Yes, Moscow, capital of that country that gave the world Theremin and the Polivoks, is now in a fully renewed embrace of the synthesizer. And as that scene develops and gets more closely connected with the international scene, we’re getting the gift of some simply spectacular music and inspiring artists.
This summer, the city will host Synthposium – earning a place on the calendar alongside the likes of Germany’s Superbooth or America’s Moogfest.
And for an artist embodying the new wonders this brings, look no further than Maria Teriaeva, who will play that event live – and who was nice enough to premiere her new single and video here on CDM. Ilya Kolesnikov provides the doodle-like visuals.
Teriaeva is a Red Bull Music Academy (2015) alumnus who indeed traded in her guitar for the synthesizer. (She came to fame as guitarist for electropop group Naadya, but has also taken on the identity Dub i prosto derevo.) She’s now turned her attention to the Buchla.
Her live exploits are gorgeous and minimal; the video here to me recalls the exquisite looped sequences of modular pioneer Laurie Spiegel. And while techno- and EBM- and industrial-dominated darkness has swept Europe, here the sound is full of wonder, rippling modal harmonies turning in circles and shifting lazily through shades and colors.
For me, the most irresistible combination, though, comes in the wonderfully demented video and song Меринос (Merino). This is still her productions, here paired with the lyrics (and vocal stylings) of Vadik Korolev (from the indie group Oqjav). Gina Onegina directs this weirdo-dystopian trip, with its faded post-Communist pastels paired with wax-plastic complexions. (full credits on YouTube)
Her sounds pair Korolev with trombones and yet more synthesizers.
And for a little extra sonic joy, here’s her vibrating, stuttering sound for a power station:
— and a wonderful, bubbling Buchla creation:
Restraint and a fluid approach to time mark all these projects, which makes me just as excited for the coming Buchla-focused record as for anything. I first thought Spiegel; Suzanne Ciani is a reference point, too, as evidenced by this “cover.” (As composition students, we were encouraged to make transcriptions of composers – I think doing a recreation of a beloved analog piece is a wonderful challenge – three seconds being a reasonable challenge.)
We’ll be eagerly anticipating the coming months, then.
Director Neill Blomkamp has released the first teaser trailer from Oats Studios titled, Volume 1. Oats Studios will showcase a series of experimental short films created by Neill Blomkamp and his VFX team.
This is the inspiration #45 of logo design series. A superb and professionally designed collection of Business Logos, inspiring and fresh concept. Corporate identity or Branding is all about creating a logo and in building up the brand value is essentially best done by a graphic designer who is adept in creating images keeping the color schemes, and the artistic value of the image that represents the brand as well as the organizations. When designing a new logo, it should be done in such a way that the customer is able to recollect and recognize the logo design.
The long-awaited film version of Wonder Woman opens this week, starring Gal Gadot as the indomitable superhero.
As Princess Diana of Themyscira, Wonder Woman is of Amazonian blue-blood. Formed from clay by her mother, Queen Hippolyta, and given life by the breath of Aphrodite, she is a demi-god. The gifts she receives from the gods of the Greek pantheon explain her superhero powers, which become evident when she transforms into Wonder Woman.
Wonder Woman made her debut in 1941 in All Star Comics. Her creator, American writer and psychologist William Moulton Marston, drew on a cornucopia of Greek mythology, blending stories from sources as diverse as the myths of Pandora, Odysseus, and Atalanta and the Amazons. Like all members of the Justice League team, Wonder Woman is an imaginative hybrid.
Marston’s comic draws heavily on the Amazon myths. Since the epics of the Homeric poets, there have been references to mysterious and frightening stories of the Amazons. In the Iliad, composed around the 8th Century BC, the Amazons were referred to as man-like, seasoned fighters. The implication is that in war they were a match for men in terms of their prowess, physical strength and courage. The Amazons appear in other Greek myths, such as the adventures of Heracles and Theseus.
Herodotus (484-c.425 BC) recorded detailed information, possibly spurious, but nevertheless fascinating, about this tribe of women. In his account, the Amazons were presented as horse riders, skilled with the bow and arrow, deft with the spear and ignorant of “traditional” women’s work. They were from Scythia (Ukraine, southern Russia and western Kazakhstan), a region sufficiently distant to an ancient Greek to symbolise a frightening, exotic and unknowable land populated by wild and threatening people. Herodotus also claimed that the Amazons had a marriage custom that forbade a young woman to marry until she had killed a man in battle.
