Metropolis – New Poster from Mondo

Mondo’s collective of artists have tackled Fritz Lang‘s Metropolis artwork for screenings in the past.  But Ken Taylor has produced an amazing, enormous piece of detailed drawings that is sleek, sexy and stunning.

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Metropolis is a sci-fi epic, a silent movie released in 1927 which created groundbreaking special effects and used new movie techniques never-before-seen in cinema.  An art house staple, the film is so gorgeous it deserves to be seen and re-seen – and deserving of quality artwork to promote and house the film.

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Ken Taylor is a Melbourne-based Illustrator & Designer, working primarily within the music industry and is predominantly well known for his striking rock posters. Ken started in Perth, Western Australia, doing posters and album artwork for local bands. In 2001 He moved to Melbourne and slowly started to create a name for himself within Melbourne’s music scene. In 2006 he went out on his own and started to work full time on music-based artwork.  His work for music can be seen on his site, and his many movie works for Mondo is truly outstanding.

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What exactly is Mondo, you say?  Mondo is the Alamo Drafthouse‘s collectible art boutique, featuring designs from world famous artists based on licenses for popular TV and Movie properties including Star WarsStar Trek & Universal Monsters. Championed for their limited edition screen printed posters, Mondo focuses on bringing art back to movie posters by working with artists such as Olly Moss, Tyler Stout, Martin Ansin, Ken Taylor and others. Besides creating stunning works for beloved classics and contemporary films, Mondo produces posters for featured Alamo Drafthouse events.  They have even recently ventured in to producing special edition vinyl & VHS for cult films, but that is a topic for another post.  Today, just glory in the beauty of Taylor’s work, Metropolis.

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Brian Eno – ‘Scape’ Artist

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Brian Eno beat me to it.  The man who has been innovating ambient music for five decades has released an interactive art piece.  Eno has actually been doing art and experimental sound pieces and features as exhibits for years. But this piece can be experienced by anyone. Anyone with a smartphone or tablet, that is.  Eno and musician and software designer Peter Chilvers have created ‘Scape‘ which is available on iTunes Apps and the Android Marketplace.

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Users can create their own ambient soundscapes by placing various elements, shapes, backgrounds, and color schemes in to the Scape field.  By moving, overlapping and experimenting with the elements, the sounds within the sound field will interact and change.  It is based on a looping, drone-like experience, and Eno has always been an amazing engineer when it comes to ambient music theory and sonic texturing.  The sounds and Scapes created are not melody heavy and are not designed to be a silly game like ‘Tap Tap Revenge,’ this is an ambitious interactive art piece for users who love ambient music and want to create their own collaboration with Brian Eno.

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Saving your Scapes, you can put on your headphones or hook it up to your sound system and listen like you would “Music For Airports” or “Apollo“. And adding to the awesomeness, Eno produced his own exclusive Scapes, which can be played like an Eno record, and are stunning.  You can create Playlists of your Scapes, and email them to other Scape users.  I hold out hope for updates which add new elements, but for an engaging and impressive intro in to ambient and minimalist music, Scape is in a field of its own.

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Tycho – Ascension

One of the absolute best indie electronic artists out there, Tycho, has collaborated with the visual artist Charles Bergquist to create a fantastic video for his song “Ascension.”  Featuring images that tie in Tycho’s record artwork for his LP “Dive” and its subsequent singles, as well as a beautiful woman walking in warm, worn western landscapes, the video marries the digital and the analog with the same passion as Tycho’s music.  This is one great way to welcome the weekend. And weekend, you’re welcome.

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An artist painting mainly in black and white, and mostly urban street art, ROA has created some truly amazing pieces. Most of his work is of animals, and the locations and compositions so starkly contrast the urban canvas that the works create a surreal sensation.  ROA is a graffiti artist from Ghent, Belgium but his work can be seen around the world.  One of his most striking pieces is on a building he painted in Johannesburg, South Africa. (below)

For more works by ROA, click here and check out ROA’s Dominant Species short film made with MOCA TV.

Solipsist – Short Film

Solipsism, a philosophical idea that the only reliable reality of existence is within one’s own mind, is both fascinating and frightening.  The potential scare of the sole psyche being soul itself raises so many amazing possibilities, filmmaker Andrew Huang explores some of those themes of reality, connection, evolution and separation in his amazing short film, “Solipsist”.  Visually stunning and audibly perfect, the experimental short features images that will leave you breathless and have you thinking about it for days.

The film premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival and won the “Best Experimental” prize. The remarkable effects and compositions were done largely using practical effects, and the looks created are even further appreciated when you see how they were made behind the scenes.  According to Huang, ““We shot the film in a tiny stage in Burbank, CA.  Everything was shot against greenscreen so the entire film required an immense amount of compositing, especially since much of the film involves practical effects.  The only real CG in the film are the tendrils and tentacles that cover the girls’ faces in the first scene.  We used a lot of footage reversal effects to create the effect of the girls’ wardrobe growing out over them.  The underwater scenes were shot in a 100 gal fishtank.  We puppeted the underwater creatures with rods.  They were made from a combo of fish bait/tackle, feathers and sculpey.  By the end of the shoot they were completely mangled.”

Check out this amazing film below, and share, share, share it with everyone… Or just appreciate it in your own solipsistic reality.

J3 Concepts

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Based in Seattle, Washington, freelance vector artist Jared Nickerson creates truly unique and stunning artwork.  His pieces often play together through layers of line art, images collage and coexist creating flows of flowers, ferns, fists. Stacks of shapes, piles of pipes and pieces of industry.  The layers, colors, collage all coming together in a creative balanced whole.  The style is reminiscent of graffiti street art, but the digital nature of the creation allows Nickerson freedom to remix the artwork and create several variations on each piece.

Nickerson’s art is produced under the name J3 Concepts, and his portfolio can be seen on his homepage at jthreeconcepts.com.  J3 Concepts is a friend to Mkaio, lending his art for Mkaio’s next record with his blessing.  His art is tremendous, is available for download, as desktops, printed on tshirts by various companies and brands. Check out some of his amazing art below and check out the animated GIF variant of Nickerson’s “Sirena Agitata” Mkaio is working on for his next record.

Electric Poutin’s Forest Demon

Temper, Temper Jared Nickerson Must Die

Kings of Leon – Crawl

Dead Astronauts

Time Travel in a Time of Regret

Mkaio Winter Animated

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