be nice to your electronics…

August 21, 2009

Recently, I’ve been on a robot binge. There’s a site that has a bunch of incredibly talented model makers, www.fichtenfoo.com, that I happened upon. At any rate, as a freelance graphic designer, on my slow days, I like to keep my Photoshop chops snappy, and I started to make composite images this week, using shots of the models the artists posted on the site with images I scoured from the web. Here’s one of my recent composites:

That nasty looking bio-mech perched on the building is a from scratch-built model called the Vrill Class 2 Hecaton, created by the extremely talented Luca Zampriolo. Yes, that thing was created by hand (needless to say, I’m saving up for one).

Back story to this image is your basic alien invasion, natch. The fireballs in the background are more Hecatons entering the atmosphere, their drop-pods burning off. They definately aren’t stealthy, and nothing scares the natives more than a good ‘ol meteor ripping through the atmoshpere. Not sure what the soldiers plan to do with those pea shooters, but what you gonna do?

Image credits: the amazing background art is by Andree Wallin, whose work I found here. You know where I got the Hecaton model shot… The soldiers in the foreground are two of our finest, in Afghanistan in ’07; we can only hope they made it home safely.

Filed under: Art — Kiru @ 3:58 pm
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kiru vs. the beastie boys

gotta love the Beasties for releasing their acapellas out into the wild for all of us whackos to mess around with. This one is from ’06, when I was using the loop-based program called ACID 4. Bit heavy on the bass, but it’s still a fun one to bounce to. Again, hiphop meets DnB in a dark back alley on a rainy night. Who will win?

Kiru vs. Beastie Boys - Alive
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kiru vs. crown city rockers

I like hiphop that’s not all about gang bangers and misogyny… and I LOVE me some drum and bass. Put the two together, you have something special. This one’s been in my vault for a few years. May change it up, may not… Yeah, it’s a sickness.

Kiru vs. Crown City Rockers - Simple
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from the frontline

As I get older, and shed the sense of self-importance that is a part of youth, I realize that I’ve had a remarkable life. It wasn’t easy, or perfect, even though it took me a while to face those facts. And I tended to bitch about aspects of it for a while, until I realized that it was time to get over those parts of my life and move on.

All these experiences, good and bad, were the crucible that made me who I am, as an artist, and as a person.

Some memories that stand out, in no particular order:

A sunny morning in Morocco, the Beach Boys on the hi-fi, the smell of eggs cooking sunny side up. Tendrils of mint tea wafting in from outside with the breeze, as the front gate guards brewed a pot for themselves. Memories of a marketplace, me strapped to the back of our cook, smells of spices and baked goods, noise, the taste of hard candy in my mouth. The beach and huge waves, scraping tar off of our feet before getting in the car.

Vague memories of the Sahara desert when I was a little kid, my family with some friends packed into a VW bus, roaring along an empty road with a golden wall of sand bearing down on us, then finding shelter in a concrete bunker, me drinking Fanta, waiting for the sand storm to pass over us. Another one of an unsecured tent being blown down a gully we set up camp for the night. Eating lamb with Bedouins, the result of which gave me Typhoid fever. Hallucinatory images of an airfield as my parents rushed me to the nearest hospital, which was at a military base.

Seeing a thief get lynched in Lagos as I rode by on my Huffy BMX. Riding away very quickly. Waking up in the middle of the night to the smell of smoke, looking out the window to see a house two doors down on fire, as the owner, a corrupt official, tried to get rid of incriminating evidence. The start of another military coup in Nigeria. Crossing through police checkpoints on my way to school on Victoria Island in Lagos. The nightly ritual of locking up the house… 2 padlocks on the front door, then 2 on the metal door that lead up to our bedrooms. A ten foot high wall with spikes, flood lights, and day and night guards at the front gate. Lagos was a violent place back then.

Staying at a hotel in Rwanda, and giving the front desk a tape with Bob Marley’s Exodus” and “Uprising” on it. Soon hearing that tape looping in the lobby, the hotel restaurant and on the in-room radios… pretty damn cool. The disturbing thought that some of the friends I made there could have been killed during the genocide.

Walking through a bazaar in Damascus, Syria, wearing a “No Nukes” tee shirt with the US and USSR flags in a yin/yang design. Ahh, my days as a righteous Deadhead.

Filed under: Life — Kiru @ 2:54 pm
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strictly dub

Dub track inspired by Dennis “Blackbeard” Bovell. Warm up your subs, this one is a rumbler.

Kiru - Strictly Dub
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…begin transmission

“Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of your horn. They teach you there’s a boundary line to music. But, man, there’s no boundary line to art.” – Charlie Parker

“Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosphy. Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks and invents.” – Ludwig van Beethoven

“If music be the food of love, play on: give me excess of it…” – William Shakespeare

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.” – Plato

“Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.” – Confucius

“Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of your horn. They teach you there’s a boundary line to music. But, man, there’s no boundary line to art.” – Charlie Parker
“Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosphy. Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks and invents.” – Ludwig van Beethoven
“If music be the food of love, play on: give me excess of it…” – William Shakespeare
“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.” – Plato
“Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.” – Confucius
Filed under: Life — Kiru @ 10:12 am
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