Posts made in September, 2012

Mysterium Tremendum with Mickey Hart

The Grateful Dead are one of America’s most recognized bands, if only because of the columns of haze that inevitably decorate the sky wherever they perform. Mickey Hart was the primary drummer for Grateful Dead (having taken a 3-year sabbatical in the early 70s), and in his spare time, has worked with some of the most profoundly thought-provoking sounds in the universe. No stranger to unconventional sonic experimentation, in 1989 Hart created an album, “Music to be Born by” which sampled his unborn son’s heartbeat within the womb, and then wrote an album to accompany the heartbeat. His current project, called “Mysterium Tremendum” is a brilliant union of astrophysical breakthroughs and human creativity. Working in collaboration with Meyer Sound, Penn State, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and the 2006 Nobel Prize winner in Physics, George Smoot, Mickey Hart took converted light, radio waves, and other electromagnetic radiation into sound waves that Hart and his band could transform into extraterrestrial jams. Without further distraction: Mysterium Tremendum.

When asked what inspired him to record the sonorous sounds of outer space, Hart puts it simply, “Four words: it’s the rhythm, stupid. That’s what I always say to anyone, and myself as well. It all goes back to that. We are rhythm machines, embedded in a universe of rhythm.” Spoken like a true icon of the Deadheads. Peep an hour long continuous session after the jump.

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Custom Nikes for Watchmen and a Magician

Sekure D, a prolific custom sneaker artist, has recently been infatuated with crafting high-top Nikes based around dramatized, or flat-out fictional, characters. A huge fan of the Watchmen graphic novel, Sekure D is working his way through a “Watchmen x Air Jordan” series, and its brilliant.

The Comedian

Dr. Manhattan

Rorschach

Lastly, the lid mentions a Magician, and I’m sure you’re clamoring to find out the deets. Yesterday Sekure D released the first images of a collab project for Australian magician and illusionist Cosentino. For people outside of AU, Cosentino is of comprable stature with Criss Angel, and his “The Grand Illusionist” show was recently rated as Australia’s most watched program. Sekure cites both magic and steampunk influences in designing the kicks, two of my favorite areas to find thought-provoking creativity.

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Tomorrowland 2012 Official After Movie

Okay, so I know that this featurette has been available for a little over a week now. I would’ve posted it sooner, but I’ve been too busy immersing myself in the video, which is still on repeat. One of the few distinguishable differences between European and American EDM festivals is that Europeans tend to focus slightly more on beautifully intricate stage design and adding general mystique, whereas Americans across the pond prioritize breathtaking visual displays utilizing the fullest extent of technological breakthroughs slightly more.

At least until this. Hailed as the Coachella of Europe (on a scale larger than even Coachella), Tomorrowland continues a treasured tradition of releasing recap videos, this year with the help of Epic Cinema. The partnership with Epic culminated in a release that isn’t simply concert recap footage, but is instead a feature film wrapped up into 20 minutes. To give you an idea, there were literally “Tomorrowland” branded planes charted from over 50 countries. You’ll see what I mean once you press play. I still get goosebumps each time I watch it.

After having seen this, can you think of another event or festival that generates such intense emotions and passion from such a large group of diverse people? I can’t.

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Justice – New Lands (Music Video)

I’m gonna be real, I don’t care much for Justice‘s music.  I recognize their contributions to the electro sound, but I just don’t appreciate their sound as much as the majority of the EDM scene.  Maybe that’s only because I haven’t seen them live yet; I also used to not care for Armin (and hot damn did that change in a hurry) until I physically saw him perform.

That being said, this new production is exceptional all-around. Accompanying a solid electro-rock composition by Justice with vocals reminiscent of prior hit “DVNO” is a superbly intricate video. Rather than feature the usual festival footage (or hip-hop’s tried and true method of cash, cars, and video vixens), Spanish directing collective “CANADA” instead chose to create a new sport from scratch, and film what appears to be a substantially important match (maybe the championship?), complete with an exploration of shadowy back-room gambles riding on the game. The game itself is an amalgam of a variety of sports, including elements of baseball, lacrosse, American football, roller derby – with rollerskaters and motorcyclists, and a magic pitching cannon straight from American Gladiators.

Interestingly, the music video itself only occupies half of the video’s 7 minute duration. The last 3-4 minutes are devoted entirely to naming the minds that went into the creative process, essentially the music video’s own ‘end credits’. Although end credits tend to just be scrolling text with the theme song overlayed, in this circumstance the credits are almost another unique production. There’s a delectable ambient soundscape weaving throughout a fascinating animated journey of line designs. I highly recommend you watch the full video.

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Timothy Saccenti’s School of Seven Bells

Let’s face it.  The rise of the digital phenomenon has forever changed the way humans view…, well, everything.  In a literal example, the art of photography is no longer only about taking a picture with a camera.  There is often more time (and sometimes thought) spent in retouching an image, than in generating the actual shot.  Rather than lament the change in perception, I am excited to see what the union of technology and talent will bring.  Timothy Saccenti, a renowned portrait photographer, partnered up with Holographic Thorns and Q Studios, two stellar retouching (aka digital witchcraft) experts, to shoot sensational images for the School of Seven Bells.

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