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01 December 2011 @ 12:53 am

UN-GO by ~auriond on deviantART

Am addicted to the ending theme:

22 June 2011 @ 11:07 pm

Drinking game by ~auriond on deviantART

What I consider my most successful anime pic to date.

I've wanted to do this for the longest time - a realistic background and cel-shaded characters. I wasn't really sure how to pull it off, despite numerous references to that gorgeous movie, The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya.

I have discovered, in the process, that cel shading is a MILLION BILLION ZILLION times harder than photorealistic shading (at least for me). How people can decide where a shadow goes is quite beyond me. At least with realism you can fudge a bit here and there.

Still, overall quite pleased with this piece.
30 April 2011 @ 09:15 pm

Laguna by ~auriond on deviantART
27 June 2010 @ 04:45 pm
Red Dead Redemption is easily, far and away, the most impressive video game I have ever had the pleasure of playing.

Fan-made video using Ennio Morricone's "Ecstasy of Gold"

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If you haven't played this game and you'd like to see more, here is a 30min movie made entirely within the Red Dead Redemption game world, summarising the first 1/3 of the game. It's mostly cutscenes, with the gameplay merely hinted at with different camera angles. But it's Red Dead Redemption in a nutshell, and not even the best parts.

31 May 2010 @ 12:27 pm
The video is small and crappy because I pulled it from my iPod, but the audio's fine.

10 April 2010 @ 09:47 am
I've had an mp3 in my music collection for the longest time. I always thought it sounded rather like the tunes I used to compose as a kid - except ten million times better executed. But it just somehow felt very comfortable listening to it. The progression was very very similar to the things I used to pick out on the piano keyboard. It was like listening to something I composed, but I didn't.

And then I forgot about it.

Recently I heard it again on an episode of Top Gear (love love love their music choices, by the way. LittleBigPlanetsoundtrack!twice!) and that inspired me to dig out the mp3 again. At around the same time I spotted a thread on MetaFilter that recommended Mogwai in answer to a post asking for "awe-inspiring instrumental music". That prompted me to go seek out more Mogwai.

And it was like a world opening up. With every song that I started out going "ehh..." as I listened, it blossomed into that kind of ridiculous "wow this is awesomegreat" sitting there with a silly grin in my mind sort of thing. This is like Coldplay without the vocals. No, wait, to a lot of people Coldplay IS Chris Martin (boo). But it's Coldplay if the bass and electronics and drums had suddenly gotten more forceful personalities. Or, Coldplay is Mogwai with ridiculously watered-down instrumentals and a singer. Mogwai has the same mix of haunting melodies, delicate harmonies, and just full out rock.

Whatever it is, it's my new love.

FOr the curious, here's Auto Rock.

21 March 2010 @ 11:08 am
(Disclaimer: it's been a long time since I've written anything resembling an academic essay, much less one about gender and sexuality, so my vocabulary is extremely rusty. I'm going to use terms that are not entirely accurate, and I'm going to grope about for ways to convey what's on my mind. Forgive me if it goes off the mark in places.)

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21 February 2010 @ 06:20 pm

Holmes by ~auriond on deviantART
30 November 2009 @ 10:35 pm
To fully appreciate this video, you have to know some background.

We'll start with autotune. To know what autotune is, just think of Cher's song Believe. That effect was originally used to correct some off notes in singers' voices, like an audio version of Photoshop. Then Cher, and later artistes like T-Pain, began to use it as a vocal effect. And then it became easily available to the Internets, and people discovered that they could apply it to things like Obama and the news and Winston Churchill. (I find the Churchill pretty awesomely catchy, but rather unsatisfactorarily short.)

Then someone had the brilliant idea of applying the effect to documentaries, in this case a 1980 TV series called Cosmos, hosted by the late Dr Carl Sagan. The result is an incredible new-agey piece of art, both music and video-wise. The already poetic lines chosen become transformed into amazing lyrics in every sense of the word. Have a look and listen for yourself. (It even features Stephen Hawking on vocals. :D )

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