Tuesday, 31 August 2021

GARAM MASALA


it's almost hypnotic
a playful innocence if you will

India is magic, dangerous
innocent yes, and yet - naughty
like kids sneaking out of bed
after dark, and playing



A A M   M A A A

a Diwali 21 teaser
3 part series
coming October 31

volume up, 720p











a jim lamarche remix


assembled in logic audio and final cut
voices by alla kadysh

featuring the Roland System 8

source music w/Luke Chable & Philipp Krokidis














"Chammak Challo Ra.One" 
with ShahRukh Khan and Kareena Kapoor



TWO LIVES/21


PLAY THE WHOLE ALBUM in youtube
  >>>  HERE (PLAY ALL)

or in the blog compilation/experiment (in progress)
https://jimlamarche.blogspot.com/2019/04/two-lives19.html











FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH
the story behind garam masala


I lived and worked in North India/Punjab in late 2008
it was a whole new world - like on another planet
I was a fish out of water but loving this

a  2 day recovery from jet-lag in my hotel room, slowly waking
to this smell, no fragrance of a cumin and curry blend  
these sounds outside even the birds sounded different - surreal
getting up, looking out my window - clear blue sky
need coffee - squinting, sun is still tilted like it is in Toronto
 yet it's summer here - wow, a lot of street people, ok
and holy shit ... DOGS everywhere
and frikkin' dirty

diwali is tonight
I'm invited to a ritzy wedding reception in Sector 10 in chandigarh 
a better caste shall we say, a sizable staff, band/dj  
and fireworks, so I'm told (all true)








warm/cool shower
because hot is intermittent

having shampooed/conditioned my hair 
turning on the large flatscreen in my hotel room
channels upon channels of this dancing and singing crap
annoying the first day or two, all there was
then I just started watching it, mostly because
that's all there was, it seemed
provocative, hypnotic even

allowing myself to be pulled
the transition is gentle, but once you're IN?
no words









I was offered a job with all the perks in Mohali
invited to come and live there full-time

my own apartment, driver, cook 
and a decent compensation package
easy/simple and I turned it down 
now wondering why did I do that?

maybe it was because I wouldn't be able
to see my little girl grow up






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Sunday, 29 August 2021

DIWALI 21




when I finally awoke, Mohali north/Punjab
that late October afternoon in 2008
it felt like I was in a dream
I had slept for 2 days
jet-lag - redefined

I was OUT of it
surreal 

it was their eve of Diwali, a yearly thing
kinda like our halloween & christmas
rolled together over 5 days/nights
feeling like it was late summer
in November

it was magic












turning on the giant flatscreen
in my ornate/cheese driven Indian '3 star' hotel room
"the Majestic" in west Mohali

(lotsa gold crown inlays, purple velvet drapes & shit)


a large bug lurking in a crevice
coming out from a wanky cool shower
because hot is not an option
collapsing on my king bed

Thalaiva was on, a classic - a slow hypnosis 
sitting damp/towel, watching it for the longest time 
the whole movie - to the credits
thinking 'wow, bollywood is frikkin' cool!'
AND ... the thread count of these sheets

impressive

I felt like royalty
and was treated
as such

dress, downstairs, restaurant
window seat, coffee sir?  YES!
coffee arrives.  "what's going on here?"
asking, curious

"It's the Diwali sir"
stepping outside - BAM
surreal

welcome to India
smells like curry everywhere
welcome to Diwali 21

a once in a lifetime
kind of thing



I A I  2 1
volume up




optimized for night vision




















almost November
feels like late summer here
warm, fragrant
getting dark at 5pm wow
balmy breeze, lovely

smoke, orange lanterns, contained fires
musky fragrances, stray dogs, gifts & costumes
fireworks

3 days to get here
and 2 months to go
I think so



watch/listen to ONE LIFE here



from the 3 part mini-series DIWALI 21




collaborating artists/film-makers credited
in YouTube (to the best of my ability)
you are many












remixes by jim lamarche


assembled in photoshop, logic audio & final cut


featuring the Roland System 8

 read more of Jim's blog posts here 


listen to the album ONE LIFE  >>>  HERE
(play all)




DIWALI 21
a celebration of India & the world











Thursday, 12 August 2021

JOURNEY SONG - DON SPANNER



she had nothing left to offer
but her best
so she summoned 2 great eagles
to take them to the mountain
on their quest




J O U R N E Y  S O N G
volume up, 720p










optimized for night vision


a jim lamarche remix
assembled in logic audio and final cut

recorded in 1976 at Fanshawe College
London Ontario


composed & performed by Don Spanner



the story behind 'journey song'


In 1976 Don Spanner & I were students

 in the Creative Electronics program

Fanshawe College, London Ontario

that April it became M.I.A.

