I came across a pretty badass video on vimeo called Nature By Numbers. It’s gorgeous animation was done by Etérea Studios, a graphic and animation studio run by graphic designer and 3D artist Cristóbal Vila. Etérea focuses on CGI services for clients. Nature By Numbers is described as “a short movie inspired on numbers, geometry, and nature.”
“8 people with 5 instruments from 4 Continents speaking 3 languages for 1 song.” – Cain Masni
That is the simple way to describe Jam Session 2.0. More difficult than getting everyone on board and doing it? Actually creating a great song that you want to listen to and not have it be just something cool that a few musicians threw together for fun. I can listen to this song and not know that it didn’t come from an album and was completely created online using the everyday communication tools that we all use.
The brainchild of Brian at Cain Mosni, he had this to say about the virtual jam session:
We put together a virtual “jam session” with musicians from all over the world! Music was inspired by Galt MacDermot’s amazing “Coffee Cold”. Handsome Boy Modeling School (Prince Paul and Dan the Automator) flipped that song with J-Live and Roisin Murphy from Moloko and called it “The Truth”.
Now that you know what went into this, check out the video or you can listen to the song below. I’ve also included the lyrics as well as the links for everyone who participated in this musical collaboration. If you want to download the track for free, click here to visit Dumbfoundead.com and choose which quality or file type you prefer.
Listen to Jam Session 2.0
The infamous DJ Earworm has done it again! This famous mashup artist has taken the “Top 25 Billboard Hits of 2009″ and made one super-fucking-duper mashup of all of them! DJ Earworm attempted (and accomplished) this feat last year and has once again done what most mashup artists only wish they could.
If you love mashups as much as I do, then bask in the goodness of United State of Pop 2009 (Blame It on the Pop). With 25 songs clocking in a 4 minutes and 37 seconds, this mashup is another stunning example of how talented DJ Earworm is. I’ve included the track to listen to, the official mashup video, as well as the link to download the song. Here’s a nice farewell to 2009 and I’m looking forward to what DJ Earworm has in store for us in 2010!
Listen: United State of Pop 2009 (Blame It on the Pop)
Watch: Video Mashup of United State of Pop 2009 (Blame It on the Pop)
(Right click the link above and choose “Save Link As”)
I absolutely LOVE the animated music video for the song Hey by the alternative Israeli band Eatliz. The 3D video is described as a “Sci-Fi Fantasy journey of a little girl with a special pet friend, a huge toad. Once the girl loses her pet, which drifts in the sky in a form of a balloon, she is going through different adventurous scenarios by chasing it.”
Not only should the video be considered art, you should definitely check out this band. Be sure to visit the official website and if you register for their mailing list, you get freebies. How nice is that?!
Now watch the video and fall in love with gorgeous animation and Eatliz.
I’ve posted a video poem from the fabulous azrienoch aka Jeff Smith-Luedke before, which featured a poem titled X vs. O. This time I am posting the video of another great poem using kinetic typography. Jeff used Adobe’s After Effects to create the video.
The lyrics are below.
Minimalism by Jeff Smith-Luedke aka azrienoch
I looked at a picture painted white with a dot
White, with that black dot and I thought
Why bother painting that black dot in the middle
With the white all around it, makes it so little
Just a little black dot all surrounded by white
And I look at this painting and think that I might
Punch a hole through that painting with the fist of my hand
And show that white painting that I was a man
And it looked like it was made by a child
Who was given a paintbrush and told to go wild
But the child was retarded, only managed to poke
The canvass with the brush with the black with a stroke.
And I was going to do it when the artist walked by
Looked at my fist, the painting, asked why
I would want to destroy the black dot made of paint
Saying, “It’s so essential, an essentially quaint
Expression of essential potential in all
Of the people who have a potentially small
Dot of their own painted on their soul;
You see, in the white, there was a small hole
So I covered the hole with paint that was black.”
And then he turned away while I turned back.
I stared, stared, stared til the janitor came ‘long
He saw me, stopped mopping, stopped whistling a song
Stopped to ask me, “Hey sonny, been here long, you okay?”
“This is rubbish, this painting, just rubbish, I say!
I talked to the artist. Didn’t help in the least.
So I stared for a while but my anger increased.
This isn’t art, this white paint and black dot
Oh, it’s a picture of a dot, but art, it is not.”
The janitor nodded his head up and down
And cleared his throat and uttered a sound
That was like an agreement, but more like a laugh
And said, “Sonny, you’ve looked at this more than I have
But whenever I look, I don’t see the white
And with that he leaned over and turned off the light.
And with the light off, the dot grew and grew
Til it covered the canvass and he said, “Who knew
That in the dark every painting looks exactly the same,
Same portrait, same landscape, same romance, same shame,
Could be reddish or yellowed or purpley or blue
Or anything, ’cause, sonny, that’s what the dot turns into.”
He went off and he mopped and he whistled his tune
And I left and walked out and looked up at the moon
Which looked vaguely and oddly familiar that night,
So familiar—a black canvass with a dot that is white.
Thoughts? Leave your comment below!
Sand animation is an art form. By using sand and a sheet of glass with a light under it, sand artists mix and blend sand while using their hands and fingers to create images to tell a story. Everything blends in seamlessly, like going from one panel to the next in a film. While not very popular, it takes a lot of talent and imagination to pull off this art form.
I’ve come across another awesome video by EclecticAsylumArt. This one, titled PolyScribe Metamorphosis Art Animation, features 4 artists painting at once. Absolutely stunning and visually entertaining.
An evolving painting created by four artists working simultaneously on the same digital canvas. The painting process was unplanned and free form. The artists took cues from each others actions and interpretation of various shapes/colors. Communication was made possible by text chat. The total elapsed time was 4 hours.
The music in the video is Beethoven’s Piano Sonata, Opus 53 No. 21 (Waldstein) – Movement 1
In this video, the most excellent finger picking guitarist Andy McKee performs his song Drifting. I chose this song of his because it is one of my personal favorites. To check out more of Andy McKee’s music, you can hear some of his other songs on his official site as well as purchase them if you are so inclined.
For now, enjoy this great song, because there is a reason that this YouTube video has over 22 million views. Watch it to see for yourself.
Below is a stunning video I found on Vimeo by Bruce Branit, known for his work on the film 405. The imagery is breathtaking and the story is beautiful. While it only took one day to shoot, it took two years for post production.
Tagline: A strange man builds a world using holographic tools for the woman he loves.
Oh, yeah! Another funny ass video from College Humor!
“But you’re just a bro, so you do not understand why when you do not take a shower, you only get a job from a hand…”