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This New Acoustic Instrument Sounds Like a Digital Synthesizer

Tuesday 11.04.2014 , Posted by
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This new stringed instrument from Turkish musician Görkem Şen bridges the gap between the unplugged goodness of acoustic instruments, and the space aged sounds of a synthesizer. But don’t be fooled, this is purely acoustic – no electricity is involved.

He calls his creation the Yaybahar, and plays it with a variety of methods from striking and stroking the horizontal springs with a mallet, to percussion techniques on the two round drum-like membranes, or plucking, strumming and using a bow on the vertical strings. The Yaybahar provides such a wide range of sounds – from beautiful to grating – that we could see it creating all sorts of compelling new music. [Read more…]

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These Artists are Bringing Andy Warhol Back for a One-of-a-Kind Live Collaboration

Wednesday 10.01.2014 , Posted by
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Only icons stand the test of time, and this is one of them. 28 years ago, Andy Warhol collaborated with Absolut to create its Absolut Warhol painting. Now on October 1, Absolut will try to connect with him once again. [Read more…]

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Waltz on the Walls: Oakland’s City Hall Transforms into a Magical Aerial Stage

Wednesday 09.24.2014 , Posted by
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Taking to the walls of Oakland’s City Hall in California, dancers Amelia Rudolph and Roel Seeber suspended from windows above to put on a fantastic aerial waltz. The two Bandaloop dancers performed the graceful act during the Art + Soul Festival and filmed the first person experience using GoPro cameras mounted to their body. Simply magical. [Read more…]

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Burlesque Performers, Before and After Transforming Into Character

Monday 09.22.2014 , Posted by
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In its essence, burlesque is an exaggeration of society’s beauty standards to an extreme degree, a confrontation with preconceived assumptions about sensuality, power and gender. Still, it’s surprising to witness the incredible transformation these performers go through in each of these before and after photographs. Fashion photographer Sean Scheidt created the series ‘Burlesque’ as a personal project [Read more…]

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The Most Incredible Ukulele Player You’ve Ever Seen Has Been Causing Jaws to Drop Since Age 5

Monday 06.30.2014 , Posted by
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A natural performer since she could walk, Taimane Gardner grew up in the majestic islands of Hawaii. Her father gave her a ukulele when she was just 5 years old and she played it in the mirror like a rock star for so long and hard that she broke a string the first day! Her father could see how musically gifted she was and she began lessons soon after. She preferred playing with her eyes closed so that she could learn muscle memory and sees each song in her mind before she plays. Quickly growing into the virtuoso she is now, Don Ho discovered Taimane, at age 13, busking on the streets of Waikiki and asked her to join his show. She is now 25 and has played private shows for celebrities like John Travolta, Steven Seagal, and George Clooney and has opened for Earth, Wind and Fire, Chicago, Jimmy Buffet, and many more musicians. You will understand why when you watch any of the videos below. [Read more…]

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Need More Personal Space? Urban Armour Has You Covered

Monday 06.09.2014 , Posted by
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This dress designed by artist Kathleen McDermott very kindly tells others to “back off.” Fashioned from umbrella parts and electronic sensors, the Hong Kong artist’s Personal Space dress automatically spreads in diameter when it detects an individual has come too close for comfort. [Read more…]

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The World Bodypainting Festival is Quickly Approaching

Sunday 05.18.2014 , Posted by
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This summer in Pörtschach, Austria, the top body painters from 45 countries around the world will come together to compete in an awe-inspiring contest: The World Bodypainting Festival. From June 29 through July 6th, artists and audience members will create and witness a dream-like world as models, covered head to toe with intricate body paint, props, and costumes, walk the stage. Using the human body as their canvas, these talented artists use high level creativity and serious skill to transform models into works of art. [Read more…]

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Clothes Go Flying In This Gorgeous Ballet Film

Thursday 05.08.2014 , Posted by
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Forget tutus and pointe shoes: fashion makes big leaps and bounds in filmmaker team Tell No One‘s elegant short, “Mine.” Directed by Luke White and Remi Weeks, and choreographed by Paolo Mangiola, the renegade ballet features a quintet from London’s Wells Theatre caught in a chic, cat-and-mouse game of capture the tag. [Read more…]

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This Film Captures the Romance in Dance

Monday 04.28.2014 , Posted by
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No relationship has a predetermined pattern of steps, but this beautiful film created by Christina Molina of ThinkMol and BalletBoyz Films shows us one touching example of love in motion. Created for Channel 4 UK in association with Arts Council England, “Dance With Me” seamlessly captures the arc of one couple’s life together, including their highs, lows, and of course, late-night phone calls. [Read more…]

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This Man Lived Inside a Bear for 2 Weeks… Twice.

Monday 04.21.2014 , Posted by
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French artist Abraham Poincheval just spent two weeks inside a bear… OK, it was a stuffed bear… but that doesn’t make it any less bizarre. Perhaps the only part of this that isn’t completely wacky, is that he did it at the Hunting and Wildlife Museum in Paris. [Read more…]

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