Archive for the ‘art’ Category
Ever wonder what Star Wars would have been like as an existentialist French film with dialogue by Jean-Paul Sartre? No, me neither, but some clever bastard decided to show us anyways. Well played, m’sieur. Well played.
“Guerres des Étoilles Existentielles” [Topless Robot]
When your sex-ed teacher is named Ms. Lovecraft, you know yr in for some strange shit. Tentacle sex and mother-of-pearl streams, you know? An official selection at Sundance 2005, this short film by Craig MacNeill and Clay McLeod Chapman is the very sum of every pubescent child’s most antediluvian fears.
Sex Ed with H.P. Lovecraft [Topless Robot]
On the drive home, I was reminded of this awesome bit from Muppets Tonight, Kermit The Frog covering the Talking Heads’ classic, “Once In A Lifetime”. Make sure you watch it all the way to the end for a lovely bit of Muppet surreality.
Once In A Lifetime [YouTube]
Once upon a time, Orson Welles taped a pilot for a talk show. This show, unfortunately, did not get picked up, but we do have an amazingly creepy little clip from it here, where he waxes all profound on Kermit & Co. while interviewing the late, great Jim Henson, and Frank “Yoda” Oz. One can only imagine how much better reality would be if this had gone through.
Orson Welles Creepily Interviews Jim Henson and Frank Oz [The Stranger]
Man, even my jaded soul fucking loves this. YouTube user radialaxis went and arranged Lateralus by Tool for an eight-piece koto group; this video is from their first performance. He also shares with us something I did not know; the song is actually partially based on the Fibonacci sequence, which means it’s related to the Golden Mean, which means that it is mathematically beautiful. See, now even if you don’t like Tool, you can blame liking this song on nature! Here’s a chunk of his very verbose write-up for the song, from the YouTube page:
The first 6 steps and the 15th step (6=1+5) of the Fibonacci sequence for the numbers 0 and 1 feature prominently in the structure of this piece:
This is reflected, for example, in the rhythm of the second section, 9/8-8/8-7/8, 987 being the 15th step of the sequence, as well as in the structure of the 3rd section. While the underlying rhythm of this section is 5/8 (the 6th step of the sequence is 5+8=13), the lead melody progresses back and forth through a series of phrases of length 0 to 13, again the first 6 steps of the sequence plus the root numbers, separated by pauses of length 1 to 5, the 1st 4 steps of the sequence. Together the melody phrases and rests form the image of 2 interlocking spirals. The lyrics of the song at this point also reflect the mathematical structure, the first words being ‘black then white,’ i.e. 0 and 1. The lyrics later in the song make use of extensive spiral imagery.
In my arrangement I tried to incorporate this element of the original composition as much as possible. There are 8 instruments in the group, 6 koto and 2 bass koto. The 6th step in the sequence is 13, which is the number of strings on a koto. The 2 bass kotos together have 34 strings, 34 being the 8th step of the sequence. In the first 9/8-8/8-7/8 section the 8 players are subdivided into 2 groups, one of 5 and one of 3. The groups play the 9/8/7 figure 3 times, with a variation in the 3rd iteration subdividing it into 3=2+1. The 2nd time through the 9-8-7 figure the groups themselves subdivide into smaller groups of 3+2 and 2+1 for 2 iterations before subdividing again in the 3rd iteration (3=2+1 again).
I just must say, thank you sir; this really made my god-damn week. Cheers!
Sometimes, I just genuinely love how fucking weird our world is getting. Especially in the world of burlesque! In lovely NYC, Rosey La Rouge and the sassy ladies of Storybook Burlesque put together a Muppet Show-themed evening of sultry delights! Hit the cute for several more pics of these fabulous boys and girls in action! I think I may have a little crush on Cookie Monster…
The basic plot of Raiders Of The Lost Ark, in the style of E.C. Segar, creator of Popeye. Pure win. (Click to embiggen).
What If EC Segar Had Created Raiders Of The Lost Ark? [Bleeding Cool, via Chuck “McBuck” Forsman]
Do you like Miles Fisher? His newest EP marks a new peak of professionalism. This is his take on David Byrne’s “This Must Be The Place”. A great, great song, and a personal favourite.
I have watched this video every single day since I found it. It’s a perfect, perfect rendering of music to motion, a consummate point of music video mastery. It’s pure glory. I cannot say enough good things about it.
Of course, it’s about a serial killer. I have my weaknesses.
Miles Fisher – This Must Be The Place [YouTube]
Well, apparently those 80s cyberpunk films were correct; in the future, abstract tribal facepaint will totally be in. A student at the Interactive Telecommunications Program of New York University, Adam Harvey, has been experimenting with methods of fooling facial detection software. He’s found that abstract, asymmetrical designs work best; he then posits that, as privacy concerns increase, people will then start adapting such patterns into their personal style as a matter of habit. I like where this is going, personally.
That facial tribal tattoo still makes you look like a fucking idiot though. Seriously, what were you thinking?
Oh, hells bells, this is pretty damn awesome. Christopher Lee, the second-best Dracula of all time, is making a metal album, a tribute to Charlemagne. No, seriously, check this out
Christopher Lee, famed star of Hammer horror movies, Lord Of The Rings, and much, much more will be coming soon to some earphones near you. Videogum and The Guardian have the news that the 87-year-old actor plans to release a “symphonic metal” album about the life and career of Charlemagne, the first Holy Roman Emperor and a direct ancestor of Lee himself. “To my surprise and indeed great pleasure, I have suddenly found that there is another string to my bow,” Lee announced.
This is, quite simply, one of the most wonderful things I’ve ever heard, purely on concept. If it’s half as face-meltingly awesome as it should be, we’re all going to be in for a good time.
Yeah, I’m two days ahead of myself, but I suspect I’ll be busy, so I’m sharing now. I hope everyone makes it into 2010 relatively safely!
This’d be one of those things Bill Hicks would call a good drug story. In Baseball, for a pitcher, one of the most impressive feats is to throw a straight no-hitter, practically winning a game single-handedly for your team. On June 12th, 1970, Dock Ellis of the Pittsburgh Pirates did just that, against the San Diego Padres, while tripping balls on acid. This adorable little video illustrates his experience while he narrates in the background. Some good stuff, maaaan.
When the dinosaurs learn to ride bikes, we’re all truly screwed [I &heart; Chaos]
Sometimes in your life, you sit back and look at what you have wrought, and you feel good inside. I can only imagine how fucking awesome the person who made this felt afterwards. So pretty you’d almost want to not eat it.
Almost. I mean, c’mon, it’s bacon.
Simply awesome! This video clip from a German TV shows shows a pair of T-Rexes, mother and child, facing down a triceratops. Totally real construction, no CGI, and simply amazing. You can really get a feel for the scale of these gorgeous monsters. So damn cool.
Dinosaurs Disrupt German Television Program [Geekologie]
This looks terribly dangerous, yet pretty damn awesome. I’m kinda amazed at the co-ordination that went into this. Plus, the balls it’d take to skateboard down hills in fucking San Francisco…
Sure, Why Not?: Neon Tetris On Skateboards [Geekologie]