Two gentlemen teamed up to create an album inspired by Italian spaghetti western soundtracks, with Jack White and Norah Jones.
Brian Burton and Daniele Luppi met in Los Angeles in 2004. Burton, better known as Danger Mouse, had just created a media storm with The Grey Album, begun work on Gorillaz Demon Days opus and was also embarking on his hugely successful Gnarls Barkley project with Cee-Lo Green. Luppi, a composer from Italy, was receiving acclaim for his album An Italian Story, which revisited the cinematic sounds of his childhood. (He has also written music for the screen – Sex and the City, Nine – and later worked with Burton on arrangements for Gnarls Barkley, Dark Night of the Soul and Broken Bells.) United by their shared passion for classic Italian film music, they decided to create something special. After an intense songwriting period – writing separately at first, and then together as the songs evolved – they travelled to Rome in October 2006. Luppi made some calls and they assembled the original musicians from films such as The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and Once Upon a Time in the West – including the legendary Marc 4 backing band and Alessandro Alessandroni’s ‘I Cantori Moderni’ choir. The Album comes along with a superb social media campaign including a stunning interactive film “3 Dreams Of Black” by Chris Milk in cooperation with Google. Check out the swarm of birds in the last third of the film and direct it with your mouse. Explore the inifinite, it’s amazing!
Great Track feat. Jack White:
Google launches Julia Map on Google Labs, a fractal renderer in HTML 5
Julia Map uses the Google Maps API to zoom and pan into the fractals. The images are computed withHTML 5 canvas. Each image generally requires millions of floating point operations. Web workers spread the heavy calculations on all cores of the machine.
We hope you will enjoy exploring the different Julia sets, and share the URLs of the most artistic images you discovered. See what others have posted on Twitter under hashtag #juliamap. (Posted under Julia meets HTML 5 by Daniel Wolf, Software Engineer). Click on the images below to dive in to infinity!