Music Industry Arts


It was a special time

blindfold weekends - 3 hour classes

listening to whales, Walter/Wendy Carlos, John Cage & Tomita

in the dark - experimental listening  

the earliest days of M.I.A. there

a liberal arts recording studio/program

in a community college

in southwestern ontario

dedicated to sound

psycho-acoustics


way cool


later at home

Pink Floyd, Supertramp, 10cc, Jethro Tull

and an endless mix of amazing music

happening then


He was a year ahead of me

3rd year when I was in 2nd and we never really connected

Don was the quiet little guy 

who always carried his special/expensive acoustic guitar w/him


inseparable


A folky.  I was a rock guy so ya  

A quiet smile in the hallway or hearing him play it

in the lounge by himself, later on

strumming & singing

that voice - unique

from a distance


Always thinking ... 'what's really going on there?'  

These 3rd year guys

are mysterious


A month later, I was down in the dark crevices of the studio

I caught this being played the day after it was mixed

The first verse blasting on the studio speakers  

just 3 of us there

peeking in


I was always snooping around

wondering what the 3rd year guys were doing


curious









Journey Song's mastermind

Mike Jackson (about to graduate)

welcomed me in to listen

in the back, in the dark

my jaw slowly dropping

as it played loud


he wanted my honest opinion

who does that anymore?


It changed my life

I was ready to leave Fanshawe after that 2nd year 

(just a few months away)

A lot of unrest in the program/changes

most did leave

  

After hearing this

I walked out of that studio knowing

 I had to finish this program

finish my final year

and graduate


This was the magic I came here for

I'm so glad I did that

Connecting w/Don recently

via Facebook


45 years later - a fond remembrance

of a timeless classic

















see the ONE LIFE album/page here >>>
http://www.jimlamarche.ca/onelife/

see the new TWO LIVES album/page here >>>
see the new THREE LIVES album/page here >>>


read more of Jim's blog posts here 

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project credits/contributors/links listed below
listen to the youtube album ONE LIFE  >>>  HERE
(play all)


special thanks to GRADO LABS in Brooklyn NY
for understanding how headphones
should be made





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Tuesday, 3 August 2021

MUMBAI



just watched Delhi Crimes on Netflix

I am so in India r/n
soothing curry chocolate
smearing

derelict dogs dangling
smells like curry




M U M B A I
volume up - 720p 












optimized for night vision




a jim lamarche remix
from the 4 part mini-series DIWALI 20


assembled in photoshop, logic audio & final cut


featuring the Roland System 8


video: courtesy of Explore India


source music by ben böhmer














DIWALI 20
a celebration of India & the world


read more of Jim's blog posts here 



listen to the album ONE LIFE  >>>  HERE
(play all)











see the TEMPLE REDUX album/page here >>>



see the ONE LIFE album/page here >>>
http://www.jimlamarche.ca/onelife/


see the new TWO LIVES album/page here >>>
http://www.jimlamarche.ca/twolives/


see the new THREE LIVES album/page here >>>



Monday, 2 August 2021

THE FREEDOM FORCE



unmask the truth
the freedom force
needs you!





T H E  F R E E O M  F O R C E
volume up, 720p











optimized for night vision



a jim lamarche remix

from the album ONE LIFE
assembled in logic audio and final cut

featuring the roland system 8



source music w/grandyzer


the suicide collective - blog














see the ONE LIFE album/page here >>>
http://www.jimlamarche.ca/onelife/

see the new TWO LIVES album/page here >>>
see the new THREE LIVES album/page here >>>


read more of Jim's blog posts here 

.

project credits/contributors/links listed below
listen to the youtube album ONE LIFE  >>>  HERE
(play all)


special thanks to GRADO LABS in Brooklyn NY
for understanding how headphones
should be made





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