spanning biopic, True Stories, will hit Netflix in the near future.

After a retirement from touring in light of personal health scares in March of 2016, Avicii has once again returned to the limelight.

During a recent episode of his radio show, Avicii FM, he explained, “I’m releasing my documentary this weekend…Levan [Tsikurishvili], who’s the director of the documentary, has followed me for the past four years I think, four or five years.”

He continued, “He’s had so much material from both in the studio, from behind the scenes on concerts, during good and bad times. I’m really excited. I’m also a bit nervous because it is kind of gritty sometimes. It’s very personal. There’s a lot of ups and downs. It’s going to be interesting to see what people say. I think it’s going to be in a bunch of movie theatres and also on Netflix after that.”

Avicii: True Stories premiered on October 26 in selected cinemas worldwide. While the Netflix release date of the documentary remains unknown, fans can expect a true fly-on-the-wall experience.

The film’s director Tsikurishvili has said, “I wanted to do a brutally honest film about Tim as a person and not only about Avicii. Everybody knows Avicii but very few people know Tim. I think this documentary really shows Tim’s struggle and strength of character. Being a worldwide superstar artist is not as easy as it looks on Instagram.”

H/T: DJ Mag

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Get a first look at the ‘Stranger Things’ season two soundtrack

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With just two weeks remaining in the countdown to Stranger Things season two, the soundtrack’s masterminds have added to the excitement with the release of an inaugural track off the forthcoming soundtrack, due out Oct. 20.

Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein, who make up S U R V I V E, have released “Walkin’ in Hawkins” on Lakeshore Records. The short track features the simple, synth-infused feel fans have come to know and love from the show’s soundtrack. While the track has a decidedly more lighthearted feel than many of its predecessors, it no doubt leads into something more sinister.

Stranger Things season two is out on Netflix Oct. 27.

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