Tag: Ithaka

“The Miracle Mile Shot” non-dialogue, Short-Subject Documentary at LAGFF

“The Miracle Mile Shot” is an experimental, non-dialogue short-subject documentary film by Greek-American artist-photographer Ithaka Darin Pappas. This is the third in his series of hip-hop Photomentaries almost entirely relying on his own archival imagery of West Coast rap artists.

“The Miracle Mile Shot”

Ithaka cites legendary documentary film-maker, Ken Burns as a motivating influence to begin this type of film work.

“I begin seeing these incredible documentaries randomly at different times and places around the world, on planes, at friends houses etc. And it took me a minute to realize that all of this compelling story-telling; Jazz, The Civil War, and The National Parks: America’s Best Idea were coming from the same source, Ken Burns. His projects can tell an entire story with only still photographs if necessary, it’s amazing.

I realized that I was the creator of much of the kind of raw still photographic material that Mr. Burns uses for his projects, and it has inspired me to begin to edit and present these images in a film format to tell a story. The Miracle Mile Shot is my third short-subject film festival project. I have already completed earlier this year Eazy E & Venice Locals (A Historic Day in the Brotherhood of Hip Hop and Skateboarding

I call these projects Photomentaries, meaning at this point I am only using still photographs in movement, with sound and text to vocal communicate ideas. I am not sure I will ever incorporate narration, I am enjoying the closed-mouth communication direction of it all and think I’d like to take it to the next level and even try a much longer project, of up to an hour.

“The Miracle Mile Shot” has also appeared at the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival and has already been submitted to several other short film festivals around the world.

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In this short subject non-dialogue documentary, photographer Ithaka Darin Pappas reexamines “The Miracle Mile Shot”, a picture he took of N.W.A. in 1988, that through the decades has become the defining image of N.W.A. in its prime. The photograph examined in the short, entitled “The Miracle Mile Shot”, was made on November 11th 1988 and features Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Eazy E, DJ Yella and MC Ren. The image began its existence being used as the official press image for NWA’s triple-Platinum album, Straight Outta Compton (Priority Records). “The Miracle Mile Shot” is an individual photo from a series of pictures made that day (at the photographer’s home apartment studio at 6516 1/2 Orange Street – Los Angeles) using a Hasselblad 500 CE camera with an 80mm lens and Norman lighting equipment. Throughout the decades, the image’s relevance has continued to grow, being one of the only photos in existence clearly showing the faces of all members of the short-lived but highly influential group

Source IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10519540/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Miracle_Mile_Shot

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Eazy E “Held His Own Skateboarding in Venice Beach in 1989”, Fab 5 Freddy tells VladTV

See Video Here: Fab 5 Freddy (VLADTV) 

Talks Eazy E Skateboarding 

in Venice and Ithaka pics in Contact High Exhibit

On May 15th the legendary Fab 5 Freddy spoke to DJ Vlad (VLADTV) about the early days of YO! MTV Raps, his NetFlix documentary The Grass Is Greener and about Ithaka Darin Pappas’ historic images of Eazy E, being hip hop’s very first skateboarder being shown at the exhibit Contact High: A Visual History of Hip Hop (Curated by: Vikki Tobak)

Full Interview at these links:

Part 1 (Fab 5 on VladTV): youtube.com/watch?v=0ztlV

Part 2 (Fab 5 on VladTV): youtu.be/MCtqoFYBym0

Part 3(Fab 5 on VladTV): youtu.be/dXK4m4xaIhs

Part 4(Fab 5 on VladTV): youtu.be/8Wa-xktCN34

Part 5(Fab 5 on VladTV): youtu.be/2J0-3iVwJEM

Part 6(Fab 5 on VladTV): youtu.be/uZw4bn_n1MU

Jun Ji-Hyun & “So Get Up” by Ithaka Darin Pappas (The song That Immortalized JJH!)

