Record label and audio-visual laboratory King Deluxe is hosting a competition to turn the imaginative worlds of Mike Winkelmann (aka Beeple) into VR environments that people can explore together! The aim of the contest is to motivate 3D artists to think more about VR design. First prize is your choice of either a HTC Vive or Oculus Rift (or the monetary equivalent). The deadline of August 14th and the judge of the competition is, of course, Beeple himself!
Given the fact that Beeple has created at least one new work a day for the past decade, there are tons of scenes to choose from. Click here for more information and check out more inspirational artwork below!
Lots of great stuff’s been added to Booooooom TV this past week! Absolutely have to recommend you check out Oddfellow’s spectacular opening titles for Blend, aka the best animation/motion festival in the world, put on by the folks behind Wine after Coffee. The coolest part was they included all the attendees names in the animation not just the speakers! Here’s a very diverse selection of videos to check out!
#1 Radiohead “I Promise” – unreleased track from OK Computer!
#2 “The Blend Is Near” – Love the characters – A+++
#3 “Däwit” by David Jansen – A poetic woodcut-style animation.
Our friends at #TheCreatorClass recently sent photographers Jamal Burger, Charlie Lindsay, and cinematographer Due Pinlac to India for the journey of a lifetime. The trio travelled to New Delhi, Agra and Varanasi to capture the simple joys of everyday life in India.
This collaboration is part of an ongoing series hosted in Canon Creator Lab — a production studio and event space situated in #TheCreatorClass studio in Toronto.
#TheCreatorClass is a multi-platform channel dedicated to creator culture, powered by #canoncreatorlab, bringing together the stories, projects and insights from a global community of photographers, filmmakers and cultural leaders on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and on their website.
Watch the video “India at the Core” directed by Due Pinlac below!
180 Creative Camp is an 8-day media arts academy hosted by Canal180 in Abrantes, Portugal, from July 2nd to 9th. The event provides a unique environment for participants and invited artists to exchange experiences, learn and create together. I’ll be headed out there to do a talk at the camp and more importantly hang with the participants. It’ll be my first time to Portugal so I’m looking forward to exploring Abrantes as well.
Tickets are still available! Also if you happen to live in Abrantes I believe there are special terms for you to participate. Head over to 180.camp for more info and to see the list of speakers and workshops announced so far (more on the way).
Now for the really good news, we have a full package ticket (350 € value) to give away to one of you, which includes participation in the 8-day camp, accommodations and food. All you have to do is share a link to your website or Instagram in the comments below. Click the link below and scroll down to the bottom of this post and use the Disqus comment widget. We’ll pick a winner in two weeks! Good luck.
LG is partnering with leading design institutions to provide their new 34″ UltraWide monitors to help students studying architecture and design work more efficiently. The dimensions are eye-catching at 21:9 and the design actually curves around the user, offering as much real estate for visual information as possible.
OURO Collective – photo by Teppei Tanabe
This week Vancouver-based dance collective OURO is debuting their first full-length show “Tangent” at the Orpheum’s Annex theatre (May 25th/26th), and we are proud to be a media partner for the event. If you’re looking for some creative inspiration come check this out, we’ll be at both shows! Tickets are going quick, so if you’re interested get tickets HERE!
Yesterday we shared a clip of OURO’s rehearsal footage (watch here) and today we have an interview with Kutcorners, who created three original tracks for “Tangent”. The New Zealand-born, Vancouver-based producer is one half of LIVE EVIL, the guys that made all those amazing live mixes we featured over the years (watch one here). You can stream or download the music Kutcorners created for OURO on Spotify, iTunes, and Bandcamp.
Vancouver producer, Kutcorners – photo by Hana Pesut
Jeff Hamada: How would you describe the music you make?
Kutcorners: This is always a hard question, because I actually like to make many different types of music. But ultimately things under “Kutcorners” usually are a derivative of R&B music, old or new, with a twist.
I sometimes say I make “pop” music, but my music isn’t really that popular in the traditional sense. More like “pop art” really.
Jeff Hamada: I like the idea that it’s pop art. Who are some of the artists influencing you right now?
Kutcorners: Mura Masa, Toro Y Moi or Les Sins, Caribou, Dj Dahi, Knxwledge, Pomo, Kaytranada, U-Tern (Oliver), Nosaj Thing, Prince and MJ will inspire me forever.
If you don’t have Spotify you can listen to the tracks here.
Jeff Hamada: Had you ever collaborated with dancers prior to this project with OURO?
Kutcorners: No, this is the first time and I hope to do more of it.
Jeff Hamada: That would be cool to see an on-going thing. How would you describe the work that they’re creating?
Kutcorners: I would describe it as a melange of disciplines coming together to form a modern take on traditional dance performance. It’s very refreshing and inspiring work.
Jeff Hamada: Can you talk a little bit about the experience of watching their rehearsals and then turning that into sounds?
Kutcorners: Well, we talked a lot about sounds they like when they rehearse, which gave me inspiration to draw from an idea I had started already, and also on some new arrangements.
Getting people to describe sounds they like can be quite hard, because people hear sounds and articulate them differently from person to person. It’s fun to hear how we all describe the sounds we like and how they affect movement.
Jeff Hamada: Did this experience offer any sort of new perspective on your work?
Kutcorners: Yeah, it showed me that I make movements in music too quick! It’s more effective to use little sounds and build things slowly rather than to cram everything in to a 3-minute song.
Dance is very much related to how music works and why it’s made. In retrospect, I would have benefitted from dancing more in my life. It really helps connect you to the physical side of music, which is so important when creating it.
Jeff Hamada: What things are you working on now?
Kutcorners: I’m working on making more original music for my own releases, which I plan to put out on record and online. Working with singers too, to help bring these instrumentals to life.
Last week we shot some rehearsal footage of our friends, Vancouver-based dance collective OURO, as they prepared for their first full-length show, “Tangent”. The group has spent the past year exploring movements from each member’s diverse dance background to create a story. Their unique voice is a combination of street and contemporary dance twisted into a language all its own.
For this show they’ve also collaborated with Vancouver artist Kutcorners to create original music inspired by their movements. You can listen to Tangent HERE or on iTunes and it’ll be released on Spotify shortly!
We are proud to be a media partner for OURO’s two performances this week at Orpheum’s Annex theatre (May 25th/26th). If you live in Vancouver come check it out! Their work is fun, accessible and inspiring, regardless of your knowledge of dance. There are only two performances and tickets are going fast (previous shows on Granville Island sold out completely).
Tickets: Get your tickets HERE.