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New Archives: Miles Davis


One of the most influential jazz players in the 20th Century, Miles Davies is recognised for his unique playing style that was taken up by French director Louis Malle for his first film in 1958 called ‘Elevator to the Gallows’ starring Jeanne Moreau… a film that was a basis for the European New Wave that has had great impact on filmmakers worldwide and potentially inspired from sources such as  Miles Davis music from that era.

Miles Davis pushed the boundaries of the art form, effectively creating another world of sound that exerted influence on film scores and sound composition, heard on albums such as ‘Witches Brew’ to the 50th Anniversary of ‘Kind of Blue’ , an album given accolade by Rolling Stones magazine as being in the top 12 albums of all time..heres Miles playing with John Coltrane on ‘So What’..

Have a peek and listen to Davis’ and Malle’s work on a trailer for the film ‘Elevator to the Gallows’


New Urban Docs: Afro Saxons


Part of a new wave of films exploring the culture of Punk, ‘AfroSaxons’ from Chocolate Film, and directors /producers Mark Currie and Rachel Wang is being screened at the Brooklyn based BAMcinematek as part of the Afro – Punk Festival. Mr.Sniff& Scratch had the pleasure of screening the original ‘Afro Punk’ doc by New York Director James Spooner several years ago to a full house thatlocated the sub – culture of African American Punkrock ..with responses to music, culture, society and art thats too Urban to even start thinking about, especially the issue of hair, with ‘Afro Saxons’ as a doc exploring the subject of hair in a very unique way. Have a look of the trailer that features Angie La Mar narrating ;

…more from the BAm Afro Punk Festival at;

New Urban Features: Shifty


Mr.Scratch&Sniff met up with new film acting sensation Riz Ahmed over the weekend, watching his directorial work on a new multimedia event called ‘Salaam Peace’ at Manchesters Contact that featured a mix of young men from Somalia, Pakistan and Bangladesh backgrounds all looking at the theme of Islam how the experience is affecting the 9/11 urban generation.

Riz is a well assured individual and its not surprising he’s featured in a range of films such as ‘Road to Guantanamo’, ‘Britz’ and is currently in the new film ‘Centurion ‘ a feature just completing post production that also features David Morrissey (Red Riding) and Noel Clarke (Adulthood).

After sending a major press release of his work, you find he’s worked with Massive Attack and Nitin Sawhney on the BBC Electric Proms as Riz MC. With a varied range of tracks to his credit, its not surprising he’s waxing lyrical in the new feature and lead star of ‘Swifty’, developed as part of Film London’s Microwave Scheme for new films.

Have a chk and peek at his lyrical vibes with an exclusive video from the original motion picture soundtrack of ‘Swifty’ also co- starring Danny Mays, who features in the new Spielberg film ‘TinTin’. The track features Riz MC with Sway and Plan B, and is produced by Blue Bear from True Tiger…

New Animation: Sesame Street- a case of multi everything..


Did you ever watch Sesame Street? Mr.Scratch & Sniffs been trying to work out which of the puppets were Black.. or does it really matter? Some people say Yes it does as representation should a constant theme… But what Sesame Street offered were a distinct range of Urban vibe puppets,used to living on a a street with no ASBO’s . It was a proper mix of heads, from Hispanic Puerto Ricans to Mexican , African to White Americana supporting the antics of Grover and the rest of those muppets that took over over this world of ours during the summer holidays many years ago… It was the ultimate viewing experience for contemporary audiences -a case of multi everything and still is, with President Obama saying hello on the shows 40th birthday celebration at

Interesting fact: Arthouse composer Phillip Glass wrote a couple tracks in the 1980’s for animation sequences for the show..heres a link to some amazing music for the show from that era..

Classic song from the early days of Sesame Street. Sung/written/animated by Pixar’s Bud Luckey, lyrics by Don Hadley.. fresh vibes for a summers day.. The Ladybirds Picnic

Amazing animation, very much off the latest design styles seen around the world in fashion and graphics- plus its building upon cross culture edu-tainment..’1-20 Raga’

Classic Animation sequence with soundtrack by The Pointer Sisters- ‘The Pinball Number Count’- a quality mix of jazz funk and merry vibes…

The New Black? Or is it?


…Seems like we not alone…Mr. Scratch & Sniff meet with Emory Douglas Minister of Culture for those community based volunteers ‘The Black Panthers’ a few months ago at the launch of Douglas’ graphic/film archive exhibition at Urbis, Manchester..

Fascinating insight by Douglas on the development of the organisation, that originally started off as a community based enterprise that assisted with education and distribution to children and families with offer of classes  and basic needs such as food and milk and much more due to nil services from authorities in the United States in the 1960’s.

Their ideas spread to become a source for worldwide inspiration for many people.. lots of lessons to be learned from a mutual cultural history that created so much.. Have a peek at an original documentary of The Black Panthers from 1968 (part 1 of  2)

Emory Douglas – Minister For Culture for  The Black Panthers at Urbis

New Spotlight: Barry Adamson- from Moss Side to David Lynch…


Former member of the art-punk band The Bad Seeds with Nick Cave, Barry Adamson’s work in music and film has grown from his early days of growing up in Manchester’s Moss Side. He’s gone on to score music thats contributions for films for directors such as Oliver Stones ‘Natural Born Killers’ , Derek Jarman’s ‘The Last of England’ and David Lynch’s ‘Lost Highway’.. quite an impressive line up for someone who spent his early years in Moss Side listening to Led Zeppelin, Motown and Bowie wearing a Batman costume … More information can be found at;

New Archives: Wheres Carmen now?

Carmen Jones

The nature of archives and what they signify provides people with a range of thoughts, from political debate and issue of representation of culture and race to personal experience of ‘wow do you remember watching that!’ ..Over the coming months we will host a series of responses to what archives offer and how people are re- reading new messages into the culture of work that exists out there…so do chk in again, more to come…