foundsoundscape

The foundsoundscape project from Janek Schaefer combines field recordings from over 100 different artists into a 24-hour streaming experience. At any given point you're hearing three different layers of the world - sometimes four as Schaefer has a live microphone from his studio into the mix as well. It is, surprisingly, the opposite of cacophonous. The writeup on the project lends some wonderful insight into its creation:
Foundsoundscape was inspired by the very first Digital Radio station in the UK, that simply played a recording of a rural location. Radio you could just leave running to add a peaceful ambience to your environment indoors. It heralded a new media paradigm, as digital broadcasting offered more capacity than requred for the first time, and that space needed filling. At the same time on TV, Channel 4 was broadcasting Big Brother live 24hours, and at night I loved to tune-in my analogue TV sets all over the house, and the shed, so I could hear the housemates gently sleeping as I worked through the night. Since then infomercials, and gambling TV have taken over, and I greatly miss that sense of real-time space, that does not demand your attention. This then just quietly underscores your environment, by creating new ones from others.

My hope is that others will find foundsoundscape enjoyable and leave it running all day & all night long, just like a radio! It's as simple as that, with one click. A salute to serendipity and shared sonic space. Bookmark it. Play it in rooms around the house. Share it . . Take a break . . .
The list of contributing artists is long but you'll likely see some names in there you recognize - i.e. Brian Eno.

It is surprisingly pleasant... put it in your headphones. via Disquiet.

Kitsplit

It's still getting off the ground but KIT Split looks like a pretty promising way for creators to get their hands on some nice equipment and workspaces just by involving themselves in the community they're already a part of. This FastCo article calls it The AirBNB for Creative Equipment. I'm sure there have been equipment shares in the past but this one looks focused and professional. Into it.

Friday Videos - March 6th, 2015

First and foremost, watch this. It's delightful.

Then enjoy the videos below. Not a ton this week but some entertainment to be found for sure. Have a great weekend.

Peter-John de Villiers

It's very difficult to capture the work of Peter-John de Villiers in a single image. Aside from their format being too immense for the web they are also very intricate detailed undertakings - so many great textures and characters all balanced together.

These snowboard designs are definitively badass - no two ways about it. I'm also a big fan of this Hemsedal Brettklubb Branding - but, honestly, I can't find a single piece in the portfolio that I'm not staring at for awhile.

via James

Reverberation

Received an excellent heads up from Gina regarding the mix repository known as Reverberation. There are plenty of sites out there hosting mixes but these have been a particularly welcome aural treat.

You can follow along on Mixcloud or Tumblr but, however you do it, be sure to dive in deep.

Bop English

I am a fully professed fan of White Denim and am happy to see that frontman James Petralli is forging out on his own with a new project entitled Bop English. You can hear one of the first tracks, "Sentimental Wilderness", here and also check out Dani's Blues.
I'm not sure what this means for White Denim but that's really beside the point. This new work from Petralli forges into new territory and I'm loving it. More on the album can be found here.

Staci Janik

Atlanta's Staci Janik has some serious chops. Her branding work is right up my alley and there's a great deal of illustration and letterpress throughout the portfolio that is gorgeously executed.

She also offers a 50 Favorite Things print in which you email her your fifty favorite things and she will write them out and send it over to you. You just need to see it to understand it's allure.

Plenty of goodness to see over there, get to it.

Beeteeth Relics

I've got plenty of great things to say about the work of Dan Christofferson, aka Beeteeth, but for the moment I'm going to focus on his available works from the Beeteeth Relics Shop. The enormous Masonic-esque banners like Think Twice or Never Waver are astonishing (and, sadly, very sold out). The screen prints, pennants and other creations all have a similar style - crests and symbols from long ago. It feels cryptic and a bit creepy but in the most flattering of ways. Long story short, I'm in love with this stuff and can't wait to get my hands on some.

via Becky.

Juan Rayos, Chinese Moleskine

Juan Rayos is many things - photographer, videographer, documentarian and a quality source of inspiration (assuming my google searches all led to the same person). What caught my eye in particular is his series of Moleskine notebooks - this Chinese moleskine is great - an excellent balance of contemporary imagery, gold paint and native language and illustration. Collages like this always remind me of BEAST, as that was my first encounter with such techniques done this well. It's a praiseworthy comparison.

Rayos has more collages that should be investigated as well - the Black and Great Purge sets are particular favorites of mine.

