NOW OPEN – Your Best Shot 2017

We’ve just opened the Your Best Shot 2017 Group to submissions and will be accepting submissions through January 5th. Please upload your favorite photo to the group and share with the Flickr community as we celebrate the best photography from the past year.

As a reminder, please ensure it is a Safe image uploaded to Flickr in 2017. As the pool fills up, we encourage you to make galleries of your favorite photos and to create galleries fitting particular themes. You can share them in this discussion thread in the group and get further inspiration from your Flickr Fam.

Flickr staff will begin publishing galleries of our favorites in the next few weeks and throughout the new year. We’ll promote a number of the photos on the official Flickr account and on our social media channels to get more exposure for your work. Be sure to link your social handles on your About page so we can tag you from @Flickr!

We hope you enjoy and we look forward to seeing what you share in the group.

Here are some of our favorites from Your Best Shot 2016:

WILDLIFE

Giraffe necking b/w

ANALOG

Observing Arrangement in Grey and Black No.1

FOOD

Fresh blueberries

LANDSCAPE

The pillars

PETS

noire

Source: http://blog.flickr.net

Introducing: The Spike Lee-Designed ‘Cool Hand Brooklyn’ By Les Artisans De Genève

Spikehero.jpg?ixlib=rails 1.1

What you’re about to see might surprise you: This is a a modified Rolex Daytona designed by filmmaker Spike Lee. I know, right? This is definitely not what I expected to land in my inbox earlier this week, but it certainly caught my attention when it did. While this isn’t the type of thing we tend to write about here on HODINKEE, Spike Lee is a serious creative force and we thought it was worthwhile to take a closer look at this one.

If you’re unfamiliar with Les Artisans de Genève, the idea behind the company is pretty simple. Essentially they create aftermarket modified Rolex watches that fall into two basic categories. First, there are the tribute watches that take a fully modern Rolex and adjust it to look more like a vintage piece. So far, Les Artisans de Genève has created tributes to various Daytonas (including the ref. 6263, the Paul Newman ref. 6241, and others), the Milgauss ref. 1019, and the "Big Crown" Submariner. The second type of watch they create are collaborations with noted creatives. The first in this project was a Daytona made with musician Lenny Kravitz and his Kravitz Design brand.

The next installment in that latter series is what we have here. The watch is called "Cool Hand Brooklyn" and it’s a Daytona that pays tribute to Lee’s home borough of New York City. The watch starts with a reference 116520 Daytona (the steel Daytona with steel bezel and white dial) but looks radically different from what you’ll find if you pick up that original reference.

The watch has a bold blue and orange color scheme, a nod to the colors of New York City (and the New York Knicks, at whose games Lee is often seen courtside). These colors carry through from the sunburst blue dial, with its orange markers and hands, to the blue bakelite bezel with an orange "Units Per Hour" marking at three o’clock. Even the pushers now show these colors too. There’s also an arched "Brooklyn" signature above the sub-register at six o’clock where you might expect to see "Daytona" on vintage models. You’ll notice that the shape of the case has been drastically changed, with the lugs much slimmer than before. Additionally, the crown guards have been removed and the screw down pushers have been replaced with simpler pump pushers.

If you turn the watch over, you’ll see even more modifications. The stainless steel caseback now features a big sapphire window, giving you a look at the Rolex caliber inside. The movement has had a different winding rotor attached, with this one made of solid gold that’s been coated with a rich blue color that matches the dial. There are also filled engravings noting the limited edition, with each individually numbered.

Lee and Les Artisans de Genève CEO John Isaac had a chance meeting at the Soho Apple Store that ended up being the start of this project. Lee says that he’s been a longtime Paul Newman fan and that the actor and his passion for watches was a big part of his inspiration when putting this watch together. Obviously the name is a not-so-subtle reference to the Daytona-loving actor.

The Cool Hand Brooklyn is a limited edition of 40 pieces and is priced at $39,800. Each is made to order for the customer. For more, visit Les Artisans de Genève online.

Source: http://ift.tt/1IiKaDm

Cross-Platform Modular Tracker App, Sunvox, gets yet another big update with AudioBus MIDI and more

If you don’t know Sunvox, then let me start by saying that it is one of the most cross platform apps I know of. It runs on iOS, Android, macOS, Windows, Windows Mobile (not the current version of Sunvox, to be clear), and there’s even an old version that runs on Palm OS. In fact I’ve probably missed off a couple of platforms too. But to illustrate my point …

Whilst nosing around Alex’s site I found a few more pictures that I liked, such as this one. Can you name the Palm OS PDA in the picture?

