A Slice of Maltese Life

7:32 PM, Wednesday 17th February 2016 POSTED BY

A piano sits abandoned on a bright Maltese day. Suddenly, a pigeon plummets onto its keys, landing with a tuneless thud. Thus begins Malta’s very own Do Re Me Fa, written and directed by Chris Zarb. The film comprises of four parallel, but partially interwoven, plot threads, all set within the confines of our very own island.


How to Drown Mediocrity (When We Ourselves are Drowning In It)

4:01 PM, Monday 6th July 2015 POSTED BY

Over the past couple of years I have read and re-read Walter Benjamin’s iconic essay The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction – originally out of duty and consequently out of enthusiasm. The essay, written on the cusp of the Second World War, endeavours to understand the relationship between human visual experience and mechanised …


What’s Wrong With God?

3:05 PM, Thursday 28th May 2015 POSTED BY

On the 10th of January, 1610, an Italian scientist named Galileo Galilei made a startling observation. He had been looking at the planet Jupiter through his homemade telescope, and noticed that four smaller dots that accompanied it were actually moving around it, orbiting it. Until then, the prevailing view was that everything – everything – orbited us. …


Urban Spaces

4:31 PM, Thursday 21st May 2015 POSTED BY

Since the 60s Malta has experienced a burst of construction in attempts to support an expanding economy post-Independence. This construction has sometimes been left unchecked, unfinished, or unused. This urbanisation of Malta’s landscape has added unique shapes and artificial structures where there were none before, changing the environment. Matthew Grech provides an exploration of these patterns in …


The Creators Project

1:11 PM, Tuesday 19th May 2015 POSTED BY

“Moving on to the new, Halycon have released a demo of a song called To the End. If you like your music rough then you’ll like this band. They’re simply a bunch of post-pubescent punks and there’s no harm in that. This is a band I’m keeping an eye on, however, because there’s something about them that …


The Analogue Outsider

4:52 PM, Thursday 14th May 2015 POSTED BY

After telling me about a “Berlin dude” who has legit Roland TR-808 replicas for sale at very reasonable prices, with the tone to match, I start to realize something about Jim Hickey. When he is talking about music and the creation of it, he isn’t talking about making a three minute record with a catchy hook and …


The (Probable) Birth of Maltese Cinema

11:52 AM, Thursday 7th May 2015 POSTED BY

The cinema industry in Malta is presently undergoing notable positive changes, continuing to entice Hollywood directors and producers to create their films locally. Only recently was the news announced that Michael Bay’s drama on the killing of the American ambassador in Libya would be filmed locally. From an economic perspective, having such films shot in Malta is …

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