Confronting Myself by Lena Raine from the Celeste OST January 25th, 2018
Celeste is a video game that I will do a review of sometime in the future. I will try to not go into any spoilers in this post, so don’t worry if you haven’t played it. Anyway, this insanely epic piece of music is played during the (Spoiler heavy) part of the game. When I first heard it, I literally got chills, and my mouth lay agape. Also, I find it really cool that the entire soundtrack was written by a Trans person. The song starts out with an amazing chorus of chanting women, and then it turns very electronic. There’s a fantastic synthesizer in the background that makes up the backing instrument. The high intensity of the track makes the gameplay have dramatic tension. My favorite part of the piece is near the middle, when the vocals get distorted, and this plays a major part in the game. If you haven’t played Celeste already, I highly recommend it. The music is amazing, and the story and gameplay are surprisingly deep. Tell me what you think of this piece in the comments’ section below.
Hurt by Johnny Cash March 2003 From The Album: “American IV: The Man Comes Around” Genres: Acoustic Rock, Country, Alternative
This emotional piece was created by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. Cash’s cover of the song moved Reznor so deeply, that it almost seemed like Cash’s version was the original. The song literally brings me to tears every time I hear it, and the lyrics pierce the soul like an emotional arrow. It also is important to know that this was one of Cash’s last songs, as he died months later. In the video, you can tell that Cash’s health is dwindling, but his deep and crooning voice shines out like a last hurrah. His excellent guitar skills are also absolutely beautiful in this song. The video also shows Cash at his prime, and tells his life story. Some of the lyrics really hit hard for me, and I’ll discuss some of them now. “Everyone I know goes away in the end”. This is extremely deep, and basically means that everyone will die at some time, and nobody’s immortal. The chorus also seems like a plea of desperation and demise, which gives the listener a shocking truth about the fragility of human life. Tell me what you think of this piece in the comments’ section below.
Marble Machineby Wintergatan 2016 Genres: Folktronica, post-rock, Experimental Pop
Wintergatan is a very unique band from Goteborg, Sweden. They are known for creating some truly inventive songs, as well as some equally cool instruments. This specific song, “Marble Machine”, was released to Youtube in 2016, where it soon became a huge viral hit. It now stands at over 96 million views, and it continues to increase each day. The video has one of the band members, Martin Molin, showing off his incredible musical instrument, a hand-cranked music box that is played with 2,000 marbles. The marbles are dropped into many different tubes, which connect to various instruments like vibraphones, snare drums, and cymbals. The ending result is a uniquely satisfying and funky melody that stays in your head. I was completely blown away upon my first watch, and have showed the video to many people. I highly recommend watching the video and checking out more of their work, because they are so cool and innovative. Tell me what you think of it in the comments’ section below.
Hello fellow Media Enthusiasts! It’s time for another TV Tropes post. Get ready to be amazing and surprised. Now, let’s begin!
Cerebus Rollercoaster: This is one of the most popular tropes used in TV and Films today. Say you’re watching your favorite show, and it suddenly takes a incredibly dark turn. This can also occur when a character does something completely out of the ordinary. Some examples include; Puella Magi Madoka Magica (The series starts out as a normal Magical Girl Anime, but then you get to episode 4 and *spoilers* occur which drastically transforms the show’s mood and atmosphere). The “Rick Potion #9” episode of Rick and Morty (Rick creates a special potion that makes Morty more attractive to his crush. This unfortunately escalates into a world-wide epidemic, and needless to say, it results in some truly disturbing scenes). Lastly, there’s “The Return of Chef” episode of South Park (This is the last time that we see Chef in South Park. Unlike the usual comical nature of the show, this episode is much darker in tone. There’re references to pedophilia, and Chef meets his end in one of the most gruesome scenes in the entire show).
