Alex Grey

“Mr. Grey’s painting, with its tantric symbolism, and medical-illustration finesse, might be described as psychedelic realism, a kind of clinical approach to cosmic consciousness.”

(Holland Cotter, New York Times)

Alex Grey

“Mr. Grey’s painting, with its tantric symbolism, and medical-illustration finesse, might be described as psychedelic realism, a kind of clinical approach to cosmic consciousness.”

(Holland Cotter, New York Times)

Denali

Maura Davis’s voice is killer – here’s one of my favorites, and a bit more for the curious:

Denali (2000-2004) will soon be releasing a posthumous DVD titled Pinnacle:

The 85 minute DVD includes a 44 minute performance as well as videos for “Hold your Breath” and “Relief,” alternate angles for “The Instinct” and “Normal Days,” over 150 pictures of the band members, two home movies shot by guitarist Cameron DiNunzio and a hidden Easter egg. According to the label, the project took over 600 man hours to complete and was edited over a period of 6 months by Rex Teese, known best for his work as an editor on “Hannibal,”“Hearts in Atlantis” and “Black Hawk Down.”

(via Punknews.org)

Since Denali’s breakup, Maura has begun singing with Bella Lea, currently on tour.

Tenori-on

a ‘visible music interface’, or a digital music instrument featuring a 16×16 matrix of LED lights, allowing even non-musicians to play sounds & improvise intuitively. each LED light also functions as a touch-sensitive switch that is capable of emulating related sounds when touched. when users push a switch a short time, a ripple of light & sound spreads out. when a switch is held longer, the light dot & sound will be played repeatedly (looped). several tenori-ons can be wirelessly connected & synchronized.

(via information aesthetics)

I got to play with one of these alongside one of its developers at SIGGRAPH, and of all the emerging technologies on exhibit, it was definitely the most commercial-ready. He asked me how much I thought it should cost, and I said $150 – he nodded and remarked in what seemed liked agreement, but it could have simply been tactful PR. It’s similar to the map feature in a lot of MIDI software like Logic, though obviously geared around live performance instead of straight composition. Their website has a lot more info, and plays sample music in the background to give you an idea of what it can sound like.

Update:

Denali

Maura Davis’s voice is killer — here’s one of my favorites, and a bit more for the curious:

Denali (2000-2004) will soon be releasing a posthumous DVD titled Pinnacle:

The 85 minute DVD includes a 44 minute performance as well as videos for “Hold your Breath” and “Relief,” alternate angles for “The Instinct” and “Normal Days,” over 150 pictures of the band members, two home movies shot by guitarist Cameron DiNunzio and a hidden Easter egg. According to the label, the project took over 600 man hours to complete and was edited over a period of 6 months by Rex Teese, known best for his work as an editor on “Hannibal,””Hearts in Atlantis” and “Black Hawk Down.”

(via Punknews.org)

Since Denali’s breakup, Maura has begun singing with Bella Lea, currently on tour.

Tenori-on

a ‘visible music interface’, or a digital music instrument featuring a 16×16 matrix of LED lights, allowing even non-musicians to play sounds & improvise intuitively. each LED light also functions as a touch-sensitive switch that is capable of emulating related sounds when touched. when users push a switch a short time, a ripple of light & sound spreads out. when a switch is held longer, the light dot & sound will be played repeatedly (looped). several tenori-ons can be wirelessly connected & synchronized.

(via information aesthetics)

I got to play with one of these alongside one of its developers at SIGGRAPH, and of all the emerging technologies on exhibit, it was definitely the most commercial-ready. He asked me how much I thought it should cost, and I said $150 — he nodded and remarked in what seemed liked agreement, but it could have simply been tactful PR. It’s similar to the map feature in a lot of MIDI software like Logic, though obviously geared around live performance instead of straight composition. Their website has a lot more info, and plays sample music in the background to give you an idea of what it can sound like.

Update:

Maximilian’s Schell

During my visit to LA this summer, I made a trip out to M&A to see Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues’s sculptural/architectural rendition of a black hole: Maximilan’s Schell. The piece is named after the actor by the same name who played ‘Dr. Reinhardt’ in the Disney sci-fi thriller, (you guessed it), The Black Hole. Bails of hay underneath the structure served as a welcome place to seek refuge from the blazing LA sun/atomsphere, as the golden mylar filters out a nice chunk of the ultraviolet spectrum, creating an oasis of cool. After my rest I took some pictures (which just got props on Cool Hunting) and shot some low quality video with my digital camera.

… and some more linkage:

Maximilian’s Schell

During my visit to LA this summer, I made a trip out to M&A to see Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues’s sculptural/architectural rendition of a black hole: Maximilan’s Schell. The piece is named after the actor by the same name who played ‘Dr. Reinhardt’ in the Disney sci-fi thriller, (you guessed it), The Black Hole. Bails of hay underneath the structure served as a welcome place to seek refuge from the blazing LA sun/atomsphere, as the golden mylar filters out a nice chunk of the ultraviolet spectrum, creating an oasis of cool. After my rest I took some pictures (which just got props on Cool Hunting) and shot some low quality video with my digital camera.

… and some more linkage:

Samurai Champloo

One of the most highly anticipated anime series of all time before its May ’04 release to Japanese television.

This is the story of three characters in feudal Japan, (roughly the end of the Edo period, but the show isnt designed to be historical, it’s mostly just designed to be bad-ass). It is the next major project from Shinichiro Watanabe, who developed niche-level fame and fandom after Cowboy Bebop. (Now when I say fandom, I mean to say he is a demi-god to those who love his work.)

Just as Cowboy Bebop blended smooth jazz and blues with futuristic cities and space travel, Samurai Champloo mixes scratch and hiphop with Samurai and sword fights. The artwork is coarse and at times a bit grainy, but this is all part of the design and it adds to the detail of the world and the overall feel of the characters. To get a feel of the artwork, check out the Visual Archive on the main site. The official trailer is located there, as well as a wide variety of desktops.

Oh, and by the way, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie was on Adult Swim (Cartoon Network) last night at midnight. I fell asleep about halfway through. I’ve seen it a few times. It looks like there was only a bit of editing done for language. Next Saturday night at midnight, Adult Swim is showing Escaflowne, the movie. I’ve seen it as well, but that is another post for another time. Catch it if you can, the artwork and music are worth the effort.

Oh, my name is Casey.

Magnificent Desolation

“NASA, Lockheed Martin, and Tom Hanks are making an IMAX 3D movie about the Apollo moon landings to give viewers something like the actual experience of being on the moon. Complete with actors playing astronauts, mockups of the Lunar Excursion Module, and fake moon surface…”

(via Slashdot)

1: It’s a documentary on the moon landings with legitimate special effects.
2: It’s filmed in IMAX.
3: It’s in 3D.

I don’t know how this could be more excellent …