September 27, 2016 6:02 pm

As  I’m looking over the life of the VCR, I realize that DVDs aren’t that far from become an obsolete part of the technology spectrum just like VHS tapes. The tech world is evolving expeditiously faster every year and the last VHS has been produced this past summer.

I remember those fuzzy scratchy Disney movies with fat plastic cases. The big trilogy sets of Star Wars and rewinding videos right after watching them. I was never cool enough to have the super reminder machine that did it for you, but the wishing noise of the whirling tape and finishing click takes me back 20 years.

In Japan, the Funai Electric Company has still been producing VCRs up until August of this year. This really marks an end to an era, not just of the VCR, VHS and other tape recorded products, but that we are official past the analog age and well into a digital world.

Between Netflix, YouTube, Hulu and many more, we really have no need for and physical copies of any of our media anyways, Blu-Rays and DVDs are used less and less. Digital can be taken anywhere through either hard copies , cloud storage or streaming. I’ve spent all my college years without any physical copies of any of my papers, except when the teacher asks for them. I keep it all in my accounts online.

With this shift to digital media, a lot of people still buy physical items for nostalgia and because it’s nice to be able to actually hold something with your two hands. Physical CD albums, vinyls and DVD/Blu Ray collections are becoming more popular, but unfortunately it seems pretty certain that the VHS and VCR have seen there last days and it’s time to find a digital converter for them or just throw them out. Goodbye rewinding noise, goodbye Aladdin in crappy VHS quality and good night to the age of VCR.

June 14, 2016 12:23 am

Do you listen to soundtracks? Are John Williams and Marty O’Donnell your idols? Do you have epic scores constantly forming in your head? ThinkSpace Education is starting three different video game audio Masters programs that you can do from the comfort of your own bed.

These programs will be starting in September and so if you want in, better start looking into it. This will be the first ever Masters Degree(s) based in video game music and sound design. A number of people who teach are those who have worked on various famous scores, for example: Assassin’s Creed, Dragon Age, Bioshock 2 and Mass Effect. These are some of the biggest names in the industry and they would be your tutors and mentors. Pretty amazing right? Well, it gets better. 

Your job as a student would involve testing games, creating scores and sounds for those games while familiarizing yourself with a vast amount of software and hardware, most of which is used by professionals every day. The games you work on are not only trials created for virtual classroom learning, but are also part of the formation of a commercial game. That means some of your own work, or the work of your fellow students at this school, may be present in some of the games you and your friends play in the future. 

I could go on about the possibilities. ThinkSpace’s site is filled with so much stuff I have no shortage of topics to discuss about music and the games they accompany. But to wrap up, they have three specific areas to dive into. The first is in music and audio, a focus on how the music and audio interacts and portrays the game. The second is in composing, taking musical genius to the max with scores that grab the player and can even be interactive and ever changing. The third is sound design; every gunshot, animal growl and transforming robot has a unique sound, and you would be the one creating it.

If I was more involved or passionate about sound design and score developing, I would’ve applied when I first learned of it days ago. I’m not trying to sell you on this place or anything, it just seems like an awesome opportunity to expand your knowledge on something so simultaneously creative and technical. If this sounds like you, ThinkSpace is the perfect place.

June 1, 2016 12:00 pm

Actress, Producer, Humanitarian, and Fashion Designer.  Is there anything Aerin O’Connell can’t do?

I have been following O’Connell since her line appeared in a Nolcha Fashion Week show in 2015.  Her sleek designs are classic enough to feed my inner debutante and edgy enough to appease the hipster desperately trying to escape.

ATYPICALSOUNDS had the opportunity to chat with Aerin about her Autumn/Winter collection of Intrepid by A’OC at the launch party for the line’s new video. The line goes on sale this month and I will definitely be snagging the tuxedo jumpsuit and the little red dress.

INTREPID by AO’C from Gerry Sievers on Vimeo.

What made you decide to be a designer?

To be completely honest, it was a very gradual process.  It’s not one thing, I had been working in film, and kind of creative across the board but it wasn’t a conscious choice to seek out being a fashion designer.  I love designing in general, whether its jewelry, furniture, clothing.

Do you still design furniture?

