港劇女人掌摑戲 Slaptacular Drama Supercut

•December 17, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Chinese soap operas look intense (damn I’ve been binging the wrong shows):

…I am honestly surprised at how diverse that was. Like, it wasn’t a case of ‘once you’ve seen one slap you’ve seen them all’ — there were counterattacks, reversals, a freaking 10 HIT COMBO, and I even saw an interception, for goodness sake! And sorry if any part of that video depicts your actual life lol. I suspect a small few of my friends are laughing at that but from an ironic point of view. Ouch (lol).

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Shy Luv — “Shock Horror” [music video]

•March 21, 2017 • Leave a Comment

This is a real catchy song. Love it! Directed by the French duo Bif, the video features Shy Luv falling in an endless skydive amidst gigantic women in swimsuits:

“CGI allowed us to create impossible camera shots, animate the duo and populate each scene the way we wanted,” says Bif. “We used the photogrammetry scanning system in order to recreate a perfect 3D model of each character.” “The animation was mostly created using simulation,” they add. “By applying physics and dynamics forces we manage to get very interesting results. The band inflated like balloons were alive, diving in the sky in a very organic way.”

Björk — “I Miss You” [music video]

•November 26, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Discovered this amazing Björk music video made by Ren & Stimpy creator John Kricfalusi that I have never seen before today — It is a gem!!!

An ongoing online debate was sparked over why nudity in children’s cartoons, primarily of the female form, was so frowned upon and considered taboo, while male oriented lewdness was more or less acceptable. The debate came to no standout conclusion so will most likely resurface again some time. I made a case for aesthetic appreciation and used Kricfalusi’s Ren & Stimpy for context, so when I searched for an example to back up my point, I found I Miss You, and for lack of a better excuse, I pretty much got sidetracked. It is a weird and wonderful music video, don’t you think?

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Pixelord — “Rescue Cyber Party” [music video]

•November 18, 2015 • Leave a Comment

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Animation by Alexandre Louvenaz facebook.com/alexandre.louvenaz and alexandre-louvenaz.com / Music by Pixelord pixelord.ru and facebook.com/pixelord / Production Wemotion wemotion.net / For more from King Deluxe visit kingdeluxe.ca.

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“Slapdash Supercars” by Max Siedentopf — This Guy Is out at Night Pimping Strangers’ Cars with Cardboard

•November 17, 2015 • Leave a Comment

There is a man in Amsterdam who wanders the streets during the silent hours of the night carrying pieces of cardboard and masking tape, so he can custom shape and stick them to random people’s cars to make them look less ordinary and more like supercharged pimp-mobiles, unbeknownst to the sleeping owners:

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“Individuality, self-expression, and status are more important than ever these days. But for some reason you see that things as ordinary as cars are getting personalized less and less, while it could be a strange but great form of self-expression. I thought I’d do people a favor by giving them a custom-made supercar.” ~ Max Siedentopf

Right, and I’m sure they are grateful for it. For more work from this cardboard vigilante, visit: http://maxsiedentopf.com/

Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” Performed With a Traditional Japanese Bamboo Flute and Koto [♬]

•November 5, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Michael Jackson and producer Quincy Jones created some of the most timeless and iconic music of any generation, so it is understandable if someone was to guffaw at the idea of an acoustic cover version with traditional Japanese instruments sounding as good, but it does. This is one of the best cover tracks I have ever heard.

Professional shakuhachi (bamboo flute) player Yoshimi Tsujimoto is accompanied by two talented koto players, Erina Ito and Yuko Watanabe on the 17-string koto, for a truly unique rendition of Michael Jackson’s 1987 classic Smooth Criminal, with a traditional Japanese flair:

SHAKUHACHI Yoshimi Tsujimoto / KOTO Erina Ito / JUSHICHIGEN Yuko Watanabe

This isn’t Yoshimi’s first time performing with Erina—in fact, they actually play together as a pair in a group called 523 ~Koibumi~, which they formed during their university days.