And finally, this picture, which is a personal favourite, mainly as I took it, in a pub, on the way home one evening, and had a very pleasant time with my Dell Axim Windows Mobile PDA and Sunvox.

Anyway, Sunvox has been around for a while now, and is the brain child of Alexander Zolotov who has also brought us amazing app such as Virtual ANS, PixiTracker, and Quantum VJ HD. He’s also branched out into hardware more recently with Quantum VJ and DJ. If that wasn’t enough he’s also created a programming language called PixiLang too.

But rather than try to tell you about everything all in one go, for now I’ll limit myself to a letting you know what’s in version 1.9.3b of Sunvox. So, here’s what’s new:

  • iOS 7 support has been dropped;
  • Audiobus 3 support (with MIDI);
  • sound engine optimization;
  • MIDI IN options has beed added to the Module Properties: here you can change the MIDI IN channel and the mode (receive MIDI commands “when the module selected” or “always”);
  • the biggest Sampler update since 2008;
  • Sampler: click removal algorithm (between two notes on the same channel, or during the sharp note cutoff);
  • Sampler: added four new envelopes to control the effect (with polyphony support), which is one of the built-in SunVox modules; so you can choose almost any SunVox module (for example, Filter or MetaModule), and it will be stored inside the Sampler;
  • Sampler: new option “Ignore velocity for volume”;
  • Sampler (sample editor): new loop parameter – Sustain; when enabled, loop will be finished after the Note OFF;
  • Sampler (sample editor): deeper zoom;
  • Sampler (sample editor): Crossfade Loop effect has been added into the menu;
  • Sampler (envelope editor): unlimited envelope length, unlimited number of envelope points;
  • Sampler (envelope editor): point info display has been added; press it to show/hide the additional buttons for precise point control;
  • Sampler (envelope editor): new envelope parameters: Gain, Velocity influence;
  • Sampler (envelope editor): new envelopes: Pitch, Effect Controller;
  • MetaModule: new option “Event output”; when enabled, the MetaModule can output events (Note ON/OFF, Set Pitch, etc.) from the internal Output module; see the examples metamodule_arpeggiator3/4;
  • MetaModule: effect 07 (set sample offset by percentage) is now supported too; you can use it to jump to the specified location within the MetaModule-project;
  • MetaModule: new mode “play without repeat” has been added to the “Play patterns” controller;
  • Filter, Filter Pro, Flanger, LFO, Vibrato: current LFO phase is visible now (on the “Set phase” controller);
  • Filter, Filter Pro, Flanger, LFO, Vibrato: the incoming notes (Note ON commands) reset the LFO phase to “Set phase” value;
  • MultiSynth: new option “Trigger” (ignore Note OFF commands; the new note turns off the old note with the same pitch);
  • MultiSynth: new controller “Curve2 influence” (mix between the linear (default) and the user-drawn curve2);
  • Reverb: new controller “Random seed”;
  • LFO: new controller “Generator” (always generate a signal, even if the input is empty);
  • LFO: triangle waveform;
  • Pattern Editor: new function “Place evenly” (place events evenly in the selected area);
  • new project parameter – “Time grid2” (the higher-level grid, number of time grid cells);
  • “Randomize controllers” can now be canceled through the UNDO;
  • lists of the recent files and folders have been added to the file browser; you can disable it in the Preferences -> Interface;
  • “Resize” button has been added to the musical keyboard in the file browser (when the Preview is enabled);
  • Preferences -> Main: new button “Log” (show/save SunVox log);
  • Preferences -> Interface: new option “Zoom buttons” (hide/show zoom in/out buttons);
  • Preferences -> Interface -> Color theme: ability to manually adjust the four primary colors (c_0, c_1, c_2, c_3);
  • new instruments and effects (see the folders instruments and effects);
  • new examples: NightRadio – Reach for the Stars, Transient – Can It Be Beautiful;
  • new simple examples: sampler effect envelopes, metamodule_arpeggiator3, metamodule_arpeggiator4;
  • user manual update: http://ift.tt/2iu6TNt;
  • bug fixes: note hang in Glide, broken virtual MIDI IN port in iOS, problems with Wi-Fi Export/Import, etc.

Sunvox is on the app store now and costs $5.99:

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NOW OPEN – Your Best Shot 2017

We’ve just opened the Your Best Shot 2017 Group to submissions and will be accepting submissions through January 5th. Please upload your favorite photo to the group and share with the Flickr community as we celebrate the best photography from the past year.

