Archive for the ‘The Tube’ Category

Troika’s ‘Cloud’ in Heathrow’s T5
Monday, February 18, 2008

Okay so it’s destroying the countryside here in the UK and the environment for the whole planet, but dang! have you seen this?


Troika was commissioned by Artwise Curators to create a signature piece at the entrance of the new British Airways luxury lounges in Heathrow Terminal 5. Thy came up with Cloud, a five meter long digital sculpture whose surface is covered with 4638 flip-dots that can be individually controlled by a computer to animate the entire skin of the sculpture. They used these flip-dots because flip-dots were conventionally used in the 70s and 80s to create signs in train-stations and airports. THere are still loads of that kind of sign up in stations and airports around the country. Here’s a vid of the installation, and a bit more of it in action – wow.


Troika explain: “By audibly flipping between black and silver, the flip-dots create mesmerising waves as they chase across the surface of ‘Cloud’. Reflecting its surrounding colours, the mechanical mass is transformed into an organic form that appears to come alive, shimmering and flirting with the onlookers that pass by from both above and below.” Skill.

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Satisfaction..
Saturday, January 26, 2008

Otis Live in the UK

Peep the crazy crash reverse zoom 3.11 into the song. Tripping me izzout.

“Vocabulary spills I’m ill”
 
Nas’ breakthough tune ‘It Aint Hard To Tell’ – its a banger
 

MORE free shit? Okay………
Thursday, January 24, 2008

Rhymefest – that Chicago MC that Mark Ronson took under his wing after he appeared on Ronson’s (actually very good) debut Here Comes The Fuzz – is finishing off his new album with Just Blaze (I first heard that name on React by Erick Sermon – what a tune) which will be called El Che. He’s also on that wicked Ronson remix of Alpha Beta Gaga by Air.

Here’s a little clip of him putting down his “B-Boy anthem”. Tune.


“My name is Ch-Ching!” I wanna hear that guy.

As a bonus – and here comes that blag – Rhymefest has also put out this Michael Jackson tribute mixtape thing. When you download it you get the artwork and everything included. Cool. Click the pic to get it.
Rhymefest - Man in the Mirror Mixtape

Check Rhymefest, and Just Blaze.

via Inverse.

Ummm….. WOW.
Monday, January 21, 2008

Check this out! You know how when you go to a “LIVE” electronic show, its always just some dude who doesn’t see enough daylight checking his emails? Well these dorksters from UC Berkeley ‘s School of Information sat down and had a think about what was the funnest material known to man (“Helium? Chromeum? Balonyum?”) and came up with the answer…. Gumballs! These modern day Einsteins are called Hannes Hesse, Andrew McDiarmid and Rosie Han and this is The Bubblegum Sequencer!

Check more at: http://backin.de/gumball/

Puts me in mind of our pal (and GenEric supporter from way back) Tim Exile – imagine what he’d do with this!

Yoinked via Modular’s Modblog

Also, apologies for the dearth of posts here recently – I guess the old braincells took longer than usual to recover. Back with a vengeance now though……

Taskforce @ Beer & Rap, Concorde 2, Brighton
Tuesday, December 18, 2007

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Marketing

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Happy Chrimbo!

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Jubilant

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Mighty Mystro

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Remus

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Snail


Une gentil Parisien got me in to Concorde – merci Pese 93!

Links:

Beer & Rap

Rare Kind 

Mystro

Chester P

Farma G

Remus

 

GZA @ Koko, Camden
Tuesday, December 11, 2007

On Sunday we went down to Koko in Camden to catch a show by the legend that is GZA. The show was put on by promoters Dont Look Back and was a performance of the seminal ‘Liquid Swords’ album which has got to be in my top five Hip-Hop records of all time. The Genius was with Dready Kruger and Killah Priest who, even though they dissed Ricky Hatton provided good support. GZA was dope and towards the end of the set he let off some steam about how wack Soulja Boy is and the current state of Hip-Hop, check the vids at the end of the post.

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GZA rant 1


GZA rant 2

 

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Drunken journey back to Waterloo. I blame Burger King for us missing our train.

Links:

GZA myspace

Liquid Swords

Cold World

I Gotcha Back

GZA, RZA and Bill Murray

Old School Genius Tune: ‘Come Do Me’

Gold Fronts
Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Whats hot in the dental department down on the streets of Brooklyn.


A report by the Kid America TV+ Action News reporter Demurgatroid from Fulton Mall, Brooklyn.

These guys make cable TV programs in New York and run a website / club called The Kid America Club. Check out the TV cameos made by some familiar and sadly missed NY faces at the TV room.

Cazals Cover Spandau Ballet
Monday, November 26, 2007

Woop! In an almost endlessly brilliant triangle of cool, English / Italian band Cazals are releasing their cover of Spandau Ballet’s best song  To Cut A Long Story Short on the unimpeachably excellent French label Kitsuné.

If that weren’t enough, there’s apparently a remix from the amazing autoKratz on the B-Side. As Cher so aptly put it, “Before it’s earned, our money’s all been spent”. You could add “on Kitsuné records” to complete the picture.

They’re also going on tour in Japan with Daft Punk. That cool triangle is turning into a dodecahedron.

Check the sleeve (I wonder if those are glasses by the Cazal Eyewear company? It seems like too much of a coinkydink not to be, no?):
Cazals To Cut A Long Story Short

And the vid, directed by Giorgio Testi:

BRAGging and Blogging
Monday, November 12, 2007

 The Brighton Rock Artists Group (BRAG) are a collective comprising 10 members who make brilliant posters for gigs and exhibitions and so on. Our man on the inside is a chap called Jamie (or Jimmy if you listen to American News Media – see the YouTube flick below) McGregor AKA Mongsterr. Jamie has done some nutty posters for some of our fave bands, including DEVO, Blood Brothers and Liars. They got together during a masterclass from American screen print legend Chuck Sperry over here, and earlier this year 4 members of BRAG went to San Francisco to work with Sperry and Ron Donovan of Firehouse Studios and produced posters for the 40th anniversary of the Summer of Love festival. Amazing.

Here’s NBC’s (actually pretty good) take on their trip:

And here are some of Jamie’s bits:
MONGSTERR does DEVO

MONGSTERR does Blood Brothers

MONGSTERR does Liars

You can Find BRAG here: myspace.com/brag_art
and Mongsterr is right here: myspace.com/mongsterr_illustration

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Young MC
Tuesday, October 23, 2007

This dude is a straight up legend, and guess what – he was born in South Wimbledon!! Move over Slick Rick, its all about Marvin Young AKA The Young MC. Peep this, the kid also has a bachelor’s degree in economics and won the US version of the Weakest Link – WTF??! Thats skill’s yo. Young MC – Bust A Move Live on Arsenio ’89 – check out the extra verse he raps in the middle of the tune that has never appeared on record. Aight.