Saturday, October 20, 2012

RIP David S. Ware

One of the most unique tenor sax players to emerge in the post-Coltrane era has died at age 62. Here he is with his quartet: Matthew Shipp on piano, William Parker on bass and Guillermo E. Brown on drums. Parker is laying down this amazingly bizarre bass line. I counted out the beat and I believe the song is written in a 10/4 time signature...

Monday, October 15, 2012

Watch a Facebook Photo Go Viral

Beautiful fractal data visualizations of a Facebook photo going viral. From Hyperallergic:
There are now more than one billion people using Facebook every month, and there’s no doubt that a huge number of them are sharing photos. To help illustrate what that means, the company teamed up with design studio Stamen to create animated visualizations of three different pictures going viral. The results are totally mesmerizing. In the short videos, the photos spread in branches, each one starting from a different person. As the pictures are shared by more people, new branches sprout off from the previous ones, with each color representing a different gender and the colors fading to white as time passes. The forms look wonderfully organic, like groups of tiny organisms moving under a microscope. There are periodic, pulsing bursts of activity that remind me of fireworks, and meanwhile, the tendrils of the photo maps spread out as if they were time-lapse videos of plants growing.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Cities at Night Seen From Space

Images such as this are a big influence on my artwork. Be sure to watch this one full screen.

Narrated by Dr. Justin Wilkinson to help make sense of exactly what is passing by down there.

Jennifer Steinkamp: Video Installation Artist

Here are a few videos by a digital artist I've just been introduced to.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Neil DeGrasse Tyson - Greatest (Secular) Sermon Ever

Neil deGrasse Tyson has the knack of making the seemingly dry scientific subjects of astronomy, physics, chemistry and humanism come to life with his words almost like a Disney animator can captivate an audience in pictures... Science has the facts on its side, now all it needs is more storytellers of facts to make those facts interesting and captivating...