It's been a long time I don't post music here. Although actually I downloaded a lot of indie music, some good, some not, I didn't have the time to post every album I liked.
Now it's time for 'We Have No Zen'. Sound like a lost radio in the middle of the forest, and while you're looking for it, you meet some natives who induct you to the ultraworld.
It's ambient with a twist of mystery. I really like it.
Here is the release description:
15 stories from a transcontinental shamanic crew. Some of these tunes were recorded specially for this compilation, some were taken from dusty shelves/folders, some are spreading mellow folk mood, some are droning out psych vibes, but all are captured with one big hug of love to the contemporary experimental scene which is much wider and interesting than it could ever be imagined. Don't think "underground" — think "space is the place".Argentina, Russia, Italia, Ukraine, Finland, Japan, Sweden, Australia, US are guilty.
This is an image by Scott C. who runs Pyramid Car! blog. I really love his illustrations, and the last post he made was about his creative process. I always asked myself if he use any digital step while creating his pictures...the answer is yes.
In short, these are the steps:
1 - Inspiration: he finds a lot of images related to the topic he's going to illustrate about.
2 - Sketches: draw (replicate...) characters, and interesting stuff he found in his inspiration images.
3 - He scans all the drawings.
4 - He makes a whole image in the computer with luma values.
5 - Then he prints out the image.
6 - With a backlight he trace the characters in a new paper and star painting with tints.
In a nutshell, that's the process. He ends up with the image you see here.
Here's the whole post with a lot of images of each step.
This is a teaser of the future Thiaz Itch "NTDO Unplugged", an album of Nintendo Video Games themes played performed acoustic (see the description of the youtube video for more info).
The animation could be look amateurish and sloppy, but that's the good thing, that's the difference of someone who try who sell himself as a professional and someone who make art.
These are some basic tips about storytelling. Actually anyone looks like has tips about storytelling, but he is a film school professor at UCLA, could be valuable.
I pick these two points for me:
- Normal world become to an interesting one with a twist using the word "but" instead of "then" in the flow of the story. "But" leads to conflict, "then" leads to flawless continuity.
- Two kind of heroes: having a character with magical powers is way easier to solve any problem with...magic, than a more profound hero who needs to solve her conflict struggled in a recreated world, with limited logic and elements.
This is an interview to Lori Nix, a photographer of...apocalyptic scaled models.
I would love to do photographs like this for our videogames.
May be is yet another strategy game, I don't know, but only an indie developer could create a game about exploitation of the third world.
As an Argentinean, I'm very glad that people like Seth Alter (the developer) who lives in the first world put his ass on something remarkable, and talks about something important.
Here is the kickstarter site (only remains 4 days and I have no money right now...)
Here is the game site: http://subalterngames.com/
I kinda like this, not the "coolness" of the people in the video, but I feel identified by the message:
Behind every great advancement, in every industry, there is a creative mind.
Creativity may come easy, but creation is hard.The late nights spent trying, and failing, and trying again.
All the while, holding onto our vision. Pushing what we see in our mind's eye into the world.
But our potential is being held captive by forces around us and within us.
Middle men who play us down while marking us up.Not giving us credit. Getting us to work for free.
And worse, we get in the way of our own success.We rely on chance encounters. We’re disorganized and isolated, liable to go unnoticed.
We can do better.
When creative minds come together, the sum exceeds all expectations.We connect, we learn, we critique, we prosper.
It's not about money or fame, it's about doing what we love.It's about creating our greatest work on our own terms.It’s about realizing that creativity is not just an opportunity - it's a responsibility.
Here's to unleashing our full potential. For us, and for the world that awaits what we will do next; Take creative control.