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For comparison, here is the original music video for Smooth Criminal (1987):

Nosaj Thing — “Cold Stares” ft. Chance The Rapper & The O’My’s [music video]

•October 16, 2015 • Leave a Comment

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Fantastic music video for track by Nosaj Thing and Chance The Rapper, put together by Rhizomatiks and features dancers from Elevenplay. The video uses drones, 3D capture and performative dance to create a sense of alternating between digital and real worlds:

Creative Director + Technical Director: Daito Manabe (Rhizomatiks Research) / Video Director: TAKCOM / Choreographer: MIKIKO (ELEVENPLAY) / Dancer: Kaorin (ELEVENPLAY) & Erissa (ELEVENPLAY) / Technical Director-Hardware Designer-Hardware Engineer: Motoi Ishibashi (Rhizomatiks Research) / Computer Vision Programmer: Yuya Hanai (Rhizomatiks Research) / Drone Engineer: Katsuhiko Harada (Rhizomatiks Research), Momoko Nishimoto (Rhizomatiks Research), Youichi Sakamoto (Rhizomatiks Research) / Video Producer: Takahiko Kajima (PICS) / Video Production Manager: Syuhei Harada (PICS) / CG Designer: Akira Miwa (McRay), Kohki Okuyama (McRay) / CG Producer: Akira Iio (McRAY) / Motion Capture System: Crescent, inc. / Costume Design: Yaepon.

While CG effects are nothing new, the use of little drone cameras to capture the movements of the two dancers teetering on the edge of reality and illusion gives everything a very unique feel. Learn about the making of here >rhizomatiks/coldstares/<

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Directed by Tokyo-based media artist, Daito Manabe, who I remember a few years ago was doing interesting things with electronic pulses and facial muscles moving in sync to music:

Anime & Game Character Inspired Pancake Art

•October 14, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Mmm pancakes, surely half the fun in having them is in the making and decoration of them — those warm cushions of deliciousness!! It is nice knowing that there are others who also share this view, like those working in Japan’s La Ricetta, an Italian restaurant located in the city of Zama in Kanagawa, the prefecture bordering Tokyo to the south, where the pancakes come pre-decorated with images of Pokémon, Mario, and dozens of other anime and video game characters.

At 800 yen (US$6.70) it comes with a scoop of gelato on the side, still allowing customers the opportunity to add their own desired condiment, splat in the middle of all that art.

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Talented culinary expert Keesuke Inagaki of Kanagawa’s “La Ricetta Ristorante Pizzeria” has demonstrated a rather unique form of artistry, one which involves shaping anime characters out of fluffy pancakes — a tasteful form of art where even failure can at least ensure that the artist will not be a starving one.

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As long as there is enough pancake to sink my teeth into, I am happy with whatever shape and form it takes.

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^ It is a universal law that things will get real if there is an odd distribution of pancakes.

ON AN ON — “It’s Not Over” [music video]

•September 8, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Starring Elizabeth Rian and Thomas Bailey / Directed, filmed and edited by Carlos Lopez Estrada “Shot on my iPhone 6.” / Produced by Alissa Torvinen w/ Matt Pittman for Alpen Pictures / Visual Effects: Tanner Merrill / Sound Design: Michael O’Connor / Art Director: Britt Keller / Camera Assistant: Matthew Tompkins / Wire work: Damien Bray and Keenen Bray / From the album: And The Wave Has Two Sides.

Shot entirely on an iPhone 6 no less, it really encapsulates the vibe of the song, with an added zing of humour for good measure. Not a bad tune to get stuck in your head too.

“This song makes the dance floor sound like a white-hot paradise for two, where every moment has that cuddle-in-bed safety and giggle lacework of absolute trust” ~ Caitlin White writer for Stereogum. — I’d say she liked it as well.

