Soft Hands

Posted in architecture, art, hobbies, music by johnsnavely on January 16, 2009

I thought I’d post this video of a multitouch music interface. (That you can build for under $50).

Vodpod videos no longer available.

It’s related to the previous post, but since I haven’t had time to work on my side project, I can’t show you how…. yet.



Posted in movies, music, technology by johnsnavely on November 14, 2008

Saw this vid that I thought was kinda cool:

Reminds me of an old Gondry vid:


Posted in music by johnsnavely on September 10, 2008

This new music video from Grace Jones is delicious cheese.

(Hi Res Version here)

It Truly is Magnificent

Posted in music by johnsnavely on September 3, 2008

Dent May and his Magnificent Ukulele are making hump day quite bearable.

Send me an email if you want his album, A Brush with Velvet. He released it for free a while back, but I can’t find it anywhere now.


Posted in art, music by johnsnavely on July 22, 2008

Gondry’s done a video for Becks Cellphone’s Dead off his new album. I haven’t heard the new album but I like the video.

Watched Dark Knight over the weekend. It was quite good, a little long. But not as mind-blowing as critics are saying. (Don’t buy the hype!) Heath Ledger is excellent and Maggie is hotter than Katie.

Moliere than thou

Posted in art, music, projects, technology by johnsnavely on July 14, 2008

Just got back from Sarah and Aaron’s wedding on Orcas Island. It was lovely!

Everyone has been posting about the Radiohead “data visualization” video on google. I thought the interactive part was kinda nice too.

Kinda makes me wish I had worked harder on my Dustbunnies project.

Anyway, it’s pretty cool that Radiohead is releasing the how-to and the data for the video. If art likes to ape science, we should publish like them too!

Double Happiness

Posted in art, music by johnsnavely on July 9, 2008

Koichiro Tsujikawa is a video artist from Japan who’s done a lot of Cornelius‘ (whose work I love) music videos. Here’s an experiment that I particularly like:

Cornelius, who took his stage name from the helpful primate in Planet of the Apes, uses very short samples. I think the term people who know what they’re talking about is “micro-sampling”. Obviously, I don’t know much about music at all. This style is a lot like those examples I showed in a previous post. Very thinly sliced time.

Anyway, I’ve finally gotten on the twitter wagon. Trying to package up my daily experiences into packets that small is a challenge for me, but it has a strange effect on how one interacts with world. I don’t yet have any real thoughts on this yet… so maybe I should be twittering it.

Wall Street

Posted in movies, music, technology by johnsnavely on April 29, 2008

So I wasn’t even supposed to mention what my group (at my new job at microsoft) was doing until they went public. (whoops!) Those of you who I’ve given details to, please don’t go running to microsoft’s legal department.

Well, now they have. now has a public site. It’s a little bare and boring… we’re treading quietly for a bit, but when I’ve worked on something cool that can be published there, I’ll let you know!

In the meantime, check out these two “remixes”.

The first is an except from Martin Arnold‘s new film Alone.

The second is High Noon redone.

US Weekly

Posted in art, music, projects by johnsnavely on March 27, 2008

I just saw John Malkovich while out to lunch today. He’s a terrifying old man. Which is a complement.

This morning I saw this beautiful video from Encyclopedia Pictura– they’re doing the new Bjork music video. I had seen their awesome video for Grizzly Bear, but hadn’t connected the dots. Anyway, Seventeen Evergreen reminds me of a friend’s thesis proposal… I hope she’s making it as beautiful as it started out. Also, I’ve been looking at Kineticards recently:

And a little at looping animated gifs. Some art projects are brewing!

Lastly, Invivia Inc., a fun company I’ve done some work for,  is having an open house. (booze will be provided) It should be fun, come visit.

Put the “Burn” in Van Cliburn

Posted in music, programming, projects, technology, web by johnsnavely on March 17, 2008

I’ve been so tired of the YouTube derivatives. MC Hammer’s DanceJam (see: Kanye’s Search Engine, although K-Fed tapped that years before West did.)

This contest, however, seems pretty cool. American Idol type competitions loves them some YouTube and it makes a lot of sense for Van Cliburn (the consumate performer) to encourage precisely this type of “pop” interaction. Although the contest only serves as a primary for the larger, live competition in Texas, it’s still a great idea. I hope we have an architecture contest soon on YouTube.

And not to put my own foot in the mouth, but this does make me think that there needs to be a youtube-esque site for sound, not necessarily music but sounds and voice. The .flv format mauls sound. And, while sites like hypeM or MySpace are great for music, sometimes I just want to upload and tag conversations, lectures or just random sounds.

In preparation to buy one of these, I’ve been practicing recording my voice. I find that I don’t have shit to say when I’m talking to a machine. On the other hand, (for me anyway) it seems like my best ideas come out of conversations– which might mean I take all my ideas from my more talented friends. Regardless, it would be cool to have an Eliza (but tapped into all my delicious links etc) to talk to instead. Creepy, maybe, but also cool.