Food for thought‘[...] do not think that good design can make a poor product good, whether the product be a machine, a building, a promotional brochure or a business man. But [...] good design can materially help make a good product reach its full potential. In short, [...] good design is good business.’
Thomas J. Watson Jr., IBM CEO

"United Snakes" — Massive Attack with UVA

November 11, 2009, 4:56 PM

Wonderful and especially thought-provoking experience brought yet again by Massive Attack and United Visual Artists:

United Snakes from United Visual Artists on Vimeo.

Can’t wait for the new Massive Attack album. Hopefully, they won’t postpone it again.

(via itsnicethat)

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Come snow, come

September 12, 2009, 2:23 PM

Fun video for Wheezer‘s song, The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived, featuring Warren Miller:

The song would be pretty much crap without the adrenaline oozing from Miller’s rides. But it did remind me of Wheezer’s funny video and song, Buddy Holly, directed by Spike Jonze (remember Daft Punk’s Da Funk?). This was the first video I saw on my new Windows 95 PC (it came on the CD), back in the days when Mortal Kombat 2 was the thing :))

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S.K. Thoth — The power of prayformance

July 23, 2009, 2:50 PM

Soul-stirring art by a free individual: S.K. Thoth‘s street performance (“prayformance”, as he likes to call it, and for good reasons) is out of this world (both literally and metaphorically). Weird and intriguing at first, resembling native american dances combined with countertenor-voice and an ambidextrous violin, it grips you shortly after, taking you to the magical lands of his imagination. The short documentary on his life and performance won an Academy Award in 2002. After watching it you easily understand the depths of his craft, the sincerity of his art. He definitely has a touch of genius (for more information check out his site, his MySpace or Wikipedia—you can buy the dvd on Amazon)

You can watch the full documentary on Youtube (42 min). Make sure you’re watching and listening in HD:

Thank you Cinty, very much!

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Father & Daughter — a touching animation

June 20, 2009, 3:31 PM

Eye-watering…

It was made by Michael Dudok de Wit and won Oscar in 2001 (and several other awards). It’s a wonderful piece of art.

(via portocala mecanica)

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Aneb — a promising electro prodigy

June 16, 2009, 12:47 PM

Heard some days ago a song on ProFM’s Alternative station (ProFM is one of the corniest main stream radios in Romania, but its secondary stations are quite enjoyable, mostly because there’s no advertising and no annoying djs—make that no djs at all). It got me hooked, sounded very nice, so I checked to see who was playing. Aneb. Never heard of them. Google? Nada. Hmmm. Weird. Looked some more, managed to find Aneb’s Myspace.

To my surprise, Aneb is an 18-year-old romanian highschooler, Horatiu. He makes music in his spare time, always happy to work with new people. He doesn’t have an album out yet, but he certainly has some great material. Hopefully, we’ll be hearing a lot from him in the future.

Be sure to listen to Oltul la vale feat. Georgiana. The song played these days on ProFM Alternative is Heaven Lost feat. Ghost.

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Le cafe — your daily shot

May 28, 2009, 1:12 PM

Superb animation for Oldelaf And Monsierur D‘s funny song about daily coffee drinking :) Enjoy:

Le caf̩ РOldelaf et Monsieur D
by Mediamovies


(via Google)

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Blockhead — Music By Cavelight

April 17, 2009, 11:40 AM

What better title for an album that really makes you feel the sun going down, the shadows reaching higher and higher, the chill of the night slowly slipping around you, kept at bay only by the shimmering flames of a small fire, glowing in your cave, warming your heart.

Blockhead is a NinjaTune artist, born in New York, mixing jazz, down-beat, trip-hop, hip-hop and many other sounds into subtle, delicate music. Reminding sometimes of Bonobo or even Cinematic Orchestra, Blockhead manages to pull off a very well balanced album, a real enchanting journey from start to end. Definitely worth adding to the collection.

Enjoy Insomniac Olympics:

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Dub FX—beatboxing to the next level

February 12, 2009, 12:02 PM

Incredible skills from Dub Fx. Seeing this I couldn’t help thinking about Prodigy and their not-so-great recent albums (haven’t listened the new one—i hope it’s good, but my hopes are not very high :P). Dub Fx shows that you don’t need fancy studios, record labels or tons of equipment to put up a great show. You can listen a few more songs on his MySpace.

(thanks bro’)

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United Visual Artists created the Massive Attack…

December 19, 2008, 2:44 PM

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…stageset for their latest tour. UVA based their set up around a huge LCD screen, dominating the stage (unforgetable impressive, as I’ve written just after the Bucharest concert). All the animations were superbly syncronized with the music — political messages running on the screen, huge, red or white, flickering, dominating, pulsating, penetrating the wide-open eyes. The beautiful part was that, at first, I thought that the screen was similar to the one Muse brought the year before, coloured streams of light flooding the stage as the music got higher and higher. But when the light began to shape shift into letters, and then into maps, images, drops of water, I could not help but watch in awe a political–manifesto–perfectly–built show, meant to strike everyone to the core — not just a normal music concert.

I’d bet that none present there left untouched.

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You can view larger images on UVA’s page about the shows (these ones are from The Royal Festival Hall).

And if you’re wondering who the hell UVA are, I bet you’ve seen this before:
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It’s their much-awarded project “Volume“. UVA also did shows for Massive Attack before, U2 and many more, as you can see here and here.

(via fabrikproject — thanks Alin for the tip ;)

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Radiohead — 15 Steps v2.0

November 23, 2008, 4:11 PM

Eye-popping video made by Kota+Totori for Radiohead’s song. They won the first prize in an aniBooM contest (along with 3 other videos — apparently Radiohead couldn’t make up their mind which one they like best).

This one reminded me a lot of FLCL‘s wacky world, but the one thing that made me grin with admiration was the inclusion of storyboard frames into the final animation.

Enjoy it on Youtube (embedding disabled, unfortunately).

(via CG Society)

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