Man i love p-funk. I got this dvd from poundland! POUNDLAND! And its the best thing i've ever heard for a pound. I just love how many people there are on stage at one time. It's just pure funk. Go get into P-Funk right now you will not regret it.
18 December 2008
A classic hiphop album arrived in the post this morning, just in time for christmas! It's a great album, dre's first solo record and pretty much snoop doggs debut. I think the reason this album is so good is the fact dre sampled most of the beats from George Clinton P-Funk tracks. I managed to pick it up for £3, absolute bargin!
16 December 2008
The brief for our last project was to design a poster and promotional material for an event which is seen as "uncool" and market it in such a way as to make it "cool" again. There were a few events to pick from, I decided to go for the International Bognor Birdman contest, which is a human powered flight competition, held in Bognor Regis. It's a very similar event to the Red Bull Flugtug, but with much less publicity. Competitors, jump off a pier, some aiming to win the 25 grand prize for flying 100 metres, others just leap off in fancy dress to raise money for charity. I decided to focus on the fancy dress side of the event, aiming my poster at kids and families. To me the event is a family day out, it's held during the summer, at the seaside and looks great fun to watch. I designed my poster with that in mind, making it bright, colourful and full of characters. The poster would be displayed in the local primary schools and similar places. For the promotional materials I designed an activity booklet, again for schools, and a set of flipbooks which featured the same characters as on the poster, in motion as they jumped off the pier. I was quite pleased with my work, especially the flipbooks and thought it would appeal well to a young audience. My vector cartoons weren't the best things in the world but they were alright. The tutors didn't really seem to agree with me though and I got a grade of 45/100. I seem have been on a big downward spiral this term, starting with 68/100, then on to 52/100 and now down to 45/100. Hopefully after a bit of a break at christmas I can pull myself back up again.
14 December 2008
I've been listening to the new Kanye West stuff a bit recently and its starting to grow on me. I have to admit when I first heard "love lockdown" and the autotune I thought it was a career killer but after getting more into the rest of the tracks and understanding the ideas of the album a bit more I totally get it. I've loved Kanye since way back and was always a fan of his beats and production, so the drastic change in sound was a real shock and it's taken me up until now to actually give the tracks a chance. To me, the whole album is Kanye experimenting with new ideas and technology, whilst dealing with issues in his life. The autotune takes a while to get used to, but Kanye was never a singer, he's just used the technology available to enable himself to put his emotions on the album, there's no way he could convey the same feeling with sampled beats and rapping. I'm certainly a lot more open to the album and wish I could have seen him live on his recent tour, I'm sure it was amazing. When I heard the tracks I didn't think he would ever be able to pull them off live, but after watching this video of him on Saturday Night Live I'm convinced; with live instruments, visuals and the energy Kanye puts into the performance it's just awesome. The album is definately on my christmas list anyway. For all you hater's check out this performance of "heartless".
8 December 2008
5 December 2008
I just agreed to buy prodigy tickets with my good friend kate, they were 30 quid but it'll be worth it, I love the prodigy. The new stuff is ok, it sounds a bit like the new pendulum stuff to me but every time I listen to it, it does seem to get slightly better. The video is pretty sweet as well. Can't wait to see them live though, it'll be unreal. Just hope they play the old stuff. Check out kate and her awesome blog at Occasional Miniature Violence.