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As promised, I’m sharing the source of the header photo for my last post. I found this artist via Kanye’s blog, and couldn’t help but pass it along. I’m not entirely sure what she uses to make her pieces, but they’re all brilliant.

The artist’s name is Meredith Dittmar, and she has a portfolio of her work here. I particularly like her dioramas, like this one:

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Particularly, I like how she uses the balance of vivid colors with the greyscale backgrounds. If I had the money, I would definitely buy one of these things to hang wherever I go.

In my US Experience class last week, my teacher (an art professor) gave us a big speech about how Americans don’t buy and hang original art. If anything, we’ll have a poster or a print, but never the original thing. I mentally protested, as we have quite a bit of original art hanging in my parents’ homes, but half of that is either my mothers work or my own. So maybe he has a point. Regardless, buying  original art has made it onto my list of things to do, when I’m rich.

Since I shared a whole album of mashups the other day, I’m going to leave you with this video, courtesy of A-Trak. If you haven’t heard of him, I’ll share something that I love dearly that he’s worked on, soon. That’s a bad sentence, I know. Anyway, here’s the video:

Enjoy!

Zines– In Color!

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One trait that most zines share is their low-budget nature. Since these are mostly printed in low-volume amounts by individuals, paying a printer to run a few copies is generally out of the question. Not only is it prohibitively expensive, but printers generally don’t like to print low-volume editions, since switching over the presses is a rather expensive and time-consuming affair. Thus, with some exceptions, Xeroxed zines are the norm.

A New York Times article, however indicates that those limitations may soon be lifted:

With a new Web service called MagCloud, Hewlett-Packard hopes to make it easier and cheaper to crank out a magazine than running photocopies at the local copy shop.

Charging 20 cents a page, paid only when a customer orders a copy, H.P. dreams of turning MagCloud into vanity publishing’s equivalent of YouTube. The company, a leading maker of computers and printers, envisions people using their PCs to develop quick magazines commemorating their daughter’s volleyball season or chronicling the intricacies of the Arizona cactus business… “We’re not talking about replacing the Vanity Fairs of the world. But it’s a nifty idea for a vanity press that reminds me of the underground zines we had in the ’60s and ’70s.”

If this takes off, it will be really cool. The article goes on to say that there’s no guaranteed market for this service, since so much information and media is available for free on the internet, but acknowledges that it could still succeed. I, personally, love the feel of a magazine in my hands, as opposed to an image on my computer monitor. The minimized eye-strain certainly helps, too.

I’ve wanted to produce a zine for years now, but have never had anything to write about. I suppose this is as close as I’ve come, but without the ability to hyperlink, I think this would be a much less interesting forum. Still, even just producing a glossy magazine to show off artwork would be cool. I know when I was putting things together for my art show last summer in Detroit, it was frustrating that people would only be able to see a small amount of my work. A magazine index to hand out at an exhibition/gallery would be a wonderful marketing tool, especially if they only cost a few dollars each to produce.

I’m crossing my fingers for you, Hewlett-Packard. While I may not buy your computers, I’ll certainly support any innovative services you can offer, like this one.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted any work from Good Blimey, so we’ll go back there today.

I’m not a big Tom Petty fan, but this first track uses his instrumental in a way I can support.

While that last one was pretty pop-y, this second track is much weirder. And perhaps even more effective, because of it.

This final track left me agape, that’s how much I liked it. The Muppets+Kanye West= a good time. If you listen to one track this week, make it this one.

I think these are the best tracks I’ve posted in a while.

Zenvironments

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Today I just want to share the artwork of Zach Johnsen, an artist from Portland. Kanye West’s blog showed a picture by him, and I followed the link-maze to get here, his personal website (titled Zenvironments, the source of this post’s header).

I got totally lost in his work, and I think the best thing I can do is just re-post a couple of bits here.

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There’s tons more on his site, so plese check it out.

He also has a blog, apparently, here on Blogger.

I can’t decide what I like most about his work. It all appeals to my most sensitive aesthetic soft-spots. I’m an unabashed fan of pen+ink with watercolor, and the addition of cutouts and paper/wood art just makes it irresistable to me. Your tastes may differ, but I’m absolutely blown away.

Anyway, to the music.

Since I found the subject of today’s post from Kanye, I decided to make him the star of this first track, from Party Ben. The ending is especially fine.

The inclusion of the title song for The Fresh Prince of Bel Air immediately qualified this second track to be posted.

I always thought the vocals in this final track was one of the weaker bits of NOW 3, but this mashup makes me appreciate it in a whole new way.

