Visual Magic and Exploded Drawings

We were thrilled and super honored to be invited to do guest visuals at the next installment of Exploded Drawing, this Friday! In their own words: Exploded Drawing is an organization based in Austin whose aim is to elevate the electronic music community in Texas by encouraging creativity and stimulating conversation among electronic artists and listeners. At each Exploded Drawing session, six new beat makers, sound collectors, and electronic composers are given a platform to perform their original work for an open minded audience. Originality is encouraged and will be... Read The Rest →

Adventure Peaks

We’re so, so in love with these Adventure Time x Twin Peaks mashups that have been making the internet rounds recently. Two of our favorites! First image by Kate Willaert, and the second two are by Mentalguy. Speaking of Twin Peaks, we might have a little Twin Peaks announcement of our own in the next few days. Maybe. Possibly. All things Twin Peaks must remain mysterious, of course.

All That Sparkles: 12th Night Austin 2014

12th Night is upon us once again, and we hope you’ll join us tomorrow night to dance through the streets of East Austin and shake off those winter blues. As we wrote about the tradition leading up to our first (amazing, beautiful) year of 12th night: “This is your chance to shake off the winter doldrums, gather together your krewe, and celebrate with your community. Austin is ripe for a new tradition and you can help us bring some New Orleans cheer and old world magic to this city.” Last... Read The Rest →

Merry Soviet Space Christmas!

While we were doing research and searching out inspiration for our own Christmas on The Moon, we found so many Soviet space propaganda Christmas and New Years cards that we decided to collect and share some of our favorites here. The Russians sure love their space travel, and their big beautiful burly bearded Santa Claus, aka Ded Moroz. We love the mix of the 50’s cartoon styles and then the super intricate ones that are such finely crafted works of art. Enjoy! Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and all the rest... Read The Rest →

Christmas on The Moon

It’s that time of the year again, where the temperatures drop, the stars shine a little brighter, and somehow even surrounded with people, we often feel a little bit more removed and alone. What would Christmas feel like on the Moon? Desolation, longing, quietude, and triumph. We’ve walked up there, on that big glowing orb. A Christmas up there would be lonely, but beautiful. The Earth shining in the distance like a glittering gift. Here at Recspec HQ we like to have fun with the Christmas season, last year we... Read The Rest →

Funding Future Farms

We wanted to write a quick post about our good friend Francesca, and her wonderful Kickstarter that is in its last few days and needs your help. Francesca is an incredible massage therapist (bonus – we made her logo and website!) who also has a degree in Landscape Architecture, and is working hard to create a space for her to realize her dream of creating sustainable land management systems, incredible organic food, and a wellspring of knowledge to share with the community and beyond. She already has the land but needs... Read The Rest →

Linger On

Such a heavy heart over the passing of Lou Reed — Lau was raised listening to him and the Velvet Underground and his songs are on constant rotation at Recspec HQ. He was also someone so crucial to the discovery and popularity of two of our favorite musicians: Antony and Little Jimmy Scott. Such a brilliant and beautiful mind, musician, and man. Linger on, Lou. — If I could make the world as pure and strange as what I see I’d put you in a mirror I’d put in front... Read The Rest →

Early Movements

Dangerous Minds posted some of these earlier which sent us down the rabbit hole of the Phenakistoscope, Thaumatrope, and other forms of early movement and animation (one of our favorites is Eadweard Muybridge, whose work we’ve used in our video projections before). Since DM already did such a good job explaining, we’ll just quote them here: “Phenakistoscope” was the term favored by a Belgian inventor named Joseph Plateau. (The term “phenakistoscope” comes from the Greek phenakizein, meaning “to deceive.”) Plateau’s idea was to put 10 images or so around a circular plate, each... Read The Rest →

The Ladies of La Botánica

We were so pleased when Carla and Olivia of La Botánica asked if we could help them develop a new identity and website to go with the new incarnation of their herbalism business: they recently shifted from having a small retail space to the concept of a Community Supported Herbalism service, where individuals can subscribe to receive a seasonally appropriate box each month full of tinctures, incenses, teas, and more. The idea really resonated with us – we’re lucky to have some amazing CSA‘s in Austin, and the idea of them... Read The Rest →

Every Day Things / It’s Radiant

It’s been a while since we’ve posted an everyday thing that’s inspired us – so the other day when we were taking stock of our video projection equipment and noticed these lovely labels, we decided it was high time for a post. Here at Recspec we delight in the ordinary and the beautifully mundane — and for the times where things had good design just purely by existing when they did. Below are the labels and some details from two compact projection screens we have, the Radiant and the Da-Lite... Read The Rest →

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