Category: Music Artwork

Art

Young artist spent 3 months creating Michael Jackson portrait using just string and nails

In a span of three months, Zenyk Palagniuk was able to create an amazing portrait of Michael Jackson.The artist, who is just 21 years old, made the pop icon's image using nothing but string and nails.The portrait started out as a mere formation of nails, but when the artist started manipulating and placing the string, an artistic masterpiece was formed. Palagniuk used a total of 15,000 nails for this project.This isn't his first work, he has done portraits using the same materials in the past years as well. Zenyk Palagniuk says that most people have the preconception that art should be made from drawings or paintings, or garden sculptures. He believes in going beyond the confines of traditional medium and using whatever is available to create something beautiful. And his work is indeed beautiful. Check out some photos of his Michael Jackson portrait below and be awed by his sheer skill and talent. ...
Art

Biological simulations add chaos artist’s electrifying music video

Digital art is slowly making its way into mainstream music and this artsy music video might be why. London-based artist Max Cooper‘s newest track, "Order from Chaos," from his album Emergence, combines his interests in science, music, and visual arts. Combining the talent of French visual effects artist Maxime Causeret, the video features biological simulations depicting molecular forms colliding, merging, and morphing into colored, brain-like structures. Cooper writes, "Maxime Causeret selected this track to work with, under the brief to map the emergent rhythm to an exploration of emergence in living form. His video shows the raindrops initially, then going into simple cellular forms and then showing the important idea of cooperation between simple cells to form more robust colonies of life." Check out the music video below and listen to the full album here.    ...
Art

Art collective critiques popular culture and branding in humorous images

Brainded India, an independent wing of Brainded International, is a fast-growing movement that aims to become a source of independent thought. In a world that relies on branded mainstream's agenda-driven waves of thought, it strives to get its message across. We live in a society where there is no subversiveness or subculture, Brainded becomes an opportunity to take a step back, pause for a while, and ask the real questions about our world. The movement uses humor and visuals to promote free thought, and encourage people to make informed comments on absolutely anything that goes on in our society today. With the clever use of art, comics, and even essays and stories, the contributors and artists go past the trends and look beyond the hidden agendas that mainstream brands and companies attempt to brainwash humanity with. This is a collaboration - a community - of artists from all over the world. The nomadic initiative began in 2003, in Amsterdam. Today, it also includes...
Art

‘La La Land’ brings back music and life to Hollywood

The fact that Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling are starring in the movie isn't the only reason to see La La Land. Fans and critics alike are giving the film praise for bringing back the prestige of a good musical to Hollywood. Damien Chazelle's feel-good movie couldn't have come at a better time. With so many people feeling down because of political issues and generally negative news on TV 24/7, having something as fun and positive as La La Land definitely helps lift our spirits up. The cinematography is no joke, either. You definitely will get an overwhelming feeling of nostalgia - decades back where proper fashion and grooming made sense. The popping color of the film adds to its appeal, too. And don't think this is just another art film with good choreography and an impressive soundtrack. The film is generating a LOT of Oscar buzz. In fact, many share the opinion that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences could use a light-hearted musical break right about now. Many...
Art

The Headless Blank: Makeunder’s awesome paint-on-glass music video!

The title track of a new EP from the band Makeunder called, "the Headless Blank," has an awesome music video thanks to Carine Khalife. The video utilizes the paint-on-glass method in which each frame is illuminated from behind before being photographed. This technique was popularized by Russian animator Aleksandr Petrov. Khalife pushes stop-motion animation into new territory as each frame allows the film to translate into three-dimensional figures using claymation. Check out the entire music video below and learn more about the film’s premise on the Creator’s Project. ...
Architecture

The organ of the ocean

Croatia’s 230-Foot Organ is astounding. Utilizing wind and water energy of the Adriatic Sea, the organ creates the eeriest sound. Installed by architect Nikola Basic in Zadar in 2005, the organ contains 35 pipes encased in a marble staircase descending to the sea. The sound from the “morske orgulje” (as it’s called in Croatian) comes through to bystanders via two holes at its topmost tier. Below and at sea-level, more holes funnel incoming ocean waves, which also push air through the instrument in order to create its magical sound. It is something you have to see to believe, but even more than that, it is something you have to hear to understand. ...
Music Artwork

