Archive for October, 2015

Diplo Talks Music Producing, Rise to Stardom


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There’s no denying the fact that dance music has officially completed its merger with the commercial media. If huge corporate sponsorships at your favorite events or a feature-length film starring Zac Efron weren’t clear indicators, take Diplo on your mother’s favorite morning talk show with Charlie Rose as the strongest example yet. Dance music has gone day-time TV, and you know what? That’s just fine. With Diplo representing the commercial side of dance music on CBS This Morning, it’s evident that his meteoric rise is directly correlated to dance music’s explosion in America within the last five years.

Seeing Diplo, or Wesley, in any setting outside of a human hamster ball steam-rolling a sea of fans always takes a moment to get used to. But as Diplo describes electronic music as the sound of our day, remarking on its accessibility, he explains that finding his current fame was no walk in the park.

Not a classically-trained musician, the Mad Decent label head tells the hosts that his true abilities lie in his creative process, describing the grinding busy work as he slowly established his brand. Diplo divulges on his leap of faith into the music world at age 23 – bouncing between jobs at the zoo, Subway, and an elementary school before taking pop’s top spot. Charlie Rose crowns “Lean On” the song of the summer as the hosts dive into Wes’ work with pop icons Madonna and Justin Bieber, and all the while, Diplo fields their questions with a slick charm.

Though, Gayle King turns the tables in asking Diplo point blank if his “badboy” persona is all just an act. Frankly, it makes you wonder. Considering the way in which Wes describes his rise to fame, relentless work ethic, and desire to push creative boundaries from Jack Ü and Major Lazer to everything in between, Diplo probably doesn’t deserve such a bad rap. In fact, he proves electronic music can be intelligent, and if others were as dedicated, then anyone – even a kid from Florida with no classical music training – can grab a laptop, start creating, and maybe one day take over the world.

Sarah Jean Underwood’s Star Wars Halloween Costumes.


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Former ‘Attack The Show host and Playboy Playmate Sara Jean Underwood features in this funny parody of the sexy Halloween outfit trend. Prepare to feel very confused by sexy Darth Vader, sexy Yoda, and sexy…. Admiral Ackbar.

It’s a trap. The Playboy-produced vid serves as an amusing parody of the various ridiculous sexy takes on character costumes doing the rounds, but it is also an excuse to shoot the lovely Sara Jean Underwood wearing very little. Those sneaky Nerf-herders. To be fair, some of the costumes actually look pretty cool, but sexy Bib Fortuna may haunt your nightmares for some time.

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Serato DJ 1.8


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Serato DJ 1.8 is the latest major software update for Serato DJs. This update adds Key Detection and Key Display, an update to Pitch ‘n Time DJ allowing Key Shifting and Key Sync, plug and play support for the Pioneer DJ DJM-S9 and user Hardware Remapping. All of this comes with a number of important performance and stability updates.

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THE MARTIAN – UI SCREEN GRAPHICS


 
The Martian tells the story of stranded astronaut Mark Watney and NASA’s efforts to bring him home. Based on Andy Weir’s novel, the story is set circa 20 years in the future, during NASA’s third manned mission to Mars. Predicated on real science, Director Ridley Scott and Production Designer Arthur Max drew on the expertise of specialists at NASA and the European Space Agency, and asked Territory to craft the screen graphics and UI that would be needed.

As a story that is mediated by technology, hundreds of screens are employed across eight key sets, forming the lens through which the drama unfolds.

Working closely with NASA, Territory developed a series of deft and elegant concepts that combine factual integrity and filmic narrative, yet are forward looking and pushing NASA’s current UI conventions as much as possible.

Territory’s plot-based graphics includes identities and visual languages for each set, and include images, text, code, engineering schematics, 3D visualisations based on authentic satellite images showing Martian terrain, weather, and mission equipment served across consoles, navigation and communication systems, laptops, mobiles, tablets, and arm screens throughout.

In all Territory delivered around 400 screens for on-set playback, most of them featuring interactive elements. With 85 screens on the NASA Mission Control set alone, a number of which were 6mx18m wall screens, there are many moments in which the graphics become a dynamic bridge between Earth and Mars, narrative and action, audience and characters.

20th Century Fox Credits
Director: Ridley Scott
Production Designer: Arthur Max
Sup. AD: Mark Holmes
Motion Graphics Art Director: Felicity Hickson

Territory Credits
Creative Director: David Sheldon-Hicks
Producer: Sam Hart
Art Direction: Marti Romances
Lead CGI: Peter Eszenyi
Design and Animation: Daniel Højlund, Marti Romances and Sam Keehan.

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Full FX: the RMX-1000 iPad app


The the RMX-1000 for iPad is launching: the tactile iOS app that lets you add high-quality FX to tracks in your iTunes library. The RMX-1000 app comes into its own when linked to the Audiobus app and Inter-App Audio, which will let you add FX to music you’ve made on your iPad.

