Cool stuff for the week ending 21/06

It’s been almost two weeks so here’s a few, next week expect a Cannes Lions special.

Good Books – Metamorphosis

A fantastic Hunter S Thompson inspired animation

Where Things Come From

Just love the whole message of this one

Beyond: Two Souls

Trailer for the game starring Willem Defoe and Ellen Page, story telling in games takes another leap with David Cage

Facebook 1914

A great way of using social media and today’s technology to get people interested in the past

Lou Marco- Don’t Care

Cats in Tanks

Great idea for a showreel from a post house

Postmodern Jukebox

The wonderful sounds of Postmodern Jukebox, also loving their Daft Punk – Get Lucky cover


Kanye West Film

Haven’t seen this yet but looks interesting, a film made by the most timid man in hip hop which uses all of the songs off his current album as a soundtrack and focus

User-generated Radio

Here’s something I’ve been using for ages and I haven’t mentioned it here. It was only when I told my brother about it and he’s never heard of it I thought it deserved a mention.

Basically user generated radio is where you give an example of some music you like and then it will play you other stuff it thinks you like. You then Decide if you like it or not and gradually it gets more and more attuned to your tastes. You can also have different stations for different mood.

To give you an example I just created a Chick Rock station on Pandora by choosing a number of bands I’m into at the moment that all just happen to have female lead vocals.

The Gossip, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and CSS (Who are just FANTASTIC).  So as well as playing songs by those bands it chose some others for me, some I liked some I didn’t but as it went on there were less songs I didn’t like.

Anyway try it out for yourself the two most well known ones are Pandora and Last FM.  If you are outside the US I’ve found that when Pandora asks you to register and asks for a zip code just type in 12345 and it works.  Another thing I should mention is that these things are completely legal, this is because you can not choose a specific song to listen to and you can not rewind a song.