A new book of photographs of David Bowie in the 1970s

As music lovers continue to mourn the loss of creative powerhouse David Bowie, a newly released book by PowerHouse Books is sharing photographs of Bowie that Steve Schapiro took in the 1970s. Schapiro, who had been a photographer since 1961, was invited by Bowie’s manager for a L.A. photoshoot of the pop star in 1974 after the launch of Ziggy Stardust. Having photographed many celebrities, Schapiro said in an interview that he finds many to have a personal struggle when you’re in front of a camera. “They know who their characters are, but they’re confused as to who they should be or what image they should project,” he says. In direct contrast, “Bowie had a very strong sense of personal identity and he had a very strong sense of knowing exactly who he was and where he was going.” ...
Music Artwork

In Sweden, one man crafts musical instruments from ice

Tim Linhart moved from Colorado to Sweden to create Ice Music, an orchestra of “ICEstruments” that are performed in a concert hall made of ice. Performances have a chilly indoor temperature of about -5 C (23 F). In the video below, Linhart tells the story of how ice is a unique material to work with, giving the example of how easy it is to repair a broken xylophone bar. ...
Creativity

The marvelous musical Marble Machine

Wintergatan is a Swedish band, and just in February 29th, released a very original music video. Here you can see their Marble Machine, a masterpiece motorized music box taken to the next level, a Rube-Goldberg-one-man-band machine. I cannot praise this guy enough. He spent 14 months designing, building and assembling 3000 parts, with 2000 marbles run though 22 different tracks, to combine the sounds of a vibraphone, kick drum, cymbal, and bass. Playing this box is way more complicated than just moving a lever to wind it up. We also have a few pics from the whole procedure behind the scenes. The video was filmed by Swedish Filmmaker Hannes Knutsson from Lefvande Bilder. See more of Wintergatan on their website, Facebook, Youtube where you can find videos of all the steps in the procedure to build this Marbel Machine and how it works. You can also get the soundtrack on Bandcamp. ...
Design

8 diagrams of rap lyrics

Mike Deal has a prestigious resume that includes Google Creative Lab and Pentagram. Currently he designs and manage products for Splice, an online music platform that uses technology in cool ways such as an interactive Beatmaker. In a side project that he calls Rapmatics, Deal tasked himself with making diagrams to illustrate rap lyrics. Illustrating the flow of language, we see circular repetition of phrases and trees for verse changes. Using bright colors and black text boxes, the typography references the old-school aesthetic of embossed label makers, except the words have been modernized to shimmy and dance in an animated GIF. ...
Illustration

Illustrator creates emotive celebrity portraits

Helen Green loves music... so much so that most of her stunning artwork is based on her favorite singers. The U.K.-based Green creates gorgeous portraits of celebrities like David Bowie, Grimes, Lorde, and Lady Gaga, among others. Each of Green's pieces seems to be a reflection of its subject, from the colors (or lack thereof) to lyrics from meaningful songs. See some of Green’s work below, and much more on her website. ...
Music Artwork

The headphones from heaven

The newly released Orpheus model was unveiled by Sennheiser in 2015. Before the new Orpheus, Sennheiser crafted two models of Orpheus in 1991 which were electrostatic.These older models created sound via a 500-volt amplifier tube along with two platinum-vaporized diaphragms that move back and forth between gold-vaporized glass electrodes. Only 300 of those models were made. Now, the new Orpheus model has 6,000 parts and has a range of frequency from 8 Hertz to 1000 kilo Hertz. These new Orpheus headphones now use gold-vaporized ceramic transducers, along with vacuum tubes coated in quartz bulbs, and silver-plated copper cables. Created by a team of three visionaries, Professor Dr. Jörg Sennheiser, Dr. Andreas Sennheiser, and Daniel Sennheiser, and thirty engineers over six years, this audio system is like nothing before. ...
Art

Musician creates trippy stop-motion music video

Surreal electronic-pop artist Tarantina (who’s also the owner of semi-Internet famous cat Exotic Mo) recently created a stop-motion music video from scratch on her living room floor for her newest song “1/9”. The London-based artist, producer and musician is still a relative newcomer in the music world, but the amount of work put into this video suggests that she won’t be an unknown for much longer. She created the art using unorthodox items like old dress fabric, hair gel and colored dust, then took photographs of variations of each piece and spliced them together, making the movement of each work come alive. Check out the video and stills of the art below: ...
Funny

Composer digitally clones himself to play every instrument in an orchestra

In an insane new project, Ben Morfitt of Squid Physic made an orchestra in which he plays every single instrument. This feat of music and digital manipulation shows more than 50 clones of the artist in a single room. Even the choir is 21 Ben Morfitts. The Yorkshire, UK-based composer calls the project ‘One Man Orchestra’ and you can watch it in all its musical glory below. ...
Illustration