Well I’ve been busy doing this, so at the moment no. But it’s something I’d like to explore in the future.

Screen Shot 2016-06-01 at 12.02.48 PMI heard that you got started with fashion on set. How did you start leading wardrobe teams on set?

My ex-husband had a lot of faith in me to pursue that sort of aspect of film. I had produced, but wardrobe and costumes were something that he and I felt could merge as far as my love for fashion and my love for period pieces. I had gone to the School of Style in Los Angeles, because a stylist isn’t just a personal shopper. I haven’t done much more than shorts and independent films but they were featured.

You based your designs on Edward Hopper. What elements from his paintings did you incorporate into your designs?

I’m obsessed with space, and when you over-complicate scenery, [it over-complicates the] depiction of anything really.  I think this goes back to the synonymous tagline of Intrepid, that less is more. Negative space can speak volumes more than too many objects.  So I’ve always kind of related to that.  You’d look at something like Chicago and a bar, and there’s one guy at the bar, one bartender, and this perspective from across the street. Not many things are in the imagery and that’s more impactful and intense for me. Less is more is something I strive for in my everyday life within fashion, within my apartment, within furniture. It just kind of reigns through in paintings like that. It leaves room for the imagination, for perspective, for interpretation, leaving a lot of it up to the individual. I think that is far more powerful than creating it for them.

Any film plans on the table?

Yes. An old friend/producing partner and I worked on the short film “Woke Up Crying.” The director was John Ibsen, known for international trailers like “The Dark Knight.” Him and I have been working on agreeing on a project. He’s been working on “The Avengers” right now, but it’s going to be a feature. As far as documentaries go, I’m still in post production on my documentary about Liberia, and human rights, mainly women and health issues.

How do you want people to feel when they wear your designs?


Did you grow up with an interest in fashion?

I think I always had an addiction for fashion. I loved shopping, it’s how my mother and I would bond, My interest dove deeper when my sister-in-law took me to the Lower East Side or East Village to an antique boutique to find a vintage leather bomber jacket and she sparked that interest for me. But I’ve always been into clothes.

Tell me about your biggest supporters. 

My brother, family in general, special friends in Los Angeles and CJ who has taken over and Kevin Nolan. He’s the reason why I started custom making furniture and jewelry. He also has a flair for design, and an amazing eye for aesthetics, so we’ve teamed up for renovations and other design aspects.

Where do you find inspiration when you’re stuck?

I never seek out inspiration. Inspiration finds you. I really believe in that. You can hide and run but walking out of your door every morning, things will cross your path and will stun you or spark some sort of inspiration. You just have to be willing to receive it.

What are you most proud of with this line?

The fact that I have kept going and I didn’t give up when things got discouraging and that I had the courage to move back to New York and continue what the dream really entails.

What do you have in store for the future?

Stick around and find out.

Do you have plans to head back to LA or are you staying put in New York?

I’d like to be bi-coastal, but I knew that if I wanted to continue this venture it requires my undivided attention, concentration, and seriousness so I’m here until we can get this off the ground.

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Interview has been condensed for publishing.

May 25, 2016 1:01 pm

Most people use at least one form of social media, be it Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or some other platform. Many of us are active on multiple networks. Simply put, the internet has changed the way we interact with others. A byproduct of this interconnectivity is the attention to our online presence. With editing and selection, social media users can create an online identity that may, or may not, accurately represent who we are. 

Bemebemeconcept, a video-sharing application launched as a beta version in July of 2015, is re-envisioning the nature of social media. When sharing on Beme there is no way to edit what you are posting. You don’t even have to look at your phone. 

Created by vlogging icon Casey Neistat and former Tumblr VP of Engineering Matt Hackett, Beme is an attempt to bring authenticity back into social media. In the words of Neistat, “[Beme] is a platform to share your perspectives, to share your world with video, and to see other people’s perspectives via video that you can trust, that’s real.”

Here’s how it works: Beme uses the proximity sensor on your phone’s camera to begin recording videos up to 8 seconds long. By covering your phone’s sensor, Beme records what you are actually seeing and then automatically posts it online.  There are no filters, no hashtags and no way to preview clips. To take a selfie, flip the phone around and repeat the process.