En 1997, el proyecto breakbeat británico Stretch N Vern invitó a Ithaka Darin Pappas para grabar una vez más el vocal de su poema “So Get Up” para nuevas versiones de la canción titulada, Get Up! ¡Insane! Estas mezclas fueron lanzadas por “Grand Slam Records” en la U.K. con la participación de Fatboy Slim. En Inglaterra, la canción trazó el número 17 en los charts independientes de la danza. Unas de esas mezclas de fue encontrada en manos de los ejecutivos de Samsung Korea, que usó la música en una campaña nacional de publicidad muy popular para la serie de impresoras, My Jet. El comercial protagonizó una actriz desconocida llamada Jun Ji-Hyun (o Wang Ji-hyun).  Según la mayoría de las fuentes de medios de comunicación, este repetitivo primetime de la televisión de exposición con cuyo engergetic bailando a los gritos de Ithaka de Get Up! ¡Insane! Y su actitud súper-confiada transformó Jun Ji-Hyun en un icono adolescente de la juventud casi instantáneamente. Hoy es una de las mayores personalidades de televisión y cine de Corea, apareciendo el número 4 en la lista de Forbes Corea del 2015 de celebridades del poder. 

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Su sueño de la infancia era convertirse en una asistente de vuelo, pero a la edad de 16 años, fue descubierta en la calle por un editor de moda. Usando el nombre artístico de Jun Ji Hyun, comenzó su carrera como modelo para la revista Ecole en el año 1997. Jun primero llegó a ser bien conocido como un modelo comercial y como actriz de televisión. Aunque hizo su debut cinematográfico de poca sintonia White Valentine en 1999, no fue hasta más tarde en el año cuando apareció en el comercial de Samsung My Jet Printer que se convirtió en una sensación popular. El baile y la actitud expresada en el anuncio la convirtieron en un icono para los coreanos en la adolescencia y los veinte años.
Después de continuar su carrera de modelo y televisión, Jun hizo su primera aparición en el cine muy publicitado a fines del 2000 con Il Mare. Un melodrama generosamente Rodado situado en la isla de Ganghwa, la película hizo respetablemente bien en la taquilla (a pesar de la apertura en el mismo día que la exitosa Joint Security Area) y solidificó su estatus como una estrella. La película desglose de Jun fue la comedia My Sassy Girl, que se convirtió en un gran éxito tanto en Corea y en toda Asia, la película pasó dos semanas en el n º 1 en Hong Kong, y la convirtió en la estrella más reconocible de Corea en el mercado de habla china.
A finales de 2006 se anunció que junio iba a hacer su salto largamente pronosticada a Hollywood para tomar el papel principal en Blood: The Last Vampire. La coproducción internacional, fue filmada en China y Argentina en el 2007, es la adaptación de acción real de un anime japonés popular. Ella pasó por tres meses de duro entrenamiento de artes marciales y manejo de espada para interpretar a la heroína. Durante la filmación y promociones para la película antes de su lanzamiento en el 2009, adoptó el nombre occidentalizado Gianna Jun. “Gianna by True Religion” fue lanzada por la marca de pantalones vaqueros de lujo en el 2008, la primera línea de la celebridad. Según informes Jun participó en todas las etapas de su producción, desde el diseño hasta decidir la forma y lavado y su decoración con accesorios. Ella fue fotografiada por Annie Leibovitz para la edición de julio de la edición americana de Vogue, la primera actriz coreana que se incluiria en la revista icono de la moda.

Ithaka-Ithaka Darin Pappas-in Portugal-by Joao Barbosa-1995
Ithaka’s “So Get Up” – The Song That Made JUN JI HYUN (全智賢 전지현) A Teen Icon !

Ithaka’s “So Get Up” – The Song That Made JUN JI HYUN (全智賢 전지현) A Teen Icon !

“So Get Up” by Ithaka Darin Pappas, The Song That Made JUN JI HYUN (全智賢 전지현) A Star

In 1999, after starring in her first feature film at the age of eighteen, (the little-watched White Valentine), Korean actress Jun Ji-Hyun was still largely unknown.

