I have enjoyed the music of Toro y Moi ever since I first heard it. Also the visual art and design of Chaz Bundick has really caught my eye. Yours Truly made this great little video with Chaz where he talks about his process and the background behind his art and music. Very insightful and interesting perspective.
You may have noticed that over the last month or so our postings have been both scarce and intermittent. That is do in part because of a nice full load of client projects, but is mainly the result of launching a new side project. Last Thursday, Halloween our newest endeavor Dos Ghosts went live. The site is a blog, a platform and eventually a full blown independent music label. For now it is entrenched in the early stages of building a voice, attracting an audience, and making the necessary connections to build a strong foundation of talented artists. We are really excited about the potential this project has to offer and also extremely grateful to everyone who helped make it happen. I want to say a special thank you to our technology partner eBrenner and Mada Music the artist behind the Dos Ghosts – Vol. 1 mix.
The undulation of the water and music in sync in this video is extremely entrancing. Soap, ink, and water were mixed to create the visual effects of this video by Ruslan Khasanov. Just as important to the absorbing effect of this video is the music by Boris Blank, which blends into the motion of the ripples and colors.
I have never walked the streets of Tokyo during the day or at night, but I can definitely signify with how hypnotizing and captivating it can be to walk through a city at night listening to music. Tao Tajima said “As I walk home at night listening to music I would imagine shapes moving to the sounds” when explaining where this project came from. This video captures and enhances the mesmerizing effects of walking through the city at night with neon shapes jumping around and interacting with the spaces. Tajim is a designer at Tanagram the Tokyo-based film and visual design studio.
Too Old To Be New, Too New To Be Classic is the name of this rad little documentary about how DFA records came into existence and all the action that has taken place during their first 12 years. Directed by Max Joseph and produced by Red Bull Music the documentary captures the culture and intrigue behind the independent record label. Their roster includes many of the greatest electronic music acts of the last decade and if you haven’t heard of at least one of their acts you probably need to clean out your ears.
Beastie Boys debut album License To Ill was one of the very first albums I purchased with my own money. The artwork from their early albums definitely had a significant impact on me and was some of the earliest design I was aware of. It is really interesting to here the artists, photographers and designs behind some of these, now iconic covers. One point that is made in this short video has to do with the idea that the artwork gained impact based on the music that was contained within the package.
After hearing about the new series Beat Making Lab from PBS a few words are filling my head. Empowerment, activism, creativity, strength, community, music, and of course beats. The lab itself was initial started by DJ and producer Stephen Levitin(Apple Juice Kid) in collaboration with professor and hip hop artist Pierce Freelon. The premise of the program is Levitin and Freelon travel around the world and set up music studios and teach beat making. Over the course of their stay in a locale they both teach and collaborate with their students to create unique and amazing tracks.
The video below is episode 1 where they travel to the Democratic Republic of Congo and partnered with local organization Yole!Africa to engage its students in cultivating new music making skills.
I encountered the self-anointed Screaming Eagle of Soul, Charles Bradley for the first time just last week on the NPR program World Cafe. Bradley first began experimenting musically as a child by impersonating the singing and exaggerated stage antics of James Brown. However he spent a large portion of his life working odd jobs and living in obscurity. In 1996 he moved back to NYC after many years, and began performing as a James Brown impersonator. During these years, performing under the stage name Black Velvet, Bradley was discovered by Gabriel Roth co-founder of Daptone Records. Since being signed to Daptone in 2002 Bradley has released a ton of singles and two full length albums. The influence of Brown is unmistakeable, but soul is very much alive and reinvigorated by Bradley.
After a year off The Big Up music festival is back, and with an even more stacked line-up than ever before. This is a great little festival that was started by some of my oldest and best friends. The scale has grown quite a bit since it first started in 2010, but it is still all about good vibes and great music. The Big Up will take place the weekend of August 8th, 9th and 10th in Claverack, NY. Make sure to view the full 2013 lineup and get your tickets now.
Finally Studio as a self-initiated project created this wonderful animation, which utilizes ingenious and beautiful info-graphics to depict the components and import of music. Based in Mainz, Germany Finally is a group of multidisciplinary designers and film makers who create projects for a wide range of media most of which is moving image.
My friends Collin Lewis and Garrett Morin started a band this year called HINTS with Matthew Fisher and Wyeth Hansen. I am really digging the two tracks Ritual and Built a Church on their first release. Head over to their Bandcamp and listen to their two debut songs.
There are a few music editing and related apps for tablets, mainly the iPad currently available that feature decent design. However, there is nothing that even comes close to this concept designed by Mikael Eidenberg. His designs feature a dark ultra realistic approach, which feels very in sync with what we expect from music electronics. I whole heartedly agree with Beamer’s statement on iso50, if this project hits Kickstarter I am sure it will be an instant success.
The Wrecking Crew was the most influential band of the 20th century, that no one ever heard of. This documentary delves into the history of the group of session musicians in Los Angeles, California during the 1960’s. They laid down the music for many of the most defining rock and roll artists of that period including The Monkees, The Mamas and the Papas, The Carpenters, and many many more. The concept that a single group of studio musicians could be entirely responsible for changing the course of music history sounds impossible, but they did it.
I post music relatively infrequently, however this song and music video by Belgian-Australian artist Gotye has me entranced right now. The tempo and vocals of the song are super catchy, and the way the song builds around the midpoint really gets me grooving. The track also features Kimbra a fellow Pacific Islander, originally from New Zealand she adds a much needed female component to the songs narrative.
Kraftwerk, the German originators of electronic music are currently prepping for a retrospective exhibition at what could be viewed as a slightly interesting venue for the performers. This retrospective at Moma in New York City falls in line with some of their more outlandish activities over the past few years, such as the addition of the @ symbol into the permanent collection. Pushing the limits of art and what are can be in a museum setting obviously has maintained crucial position and has helped keep Moma current and interesting into the overly saturated waters of the internet age. There are 8 shows scheduled starting on April 10th through 17th. Tickets will go on sale February 25th. A truly once in a life time experience like this cannot be missed.
Films like this by Tom Wrigglesworth and Mathieu Cuvelier really make me wish I had studied video in school, or at least had some inclination of how to structure narrative so perfectly. They have captured the story Marc Manceaux and his Fournitures Generales Pour le Piano, which is a junkyard, museum, and shrine to the magical music producing boxes. Marc seems a little stuck in a time warp, which is absolutely fine with him because he doing what he loves.
Renaud Hallée aka Possible Metrics created this amazing minimal, yet intricate video, which creates the music track through an animation cycle. I am starting to really love minimal visualizations and animations accompanying the music I listen to. The other example this reminds me of was the Visualizing Bach’s Cello Suite which posted a few weeks ago.
Stop motion has always been one of those things that I find to be so complex. In this case the execution is so utterly perfect. Created by Jonanthan Chong for the group Hudson. The narrative created using inanimate objects is so rad.
My friend Russ Maschmeyer, who many of you may know by the name Strange Native made the New York Times today in the personal tech section. The project they covered was one he created over the past year as a student in SVA’s Interaction Design MFA. Russ created an application called Motiv, which uses the Xbox Kinect hardware to track motion and allow users to create music out of ether. Russ would probably disagree and say people would be creating music out of his hard work and sweat. Congrats Russ!