Category: Lifestyle

Controlling Sound With Your Face (And Vice Versa)

January 5, 2013 Tim Gauthier Lifestyle, Music, Video Tags: , , ,

Daito Manabe uses electrical impulses as an artistic medium, creating music through reactions of the human nervous and muscular systems.

“Can you smile without emotion?”

That’s what Daito Manabe asks in the video above. It’s the sort of question many of his digital art projects begin with, leading him to experiment with myoelectric sensors to turn people’s faces into human drum machine. A similar endeavor recently saw him visualizing FaltyDL’s music using jerky, electrified movements of the human body.

Taking the role of programmer, designer, DJ, VJ, and composer on each of his projects, Manabe is able to realize scenarios that change our perception of how our bodies interact with technology. Whereas most electronic musicians control sound with their hands, Manabe uses the electrical impulses of his facial muscles. Most of us just walk in sneakers, but Manabe fitted various pairs of Nikes with sensors that trigger and manipulate sound. DJs have long dreamed of having a third arm to mix and scratch with, and Manabe has already traversed this possibility.

While a lot of digital art prides itself on seamlessness, hiding the wire and code guts of what makes each piece tick, Manabe’s work embraces the functional aesthetic of these tools, focusing his creative energy on conveying a thought-provoking performance. Sitting on stage and altering sound with various facial expressions has this effect without fail.

You can check out Manabe and Perfume choreographer MIKIKO’s projection-mapped video for Nosaj Thing’s “Eclipse/Blue” below. Below that, see some stills from Manabe’s various projects.

(via The Creators Project)

Dim Mak at Red Bull Culture Clash

December 17, 2012 Tim Gauthier Lifestyle, Music, Video Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Earlier this month Dim Mak went head to head against  Friends of Friends, The Jeffrees, and Smog at Exchange L.A. for Red Bull Culture Clash. Each team battled against one another in four rounds including “Introduce Your Crew”, “What Your Crew Can Do I Can Do Better”, “Let Us Entertain You”, and “Leave it All on The Table”. Here’s our personal view from the night featuring Klever, Clockwork, Fashen, and our special guest DMX

Sounds From The Well: Klever – Bout that Life

December 3, 2012 Tim Gauthier Lifestyle, Music Tags: , , , , ,

Check one, check one two. This week we are proud announce the the homie from ATL, KLEVER, has blessed us as well as all of you with a Sounds from The WELL mix. We could not be more stoked for the 2 time US DMC champion to grace all of us with his talent, thanks G. He lives in LA now so follow him and go watch him spin cause he’s BOUT THAT LIFE. (via The Well)

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DIM MAK x AOKI x FAVILA SHRINE PHOTOS

November 30, 2012 Tim Gauthier Fashion, Lifestyle, Music Tags: , , , , ,

We know this dude named Neil Favila that for some reason we like to invite out to our events and activities. He’s been working alongside us for a couple years now and has been steadily becoming a popular name in the industry. What separates Favila from the rest of the photographers out there is his ability to capture the moments that really give one a look into our present culture and chaotic lifestyle. Did we mention that hes super dope and cool and like, knows a bunch of badass people? Hes Legit. Heres a couple shots from Steves birthday…

-Alexander Federic

To see the rest of Neil’s photos from that night click here.

To see the rest of Neil’s photos from that night click here.

Video: Dim Mak Dream Hotel Showcase at WMC 2012

November 30, 2012 Tim Gauthier Fashion, Lifestyle, Music, Video Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Every year, Miami hosts one of the biggest weeks in electronic music alongside Ultra Music Festival, the Winter Music Conference/ Miami Music Week. Join us in our latest video installment as the Dim Mak team takes over Miami in this recap video capturing our official showcase at Dream South Beach Hotel. Keep a look out because you may just recognize a few faces with cameo’s from Steve Aoki, Dirtyphonics, Alvin Risk, PeaceTreaty, Angger Dimas, R3hab, Afrojack, Lil, Jon, Clockwork, Joachim Garraud, and Felix Cartal.

Photo Contest: Felix Cartal #NoSleep

November 27, 2012 Tim Gauthier Giveaways, Lifestyle Tags: , , , ,


Felix Cartal #NoSleep Photo Contest

To Enter:
1. Take a photo of you doing your best No Sleep pose (half-awake, yawning, wearing pajamas… be creative!)
2. Tweet it, Instagram it or upload to Facebook.com/felixcartal tagging both @felixcartal and #NoSleep
3. All photos will be uploaded to Facebook. The two best photos (chosen by us) and the one with the most likes on fbook will win amazing prizes!

3 Prize Packs:
A year supply of Red Bull
A Felix Cartal/Dim Mak merch prize pack
And a third prize to be announced week of winner announcement

Full contest rules at: http://contest.felixcartal.com

Dim Mak x Factory 413 Limited Edition T-Shirt Collaboration

November 24, 2012 Tim Gauthier Fashion, Lifestyle, Music Tags: , , , , ,

Dim Mak has teamed up with Factory 413, the Hollywood boutique owned by Chad Muska and Angel Cabada of KR3W, to launch an exclusive line of limited edition tees.

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These t-shirts will be launching this Sunday at Factory 413 in conjunction with the launch of the Muska x Aoki x Factory 413 Supra Skytop II Remix.

Check Factory413.com for details of the event.

Red Bull Music Academy Culture Clash – Dim Mak vs Smog vs Friends of Friends vs Jeffree’s

November 20, 2012 Tim Gauthier Lifestyle, Music Tags: , , , , , ,

Los Angeles, CA- November 15, 2012- Red Bull Music Academy Culture Clash will return to Los Angeles on December 5, 2012 and will feature four internationally known and well-respected L.A.-based music collectives: Dim Mak and SMOG, both of whom competed in 2010, as well as…

Video: Dim Mak WMC Miami 2012/2013 Teaser

November 19, 2012 Tim Gauthier Lifestyle, Music, Video Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Every year, Miami hosts one of the biggest weeks in electronic music alongside Ultra Music Festival, the Winter Music Conference/ Miami Music Week. Join us in our latest video installment as the Dim Mak team takes over Miami in this recap video capturing our official showcase at Mansion, pool party at Dream Hotel, Steve Aoki’s set at UMF and everything in-between.