Off Book

  1. Steampunk art evokes an alternate reality where steam is the primary source of power. Technology, though highly advanced, has taken on a very different look and feel, and fashion is heavily influenced by Victorian styles. In this episode, we explore the Steampunk aesthetic and art movement. We speak with a Steampunk artist, a composer who created an entire piece of music inspired by Steampunk, and a performing arts collective whose work falls naturally into this intriguing world.

    Featuring:

    Joey Marsocci aka Dr Grymm: drgrymmlaboratories.net/
    Third Rail Projects: thirdrailprojects.com/
    David Bruce, Composer: davidbruce.net/
    Ensemble ACJW: carnegiehall.org/Academy/Ensemble-ACJW/

    Additional Art By:

    flickr.com/photos/wbur/5263191443/
    flickr.com/photos/donpezzano/3956829477/
    flickr.com/photos/almostjaded/1343511972/
    flickr.com/photos/ezra1311/5880325465/
    danielproulx.blogspot.com/
    urbandon.blogspot.com/
    cyborgnecromancer.deviantart.com/art/Steampunk-Santa-72796605
    etsy.com/shop/Aranwen
    instructables.com/id/Steampunk-Segway-Legway-/
    robinlatkovich.com/
    acidkitty3.deviantart.com/art/SteamPunk-Hello-Kitty-2-195343972
    shirtoid.com/44341/steampunk-ponies/
    ericpoulton.blogspot.com

    Music by:

    Anitek: jamendo.com/en/artist/Anitek

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    Produced by Kornhaber Brown: kornhaberbrown.com

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  2. Video games are more important than they seem. They are a storytelling medium, a place for self-expression. The age-old tradition of gaming teaches us strategy, maneuvering, and the importance of making choices. From the cinematic experiences of mainstream gaming, to the hyper-personal environments of indie games, gaming activity defines the way we live and interact with information, and each other.

    Featuring:

    Eric Zimmerman, Game Designer
    Jesper Juul, Game Studies Scholar
    Leigh Alexander, Game Journalist
    Syed Salahuddin, Game Designer and Curator

    Music by:

    4mat, freemusicarchive.org/music/4mat/
    The Shortsleeves, theshortsleeves.bandcamp.com/
    Trash80, trash80.net/

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    Produced by Kornhaber Brown: kornhaberbrown.com

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  3. We swim in an ocean of products. Behind each one, there is someone (hopefully) thinking about the way we experience it. In this episode of Off Book, we explore three aspects of product design: build quality and engineering fundamentals, humanism and sustainability, and speculation on the future of the product experience. In discussion with the 4th generation owner of a classic brand, a brilliant designer of socially progressive products, and an MIT researcher looking to revolutionize the product experience through 3D printing, we’ll capture a sense of the values and challenges in the contemporary world of product design.

    Featuring:

    Dr. Harvey Moscot, Moscot Eyewear

    Yves Behar, Fuseproject

    Peter Schmitt, MIT Personal Robotics Group

    Special Footage Credits:

    Makerbot Industries

    Music by:

    Tryad, tryad.org

    Transient, last.fm/music/Transient

    Anitek, jamendo.com/en/artist/Anitek

    Silence, jamendo.com/en/artist/silence

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    Produced by Kornhaber Brown: kornhaberbrown.com

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  4. As the 90s came to a close, the business of music began to change profoundly. New technology allowed artists to record and produce their own music and music videos, and the internet became a free-for-all distribution platform for musicians to promote themselves to audiences across the world. The result was an influx of artists onto the cultural scene, and audiences were left wondering how to sort through them all. In this episode we discuss these massive changes, and reveal how music blogs and websites have arisen as the new arbiters of quality.

    Featuring:

    Jon Cohen, Co-Founder, FADER Label
    Ryan Dombal, Senior Editor, Pitchfork
    Blake Whitman, VP of Creative Development, Vimeo
    Anthony Volodkin, Founder, Hype Machine

    Music by:

    Flex Blur: soundcloud.com/flex-blur
    Mindthings: jamendo.com/en/artist/mindthings
    Dub Terminator: jamendo.com/en/artist/DUB_TERMINATOR
    Nestor Gonzalez: jamendo.com/en/artist/Nestor_Gonzalez

    Special Location thanks to Converse Rubber Tracks Studio

    Artists from Music Video Section:

    Rihanna - We Found Love - vimeo.com/33123323
    Miss Eaves - Diva Pop - vimeo.com/34415367
    My First Earthquake - We Float - vimeo.com/31941995
    Moullinex - Catalina - vimeo.com/19723907
    Sleigh Bells - Riot Rhythm - vimeo.com/16668477
    Keep The Heat
    Morning Teleportation - Expanding Anyway - vimeo.com/14304059
    Da Silva - Les Stations Balnearies - vimeo.com/33569324
    Goose - Synrise - vimeo.com/20913850
    Tim and Puma Mimi - Perspective - vimeo.com/11742651
    DYE - Fantasy - vimeo.com/30798517
    Dan Wholey - Amateur Rocketry - vimeo.com/29672263
    Health - We Are Water - vimeo.com/10818338
    Colours - Colourfornia - vimeo.com/26906724
    Dancing Pigeons - Ritalin - vimeo.com/13639493
    The Naked And Famous - The Sun - vimeo.com/27790801
    The Limousines - vimeo.com/18665622
    Flying Lotus - Kill Your Co-Workers - vimeo.com/15568767

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    Produced by Kornhaber Brown: kornhaberbrown.com

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  5. Type is everywhere. Every print publication, website, movie, advertisement and public message involves the creation or selection of a fitting typeface. Online, a rich and artistic typographical culture exists, where typefaces are created and graphic design seeps in to every image.

    In episode 2 of Off Book, typeface designers Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-Jones outline the importance of selecting the right font to convey a particular feeling. Graphic designer Paula Scher talks about building identity in messaging, while Eddie Opara uses texture to create reaction. Infographic designers Julia Vakser and Deroy Peraza map complicated data sets into digestible imagery, mixing color, graphics and type.

    Artists:

    Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-Jones, Typeface Designers
    Paula Scher, Designer
    Eddie Opara, Designer
    Deroy Peraza and Julia Vakser, Designers

    Music by:

    VLOOPER: vlooper.bandcamp.com/album/copycat-a-dilla-tribute
    Anitek: myspace.com/anitek123
    Reno Project: soundcloud.com/renoproject
    Stidiek: myspace.com/stidiekmusic
    Hinariku216: soundcloud.com/hinariku216

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    Produced by Kornhaber Brown: kornhaberbrown.com

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