Tonight at Royce Hall on the UCLA campus The Decemberists will be playing a very special show as a part of their tour. They’ve commissioned four filmmakers, Guilherme Marcondes, Julia Pott, Peter Sluszka and Santa Mari, to create visuals that coincide with their most recent album, The Hazards of Love. The show is called Here Comes The Waves and will feature the band playing the entire album along to the visuals that have been created.
This is being put on by friends over at Flux, who’ve yet again created another amazing event to go to here in Los Angeles. The event is also benefiting The Grammy Foundation helps support music programs for high school students. Check out the preview above, it’s a pretty great look at how amazing the work in the show is.
Royce Hall / UCLA
340 Royce Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Box Office 310-825-2101
While I may think my description of Where The Wild Things Are was pretty good, I have no idea what to say about Spike Jonze’s newest endeavor. This 11 minute short features Kanye West in a film called We Were Once A Fairytale, a bizarre little journey that I still don’t quite understand, but am strangely intrigued by. The best parts are at the end, so you’ll have to watch and see for yourself.
One of my all time favorite bands Yo La Tengo recently did a Take Away Show for La Blogotheque, one of the best projects on the web. Walking around in Montmarte one afternoon they performed four songs, With A Girl Like You, which is a Troggs cover, Our Way To Fall, Sugarcube and Periodically Double or Triple, a song off of their new album Popular Songs. It really shows how little YLT needs to make these songs so beautiful. My favorite song of the bunch is Sugarcube, which is probably by far the best song they’ve ever written. I also love hearing Georgia go nuts with her drumsticks on a rug and a metal cart… lady drummers are the best.
Encyclopedia Pictura, directors of music videos like Bjork’s Wanderlust and Grizzly Bear’s Knife, are back again with a new short called How Will You Create The Universe. Inspired by evolution simulation games (Spore to be specific, as I’m a huge Spore addict) they’ve created a video with their take on it. It would be amazing if Spore could eventually looks this amazing, I don’t think people would leave their computers.
I should also mention the theme song which is totally cute. I could definitely imagine myself humming this throughout the day. Big thanks to Carlo Espiritu for sending this my way.
As I was walking down Santa Monica Blvd. last night to the School of Seven Bells show I passed by Doug Aitken’s giant video installation Migration at Regen Projects II. At first I had no idea what it was, all I could see were these huge beautiful images flashing on these big screens. After the show I made sure to cross the street and check out the scene.
Migration is a 24 minute, dual projection video which takes animals and puts them into human places, like motel rooms. Unfortunately for me, I didn’t see any of the animals in the several minutes I was standing there. But I did get some iPhone photos of the wall which aren’t the best, but definitely give you an idea of what it was like.
If you’re in Los Angeles you should definitely stop by and watch, I think I’ll be going back to see the video in it’s entirety. The exhibit will be up until October 17th. Check out more images under the cut.
I know my stuff when it comes to Photoshop, but any other program, especially motion graphics, and it’s a whole ‘nother ball game. It’s guys like Murat Pak who are using computer graphics to make artsy videos that really get me excited. The guy is all over the place, creating all srts of beautiful but non-sensical pieces that are just stunning to look at. I’ve pasted three of his most recent pieces up for your viewing pleasure. My favorite is at top, be sure to which the middle one till the end, and the last one is cool, it reminds me of ferro fluid.
When I first saw the video above, I thought it must be some well put together clips of a fancy museum that I’d never heard of or been to. But incredibly it’s all computer graphics, and not a bit of it is real. Is your jaw sitting on the floor yet?
This was created by Alex Roman, which isn’t his real name, he was born Jorge Seva, but Alex Roman is his creative name. He was born in Spain in 1979, trained to be a classical painter but after college ended up at a visual effects company. The market in Spain wasn’t exactly booming for computer graphics artists so he took a year long sabbatical and started a project of his own, which he’s called The Third and The Seventh.
When watching the video it becomes apparent that he’s trained in painting, as light and lighting is such a key element. It almost feels like the lighting of each of the scenes is the character in the video, playing the most vital role.
I’ve posted more videos under the cut which give you an even broader look at what Alex is capable of. I highly suggest taking the time to sit down and enjoy each and every one of these. For more insight into Alex’s work be sure to check out this interview he did with Motionographer, where I got most of the above information.
Tom Muller and his brother Tim Muller recently worked on a campaign for Diesel’s new fragrance Only The Brave creating an amazing explosion of 3D graphics floating about in space. I can’t even imagine how you’d begin to create graphics like this, but I think they look amazing. The color and lighting of these blobs is what really gets me, coupled with Astronaut Daved Scott’s voice over you definitely get a sense of awe and mystery.