Visualizing The Shapes Of Sound

April 8, 2014

Two objects–lycopodium powder and subwoofers–convene to create one astounding video of how sound “looks” and moves.

The Evolution Of Madonna’s Feminist Message

March 20, 2014

Women of a certain age will remember the wannabes; they might even have been one. The surf slang was popularized in the mainstream to describe the packs of peroxide blonde high school girls in thrift shop attire—vented t-shirts, denim jackets, rubber bracelets all accessorized with lace, especially the fingerless gloves—who roamed American malls in the mid-1980s.

Costumed in crucifixes and layers of lace, Madonna bounced onto the world stage in 1983 inviting us to take a Holiday, and by the end of 1985 she had become a phenom due to her sophomore album, “Like a Virgin.” The appeal to high school girls was apparent; Madonna captured the imaginations of the wannabes, and once she held them and other record buyers in the palm of her hand, she crafted messages of empowerment. One might trace it back to “Material Girl.” In her Marilyn Monroe caricature, Madonna uses her old-fashioned feminine wiles to get what she wants, materialistically.

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Jay Z Visits London, 1988

March 10, 2014

Jay Z Visiting London 1988

The downy cheeked rapper visits foggy London town at the ripe age of 19. Eight years later, Jay would release his first album, “Reasonable Doubt”. The album is regarded by critics as one of the best albums of all time.

Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison, 1968

March 4, 2014

Johnny Cash Folsom Prison

When looking for a place to start over, it’s fairly unlikely that a prison will be the first place to spring to mind. That, of course, was not the case for the Man in Black. After taking some time away from the spotlight to tame his turbulent relationship with drugs, Johnny Cash made his way toward Folsom Prison in January 1968, where he gave two concerts to the prison’s inmates.

This was not Cash’s first show for inmates, but it was certainly his most acclaimed. Fully surpassing the meager expectations of his record label (Columbia invested little in the venture, as they were shifting promotional gears from country to pop artists), Cash’s live album hit the top of the charts and gave impetus to Cash’s own personal and professional comeback. Said Cash later on about his Folsom performance, “That’s where things really got started for me again”. Since then, the album has gone triple platinum.

Composer Makes Music From A Bicycle

March 3, 2014

Proving that you don’t need a Stradivarius or a Stratocaster to make a rich sound, composer Johnnyrandom makes great use of everyday objects in his musical compositions. Watch as he reinvents the bicycle and prepare to be amazed.

Seeing Sound Through Stop Motion

March 1, 2014

In this brilliant short, Polish filmmakers visually conceptualize sound through imagery. From the creators: “[Noise is] inspired by the theoretic work of George Berkeley and basics of synesthetic perception. It’s a game of imagination provoked by sound. Individual sounds penetrating into the apartment of the main character relieved of their visual designates evoke images distant from its origins.”