Yesterday I came across a treasure trove of mixtapes from the folks over at oki-ni, hands down one of the finest boutiques in the world. It’s only been active for about 5 months now, but their Mix Series features some of the best new and emerging artists out there putting out great mixes of music for free. I’m shocked that they already have near 70 mixes in such a short amount of time, it’s pretty incredible. I’ve been listening to the mix above by the ladies from Puro Instinct called TRUEEMERALD, a mix of some really random pop/electro songs form the 80′s. I don’t know many of the artists on here and that’s the fun of it. Take a listen to the mix, and if you need more music, click here and check out the full list of mixes.
I found this beauty last week, a documented journey through the Pyrenees. The creator, Guillermo Acín, spent a week in the Pyrenees, shooting the beautiful scenery with a Nikon D90, Nikon 70-300mm 4.5-5.6 f, Nikon 18-105mm 3.5-5.6 f, Nikon 35mm 1.8 f and a tripod. I love that he was able to capture so much, the day, the night, the stars and the clouds. He’s certainly got an eye for this stuff. It’s funny though, when I think of the Pyrenees I can’t help but think of The Decemeberists song Red Right Ankle, in which Colin Meloy sings the words:
This is the story of your gypsy uncle
You never knew because he was dead
And how his face was carved and ripped with wrinkles
In the picture in your head
And remember how you found the key
To his hideout in the Pyrenees
But you wanted to keep his secret safe
So you threw the key away
This is the story of your gypsy uncle
I’ve pasted it below for you listening pleasure. Watch the video, then listen to the song.
For the last few days I’ve been really enjoying Korallreven‘s latest single As Young As Yesterday. The track features Taken by Trees’ Victoria Bergsman; a singer who is no stranger to collaborating with the Swedish duo after previously working with the group last year on the excellent Honey Mine. As Young As Yesterday is the kind of emotive Balearic anthem that we’ve come to expect from Korallreven, but the layered vocals on this are truly sublime. Together the trio create a blissful and soaring track that will surely lift anyone’s spirit, no matter what their mood is.
You can buy a copy of the 12″ single through Acéphale which also features remixes by Panda Bear and Girl Unit.
A few weeks ago, Bobby posted a Reindeer Pavilion designed by Snøhetta situated in rural Norway, a place to relax and hope to see reindeer. Now, I’m happy to share another wooden pavilion in the middle of Nor-where: Reinoksevatn Rest Stop by Pushak Architects. The pavilion is jaunty in both section and plan, conforming to the site while protecting visitors from the strong, cold winds that can occur from any direction. There’s a cookfire for the fish you may or may not have just caught in an adjacent lake. And a toilet in case the fish is bad. The structure is clad in rough hewn lumber on the exterior while the unenclosed interior is finished with a smoother finish of wood. The fire is contained in by corten steel, punctuating an otherwise neutral space with a bit of warm, rusty color.
I really love these simple paintings by the Arizona-based painter Matt Root. There’s little information to be found about Root online but his work really does speak for itself. There’s a beauty in his simple compositions and his precision as a painter creates images filled with elegant shapes and opulent open spaces.
What really attracts me to Root’s work is his soft color palette. His use of color is really amazing and personally I think there’s a touch of Wes Anderson or early David Hockney in what he paints. Matt Root graduated in 2005 with a BFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. He currently lives and works in Tucson Arizona and a portfolio of his work can be seen online here.
I honestly can’t do the description of this video any justice, because about 90% of it is over my head. What I can tell you is that it’s amazing to see sound waves displayed in this way, a beautiful visualization of something not visible. The video was created by Semiconductor Films, made up of UK artists Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt, who do all kinds of neat stuff just like this.
20 Hz observes a geo-magnetic storm occurring in the Earth’s upper atmosphere. Working with data collected from the CARISMA radio array and interpreted as audio, we hear tweeting and rumbles caused by incoming solar wind, captured at the frequency of 20 Hertz. Generated directly by the sound, tangible and sculptural forms emerge suggestive of scientific visualisations. As different frequencies interact both visually and aurally, complex patterns emerge to create interference phenomena that probe the limits of our perception.
Got it? Yeah, me neither. Anyhow, strap on some headphones and full screen this bad boy.
In this short documentary, three architects, Julien De Smedt (JDS Architects), Kjetil Thorsen (Snøhetta) and Gary Bates (Space Group) each visit a project site of the others’ around Oslo. At each site, the three informally discuss the project as it relates to the conditions around it; sometimes these are urban planning considerations, and other times the conditions are political or commercial. Directed by Martin Hogsnes Solvang, Oslo Cooking stitches together what must be hours of conversation into a series of smart exchanges that highlight the issues compelling Oslo’s growth. Also, there’s a bit of a pink elephant in the room at the beginning, but I think I can safely say that Julien wins the competition for coolest sunglasses.
Making a music video these days can be pretty easy, especially with all the technology out there that’s available to the creative minded. But then there are people who are up for a challenge, people like Katarzyna Kijek and Przemyslaw Adamski who decide to make a music video by drawing each and every frame by hand. The video is for the song Pirate’s Life by the band We Cut Corners, which is made up of 1850 marker drawings on paper and took about 2 months to complete. The results are amazing and show that despite all the technology in the world, sometimes it’s still good to do things by hand.
You can see some of the behind scenes work done on Kijek / Adamski’s blog by clicking here.