Wondermark: Rockin’ the Laundry

Recently I discovered Wondermark, a comic strip remixed from old woodcuts and other art by artist David Malki. What makes Wondermark so entertaining is the juxtaposition of 19th-century artwork and 21st-century dialogue.

Wondermark comes out on Tuesday and Fridays. Today’s strip is a hilarious example (linked):

Malki describes his art sources:

Wondermark is created from 19th-Century woodcuts and engravings, scanned from my personal collection of old books and also from volumes in the Los Angeles Central Library. Most of the books are bound volumes of general-interest magazines such as Harper’s, Frank Leslie’s and Punch, but my collection also includes special-interest magazines such as Scientific American, Sears-Roebuck catalogs, storybooks, and primers.

AB — 26 January 2010

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Pretty wild: Animated video with Tom Waits and Kool Keith

Normally I steer away from hip-hop, but this collaboration between Tom Waits and Kool Keith was weird enough and fascinating enough to take note of. Gives you an idea what Tom Waits might look like if he was a scary cartoon monster (he already has the voice anyway):

AB — 19 Nov. 2009

Great Remix: The Mother of All Funk Chords

Ever since Stanford Professor Larry Lessig spoke about remix (among other intellectual-property topics) for us at the ILO Institute a couple of years ago, I’ve been fascinated by the subject and have watched out for particularly creative examples.

Yesterday I commented on a new one I’ve found called “Auto-Tune the News.”

However, my favorite example remains “The Mother of All Funk Chords” — a great music mix that brings together clips from across geographies and cultures and age-groups — and across decades of time:

AB — 3 Sept. 2009

Global collaboration produces a beautiful cover of “Stand by Me”

The organization Playing for Change is producing music videos by inviting artists worldwide to record accompaniments to a base track, then mixing their tracks together. The effect is like a more polished version of the remix “The Mother of All Funk Chords,” which I reported on previously.

One nice feature of the Playing for Change videos is that each artist or group is recorded in his or her own environment, mostly outdoors, so you really get a beautiful international flavor in the videos.

Here’s a great version of Ben E. King’s “Stand by Me” that they’ve done:

AB — 28 April 2009