“Embroidered Zoetrope” by Elliot Schultz

•July 30, 2015 • Leave a Comment

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Australian animator and digital artist, Elliot Schultz, embroidered discs with animated sequences that can be played on standard turntables. “Embroidered Zoetrope” was Schultz’s final art school project when he graduated from ANU School of Art back in 2013. His project encourages viewers to watch and engage with animation physically:

“Inspired by the work of Alexandre Alexeieff and Claire Parker, I aimed to guide my production process indirectly through the limitations afforded by alternative media. Their invention, the pin screen, was used as the sole medium in the production of six short films, and shaped the outcome of their work. In response, I have designed and embroidered animated sequences onto discs, similar to the Phenakistokope, Zoopraxiscope and Stamfer Disc layouts. This repurposing of media introduced strict parameters, namely spatial, tonal and temporal, and has greatly informed all stages of my process.” ~ Elliot Schultz

‘Sunburn’ Photographs by Thomas Maileander

•July 30, 2015 • Leave a Comment

French artist, Thomas Mailaender, applied 23 old photographic negatives from the Archive of Modern Conflict collection, onto the skin of his volunteer models using a UV lamp to create a sunburn effect. Having substituted human skin for photosensitive paper, he then photographed the fleeting imprints before they disappeared. The results have been compiled into a book called “Illustrated People” which can be seen here:

 

I like that these are produced through a person’s natural skin tones, and the fact that they are photographic as opposed to just graphic, and fade, meaning they don’t last, adds a special charm to them too I suppose. Would be a nightmare of a thing if sunburns never healed away, am I right.

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Street Art Battle between @M.Obstr and a London City Worker

•July 11, 2015 • Leave a Comment

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“I cycled past their wall on the way to work for years. I noticed that graffiti painted within the red area was “buffed” with red paint. however, graffiti outside of the red area would be removed via pressure washing. This prompted the start of an experiment. Unlike other works, I was very uncertain as to what results it would yield. Below is what transpired over the course of a year.”

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Grades “King” [music video]

•June 28, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Love it! A little girl living out her superhero fantasies goes on a wild journey through the haunted halls of her school and beyond:

Dancer Laika Takasu as little girl. Directed by Taichi Kimura, with animations by Rapparu. Producer Takuma Hiramatsu / DOP Kohou Kotake / 1st AD Ryosuke Asano / 2nd AD Anam Sekiguchi / Choreographer Sayuki Kobayashi / Make up Rie Furuya / Runner Takumi Kidokou.

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Flight Facilities “Down To Earth” feat. Sam Rockwell [music video]

•May 8, 2015 • Leave a Comment

How I feel almost all day everyday. Dance like nobody is watching:

Nature by Numbers

•April 5, 2015 • Leave a Comment

This neat 3D animated infographic illustrates the complexity of nature to the naked eye, through the simplicity of one mathematical equation. I’m sure everyone touched on Fibonacci and the golden ratio sequence back in high school, but I bet no one actually took in how amazing it was. I know I didn’t.

A movie inspired on numbers, geometry and nature, by Cristóbal Vila. / Visit etereaestudios.com for more info. / Music by Wim Mertens – “Often a bird” from the album “Jardin Clos”, 1996 – © Usura – Published by Usura 2010.

Andy Stott “Faith In Strangers” [♬]

•November 26, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Footage is from the short films “Grim” (1985) “Ghost” (1984) and “Thunder” (1982) by Takashi Ito.

Creative Photo Collages Pair Athletes in Action with Classical Art Sculptures by Jens Ullrich

•October 6, 2014 • Leave a Comment

These are amazing and I love them much. Such an accurate and fitting juxtaposition, marrying sport athletes with the defined physique of classical, fine art marble statues:

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[Jens Ullrich’s Website / PDF Article]

The Diatomist — a Fascinating Look at the Aesthetic Beauty of the Microscopic World

•September 19, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Meet Klaus Kemp, master of the Victorian art of diatom arrangement. Klaus Kemp, you are my new favourite person in the world. I find this incredibly life affirming for some reason; incomprehensible geometric organisms to the naked eye I otherwise would not have known about, that are as complex in their simplicity and just as mysterious as the wonders of our expansive non-declarative universe! And aren’t diatoms just the prettiest:

Soundtrack by: Ryuichi Sakamoto “Grasshoppers” / Bernard Herrmann “Brave New World” / Cults Percussion Ensemble “Circles”.

