C418’s music for Minecraft now available on vinyl

C418 - Minecraft Volume Alpha

I’ve never personally played Minecraft before but I can certainly appreciate it’s universal appeal. Who doesn’t want to create their own world? The one aspect that I had never really considered though was the music. Daniel Rosenfeld, who goes by the name C418, created music for Minecraft which has been lauded for defying the visual look of the game, being so much more than expected. To this end, record and lifestyle company Ghostly is bringing this beautiful soundtrack to vinyl and CD.

As any cursory listen of the touching sounds will reveal, this isn’t a record meant solely for lifelong gamers and MineCon diehards; anyone in love with ambient, neo-classical, or minimal music needs to hear Volume Alpha.

When I read the quote above on the Ghostly product page I didn’t quite believe it, but I decided to listen to the 4 song sampler which I’ve placed below. All I can say is that I’d listen to this on repeat all the time. If I hadn’t known that these songs were created for a “kids video game” I would guess they were a score for a Miyazaki film, or something of the sort. You have to give this a try, I swear you won’t regret it.

You can snag a record, CD, or digital version by clicking here.

Luxuriously detailed photographs by Lorenzo Pennati

Lorenzo Pennati Photo

Milanese photographer Lorenzo Pennati caught my eye as I was browsing the other day with his uniquely detailed style. I would describe what he captures as extremely posh, upscale lifestyle situations, which defy reality entirely thanks to some fantastic stylists. That’s the entire fun of his work though! There’s so much going in the frame, a multitude of patterns and objects that your eyes dance across his imagery.

The images here are from a “Gardening Style” spread for Marie Claire Maison Italy that I particularly liked. The muted palette of sea greens and blues paired with cremes are an absolute joy. I would love to live in a plant filled loft like this.

Lorenzo Pennati Photo

Lorenzo Pennati Photo

Perfectly angular flatware by Patrick Join ID for Zermatt

Zermatt flatware by Patrick Join ID

I can’t say I’m often wowed by flatware. Forks and knives and spoons are supernormal items that we tend to overlook day to day as they serve such a basic purpose. Can you think of the last time you were impressed by our place setting?

That’s why I felt like it was worth writing about the Zermatt collection of flatware designed by Patrick Join ID for Puiforcat. The angular facets of these pieces are quite futuristic, especially when they’re photographed so beautifully as you can see above and below. The angular features remind of the stealth bike I posted about yesterday, so if you bought these plus that you’d probably be the most fashionable person around.

Zermatt flatware by Patrick Join ID

Zermatt flatware by Patrick Join ID

Opening titles for ‘True Detective’ Season 2

True Detective Season 2 Titles

The new episode of True Detective premiered last night and with it, a beautiful opening title that helps to set the tone and mood of this new universe. A washy mix of Los Angeles imagery and the A-List talent that stars in the show, the intro was masterfully constructed by Elastic, a graphics studio out of Santa Monica, CA. You probably know their title design work from shows like Halt and Catch Fire, Daredevil, and last year’s gorgeous Academy Awards. Watch it below.

True Detective Season 2 Titles

True Detective Season 2 Titles

True Detective Season 2 Titles

True Detective Season 2 Titles

Underwood makes wine in a can the perfect option

Underwood Wine Aluminum Can

There’s a lot fuss in the realm of food and drinks, particularly around the idea of the “proper way” of doing thins. The “proper way” to make a Manhattan. The “proper way” to make sushi. I think we’re living in a fantastic time where we can throw the “proper way” out the window and embrace new ideas. A perfect example of this is Underwood, a canned wine produced by Union Wine Co. out of Oregon. Should wine be served in a can? Is canned wine better? I believe those questions are irrelevant. After having a can of the rosé over the weekend I can tell you the following: drinking wine from a can is awesome.

First, there’s the advantages in form, like how the can helps the wine stay cold longer, something I hadn’t thought of. It’s also really easy to drink in public as most people think you’re drinking a Diet Coke. It’s also worth remembering that an aluminum can holds 375ml so you’re drinking half a bottle of wine per can. That’s no joke.

Second, but most importantly, is the flavor of the wine. Union Wine Co. started in 2005 as an effort to make wine accessible, that it didn’t always need to be extremely expensive. I’m certain if I poured you a glass of the rosé and tell you it came from a can you would have no idea whatsoever. It was crisp, it was dry, and it was perfect for an 85º summer day.

Here’s what I recommend: Keep an open mind, buy a four pack for you and a friend, and enjoy a taste of the future.

Urban stealth: The BME B-9 NH Black Edition Bicycle

The BME B-9 NH Black Edition Bicycle

There are cool looking bikes and then there’s the BME B-9 NH Black Edition, a carbon fiber bicycle who’s design was inspired by the coolest looking plane ever, the F-117 Nighthawk. Creating this incredible bike means all custom everything including a carbon fiber frame and fork, a one piece carbon stem-handlebar, BME Design’s unique carbon S72 Saddle system, and CNC machined alloy cranks custom designed for the B-9 NH.

The BME B-9 NH Black Edition Bicycle

The BME B-9 NH Black Edition Bicycle

I love seeing the design of bikes shifting this way. With the ability to 3D print with carbon fiber currently being developed a bike like this could be put together in a day IKEA style, the folks at BME simply supplying the template and directions. Unfortunately that’s not the case currently, with the B-9’s price tag coming at the tune of €7800, as only 100 are being produced. Still, it’s a stunning fusion of design and technology that warrants such a cost as there’s nothing else out there as sleek as this.

On repeat: Nicolas Jaar’s newest EP ‘Nymphs II’

Nicolas Jaar

There’s a particular sound of electronic music that I’m attracted to these days, which is a lot less melodic and much more abstract, and the most recent Nicolas Jaar EP really defines this aesthetic for me. Titled Nymphs II, these two songs are a 15 minute journey in sound which covers such a wide spectrum, culminating in the second track which has a steady backbeat layered with haunting vocals. If you’re interested in hearing more from Jaar I can recommend this mixtape as well.

Universal Everything transforms the Sydney Opera House into a living mural

Universal Everything transforms the Sydney Opera House into a living mural

Collaborating with over 20 different animation studios worldwide, Universal Everything has created a living mural on one of the world’s most iconic buildings, the Sydney Opera House. You may have seen projection mapping similar to this but UE’s approach is quite different, instead using hand drawn cell animation techniques similar to those of early pioneers of animation Len Lye, Norman McLaren and Walt Disney.

The effect are transfixing and the work of the animators, folks like Drew Tyndell, Ori Toor, Masanobu Hiraoka, are phenomenal. The opera house is such an interesting canvas to work with and these artists have taken full advantage of the space. Watch the full piece below, and if you’re interested in learning more about the project, you should click here.