Tuesday, 10 November 2009

New Madvillain. 2010.

New Madvillain music....

If you haven't heard any cuts at a Madlib set, you haven't heard any of the rumours, you weren't aware of the clips on youtube, if you haven't heard anything about DOOM & Madlibs lastest Madvillan project...your probably not that much of a fan.

So far it's sounding like they're taking a different direction with the sound of this album, what I heard in the club was different from the J.Rocc radio show clips, but they just have me on the edge of my seat, on the edge of a cliff leaning forward dying for more.

If you have heard nothing....look here....

Friday, 30 October 2009

Narrow Minded Gamers

So let's be a little serious for a bit...

I've always been a follower of the games industry and although, I am not once the hardcore gamer I once used to be, I still keep an keen eye on what is going on.

First off, I was always a big Nintendo fan, perhaps I do hold a slight bias towards them, but I always thought with good reason, in the past I was a lot more dedicated and fixed on arguing my point, these days though, I look at the average gamer as more narrow minded than I was at that time.

I currently have all three consoles within my house hold and I only chose not to support Sony, explanation? I still kind of hold them responsible for the death of Sega, while at the time when Sega were going head to head with Nintendo I still stood in favour of the Big 'N' I respected and liked Sega products and didn't mind supporting them. Another thing that put me off Sony completely was the whole 'stealing the design' of the original Playstation, that alone is an essay.
But Sony & Nintendo once worked together hand in hand and the PSX was the left over result after the divorce during pregnancy. Outside of that, I've only been put off Sony more by their total lack of creativity and originality withingaming. I could go on, but that'll be all on my stance within the games industry.

The Super Nintendo Add-On, with the Optical Drive developed by Sony.

Original Concept art of the Playstation, note the controller.

The point I wanted to make was on what has become of Gamers, the problem with the games industry to me, were developers always trying to appeal to commercial crowd with elaborate formula's to sell games [Sex, Violence, adult themes etc] & the total lack of innovation and creativity that was absent within the industry.
It was pretty bad right after the Sega era when Sony took things to the next level of casual gaming, which was pretty much the Sony Playstation becoming an fashion accessory, Sony had perfected Sega's formula.

The Sega Dreamcast. The final console produced by Sega.

Today, though, the Xbox 360 stands above the PS3, Microsoft now has Sony fans feeling the same way about the industry as I did during Sony's inception, an rather entertaining irony. Thing is though, I respect Mircosoft more than Sony, they came into the industry & just done a good job of dominating, why so mad? Because they can afford it? They learned from all other their flaws after the run of the original Xbox & have beaten Sony at their own game, without stealing console designs.
Sony still are using their second controller format [Dual Shock upgraded with motion sensors now called Sixaxis], Mircosoft two consoles deep are on their third design, lets not forget this is Sony's third console excluding hand held, remakes and incarnations with never made it to the west or light of day.
At the moment, Mircosoft and Sony are ripping off each others Minor innovations, I feel the games developers themselves are still caught up in what I see as a now primitive competition of "who can imitate the other the most" while upping each other via cliché's and better graphics without the improvement of collision detection or general animation outside of typical motion capture [An enormous percentage of the games out today, look exactly the same].

Gears or War (Top Left), Resistance (Top Right) & Halo (Below). As Yahtzee Says "On the Brownish Grey/Green Spectrum"

So, what about Nintendo? After their struggles against Sony starting during the era of the N64, Nintendo were billed by gamers and fan's as "Going out of business in the next year" for around nine years, almost an decade, the success of the Pokemon series of games and merchandise saved the company quite a bit, but in late 2006 the Wii came out, it blew the competition out of the water although it's graphical and processing power are nothing in comparison to either the Xbox 360 or the PS3 it was what it done which made it such a success, the motion sensing abilities appealed to the masses, it wasn't just a mass of gamers trying to get the console, but more a mass of people dying to play Wii Sports.

So the biggest irony to fall into place after this was the fact gamers thought it was too gimmicky or took too much energy to use or...[and this is the big chunk] it was too commercial.
Nintendo managed to take causal gaming to a level most never imagined possible, brought in new innovations which will only be continued to be developed on all new consoles, Nintendo or not, Re-designed the controller & once again dominated the industry like they once had in the past only to have the very same gamers who demanded originality and innovation, complain about things they really should know better about by now.