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Mary Laube

Peruse the painting work of Mary Laube, particularly the set titled The Museum. Lots of great atmosphere to these works and a pleasant implementation of pattern and texture. From there, dive into the remaining sets for slightly more abstract configurations that manage to maintain that great texture work.

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That Damn Dress

Over the weekend I found myself encountering a plethora of articles on #TheDress (not the one shown above - you know the one I speak of) and felt myself getting rather annoyed. Not because of the phenomena itself - that's fine - but because it stirred such a backlash ranting about the privilege of society or the viral bandwagoning it's sure to cause. Almost everything I encountered felt overblown and unnecessary. Soapboxes to say "this is such BS but I'm still going to chime in on it because I want to be a part."

But the very end of this Atlantic article did say something that I agree with and think we should keep in mind:
And what are memes if not games? They are small; they are low-stakes; they are often silly. (Sorry, #llamadrama.) But they are also communal. They invite us to participate, to adapt, to joke, to create something together, under the auspices of the same basic rules. That is not a small thing. That is, in fact, a huge thing - particularly when it comes to the very concerns the attention police like to remind us of. If we have any hope of solving the world's most systemic and sweeping problems, we will have to come together. Inequality, climate change, injustices both enormous and less so ... these will require cooperative action. They will require us to collaborate and compromise and value diversity. The dress makes a pretty good metaphor for all that.
As it says, "that is not a small thing." Social media is often absurd and low-stakes and ridiculous but it DOES bring people together. You can dump on #TheDress all you want but it's the same mechanism that causes people to band together over Net Neutrality, getting a candidate voted into office or raising awareness of god awful things like police brutality or terrorism against freedom of speech. We can't be serious 100% of the time and events like #TheDress help to bring people together over something trivial, which builds communication and the ability to act when it really does matter.

Men, Women & Children

Over the weekend I finally took in Jason Reitman's Men, Women & Children - an engaging tale about families and technology. For me, it seemed like a cautionary tale for parents and how they treat their children's technology, particularly when they don't understand it. Raising kids in the Internet Age seems very scary and being able to handle the proper amount of restriction and education does not seem like an easy undertaking. The basics - plot, acting, characters, etc - are all executed in a compelling fashion.

The real clincher for me was how the actual tech was treated on screen. The whole movie reminded me of this Tony Zhou piece on Texting and The Internet in Film. Most movies do not do this well but Men, Women & Children handled it in an incredibly simple and elegant way while keeping it informative. You can see a bit of it in the trailer but it feels a bit obtrusive there because there's so much of it back to back.. in the actual film it's much more spaced out and feels more natural.

Overall, big thumbs up. Go for the plot, stay for the pleasant effects.

The Jinx

Is everyone watching The Jinx? The story of multi-millionaire Robert Durst and his multiple murder involvements is absolutely bonkers. Director Andrew Jarecki has a lot of quality creations under his belt already (Capturing the Friedmans) and continues to craft a seriously WTF story. If you were into Serial, loving episodic content focused on How Did This Happen, you will undoubtedly love this - particularly because Durst is 1,000% more creepy and terrifying than anyone in those stories.

It's great and I highly recommend diving in. There's only six episodes in total but every single one has been fairly unbelievable.

Friday Videos - Feb 27th, 2015

This week was kind of huge - I'll share the news starting next week once the loose ends are all tied up but I had a helluva good time working with a great new client. Always nice when work is as satisfying as can be. Enjoy these distractions:

Sever

It's been awhile since some street art caught my eye but I'm loving what I'm seeing from Sever. There's a bit of traditional tagging work but always mixed with some rather incredible type work. The pop-culture character play is always nice - who doesn't love an obese Captain America?

Inordinate amount of things to see here, so really carve out some time to explore.

User Onboarding

Really enjoying these User Onboarding teardowns - walkthroughs of signup processes, their pitfalls and their successes. Enticing and informing users to a specific action is not a simple task and looking at these insights is certainly helpful, particularly in contrasting it with whatever you are working on yourself. I've been through the Rdio and Instagram studies and come away with plenty of good, useful, ideas.

Mike Perry Studio

It came to my attention the other day that Mike Perry is responsible for the branding and art direction on Broad City - a recent favorite. I've always enjoyed the title sequences and now can see that it's just the tip of the iceberg of enjoyable projects from Mr. Perry.

Do yourself a real quick favor and head over to his site, scroll down and take in the greatness of animated gif's depicting the range of title animations. Then dive into his other work and be amazed by his wealth of talent. It's a nice feeling.