It was not until later that year when she starred in a hugely popular commercial for Samsung My Jet Printers featuring a remix of Californian songwriter Ithaka Darin Pappas’ iconic 1993 vocal-poem song, So Get Up, that, according to most media sources, she became a a public sensation.

The version of So Get Up featured in the campaign (called “Get Up! Go Insane”) was made by UK producers Stretch & Vern, who brought Ithaka to the UK to re-record his 1993 classic. The final result, restructured the vocal hook differently from the original, but the overall message was the same, So Get Up…and live life to the fullest ! This anthem of defiance and celebration was exuberantly communicated by Jun Ji-Hyun’s dancing dance and attitude in the clip.

The commercial sky-rocketed her from being a relatively unknown actress to being a cultural youth icon for all of South Korea and beyond (and eventually one of Korea’s biggest film and television stars).

Ji-Kyun has since gone on to star in Sassy Girl (when of the biggest films in Korean history), You Who Came from the Stars, and The Legend of the Blue Sea.
She has won several national and international awards for her acting ability.

*Note: Ithaka rerecorded his iconic 1993, So Get Up specifically for Stretch & Vern’s mix (in the UK, 1996). This is one of the only authorized versions of So Get Up in 25 years. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uf-4C7VYzEw
Also see; So Get Up & The Lost Acapellas

A história por trás de “So Get Up”, a música mais samplado da história musical.

A história por trás de “So Get Up”, a música mais samplado da história musical.

O “Americano Feio”?

Jorge Dias – (PÚBLICO/ Pop-Rock) Quinta-feira 10 Abril 1996

O greco-americano Ithaka Darin Pappas participou em “So Get Up” dos USL e assinou o album, “Flowers And The Color Of Paint”. Estão certamente entre os projectos mais fortes da música de dança feita em Portugal nos anos 90s. Entretanto, Ithaka viajou pelos Estados Unidos e o seu nome ficou um pouco esquecido. Até agora quando regressa a Lisboa para pôr em causa as sua antigas ligações.

Pappas “versus” USL-Kaos

Ithaka Darin Pappas passou alguns meses em Los Angeles, cidade de onde é natural e onde fez algums contactos para conseguir um “manager” e um advogado. “Fui aos Estados Unidos porque havia uma séria de problemas a resolver aqui. Um deles foi que fiz un disco em 1994 com os Underground Sound of Lisbon [USL] e, quando o gravámos, foi uma coisa entre amigos, estavamos a fazer arte em conjunto e foi uma coisa boa. Fiz um acordo verbal com eles segundo o qual receberia 25 mil escudos (approx. 120 €) por mil discos que fossem lançados em Portugal. Nunca se falou de contratos nem de distribuição no estangeiro.”

Desde então, “So Get Up” – que era originalmente o lado B do maxi que tería por tema principal “Dance With Me” – fez furor nos Estados Unidos, para onde o disco foi enviado, transformando os USL, de que fazem parte Rua da Silva (Doctor J) e Tó Pereira (DJ Vibe), no projecto de “dance music” nacional mais aclamado a nivel internacional.

 

“O tema entrou para as ‘charts’ e foi lançado em muitos paises, mas eles não reconheceram a minha participação. Apesar de muitas das remisturas que foram feitas – principalmente as de Danny Tenaglia e Junior Vasquez, as mais populares- practicamente só reterem as minhas palavras e a minha voz. Nessa ponto é questionável quem é realmente o artista. É o Ithaka? Ou são os USL? Quando se ‘descartaa a musica original e faz outra é questionável. É que não sou membro dos USL….?”, diz Ithaka. E acrescento: “Pode perguntar-se a quem se quiser, nos Estados Unidos ou em Portugal, o que é que indentifica a canção: são as palavras. Neste tipo de música, que há numeras versões diferentes, a etiqueta são as palavras. A canção é o poema.”