One of the many fucked up scenes in Rick Potion #9
Serrated Blade of Pain: How do you make a weapon more dangerous? By adding additional blades to it of course! Nothing says excruciating pain quite like extra cutting power. These weapons are extremely popular in Anime and Manga, with characters dishing out bloody carnage on a normal basis. Some examples of these blades include; Saw-Toothed Arlong’s “Kiribachi”, a gruesome, multi-pointed sword that resembles the teeth of a saw blade. Hoshigaki Kisame’s “Samehada” aka Shark-Skin Sword, is a massive weapon that’s made out of extremely sharp scales and hooks. It not only ruthlessly cuts down foes, but can also destroy their chakra. Finally, we have Demise’s Serrated Blade from Skyward Sword.
Hello fellow art lovers! It’s Monday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to take a look at some more of Carlson’s art. Now, let’s begin!
Rainbow Sea by Larry Carlson Archival Pigment Print on Paper
This is an absolutely wonderful work by “Master Surrealist”, Larry Carlson. It’s an outdoor scene with many beautiful colors. The sea is multicolored, starting with a seafoam green background that cascades into a brilliant blue. The sky is also an amazing reddish-orange that shines like a ray of heaven. Tell me what you think of this piece in the comments’ section below.
Silent Fisher by Larry Carlson 2018 collage and paint on paper
This is uniquely awesome work by “Computer Guru”, Larry Carlson. It’s a trippy college with many different animal components. There’s also a very strange, special object in the center of the piece with a furry body, and an owl’s eyes. The object’s body has a holder that’s made out of a serpentine creature. Tell me what you think of this piece in the comments’ section below.
Hello fellow Marine Biologists! It’s time for me to bring back one of my favorite topics! As said multiple times in the past, I love marine life, and I’m always amazed at the new creatures that are discovered. This post will discuss some of the coolest creatures of the sea. Now, let’s begin our incredible journey!
Helmet Jelly (Periphylla periphylla) Size: Can be up to 1m Depths found in: 0-7000m Habitats: Oceans worldwide as well as the Mediterranean Sea Diet: Plankton
The Helmet Jelly is one of the largest Jellyfish found in the deep sea. It is usually bright red in color, and emits a bioluminescent glow. This glow allows the creature to distinguish between light and dark. The Jelly is actually considered to be quite a nuisance in Norway, as it devours many resources in isolated ecosystems.
Radiolarians (Tuscaridium cygneum) Size: 1.2 cm Depths found in: 400-2200m Habitat: Oceans worldwide Diet: Phytoplankton
Radiolarians are unique types of Zooplankton that mainly reside in the column of deep waters. Despite being microscopic in size, when zoomed in on, they’re quite beautiful, and resemble spherical spiky balls. They also can’t swim, and remain perfectly still, floating in the deep depths. When disturbed, the Radiolarian will emit a bioluminescent glow. Upon death, the skeletons of these creatures will fall to the ocean floor, and are one of the prime materials found in abyssal sediment.
Hello fellow art lovers! It’s Monday, and my Gallery is open once again! I hope you guys are ready for some amazing paintings. Now, have fun exploring the gallery!
Peptic Ulcerby Jean-Michel Basquiat (Part of The Daros Suite of Thirty-two Drawings) 1982-83 Acrylic, oil paintstick, pastel, crayon, charcoal, and pencil on paper
This is a great work by “Master Surrealist”, Basquiat. This particular piece has a lot of emphasis on anatomy. His usual tropes are seen in the piece, such as, repeated text, and complex designs. I especially love his morbidly adorable depictions of various organs and teeth. The strangest object in the painting would have to be the chainsaw that’s located near the leftmost corner. I would love to hear what you guys think of this work in the comments’ section below.
The Knife Grinder by Kasimir Malevich Oil on Canvas 1912-13 Genre: Cubo-Futurism
This work is extremely fascinating in design, and I love Malevich’s intricate shapes and use of fractals. The repetition of some of the objects make the main figure appear to be in multiple dimensions, and this is awesome. I also adore his choice of colors, being metallic blue, silvers, bronzes, and golds. This really adds to the industrial appeal of the work. He clearly is influenced by Escher, and the entire piece almost seems like a love letter to his trippy geometric patterns and shapes. If you really examine the piece, you can see what appears to be a man working on a knife with a saw. I might want to dedicate a topic to this specific style of art, and would love to hear your thoughts about that idea and this piece in the comments’ section below.