The Greek geographer Strabo (64 BC–AD 20) recorded the belief that the Amazons seared their right breasts to better use a bow and arrow or throw a spear. He also wrote that the Amazons were believed to live separately from men – travelling into neighbouring territories to mate – but keeping only girls to rear. While Strabo admitted much of this was likely fanciful, his account provides an insight into Greek fears and anxieties surrounding the Amazons. Indeed, they appear to have been regarded as the bogeywomen of antiquity.
Marston’s knowledge of Greek mythology was extensive, and his ability to incorporate it into a new form truly remarkable. His character, Queen Hippolyte references the authentic mythical leader of the Amazons. Her daughter, Diana is a reference to the Roman equivalent of the Greek Artemis, the goddess of hunting, the wilderness, and wild animals. Likewise, the place of Princess Diana’s birth, Themiscyra, is mentioned by both Herodotus and Strabo as Amazon territory.
As a true Amazonian, Princess Diana is trained in a range of skills in both combat and hunting by her aunt, Antiope. However, as a member of the Justice League, she is not associated with some of the more “unusual” attributes of the ancient Amazons such as breast searing.
Separating fact from fiction
So were the Amazons real?
In her scholarly analysis of the Amazons from “fact” to fiction, folklorist and historian, Adrienne Mayorargues:
overwhelming evidence now shows that the Amazon traditions of the Greeks and other ancient societies derived in part from historical facts.
Mayor cites the Scythians as the most likely source of the Amazon legend. Nomadic peoples originally from Iran who migrated to southern Russia and Ukraine around the 8th Century BC, Scythian women were renowned for their horse riding and hunting skills, and participation in warfare. Along the steppes of Eurasia, archaeologists have excavated Scythian kurgans or burial mounds containing the skeletons of battle-scarred Scythian women along with collections of weapons, hunting equipment and tools.
These Scythian women clearly deviated in part from some of the mythical attributes of the Amazons. They did not, for example, live in all-female communities or remove their breast(s) to better shoot an arrow.
However, their very existence thousands of years ago not only suggests an inspiration for the myth of the Amazons, but also demonstrates how myths, legends and fairy tales work. Namely, the seemingly wondrous and often outrageous aspects of such narratives sometimes contain a kernel – or more than a kernel – of a truth that is then elaborated, altered and sensationalised to become an exciting, rollicking tale.
There are other aspects of Greek mythology in Marston’s Wonder Woman comic. For instance, he uses the basic plotline from Homer’s Odyssey to explain Princess Diana’s metamorphosis into Wonder Woman. On her isolated place of birth, Paradise Island, a Captain Steve Trevor falls from the sky when his plane crashes. This simple story echoes the travels of the ancient Greek hero Odysseus, who is washed ashore onto unknown islands on his way home from the Trojan War and rescued by beautiful women.
Diana falls in love with Trevor. Her mother, displeased, holds a competition to determine the worthiest Amazon to help him return to the world of man. Hippolyta forbids Diana from entering it. But she does – wearing a disguise – and wins. This bride competition lies at the heart of the mythical story of Atalanta, whose father arranges running races between his swift-footed daughter and her suitors, offering her as a prize for the man who can outrun her. As Trevor’s protector in his return to his own world, Princess Diana becomes Wonder Woman – aka Diana Prince.
But it is Marston’s use of the myth of the Amazons that may appeal most to our modern sensibilities. In an interview with the New Yorker, Mayor has described the Scythians as “a people notorious for strong, free women”. This image of independent, strong women certainly appealed to Marston, and his heroine is regularly cited as a feminist icon.
There are numerous exotic accounts of Amazons from antiquity through to the modern age. There are references to ancient nomadic cultures smoking cannabis, sporting tattoos, consuming alcohol and living outside the established boundaries of Greek morality. Some of these details come from ancient sources and some from modern archaeological excavations. It is now up to scholars to continue to make the connections and to separate fact from fiction.
Marguerite Johnson does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond the academic appointment above.
This amazing French apartment has gone through a major makeover with a help of the architects from the GCG agency. Spread on 320 square meters, this place was already large but after a few walls has been knocked down and were replaced by a huge glass panels in metallic frames, the spaciousness of the home became even more obvious.
I really like the selected color scheme with a very cute combination of pastel tones which goes well with the chosen retro furniture and Scandinavian design pieces.
