Apart from Arcade Fire’s newest song, the only other song I get stuck in my head recently is this new track from Jon Hopkins. His newest album Immunity has been on repeat for me, but he recently did a new version of “Breathe This Air” featuring the entrancing vocals of Purity Ring singer Megan James, whom he’d been recently touring with. I actually prefer this version to the album version, Megan’s voice brings so much soul to the track, like a ghost in the machine. Certainly one of my favorite tracks of 2013.
As a person who’s quite interested in wabi-sabi, the idea of the beauty that exists in things that have aged naturally, the Orée Touch Slab is quite intriguing. Despite it’s wooden frame this is actually a sophisticated, Bluetooth equipped trackpad. What I think is really neat is how the wood would start to wear as a person uses it, the subtle gestures of their fingers wearing familiar grooves into it’s surface. It’s kind of nice to think of our technology aging gracefully, hopefully we start to see more thoughtful designs like this in the near future.
Described by its creator Luke Franklin as “An Art Project About Adventure”, the 4 Bothies Project is a wonderful idea that celebrates exploration, intrigue, and (if you’re lucky) discovery. Consisting of four unique spaces, each ‘bothy’ is hidden somewhere in Ireland, with the artist giving little else away about each ones location.
The first time I came across Erik Olson’s work was when my sister showed me an image she had found online, it had no credit and wasn’t linked to the original painter. I put on my detective hat and set about tracking it down, doing a reverse image search that lead me to Canadian Painter Erik Olson. It’s something about the way his subjects are suspended within these bold backgrounds and the frenzied and warped feature, as if they’ve been framed in some sort of swirl and blur movement, that struck me and when the time came to put together a list of creatives I wanted to talk to; he was high up on my list.
I was also fascinated by his first solo show that was held in an abandoned gas station, I love this kind of ingenuity and it is this attitude that, it seems, has got the ball rolling for him and has seen him exhibited across Canada, America and even a spot in the UK.
Puzzle games, for me, always seem to be on the forefront of game design. Like Bobby wrote a couple of weeks ago, sometimes game design can feel turgid, rote, and, frankly, uninspired. So many stories lack, emotional depth or attempt to put a real feeling inside you. I mean how many different times do I need to run around with a gun or hack and slash through a dungeon to get loot or save a princess?
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons feels different right off the bat. This new release on Xbox and PS3 is about two brothers looking for a lifesaving ingredient in a beautiful fairy tale world. Josef Fares, a Swedish film director, linked with Starbreeze Studios to give the game a cinematic sweep.
Listening to the radio this morning I heard this new song from Zero 7 called “On My Way”. It’s a long, 9 minute burner which is driven by a plucky guitar beat and Danny Pratt’s haunting vocals which pop in around the 2 minute mark. I’d say this is track is better than 80% of that new Daft Punk album but I’ll leave you to judge it for yourself.
If you’re like me, fonts can drive you bananas on the internet. Not in a “oh look how bad that font is” way, but in a “what a nice font, I wonder what it is” way. Sure, bad type happens. But when you see that great font being used, the inability to identify it can feel so close yet so far.
Thankfully, I’ve come across a solution. It comes in the form of a Google Chrome extension called WhatFont. If you aren’t familiar with Chrome extensions, that’s okay – many aren’t. Like your iPhone or Android device, the Chrome browser has a marketplace for third-party software that runs inside Chrome. Games and apps, of course, are there. But extensions are small functions that you add to the browser; oftentimes in the form of a button that goes up near your bookmarks.
Artist and designer Simon Stålenhag is responsible for these fantastic digital artworks. Beautifully rendered to look like oil paintings, Stålenhag’s images show a strange dystopian society that exists amid a lush Swedish countryside. The contrast between these two elements works perfectly, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen work quite like Stålenhag’s before.