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28 July, 2009

Song Of The Week \ 21

Do you remember how I was openly and absolutely in love with two newly discovered acts since I moved to London? After Grovesnor and Crystal Castles, this number just became a magical three. Band Discovery is proudly joining the party, and the ticket was granted with their album "LP". Critics say it's very synthy, but I think, it's firstly very bassy. They also say it's a hip-hop project, but I fail to hear it anywhere on the album, maybe they are referring to the vocals, which are distorted with the same effect that on Kanye's last album. I have been listening to it (and almost nothing else) non stop since I got it about two weeks ago. Not just this song, which is sweet as honey, but the whole album is completely amazing, and I love every single track on it, it is exactly what I was missing. Even the cover art is a masterpiece on it's own.
This is the joint product of Vampire Weekend keyboardist Rostam Batmanglij and Ra Ra Riot singer Wes Miles. That's all I want to say about it. Don't want to ruin it with text. It's my new big thing!

Discovery - Can You Discover? Discovery - LP (Bonus Track Version)
New York, USA \ XL \ Wiki
Hard to compare to anything, but maybe Hot Chip with nitroelectro?

15 July, 2009

iMovie Obsession 2.0

I am nothing short of honored, after over 20.000 people watched my YouTube "Skyscrapers" video. Making it, almost exactly one year ago, was as fun as playing a computer game for me, and I never planned for anyone, except for a few friends, to see it. I enjoy the comments, and I thank anyone who watched it. It got me motivated to produce more content, and in past few days I indeed half finished the new video. Like the original one, it's going to be a collection of enhanced YouTube clips, but with a cool twist. All of them will be either amateur or pro footage from airplanes, helicopters & other vertical moving vehicles/objects, and will be covering the official ten greatest skylines in the World. It is planned to be released within the next few weeks.

Cities will be listed as follows (and here is the official ranking on
10. Dubai
9. Bangkok
8. Tokyo
7. Shanghai
6. Seoul
5. Sao Paulo
4. Chicago
3. Singapore
2. New York City
1. Hong Kong

This listing ranks cities by the visual impact of their skylines. Each building with 12 or more floors in the city proper is assigned points based on its floor count (see the table on The point total for each city is calculated automatically. Calculation does not include TV towers, masts, bridges, or other structures. The listing actually puts Guangzhou on the tenth position, and Dubai on eleventh, but this will change shortly, after Burj Dubai's official completion.

I set much higher standards for this project, because I want it to look professional. Here are a few highlights:
  • It is going to be in HD, but obviously not all required footage was available in such extremely high resolution. Sections about Dubai, Tokyo, Chicago, and New York City will be mostly, if not all in HD.
  • Video will be exported in a widescreen format 16:9.
  • No titles or watermarks whatsoever are allowed to be visible in the final version of the video.
  • Not a single frame should be shoot from a static viewpoint.
  • Not a single frame should be shoot from the ground level. It is all about looking down on the skyscrapers.
  • All footage must have been recorded during daylight.
  • A vast majority of clips will be enhanced with the iMovie technology called "video stabilization", which smoothens the camera motion, and stills the picture shaking. When needed, functions like "playback speed control", "reverse video" and picture enhancement will be used.
  • There will be an animated world maps, as a smooth introductions to the individual city sections.
  • There is a small chance that two versions of video will be released. The compact one, fitting within YouTube's 10 minute time cap, and an uncut one, divided in the half on two episodes.
Here is a brief preview of what it's going to be, focusing on using new technologies in iMovie 09:

If anyone knows where to get more footage of Bangkok, Shanghai, Seoul, and mostly Singapore (!), please share. It's almost as all flights around those cities were banned.

This will be a dynamite for every skyscraper lover.

06 July, 2009

Why rock music has become more boring with time.

Haha, no comment, except to say ... YEAH!
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04 July, 2009

EXCITING! Video released for a song I LOVE for over a year.

I was talking about it a long time ago, and if you check out this post from one year ago, you can hear the track. On june 8th, 2009 - a few weeks ago the band (wisely) released the video for it, with the single release following soon. It already got a lot of buzz, and it's only right because I think the song is amazing beyond words. I described it as "Very Intense" a year ago, and I have all the faith in the single, which is currently #1 on Billboard "Bubbling Under Hot 100" Chart. Not to mention how hot one of the two band members is. Get Your iPods ready!

02 July, 2009

Do you want a tattooed barcode, only better and without knowing about it?

This is scary. Did you know, that there are actual, operating "dust" sized chips, that can store 38-digit numbers using 128-bit Read Only Memory (ROM). The "invisible" thing is 0.05mm x 0.05mm in size, and it's using Radio-frequency identification technology, the same as for instance electronic toll collection systems (ABC in Slovenia). Not a big conspiracy theory fan, but imagine how easy it's gonna be to tag us in the future, when this hits massive production. I'm gonna be so old fashioned when I'm old, kids are gonna go - "he doesn't even have any chips in his body!", but I don't think I'll ever do it on my free will.

01 July, 2009

Noisettes Live

It was surprisingly amazing a few days ago in Koko, Camden. This is a picture one of my friends I was with took, we were in the second row, and the singer was soooo beautiful. Very dynamic and entertaining gig. Click here to see more photos.