Meet Art Text 3, a graphic design software for Mac that helps to create jaw-dropping text effects without as much hassle as Photoshop. The program comes equipped with diverse editable content, as well as allowing users to create or upload their own content with ease.
A range of diverse 3D materials will offer a wide selection of professionally designed textures, including food related, stone, wood, neon, and other textures. Here is a tasty example of some 3D text with a chocolate cake effect. Combining one of the supplied textures (choco_cake) with a Bump Map preset from the Food category, which provides a highly realistic effect.
The Geometry settings will not only let you bend 2D or 3D text any way you like, but also offers four chamfer types for 3D text. Adjusting 3D depth and thickness, together with the chamfer thickness, it will provide eye-catching 3D text.
The program comes pre-packaged with a variety of 2D shading materials, containing brush, metal, glass and more categories. Apply the brushes shading material to a 2D object will give it the effect of being paint drawn. Multiple settings will let you experiment with the colors, the intensity, and the shape of the material. Add some stain objects to make the graphics even more realistic.
Another example of using a depth gradient is to color depth of the 3D text in different colors thanks to the ability of adding as many gradient spots as you need. A scratched surface effect is easily achieved by applying a mask over the object.
In addition to a variety of supplied 3D materials, users have various 3D effect tools to choose from. See how the Glow effect can spice up Neon material to create bright and attractive graphics. Adding a couple glare objects from the Light Effects collection, it will give you a true Neon light appearance.
Applying one of the many supplied masks to the 3D graphics will quickly achieve a nicely aged texture. Setting a Parallel Projection from Transformations tab to create isometric-style graphics and adjusting Shear transformation settings you will end up with awesome vintage text. Drop in some of the supplied stain objects onto the chosen background to add a finishing touch.
All 2D textures are split into multiple categories, with the ability to import your own image as a texture. Pick one of the many watercolor textures to create beautiful watercolor graphics. Collection of supplied shapes include a variety of watercolor blobs to enrich the graphics.
This look like a great new release; a a double-sided collection of remixes by Focal, on Ultimae: presenting ambient and techno works by artists such as Deadbeat, Claudio PRC, AES Dana, Zzzzra and original designs by French artists Suzy Lelièvre and Raphaël Kuntz.
[dropcap type="1"]T[/dropcap]oday we want to speak about a cool brand based in Venice: Barena. The name Barena has a Celtic origin and indicates the territory of the lagoon between land and water. We like a lot this brand for different reasons, but one is because it’s from Venice, our city, probably known for other aspects, but here there are so many creative people which is time to highlight.
Barena explains that originally Venice was comprised solely of the lagoon, marshland and some small islands, and the activity of the people living in this territory alternated naturally between agriculture, hunting and fishing. Barena’s clothes as we said, are made in Venice and you can see looking at the photo gallery this important connection with the city: a deep love for this unique place and the curiosity and desire to penetrate a centuries-old tradition and research the manners and fashions of great charm, together with a know-how handed down over generations.
The creators of Barena explain that they honours the poetics of the imperfection and requisite slowness in reaching places dear to the heart of every individual. The different collections designed by Barena are deepling respecting the tradition on one side and on the other the and interpretation of high-quality, natural fabrics from wool to linen. A special attention is paid to the details and finishings, delivering to their customers a unique product.
Using a folding compression mechanism, Telescopic Tent offers a new type of emergency tent in the event of disaster. Each unit can be stretched out in length by two people to create a nice, durable shelter. When not in use, it can be retracted back the same way for easy storage.
In the event of natural disasters such as earthquakes or floods, conventional tents can offer relief for victims, however, the process of setting them up can be pretty difficult and tedious. This new concept tent offers better emergency tent that can be easily set up. When in retracted mode, the thickness of compressed tent is just one-twentieth of its expanded state, pretty slim don’t you think? But when fully expanded, each tent module stretches out to two sections, measuring 8-meter in total length. Just in case you need larger space, each module of the tent can be buckled to another to form a larger module.
Designers : Dong Jia, Wu Jiahao, Qiao Song, Feng Ming, Chen Yu, Su Fangyu, Li Siyao, and Zhao Chenyuan
Telescopic Tent is constructed of high resistant and elastic waterproof nylon material. Those window frames together with the length of the tent offer a local inflation structure that supports the window well. Each tent has doorframe that is made of a lightweight high-strength plastic structure, an additional support for the tent body.