This commercial aired a few years ago, but with Kevin Durant quickly becoming one of the best scorers and developing an impeccable brand and The Mo Williams Academy becoming a basketball development brand to be reckoned with, I think the commercial needs to be revisited for a those reasons, plus the cross disciplinary effort which went into making it a success. DJ Quick was the composer and producer overall for the commercial and the beats, the NBA players created the lyrics and the commercial was directed by Andreas Nilsson.Read More
Innovation continues in the world of hip hop. Pharrell Williams one of the greatest producers of all time has created a first in the music industry, Pharrell has debuted what's being described as the first 24-hour music video.Read More
My wife and I ventured down memory lane this evening remembering a joyous occasion, our baby announcement video we created one evening. I proposed to my wife on Christmas Day by gluing letters to a Scrabble game board, her favorite game. A few years later, we found out we were expecting our first child. We created and shared this fun video with our family and friends as a baby announcement. We created the video with our cell phone and Adobe Premier in just a few hours.
Unfortunately our son did not make it. His little heart stopped beating on his due date, just before my wife gave birth to him. Our memories of him are still strong and this musical announcement still takes us back to a happy place.
I hope you enjoy.
Its always been rumored that Dr. Dre studied architecture, I wish I knew if this rumor was true or not. Dr. Dre has taken over the music industry yet again with the design of Beats by Dre, which has redefined the way that music is to be heard. Check out the video below which ties Dr Dre's music career to architecture.
Ilja Karilampi’s video The Chief Architect of Gangsta Rap (2009) makes the conjecture that Andre Young, better known as Dr. Dre (b. 1965), studied architecture before becoming famous as a hip-hop producer and rapper. The Berlin-based artist describes Dre’s rise in the music industry, from his early techno-influenced records, to his role in the controversial group N.W.A., and finally to Dre’s solo albums and major collaborations with fellow rappers.Throughout the video, the artist proposes Dre’s connections to and opinions of the work of Modernist architects like Le Corbusier (1887–1965). Karilampi also incorporates his own biography into the video, speaking about how his life has intersected with Dre’s music. Though Karilampi offers no proof to his assertions, the video presents its own, nearly convincing logic. Although imagining of the types of buildings the music producer would design may seem far reaching, Karilampi’s suggestion that urban planning—in this particular case, it is that of Los Angeles’s Compton neighborhood—significantly helps in shaping the culture of a region contains more fact than fiction.
Mikal Hameed is a Brooklyn-based artist and designer who is constantly finding new corners of America's creative culture to explore. After starting out in music and theater, he shifted his efforts to visual arts and production design, all of which inform his latest efforts as a craftsman and maker.
I recently came across his "Eames Hotrod Boombox"—a refurbished and reimagined Eames lounge chair—at Brooklyn's Dijital Fix and I was fascinated by the notion of "remixing" an iconic design object, especially since it incorporated another vintage reference point in the turntable. Meanwhile, the allusion to the boombox is itself a reference to mixing and sampling music, and it so happens that the "Eames Hotrod Boombox" was featured as the album art for a compilation album called Verve Remixed 4. Although the project dates back to 2008, the video is certainly worth a minute of your time; New York-based readers can see it in person at Dijital Fix in Williamsburg, just a couple short blocks from the Bedford Avenue stop on the L.