June 13, 2007

Likemind this friday

Likemind is back, so come on you people - let’s have a chat and some good coffee.

Details are:

where: Risteriet, Studiestr├Žde 36, Copenhagen (
MAP)
when: friday, june 15 at 8am (PST)
The Likemind badges now comes in four different version - first in the house, first to choose. Once again thanks to the fantastic Likemind people - Piers, Noah & Amy – and thanks to the sponsors Anomaly (
http://www.anomalynyc.com/home.html).

The Likemind movement is now spread to 25 countries (see them all here: http://likemind.us/).

June 05, 2007

The new musical generosity

The music industry mostly get’s criticized for being caught in the last century – and often they are – but some players have really brought great value to all us music fans.

Apart from the constant innovations from iTunes and great brand utility initiates like Nokia’s Music Recommenders (
www.musicrecommenders.com) there are publishers that have understood that one free tune can lead to new fans and buyers more effectively than any other marketing ploy.
One splendid and legal generous site is http://betterpropaganda.com/ which is filled with great free tracks (may I recommend a free download from the likes of Albert HAmmond Jr., Arcade Fire, Ratatat, HOT HOT HOT, Cat Power, Klaxons, New Young Pony Club, Soulwax, MSTRKRFT, Man Man, Peter, Bjorn and John, Van She, The Softlightes, Wolf Parade)

Also recommendable is:
The free and very influential music blog (which you probably already know):
http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/
If you ever need to write a lyric (or a rhyme full line of strategy for that matter): http://www.rhymezone.com/
Or have to find a specific lyric: http://www.azlyrics.com/

Can you buy that for money?

Either it’s a brand enthusiasm thing or Big Steve has been paying the big bucks to the Coen Brothers with them endorsing the new Apple Color feature on Final Cut Pro like this:

“Color is really revolutionary,” states Joel Coen about the new, professional color grading tool debuting in Final Cut Studio 2. In fact, the application “seems calculated to appeal to us.” That’s because the Coen Brothers enjoy being on the leading edge. Their highly praised “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” was “the first feature film where the entire movie was digitized and where we used digital intermediates as opposed to photo chemical grading.” Known for taking a holistic approach to filmmaking, the pair involve themselves in every step of the process. “We write our own scripts. We cut our own movies. And we’re involved in the process all the way to the end.” With Color, they can now sit down in front of a Mac and “play with contrast and de-saturation and approximate the look” they want for their film.

The probably got a couple of them for free but, I don’t think this is a case of corporate prostitution. What do you say?

Thought provoking statistical art

Go check this art project out if you haven’t seen it already. http://www.chrisjordan.com/current_set2.php

The picture above is called:Jet Trails, 2007, 60x96". And it says:Depicts 11,000 jet trails, equal to the number of commercial flights in the US every eight hours.