The video above by Benjamin Ducroz is a a crazy experiment in mixed media video. It’s called Press + and features 3D animation as well as frames of the animation printed out and treated with watercolor and ink. The combination of these mediums is really what makes this video special. To think that he printed out a bunch of these frames and customized them, that’s some dedication.
The overall effect is really brilliant. Shapes and colors explode in and out of each other. The constant flux and shifting of these elements makes such an amazing effect that you can’t help but get sucked into this video. To get an inside look on his process you should click here.
I’m still in need of a nice bag to carry around my things so I’m constantly on the hunt. I came across this new bag from Marc by Marc Jacobs called the Peseta Ukelele Tote, which kind of looks like it’s shaped to carry around a ukulele. Just a note, I think they spelled ukulele wrong unless it’s done of some other reason. Anyhow, the bag is really cute and looks like it’s made from heathered canvas. They come in two colorways, blue and red-orange, the red-orange being my favorite. I need to head over to Melrose and take a peek and see if it’s worth a damn.
I got an email from a guy named P. Williams a couple days ago letting me know he had updated his site. As always I took a look and came across an installation he did called The Finishing Touch, which was a 400 sq. ft. space filled with giant buildings and a monster. It also happens to be a performance art, because the monster is filled with a human who then goes through the town, trashing it to the delight of the on-lookers.
I would have loved being at this exhibit and seeing this giant monster destroying this town. There’s so much detail to the buildings and the monster is pretty rad looking as well. I’m pretty easily amused but I think things like this need to be done more, simply for the fun of it.
It’s another week and X-Mas music has been on repeat for me. My number one artist two weeks in a row now is Vince Guaraldi Trio because of the Charlie Brown Christmas album. It’s hands down my favorite X-Mas album and I can’t X-mas without it. Coming up next Sufjan, been listening to a lot of BQE and Seven Swans a lot, the latter feels like it’s kind of an underrated album.
After that is Alexandre Desplat who did the score for the soundtrack to The Fantastic Mr. Fox. Alexandre took the place of Mark Mothersbaugh for Wes Anderson’s newest flick. He’s done a really great job of setting up the mood of the movie and it’s even more apparent when you sit down and listen to the soundtrack. It’s also got some Beach Boys and Rolling Stones on there so you can’t go wrong.
Number four was Bright Eyes as I’ve been listening to the X-Mas album he put together. It’s actually a rather faithful rendition of classic songs done in his own creative way. No matter what you think of his music you can’t deny that he’s a talented musician and it definitely shows. Then came The Walkmen and M. Ward, two of my usual favorites. Following that up was Jason Lytle who released a fun new X-Mas present filled with beautiful piano songs. It’s a wonderful treat. Finishing things up is Casio for the Painfully Alone who’s always good for cold, holiday days.
This week’s Mixcast is a collection of my favorite songs from 2009. You’ll have seen a lot of these songs on other Mixtapes and Mixcasts but I wanted to make a definitive list, the creme of the crop, list of songs. It was kind of hard to narrow them down but I feel like this is a pretty good spread of songs I loved.
The Mixcast is also over an hour long, I decided to mix together a huge chunk of songs in the middle, so you’ll get about 50 minutes of continuous music. I hope you enjoy it and let me know if you think I missed anything, though I’m telling you right now I didn’t, haha…
Here’s this week’s tracklist: My Girls by Animal Collective That’s That by MF Doom Silver Trembling Hands by The Flaming Lips Home by Edwarde Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes Wild Young Hearts by The Noisettes Missing the Light of the Day by AIR Cello Song by The Books & José González Dear God (sincerely M.O.F.) by Monsters of Folk Sister by Vetiver Columns Steps Pillars by The Mountain Goats & John Vanderslice James by Camera Obscura Singing Joy to the World by The Fruit Bats While You Wait For The Others by Grizzly Bear Little Shadow by Yeah Yeah Yeahs Epilogue by The Antlers Shangri-La by M. Ward