Artist Hyungkoo Lee created skeletons of popular cartoon characters such as Goofy, Tweety Bird And More
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Today we’re revisiting some old friends, ruining your childhood memories and scaring the hell out of any children looking forward to some Looney Tunes.
Korean Artist Hyungkoo Lee’s 2008 ‘Animatus’ exhibition in Switzerland showed how Bugs Bunny, Road Runner and Coyote, Huey Dewey and Louie, Goofy, Mickey, Tweety, Tom and Jerry all would look like in skeletal form, to a degree.
The art pieces are pretty epic looking, but also incredibly unnerving at first. Enjoy…
Huey, Dewey and Louie
Wile E. Coyote
The new cross-guard lightsaber seen in the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens spurred dozens of discussions and debates among fans. Is it a practical design? That remains to be seen, but I don’t imagine it was designed only for the sake of looking cool or for toys. Regardless of how it works, the tri-blade lightsaber does have a memorable silhouette. Fans have already 3D printed the lightsaber and Makoto Tsai made a beautiful replica based on the glimpse we’ve seen so far. Look:
via The RPF
"QUANTUM SHOT" #889 |
Link - article by Avi Abrams
Time-Slices: Random Delectable Pieces of Art, Style and Technology - Year-by-Year, from 1900 to Now
DRB Time-Slice: 1997 Music - Issue 3: Tunisian Musical Instruments
Time-Slices: totally addictive and delicious "Best of the Best" pickings of country-specific art, culture, technology and fashion, chosen by Random Number Generator for "Years", "Category" and "Location". We are going to gradually fill out our custom 100-year timeline with fascinating entries (in parallel with our usual features and normal content), so stay tuned and check on us often! Today's "Spin of the Exploration Wheel" gave us the following:
Unique and Beautiful "Maqamat Rose" Designs on Custom "Oud" Instruments
Here at DRB we love the exciting rhythms and unique melodic structure of Berber music of the Tuareg region. Turns out, Tunisian music is just as fascinating, if not more - as it is played on highly-ornamented, sophisticated instruments, such as custom-built "ouds", with their incredible ivory filigree over the soundhole and elaborate mother-of-pearl inlays... Plus, within the framework of Tunisian "malouf" music you actually get something not heard anywhere else.
Did you ever wish that your life be accompanied every single hour of your day with a specially-designed, unique-for-occasion music? Well, "Malouf" style provides for that, and more - read on to learn about unique Arabic "Maqamat" (music scales) and "nubas". We will start, however, with some mind-blowing "oud" designs.
(top image via)
Oud is a pear-shaped stringed instrument used in many North Africa countries, a sort of a plucked lute (it lacks frets and has a shorter neck). Check out this incredible ornamentation on these handmade "ouds", showing the calligraphy of names of "maqamat" done in delicate ivory carvings... some instruments even include engraved poetry (poetical works by Hafiz, Rumi, and others... see "Qasida", a form of Perso-Arabic lyric poetry):
The "maqamat" scale is normally drawn in the form of a circle, with the name of the luthier usually placed in the center. This fantastic instrument has been made by Najib Shaheen (and another one dating from 1900 made by Abdo George Nahhat) - a beautiful "maqamat rose", indeed:
(images via 1, 2, 3, 4)
Another example of interesting ornamentation can be seen on this 1983 Mahmoud Haddad Syrian Oud:
On the following image you can see the strips of top-quality wood (rosewood, walnut, maple and mahogany) used to make the rounded body of an "oud". By the way, the oud was originally called "Al-Oud" - "the wood" - which turned into "lute" in Europe. The earliest known oud date back to 5000 B.C. and come from Ancient Egypt; it is most certainly the ancestor of the guitar.
Infinite Music: Unique melody for every day of the year! In fact, one for every hour, every moment... including improvisation!
The rich classical music tradition of North Africa (Algeria, Libya and Tunisia) is experiencing a revival of Tunisian "Malouf" - which is a fascinating style of music that "originally spread from Islamic Spain (Andalusia) to North Africa following the Christian Reconquest of Spain and subsequent expulsion of Sephardic Jews and Muslims" in the 13 and 14th Century.