The future a la Mercedes-Benz


“A chill-out zone in the midst of the mega city traffic mayhem,” Mercedes-Benz calls its latest self-driving concept car, the Vision Tokyo — so named because it’s being introduced this week at the Tokyo Motor Show. “Chill-out zone” actually seems fair, because the interior of this smooth, silver bean of technology is an arc-shaped couch, where up to five passengers can, in fact, chill out.

There’s nothing production-ready about the Vision Tokyo — everything from the fuel cell drive train to the futuristic wraparound displays in the interior is a dream of a far-off world, though Mercedes deserves some credit for focusing on a singularly executed theme: all of its concept cars this year, starting with the F 015 at January’s CES, have looked like birds of a feather. Outside, there’s the otherworldly silver paint covering everything, glass included; blue LED accents around the perimeter make the car look like a prop from Tron and communicate the vehicle’s self-driving intentions to nearby pedestrians (another trick borrowed from the F 015).

Autonomous mode is clearly the focus considering the seating layout, but it’s still possible to take control — a “jump seat” unfurls and a steering wheel pops out on command. That’s not very chill, though; members of Generation Z (who Mercedes says the Vision Tokyo is for) want “personal contact whenever possible,” which they can get with the face-to-face arrangement while the car drives itself.

Among the stranger features Mercedes has envisioned here is a hologram projection system for showing apps and maps in three-dimensional space. There’s also a trick windscreen that will show a graphic equalizer — think a music visualizer from back in the Winamp days — whenever the occupants are listening to music. (Not to say you necessarily want the people outside your car to know what you’re listening to, but it’d look cool, at least.) All this is tied to an emissions-free drivetrain that Mercedes says is good for 980 kilometers (609 miles) — 190 kilometers in electric-only mode and another 790 kilometers in the hydrogen fuel cell.

The exterior of the Vision Tokyo is “comparable” to a “mid-series vehicle” in its dimensions. Arguably, even that’s too big for Tokyo, a hyper-dense city where subminiature “Kei cars” are extremely popular. But if you want to fit five people and play with three-dimensional apps, this concept might be your best choice.

Follow Fetty Wap Through His Home Turf.


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Tag along with Fetty Wap and his deep, loyal Zoo Gang family to learn about the Paterson, New Jersey star’s rise to fame and the role his crew has played in his success.

See The Food At The Worlds Best Restaurant.


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That, in the photo above, is a 100% edible “Green Apple Balloon”, don’t ask me what it’s made of, I’m not chef Grant Achatz.  For the fourth consecutive year, chef Grant Achatz has managed to win over the readers and diners of Elite Traveler magazine, helping the Chicago restaurant take the lead in its top 100 restaurants in the world list.  Regardless of what your palette’s preference is, Achatz’s presentation, plating, and ingredient choices seem to be second to none.

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Could ‘The Martian’ Happen In Real Life?


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With martian movies smashing the box office and NASA’s recent announcement to put permanent residents on Mars the big news, space colonization seems like all the rage right now. Following the trend, Exo Planet is a narrative that tells a story that tells of out-of-this-world concepts ranging from base stations to astronaut suits and even vehicles. Beyond that, Exo Planet goes on to detail a mission for a crew of 8 to execute interplanetary travel, architecture using 3D printing, and systems for renewable energy.

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The Lovely Work Of Ms. Analicia Chavez.


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Happy Back To The Future Day!!


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People have asked what it is about the ‘Back To The Future’ franchise that makes it one of the defining trilogies in pop culture history, and although everyones answer may vary, there’s no doubt that nearly anyone has seen one of the films.  Back To The Future took movie theaters by storm in the 80’s, and continues to fascinate filmgoers of all ages to this day.  The sequel ‘Back To The Future 2’, feature what has become more and more iconic as time has marched on… a trip to the far flung future of… TODAY.

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The future portrayed in BTTF2 was quite spectacular, magical, and spell biding for its time, but how would Marty and the Doc feel if they came to the actual Oct. 21st, 2015?

The Raphael Vicenzi Collage Collection.


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The artist Raphael Vicenzi continues to astonish with his artwork.  This is the 3rd post of purely eye catching art (the other two can be seen here).  His collages capture the image of a beautiful woman, and alters it to emulate different emotions.  Truly amazing.  Check the method below.

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Bomba Estéreo & Will Smith – Fiesta (Official Remix Video).


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Will Smith recently dropped his first verse in a decade on a remix of Bomba Estereo’s “Fiesta,” and now the actor-returned-rapper is ending his similarly lengthy video drought by appearing in the group’s clip. The new “Fiesta” video takes place at the tail end of a neon-coated warehouse party, with the arrival of a cloaked figure – Smith dressed like it’s an I Am Legend sequel – reigniting the festivities.  In a making-of video for the “Fiesta” remix, Smith again breaks down why he decided to end his hip-hop hiatus by jumping on the Bomba Estereo track. “I was in Colombia with Marc Anthony. He was listening to music and I heard the ‘Fuego, fuego’ and I was like, ‘Yo, that joint is crazy,'” Smith said of hearing the Colombian band for the first time. Smith’s manager happened to be friends with people at Bomba Estereo’s record label, who then provided the actor with the “Fiesta” single. “I said, ‘That is crazy, I need to be on that.'”