More Crafts

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I’ve always been overly interested in the weather. Not as a career choice (I don’t really find meteorology to be terribly stimulating as a science), but just as something to keep current on. It’s often the most relevant news to me. I rarely trust the government on most things, but for weather, I think they’ve got their act together (and have the technology to do so), so I keep up to date with the NOAA website. It seems the most reliable.

Today, however, I found (indirectly, through Daniel) this website, that doesn’t necessarily have the credibility to match the NOAA, but certainly has a better designed interface. The above picture is from the image for “snow.” You can see the rest of the images they use here. Apple’s weather widget may have more specific graphics, but certainly not better ones. I know who I’m going to be checking from now on.

I found another great craft-y thing today, too, on Kanye’s blog. I love yarn and art that is made with it (as I’ve said in the past), so this video was pure magic to me:

I like the song, too. But really, combining stop-motion video with button-eyed puppets with yarn guts is a pretty unbeatable combination. At least as far as my aesthetic tastes go.

One of the things I like about Mashuptown is the relatively high number of tracks they share with more than two artists mashed together, but even though this first track isn’t one of them, it made me go back and listen twice, it was put together so well.

This second track is considerably funkier.

To finish things out, this last track is an overwhelming avalance of Queen. It’s not mashed particularly carefully (or at all, in many places), but if you love Queen, you’ll love this track.

Color Copy

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I admit it– the subject of this post is ripped directly from Kanye West’s blog. I hadn’t read it before last night, and I’m really quite impressed with it– there’s tons of good stuff. It’s broken down by category, and while I’d known he was into fashion (and music, of course), I was delighted to find all the cool art and design he was posting. There’s some controversy as to whether or not West actually writes his own blog, but I don’t really care. As long as there’s interesting content, they’ve got my vote.

Anyway, the “cool thing” that I wanted to share was this video, which is apparently a “chromatherapy” art installation called “Patachromo,” by the French artist SuperBien:

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Chromatherapy is controversial itself, as it’s widely regarded as pseudoscience. There are arguments for the power of color on the psyche and body, but the detractors’ main point is this: chromatherapy is nothing more than flashing colored lights on someone. That may be, but I’d like it. If there were a series of colored lights above my bed that pulsed above me as I fell asleep, I bet I’d be more relaxed. You never know! If nothing else, it makes for a beautiful installation piece. If anyone can find this as a screen saver, let me know.

For the music today, I have three more from Norwegian Recycling.

The first track features “I’m Yours” again, but this time with an A vs. B structure to the song, against Akon.

I couldn’t get this second track out of my head all day, so I’ll share it with you. It has a really fun, kind of dorky attitude that fits the vocals perfectly.

My mouth literally fell open when I first heard this final track. It’s just a very basic A vs. B mash-up, but the instrumental track is a part of my very soul. Bonus points to whoever figures out what it is first (Roxy and Gabe don’t count).

PS– Whoever reached this site by searching for “how to draw a gorilla in a battle form,” I hope you found what you were looking for. Chances are that you didn’t, but I’ll make sure to include something along those lines in the future.

A Spoof

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You’ve all probably heard of Freecreditreport.com. Their name is genius, of course, because it’s so easy to remember. The real reason the service is so popular, though, is their commercials. They’re catchy and short– just what jingles should be. They’re also almost everywhere on cable. At my apartment at at home, I just watch over-the-air network stuff, so I hadn’t really heard of them, but whenever I go to my neighbors’ apartment, one of the commercials is guaranteed to come on the TV.

The service has generated a fair amount of controversy, however, since if you don’t opt-out of a trial program (which the user is required to take) within seven days, there’s a $14.95 monthly fee. Don’t ask Verizon, it isn’t free. There are various different forms of recourse being taken against the service, but the following one is my favorite.

Since Freecreditreport.com is kind of a “big fish,” “little fish” like ordinary people have a tough battle ahead of them if they’re to bring it down. Instead, some are getting back to their cynical roots, and attacking the company through culture-jamming. What’s most memorable about the company? Their jingles. How can people attack the company best? By messing with the jingles. Dan Louisell does just that:

 This post is going to be short tonight, since I have much to do, and more to sleep.

I’ve been listening to Kanye West’s 808’s And Heartbreaks, so he’s the theme of tonight’s music.

I auditioned two different songs using the same Kanye vocals, but this first track had a nicer pop sound to it.

There’s a lot going on in this second track, in terms of audio elements. It’s usually a disaster when a DJ leaves too much of the original track when they mash it with another, but this one pulls it off surprisingly well.

The weird little instrument that chimes in about a third of a way into this final track is weirdly grating, but the rest of this track is absolutely wonderful.