Continuing our journey through space is this incredible video showing what it looks like to fly around the earth. I don’t really know much about this, but it seems that it’s been documented by a satellite which is in orbit, possibly a collection of stills stitched together to make a video. However they did it it’s pretty phenomenal to see. It’s really important that you watch it at the highest quality and put it on the biggest monitor you own and watch this in full screen. I’ve already watched this five times now, it’s incredible.
Somehow I managed to have a mini-theme for some of today’s video, which revolves around space and space travel. This was completely by accident, but a happy one at that. So we’re starting off with this beautiful animated short from Celine Desrumaux which chronicles the time right before and during a space launch. The video was mainly created in Photoshop and After Effects with a bit of 3D effects, which seems pretty crazy to me. Really beautifully done, definitely looks best in full screen.
I’ve seen a few of these sorts of music videos: where the commonly-ignored noises that surround us are spliced and woven together into a repetitive, but surprisingly delightful ditty. It’s a sturdy idea. This particular video is the work of a chicago based duo Mark Pallman and Amanda Speva, together called Fruit Bonus. If you watch the video (not too) carefully, you’ll see several kinds of switches, a front yard decked out for halloween and an e-mail with a rather unusual subject line. So watch it, or stare off into space and imagine the noises around you melding into a tune of your own.
There is some mystical quality to Jonti’s music. The musician/producer/songwriter seems to have never lost his desire to find those weird sounds you accidentally create. In his debut, the newest addition to Stones Throw records takes on the whole record himself – playing all the above roles to create a cohesive sonic imbroglio that is Twirligig. Firework Spraying Moon feels like a vignette lacking another verse or a true chorus. It lacks some finality. But in that absence it keeps the listener wanting completion. It’s a subtle pop trick. Keep the audience on their toes.
Quite frankly this video is a psychedelic walk through the fields. An open field with water dripping on a ball, strange lights from the hills, people holding hands underwater. I really can’t explain it and that’s a rare enough occurrence to let you know that you should just watch this music video. It’s an ambitious journey that pays off in the sway of Firework Spraying Moon. Jonti brings an untraceable amount of pop influences into it, sometimes recalling 60s psychadelia, other times 90s shoegaze pop. It’s a beautiful fuzzy blend that is equally as fun to watch.
It’s something I do for myself, I don’t really care if people know my work or design. I’m just trying to explore visual ideas and visual language.
That’s how artist/designer Michael Cina describes his work, which I find personally inspiring. I’ve been a big fan of Michael’s work since I noticed his covers for Ghostly records. He does an amazing job of bridging that gap between artist and designer, creating abstract paintings and pieces of art while at the same time creating ultra minimal design pieces that uses fonts like you can’t imagine. It’s the synthesis between these mediums that make him such a talent and one of my biggest influences.
The video above may be a few months old but it’s certainly worth your time. Michael is a pretty prolific creator and it’s great to hear a bit about how he works. I kind of wish this video was about four time longer, I want to hear more about his work and process!