Pat Martino and Eldar Djangirov at MI Reunion

This is an amazing performance that I recorded on the second night of the MI Golden Years reunion. As you can see I was in the front row, and had a nice view of Martino’s amazing finger work. Pianist Djangirov was born in 1987, and Pat Martino 1944. Two astounding virtuosos born generations apart.

Here is a link to all of the videos I shot of reunion performances.

NelsDrums Chill Lounge House Laidback Spotify Playlist

Music to inspire creativity: nelsdrums chill lounge

I’ve created a new Spotify playlist with over 500+ tracks of electronic, chill, ambient, lounge, soundtrack, latin, indian, jazz and D.J. that you can shuffle all week long. Over 24 hours of incredible, hand-selected music. Feel free to subscribe, listen, and add some of your own.

Some of the featured artists include The Chemical Bros., Zero 7, DJ Shadow, Arling & Cameron, Amon Tobin, Groove Armada, Barry Adamson, Seks Bomba, DJ Cheb I. Sabbah, Air, and Fila Brazilia. Inspired by the amazing DJ Rusty Hodge of SOMA FM’ Secret Agent. and dozens of other Spotify playlists that I’ve perused to draw tracks from.

Click here to listen on Spotify: nelsdrums chill lounge

Mac OS X 10.7 Kaleidoscope Video Screensavers

Video Kaleidoscope Star Screen Saver Sample

Video Kaleidoscope Trio Screen Saver Sample

There were a lot of requests for a Screen Saver version of “5 Hours of Adriana Lima” amongst the YouTube video comments. In response, I’ve designed these Macintosh OS X video screen savers that dynamically create a 5-point star or triangular Kaleidoscopic view of any Quicktime MOV, MP4 or M4V.

Above are YouTube video samples of what the screen savers look like. View full screen to get the full effect.

Sorry that there are no Windows versions of the screen savers. If you happen to create them, I will be happy to provide links.

Download Adriana Lima Screensaver (Mac)

(installation instructions included within 260mb ZIP)

Download Video Screensaver Only

(to use with your own videos. installation instructions included within 4.5mb ZIP)

Please keep in mind that these screen savers are very processor intensive. They are created purely for entertainment purposes.

Urban Family Dog – All Pink

I was playing around with the iPhoto export feature late last night. An unbelievable simple way to make some music videos using live performance photography. Just need to figure out how to get the right imagery at the right place in the song.

I’ve uploaded to Facebook, and the image quality is quite nice. Facebook’s transcoder is amazing.

Big Head, Little Body

This week my brother-in-law and I went and photographed my son’s fourth grade class outside the classroom. We directed them to make “larger than life” expressions and poses to create some unique class portraits. 28 students, 1 teacher and 700+ frames later, we were ready for some coffee.

Next I spent some quality time with the images. Chose the most dynamic poses and expressions, then went about removing the background. My intention was to spend about 1/2 hour per person, as I like to get these projects done as quickly as possible. It turns out girls with long hair posed an unexpected problem: no hair showing where their neck was, and long hair hung down way too far for the tiny bodies.

So, now we have a couple of real world word math for your fourth graders to solve:

  1. Nels had 29 photos to retouch. There were 16 boys and 13 girls. Boys and girls with short hair took 1/2 hour each to retouch, and girls with long hair past their shoulders took 1-1/2 hours each. If there were 10 girls with long hair, how many hours did it take Nels to complete his project, if he also spent 2 hours creating a slideshow presentation?
  2. If it takes 7 minutes per page to print 29 archival posters for students, how many hours does it take to print all of the posters?

Use the comments to submit your answers.

The students really enjoyed the Keynote presentation that used the photography project to help explain what I do for a living, and how I went about creating the artwork. There was raucous laughter as each image came on the screen, and that made it all worth while. Each child was presented with an archival poster print.

Click on the image above to view a slideshow of all 29 portraits.

What do you think? (leave a comment)

Download wallpaper, portraits, high-res and groups.

Urban Family Dog “3-Finger Charlie” on Soundcloud

I was just playing around with the embed feature from Soundcloud. “3-Finger Charlie” is a funky CD I produced, engineered, co-wrote, designed and performed on in 2001.

Spring Fling 2011

Last weekend I completed “Spring Fling 2011”, a photo collage art project featuring all 27 of my son’s first grade classmates. Just before Thanksgiving my brother-in-law and I photographed the children in the classroom. I explained my job as an art director for advertising, and told them that they were all “Talent” or “Models” for my project.

This morning I went back to unveil the final product via a Big Screen Presentation complete with music. I described the “client presentation” process, and told them they were the clients. They were very good clients, since they liked everything. I gave them each “leave behinds” of an 13 x 19 archival giclee (archival poster print suitable for framing) and a personalized 5×7 image with a link to this post. It is really fun how excited the kids are when they see themselves on the screen for the first time. They were very well behaved, though, as Mr. Grass, the principal, sat in on the presentation.

This is the final installment of a 4-part series. Last year I created a fall scene named “Fall Fun 2010”. Two years ago I did a summer scene called “Summer Break 2009” and three years ago a winter scene titled “Snow Day 2007”. Each artwork featured a castle to represent the school name, Castle Heights.

Files for download —

Right click link FULL RESOLUTION PHOTO and choose “Save link as…” or “Open link in new window” to download a copy of the full resolution version.

Right click link EMAIL FRIENDLY SIZE PHOTO and choose “Save link as…” or “Open link in new window” to download a copy of the email friendly version to send to grandma.

If you are having problems getting the video to play, DOWNLOAD A 110 MB ZIP OF THE VIDEO.

What do you think? (make a comment below)

DW Drum Kit OSX Icons – Vol 1

The other day on a transcontinental flight to NYC, I was playing with some of the imagery I created for the Drum Workshop Kitbuilder 2.0 project that launched in January.

The result was this set of twelve high resolution 512 px Mac OS X icons that look (and sound) killer in the dock.

My friends at DW were also gracious enough to let me distribute these icons. Let me know what you think.

Download Kit Icons Vol 1

2011 Lakers Pride Poster Contest Winner

I had a pleasant surprise a week ago, when the poster I designed for my son’s cub scout pack won the grand prize for the 2011 Lakers Pride Contest. This was a regional competition sponsored by Staples and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Staples sent each competing Scout pack a poster kit that consisted of 24 white squares of fabric, a bunch of colored markers, and a gift card for additional supplies. I created a modular design that allowed the various den leaders the ability to have their Scouts work on squares independently of one another to contribute to the big picture. The final results were stitched together with ribbon and submitted to the competition. Now that’s team work!

At the award ceremony, Lakers player Lamar Odom met with the pack, and presented them with the $1,000 prize. The poster will be on display at the Staples Center for the remainder of the season. click here for a slideshow

Now, if only Kobe can stay healthy, we’ve got an excellent chance of winning the NBA Championship for another three-peat. Go Lakers and Pack 91!