Sci-Fi-O-Rama-Spotify-Playlist-#03

Here is my 3rd Spotify playlist and this time I thought I’d go for something of a theme, that being “Alternate 80’s”. Therefore then all tracks I’ve featured hark from that era. Ok so maybe they’re not all alternate, and actually, one isn’t from the 80’s at all (although in spirit is) but once again there all pretty much synth driven.So a couple of notes on this selection:

We kick off with an obscure Eurythmics B-Side from 1982 before moving into several familiar cuts from some of the UK’s seminal acts of the time. Then moving uptempo swoop into a more club orientated angle with offerings from Pete Shelley (Buzzcocks) & Depeche Mode before swerving southbound into Italo Disco mode with Aeroplane’s ( They’re better than Daft Punk) recent remix of Sebastian Tellier and then Peter Richards “Walking in the Neon”. The last segment moves to electro-pop with Tim Simenon’s Bomb The Bass Project, followed by some early Moroder-esque Eurodisco from Belgium. The selection ends with, for me, one of the greatest pieces of electronic music ever produced, the totally timeless and therefore completely amazing “Dead Eyes Opened” composed by Aussie

2010 Cassini Orbiter Gallery

Cassini Saturn Photography

Cassini Saturn Photography

Cassini Saturn Photography

Cassini Saturn Photography

Cassini - Saturn Gallery

Spotted this breathtaking selection of abstract space photography earlier today and thought it’d make a good meander to the flow of the blog…

This post then is something of an expanded retweet which I first saw linked via We Are Build’s Twitter feed http://twitter.com/BuildsBlog. The full article comes via Wired Magazine and that’s where you can see a complete set of 12 images. Here are my thoughts and notes on the selected imagery…

All 5 photographs have been taken this year by NASA’s enduring Cassini probe which started it’s long mission to Saturn and it’s many moons back in 1997. Cassini–Huygens was developed as a twin NASA/ESA venture, with NASA constructing the Orbiter and the Europeans building the Huygens Probe (lander) which touched down on the surface of Titan

Julien Pacaud – Scandale

Julien Pacaud Scandale 1

Julien Pacaud Scandale 2

A quick feature on French Illustrator Julien Pacaud who specialises in playful Surrealist Photomontage often underpinned with subtle darker tones, here are two examples of tinged with mid 20th-century sauciness.

I’ve been meaning to feature Julien for a while but didn’t know where to start, it’s all superb. If you’re interested in the craft of Photomontage Illustration and would like to see a demonstration of how to construct with Laser-Guided Precision definitely check out Julien’s site: http://www.julienpacaud.com a fantastic portfolio and an extremely impressive client list.

Mark Weaver (1)

Mark Weaver (1)

Mark Weaver

Mark Weaver

Mark Weaver

Mark Weaver

Mark Weaver

A selection of wonderful photomontage collage, the unmistakable style of American Graphic Artist Mark Weaver. I’ve been meaning to do a feature on Marks work for a while, though I’m sure you may already be familiar with him as samples from his Portfolio have (rightly) done the rounds on all the major design feeds.

So what makes Marks work so great? Well, it’s a marriage of several elements; muted palettes, subtle abstraction, striking typography, but most obviously it’s all founded in the selected use of great source material. Makes me want to ram-raid a jumble sale!

See more at Marks Portfolio Site: http://markweaverart.com/ and his Flickr Photostream http://www.flickr.com/photos/markweaver/