Tag: Music

Creativity

“Elegy for the Arctic” – the most touching piano performance ever

This video shows Italian composer and pianist Ludovico Einaudi playing his “Elegy for the Arctic” at the cost of Norway. While his playing, the artistic icebergs melt in front of his eyes. This pianist in his sixties gave one of the most touching performances ever. Is it touching enough for the big companies and leaders that should finally give their voice to global ecology movement? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHpHxA-9CVM...
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

‘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

Teenage artist expands horizons to create beautiful hand-drawn animals

River Spirit 456 is a teenager artist who does a lot of digital art that is decidedly warrior/cats related. However, she has been expanding her drawing horizons and today I want to show you her work with pens and fine point markers on bristol paper. These detailed drawings have an unreal beauty and each one took anywhere from days to months to complete. This girl is devoted to her art and has a promising future if she keeps nurturing her it. To see her evolution as an artist DeviantArt, YouTube, Livestream, or support her on Patreon. ...
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. ...
Design

Martin Molin is back with two new freaky musical contraptions

A few months ago, this incredible contraption that makes music using marbles became viral on he internet. Its creator, Martin Molin of Wintergatan, is back with something new. The designer has built two new instruments, each just mind-bendingly awesome as the first. The video below shows the machines in action and, under Molin's supervision, performing an original composition called, “All Was Well.” The first is a music-box like machine that utilizes punched paper-tape to control notes while the second, called “Modulin”, sounds like an electric theremin. Watch the video below and then check out Molin’s how-to video. ...
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.” ...
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. ...
Architecture

Chinese artist pays tribute to rockstars with megalithic monuments

Just as we immortalize influential figures in history with monuments, Chinese artist DU Kun pays tribute to icons of the Chinese music industry. With a passion for music and rockstars, Beijing-based painter DU Kun is fascinated by the idea of legacy creation and fame in the music industry. This reverence led him to create “Revels of the Rock Gods”, a series of portraits that fuse a temple-like aesthetic. The oil paintings depict each Chinese musician with a godlike status with windows carved into eyes and frozen waterfalls for hair. Currently the paintings are being exhibited in Japan at the Mizuma Art Gallery. To see more of DJ Kun’s work, head on over to his website. ...
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: ...
Architecture

Acoustic jetty in Croatia makes music from ocean waves

Many derive pleasure from raw sounds of nature, but what if those sounds could literally be converted into music for our ears? Architect Nikola Bašić has found a way to turn the sound of ocean waves into music. “Sea Organ”, as it’s called, might as well be counted as one of the wonders of the world. Located in Zadar, Croatia and constructed in 2005, the Sea Organ is an acoustic jetty spanning approximately 230 feet (70 meters) and is comprised of 35 polyethylene tubes. With the flooding of each tube, air is forced out, producing seven chords of five tones in all. Listen to the Sea Organ in the video below. ...
Video

Darwin Deez’s creative new music video brings back an old trend

Darwin Deez is known for going the extra mile in their music videos for the sake of creativity. For the song, “The Mess She Made”, the group decided to bring back the four year old trend of putting faces on currency. Almost every shot features frontman Darwin Deez’s mouth aligned with characters of different currencies. It’s interesting to note that Photoshop’s currency detection capabilities posed significant challenges for the editors and director Oscar Hudson. Check out the video below, and remember to enjoy the music too! ...
Video

Vintage TV sets launched into atmosphere for Kelvin Jones music video

To say that Kelvin Jones’ new music video is “out of this world” would not be an overstatement. Filmed by UK videographer Joe Connor, the music video for singer and songwriter Kelvin Jones’ hit “Call You Home”, depicts two vintage television sets floating in space. The tube TVs were attached to weather balloons and launched from Snowdonia, in Wales. The vintage sets landed in Bury, Manchester after reaching 99.997% above the Earth’s atmosphere. Check out the beautifully cinematic video below and click here for more from the uber-talented Joe Connor. ...
Creativity

Meet the wooden boombox with bluetooth

New-fangled and old-fashioned meet in the Wooden Boombox, a Bluetooth-enabled sound system built from mahogany. The product was conceived by Jake Mize as a response to the generic Bluetooth speaker options on the market. “I love the idea of merging music with art, and wanted a modern audio device that not only sounded amazing, but that was an extension of my own personal style.” Each side of the mahogany shell is laser engraved in Hawaii with precision line work. Components are then assembled in North Carolina. The variety of designs were each developed by commissioned artists, with themes ranging from geeky, to funky, to retro. ...
Creativity

Mythical creatures glow in the moonlight in this dazzling Japanese music video

Keeping with the tradition of bringing you the coolest and stunning videos circling the internet, here’s a trippy animation featuring creatures only a wild imagination can come up with. Satoru Kaneko is the lead animator behind, “SIZQ”, a magical animated music video directed by Kohei Yoshino for Japanese band, “Networks”. And dang, they’ve done a mind-bending job! The six-and-a-half-minute video depicts mythical creatures shining bright under the moonlight. The video, despite being designed as a music video, follows a narrative that is in itself very intriguing. Check out the entire music video below and some screen shots of the best moments! ...
Creativity

Impressive music video recreates 28 album covers

Every now and again, we try to highlight some really creative videos and this time is no exception. Here’s a music video that recreates 28 famous album covers! Singers create covers to popular songs all the time. But Canadian singer Kalle Mattson has taken to literally recreating album covers, in stark accuracy, but with his own creative touch to them. A whopping 28 album covers await the viewer of Mattson’s new music video, “Avalanche”, in which a variety of modified album covers depict various musical tastes, including the Ramones, Jay-Z, and even the Backstreet Boys. Check out the music video below following a few screenshots of the recreated album covers. ...
Architecture