Take a trip back in time with this psychedelic poster art

Art is like a time machine, ready to take us to any place in the past, present or future. With his new seires, USA-based artist Ryan Kerrigan has proven he is a master of time, creating unique, colorful paintings, influenced by psychedelic poster art of the '60s and '70s. Kerrigan paints most of his posters live at concerts, at the place where art meets music! It is quite easy to feel and see those vibes in his paintings. Ryan Kerrigan's art invites us back to the legendary era of the psychedelic '70s. And who would mind accepting a ticket to ride that time machine? On your trippy journey expect to meet floating mandalas, disco balls in cosmos, fish playing music, colorful butterflies... you get the idea, right? Continue your trip on the artist‘s website. ...
Art

Storytelling GIF novel visualizes the narrative of unreleased music

UK indie band Wild Beasts collaborated with Parisian illustrator and animator Mattis Dovier in the creation of a fascinating GIF novel as a part of 'The Jameson Works' project. To visualize the stories of two unreleased Wild Beasts tracks "Soft Future" and "Blood Knowledge," Dovier worked closely with the band to draw the illustrations by hand, then animated them into looped sequences. Two alternate stories are told - "the story of a human experiencing a robot’s world for "Soft Future," and a robot exploring a human’s world for "Blood Knowledge." Dovier's style is hugely influenced by manga, and Nintendo game art. View the GIF novel here.   ...
Art

Psychedelic visual GIF interpretations of EDM remixes

Aussie artist/creative director Leif Podhajsky was commissioned by Bose & Spotify to come up with visual interpretations of the top most remixed songs on streaming service Spotify. The mission was to recontextualize each track's tempo, vibration and emotion in order to create abstract landscapes of the sounds visualized. Podhajsky wanted the artwork to offer a fresh take on the work, the way a remix tends to do. "By re-examining these songs as visual pieces we take a look at the strong relationship between hearing and seeing and how each individual can fashion something unique unto themselves," Podhajsky said. The songs and remixes featured below in order are: Goat; Run To Your Mama (High Wolf Remix), Lana Del Rey vs. Cedric Gervais; Summertime Sadness (Cedric Gervais Remix), and the Top 5 Most Remixed Songs. Check out both static and GIF versions below. Check out more at the #Listenforyourself project's Tumblr. Goat - Run To Your Mama (High Wolf Remix) Lana...
Music Artwork

The first music mashup of this year’s best pop beats is glorious

As we approach the end of 2014, the inevitable wave of mashups of this year's hits is already starting. DJ Earworm (appropriate name) has created a mashup video of some of 2014's most popular music: 'United State of Pop 2014 (Do What You Wanna Do)' It features music by Bastille, Arianna Grande, A Great Big World (with Christina Aguilera), Lorde, Katy Parry, One Direction, Taylor Swift, Pharrell Williams, and Tove Lo, among others. And if you haven't kept up with this year's top music, then this is a great way to familiarize yourself with it in a little over 4 minutes. And of course, the video combines the music videos of songs featured, giving it a varied and compelling visual style. Check it out below! ...
Creativity

8 famous album covers expanded to reveal humorous surroundings

UK-based design studio Aptitude has created a clever Photoshop series called 'Famous Album Covers - The Bigger Picture Revealed,' in which recognizable artworks get a new spin as they are zoomed out to reveal unexpected surroundings beyond the cropped borders, much to humorous effects. The project is a tribute to the physical aspect of music, represented in the form of tangible CD covers and vinyl sleeves. See iconic album covers like you've never seen them before, spanning the likes of Nirvana, Michael Jackson, The Beatles, Adele, Bruce Springsteen, Blur, Fatboy Slim, and... Justin Bieber. Check out all of the re-imagined covers below. ...
Graphic Design

Wild poster features 77 animals referenced in popular music

UK-based design studio Dorothy has done it again with their latest project - 'Rock N' Roll Zoo.' The name is self-explanatory, for it is a beautifully clever map of animals referenced in popular music, nicely designed and illustrated. 77 animals are inspired by song and album titles spanning across decades of music. Obvious but obligatory inclusions are Eye Of the Tiger (Survivor), Crocodile Rock (Elton John), The Love Cats (The Cure), Diamond Dogs (David Bowie), Hounds of Love (Kate Bush), Little Red Rooster (The Rolling Stones), Beetlebum (Blur) and Superfly (Curtis Mayfield). Tracy Worrall's wonderful illustrations are reminiscent of vintage children's books, giving a sense of childlike wonder to the print. Rock N' Roll Zoo is available to purchase as a poster and 4 separate 'box set' collections of prints in the size of 12" vinyl records. This will make a great gift for music aficionados as well as Anglophiles. Check out more of this brilliant project here....
Illustration