Word is also that it’s about to be a legit “Fiesta” at this year’s Latin Grammys. People en Español reports that Will Smith will be joining his new Latin BFFs Bomba Estéreo for a performance of their recent collaboration, which can only be described as an epic carnival with a few bilingual, Big Willie-style verses sprinkled on top as confetti.  “It’s truly an honor for me to perform at the Latin Grammys,” Smith told the magazine. “To be surrounded with so many artists who have made such an impact globally is really exciting to me.”

Need A Spiritual Complex? Try The Windhover.


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The Windhover Contemplative Center is a spiritual retreat on the Stanford campus to promote and inspire personal renewal. Using Nathan Oliveira’s meditative Windhover Series as a vehicle, the chapel-like center provides a refuge from the intensity of daily life and a space for quiet reflection for the Stanford community. The extended progression through a long, private garden to the building’s entry allows visitors to shed the outside world before entering the sanctuary. Within, the space opens fully to the oak glade beyond while louvered skylights wash the 15 to 30 foot long paintings with natural light, unifying art, architecture and landscape. Rammed earth walls, wood surfaces, and water further heighten the visitor’s sensory experience acoustically, tactily, olifactorily, as well as visually.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer 2.


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For those of you that have been waiting all day (and suffered through watching those despicable Giants), it’s finally here. The brand new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens has arrived, so come check the method. The J.J. Abrams-directed film hits theaters December 18.

What If The World Was A Village Of Only 100 People?


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Toby NG has posed the question…. “if the world were a village of 100 people, what would its composition be?”.  This set of 20 posters is built on statistics about the spread of population around the world under various classifications. The numbers are turned into graphics to give another sense a touch – Look, this is the world we are living in.

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The GoPro Stabilizer That Will Change Your World.


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To keep it stable, the gadget uses sensors to detect the three axes and makes adjustments 1,000 times per second. With every counter movement, the ‘aeon’ employs three brushless motors to move the camera. To view the footage, the ‘aeon’ includes a two-inch circular screen so videographers can see the ‘GoPro’s’ perspective. Weighing only 500 grams, the stabilizer is made from injection molded ABS plastic and features a five-hour battery that can be charged using a USB cable.  To frame more interesting footage, the aetho ‘aeon’ has a universal mount that works with all official ‘GoPro’ accessories. The video stabilizer is available for purchase on their indiegogo page, with a plan to ship to buyers in early 2016.

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Lord of the Rings-Inspired Hotel


Located in the Black Hills of South Dakota is a place perfect for any fan of Middle Earth. Nicknamed the Hobbit treehouse, this elevated rental property is owned by Gordon Mack, a man who was inspired by the beloved Lord of the Rings films. Perched 16 feet above the ground, the structure has rounded doors and windows, with an interior space that’ll make Tolkien devotees swoon, by including details like: Elvish-language signs; a mask worn by Sauron; and a gauntlet with the gold ring. There are even Hobbit-feet slippers that are specially tailored for all age groups.

To stay in this whimsical locale, you must book the country house that it’s attached to. It’s called the Chateau De Soleil, and the four-bedroom building can accommodate up to 16 people at a time. This makes it ideal for a large family, and the treehouse complements the getaway as a fun and special place for kids to stay.

 

Modern Santorini Cave


Located in the town of Oia, Greece is 1864 – The Sea Captain’s House, a luxury hotel that overlooks the gorgeous seaside landscape on Santorini island. The lodging, which was once a 19th-century sea captain’s home (as the name suggests), has been converted into several stunning accommodations, including one called the Cave suite. This unit was recently renovated by PATSIOS Architecture, who applied a nearly all-white color scheme to the entire space. This interior design technique creates an open, airy feel, despite its distinct lack of windows.

The Cave suite is designed as an ideal location for two to four guests. Its large space has two bedrooms, dressing areas and bathrooms—each made of white marble, and one also has a deep soaking tub. After relaxing in the bath, visitors can take advantage of the private yard and seaside terrace, basking in the warm Grecian sun.

Maria Rubinke- Surrealism


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Danish-born Maria Rubinke‘s small porcelain figures are reminiscent of the illogical compositions of surrealism, transforming the character of what are traditionally charming and passive objects into expressions of more taboo feelings that oscillate between desire and sadism.   (Also, Halloween is right around the corner so we figured you guys can get inspired). And remember, art is very diverse and speaks to different people in various ways.

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Everyday is Hump Day for Fedor Shmidt