Unreleased Photos from New Documentary “Blue Velvet Revisted” by Peter Braatz

Blue Velvet is celebrating its 30th birthday this year coinciding with Peter Braatz’s release of Blue Velvet Revisited – never before seen photos and footage depicting the making-of. Director, Filmmaker and Transcendental Meditator, David Lynch asked German-born Braatz to come out to North Carolina to “observe him direct.” Braatz shot 70 reels of Super 8 film and took nearly 1000 photos. The behind the scenes look encapsulates the world of Blue Velvet and David Lynch like a fly on the psychedelic wall of the 1985 set. Photos of Dennis Hopper, Isabella Rossellini, Laura Dern, Kyle MacLachlan and of course, Mr. Lynch himself. 

“David was producing every piece of art,” Braatz says. “He’s writing, he’s creating props, he’s making set decoration. You see him in my film working on each piece himself. So it’s not just a portrait of Blue Velvet, but a portrait of David in 1985 as an artist.”

“Beneath that appearance there are so many things happening,” says Lynch in Blue Velvet Revisited, and this making-of piece will take its viewers there. The documentary is being released along with a soundtrack just out from Crammed Discs.

“Sound is so important to him [Lynch], he adds so many things in postproduction,” Braatz says. “Ants crawling under a glass or—how do you call it in English?—a match that goes on fire. These things are mostly related very closely to the sound of the picture.” Angelo Badalamenti composed the original movie’s soundtrack and went on to create many more musical masterpieces with Lynch on projects such as Lost Highway, Mulholland Drive, and Twin Peaks.

Now Braatz has made an homage to Blue Velvet, sensual, provocative and true to the eccentric, dreamy vibrations of what is now a voyeur classic. A “meditation,” he calls it.

Braatz hopes the documentary will have a film festival premiere this year.

Photos: Peter Braatz Blue Velvet Revisited 

David Lynch

Isabella Rossellini

Isabella Rossellini

Isabella Rossellini

Isabella Rossellini

David Lynch and Isabella Rossellini

Isabella Rossellini

Laura Dern and Kyle MacLachlan

Laura Dern and Kyle MacLachlan

Laura Dern and Kyle MacLachlan


Jeff Soto for David Choe’s band Mangchi Tour Poster for Washington D.C. Date

From David Choe’s Instagram:  Sick ass @mangchihammershow poster by @jeffsotoart -this is just one of many, we have the best artists in the world making a different FREE show poster for each location on our#MANGCHi east coast tour – these posters are not for sale , they are extremely limited and only available for free at the end of each show night – only way to get them is to come – follow us like the dead #phish – collect them all – things get weird and folks act like animals when you give away free things that have value – so first come first serve , you snooze you lose and all that@davidchoe2 @jamesjeanart @esao@ogmikeGiant #igloohong@aaronhorkey @andrewhem


MOMENTS Festival 2014: A Celebration of Independent Art & Cuture

Upper Playground favorite, Jeremy Fish is planning to be in Malaga, Spain to lead workshops and and to present an exhibition of his work at the  MOMENTS Festival.  The festival focused on indie contemporary culture includes films, workshops, lectures, music, photography and art.  If you’re traveling through Spain beginning of Nov. stop by to check out the festival:

moments 2014 poster

About the Festival:

MOMENTS is a multidisciplinary festival aimed at those who love the most daring and independent contemporary culture. It is also a place to enjoy documentary films, workshops, lectures, music, art and photography, underground literature… and be sumerged inside the subcultures of skateboarding and This festival is a unique opportunity to discover the history of these alternative scenes that were born thanks to the Do It Yourself philosophy deeply rooted in punk and hip-hop and has forever changed the concept of art around the world. A pioneer event in Spain that will be held from the 5th to the 7th November at the San Telmo School of Art in Málaga in order to highlight the kind of work that usually has no place either in advertising or in major international showcases. But they are all 100% authentic and truly

Place: San Telmo Art School (Málaga).

Ticket price: Free (except workshops)

Dates: 5th, 6th and 7th of November

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Tree Ring Turntableism – Bartholomäus Traubeck’s YEARS

A record player that plays slices of wood. Bartholomäus Traubeck has found  how Year ring data on a tree can be translated into music.  Modified turntable, computer, vvvv, camera, acrylic glass, veneer, approx. 90x50x50 cm.


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From the artist:

“A tree’s year rings are analysed for their strength, thickness and rate of growth. This data serves as basis for a generative process that outputs piano music. It is mapped to a scale which is again defined by the overall appearance of the wood (ranging from dark to light and from strong texture to light texture). The foundation for the music is certainly found in the defined ruleset of programming and hardware setup, but the data acquired from every tree interprets this ruleset very differently.”

Years – ‘scratching’ from Bartholomäus Traubeck on Vimeo.

YEARS from Bartholomäus Traubeck on Vimeo.

Digital download of recordings of seven different trees are now available. Find it here. And for more information about the artist  his latest projects visit: traubeck.com

Upper Playground @ Outside Lands 2012

This weekend, August 10–12, while thousands of revelers embark on a trek to historic Golden Gate Park in San Francisco for the annual Outside Lands Music and Art Festival, we will be there too, giving you t-shirts and other apparel to make your mission that much better. So when you see Lars, Stevie, Neil, Beck, or Big Boi on stage, think of us, come find our Upper Playground booth, and get yourself something good to bring home with you.