Archive | September, 2010

Check Out the New Site for Flimmer.nu!

29 Sep

Sorry for being totally lame at updating this blog, I’ve been way to busy at criticizing the swedish election on my other blog that I call Bättre att säga lite för mycket än ingenting alls (Better to say too much than nothing at all.)

I would like to recommend you to check out the webpage of the Norrköping film association Flimmer, which is a project that I’ve been working on throughout the summer and will keep on with until some time in November. The tought behind the project was to create a new graphic profile and with that also a new, better, nicer looking and more functional webpage for Flimmer. So together with very skilled graphic and web designers (Signed by Simon) we came up with this result!

It’s been a very interesting project to work with. I’ve gotten the chance to follow from the first step; the idea til the actual result; a new graphic profile and webpage! Of course we’re still working on the webpage trying to make it better, but it’s an incredible change from the old one! Check it out on flimmer.nu

Lets Party on a Rollercoaster!

8 Sep

Earlier this summer I mentioned how excited I was that the new Ratatat album became available on Spotify and how much I like the video for the song “Party With Children”. I just found another version of that, that with no doubt tops the other one!

Jul & Mat (the creators of this video) have done loads of interesting videos to different songs and it gets me super inspired to do the same thing myself! Check this one out!

Bleed Like There Was No Other Flood

8 Sep

To follow the theme of yesterdays post I need to talk about the stunning music video for the Wildbirds & Peacedrums song “Bleed Like There Was No Other Flood”. The mixture of underwater footage, nature shots and shadow play gives such incredible effects – you will be amazed!

Here below is a link to the video on Vimeo, make sure to view it on full screen!

Wildbirds & Peacedrums – Bleed Like There Was No Other Flood from Leaf Label on Vimeo.

And talking about nature footage, I was looking through my old photos and found this one.

Fall day around Strömmen, Norrköping

Step Away From the Computer, Now!

7 Sep

One thing I’m quite fascinated by is the creation of special effects without computer animation. Like in the film The Fountain from 2006, directed by Darren Aronofsky (whom also have made other fantastic films like Requiem for a Dream and the Wrestler).

The special effects in The Fountain are amazingly beautiful. Instead of going overboard on computer animated special effects, Darren Aronofsky explores other ways to give the viewer the ultimate experience and emotion. Forced to keep the budget down the team had to minimize the film’s computer-generated imagery by finding new creative solutions.

But how on earth would you make a scene placed in outer space without using a computer? Well, just as Stanley Kubrick managed to do it in2001: A Space Odyssey made in 1968, you can find solutions by thinking outside of the computer. For Aronofsky this creative solution is called macro photography. By mixing bacteria and chemicals Chris and Peter Parks (hired by Aronofsky) created organic fluid effects that give the viewer the feeling of infinity and outer space. Of course the work wasn’t completely done without computers, but the costs were reduced dramatically.

I’m sure many people have seen this film by now, since its been out for a couple of years. If not, see it! The story is really interesting and the acting, done by Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz, is great! I would also recommend you to see the extra material for the film, it’s really cool to see just how creative they’ve been with the special effects! (I don’t know if this is a good rating for the film itself, but in many ways I found the extra materials even more interesting than the film!)

Also make sure to check out the amazing soundtrack, made by Clint Mansell. This awesome composer is also the creator of the stunning soundtrack to Requiem for a Dream, it’s easy to understand why his work is repeatedly used in Aronofskys films. Here below is a link to the beautiful song “Death is the road to awe” by Clint Mansell, with clips from the movie (spoiler alert on that though!). Make sure to check it out from minute 2 and onwards!

Chromeo oh Chromeo!

4 Sep

Today I want to say one thing only: Chromeo oh Chromeo! (In a way I want to shout it out loud as well).

On the 12th of November their UK tour, Business Casual, arrives to London!
Could this be the perfect moment to buy a ridiculously cheap Ryan Air ticket and visit some London friends? I would say the answer is yes oh yes.

The new video for “Don’t turn the lights on” is brilliant! A real eye opener, so to say.

A Musical Revolution of the World

1 Sep

The other day I wrote about how interesting the music scene of New Zealand is starting to get, I also find it very amusing and impressing that so many Swedish groups are becoming big abroad. I truly love the possibility that our modern world gives us, to explore music from all over the world without any kind of hassle (except having to wait for the video to load on YouTube perhaps). This gives us huge possibilities and such a broad scene of music ahead of us!

One thing, that could be seen as negative with this musical globalization, is that the music is starting to get more and more similar regardless where it’s from. I still think that there are certain sounds that make Swedish music differ from Australian for example, but the traditional ‘sound’ of a country has in many ways been diminished. Lykke Li from Sweden might just have grown up door to door with Marina and the Diamonds from Wales. It would be incredibly boring if we end up with all music sounding the same, but this isn’t really a risk is it?

Today we have so much music and modern technology and communication makes it possible for almost anyone interested in music to get their work out in the world. It is not regulated by record labels deciding what we want to listen too. So does it really matter where it’s from? I find it beautiful that I can share music videos and songs with friends from all over the world. That I can sit in my little living room in Norrköping and enjoy the same thing as a friend in Mexico. After all it’s not about where you’re from, it’s about who you are (catchy huh!).

Of course this isn’t something new either, Beatles, Elvis & Rolling Stones are good examples of that. The difference is the rapidity in which this exchange is happening. There is no need for a record label launching with a huge marketing campaign. We are the living and efficient marketing posters of modern music.

So let me market an all time favourite, Fever Ray with their awesome video Seven:

Seven | Video.

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