The Wii hasn't just brought the truth side of the gamers either it's the developers mostly and always, the potential of such an console makes openings for massive amounts of creativity, but the industry have been so lazy and unoriginal, we probably won't get to see this potential until the next two generations of games consoles.

Saturday, 24 October 2009

Some Random Inappropirate Ashar - Beat Dump 1 details...

Inappropirate Ashar - Beat Dump 1

Originally a typo the Inappropirate was spelled incorrectly to represent the total lack of legality of the album. I now completely hate the incorrect spelling & it makes me cringe every time I look at it!

...the Samples?

The album features a lot of samples including some from, WCW, WWE, Grease, Ivan Van Sertima interviews, Richard Pryor, The Beatles Yellow Submarine, Vanilla Sky, Ghostbusters, Youtube tutorials, Count Duckula, Trap Door, Tears for Fears, Elton John & even more!

Oh, and here's the link again...
Beat Dump 1

Friday, 23 October 2009

So I finally made an album drop!

Inappropirate Ashar - Beat Dump 1

This is my first official album kinda thing. It's a free beat compilation, 10 tracks produced by myself, some of the beats are old most though fresh. I'm going to circulate it as much as I can and post up my favourite [mostly negative] criticisms.

Here's the tracklist details & a download link:-

1. Intro
2. Surely Funky!
3. Creative Control
4. Mr.Digital's 13th Plan
5. Slick on Stage
6. Rule Breakaaa
7. Mr.Digital's XIth Fortress
8. Poltergeist Snatcher
9. Demented David
10. Live! From the Bridge

I am also responsible for the album cover. Just in case you somehow thought otherwise.
(I liked it anyway)

Friday, 25 September 2009

But there's more...

....time to be wasted on this nonsense!

The rules actually got thrown out of the window by this point.

Me and the rules cited creative differences.

Even got to a point where I gave "imaginary artist" Martyn Amos, a short Discography.
This all just turned into me dicking around [obviously during an more important project].

Either way, Check it out! Brand New!

KOCT - I Myself deny it.

This is the most recent, don't ask why everything came out in
reverse order, I can't be arsed to wrestle HTML at this hour...

I really love this one, more improvement with text settling better
on the cover, slick blending.

Paroxytone - The most Potent Muse

One of the best, still has room for improvement.
The names are pretty cool too...maybe real bands do this....

No Wave Cinema - "Wisdom is whats left..."

Seems so real, almost too real, surreal pic too.
I can half imagine what the music sounds like, look at those graceful clouds.
[Also note, Parental Advisory]

The Martyn Amo's Series

Obviously by now, I was just having fun with it.
I thought the name "Martyn Amos" was kinda 'useful' [Cool],
So I gave this "imaginary artist" an trilogy.

"Stranger than we can imagine"

"The last product of civilization"

"...and let love be free"

Better things to do? Yes....

...but working on nonsense!

It's a game I came across in the procrastination hell-holes of Facebook.

I do enjoy it too much. Rules are:-

1 - Go to Wikipedia. Hit “random”
or click en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random
The first random Wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.

2 - Go to Quotations Page and select "random quotations"
or click www.quotationspage.com/random.php3
The last four or five words of the very last quote on the page is the title of your first album.

3 - Go to Flickr and click on “explore the last seven days”
or click www.flickr.com/explore/interesting/7days
Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

4 - Use Photo-shop or similar to put it all together.

5 - Post it with this text in the "caption" or "comment" and TAG the friends you want to join in. [Piss off everyone else you know with any experience in Photoshop]

Anyway, here's a bunch I did! Which ones are the most convincing??

April 16th - ...and may be some time

There is an strange irony behind this one....

Kawle Gorne - Thwarting you at every turn

This fit too well, blended quite well too.
Album name is solid gold though.

Jinhua - Because I am Looking Down

People thought this was real. Seems genuine too...
No idea who "Jinhua" actually is.

Nesciothemis - To be Stupid, Selfish & Have good health

I love this pic, so random and bandlike.
Started to steer away from the rules a little while working on this one.

