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The Animals Made Famous By Rock ‘N Roll: An Illustrated Guide

Saturday 01.24.2015 , Posted by
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We have illustrated animal books to help children learn the alphabet, why not teach people about Rock & Roll the same way? These adorable illustrations by Tracy Worrall were commissioned by Dorothy, a UK design firm based in Manchester as a Rock ‘N Roll Zoo. Featuring 77 animals who have been made famous through Rock ‘N Roll Lyrics, the adorable collection can be purchased as one big print, individually, or in themed sets of 4. If you’re a Beatles fan, maybe you’d prefer the 3 piece set which features Rocky Raccoon, the Walrus (I am the Walrus), and Blackbird all in a 12″ record sleeve. [Read more…]

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5 Reasons to Love Miles Davis

Tuesday 01.06.2015 , Posted by
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Miles Davis is one of the great musical figures of the twentieth century. His contributions to the field of jazz are immeasurable and he is remembered as both an innovator and popularizer of the music, always pushing the status quo of the genre in inventive, often difficult new directions. Here are five reasons to love the music of Miles Davis. [Read more…]

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New Age Psychedelic Rock Poster-Style Paintings by Ryan Kerrigan

Sunday 01.04.2015 , Posted by
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I first came across the amazing works of Ryan Kerrigan at Joshua Tree Music Festival. Before I even spent a moment in his little art shop at the fest, I had already admired his work earlier, as he designed the poster for the event. With a unique style that was inspired by the psychedelic rock posters of the 60s and 70s, the Berkeley-based aritst brings a colorful, trippy, unique element to all that he paints. From nature to mandalas to band flyers and music posters, everything Kerrigan creates appears to be dissected apart, yet seamlessly flowing together. [Read more…]

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Atsushi Koyama’s Oil Paintings Combine Mechanical Drawings With Human Anatomy

Sunday 12.28.2014 , Posted by
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With oil paint on a black canvas, Japanese artist Atsushi Koyama grants us access into a parallel world. The human form interacts with the machine aspects in a beautiful duality. In some pieces it looks as if the colorful machine parts are a blueprint for the human reality. Koyama often creates his work while listening to electronic music and it’s almost as if his paintings are also deconstructing that music. [Read more…]

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The World’s First Circular Keyboard Puts The Old Straight 88 To Shame

Thursday 11.20.2014 , Posted by
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Although the piano wasn’t born this way, Lady Gaga’s lead keyboardist, Brockett Parsons had to have something just as unconventional as the shows he was performing in. With a team of “mad scientists” his vision of a circular keyboard that surrounds him was made a reality. The team consisted of Chuck Johnson- point man who gathered the team, Dave Starkey- the electronic man of QRS Systems, and Richard Fell- the piano pro who made it real. His round keyboard, which he lovingly nicknamed the “Brockettship” made it’s debut in Seoul, South Korea for Lady Gaga’s Born This Way 2012-2013 tour. With a mission to “re-imagine the world of keyboard performance and deliver ground breaking, performance grade keyboard creations” the PianoArc was born. [Read more…]

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New Music Video Shot at Nights by Absolut in New York City, Feat. Magic! “Rude” (Zedd Remix)

Monday 11.17.2014 , Posted by
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With their new Nights by Absolut initiative, Absolut is infusing creativity into nightlife events and bringing cutting edge audio/visual artists into the mix (like earlier this month when they teamed up with Andy Warhol). At their inaugural event in New York City on September 12, Absolut collaborated with the team at Vita Motus to create an all-encompassing experience on the waterfront of Brooklyn – not to mention a stunning display by the New York City skyline. This video, filmed while the event was going down, features the Zedd Remix of Magic!’s “Rude”. Don’t miss another night, check out what’s happening at vice.com/absolut. [Read more…]

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What Was Happening Outside the Border of Famous Album Covers? Very Strange Things.

Monday 11.10.2014 , Posted by
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Album cover art used to be a key part of any music purchase, and even though the era of CDs and vinyl is largely gone, those carefully crafted images can still transport us back to the day we first took a listen.

But what if those album covers weren’t telling the full story? The folks at Aptitude recently imagined what was happening outside the borders of famous covers… and it turns out our favorite musicians were as wild as we hoped. [Read more…]

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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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This Danish Orchestra Ate the World’s Hottest Chili Peppers Before Playing

Monday 11.03.2014 , Posted by
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Members of the Danish National Chamber Orchestra recently played Tango Jalousie under the influence of one powerful substance: the world’s hottest chili peppers. Before performing the piece (by Danish composer Jacob Gade) each member downed one super-spicy chili: a Carolina Reaper, Trinidad Scorpion Moruga Blend or a Ghost Chili. These professionals held it together impressively… almost to the very end (a lot more impressive than standing there, like that video of 1,000 people eating ghost chilies that went viral earlier this year). [Read more…]

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Egyptian Teenager Designs The Cover For Pink Floyd’s New Album ‘The Endless River’

Wednesday 10.01.2014 , Posted by
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As a tribute to their keyboardist Rick Wright, who lost his battle with cancer in 2008, Pink Floyd is releasing a new album called “The Endless River.” Before his death, Wright was working on a solo album, which he was never able to finish. On the new album, which will be released November 10th, 2014, David Gilmour and Nick Mason include unreleased recordings from 20 years ago. The album cover design was created by Egyptian teen Ahmed Emad Eldin, who was discovered through Behance by the band’s creative agency. The cover features a man standing alone in a small boat, rowing through the clouds. Eldin says he was “thinking about life and nature” when he created the image. The last time Pink Floyd released an album was “The Division Bell” 2 decades ago in 1994, which is before Eldin was even born. [Read more…]

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