I propose that the ideal time to watch and groove to the video for “am2pm” by trance duo Cosmic Gate is just pre-dawn, when you are minutes away from hitting the bed hard after a night of full-on clubbing followed by a delicious, greasy breakfast at the 24-hour diner. Imagine the colorful dreams it would inspire! It is hard to go wrong when you are presenting time-lapse video, and the shifting landscapes — from Death Valley to Los Angeles and back to the Grand Canyon — open up a magnificent headspace to just let the music sink in and do its thing. High-fives all around on this one.
Cosmic Gate is comprised of German producers Claus Terhoeven and Stefan Bossems. With a career spanning well over a decade, the duo have created some of trance’s defining singles, including classics such as “Be Your Sound,”“Fire Wire” and “Exploration of Space.” The globetrotting video was directed by Gavin Heffernan and Harun Mehmedinovic, and “am2pm,” is the first single from Cosmic Gate’s mix compilation series Wake Your Mind Sessions 002, available now via WYM Records (Black Hole Recordings). Enjoy!
It was a few weeks ago now, back on November 11, 2011, that I had my first in person experience with Italian-born artist Maurizio Cattelan’s most unusual retrospective exhibit, All, when I visited the Guggenheim that Friday evening for a live performance by the very excellent pop band, MGMT. The band performed a tight, 45 minutes set of mostly instrumental new material specifically inspired by the 128 separate works now suspended from the ceiling oculus of the museum’s rotunda. The songs fell very much within the surf-psychedelia vein of MGMT’s well-loved sound with a bit of a soundtrack vibe befitting the evening’s experiencing in general. Also, gee whiz, but what a spectacularly hallucination-inducing light show they had! I’m still having flashbacks. Music! Art!
The following week I had to pay another visit to the museum to take in All once again, because when I was there for the MGMT show I had a beer in my hand and the Art Nazis (guards) wouldn’t let me go up past the second ramp with a beer. And you really do need to trek all the way to the top of the ramp to fully experience the innumerable subtle nuances of this exhibit, which literally reveals itself further and further at every turn. The time lapse video above shows the installation process by the museum staff, which will answer your most pressing questions about “just how they got that stuff up there.” See it while you can.
Maurizio Cattelan’s All is on Exhibit until January 22, 2012 at the Guggenheim, Located at Fifth Avenue and 89th Street. Museum hours are extended to 7:45 PM on Monday and Tuesday nights (from 5:45 PM on other days) from December 6, 2011 to January 17, 2012. More information is available at This Link.