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

Jul 31, 2009

July is over, heat is not


So finally August is here. Ok, not exactly yet, but it's Friday and people will just leave to wherever they're going on vacation. That's one of the good things about August, the city is emptier than ever, though I'd still like it even emptier. Empty city means less noise, less polution, no queueing, more place to park, etc. There are also not-so-good things, like the super-hot weather that will probably last until mid-september (Southern hemisphere ski down some cold, snowy mountain for me please! :D) and the oh-so-great habit of doing every major city work and repair on August, which partly thwarts the less-noise, more-parking-space side of things.  Unfortunately, the financial crisis is noticeable and it's no secret that people won't go on vacation as much as they'd want to. Me included. I might do some trip to who knows where, but having a job first is a must or I won't go too far. Walking is out of the picture, mmkey? Anyway, news say that today there will be more than 3 million car trips, which is not bad at all in a country of 46+ million inhabitants. Expect heavy traffic on the highways if you are in Spain this weekend, mostly to and on the coast zones. And by the way, sunsets are cool at the coast, but seriously, watch a sunrise, you won't regret it.

My picture here could be either; your choice. I drew it with Corel Painter IX and a Wacom Bamboo tablet, and adjusted tone, brightness and contrast with Paint Shop Pro Photo. Actually it was my first drawing with Corel Painter some time ago, I never intended to draw anything at all, I was just training with the Wacom, but inspiration came and this was the result. 

Now I'm focused on other things anyway, the new session is more or less planned, and the 3D animation is on the oven, right now taking a lot to render every frame, but things will go faster as soon as I finish the session 'cause the animation will follow the music. Or at least that's the idea. It's gonna be a while till it's done I'm afraid...

Happy August y'all. Just don't melt.

Jul 24, 2009

ReAnimated


I don't really listen to the radio that much. If you ask me what's going to be the summer hit, I say "who cares". Almost all of my music updates come from the Internet and music TV stations. I have a ton of music CD's, but I realized that I have nothing really new, and everything I bought the last year or so is mostly ancient stuff (ancient = 70's). I find myself much confident buying good old music than doing a leap of faith buying any recent release. Specially this last year, everything sounds so similar... I think they're mostly going for the "ka-ching"! Of course, not everything is like that, but it's hard to find a really good album worth it's full price (well, having not a job makes things even more unworthy). And don't tell me about buying song by song on iTunes or whatever, I like to have the physical thing, touch it with my hands, read the booklet and smell the plastic. And here I am, downloading all the "summer hits" just because I want to make a new session, but secretly hoping to find a gem among the garbage.

In the meantime, I've been rather busy trying to make something really cool (finally) with Blender. In the picture you can see a little part of what is planned to be a fully animated scene that will serve as the video for the new session -that, of course, assuming that I really make the session, cause I haven't even started to select the songs. I'm starting to use armatures and paths and IPOs and a lot of other things I just discovered, but I still lack some modelling skills. Whatever, I have lots of time. For now.

Jul 20, 2009

Elek Session #2 - House

I guess I'm quite musical lately, so I decided to upload this Session #2 that I made years ago. You can see the 10 mins. preview on YouTube or download the full length session HERE.

It's a short session, less than 40 minutes, but I hope you enjoy it.

Tracklist:

01. Simply Red - Sunrise (Love to Infinity Club Mix)
02. Röyksopp - Poor Leno (Silicone Soul's Hypno House Dub)
03. ??? - The beat goes on  (I'm not sure that's the real name of the song)
04. Tim Deluxe feat. Sam Obernik - It just won't do (Club Mix)
05. Kult of Krameria - Voodoo Drums
06. Laguna - Spiller from Rio
07. Boris Dlugosch Feat. Roisin Murphy - Never Enough
08. Schiller - Das Glockenspiel (Tiesto Remix)

Total lenght: 37:08

Jul 19, 2009

Elek Session Summer 2009

A brand new session I made for this summer. A couple of classics but mostly hits from 2009, I hope you enjoy it. 

The YouTube video is a 10 mins. preview. You can download the full session HERE.

Full session tracklist:

01. Francois K - Time & Space
02. Syke & Sugarstarr - Ticket to Ride
03. Spankox - To the Club (Highpass Club Mix)
04. Axwell, Ingrosso, Angello, Laidback Luke feat. Deborah Cox - Leave the World Behind
05. Francois Dubois - Blood
06. Fedde Le Grand feat. Mitch Crown - Scared of me (Extended version)
07. Chris Lake feat. Nastala - If you Knew
08. Le Vernissage - Je T'aime (Bodo Turner Remix)
09. Inna - Hot (Play and Win Club version)
10. Eric Prydz - Pjanoo
11. Faithless feat. Cass Fox - Music Matters (Axwell Remix)
12. Gadjo - So many times 
13. Junior Jack - Da Hype
14. Farolfi & Gambafreaks vs. Moloko - A Style Suite
15. Bob Sinclair feat. Sugarhill Gang - Lala Song (Extended Version)
16. Salif Keita - Madan (Martin Solveig Remix)

Total length: 1:16:11