Avery Burke is performing an acoustic set next Friday inside of The Temporarium, his new coffee shop on 22nd and Guerrero St. It sounds like a fun night and I’m looking forward to hearing Anakiarana and Banty Hen. Full details for the how are here.
I made a flier for the show using Hexels Pro, the Nixin font, and a used candy bar wrapper from Dandelion Chocolate. Although I love the crispness of trixel art, I usually like to add a little extra texture on top just to spice it up. I’d been hoping to use that wrapper for sometime now and happy I finally had a chance to sneak it in.
I have two new items up on Betabrand’s Think Tank this week. If they get enough votes, Betabrand will manufacture them.
The Best Denim Blazer
I’ve been on the hunt for a stylish denim blazer for years. I’ve found many denim blazers on eBay and in shops, but they all seem to miss the mark in some way or another. So I designed The Best Denim Blazer and people seem to like it so far. I even wrote a song about it 🙂
The Hooded Shirt
I’ve always wanted a dress shirt with a hood, but had trouble finding one that met my needs. The fabric was too cheap, the cut was bad, or (most often) the top button/collar just wasn’t right. I decided to make my own button-up hoodie and the feedback was so nice that I decided to put it up on Betabrand for voting. The Hooded Shirt is “An updated take on the classic Silicon Valley look.”
After a long break, I’ve started making some new songs to go in our upcoming iOS game, Sweet Ride (coming later this year). When creating new tracks, I often like to grab a circuit bent toy and improvise for ten minutes, then chop them all up into samples and re-arrange them as a song. Usually the songs are pretty chiptuney, but this one loop I made on my circuit bent Casio SK-1 really lent itself to something heavier.
I don’t know if this song will make it into the game, or if I’ll even flesh it out more, but it’s kind of neat.
A few days ago, a friend sent me this crazy video with a message that said “Dude, that’s one of your shirts… right?”. The video starts off with some guy in a scuba suit swimming in some icey ocean and playing what looks like a giant ukelele. Then it cuts to another guy wearing one of the Houndstoof Glitch shirts I designed for Betabrand while smiling and waving underwater.
I have no idea what’s happening, but it’s the best product placement I’ve ever seen!
I think the video is promoting a jazz festival in Norway, but if you’d like to pick up one of my glitch shirts, dresses, or sock sets, you can get them here.
I recently came across an After Effects plugin named PixSort which creates a very cool and glitchy pixel drifting effect for videos and images. It was PC only at the time I found it, but I sent a quick tweet out to the plugin’s creator and he messaged me a day later saying he ported it. Whoa!
I’m still getting the hang of After Effects in general, but here’s my first experiment with PixelSort and one of my one tracks (which is a new song I wrote using my BitRanger synth).
What is “Pixel Sorting”?
Pixel Sorting is an algorithmic method of creating glitch art. The effect seems to grab pixel areas of a certain brightness or color, and drag them across the rest of the image. One of my favorite tools for creating pixel sorted glitch images is Pixel Drifter, which also allows you to export frames of the sorting as it happens, which makes for cool animations.