Posts Tagged ‘art’

Bryson Andres Plays Live Multi-Track On The Streets Of Spokane

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

I love when musicians use this technique to layer tracks as they perform.

Enjoy your day.

Marshall McLuhan – Happy 100th Birthday

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Today marks the 100th birthday of Marshall McLuhan and whilst the world goes to hell in a handbasket of unrelenting greed and destructive paranoid mania let us remember that this good fellow had the wisdom to stand up and say: “Here comes the shit storm, suckers. Good luck!”

Well – okay – he didn’t exactly use those words; but the words he did use continue to inform us of who we were, who we are and who we might be. If we’re also wise enough to use this knowledge.

Happy Birthday, Dr. McLuhan.

NOTE: If you’re having trouble hearing the sound – choose the 240p version from the video menubar. Why? I have no idea.


UPDATE: Actually,this video by Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is probably a better evocation of the current media seas within which we all swim. Gonna make this one my ringtone. Yeah.

Every Ray Harryhausen Stop-Motion Monster EVAR

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Found this on BoingBoing – it is chock full of awesomesauce. I grew up on the films of Ray Harryhausen and worked with my friend Bryan in his mother’s garage (and in the back room of our art teacher, Paul Jones) to make our own dubious works of art. Like so many before and after me, a large part of my aesthetic has been informed, coloured and directed by Harryhausen’s films.

Can you name them all? I can. Along with the cast, the crews and an endless litany of minutia. I’ve watched them at 3 in the morning on a small screen black and white TV with shabby reception from Barrie – I’ve luxuriated in theatres as their light has basked me with its Dynamation goodness – and I own several copies of each on various media (including some on flip books for cryin’ out loud) – and I never tire of tasting with all my senses the works of Mr. Harryhausen.

My Missus, through her work with Cuppa Coffee Animation, had the opportunity to sculpt a stop-motion figure of Harryhausen himself which was presented to him when he came to Toronto to promote his book and gave a talk. I had the chance to meet him then – but stayed at the back of the room – nervous and fearful for I do not know what – but happy to just be where I was, always was, in the dim shadows observing the show before me.

Thank you, Ray.


P. S. You can find our Ruffus The Dog homage to Ray Harryhausen in the Sinbad episodes here and here. Enjoy!

Orson Welles As Falstaff

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

The Atlantic has a post on the upcoming 70th anniversary of Citizen Kane which is worth a read. As these things happen, I find one thing and then stumble through a few rabbit holes of idly searching for related stuff and then come up with a few nifty things.

Here’s Orson Welles as he appeared on the Dean Martin Show in 1968. Not only is the venue unlikely for a portrayal of a Shakespearean character but also the way in which it is conducted, with Welles (arguably one of the best raconteurs ever) describing the character of Falstaff as he takes his time applying the makeup, reveals this to be something we’d never see on the air today, certainly not on US primetime anyway – and reinforces the view expressed in D.B. Grady‘s Atlantic article that Welles has always, and will continue to be, a revered artist and personage.

Grady also mentions the best known of Welles’ unfinished films (of which there are, sadly, too many) entitled: The Other Side Of The Wind. Shot between 1972 and 1976, it’s still caught up legal battles over who owns the rights but everyone keeps hoping Peter Bogdanovitch – whom Welles chose as the one for the task – will get his chance to complete the edit according to Welles’ notes and we might once and for all be able to see the finished work.

In the meantime, here’s a brief clip from the film which shows Welles at his innovative best – over 40 years ago.

That, even by today’s standards, is fucking awesome.


Best Laid Plans And All That Crap

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

I’ve been trying to get a bunch of things done these past couple of weeks – one of which is a project we want to launch on the crowdfunding site Indie Go-Go. The launch should have been last week and then was postponed to tomorrow. While I’m still going to give meeting that deadline the ol’ college try you’ll all have to remember – I didn’t finish college.

But I am gonna finish this, dammit. I just need to catch a couple of more shots and then finish the edit. Piece of cake. Yeah right. Famous last words.

To give you some idea of the nonsense I’ve gotten myself into here’s a glimpse at the script and my usual thumbnail scribbles for storyboards. I use these to keep track of the multiple elements that have to come together within any given shot and it serves me well in the edit too.

storyboard thumbnails

When we were shooting the Ruffus television series I’d often make up these thumbnail sketches on the studio floor – between shots. What a dickead! Shot list? What the fuck is that?