"Malouf" consists of "nubas", and "nubas" - wait for it - are something else, indeed.
"According to legend, a distinct nuba once existed for every day, holiday and other event, though only thirteen remain". Other sources mention that there were initially 24 nubat, one for each hour of the day! Each nuba lasts 1 hour, so in essence, there is music assigned to every minute...
"Nuba" pieces, in turn, are composed in a single "maqam" (specific rules of Arab musical theory and notation), and what's more -
Each "maqam" is said to evoke a different emotion in the listener
"It is sometimes said that each maqam evokes a specific emotion or set of emotions determined by the tone row and the nucleus, with different maqams sharing the same tone row but differing in nucleus and thus emotion. Maqam Rast is said to evoke pride, power, soundness of mind, and masculinity. Maqam Bayati: vitality, joy, and feminity. Sikah: love. Saba: sadness and pain. Hijaz: distant desert."
This page has some audio examples of maqam families.
The circle of maqamat can be better seen in this reproduction of "Jurjina by Nashaz" CD jewel cover (left):
These specific tonal arrangements were also reflected in ancient Arab architecture:
(image via, publ. "Arab Music Theory in the Modern Period")
Signs of revival of ancient Tunisian music tradition
Pretty interesting album "Folkloric Music of Tunisia" came out in 1997, signaling the renewed interest in ancient music of Northern Africa, highlighting its influences from Spain, France, and even modern jazz. Speaking of jazz, one good example to listen to will be "Tunizian Jazz" by Fawzi Chekili, also issued in 1997.
French love of jazz is clearly evident on this album, but Fawzi Chekili is also famous for his "oud" playing. Another master of "oud" is Afif Taian - see his performance, which at some point sounds almost like "speed metal" guitar solo!
(on the right is a compilation of North African musical instruments)
Here are some lovely ladies playing "oud": Barbat from Tehran, Iran, and Nina - who now lives in Sweden, after spending many years in Lebanon, Egypt, Spain, Greece and Dubai:
(images via 1, 2)
Article by Avi Abrams, Dark Roasted Blend.
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Cosmetologist and visual artist Jan Bonito is so good at his job it's scary. Literally terrifying.
On his Instagram account he's posted a number of transformations where he becomes characters from "American Horror Story."
Yes, including Twisty the Clown.
Here are a few examples, and you can check out more of his work on his profile page.
Submitted by: (via jkbonito)
This might be fake, but I don’t really care, it’s still hilarious.
Using the unique regional shapes of structures to his advantage, street artist ROA has created a series of large-scale works as part of a neighborhood art project in Djerba, Tunisia, drawing 150 artists from 30 countries.
While a number of impressive and well-known painters and muralists contributed to Djerbahood, ROA’s work is particularly site-specific, drawing on the architectural details (like domes) present in the regional landscape, mainly in deserted buildings.
The artist’s signature creatures, as usual, vary with the locality as well – in this case his work features a combination of desert and sea animals, reflecting the water-surrounded space as well as the dry land of the area.
The largest island in North Africa, Djerba has become a true open-air museum, contrasting authenticity and tradition with a space for expression by artists of various cultures. This project was made in part to appeal to tourists, aiming to draw in additional visitors from Europe and around the world. Additional work by ROA includes urban street animals in Mexico and Panama City as well as London.
This, ladies and gentlegeeks, is a lyrebird, and even though it might not be the most beautiful or colorful bird out there, it certainly has one of the most amazing “voice” of the avian kingdom.
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This awesome version of the Imperial March theme song from Star Wars was just leaked and is rumored to be part of the new Episode VII soundtrack! IT’S TRUE! (ok, no, it’s not…)
Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Warning: Heavy Metal.
From Luke Gibson:
Groots Bloody Groots is a parody of Roots Bloody Roots by Sepultura and Guardians Of The Galaxy internet sensation “I Am Groot”.
SPAWN: THE RECALL is the story of a former witch and her son, who try to live a normal life away from the darkness.
While they’re shopping in a supermarket, the child suddenly disappears. She starts looking for him, freaked out knowing evil forces are still lurking. A security guard comes to her help but while they are checking on the surveillance cameras, something happens.
