The true delight is in the finding out rather than in the knowing. -Isaac Asimov

May 19, 2009

Elek Sessions #1

[UPDATED 04 June]

Some years ago I made a couple of sessions, which I think are pretty good considering they were not prepared at all, I just made them on the fly. I thought it could be nice to upload them on Youtube for everyone to enjoy them, but what's the point of using a video service if you are only uploading audio? So I made a video-session. :) Here you can see part 1 of 5 (damn Youtube and their 10 minutes limit).

Enjoy!

DOWNLOAD SESSION AS AUDIO FILE (MP3, 49MB)

DOWNLOAD SESSION AS VIDEO FILE (WMV, 483MB)

PS: The audio and video tracklist:

01. Gala - Keep the secret
Video: Gala - Come into my life / Gala - Faraway

02. Watergate - Heart of Asia
Video: Watergate - Heart of Asia

03. JFK - The sound of blue
Video: Chicane - Saltwater / Trance Energy 2008

04. Laava - Wherever you are
Video: Laava - Wherever you are

05. Cosmic Gate - Mental atmosphere
Video: Cosmic Gate - Mental atmosphere

06. (Unknown title)
Video: Bedrock - Heaven scent

07. Mauro Picotto - Komodo
Video: Mauro Picotto - Komodo / Mauro Picotto - Proximus

08. Dj Quicksilver - Trance emotions
Video: Dj Quicksilver - Free / Dj Quicksilver - Ameno

09. Miss Shiva - Dreams
Video: Miss Shiva - Dreams

10. Delicious Delight - Forever mine
Video: Lacquer - Behind

11. Energy 52 - Café del Mar
Video: Energy 52 - Café del Mar / Café del Mar 20th Anniversary

May 15, 2009

Playing with Blender


Last few months I've been trying out Blender. It's my first real approach to 3D modelling, and though I'm going slow, I'm learning a lot by just trying. The nearest I've been to 3D modelling before was years ago making maps for Counter Strike -they must be somewhere in a backup CD or something... and I wanted to go more seriously with it. I'm still learning the basics, playing with lighting, textures, sculpting... it's fun and an awesome time-waster. Let's hope I waste enough time with it to make it worth!

While learning bezier curves, I made a butterfly and I thought I could make a little animation for testing. This animated gif is the result. Not much, but it moves! Yay!

May 12, 2009

Björk


If you look to the left sidebar you'll see a YouTube player with some videos from icelandic artist Björk. Go check them out if you haven't yet. This woman really knows what she's doing. I'm not very sure how I fully discovered her, but I think it was around the date she realeased her 3rd studio album, Post. Anyway, I first bought Debut, her first studio album as Björk (formerly she was on the Sugarcubes). The lyrics shocked me from the very beginning, but the real strenght for me is in the passionate and intense voice, and how she just makes music with her voice. Shortly after, I was drawing this, her face as seen in a picture on Debut. As usual, I had a paper notebook near and that's what I used for it. Since then, she's been a source of inspiration for me, and a really good medicine for my imagination.

Enjoy. 

May 11, 2009

The Internet is weird


The Internet is so vast it just boggles your mind. There's so much info, blogs, news, pictures, music, porn, games, spam, forums, software, shops...you know. But sometimes we forget the most important thing on the web, what's behind all that. People. People who feel, cry, laugh, smile; people with problems just like everyone else. We look at the screen and tap the keyboard and that's all we see, and then the words come and they might hurt. The "virtual world" is not virtual, you know. People is real.

Here is a pencil drawing I made ages ago, of my old school people. There were 5 minutes between classes, and I was sitting by the windows. Looked to my left and grabbed my pencil and notebook, and watched. Then started drawing. Time was not on my side so I had to be quick. No time for details. I could've finished it, but... I like it as it is.

May 10, 2009

The beginning


I guess more or less everyone has been drawing since childhood, that's what kids do after all. They just draw with their imagination. They don't care about technique, and couldn't care less if their drawings look real or not. They just draw, because it's FUN.

I remember being in the school, maybe at twelve y.o., we made a trip to some museum of History; everyone around was bored (ok, not everyone, but most of them) just looking at the stuff and hearing at the monotone voice of the guide. Good thing I got my notebook on me, I just couldn't stop drawing with my pencil anything cool enough to get my attention. I specially remember this aztec calendar (or whatever), it seemed huge to me, and I made this fast sketch of it (i had to drawn pretty fast, since the group had to keep moving, of course!).

I wish I had some of my baby-drawings... could I watch those paintings and understand my baby-me? 

Draw, guys. You'll be happier. :)