Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The Chainsmokers

When I heard the Chainsmokers' first single I loved their humor and sound. It was a song about your typical millennial woman at her favorite club and her desperate need to take a selfie. The song made me fall in love with the duo because they were able to take an annoying situation and make a very fun dance song. As they have matured as artists the DJ duo has worn their heart and insecurities on their sleeve while creating music. Most of their songs have similar melodies and structures, which has made them receptive to a lot of criticism, but looking at their music the lyrics tell stories deeper than their pop based rhythms would lead you to believe. They make me feel less alone in the emotions I have felt in my life pertaining to relationships and growing as a person. When I listen to their music I feel able to feel my emotions completely. They show their doubts in relationships, fear of being stuck in nostalgia, and their feelings surrounding the creation of their music.

This is the duo's official website, it gives a short blurb about the boys and how they got their start as well as connect you to their music.

This article explains in detail the duo's new production company. This is very important to me because their videos have been very well produced, but most importantly their first movie is going to be based off a song they wrote 'Paris' that holds a very special place in my heart because it deals with how we as people hide in nostalgia.

This article is an interview with the boys following their single 'Closer.' It focuses on how the duo came to be, what they believe their future holds, and how one of the boys, Drew, decided to start singing and move out from behind the table.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Caspar David Friedrich

Moonrise over the sea, by Caspar David Friedrich. Photo credit: Pixelsniper

Caspar David Friedrich was a German romantic painter during the 19th century. Renown for his landscapes that commonly feature silhouettes of small watchers looking on to the vast, untamed world around them and the dominance of light and shadow upon a scene. Today he is seen as a world famous painter and his art as a paragon of the German Romantic era. I am drawn to his paintings as I feel it depicts a sense of mystery and wonder at the world before him. That we are very small in a much larger world.  The sense of infinity.

Woman Before the Rising Sun, by Caspar David Friedrich. Photo credit: Pixelsniper
Biography of Caspar David Friedrich. Goes into detail on his life and sources of inspiration.
Artistic analysis of Caspar David Friedrich and well known works of art.
More Famous Works. Information about his teachers, friends, and other artists that were influenced by his work.

Daisuke "Pixel" Amaya 

Daisuke Amaya, also known as "Pixel," is an independent video game developer best known for his 2004 PC game "Cave Story." As the sole developer (artist, programmer, composer, etc) of "Cave Story," Mr. Amaya is considered an important figure in the early independent game development scene, as his critically acclaimed work has been cited as important and inspirational to other developers.

Personally, I found "Cave Story" to be extremely enjoyable to play when I discovered it some years ago, and I was impressed by its high quality. This impression was coupled with surprise and admiration as I learned of its origin as a one-man production. Although I am now aware of other video game auteurs, his story is perhaps the one that originally convinced me that high-quality video games could be produced by a single person. More importantly, experiencing his work marked the beginning of my exploration into independent games. Discovering the independent gaming scene subsequently broadened my definition of art to encompass video games. I believe I have been exposed to several enriching experiences because of that redefinition, and am inspired to create because of those experiences. I truly believe that the multi-faceted talents and artistic expression of Mr. Amaya and similar individuals should be appreciated, especially vis-à-vis the often mindlessly commercial aspects of the industry as a whole.

Some links for more information:

  1. A tribute site featuring downloads and translations of the original game.
  2. The Wikipedia page on Cave Story, useful for a general overview.
  3. An interview with Mr. Amaya on a website devoted to the video game development industry.

Post Malone

Austin Post or otherwise known as Post Malone is one of the most influential artists of this time. 
His music hits the charts just about every time he releases something and he has been climbing to the top ever since he released his first song 'White Iverson' in 2015. To many he seems overrated and overplayed but to me I think he was interesting and great enough to choose for my blog. The reason I stand behind this statement is because Post Malone challenges music more than many would think. He makes a point to never solidly stick to just one music genre. Before he was Post Malone he would upload covers on Youtube, in these you can see the real raw talent he has and his love for all genres of music. He can sing, rap, and play guitar which is the perfect recipe for music now a days, he can do just about any genre with ease. Another reason why I chose him is because of his personality and how he maintains being humble regardless of his money and success. He still talks about how much of a video game nerd he is and all his hobbies he enjoys, which a lot of famous people lack to share out of fear of embarrassment.
This article is the classic Rolling Stones interview that every famous artist gets to partake in. In this article you can see exactly just how Post lives his life, what he likes to do, what things are around his house, his girlfriend, etc. I think that this article highlights who he is outside of just his music. It also touches on his past and childhood.
This article is a really interesting twist on why Post Malone is so successful and why he is constantly on the top billboards. The article explains a little more about how Post formulates his music and how his voice influences an audience.
This article mentions a lot about his past, how he moved to Los Angeles and even how he created the name Post Malone for himself. It even gives a different perspective on why he is so successful. 