Old Strathcona - One Who lets himself be loved

Poor placement on my part. This is one of the first I done.
Not a big fan of it really, but shows development I guess.

Friday, 10 July 2009

The Cookie Monster is Dead!

Whacked on Sesame Street
For those who don't know, the Cookie Monster is no more...

Monday, 6 July 2009

This page is disgusting.

I just noticed. Going to work on a new skin/colour scheme.

Probably going for a retro gaming look or something.

Also going to put in some more effort, get some more readers & make this blog a little worth while.

Merge to my iGod.tk site may soon be imminent.

Also, check out this mixtape cover...I didn't make it. But I kind like it,
something a little away from the usual glorification. Not sure how the
mixtape itself goes, hopefully it follows through with it's approach to
it's presentation.....hopefully.

Monday, 29 June 2009

More Mixtape Covers...

More Mixtape Madness!

Making these mixtape covers is usually a good exercise for practicing my skills in photoshop, but I'll just be honest...I like making them for fun, the process is quite entertaining and as much as I learn new techniques, I also get an entire barrel of laughs delivered instantly.

Insufficient Funds Volume 2:
"The Destruction of Heaven, Earth & Every God damn thing inbetween"
Was volume 2 even planned? No. Most of this work is spontaneous & often (and this being a prime example) inspired by random nonsensical conversation. The design for the cover is just a comedic brainstorm between me and a friend, all of the titles and "quotes" asides from the main mixtape name, were all just on the spot think-up's.

The international Ballin' Cartel. Volume 1
Have we not all seen this already? An mixtape with this exact kind or presentation? An name so self glorifying it's almost nauseating? Alias so boastful of financial benefits it gets annoying? Or Maybe just an claim so ridiculous, just questioning the idea of how one may exactly control an 'international ballin' Cartel' isn't even worth the thought.

Thursday, 15 January 2009

Mixtape Covers

A while back, me and another fellow (highly creative), animation student conjured up the idea of impersonating Slick Rick (me) & Ol'Dirty Bastard (him) and creating an entire album...as a joke, this joke has now (with a little creativity) evolved into a hoax, because nobody who is part of this clever little lie will be browsing here (due to the lack of curiosity, not caring or can see through an obvious lie), I'll share the mixtape covers.

Insufficient Funds Vol.1
This is the first edition, made to look as cheesy as possible featuring
explosions, a fast car, a transformer, an iPhone, Dragonballs, speakers, lightining & four seals of approval.

The Bleach Mixtape
A Clever ploy to gain the attention of the correct crowd (And it worked too). Using
the styles of the popular anime series Bleach & completely done in B&W.

The Dark Knight Mixtape
It's a typical mixtape marketing ploy to use anything recently popular to sell a
mixtape, you'd think the fans would see through this creativity dodge & cheap marketing,
but it works everytime.

Reservoir Dogs: The Mixtape
A group of us 'animators' were supposed to get together to recreate the iconic
Reservoir Dogs shot, never happened. Around a year later and a few hours ago from this
post I shopped one, not everyone got in but...whatever.
I will admit now I feel a little guilty not shopping it, but making it into a mixtape cover, not
for Tarantino or whoever else was responsible for the shot, not even for remixing the pic, but more for making it into a mixtape cover...it's hard to explain.

Friday, 9 January 2009

Nah, they don't want it...

One for the money....

I actually like this video, maybe because I love the song, maybe because I love the beat & man, it makes me miss Dilla. Every verse on this song was good, every verse, in fact the original plan was to make the video for the entire song, but of course this is a long process and I like going out now and then.
Either way, I was pleased by the results even though there are mistakes and even if Newgrounds wanted to get all critical about it.

Short cuts. Because unless you really enjoy the long way, they're the only way. This animation wasn't made with short cuts, it was made the way I learn't to animate, frame-by-frame like a "full-time sucka". Took around the same amount of time as my next post.
Liked it but still wanted more in the end.

Don't Blink

Thursday, 8 January 2009

The Animator/Director

Anyway, after reading some stuff about money and ad's I decided to post up some content. This is my first Animation I submitted online, it's called "Singing Thing Playing thing" (creativity was obviously exhausted at the time).