 

Dai que Ithaka reclame direitos de interpretação – “royalties”, uma vez que os direitos de autor lhe pertencem por direito – sobre os lucros com “So Get Up”. É que o poema a que Ithaka dá voz no “intro” do tema tinha sido escrito seis meses antes de ser convidado para juntar-se aos USL, depois de estes o terem ouvido numa emissão do programa Quatro Bairro, da Rádio Comerical. Segundo António Cunha, da Kaos, editora dos USL – e depois de o PÚBLICO ter marcada uma entrevista com Rui da Silva que acabou por não acontecer-, “o que passa é a velha história de negócio da música: quando as coisas têm sucesso há sempre alguema tentar aproveitar-se”.

Armin Van Buuren Rediscovers “So Get Up” – (Ithaka’s timeless EDM vocal-poem)

Armin Van Buuren Rediscovers “So Get Up” – (Ithaka’s timeless EDM vocal-poem)

“So Get Up” Armin Van Buuren featuring Ithaka

In 2013, twenty years after it was first written and recorded, trance legend Armin Van Buuren re-introduced Ithaka’s iconic EDM vocal poem So Get Up (The End Of The Earth) to a new generation by playing a version by Cosmic Gate on his popular global A State Of Trance radio program and featuring it on his mix album A State Of Trance 2013 (Armada Records).

Ithaka Darin Pappas: writer vocalist of the apocalyptic, So Get Up

In March of 1993, a demo version of So Get Up was recorded in Manchester, United Kingdom with producer S. Bradshaw. And later, in February of 1994, Ithaka was invited to rerecord the poem for the B-Side of the first vinyl release of Underground Sound Of Lisbon on Kaos Records, Portugal. It was an almost instant national hit and soon released (along with an acapella version) internationally by Tribal (USA), a subsidiary of Stuart Copeland’s IRS Records in New York.

Interestingly, although the poem was written and vocalized by Ithaka a year before ever meeting Underground Sound Of Lisbon, no public vocal credit was included on those first releases.

The USL version and the new remixes by Junior Vazquez and Danny Tenaglia were quite popular themselves (selling at least 50,000 units) but because an acapella was included in these major distributions, literally hundreds of new mixes appeared in just a few years. Many producers simply changed the title (sometimes not) and put the entire vocal on their own instrumentals and called it their own.

The vocal acapella has also been released under the titles; “Get Up”, “Get Up Go Insane”, “So Get Up Atom Bride”, “The End Of the Earth”, “Next Life”, “See You In The Next Life”, “Intro”, “Headcharge” and “Hardventure”

The vocal itself has never had a sonic style specifically associated with it, it has kept changing it’s clothes and modernizing itself with the times.

The spoken-word acapella was originally read on-air on top of an instrumental version of a Naughty-By-Nature hip hop song, and this UK demo version is a mid-tempo electro-style track,. The vocal never had a sonic style specifically associated with it,
it has kept changing it’s clothes and modernizing itself with the times.

The USL, Tenaglia and Junior Vazquez versions were progressive and tribal house

And since then have versions have appeared in almost every avenue of global electronic music such as; Trance, Dubstep, Drum & Bass, Big Beat, Trip Hop, Tech House, Electronic Art Rock etc.

Groups, producers and DJs that have released So Get Up inculude; Derek Marin, Peter Bailey, Pagano, Ben Gold, Eric Kupper, Cosmic Gate, Armin Van Buuren, Ricardo Diaz, Nixu Zsun, Oxia (France), Mert Yucel (Turkey), Igor Carmo (Portugal), Miss Kittin (Germay), Public Domain (Holland), Fat Boy Slim (Norman Cook) UK, Stretch & Verne (UK), Lexington Avenue, Damage People, Mirabeau, Ma-Beckerfield, FuturePlays (from Mexico), Dj Screw (Thailand), Djz Rom (Cambodia), Technoboy (Italy), Frankyeffe (Italy), Maik Ibane, Murt Yucel (Turkey), Mowree (Italy), Razat (Portugal), Tuneboy (Italy), K-Traxx (Italy), Dylan Hilsley (UK), DJ Vibe, Cee Cee Lee (Italy), Alex Di Stefano, etc etc etc.