She can sense it, they are here…
With works often requiring second looks or sanity checks, artist Pejac bends reality in his use of paint and other materials to create sublime art from walls, streets, sidewalks and gutters.
His newest works in Paris, shown above and below, play with our sense of surface and depth, revealing a hidden world beyond the wall in each case. If the close-up scene looks familiar, you may recognize it as The Luncheon on the Grass by Manet.
Likewise implying something secret is this silhouette of a door – at a glance, it is hard to tell what part is a real crack in the concrete and which pieces are simply painted on top.
In previous projects, he has also played with the arts of subtraction and illusion in other clever ways – letting the world, for instance, slowly melt, drip and trickle toward the drain.
Some of these works are quite time-intensive and incredibly detail-sensitive, like this final piece in which the artist carefully chipped away at the white paint on a brick wall to selectively reveal the red surface below it.
Star Wars + Batman = WIN!
According to a Youtuber commentator:
For those who are confused as to why the Batmobile is on there, it’s because Zack Snyder and JJ Abrams have this Star Wars/Batman crossover twitter game going on. Check out Zack’s twitter to see his entries.
Here’s what Zack Snyder recently tweeted:
"FEEL-GOOD SHOT" #22|
Link - by Avi Abrams
Some joyful stuff to brighten up your day
Welcome to the new issue of Dark Roasted Blend's "Feel-Good" series: mostly bright and sweet collection of images designed to propel you along your day with a smile on your face and a spring in your gait.
A monster black hole lurking inside one of the tiniest galaxies known
(artist's concept: NASA, ESA, and D. Coe and G. Bacon (STScI), via)
"Astronomers have found an unlikely object in an improbable place: a monster black hole lurking inside one of the tiniest galaxies known. The dwarf galaxy containing the black hole is the densest galaxy ever seen, cramming 140 million stars within a diameter of about 300 light-years (just 1/500th of our Milky Way galaxy's diameter). However, the black hole inside the galaxy is five times the mass of the black hole at the center of our Milky Way. This suggests that the dwarf galaxy may actually be the stripped remnant of a larger galaxy that was torn apart during a close encounter with a more massive galaxy. The finding implies that there are many other compact galaxies in the universe that contain supermassive black holes." - full story
War of the Worlds? Awesome steampunk art featuring Arc de Triomphe, by Korean concept artist Jae-Cheol Park:
"Observatorium II: The Orrey Room" by Dennis Allain, great steampunk environment, all the way back from 2007:
Stunning, inspirational image:
Truly epic science fiction art:
(left: space art by John Berkey)
Great "KamAz" suit, by Russian 3D artist Alex Vasin:
Psychedelic Cat artwork, original unknown:
William Turner's Alnwick Castle, Northumberland, c1825-8, watercolour on paper; National Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide -
Surreal photography by Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison, see more here:
(image credit: Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison)
Mixed fresh links for today:
Unique Deep-Sea Species Captured on Camera - [wow video]
Stunning Baatara Gorge Waterfall info - [wow nature]
iPod Classic is gone... here are some thoughts - [insightful article]
Building Spiral Turbines, ca 1930 - [retro pics]
Miniature Smaug Dragons! info - [wow nature]
Ten Most Expensive Cars - [compilation]
Beautiful fore edge painting on a book - [cool gif]
Soothing: Bunny Takes a Shower - [fun video]
Incredible Blind-Folded Rubik's Cube Solving - [wow video]
Anti-littering Vigilante on a Bike - [fun video]
Ferrets playing in packing peanuts - [fun video]
Rush Hour to the Max! - [wow video]
The Madd - "Good Evening Girl" (neo-Merseybeat pop, Dutch 2009)