Expressive line drawings from a live concert by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

Illustrator Isabella Cotier took a pen to paper while at a concert by the band Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. The result is a series of line drawings that dive into the essence of the band members' characters. The looseness of the drawings creates a state of altered reality where perceived personalities are extrapolated and gestures are captured. The minimalism of the drawings' line work prove that it doesn’t take much to say a whole lot. Cotier is based in London and has previously done live illustrations for the fashion industry at London Fashion Week. ...
Digital

8 famous album covers like you’ve never seen them before. Animated!

Graphic artist JB has been hard at work taking the classic elements of iconic album covers and bringing them to life. He does a great job of staying true to the original design and making them move in a way that fits the band's vibe. For instance, the Daft Punk design is reflective and glitchy, while Metallica features repetitive lighting and bright flashes. The artist began animating for fun, inspired by the music his listens to. He chose the most fitting covers and brought them to life. Follow all his new work on his tumblr here. ...
Design

1980s nostalgia reigns supreme in this innovative beer package design

A recent New Zealand project dialed the time-machine back a few decades. Producing a beer box as a boombox, design firm Think Packaging riffed off of 1980s hip-hop culture. The product is a selection of Beck’s beers with unique label deigns reflecting a variety of musical genres. The package design extended the musical theme, but it takes us back to a time when music was larger and heavier-- back when we needed a tape deck, not an MP3 player. And instead of streaming satellite radio, this radio player had a dial to tune into the radio waves. The company said that the product sampler was “hand delivered to radio and TV stations to spur on discussions around the newly released labels, in line with NZ music month.” Beer, music, and good design – what an excellent combination of our favorite things! ...
Music Artwork

Strange visuals ignite a surreal narrative in new music video. Is that a walking cloud?

Flying Lotus dropped its fourth album “Until the Quiet Comes” almost two years ago receiving great critical acclaim and fan reception. However, it’s just now that kiwi filmmaker Markus Hofka has released an ethereal and lonely visual companion for the single 'Phantasm.' It’s unclear if his film was contracted or simply a fan made homage, but the video plays beautifully in tandem with the aching tones of this haunting song. Wandering the desert with an animistic presence and a sheep-like, if not wooly, companion, the mysterious figure achieves the same ghostly feel produced by the track’s vocalist Laura Darlinton. Shot in the New Zealand desert with little more than a camera and two actors, the short film certainly lives up to the high standards of this influential band. ...
Music Artwork

4 minutes of wild optical illusions are packed into Okay Go’s new music video

Who can forget the incredible treadmill music video by alternative rock band OK Go? Their genius music video production skills are back for their latest tune ‘The Writing’s on the Wall’ for their forthcoming album Hungry Ghosts.  The 4-minute video is packed with incredible optical illusions, camera tricks and humor using very few editing effects. The performance appears to be inspired by many contemporary artists such as Georges Rousse. The whole video was shot live in one-single continuous take, but the preparation leading up to that moment must have been weeks long.  Be sure and check out the ending where all the crew members step out from their hiding spots. Crazy! ...
Fashion

13 retrotastic ad posters for official Daft Punk merchandise

Last year, French helmet-wearing duo Daft Punk brought disco back in fashion with their inescapable Pharrell collaboration 'Get Lucky.' The good vibrations continue with their line of official merchandise, brilliantly marketed with retrotastic ads that look like they are ripped straight from a '70s magazine. The designs are on point, as are the ads because everything looks pretty damn sexy to me. There's something cool for every fan, from vintage-style apparel like t-shirts, tank tops, sweatshirts and belt buckles, to enamel pins, posters and turntable slip mats. You can purchase these and more at their official web site. ...
Digital

Japanese piano star has a play-off with a holographic version of himself. The performance is breathtaking.

Japanese rock star, Yoshiki ramped up his performance by engaging in a dilettante-piano duel with a holographic version of himself. This performance concluded SXSW, the Technology and Music Festival in Austin, Texas. The life-sized digital hologram of Yoshiki appeared first. After introducing himself, and the song, he sat down at the piano and began to play. Then to the audience's surprise a second less-luminescent real Yoshiki appeared onstage and sat at a second piano, across from his digital-self. The coinciding duel/duet was laced with dramatic head and arm gestures on both sides. The musician, songwriter, composer and record producer has now embarked on a world tour which began on April 25th. Check out his performance in the video below! ...
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