You can also record by tapping and holding a camera icon within the app, but the video recording screen remains black until the clip is posted. This helps to counteract issues when recording with devices without a proximity sensor, or if covering the sensor makes it difficult to capture what you want to record, while maintaining Beme’s unfiltered nature.

Beme users can fill up their personal Beme profiles with clips for people to view and share reactions to other people’s videos. The result is a unique, unaltered insight into the way that people experience the world. When other users view your Beme videos the app even notifies you that, “1 person has spent [insert seconds] as you.” 

Beme has a lot of the same flavor as Casey Neistat’s daily Vlog. The videos of his life make a point to maintain an honest relationship with his audience. Although edited in Final Cut Pro X, all of Neistat’s YouTube videos have a raw and unscripted feel, the same sensation you get when using Beme. 

The app’s interface is intuitive, but may be challenging if using Beme is your first foray into social media. Other than a short introductory video and walkthrough after launching the application, Beme doesn’t give you much direction for navigating the app or posting your videos. That said, figuring out Beme’s nuances can be accomplished by tinkering with the app for a few minutes.

After encountering some issues following the initial launch, the Beme team went back to the drawing board and produced a product that is a fresh and innovative approach to social media. Now out of the beta-version, Beme is on full-release for iOS and Android platforms, and can be downloaded in the App Store and Google Play.

Enjoyable Casey Neistat vlog: breaking up is hard to do 

February 16, 2016 8:41 pm

Animal Collective brings out the weirdos. Thankfully, some of these weirdos have art school assignments to complete, or just so happen to have a knack for editing avant-garde films and old cartoons in a way that blends seamlessly with some of AnCo’s best songs. When I was first getting into Animal Collective in high school, these videos were indisposible, because when you play one of their songs to someone who’s never heard Animal Collective, it’s probably not gonna go over well. So seeing concrete evidence that not only thousands of others loved this weirdo nonsense, they were so passionate about it that they made these meticulously thought out videos to honor them. I highly doubt any other band has as many of these as Animal Collective. The sheer quantity out there is seriously daunting. Here is a small sample of my favorites:

Prospect Hummer by Josh Wilmarth

Let’s throw you right into the weirdo wolves with this one. Here we have a cloaked boy in juggalo-esque face painting, rubbing leaves all over his face. I’m hoping that those teeth are part of the costume, but one can never be certain about these matters. Dental care often gets tossed at the wayside when on the hunt for new shrubbery to caress.

Someday I’ll Grow To Be As Tall As The Giant by AcetoacetilCoA

On Spirit They’re Gone, Spirit They’ve Vanished, Animal Collective was really into using sound effects that would be right at home at an old timey carousel. Tribal women performing a synchromized dance around a bearded barbarian also fits the mood, too. They move so gracefully around this guy, and what makes it all so perfect is that it looks like he’s never seen dancing, or women, before. This song accommodates to that swirl of confusion.

Peacebone (Pokemon Cover) by Jacob Ruefer

I almost didn’t include this one because it’s a cover, and if I include covers to this whole thing, I’m opening up another internet rabbit’s hole. But this’ll be an exception because bizarre Pokemon incorporation here. Some people might be enticed by this video because of the pile of Pikachus in the beginning despite the fact that it’s the most overrated Pokemon ever. Seriously, do not train a Pikachu. Evolve it into a Riachu using the thunderstone. I can not be more serious about this.

Winter Wonderland by GOOMBAHlord

Speaking of rabbit holes, here is the oldest fucking iteration of Alice In Wonderland set to film ever. Anyone who’s used a computer for longer than two minutes is aware of the ubiquity of Alice In Wonderland fan-art, so this was pairing was inevitable.

Bluish by serpico

It’s fitting that the most straightforward love song Animal Collective’s ever done gets the Anime Ship treatment. For those unaware, ‘Shipping’ is when fans get so emotionally invested in two TV characters being together that they create fan-art and fanfiction celebrating it. Is there any Avey Tare and Panda Bear shipping happening anywhere on the internet? I’m not sure. Immediately contact me if you find anything, though.

