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Nadia Ksaiba ‘Virtual Lover’

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Here is a shameless plug for ‘Virtual Lover’ the debut single of our long time lovely chum and the extremely talented Nadia Ksaiba. Available via Juno from September 16th and everywhere else from September 23rd.

For more info please check out:
Phantasy Sound
www.nadiakasiba.co.uk

Treat ya ears and enjoy!

Music + Science = Art

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

So I finally got around to listening to some recent vinyl purchases at the weekend, in between the usual Saturday chores with a hangover and being used as a human trampoline by a 2 & 3 year old all day Sunday.

Anyway I was sifting through my mini backlog when I realise I’d completely forgotten that I’d bought Jon Hopkins latest release Immunity and what a treat it is. If like me you love a bit of dirty synth mixed with atmospheric ambience, backed up with unsettling, scratchy beats then you love the latest offering from Hopkins.

Needless to say it was ticking a lot of boxes for me while enjoying a nice cuppa tea and a couple of ginger nuts (biscuits people, biscuits!). So with laptop in-hand I went for a stroll on da YouTubes innit to see if there was a visual side to things.

I came across the above clip that beautifully supports the sounds on the album and acts as a teaser for a wider audio visual experience Hopkins is currently touring as a live show. The amazingness really kicks in when you find out how they’re created in the really interesting film below as told by Hopkins and his collaborators, art director & typographer Craig Ward and biochemist Linden Gledhill. Well worth a watch!

Jon Hopkins will be performing his live audio visual treat to a sold out audience at KOKO on the 21st September, if you’re lucky enough to have tickets I’m very envious indeed.

Enjoy!

Unicorns, Crows with hands and riding bikes with no hands!

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

Went for a digital stroll on Sunday as a way of getting over a hangover and came across this great short film by Ninian Doff. I never knew Unicorns could fire rainbows out of their horns and it seems you can pick up said mystical creature down Brick Lane. Sadly I’m allergic to horses, my head balloons like Rocky, and so I’m presuming the same goes for owning a Unicorn.

Anyway it turns out the very talented Ninian Doff has a bit of previous in creating really great shorts and videos and it’s definitely worth checking out Ninian’s site.

A few of my personal favourites are below from the very simple ‘No Handed Bike Moves’, the clever ‘Ello Guvnor’, too the freaky Crows with Hands video for Fulton Lights. Enjoy.

Robots Perform James Bond Theme

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Flying robot quadrotors perform the James Bond Theme by playing various instruments including the keyboard, drums and maracas, a cymbal, and the debut of an adapted guitar built from a couch frame. The quadrotors play this “couch guitar” by flying over guitar strings stretched across a couch frame; plucking the strings with a stiff wire attached to the base of the quadrotor. A special microphone attached to the frame records the notes made by the “couch guitar”.

These flying quadrotors are completely autonomous, meaning humans are not controlling them; rather they are controlled by a computer programed with instructions to play the instruments.

Penn’s School of Engineering and Applied Science is home to some of the most innovative robotics research on the planet, much of it coming out of the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Lab.

This video premiered at the TED2012 Conference in Long Beach, California on February 29, 2012. Deputy Dean for Education and GRASP lab member Vijay Kumar presented some of this groundbreaking work at the TED2012 conference, an international gathering of people and ideas from technology, entertainment, and design.

The engineers from Penn, Daniel Mellinger and Alex Kushleyev, have formed a company called KMel Robotics that will design and market these quadrotors.

Video Produced and Directed by Kurtis Sensenig
Quadrotors and Instruments by Daniel Mellinger, Alex Kushleyev and Vijay Kumar

TAP TO RETRY

Monday, August 20th, 2012

This stunning papercraft stop-motion animated short was created by artist Neta Cohen for her 2012 graduation project at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. Not bad at all for her first attempt at stop-motion animation.

Bill Maher – Irritable Bowl Syndrome

Monday, January 30th, 2012

London-based freelancer Fraser Davidson created this 2 minute infographic piece around an audio sequence taken from Bill Maher’s book “The New New Rules: A Funny Look at How Everybody but Me Has Their Head Up Their Ass”. Irritable Bowl Syndrome is a witty comparison of american football and socialism’s financial parallels. Davidson took aesthetic ideas taken from Soviet constructivism and 1950′s Americana to create what I think is a great and incredibly fluid animation. It retains the irony and humor of Mahers monologue really well.

For more of Fraser’s work check out his website.

Have You Seen My Sister Evelyn

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

Ever drawn on fogged-up windows? Not like this you haven’t. Evelyn Evelyn are a songwriting duo performing original compositions on piano, ukulele, guitar and accordion. This lovely little video for their track “Have You Seen My Sister Evelyn” was directed by Hoku Uchiyama, who takes you on an animated journey filled with flying pianos, ukulele-playing elephants, and dancing skeletons. A little creepy but a whole lot of fun!

A graphic, fractal, ravey treat

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

I’ve been meaning to post the above video, No Brain by Ettienne de Crecy, for a while now but never got around to it due to work loads, so apologies if your thinking “this is well old news innit”. Really beautiful video if you have a thing for lines, grids and shapes like I do, with a great ending that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Visuals like this do tend to transport me back to the ravey, ravey, miss behavey days. Directed by the very talented Fleur & Manu via Division with post production from Mathematic, great name.

I’m a bit of a sucker for the ravey goodness produced by Mr Eitenne de Crecy and I was lucky enough to see his ‘Am I Wrong’ live show at Matter a few years back, which if you haven’t seen you can check a snippet of below. Enjoy

London Bus Tour

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

If like me you love staring out the window and watching the world go by when traveling through London (or whichever corner of the world you may be) by bus, you’ll love this video by photographer Moritz Oberholzer. Lovely slice of London life portrait in a very simple yet captivating way. Really like the choice of tune, too.

3D Computer Graphics from 1972

Monday, September 5th, 2011

Long before Woody and Buzz got lost and had to find their way back home to Andy, this primitive 3D model of a hand was created. In 1972 Ed Catmull (founder of Pixar) and his colleagues created the world’s first 3D rendered movie (so they claim), an animated version of Ed’s left hand. This is the film that they produced. It includes some “making of” footage and some other early experiments. Read more here.