As of 2016, with a staggering 1129 documented and released mixes, So Get Up is considered “The Most Remixed Vocal Acapella In Musical History” by the Guinness World Records.

“So Get Up” © 1993 Ithaka Darin Pappas
Published by Ravenshark Music/Scion Four Music (NY)/ASCAP

Cosmic Gate’s “SO GET UP” True Indentity Of World’s Most Remixed Acapella Revealed (24 years later)

Cosmic Gate’s “SO GET UP” True Indentity Of World’s Most Remixed Acapella Revealed (24 years later)

The EDM vocal masterpeice “So Get Up’s true orgins were recently revealed when this 1993 demo was rediscovered.

“SO GET UP” (1993 Demo) – Very rare 1993 demo version of the iconic electronic dance music vocal-poem “So Get Up”. This lyric was originally written and recorded by Ithaka (aka: Ithaka Darin Pappas) in January 1993 for a Rádio Comercial Program in Lisbon.

In March of 1993, this Demo version was recorded in Manchester, United Kingdom with producer Simon Bradshaw. And later, in February of 1994, Ithaka was invited to rerecord the poem for the B-Side of the first vinyl release of Underground Sound Of Lisbon on Kaos Records, Portugal. It was an almost instant national hit and soon released (along with an acapella version) internationally by Tribal (USA), a subsidiary of Stuart Copeland’s IRS Records in New York.

Interestingly, although the poem was written and vocalized by Ithaka a year before ever meeting Underground Sound Of Lisbon, no public vocal credit was included on those first releases.

The USL version and the new remixes by Junior Vazquez and Danny Tenaglia were quite popular themselves (selling at least 50,000 units) but because an acapella was included in these major distributions, literally hundreds of new mixes appeared in just a few years. Many producers simply changed the title (sometimes not) and put the entire vocal on their own instrumentals and called it their own.

The vocal acapella has also been released under the titles; “Get Up”, “Get Up Go Insane”, “So Get Up Atom Bride”, “The End Of the Earth”, “Next Life”, “See You In The Next Life”, “Intro”, “Headcharge” and “Hardventure”

The vocal itself has never had a sonic style specifically associated with it, it has kept changing it’s clothes and modernizing itself with the times.

The spoken-word acapella was originally read on-air on top of an instrumental version of a Naughty-By-Nature hip hop song, and this UK demo version is a mid-tempo electro-style track,. The vocal never had a sonic style specifically associated with it, it has kept changing it’s clothes and modernizing itself with the times.

The USL, Tenaglia and Junior Vazquez versions were progressive and tribal house. And since then have versions have appeared in almost every avenue of global electronic music such as; Trance, Dubstep, Drum & Bass, Big Beat, Trip Hop, Tech House, Electronic Art Rock etc.

Groups, producers and DJs that have released So Get Up inculude; Derek Marin, Peter Bailey, Pagano, Ben Gold, Eric Kupper, Cosmic Gate, Armin Van Buuren, Ricardo Diaz, Nixu Zsun, Oxia (France), Mert Yucel (Turkey), Igor Carmo (Portugal), Miss Kittin (Germay), Public Domain (Holland), Fat Boy Slim (Norman Cook) UK, Stretch & Verne (UK), Lexington Avenue, Damage People, Mirabeau, Ma-Beckerfield, FuturePlays (from Mexico), Dj Screw (Thailand), Djz Rom (Cambodia), Technoboy (Italy), Frankyeffe (Italy), Maik Ibane, Murt Yucel (Turkey), Mowree (Italy), Razat (Portugal), Tuneboy (Italy), K-Traxx (Italy), Dylan Hilsley (UK), DJ Vibe, Cee Cee Lee (Italy), Alex Di Stefano, etc etc etc.

As of 2016, with a staggering 1129 documented and released mixes, So Get Up is considered “The Most Remixed Vocal Acapella In Musical History” by the Guinness World Records.

“So Get Up” © 1993 Ithaka Darin Pappas

Published by Ravenshark Music/Scion Four Music (NY)/ASCAP