Bees by Zach Johnson

Considering the name congruency here, I’m surprised this is the only Animal Crossing inspired video on YouTube. Maybe other people saw the perfection of this one and figured, ‘why even bother?’ The blurred drifting of each character works so well with the flowiness of the autoharp on “Bees.” Do not be surprised if the afterlife is just you in animated form running aimlessly across empty plains while this song’s being played from an unknown source.

Did You See The Words by racuchy

By far my favorite fan video out there. Most AnCo songs have true childlike whimsy to them, and “Did You See The Words” captures that type of wonderment best. Pairing it with the silliness of a Pluto cartoon where he gets punked out by a bunch of tiny little birds who eventually become his friends is all too fitting. There’s too much adorable to handle here!


Winter’s Love by The Simpsons

Yes, Animal Collective found their way on an episode of The Simpsons and it was magical.

December 28, 2015 12:36 am

How do you normally get sound effects for your video projects? Do you rip them from YouTube, or download them from less-than-legal sources? Now you can get sound effects easily and legally, no matter your budget.

Soundly is a cloud-based app, that includes free and subscription services. It’s compatible with any software that works with drag-and-drop, including Pro Tools, Logic, Final Cut, and Premiere. It also offers the option for lower resolution files for use with slower Internet connections, and is compatible with Mac and Windows.

The interface for Soundly is simple – listen to sound effects, choose one, and drop it into your project. There is also the option for dragging only a piece of your chosen sound effect to your project, allowing for tailored use of each effect. The free version includes a good selection of sound effects, like the eclectic “Man Humming” and “Head Hitting Windshield.”

Soundly was created in Oslo, by Peder Jørgensen (a musician, sound designer, and programmer) and Christian Schaanning (a sound designer with an impressively long IMDB page). Jørgensen’s personal website is charming in a way only a Norwegian programmer’s website can be charming, greeting visitors with “You are here either because you followed a link from one of my projects, or I met you last night and drunkenly exchanged numbers followed by me excitedly sending you lots of unintelligible texts for which I apologize profusely. Either way, welcome!” Schaanning’s work you may recognize from the 2014 DreamWorks film, Penguins of Madagascar and (also from 2014) Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder (How did I miss this??)

Soundly is easy to use and fun to mess around in, and would suit anyone from a working professional to a high school student looking to spruce up a video project. Not a bad first app for a startup.

October 28, 2015 12:14 pm

If you were lucky enough to be a part of CMJ this year, you may have caught a set by Melbourne quartet The Harpoons. Comprised of brothers Henry and Jack Madin, Martin King, and singer Bec Rigby, the band swiftly demands attention in live performances from Rigby’s powerful vocals and unique sound.

Ready For Your Love, the band’s newest single, features a melody that could only be inspired by a vacation in the Australian bush. Pair that with a music video recapping their recent Japanese tour, and you’ve got something special.

We spoke with Bec about her performing at CMJ 2015, discovering new music, and performing across the world.

 I saw your CMJ performance at Pianos and was blown away. Bec, how long have you been singing for? How did you and the band work out the unique sound you’ve all developed?

BR: Thanks a lot! We’ve all been singing pretty much our whole lives because we all come from musical families! We’ve been besties (and two of us are brothers!) for many years. We just kind of created this weird thing together from talking and playing and loving the same types of music.

There were a significant number of bands from Australia at this year’s CMJ. Were you able to catch any of their performances, or meet up with friends in bands who also traveled to New York from Australia for CMJ?

BR: Yes! Lots of our favourite bands played actually, so happy to see them all there. Friendships are one of our mega fave duo of legends – although Mish from Friendships fell off a roof really early in the week and broke her arm! She’s doing well now and her bandmate Nick did a KILLER job, he played his heart out, played for two. We also loved seeing Sui Zhen, who wears glorious shiny turtlenecks and sings about emotions and losing her internet connection. </3

Sadly we didn’t get to see many others – CMJ is a busy time!

Harpoons_2How did your CMJ go? Did anything stand out to you about your 4 performances?

BR: New York is amazing. They were all great. What stood out was how friendly pretty much everyone who came to see us was! We had super nice crowds.

How did you prepare for CMJ? Was it intimidating that you were booked for a series of dates at a music marathon on the other side of the world?

BR: For sure! We prepared by getting pretty stressed about it and practicing a lot, trying to make sure we were covered for the intense types of shows we’d be playing – 10 minute change over, 25 minute set – it can get pretty tight!

