‘Crystaline’ Video by Björk, Directed by Michel Gondry

'Crystaline' Video by Björk, Directed by Michel Gondry & Peter Sluszka

'Crystaline' Video by Björk, Directed by Michel Gondry & Peter Sluszka

'Crystaline' Video by Björk, Directed by Michel Gondry & Peter Sluszka

I’ve already posted the song, but I have to post the video to Björk’s first single, Crystalline. Once again she’s collaborated with Michel Gondry on the video, just like she has so many times in the past. What’s great is that this feels like one of Gondry’s old videos, lots of beautiful weirdness. Gondry collaborated with Peter Sluszka to achieve the look and feel of the video, here’s some info on how they did it:

Shot on 16mm Bolex cameras, “Crystalline” feels more like an experimental sci-fi film than a typical music video. Lighting effects were achieved through multiple exposures that involved backwinding or capping the lens to painstakingly capture numerous passes on one frame of film. To ensure repeatable but modifiable actions, servo controlled LED rigs were custom designed and built.

Bjork’s performance was initially recorded against black on multiple cameras and then projected into the set against a spinning disc hovering above a cratered moonscape. Three projectors, arrayed along an arc at 30 degree intervals with synched performance create perspective shifts when the camera moves around the disc giving Bjork an ethereal, holographic presence.

Additionally, fabricated ice crystals, streaking comets, hammered metal drums nestled in moon craters, concentric sand patterns, and Gondry’s abstract 2D drawings all contribute to the cosmic vibe.

I know that her next album is supposed to be like a series of singles, all with their own iPad app and all that jazz, so I’m excited to see where she goes from here. I must admit, I hope she sings more like she did in the old days.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

July 28, 2011 / By

ZOMBIEHIPP

ZOMBIEHIPP

ZOMBIEHIPP

ZOMBIEHIPP

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I’ve felt like I’ve been neglecting illustration and design lately, so I’ve been on the hunt for some rad stuff to share, and I think I’ve got quite a gem here. His name is ZOMBIEHIPP, or I’m assuming it’s a him because of the level of nerdyness this guy reaches. I couldn’t find much of anything out about him, but his illustrations are fantastic. He has a style that’s a mix between Mike Mignola and Adam Warren, both hardcore comic book artists, so this is a huge compliment. Plus I really like the way he colors his pieces, for example, he never uses any black, it’s usually screened with some shade of red or purple.

Honestly, you have to go to his Flickr and check out all of his work to see what I mean. It seems like he’s been working pretty prolifically lately, cranking out tons of amazing, nerdy pieces one after another.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

July 27, 2011 / By

Sights & Sounds: Animal Collective / ‘Danse Mantaee’ by Jimmy Giegerich

Sights & Sounds: Animal Collective / 'Danse Mantaee by Jimmy Giegerich

Jimmy Giegerich

It’s our second week of Animal Collective inspired desktop wallpapers, and today we’ve got a totally weird one from Baltimore illustrator Jimmy Geigerich. To be clear though, that’s exactly what this wallpaper should be, because Jimmy got one of the weirdest, most difficult Animal Collective records to interpret, 2001′s Danse Manatee.

Every week I do some research on each album, and a part of that is listening to each album. Danse Manatee was and is incredibly difficult to listen to all the way through. I can handle noisy, but this album is like chaos through organs and drums. This is the first album to feature The Geologist though, who also claims it to be one of his favorite albums. According to Wikipedia, “the band was into extreme frequencies. Their goal was to experiment with intense high and low sounds and how they occupied space in the room and moved around in the listener’s head.” Well, that explains a lot.

Thankfully Jimmy Giegerich had the skills to handle this album. I love Jimmy’s style, he’s like that guy in middle school who would draw the grossest things possible all over his notebooks. Kind of a Pushead meets Japanese culture vibe to his work, it’s fantastic. Here’s what Jimmy had to say about his wallpaper:

I chose to do the piece that I did for a few reasons. Most of my illustration is narrative driven, so I couldn’t help but start to come up with kind of weird ideas for scenes and things while I was listening to the album. What I really like about the album and Animal Collective’s music in general is that their music seems to allow the listener to interpret it in their own way, and that’s kind of what I did here. I drew a whole scene based on different elements of the album, with the main element being based off of the song Meet the Light Child. What really stuck out to me about this song is that it goes from sounding kind of creepy and harsh, to sounding kind of nice and mellow, and back and forth. Like something that is both exciting and frightening at the same time, which is where I came up with the emotions of the figures around the “light child” in my piece. I wanted to go for something that fit well with the mood of the album, but told it’s own weird story at the same time.

I think he did an awesome job, and even though there’s a lot going on, it’s still dark enough to easily see your icons (trust me, I tried it). A big thanks to Andy Mangold yet again for curating this series, he’s done an awesome job so far. Check back next Wednesday for Animal Collective’s Campfire Songs.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

July 27, 2011 / By

Guim Tió

Guim Tió

Guim Tió

Guim Tió

I was browsing through Flickr yesterday when I came across the work of Guim Tió, who’s work reminded me of a fashionable Joe Sorren. I’m not entirely sure what his process is, but it seems to me like his work is technically mixed media. It looks like he’s taking an existing photo, something like a make-up ad, and then applying pastels over the top of them, creating these rad looking images in the process. Every now and then you can see a bit of a real person, which really makes his images look even creepier. Overall I find the aesthetic to be pretty cool, it’s pretty fun looking through all his work.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

July 27, 2011 / By

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