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Diatoms are single cell algae that create jewel-like glass shells around themselves. Microscopists of the Victorian era would arrange them into complex patterns, invisible to the naked eye but spectacular when viewed under magnification. The best of these arrangements are stunning technical feats that reveal the hidden grandeur of some of the smallest organisms on Earth. Klaus Kemp has devoted his entire life to understanding and perfecting diatom arrangement and he is now acknowledged as the last great practitioner of this beautiful combination of art and science. THE DIATOMIST showcases his incredible work:

Gustave Doré. L’imaginaire au pouvoir

•June 11, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Extraordinary French artist, Gustave Doré and his detailed illustrations of visceral surreality will always find ways of reintroducing themselves time and again to an imagination eager world; such is the nature of a ‘legacy’ — an endless source of inspiration and the closest thing to immortality anyone can hope to achieve.

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This promotional trailer for an art exhibition at the Musée National d’Art Moderne (National Museum of Modern Art) in Paris, is a terrific example of that legacy, creatively brought to life through the manifestation of stop-motion:

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Here’s a brief 2minute documentary description of illustrator Gustave Doré, who the narrator describes as being; “the Steven Spielberg of his time”:

Experience the incredible angelic beings drawn by this celebrated 19th-century French artist.

The amount of detailing put into these vast scenarios of the imagination and anatomically correct (and incorrect) beings are so good and incomprehensibly epic, I really can’t imagine anyone ever emulating Gustave Doré’s level of proficiency; let alone imaging him working on them! Each one must have been incredibly time-consuming. I would love to own a book of Doré’s masterpieces; the computer screen is simply not good enough.

Research the man; you won’t be disappointed.

ベジタブル・ウェポン / Portraits of Women with Vegetable Weapons by Tsuyoshi Ozawa

•June 10, 2014 • Leave a Comment

A random Tumblr image I thought a bit odd, got me on a search to find if there were more of the same — there was.

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Poking fun at the stupidity of war and violence; Japanese photographer Tsuyoshi Ozawa’s ‘Vegetable Weapons’ series began in 2001. Since then, he has traveled around the world taking photographs of women holding “weapons” fashioned from the ingredients needed to make an actual hot-pot dish, chosen by the local women who serve as the models:

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After being photographed, the ‘vegetable weapons’ are dismantled and the ingredients tossed into a cooking pot. The project participants then share and enjoy the meal together.

Sounds like the perfect project — Getting paid to exhibit the work that you’ve eaten!

Apparently there is an App or digital cookbook of the recipes that were made, unfortunately all I could find of that was the video above ^

Snowflakes: Phenomenal Pieces of Frozen Molecule Art

•December 4, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Snowflakes are a combination of chemistry and nature’s persuasion culminating in a fleeting array of beauty that can only be described as serendipitous. There’s absolutely no reason why snowflakes have to look so pretty, but they just gosh darn are!

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Could you believe that an outdated, consumer model camera and a few strips of gaffer tape could be converted into a high-definition macro capturing tool powerful enough it’d make the Hubble telescope blush in envy? Lucky for the skeptics, Russian photographer Alexey Kljatov has photographic evidence of how this inexpensive DIY feat can be done. Kljatov’s technique; he removed a 44M-5 Helios lens from an ancient Russian Zenit camera and attached it backwards to a (2010 model I think) Canon Powershot A650:

Here are the stunning results — see more @ Alexey Kljatov flickr page (ChaoticMind75):

How do water molecules naturally form to become teeny tiny flakes of frozen geometric shapes? If only I could find a short, informative video on the process. …Found:

Massive Fish Sculptures Made from Discarded Plastic Bottles at Botafogo beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

•July 3, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Rio de Janeiro, host to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). Recycled materials to art is always ingenuitive. Quite the eye catching sentiment.

