A few months back I switched from Firefox to Google Chrome because I needed something faster. I was using a lot of the add-ons with Firefox and I think it slowed it down quite a bit, but I’ve been really happy with Chrome since I started using it. Now it’s funny to see Google starting to advertise for Chrome and doing some really fun and creative things in the process.
The video at top features a series of Google Chrome speed tests which illustrates how fast the browser is compared to a potato gun, sound waves and electricity. It’s a totally wacky idea but the production of the whole thing is done so well that you can’t help but love it. I think my favorite part though is when the ship gets blasted, it just looks amazing.
A reader sent this video called Sonar to me yesterday and it definitely caught my eye. Made just with flash, the video seems to me like a graphic visualization of music, like if we needed to describe music with images instead of sound. It’s amazing how complex the video gets at the end, I love how the shapes start to align and pop, it’s such a rad effect. I could almost see something like this being a video game, though I’m not exactly sure how it would work.
The folks at Gallery Crawl have produced a short feature that goes behind the scenes of artist/musician Sonny Smith‘s first solo exhibition, 100 Records. When Smith started dreaming up fictional bands and musicians with names like Zig Speck & Specktones, Beachticks, Hazel Shep and Merriweather Bradley – each with their own history and spanning the full spectrum of musical genres – he invited 100 visual artists to create original 7″ album artwork, which are now on display at San Francisco’s Gallery 16.
As if the sheer size and scope of the visual component of Smith’s project wasn’t enough, he has also brought to life the music of his imaginary bands in around 100 recordings that can be played on a jukebox installed in the gallery. Essentially, Smith has constructed a parallel universe that taps into the nostalgia of vinyl artwork and fuses folkloric storytelling and musical mythology in the space of the gallery. You also have to love some of the kooky song titles – I wouldn’t mind having a listen to “Two Dipsticks in Love” and “She Plays Yo-Yo With My Mind.”
100 Records is showing at Gallery 16 until 28 May 2010.
Not everyone will be crazy about the music featured in this video. So mute your speakers and your mouth hole if it’s an issue for you. But open your eyeballs, because this video is fun to look at. Imagine a space where Tron, Peter Eisenman Diagrams, and 3-D collide.
This week’s desktop wallpaper was done by a fella’ named Chris Bettig who is a Los Angeles based artist and a participant in Los Angeles, I’m Yours. I’ve known about Chris’ work through theMountainLabel for a while now but it was until recently that we realized we had a lot of friends in common, so it was natural for me to ask him to create an awesome wallpaper.
I love how crafty his wallpaper feels. It’s like if you went to a flea market and took all the pattern off of old bake wear and mixed them all together. It’s got a nostalgic feeling as well, for some reason it reminds me of my grandmothers cooking. The colors are also nice and mellow, perfect for background that’s not too jarring. Thanks Chris!