King Crimson - "Song Of The Seagulls" (amazing melody from this prog group, 1967)
Stelvio Cipriani - "Belo Orizonte: Sei Morto Mi Chiamano Alleluja" from "Testa t' Ammazzo, Croce" movie (western, 1971)
The Spotnicks - "Last Date", "Western Guitar" (surf instrumentals from Sweden, 1962)
Judee Sill - "Lady-O", "The Archetypal Man" (rare baroque pop UK gems, 1966-1971)
Ennio Morricone - "Liberta" from "Il Mercenario" (epic instrumental, 1968)
The Cascades - "Shy Girl" (cute pop song from 1963)
Robert Pregadio - "Un Pomeriggio di Sole" from "La Settima Donna" movie (pretty cool funk, 1978)
Candy Flip - "Strawberry Fields Forever (New Version)" (1991 psych pop)
Rondo Veneziano - "Misteriosa Venezia" (baroque pop, Italy 1988)
The New Colony Six - "Hold Me With Your Eyes" (1968, sunshine pop)
Nico Fidenco - "A Picture of Love" from "Emanuelle Perche" movie 1977
The Phoenix Trolley - "When Charley's Doing His Thing" (UK pop psych, 1967)
Pino Donaggio - "Nella Chiesa" theme from "Don Camillo" movie (instrumental 1984)
The Candy Dates - "Show Me How To Live" (great Merseybeat, 1965)
Bruno Nicolai - "Canto d'inverno" from "Girasole" (awesome melody, 1969)
Franco Campanino - Theme from "Napoli si ribella - A Man Called Magnum" (instrumental, 1977)
The Wondermints - "Darling" (awesome power pop, 1999)
Jean Michel Jarre - "Les chants magnétiques, pt. 2" (absolutely awesome space synth, 1981)
Splitsville - "Forever" (power pop, 1991)
Georges Delerue - "Danielle Theme" from "Le Point De Mire" (beautiful theme from 1977)
The Kinks - "Till the End Of the Day" (rocking garage-like Merseybeat, 1965)
Fancy - "Flames of Love" (legendary Italo-disco, 1989)
Paul McCartney & Wings - "One More Kiss" (cute love song, 1972)
Dave Brubeck "Blue Rondo a la Turk" jazz 1959:
(image credit: Zev Hoover)
The photo above is by 15 y.o. photographer Zev Hoover (FiddleOak), his Flickr stream is well worth visiting!
Really classy chocolate truck: beautiful promo vehicle Bernard 110 Chocolat Menier:
1956 Pontiac Club de Mer concept car:
AA Patrol car made from a Mini, seen in Scotland:
BEAUTIFUL ACTRESSES: Deborah Walley, Rita Moreno, Leslie Caron, Barbara Rush, Jean Seberg, Anne Francis, Joey Heatherton, Grace Kelly, and others (see info under images):
left: Leslie Caron
Jane Fonda in "Barbarella"
left: Banff, Alberta in 1959
Grace Kelly, Natalie Wood
Giorgia Moll in Sears catalogue! and Sandra Milo
(right image: anime character from Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet)
Can you guess who this is? -
Russian movie "Klyuchi ot Neba" (Keys from the Sky):
Girl soldiers from the 1972 Soviet movie "A Zori Zdes Tikhie" (The Dawns Here Are Quiet) - Ekaterina Markova, Evgenia Simonova:
Mila Berlinskaya in 1974 Russian movie "Bolshoe Kosmicheskoe Puteshestvie" (Great Space Adventure):
GREAT PHOTOGRAPHY & HAPPY PICS
Aerial view of farms in Northern Saudi Arabia:
(image credit: Brendan Smialowski/Pool/AFP via)
Rest your eyes on this one - very harmonious, peaceful composition:
The cutest hedgehog Darcy - photos by Shota Tsukamoto, Tokyo, see more here:
Robots vs. Humans!
Howl's Moving Castle? - No, the Neverwas Haul at 2010 Burning Man (read more):
Until next time! Keep the sunshine, folks.
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Puede que el origami sea el arte relacionado con papel más famoso de Japón, pero el kamikiri tampoco se le queda atrás. Kamikiri significa literalmente “cortando papel” y se basa en crear una figura como resultado de cortar con mucha paciencia y arte una hoja de papel, tan sencillo como eso y tan chungo de llevar a cabo, amigos.
El artista Akira Nagaya de Chiba domina el arte del corte papelero y muchos de sus diseños están basados en la cultura tradicional japonesa, vamos, que son de corte antiguo (badabumChass):
Últimamente le ha dado por hacer conocidos personajes de anime, seguro que conocéis a la mayoría:
Jodé, y yo que cuando cojo las tijeras no soy capaz ni de cortar un cuadrado decente…