See more: Rio+20 Flicker set

Artificial Coral Reef Made in the Shape of an 80-Foot Steel Sea Monster

•December 17, 2017 • Leave a Comment

I hope this starts a trend — Back in April a massive 80-foot steel Kraken was purposefully sunk into the Caribbean Sea on top of a decorated WW2 ship:

The former Navy fuel barge and its monstrous passenger were placed underwater in order to jumpstart a new coral ecosystem, while also serving as a cutting-edge education center for marine researchers and local students from the surrounding British Virgin Islands. The project is titled the BVI Art Reef, and aims to use sculptures like the porous kraken as a base to grow transplanted coral.

The Kodiak Queen, formerly a Navy fuel barge named the YO-44, was discovered by British photographer Owen Buggy approximately two and a half years ago on the island of Tortola. Instead of letting the historic vessel get picked apart for scrap metal, Buggy approached former boss Sir Richard Branson about collaborating on a restorative art installation. Together with nonprofit Unite B.V.I., artist group Secret Samurai Productions, social justice entrepreneurial group Maverick1000, and ocean education nonprofit Beneath the Waves, the project was established as both an eco-friendly art installation, and a philanthropic measure to rehabilitate native marine species.

“It’s envisioned that within just a short space of time the ship and artwork will attract a myriad of sea creatures,” said Clive Petrovic who consults on the environmental impact of the BVI Art Reef. “Everything from corals to sea sponges, sharks and turtles will live on, in, and around the wreck. The ship will become valuable for future research by scientists and local students alike.”

To sink the massive ship, the project sought the help of the Commercial Dive Services who safely submerged the vessel off the coast of the island Virgin Gorda. It was the first time the ship had been in the water for nearly 17 years, and was lead to its final resting place by a bevy of boats and helicopters.

Filmmaker Rob Sorrenti filmed both the construction and sinking of the kraken and its ship. The full-length documentary is currently in post-production, with an estimated release early next year. You can watch a clip from the upcoming film below. For information on visiting the BVI Art Reef, and to learn more about its educational programs, visit the project’s website and Facebook.

For more photos, check out: https://www.facebook.com/pg/bviartreef/photos/

US Navy Apologizes After One Of Its Pilots Drew A Penis In The Sky

•December 14, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Wow, that took balls. Seen over Okanogan, Washington, the Navy said there was “zero training value in that maneuver.” The crew has since been grounded.

“The Navy apologizes for this irresponsible and immature act,” said Lt. Cmdr. Leslie Hubbell. “The American people rightfully expect that those who wear the Wings of Gold exhibit a level of maturity commensurate with the missions and aircraft with which they’ve been entrusted,” he said. “Naval aviation continually strives to foster an environment of dignity and respect. Sophomoric and immature antics of a sexual nature have no place in Naval aviation today.” …Giant penis cloud to the contrary.

ALTERED CARBON [trailer]

•December 13, 2017 • Leave a Comment

In the world of Altered Carbon, death is trivial — human minds are digitzed and downloaded from body to body, meaning that those who pass only pass through, not on.

Based on the award-winning novel by Richard K. Morgan, Altered Carbon takes place in a future where the human mind can now be digitized and downloaded into a “cortical stack” and placed into new bodies, called sleeves. Envoy soldier Takeshi Kovacs (Joel Kinnaman), is brought back to life centuries later to investigate the attempted murder of Laurens Bancroft (James Purefoy), the wealthiest man on Earth. As the investigation progresses, Kovacs comes to learn that his past isn’t nearly as buried as he thought.

Altered Carbon debuts on Netflix February 2, 2018.