Mood-bending installations make you feel like you’re standing in music

Among all the research being conducted to allow people to better experience music, there is a  duo approaching the subject differently, in a more artistic fashion. Toluwalase Rufai and Khai Grubbs are recent graduates of architecture, and have formed an art collective in Washington D.C, called Toki. Their goal is simple: to create installations that will manipulate one's perception of being in public spaces. Their latest, Synth Series, is an installation made completely out of intertwining patterns of colorful yarn, where the yarn represents music. The displays are created live in public, which maximizes the effect of drawing the viewer “into the music”. Check out some stills of the mind-bending installations below! ...
Architecture

Photographer captures 40 opera houses from 19 countries

The opera house is a building designed around the classical art form that combines drama, theater, song, orchestra, and costumes. A new book titled, Opera, showcases over 40 photographs from opera houses around the world. The photographs by David Leventi are supported by the minimal and elegant design work of Pentagram’s Luke Hayman. The book’s publication coincides with an exhibition of large-scale photographs at the NYC gallery Rick Wester Fine Art. It took the photographer eight years to travel to the 19 countries that are represented in the collection. He says of the architecture, “The actual performance is just a part of the overall awe-inspiring experience of going to the theater — I believe that the space itself can be the event.” ...
Design

Artist uses recycled skate decks to create colorful guitars

There's a Bay Area company that is changing the game of creating guitars by combining passions and using recycled materials. Prisma Guitars is the creation of design student Nick Pourfard, who recycles old skateboard decks and transforms them into guitars. Each guitar uses between four and 44 skateboards, resulting in the creation of beautiful, colorful instruments that are each more unique than the last. Pourfard's work was featured in a music video for the band Walk Off the Earth, and he also created a custom-made bass for Steve Harris from Van Halen. For more about Prisma Guitars or to find out how to donate a used skate deck, visit their website. ...
Funny

Popular album covers given Star Wars-inspired makeovers

While San Diego Comic Con 2015 is still fresh in our minds, here’s a whimsical series of popular album covers with complete Star Wars makeovers. The Con was ripe with Star Wars news and left fans eagerly waiting for what‘s yet to come. Until then, however, the super creative bloggers at Superfi have created a series called “Star Wars Bands” to fill the gap. The series transforms famous music albums into their Star Wars archetype complete with fitting titles and graphics. Included are Obi Wan Direction‘s “Up All Knight”, and Jabba's “Greatest Hutts”. Check out some of the covers below and the blog for more! ...
Creativity

Song anatomy stereotypes by genre— it’s funny because it’s true!

Different genres of music follow different song formulas, and this structure can be surprisingly consistent. Cartoon artist John Atkinson illustrated this song anatomy, but his analysis went beyond the musical rhythms and chord progressions. His insightful and hilarious bar graphs dissect each musical genre into their most stereotypical and annoying traits. For example, indie music dedicates a large portion of each song to twentysomething problems. Check out his hilarious analysis below, and scroll all the way down for a bonus comic.   ...
Art

Listen to this insane 17-knife “orchestra” play the Bee Gee’s

In a delightfully ridiculous spectacle, Neil Mendoza has developed the ‘The Electric Knife Orchestra’ to perform the Bee Gee’s hit Stayin’ Alive. The Orchestra consists of 16 knives and one meat cleaver, all purchased from the $0.99 store, to make up 6 mechanized sound machines. The cutlery instruments are brought to life with two machines that create sound by stepping stepper motors at the same frequency as musical notes. It is strange to feel excited that the knives are actually succeeding at their song and at the same time feel slightly in danger of the rapidly spinning blades. The whole production is impressive and it's available below for your entertainment. ...
Art

Piano sound waves are visualized in impressive art performance

This incredible performance installation by Swiss artist Fabian Oefner transmits the sound waves of a piano into the movement of thousands of thin stems around the instrument. Accentuated by light, the sound waves bring the stems to life, moving and shaking in different ways depending on the pitch and intensity of the music. The piece was created in collaboration with Simon Schubiger and Peugeot Design Lab. According to the artist, “Field of Sound translates sound waves into motion. Just like a field of barley waiving in the wind, thousands of illuminated stems move to the sound of music. The motion is created by a control mechanism, hidden in the base of the installation. It captures the ephemeral sound waves for a few seconds as motion and makes them visible and tangible in turn. Pitch and intensity of the music induce motion at different positions in the field, resulting in an emotional, poetic and unique interpretation of sound.” ...
Painting

11 detailed face paintings pay homage to iconic album covers

In celebration of Record Store Day, which took place mid-April, London-based artist Natalie Sharp created 11 paintings of album covers on a canvas that isn't typically used in this way - her face. She had originally planned to recreate 40 albums, but realized it was a daunting task! Albums she did paint include Nirvana's Nevermind and Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells. While some definitely appear to be an album cover, others look like they could be worn for a scary or creepy Halloween costume. A large amount of Sharp's work involves body painting. To see more visit her website.  ...
Painting

Artist with synesthesia paints songs as she sees them

Born with a disease called synesthesia, Melissa McCracken has always seen the world a bit differently. "I paint music," McCracken explains. "Until I was 15, I thought everyone constantly saw colors. Basically, my brain is cross-wired. I experience the 'wrong' sensation to certain stimuli.... But the most wonderful 'brain malfunction' of all is seeing the music I hear. It flows in a mixture of hues, textures and movements, shifting as if it were a vital and intentional element of each song. Having synesthesia isn't distracting or disorienting. It adds a unique vibrance to the world I experience." As an artist, McCracken paints the songs that she hears. From Jimi Hendrix to John Mayer, each piece shows a different song and the colors she sees when she hears it. To see more of McCracken's fascinating work, visit her website. ...
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