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<tfo> improvisational performance at Soundscape 6

<tfo> performing a live improvisational ambient soundscape set at Soundscape 6, responding to a short film by filmmaker/artist Irene Su. The film is a 25 minute sequence that uses photography captured by the Hubble Telescope.

The event was on Friday, December 13, 2013 at Machines With Magnets in Providence, RI.

<tfo> scores ‘La Passione’, and ‘Dionysus’, two short films directed by James Franco and presented by Gucci

Gucci_1Vice premieres ‘La Passione’ and ‘Dionysus’, two short films directed by James Franco and presented by Gucci.  ‘La Passione’, a 15 minute film features a lush ambient & electronic score by <tfo>.

Click here to watch ‘La Passione’ on Vice.

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‘Dionysus’ score continues with a lush, atmospheric feel, but has a stronger beat arrangement that is dark and sensual.  The track also features a beautiful French spoken word and vocal by Rachel Rosenkrantz (aka LaRochelle), that’s a tip of the hat to Enigma circa 1990.

Click here to watch ‘Dionysus’ on Vice

<tfo> will be releasing two EP’s featuring various mixes of the music from these short films on his Cozy Music label at the end of 2013.

<tfo> remix of Daddy’s Crime ft. Smokey Robinson premieres on Vice

Vice recently premiered the <tfo> remix of Daddy’s song Crime, which features guest vocals by legendary Motown artist Smokey Robinson.  Franco directed the video, which features footage shot during the making of Harmony Korine’s“Spring Breakers,” a film in which Franco also stars. The grainy clip shows Franco in character as drug dealer Alien grooming four bikini-clad college girls (played by Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, Vanessa Hudgens and Rachel Korine) for a life of crime. The actresses also appeared on the cover of Daddy’s debut release — the MotorCity EP — last fall.

“Harmony said this is like druggy porn soul,” says Franco. “This video uses the Harinezumi cameras that Benoit Debie and Harmony mounted on the 35mm camera while we made ‘Spring Breakers.’ Here you get a completely different Alien — the music and the edit get underneath his skin and show his ‘sensitive side.’”

The Daddy Motorcity EP featuring this remix is available here.

<tfo> – Soundscapes 2012

 

Soundscape_05_performance_01A compilation of Soundscapes composed and arranged in 2012.  Although these are mostly studio-based compositions, elements & textures from the compositions were used in various improvisational performances at the Soundscape series held at The Salon in downtown Providence.

Suggested conditions for listening: in a relaxed position laying on a bed or in a comfortable chair with high-quality headphones, eyes closed, and lights down.

DADDY – PVD Remixes EP

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Love In The Old Days - PVD Remixes

GET THE LATEST DADDY RECORD

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LOVE IN THE OLD DAYS – PVD REMIXES

FEATURING

JAMES FRANCO, TIM O’KEEFE, SMOKEY ROBINSON

KOLOUR KULT, MIKE HOSKER, & TED JAMES

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LEARN MORE ABOUT THE REMIXERS:

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<tfo>’s remix of Daddy’s Crime featuring Smokey Robinson

Daddy is the new music medium driven artistic endeavor of James Franco, and Tim O’Keefe of <tfo>.  We recently released our first EP entitled MotorCity, which was inspired by the sounds of Motown, and features guest vocals by Motown legend, Smokey Robinson.  The record has received a warm reception from the music press including video premieres and interviews with Rolling Stone, Spin, and Billboard.

The motivation behind Daddy is to push beyond the sonic space of music into the surrounding ecology.  Daddy investigates the territories of film/video, installation, and performance while simultaneously exploring the connections that form between them.

I interpreted the Daddy song Crime through a <tfo> filter, and this remix (included on the Daddy MotorCity EP) is the result:

It’s Too Easy (demo mix)

As Spring hits, I am finishing up on song ideas I’ve been working on over the past year, and will be working on mixing a number of new songs down for completion this coming summer.  These tracks will either fill a new <tfo> EP, or a full-length, depending on which ones I decide to release.  Unreleased tracks will also go up on my soundcloud at the same time of the official album release.  Stay tuned for more demo mixes, and details.

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