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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.

Music from a Dry Cleaner

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Came across this wicked video by sound designer Diego Stocco the other day.

Here’s what he has to say about the video: “Almost everyday, on my way to a local bakery, I walk in front of a dry cleaners. When they have the front door open, I hear a lot of interesting sounds coming from their work equipment. Eventually, the different mechanical and steam sounds sparked something in my mind, so one day I asked the owners if I could record a piece of music by using their machines as musical instruments.

I used a puff iron, press and dry cleaning machines, a washer, clothes hangers, and a bucket full of soap. The bass and lead sounds were created from the buzzing tones coming from the conduits and engines. There are no additional sounds from any traditional or electronic instruments. Enjoy!”

Check out his vimeo for more weird and wonderful music videos such as Music From A Bonsai.

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

Great Scott, a great auction for a very great cause

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Today’s the day Nike will be auctioning off 1500 pairs of the much sort after Nike Air Mag. All proceeds from the auction will go towards the great work that the Michael J Fox Foundation is doing to combat Parkinson’s disease. Currently standing at around $4000.00 a pair I think even if I sold my own mother, as amazing as she is, I’d still way way short of the eventual mark! So for those who just want to see a pair head down to Nike Town at Oxford Street as I have it on good authority that they have a pair to ogle at. Below is an amazing message from the man himself.

It’s a bitter sweet day for me as I want a pair of these so much it’s hurts but sadly they’re a little out of my price bracket. However having seen on a daily basis how destructive Parkinson’s Disease can be with my own Granddad Tommy, who suffered and fought for well over a decade, I do think it’s a really fantastic and commendable partnership.

If I had the money I’d happily pay ten times the final amount, what ever it may be, not because I want the Nike Air Mag’s but because I wouldn’t wish what my Granddad went through on anyone. So massive respect goes out to the guys at Nike and even bigger respect has to go to the main man, Michael J Fox, for bringing us so much joy and for leading the fight against a horrible disease under very difficult circumstances.

Granddad Tommy would be very proud.

Nike “Oh my god I’ve just done a wee in my pants” Air Mag

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

There’s 3 things in life I’d probably sell my own mother for, a real Light Saber, a Tron Light Cycle and Marty McFly’s Nike trainers from Back to the Future II.

Well I’m still cleaning myself up after seeing the above, it seems someone at Nike finally realised that they’ve been missing a huge trick and got around to making a lot of big kids dreams come true. Yes I shit you not, Nike are releasing the the Air Mag for real, above is the official teaser launch video revealed over at Nice Kicks. Still unclear if they’ll be 100% with real with power laces, but at this moment I don’t care either way.

This is heavy Doc!

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.

Amazing things we have seen online this week…

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Home built F1 simulator that looks like the 90’s Arcade game After Burner on steroids!

Superb idea for bike lights and the nearest you’ll get to owning a real Tron light bike.

Forget the Film: Watch the Titles!

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Following on from Chris’ post last month in which he talked about title sequences, I thought I’d share my recent find regarding the topic with you. I came across another website dedicated to title sequences calles ‘Forget the Film: Watch the Titles!’. Arguably not all of the selected titles on display are great, and a lot of the classics are missing, but it’s definitely worth having a nosy.

The titles sequence that caught my eye is for a made-up documentary about the history of the title sequence. It’s designer Jurjen Versteeg’s graduation project, in which he cleverly re-imagines the work of eight influential designers that changed the course of title design history. From an interview with Versteeg:

“This title sequence provides an overview of the history of title design. The names of the most influential title designers are mentioned, all of whom have had a big influence on the development and history of title design. Each designer’s name refers to the revolutionary titles they designed. The cut-up typography of Saul Bass’ name, for example, refers to titles for Psycho, and the colored circles refer to Maurice Binder’s titles for Dr. No. In this way, I’ve tried to characterize each name. My aim was to give these characteristics, which were added in the post-production stage, as much of an analogue feel as possible. I wanted the visual effects to be in line with the live action footage.”

Great way to start the week

Monday, July 25th, 2011

This morning see’s the first glimpse of Noel Gallagher’s first solo offering “The Death of You and Me”. The first Oasis album “Definitely Maybe” still holds a big place in my heart and in my top 5 for lots of reasons, but mainly because it’s a bloody good rock n’ roll, heart thumping, ear bashing and it’s the sound track to my art college years.

I was lucky enough to see Oasis in their prime at Main Road in Manchester and in my opinion, Noel wrote some of the best b-sides ever put out in those first few years. Noel has mellowed somewhat over the years, who doesn’t, but having always been more of a Noel fan and I can’t wait to see what his first two solo albums have to offer. So check out the video above and see what you think, in my opinion not bad on a first listen hence the post!

Heli Test #1 By Mutiny BIKES

Sunday, July 24th, 2011

The guys at Austin-based BMX Company Mutiny Bikes had the balls to tape a Canon 7D to a mini helicopter, and the result is pretty sweet. Filmed at Austin’s new skatepark, it’s a great short video and I recommend you check it out, along with some Mutiny’s other videos on their vimeo page.