What happens when you re-render the old masters in 3D?
A new commercial by Samsung, posted by ClassicsRemastered
It is often apparent how one idea is able to influence another. It is also common to see certain aspects of popular trends adapted, repackaged and then fed back to the original trend setter.
Japanese pop princess, Ayumi Hamasaki has been delivering her unique blend of techno-pop melody and fashion for over a full decade. Most of her tracks involve one type of synth-machine or another and her lyrics are saturated with the untethered force of raw passion. In 2007, another princess icon emerged from the rough, sporting large-framed sunglasses and a taste for fame; Lady GaGa.
GaGa matured her style from rock to dance in the streets of lower Manhattan while Ayumi continued performing overseas throughout Asia. Like Ayu, GaGa’s songs also strongly reflected her emotions and held little back. The two never met, but these days ideas travel in a single heartbeat, and the industry began to consume the similarities between the sister artists. Lady GaGa’s music became more techno and flashy, mimicking the beats of some of Ayu’s most famous tracks. GaGa also began to show off her lust for vogue within the content of her videos and by 2008 she became known as the freak of fashion that she is today.
Normally one icon veers away from the styles of another, but a machine was stirring in the Eastern Hemisphere. Ayu’s songs have always held a more western appearance and producer AVEX has never shied away from observing the New York trends. The music of Ayu borrows heavily from the 80’s and 90’s electro pulse of western pop and her albums continued to synthesize tech pop-rhythms well into the new millennium. Then GaGa brought dance back to the radio and returned the music industry to the catwalk, wearing a custom pair of the late Alexander McQueen’s newest kicks.
Lady GaGa’s global presence soon out-weighed that of Ayu, whom is centered only around Asia. AVEX could not ignore the phenomenon that became known as such. After Bad Romance was released in the states, it took only 4 months before Ayu began strutting through her music videos in 7-inch heels.
Lady GaGa in Bad Romance and Ayumi Hamasaki in Sexy Little Things
The comparison of these two talented performers is inevitable and as one artistic vision begins to project onto another the trend will once again reverse. A similar event occurred in the early 1950’s when Osamu Tezuka changed the Japanese comic world by introducing a softer, rounder version of manga that looked less Japanese and more American. His influences were that of Betty Boop and Disney and with his vision, a new form of imagery was born in the state of the Rising Sun. Later, in the late 20th century, manga imports grew in the United States and, due to the intense popularity, American illustrators began adapting a more Japanese approach to their art work. The same is now being said about Ayu and GaGa. One of Ayu’s newest songs is even titled “Lady Dynamite” and features stunning fashion concepts, including high shoulder pads and dramatic makeup.
So will the real “Lady” please stand up? The truth seems evident that they are creations of one another, twins of the perpetual concept of connected creations. It is evolution – in that one species lives and feeds within the same world as others. We are all connected by the drive to succeed and, intentional or not, we are bound to reflect one another at some point in our combined existence. Of course, it might take a genius to truly break the trends of the industries… and true geniuses are rare and few between.
“They were right. It was a gimmick,” Inman admits. “So, I was, like, why not make that gimmick into its own giant thing? And that’s where the Oatmeal came from.”
Most of you will already know the greatness that is The Oatmeal and his dotcom creations. The sarcastic ire and viral presence of his visual productions and text-filled hilarity have generated a substantial sum of traffic over the googolplexes of pages on the net.
So what makes this notion of pop humor so deserving of our attention?
Perhaps nothing more than veteran minimalism. From one extreme to the other, all humankind has been born onto this Earth with the inherit concept of approval and empathy. Near-extinct remnants echoing the skills of survival now emerge in the form of comprehension – the need to relate.
There is a single, simple element to the Oatmeal’s work – and that, friends, is where the complexity begins .
Tim and Eric of the Tim and Eric Awesome Show now have an even awesome’r commercial deal.
This one has been on the air already
This one has yet to come
Old Spice – Pure Awesome
A peak of some of the most circulated hoaxes on the Internet.
2000 – MentalPlex™
Inducing seizure after seizure of mind-reading, search engine fun!
2002 – PigeonRank™
900 Pigeons per cluster
2004 – Google Copernicus Hosting Environment and Experiment in Search Engineering
2005 – Google Gulp
3GBs of DNA
2006 – GoogleRomanceTM and Contextual DateTM
With Google Romance, you can:
- Upload your profile – tell the world who you are, or, more to the point, who you’d like to think you are, or, even more to the point, who you want others to think you are.
- Search for love in all (or at least a statistically significant majority of) the right places with Soulmate Search, our eerily effective psychographic matchmaking software.
- Endure, via our Contextual Dating option, thematically appropriate multimedia advertising throughout the entirety of your free date.
This one’s still somewhat probable…
2007 – Gmail Paper and Google TiSP
Digital archiving has never been so tangible
Plumbing Hardware Dispatchers indeed
2009 – CADIE and Chrome 3D
Poke the Panda and slap on those 3D Googles goggles