Forgotten Scheduled Posts [F]

•November 27, 2017 • Leave a Comment

SHIT!!! Forgot about a scheduled post I had written 5 years ago (Transmitted Me [F]) and I just read it and I am fucking cringing. I don’t remember what state I was in but it seemed honest. Articulate. I liked it (and myself for writing it), up until the point where I started to mention names, and for predicting my own year of death — ahhhhhh cringe, Finn. It’s funny because it was my birthday yesterday and I suppose I truly believed I would not be happy and strong enough to go on after I reach the age I am at. So yeah, eat that younger version of myself! (I have rescheduled that post to reappear in 2021 though lol). I don’t think I can write that vulnerable again, about that specific topic (for those of you who have the email version—fuuuccckkkk—please don’t ever bring it up). I will not edit it or delete the post outright because it came from a place of truth and it deserves to be read, someday, plus looming death thoughts still ruminate somewhere in the back of the dome.

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Stellar* [throwback] [♬]

•November 7, 2017 • Leave a Comment

While walking along Ponsonby Road during my break today, I came across a jewellery store called Boh Runga. I went inside, said hi to the women sitting behind the counter and her friend, then told her how much I loved her band, Stellar*. Boh Runga, older sister of acclaimed recording artist Bic Runga, had a pop/rock band in the 90’s that turned out some neat hits. I had no idea Boh has been making jewellery now for 10 years. You can view her range here — https://bohrunga.com

And here are those sweet, throwback Kiwi tunes (you’re welcome 😉):

We sure turnout some great singer-songwriters here in New Zealand. I only wish these were higher quality uploads.

Kill the Lights by Darren Pearson

•November 5, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Visit dariustwin.com to purchase paintings and see more light-art projects.

Halloween Movie Night Pick: 976-EVIL (1988)

•October 31, 2017 • Leave a Comment

I am not big on scary movies, there are of course exceptions and I do make an effort to watch some during this hallowed season of the year. So when I learnt about 976-EVIL I had to dial it in:

It stars that quirky kid who was in the classic FRIGHT NIGHT (1985), Stephen Geoffreys, and it is the title to one of my all time favourite Deftones songs of the same name:

A Perfect Circle — “The Doomed” [♬]

•October 27, 2017 • Leave a Comment

New Single “The Doomed” Available Now: http://smarturl.it/TheDoomed / Website: https://www.aperfectcircle.com/ / Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aperfectcircle/ / Twitter: https://twitter.com/aperfectcircle / Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aperfectcircle/

THOR: RAGNAROK NIGHT!!! [F]

•October 26, 2017 • Leave a Comment

My local comic book store holds private screenings for all the superhero movies that come out, and THOR: RAGNAROK is going to go off of course because it was directed by a Kiwi guy. These screenings have become somewhat of a ritual with me and my brother. I keep asking him if he wants to invite his mates but he prefers it just us, with a large bucket of popcorn, jelly snakes and maybe an ice-cream.

“The clock’s run out, time’s up, over—blaow!” A New Zealand Political Party Has to Pay Eminem £300,000

•October 25, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Back in 2014 a New Zealand political party had a TV spot that featured music that heavily resembled Eminem’s “Lose yourself”. I suppose they wanted to entice the youth voters or establish themselves as some kind of underdogs, but the campaign backfired. Here is that advert:

A court found that a “Lose Yourself”-inspired song they used – literally called “Eminem Esque” breached his copyright.

It’s been a tough week for the New Zealand National party. First they lost the national election to the Labour Party and earlier today a New Zealand court found them guilty of ripping off Eminem’s “Lose Yourself”.

New Zealand’s high court ruled that the National party’s use of a track titled “Eminem Esque” during the 2014 election campaign was “sufficiently similar” to the Detroit rapper’s original song that it impinged on copyright. The court awarded Eminem’s publisher NZ $600,000 (~£314,000) in compensation.

Though the ruling caps off a dark week for the National Party, we have to thank them for being responsible for the bizarre beauty of a New Zealand court listening to “Lose Yourself”:

http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2017/05/video-lawyers-judge-listen-to-eminem-s-lose-yourself-in-national-party-copyright-case.html