#Musicologist Behind The Scenes “Rivelino” Short Doc

Behind the scenes "Rivelino"

Behind the scenes footage of the short doc “Rivelino” that will be released tomorrow!

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#Gamechaser Need help focusing? Put on a video game soundtrack

Video Games Live
Video game music may be the cure to your poker concentration blues

Over the past decade or so, poker has become one of the most popular pastimes the world has ever seen. Everyone’s playing, it seems, be it for real money in online and live tournaments or through free-to-play social gaming apps.

Of course, one thing that you can reliably expect from such a popular pastime is that there will be polarizing aspects of it that divide the fanbase straight down the line. In the poker world, music has become one of these much debated topics ever since restrictions on music devices and headphones were relaxed for the World Series of Poker in 2002.

Some players – amateur and pro alike – maintain that music is a distraction. One recent example is legendary poker pro Mike Caro called audio equipment manufacturer Monster‘s sponsorship of party poker’s World Poker Tour a “monster mistake”. The pro music camp, meanwhile, contends that music helps players concentrate as well as keep emotions from running hot in such a high-stakes game.

Both sides have valid arguments, but for the latter group there’s another big question that looms on the horizon: what kind of music makes the best poker accompaniment? While music is a largely personal experience, there’s one genre that may be of particular help: video game music.

Video game music has come a long way from the hollow pings associated with Pong. Thanks to software and hardware innovations over the last three decades, video game music has metamorphosed from the digital bleeps and bloops of yesteryear to today’s full-on theatrical pieces that could give Hollywood sounds directors a run for their money.

Oh, a bit of a caveat: when we say video game music, we mean the atmospheric, non-licensed tracks that were specifically designed to provide much of a game’s ambience. This distinction is important, especially with more and more games featuring licensed pop music (i.e., the GTA series, pretty much any modern EA Sports release).

Numerous studies have pointed out that unobtrusive music, especially those without lyrics, are best for increasing concentration. That pretty much sounds like what video game music is, really. With a few notable exceptions (everybody has their own list, we bet), the music is usually stimulating without reaching the point of distraction. If you’ve ever played a video game, then you’ve likely experienced it.

There have also been a few studies that claim classical music is the best background music for anybody who wants to concentrate. Fortunately, the sheer number of orchestral symphonic remakes of famous video game theme songs makes combining classical music and video game music easy. Here’s a Reddit list to get you started.

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#Gamechaser Assassin’s Creed Unity Teaser Trailer


In my adolescent years while growing up I was a fervent Nintendo gamer messing around with classics such as the legend of Zelda, Ikari Warriors, Mario and stuff like that. Decades later the gaming industry has become a billion dollar operation repping games with ultra quality visuals that can compete with any animated release! One of my favorite games of this moment is Assassin’s Creed, I play it on my smartphone, and it has that high intensity that can test your nerve to the very max! Although it’s not suitable for the younger eyes, it is a gem to behance and interact with. Check out this trailer for the upcoming Assassin’s Creed release “Unity”, I’m just loving the hyperrealistic images and looking forward to the actual game.

Source : Hypebeast.com

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#Fashionist First Concept for Blackrockstar Label

Blackrockstar 1st Concept Shirt Hey my people, as you know I think highly of your opinion, that’s why I’m curious to get your feedback on the first concept for our Blackrockstar Label.  Please let me know your thoughts via the comments section here below, thx…Blackrockstar

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#SilverscreenSundays Trailer Mini Film “Rivelino” by @LusanoPieter

Endshot Trailer Mini Docu

Me and videographer Lusano Pieter are working on a short documentary on my life “Rivelino”. It’ll be online in a few weeks and before that we’re sharing a making of video that’s coming up real soon. For now check out the trailer produced by the team of BlackrockTV :-) , peace my people and enjoy!

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#Fashionist Blackrockstar Teaser

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Check out the the teaser for the Blackrockstar Label..

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#MusicMondays De La Soul – “Smell The Da.I.S.Y. (Da Inner Soul of Yancy)”

De La Soul Mixtape

One of Hip Hop’s longest running and still going strong rap crews, De La Soul, released a brand new mixtape produced by the late great J Dilla called “Smell The Da.I.S.Y. (Da Inner Soul of Yancy).  The mixtape consists of 11 songs of classic De La Vocals over unreleased J Dilla productions.

De La about the new mixtape:

"With this project we just wanted to be creative. Dilla was always our muse for creativity. He was always that springboard, that person, that individual, that sound, that generated creation, generated inspiration.  He meant a lot to us and to Hip-Hop as a whole."

You can download the mixtape via this link, enjoy!
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“First Kiss” : Watch 20 Strangers Kiss for the first time

first kiss


As the springtime is arriving the butterflies are tickling people’s underbelly’s. For this reason I thought this short film by Tatia Pilieva  might be an appropriate way to celebrate one my preferable seasons of the year. This short titled “First Kiss” displays the chemistry of 20 complete strangers exchanging their very first kiss. The somewhat uncomfortable yet appeasing experience is an interesting watch….

FIRST KISS from Tatia Pilieva on Vimeo.

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Download the Yasiin Bey x Marvin Gaye Mashup Album ‘Yasiin Gaye’

Yasiin Gaye Album
Y’all heard of the phenomenon ‘Mash-up’ right?! And I ain’t talking about your momma’s mashed up potato plate, no I’m talking about taking 2 pieces of music and mashing it up to something new. If done right, it brings justice to both artists and producers, if done wrong, well than you end up with a bad plate of messy potatoes… One example of where the producer successfully mashed up two kings of artists’ is “Yasiin Gay”. An album built up with layers of Gaye’s Motown classics, Bey’s melodic raps (fka Mos Def) and Gaye’s soulful vocals, transformed to an amazingly, organic whole, unseen and unheard of!

If there’d be a price for best mash up album of 2014, this would definitely end up in the top 3, at least! I still can’t believe that it’s been given away for free, so while it’s still up there, I suggest you better go get it NOW! This wonderful piece of acoustic art has been de-constructed and re-constructed by the very talented producer Amerigo Gazaway. You can listen to the album via the player down below and you can download it down here as well, so enjoy!!!!!!!!!

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De La Soul Is Giving Away Their Entire Catalogue For Free TODAY!

De La Soul

One of Hip Hop’s defining groups and one of my all time favorite rap groups, De La Soul, are giving away their entire catalogue for free for one day. Available till Saturday the 15th of February till 12 am at wearedelasoul.com !! As I’m writing this I can’t stop but to shout out for joy, hahaha! In anticipation of the 25th anniversary of their game defining debut album 3 Feet High & Rising, this is a way to give something back to their fans ;

“It’s about allowing our fans who have been looking and trying to get a hold of our music to have access to it. Its been too long where our fans haven’t had access to everything. This is our way of showing them how much we love them.”

The group is working on upcoming releases, including a six-song EP titled Preemium Soul on the Rocks (with three beats each from DJ Premier and Pete Rock); a visit to Detroit to work on an unreleased beat from J Dilla; and-eventually–the long-overdue full length album You’re Welcome.

“[It's] coming along amazingly. We have tons of music, but we’re our own worst critics…Certain groups have too many ‘yes men.’ In our group, we have too many ‘no men.’ When we look back on some of the stuff we have, we’re like, ‘Yo, we need to just put this out.’ The album is still called You’re Welcome, but we also have this whole other album that we’re working on that…Wooo, I wish I could talk about it.”

source: okayplayer.com

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