As a reminder, please ensure it is a Safe image uploaded to Flickr in 2017. As the pool fills up, we encourage you to make galleries of your favorite photos and to create galleries fitting particular themes. You can share them in this discussion thread in the group and get further inspiration from your Flickr Fam.

Flickr staff will begin publishing galleries of our favorites in the next few weeks and throughout the new year. We’ll promote a number of the photos on the official Flickr account and on our social media channels to get more exposure for your work. Be sure to link your social handles on your About page so we can tag you from @Flickr!

We hope you enjoy and we look forward to seeing what you share in the group.

Here are some of our favorites from Your Best Shot 2016:

WILDLIFE

Giraffe necking b/w

ANALOG

Observing Arrangement in Grey and Black No.1

FOOD

Fresh blueberries

LANDSCAPE

The pillars

PETS

noire

Source: http://blog.flickr.net

Two New Art Prints by Rand Ortiz from THE VACVVM (Onsale Info)

THE VACVVM will release two new art prints by Randy Ortiz tomorrow. “Disingenuous Backpedalling…” is a 9″ x 12″ giclee print, has an edition of 50, and will cost $30. “Everything a Hunter and Everything Hunted” is a 7.75″ x 13″ giclee print, has an edition of 40, and will also cost $30. These go up tomorrow (Friday, December 1st) at 2pm Central Time. Visit THEVACVVM.com.

Randy Ortiz

Randy Ortiz

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Introducing: The Spike Lee-Designed ‘Cool Hand Brooklyn’ By Les Artisans De Genève

Spikehero.jpg?ixlib=rails 1.1

What you’re about to see might surprise you: This is a a modified Rolex Daytona designed by filmmaker Spike Lee. I know, right? This is definitely not what I expected to land in my inbox earlier this week, but it certainly caught my attention when it did. While this isn’t the type of thing we tend to write about here on HODINKEE, Spike Lee is a serious creative force and we thought it was worthwhile to take a closer look at this one.

If you’re unfamiliar with Les Artisans de Genève, the idea behind the company is pretty simple. Essentially they create aftermarket modified Rolex watches that fall into two basic categories. First, there are the tribute watches that take a fully modern Rolex and adjust it to look more like a vintage piece. So far, Les Artisans de Genève has created tributes to various Daytonas (including the ref. 6263, the Paul Newman ref. 6241, and others), the Milgauss ref. 1019, and the "Big Crown" Submariner. The second type of watch they create are collaborations with noted creatives. The first in this project was a Daytona made with musician Lenny Kravitz and his Kravitz Design brand.

The next installment in that latter series is what we have here. The watch is called "Cool Hand Brooklyn" and it’s a Daytona that pays tribute to Lee’s home borough of New York City. The watch starts with a reference 116520 Daytona (the steel Daytona with steel bezel and white dial) but looks radically different from what you’ll find if you pick up that original reference.

The watch has a bold blue and orange color scheme, a nod to the colors of New York City (and the New York Knicks, at whose games Lee is often seen courtside). These colors carry through from the sunburst blue dial, with its orange markers and hands, to the blue bakelite bezel with an orange "Units Per Hour" marking at three o’clock. Even the pushers now show these colors too. There’s also an arched "Brooklyn" signature above the sub-register at six o’clock where you might expect to see "Daytona" on vintage models. You’ll notice that the shape of the case has been drastically changed, with the lugs much slimmer than before. Additionally, the crown guards have been removed and the screw down pushers have been replaced with simpler pump pushers.

If you turn the watch over, you’ll see even more modifications. The stainless steel caseback now features a big sapphire window, giving you a look at the Rolex caliber inside. The movement has had a different winding rotor attached, with this one made of solid gold that’s been coated with a rich blue color that matches the dial. There are also filled engravings noting the limited edition, with each individually numbered.

Lee and Les Artisans de Genève CEO John Isaac had a chance meeting at the Soho Apple Store that ended up being the start of this project. Lee says that he’s been a longtime Paul Newman fan and that the actor and his passion for watches was a big part of his inspiration when putting this watch together. Obviously the name is a not-so-subtle reference to the Daytona-loving actor.

The Cool Hand Brooklyn is a limited edition of 40 pieces and is priced at $39,800. Each is made to order for the customer. For more, visit Les Artisans de Genève online.

Source: http://ift.tt/1IiKaDm