I'm not really huge on spoken word style poetry. That's not to say that I don't like it. That's far from the case. I would just say that it has to be pretty good to get me intrested. Shane Koyczan captured my interest with this definition on what it is to be Canadian.
With the start of the Olympic Games in Vancouver, I couldn't think of a better video to put up on the blog today.
I need and iPhone! I make beats on my laptop. I use to think "Damn! How cool is it that I can pack up my whole studio in a bag and take it on the road with me." Forget the bag, now you can pack it in you pocket. Apps for the iPhone are being created at a ridiculous rate. If I had the money this one would be the selling point for me. In these videos the guys at Simple Sample take you through a tour of some of the beat making features of the Beat Maker software and Alesis ProTrack audio hardware for the iPhone.
**Heads up the language in this video is raw and may offend some.
Once I get done learning the billion other things I have on my plate to master, I want to take on the art of making video games. I've been inspired.
Blender 3D is probably the most impressive open source application I know of. It can create stunning 3D animations and when put in to the hands of dudes like pygmies, it can build pretty impressive looking video games using it's new game engine.
I can't wait for a playable version of this game to come out. Sometimes it great to have a game with a simple concept. Thump Stuff's title pretty much sums up the concept of this game. There are some days I'd love to just club the shit out of everything I see. That's a horrible idea though and would probably deem me to be a threat to society if it was ever carried out. This game looks to be a much better solutions to take your frustrations out on.
Keep in mind that these are a look at the work in progress. Imagine what it will look like when it's finished for real.
This looks like a lot of fun. Kind of like the graffiti application for Facebook but on steroids. It was done by the peeps over at Tangible Interaction. All sorts of digital graffiti applications popping up lately. I love the fake can and markers that this one uses to digitally paint with.
Hamilton Clineh likes to draw. It even say so on his website. Although I don't think it would really take a cleaver url to figure that out. You could come to that conclusion just by checking out all of the fantastic illustrations that he's posed up. There's a wide variety of styles to choose from, all grouped into different collections. His range goes from comic book style, to cartoon, to caricature and beyond.
Dare, Does, Toast, Nash all collaborated in this effort. What I like most about this crew piece is the teamwork. Especially the way their styles are blended together almost seamlessly. Most crew pieces have some type of theme that ties them together, maybe a colour scheme, or set of characters from a popular movie, but usually all the tags are there own separate works. I love how they've tied all their tags together to form like Voltron.
This clip of Exile (of Blu & Exile) rocking his MPC has my jaw sitting on the floor. The MPC is so instilled in hip hop culture as the industry standard weapon of choice for producers. That said it's not taken out of the studio all that often. Not a lot of big name producers ever show their process, chopping beats together and getting the sequence to bang right. Almost like it's a secret art form that they keep under lock and key like the recipe for KFC's 11 herbs and spices. The ones that do let you in on their creative process often only show brief glimpses of the meticulous steps taken to bang out a head nodder. Usually with every element in the beat sequenced one step at a time. So it's really inspiring to see a dude like Exile taking the machine out of the studio and using it to pull of well crafted routines in live performances.