Thursday, April 30, 2009

Hauschka - Morgenrot

Dreamlike video by young filmmaker Jeff Desom for Hauschka's Morgenrot, from his new album Ferndorf (FatCat Records):

Film by Jeff Desom
Music by Hauschka

Taken from sepia images of early 20th century New York, Jeff Desom on making the video:

“The finished animation is mostly made from early twentieth century photographs that I found while browsing through the vast collection of the U.S. Library of Congress. I also used old postcards from New York that I purchased at a flea market in Paris. Most of the time I would only zoom into a tiny portion of the picture and utilise that as my frame.

“The hardest part was to make it look as if it had been pasted together from a lost reel depicting this curious experiment where they’d lightened up a piano and thrown it off a building only to see what would happen. The kind of unnecessary crash test executed under the sole purpose of drooling over the beauty of slow motion.”

Interview with Jeff Desom from PromoNews

Hauschka - Morgenrot

Wednesday, April 29, 2009



Formulaic - Math just makes sense. - from Frank Chimero's Flickr Photostream - "designer, illustrator and breather of oxygen" - well worth a look through (or a flickr), especially the Venn diagrams.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Cover Lover

Cool blog from John Paul Thurlow, Covers
"... an hommage, an attempt to create cover art for every great magazine I own (+ a few I wish I owned). It's never a straight crib, the source magazines are a jumping-off point for my imagination..."

Covers by John Paul Thurlow
Covers by John Paul Thurlow


Audio Track: "Cup of Water Crying (Multiverse Edit)" Impactist
All content and audio created by Kelly Meador and Daniel Elwing

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Voyage to the Moon

Voyage to the Moon by ~MartinIsaac on deviantART

Against a background of muted atmospheric bands.


Want Dessau - a Bauhaus style 11 font set designed by Gábor Kóthay for Fountain (Sweden):

Dessau by Gábor Kóthay for Fountain

Love Plakat and Stenzil...

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

On the Edge of Chaos

On the Edge of Chaos

The human brain is on the edge of chaos...

Investigation of optical perception: an impossible object is a type of optical illusion consisting of a two-dimensional figure which is instantly and subconsciously interpreted by the visual system as representing a projection of a three-dimensional object although it is not actually possible for such an object to exist (at least not in the form interpreted by the visual system).

» Print available from deviantART

Monday, April 20, 2009

Unfolding the Earth - Myriahedral projections

"How can we unfold the Earth? Making a map of the earth is a classic problem. Here a new method is shown"

By Jarke J. van Wijk

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Saturday, April 18, 2009

The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics

Originally a book written and illustrated by Norton Juster, first published by Random House in 1963, it was later adapted into a 10-minute animated short film for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer by famed animator Chuck Jones. The Dot and the Line won the 1965 Academy Award for Animated Short Film and was entered into the Short Film Palme d'Or competition at the 1966 Cannes Film Festival.

The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics

Friday, April 17, 2009

Speed Shift

Speed Shift is a computer controlled LED Installation with sound, by Austrian-born artist Erwin Redl

Speed Shift by Erwin Redl
Speed Shift by Erwin Redl

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Low-Tech Sci-Fi

The new Gollancz range of science-fiction classics have interestingly low-tech covers for a sci-fi series -

Rendezvous With Rama Last and First Men
Eon Century Rain

Article in Creative Review talks to Art Director James Jones about the designs and working with designer Sanda Zahirovic on the series: "We wanted to create a series style that would adhere to the nature of the content – e.g. its complexity – but employ a hands-on approach..."

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Friday, April 10, 2009

Black Rain

Film from Semiconductor made with satellites videos of solar wind and coronal mass ejections:

"Black Rain is sourced from images collected by the twin satellite, solar mission, STEREO. Here we see the HI (Heliospheric Imager) visual data as it tracks interplanetary space for solar wind and CME's (coronal mass ejections) heading towards Earth. Data courtesy of courtesy of the Heliospheric Imager on the NASA STEREO mission."

Monday, April 6, 2009

Behance Network

Just joined the Behance Network.
Should be getting some projects on there over the next couple of days (and figuring out how it works!).

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Hardware Wars

The most profitable short film of all time... Hardware Wars - complete with (a brown) cookie monster as Chewbacca!:

Some info from Wikipedia :

"Hardware Wars was written and directed by San Francisco native Ernie Fosselius and produced by Michael Wiese. It was structured as a mock-movie trailer, and Fosselius even secured narration from veteran voice-over artist Paul Frees, who provided the voice work for the original Star Wars trailers. Fosselius capitalised on his budget limitations by using deliberately ridiculous household objects as props; spaceships were represented with such items as steam irons, toasters and cassette recorders, and the lightsaber of "Fluke Starbucker" was an electric torch (flashlight). The characters, played by actors who were just as low-budget as the props, were also parodied in name and appearance; for example, Chewbacca the wookiee was replaced by "Chewchilla the Wookiee Monster," an obvious Cookie Monster puppet with a brown dye-job, and Darth Vader's counterpart, "Darph Nader," wore a welding helmet that distorted his voice so much that no one could understand anything he said. Other notable characters include "Ham Salad," "Augie Ben Doggie," "Princess Anne-Droid," and the drones, "4Q2" (who resembles the Tin Woodsman from the Wizard of Oz) and "Arty Deco" (an antique canister vacuum cleaner).
Hardware Wars won over 15 first place film festival awards including the award for Most Popular Short Film at the Chicago Film Festival. It is considered to be the most profitable short film of all time, grossing US$1,000,000 as compared to its paltry US$8,000 budget (a much better profit ratio than Star Wars itself). George Lucas said in a 1999 interview on the UK's Big Breakfast TV show that Hardware Wars was his favorite Star Wars parody."

A Space Odyssey

Next year marks the 20th anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope.

Hubble Space Telescope
Hubble Space Telescope
Hubble Space Telescope

Orbiting at 380 miles above the Earth's surface, the Hubble telescope has sent us hundreds of thousands of stunning images from across the universe - it's easy to forget that when it was first launched it was widely derided as a $2bn "technoturkey" with "all the prowess of a Mr Magoo" due to its primary mirror being out of shape – by just 1/50th of the width of a human hair - causing the images to be nowhere near as sharp as had been expected. After a quick fix [sic] it's gone on to be arguably the single best achievement of space exploration.

In 2013 Hubble is due to be replace by the new and much more powerful Webb Space Telescope.

Pixillation (1970)

Computer-produced images and Moog-synthesized sound by Lillian Schwartz, Moog sound by Gershon Kingsley. Commissioned by AT&T.

Pixillation (1970)

Saturday, April 4, 2009

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