Who were your favorite bands from this year’s CMJ? Did you discover anyone new?

 BR: Yes! We saw this incredible trio of singers 90’s-style power pop singers with perfect synchronised dance moves at Pianos one night after we’d played, they were called Romance. If you ever get the chance, SEE THEM. Also blown away by GEORGIA at Rough Trade. She is so musical, watching her slam her songs on the drum kit and whip her hair around and say “WHOO” was mesmerising. Plus there was free packets of Pocky!

You performed in London immediately before coming to New York for CMJ. Do the crowds in the two cities differ at all?

 BR: We’ve played in Japan, UK and now USA and what was really cool for me is that we could see that people had the same connection to the music everywhere we went! It’s pretty inspiring playing a room full of people who haven’t seen you before and they seem to get where the music’s coming from, and get the emotions it’s trying to convey!

Were you able to try the pizza while in New York? How did it compare to the pizza in Australia?

 BR: I basically lived off $1 slices for a while there, and may I say the $1 slice is HIGHLY variable in quality. I had some best and some blurst ones. But the sheer joy of getting a slice bigger than your head for one measly dollar pretty much beats the disappointment of a bad one every time for me. NY pizza has stolen my heart.

I know you have a few more live performances scheduled for when you get back to Australia. Is there anything else fans can expect to be seeing from you in the future?

 BR: We have a lot of new music in the works actually, so fans can look forward to that coming out over the next year or so!

Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers Soothe The Crowd
September 10, 2015 9:51 pm

Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers first caught my attention when their video covering Hall and Oates’ “I Can’t Go For That” went viral 3 years ago. Who decided to record their impromptu jam sesh while driving?! Since then, I’ve been keeping up with their now famous “Van Sessions” which you can find on their YouTube channel. Aside from the unusual setting they decided to hold a jam session in, her impeccable tone and perfect harmonizing with the band members captured my heart, an easy task when you have their raw talent and acoustic sounds.

Nicki Bluhm

Surprisingly this was the first time I’d been to the Bowery Ballroom, despite the number of concerts I’ve been to all throughout the city. She seemed to attract a wide range of fans, mostly who were much older than me and didn’t seem like natives to the LES. The show was pretty calm with no one needing to desperately shove their way to the front row thankfully. She came out with a beautiful flowy white outfit that made her look like a cherub, especially with the iridescent lights shining from behind her. She hit every note perfectly, putting us all in a dreamy state with her soothing voice. Surrounding fans were getting into the groove, all eyes locked on Nicki. You could tell that the crowd appreciated her music deeply. They brought out the opening band, Andrew Combs towards the end of the show to join them during “Ooh Las Vegas” which made it quite the memorable evening, leaving me wanting to take a road trip to Las Vegas.

nicki bee

Learn to Fly with Cesena, Italy
July 30, 2015 11:45 pm

Today has been a big day because the people of Cesena, Italy made an epic video for the Foo Fighters1,000 very passionate Foo Fighter fans got together and performed ‘Learn To Fly’ in hopes of getting Dave Grohl’s attention and getting the band to perform in Italy. A total of 250 singers, 350 guitarists, 150 basists and 250 drummers. Insane! You have to check out all these Italians rocking their hearts out!


Desert Noises Release Their Hilariously Sexy Video For “Shiver”
June 7, 2015 5:27 pm

“I’ll just close my eyes/Live in my dream” “Out of My Head”

The name Desert Noises—like many of the band’s songs on their debut full-length 27 Ways—came out of a dream that popped into front-man Kyle Henderson’s head while sleeping. “I just woke up and wrote it down on a piece of paper,” says the 24-year-old, who used it for the band he’d first formed with his brother and a friend in the Provo/Orem, Utah area after leaving his promising job as a business analyst for a multi-million-dollar skin care company, and a wife, behind.

Joined by fellow twenty-something cohorts bassist Tyler Osmond (yes, those Osmonds), guitar-shredder Patrick Boyer and drummer Brennan Allen, the foursome set out in a van three years ago and haven’t stopped since. 27 Ways is being released on L.A-based indie label SQE Music.