An average moment during the shoot went something like this: “Stand over there and pretend you’re looking at a door. Perfect. Roll tape. Cut. That’s a keeper. Moving on. What? Whaddaya mean: What just happened? Keep up for fuck’s sake. Next set up!”

It was actually a little more organized than that – but not much – and certainly not by me.

This Indie Go-Go pitch is the last of these multi-role videos I’ll be making for a while. It hurts my brain – and my arm. I’m getting old. Next time will involve a lot more people – and a lot more talent.

Hopefully it will all be done before the end of tomorrow.

We shall see.


Theft: A History Of Music

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Cory Doctorow posted this on BoingBoing and I thought I’d share it with you. James Boyle, Jennifer Jenkins and Keith Aoki – the same folks who brought us “Bound By Law” – have another treatise on copyright in comic book form coming out called: “Theft: A History Of Music”.

Here’s a sample page:

theft a history of music

Can’t wait to read the whole thing.

Meanwhile – the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) is slathering on the brown lipstick for a lobbying trip to Washington where they’ll dance like a self-pleasuring monkey to the lying tunes of the US music industry, conveniently ignoring the actual facts about Canadian copyright law as so deftly explicated by Prof. Michael Geist. I’m so fed up with this bullshit – let’s just toss a nickel in Graham Henderson’s tin cup and kick him down the stairs.


What A Package Hears As It Travels Across Europe

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

I got this from Gizmodo:

What’s does being shipped sound like? A student at the Royal College of Art in London shoved a dictaphone inside a parcel and sent it off to Helsinki to find out.

Dictaphone Parcel from Lauri Warsta on Vimeo.


Peter Coyote On Arts & Creativity

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

I found this over on the AdaFruit blog where they have neat stuff you can build and also cool ideas to infect your mind with.

Peter Coyote is perhaps best known by the mass audience as the guy with the jangling keys in E.T. but he’s got an incredible body of work and a life that embraces significant cultural and political issues – so when he talks about art and creativity – you listen:

The folks at AdaFruit were especially tweaked by Coyote’s statements on how important the integration of the arts and sciences are – that they are not and should not be isolated endeavours. It’s well known that music and math are inextricably linked – so why do we constantly see music programs being cut from schools while pressure is brought to bear to produce better math students? It’s insane. It’s misguided. It’s dumbass cracker dogma and it’s gotta stop.

Art is life – we must infuse every aspect of our lives with artistic and creative purpose. This makes us better people and makes for a better world.

So anytime some ignorant yahoo smug-faced know-it-all politician tells you the arts aren’t important and need to be cut back – you stand up and tell them to fuck off.


RIP Frank Frazetta, 82

Monday, May 10th, 2010

There seems to be a lot of death going on these days. The passing of Frank Frazetta touches me because his art – on covers of magazines and novels strewn throughout my youth and up to this very day – was so compelling and influential.

Thanks for the images, dreams, nightmares and lovely ladies, Frank.


B-Roll: One Creative Thing A Day

Friday, April 9th, 2010

Found this over on the Makezine blog. It’s from an artist named Charlie Visnic and his site called The B-Roll: One Creative Thing A Day.

Recent projects have include Thomas Allen-inspired sci-fi pop-up book cover art, a praxinoscope made from old cigarette packs, a sculpture of a half octopus/half orca, cold cathode light painting, analog modular synth patches, interview profiles with interesting people I meet, and a random assortment of other mixed media art projects.

This one is called a “3D Zoetrope” – and while it’s not really 3D it is fucking cool.

Pretty neat, huh? In this age of the hidden magic of digital tech it’s refreshing to see analog works that thrive as much on their process as they do on their content.

I’ve always been in love with flipbooks, zoetropes, praxinoscopes and any other simple gadgetry that creates the illusion of movement and life ever since I first started drawing little airplanes in the corners of my math text book, making them swoop down and bomb the crap out of the page numbers. I like how Visnic employed the music from the record player as part of the apparatus – brilliant stuff. Someday I’ll cobble together my own old ideas for a gallery show of kinetic sculptures, photos and sketches that merges everyday mechanical objects with pathetically dumb visual gags – someday.

But right now I go draw some airplanes on a pad of post-it notes.