Posts Tagged ‘video’

Water Sculpture

Just a little bit of awesome to start your day.

UPDATE: Dangit, I forgot vimeo and wordpress don’t like eachother so much…Sorry, you are just going to have to click the link and trust me its worth it!

Water Sculpture video on Vimeo.

Water sculpture by Shinichi Maruyama.

{via boingboing}

Advertisements

Gardyn and other musical mash-ups

It’s been a long and wonderful holiday weekend but I’m overheated and tired so this is going to be a relatively short post.

Mostly, I want to share this:

I stumbled on this video completely by accident and was totally blown away. The author/artist/musician, who goes by Pogo, has used this technique to mix and mash up sounds from a wide variety of other sources. But he says this about Gardyn:

Gardyn is a gift to my mother, a track made of sounds that I recorded around her garden. The track also features harmonic syllables of her voice. I shot the video myself over a number of days after a refreshing trip to New York. Gardyn marks the first time I’ve ever mixed the real world, and I hope it won’t be the last.

I love the quality of the sound and the video and the choices he made about what to mix when.  It’s just such a lovely piece.  And what a phenomenal present!

Once I started browsing his youtube channel, I discovered this (my second favorite):

Turns out Pogo also has a lot to say on the subject of copyright and remixing.  I’m delighted that Disney/Pixar has responded to him as well as it has.  Big companies have tendency to be overprotective and reactionary with regards to their work and it is delightful to see an artist be supported and not sued.  I highly recommend taking some time to browse the rest of Pogo’s work.  Much of it is available for download as an mp3 here.  Yay for creative mash-ups and not getting sued!

Labyrinth

We just got back this evening from an amazing weekend camping adventure and I promise I’ll share much more about that tomorrow.  But for now, you’ll have to settle for this.

Tonight is all about a girl named Sarah and a sad and lonely Goblin King:

dance

Jim Henson’s Labyrinth is one of my all time most favorite movies.  I’m a huge fan of all things Muppet (well, really all things Jim Henson – a whole lot of the magic died with him), but Labyrinth captured my heart early and will always have a special place there.  I saw it for the first time when I was in fourth grade.  Our teacher threw us all an end of the year party at her house and put it on just to keep us quiet by the end of the afternoon when she was done with us.  I was utterly transported.  But I’d more or less forgotten it until my theater friends in high school pulled it out after we’d spent the day lurking around a cemetery and taking dramatic black & white photographs of ourselves.  It was perfect for the mood and I was shocked I’d ever let it slip my mind.  After that, we were, shall we say mildly obsessed with the movie.  Well, with David Bowie really.  Because come on, so much of that movie is all about showing off his, eh-hem, talents to their best advantage.  I had one friend who would always turn it off right in the middle of the fever dream sequence where Sarah eats the peach and is transported into this sexy dancing dream world where she and Bowie are clearly about to have a thing.  She always pretended that was where the movie ended.  I could see her point.  Still, I liked the full arc of the story, even if it didn’t end the way everyone thought it should.

Now, I’m not SO in love with it that I can’t see its flaws.  However, I am attached to it enough to be quite happy to gloss over them all and watch it again and again and again.  So when a friend of mine sent me this review of the movie, I was a bit nervous.  Because, hey, no one really enjoys watching their favorite things be skewered to brutally.  But this particular review is so well done, it was worth it.  So, my hat is off to you, Nostalgia Chick.  You made me laugh at one of my favorite things in a very good way.

Update: Well, crap. I can’t seem to get the video to embed.  Just go HERE. I PROMISE it is worth it.  Trust me, take the time and watch it all.

House knit

Just a little bit of awesome today as we are off on an adventure in about 10 minutes.

This video just boggled my mind the first time I saw it.  I love knitting and it took me quite a while to realize how exactly they pulled this off.

Brilliant. Just Brilliant. The “making of” is worth watching as well.

I can do anything

I just love this kid.

The power of positive thinking is an amazing thing. Imagine what an excellent adult she is going to make if she can hold on to this kind of enthusiasm.