Hayao Miyazaki

Hayao Miyazaki is a Japanese animator, screenwriter, director, and producer. In 1985, Miyazaki co-founded Studio Ghibli, an animated film studio. The majority of Studio Ghibli films are made with hand-drawn animation, following the style of Miyazaki's original manga designs. Miyazaki films use very little CGI, as he prefers to hand-draw and watercolor each background and character frame in the film. That means he and his team draw thousands of frames for a single movie.

Alongside his expertise in art and animation, Miyazaki is an excellent storyteller as well. Each movie takes place in a world that feels fully realized and believable. Every film directed and written by Miyazaki feels completely original and unique, each with a theme or motif that is intended to inspire viewers or provoke thoughts about the state of the world we live in today. Miyazaki is a man who cares deeply about his work, having spent countless weeks and months on each film to ensure no detail is missed. His films are unlike any other animated films, and recommend watching at least one Studio Ghibli film he has directed to get a better idea of his talent.

Short biography and filmography, including a documentary about the director.
-A short biography of him and his films with a detailed chronology of each movie he's directed and how they performed in the box office.

Interview about how he approaches film making and his attitudes towards movies.
-An interview with Miyazaki by Roger Ebert, discussing his films and how he approaches film making and how he perceives his audience reacts to movie elements.

Retrospective of Miyazaki films and the minutia of the worlds he's created.
-A detailed look at how Miyazaki carefully crafts the worlds in his movies, and how each one sets itself apart from the others.



Thomas Pentz, also commonly known as Diplo is a world renowned DJ artist. Today he's one of the highest in demand for music production. He has crafted music for Beyonce, Usher, Madonna, Snoop dog and Justin Bieber. He's the co-creator of Major lazer, a dance music project, and Mad Decent, a successful recording company. Diplo has pushed the boundary in regards to electronic music. With his unique taste, Diplo has inspired many Dj's to explore new sounds. I had the opportunity of seeing Diplo perform at one of his shows in Vancouver, Canada. This show was my first experience with electronic dance music. Diplo's skill was evident and it was from then on I fell in love with electronic dance music. Diplo resonates a sound of freedom, self expression and creativity.

Diplo has has had many successes. He currently records under five different names; Diplo, Major Lazer, Jack U, Silk City and LSD.

Diplo's number one hit in June 2015, Lean on, was named Spotify's global song of the year and was streamed an astounding 573 million plays making it the most solo successful song of all time.

The DJ has taken his recent success to Europe in which his music has spread like a wild fire.

Young Dolph


        Adolph Thornton, Jr., commonly known as Young Dolph is a Memphis-based American rapper. He is 31 years old and one of the familiar faces in the Hip-hop music industry. His debut album was ‘King of Memphis’, which peaked at number 49 on the Billboard 200 chart.Dolph was introduced to various rappers by his cousins. He was involved in a car accident in 2008. In the same year, his grandmother died of lung cancer. The death of his grandma hit Dolph hard and this motivated him to express his thoughts and feelings through music. His rap was an emotional relief for him at desperate times. His first mixtape was titled ‘Paper Route Campaign’ which was a success and it acted as a gateway for young Dolph to flourish his career in the rap world.Soon, Dolph became a local hero through series of mixtapes. Ultimately, he became a nationwide phenomenon around 2014. Young Dolph is intriguing to me because not only does he makes good music but so many record labels want to sign him but instead he continues to be an independent artist. This allows him to basically do whatever he wants and make as much money as he wants without giving a percentage to a label and my main goal in life is to work for myself so he kind of influences me on that perspective.

       Dolph heard about two Duke university barista's who got fired for playing his hit song ''Get Paid" and flew both ex-baristas to his May 11 performance at Miami’s Rolling Loud festival for a special surprise. Midway through his set, he invited Britni Brown and Kevin Simmons on stage and gifted them with $20,000.

       Although, there are certain risks in remaining independent. The benefits totally outweigh the risks. Young Dolph can make substantially more money independently. His turning down the $22 million dollar offer was pure genius. Now, Young Dolph can potentially make more than $100 million on his own.
         In 2013, Young Dolph held a free event called “A Plus Day” in south Memphis’s Lincoln Park. The concert was the culmination of Dolph’s efforts to obtain the respect of his hometown.Dolph is positioning himself to be the next great Memphis representative. Yet his scope spans much farther than the Tennessee borders.