Recorded in the magical Sonic Ranch Studios in El Paso, Texas, on the banks of the Rio Grande with producer Nick Jodoin [Black Rebel Motorcycle Club], the album turns those experiences into songs which detail 27 Ways of breaking away from Mormon family and friends to undergo their own mission—touring in a rock ‘n’ roll band. “We’ve distanced ourselves from the religion,” explains Henderson, “but not the people, nor the community. That’s basically our family and everyone we know.”

Ironically, considering the band’s name, the album opens with the sound of waves crashing on the ocean, incorporating influences in beat-oriented soul and R&B as well as classic psychedelic rock (Led Zeppelin is a big touchstone), often in the same song. Check out the choppy rhythms in the opener, “Grandma Looks,” which share a name with Tyler’s Tumblr blog, morphing into a lilting Grateful Dead jam. There are also nods to Mumford & Sons-style folk in the marital strife of “Mice in the Kitchen,” as well as acoustic delta blues in Boyer’s slide guitar stylings on the album- (and often live set-) closing gospel plaint, “Dime in My Pocket.” The album sports a pair of set-piece anthems in “Keys on the Table” and the wide-screen “Angels,” with its telling lyric “I feel the weight of the world in change.” Brendan Allen’s tribal percussion plays a huge role in “Follow You Out.” Osmond’s undulating bass underlines the burning sexual desire of “Shiver,” while Boyer’s rumbling guitars and a big bottom characterize “Run Through the Woods.” With its grinding, acid-rock feel, “Elephant’s Bed” channels both the current (Aussie band Tame Impala) and the past (Neil Young’s Buffalo Springfield stint), with “What the World Made,” a song about hitting rock-bottom, sporting a loping, country-rock vibe not that far removed from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

Henderson, whose mom was a piano teacher, didn’t pick up the guitar until he was a high school senior, but he soon made up for lost time, taking off from listening to Zeppelin, Modest Mouse and Bob Dylan to writing and playing his own songs.

“Older music is all we really listen to,” says Henderson. “Those melodies are so simple, but profound, soulful and timeless. And that’s what our music aspires to…to never get old.”

Desert Noises the band

Desert Noises backstage at Lollapalooza on August 2nd, 2014 in Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois.
Credit: Alex Reside

Osmond, who had been performing with his famous family since the age of two, got his first bass at 12, explains that the songs for the new album were all written and road-tested live while the band was on tour.

“This is what we always wanted to do,” Tyler explains. “Find four other dudes willing to work as hard as one another toward the same goal. That’s rare in and of itself, especially when you have to sit in a van together 12 hours a day. But we’re all brothers now.”

“I don’t know how we found each other,” says Henderson of his fellow bandmates. “We knew each other from playing around the area, and then it kind of got out of control from there. We didn’t really choose to be in this band. The band chose us.”

Indeed, there’s a sense of fate and destiny in Desert Noises that comes across in the band’s commitment to keep the flame burning.

“We don’t think too much about the future,” says Henderson about the group’s long-range goals. “You don’t want to disappoint yourself by setting goals you can’t achieve. I think it’s better to just let it flow and take its course.”

The constant roadwork, including high-visibility gigs at the Austin City Limits Festival and LouFest in St.Louis, have led the band to learn more about the outside world, and at the same time appreciate where they came from.

“It gave us great faith in humanity,” says Tyler. “Growing up in Utah, everyone has the same mentality. Seeing how many good people there really are out there has been eye-opening. We sleep on the floors of fans we met that night.”

At the same time, Henderson has learned to co-exist in his own world, returning to his wife, while still being able to follow those dreams that keep coming to him.

“Yeah, there are ‘27 Ways’ to get out of town today,” he jokes. “The hardest part is choosing one of them. There are so many things you can do to get out of bed in the morning…but there are times you just want to stay under the covers all day.”

With the way Desert Noises’ career is progressing, that doesn’t seem to be an option.

“I’d like to be doing this until I’m in my 80s,” laughs Tyler. “To my grave. We all see the potential. It’s fun and it’s good.”

“I want to know what it’s like/to light this thing on fire,” sings Henderson in “Mice in the Kitchen.”

Sure sounds like Desert Noises have done just that on 27 Ways.

Desert Noises the band