Thursday, 31 December 2015

2015 and last post?

Haven't blogged here in a while and i just made a new portfolio website months ago:

From now on, i will be updating stuffs at that site and also my twitter @magruderjazz, since i am too lazy to update on this blog. So this is might be the last post on this blog.

Anyways, today is the last day of the year 2015. An interesting year indeed, it's even better than last year. Here's a recap:

- Got invited to Asian Meeting Festival 2015 in February (thanks to dj sniff, Otomo Yoshihide, Japan Foundation, and all people behind it for the opportunity). So far, this event is the highlight of my life (hahaha) because me and riar (the co-director of BISING) got invited and paid to screened our movie BISING in Japan for the first time. Around 100 people came, so far it is still the biggest audience for BISING's screening. Got a little nervous to be a speaker alongside Riar, dj sniff, and Otomo Yoshihide (dude's a fucking legend in japanese experimental music scene). I also got a chance to meet interesting artists/musician from Japan and South East/East Asia.

me talking stupid english lol.

- During the Asian Meeting Festival 2015, me and Riar made a music video for Bin Idris song "Rebahan". Bin Idris also participated in Asian Meeting Festival 2015. *it's on my previous posts*

- Riding the famous bullet train (shinkansen) from Tokyo to Kyoto and back for the first time (still, during the Asian Meeting Festival 2015). It is also my first time to Kyoto. Which led to this music video that i shot during the ride.

- A music video for Individual Distortion "Fuck You For Facilitating My Protest" is an Official Selection for Bangkok Underground Cinema 2015 (Thailand) and CINE UNDER Recife 2015 (Brazil).

- Finally Depriver, my band released it's second album "balderdash." on the internet. It has a music video (again, made by me, what a loner haha).

- BISING also got screened at several festivals in 2015:

Asian Meeting Festival 2015 (Tokyo/Japan)
Dokumentarnog Rock Filma 2015 (Vinkovci/Croatia)
Festival Bo:m 2015 (Seoul/South Korea)
International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala (Kerala/India)
Grossmann 11 (Ljutomer/Slovenia)
The Thirteenth and The Last Experimental International Film Festival (Sydney/Australia)
and some screenning events in Israel, Poland, Thailand, Japan, Germany, Indonesia, and Bulgaria. No luck at Indonesian Film Festival though hahaha. More information on BISING's facebook site. BISING was also screened for the first time in Indonesia at Jogja Noise Bombing Week (Yogyakarta) and the second time at Rossi Musik, in my hometown, Jakarta. It was really crowded, around 80 people came, i think. I've never thought that it would be this crowded due to the small amounts of people who came to the previous screening in Yogyakarta.
Rossi's Screening.
- Went to South Korea for the first time in April! I got invited by Festival Bo:m for BISING (thanks to Park Daham and people behind Festival Bo:m). It was fun travelling around Seoul for 5 days. And there were also lots of people who came to the screening, (i think) 70% of it are females. hahaha.
me demonstrating noise sounds at festival bo:m, i've been thinking about starting a new sound project using my own name since i've already performed with Adythia Utama name for several times in Hong Kong, Switzerland, and Japan.
- My short experimental documentary film that i made in Hong Kong last year, Solitary a.k.a 孤独 (Gūdú), were selected for Lausanne Underground Film and Music Festival (LUFF) 2015, HOMOTOPIA: Pop-Up Video and Film Exhibition and received an award for Best Hong Kong Film at Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival 2015.

- Went to Singapore to see Yasutaka Nakata's CAPSULE and DWP 2015 for the first time haha.

- Took French courses, which is stupid.

- Made a music video for Aya Anjani. Great yet underrated singer songwriter from Serpong, Tangsel.

- Still haven't fully recovered from an ankle pain that i received in the middle of the year during my attempts at skateboarding.... fuck.

Oh, i almost forgot, here is my "BEST RECORDS 2015" list

Sleater-Kinney - No Cities To Love
Refused - Freedom
tricot - A N D
Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly
Gnaw Their Tongues - Abyss Of Longing Throats
Title Fight - Hyperview
f(x) - 4 Walls
Seoul - I Become A Shade
Badbadnotgood & Ghostface Killah - Sour Soul
Carly Rae Jepsen - E・MO・TION
ACxDC - Postcard Flexi
Toe - Hear You
Cattle Decapitation - The Anthropocene Extinction
Bully - Feels Like
Slayer - Repentless

Well, goodbye for now.
Happy new year.

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