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10th September 2014

Victorian GIFs

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Stand up, ye spellers, now and spell;
spell phenakistoscope and knell:
Or take some simple word as chilly,
Or gauger Or the garden lily…

- Anon, 19th Century

The first animated gif was created by CompuServe (remember them?) in 1987. But a century and a half before that, there was the phenakistoscope.

The phenakistoscope was an optical illusion machine that was essentially an early attempt at animation. The animations were drawn in a series around a record-like disc, which also featured a series of evenly-spaced slits. By turning a handle on the machine, the disc would rotate, and when the viewer peered through the slits at a mirror reflecting the disc, the drawings on the disc gave the illusion of fluid animation.

The machine was first conceived by a Belgian physicist, Joseph Plateau, in 1839, who was inspired by the work of Euclid and Newton.

Here are two examples of gif-animated versions of  phenakistoscope discs. More can be viewed here. 

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An excellent soundtrack to these mesmerising images can be found in Savage Imagination – the frankly fantastic new album by Takako Minekawa and our beloved Dustin Wong.

Takako Minekawa and Dustin Wong – She He See Feel

Buy Savage Imagination by Takako Minekawa and Dustin Wong

And if you like that, then you will love this Shugo Tokumaru piece from 2013!

Shugo Tokumaru – Katachi

 

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  1. Maybe it’s just me, but the Shugo Tokumaru song only plays for about 7 seconds and then stops, both streaming and upon download.


    Yours sincerely

    Ben

    12th September 2014


  2. Hi Ben, have reuploaded the file, cheers.


    Yours sincerely

    20jazzfunkgreats

    14th September 2014


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8th September 2014

Arboreal Origins

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(art by Roberto Kusterle)

Music of arboreal origins often sounds simultaneously unheimlich and full of light.

Music from the cities sounds heavy and everyday.

As a tribute to summer’s last gasps, here are two gorgeous luciferian tunes that will prepare you for autumn.

Tara Jane O’Neil – Wordless in Woods

Buy Tara Jane O’Neil’s Where Shine New Lights

Bonus track, from 2013:

Grouper – Living Room

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  1. Yours sincerely

    h0llyh3rndn

    8th September 2014


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4th September 2014

Pretending you’re the dude from Outrun and being totally friggin awesome

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(gifs from Drift Stage – Sunset City beta version)

A 2010 study presented at the the Association for Psychological Sciences convention in Boston found that playing video games that involve reckless driving is associated with IRL reckless driving, “including speeding, crossing double yellow lines, tailgating and being pulled over by the police.”

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In our own XXJFG study, peer-reviewed by Giorgio Moroder and the saintly apparition of Donna Summer, playing video games that involve reckless driving is also associated with mixtapes that blare immortal-sounding house music, seeing the world in 8-bit colours, pretending you’re the dude from Outrun and being totally friggin awesome.

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Here is your mixtape for the reckless car stereo:

Pour Le Plaisir – Radio Jemm Mix

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Here is your co-pilot:

Giorgio Moroder – From Here To Eternity (Pour Le Plaisir remix)

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Here is your tiny dashboard saint, a sparkling, shimmying, love-high hologram:

Donna Summer – Try Me, I Know We Can Make It

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