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(D.I.A) Kenny Dennis

I don’t even know where to begin with trying to explain what the world of Kenny Dennis is all about..?  I guess the best way to do it is to keep it simple and let the albums do the explaining.  I wont go into the history of Dennis because there are plenty of album reviews out there that will do a much better job of explaining it.

My introduction to the rapper KDz came in the form of these two videos, Lazer Tag and Don’t Blame Steve, check ’em out.  For me that was enough, hook, line and sinker, I had to find out what this dude was about!

Kenny Dennis is a flawed, comical and loveable character that evolves over three storyline-based studio albums, Kenny Dennis Ep, Kenny Dennis LP and Kenny Dennis III.  Produced by Odd Nosdam and Jel, the albums feature some of the most original sounding hip-hop, pulling in influences from various genres.  These albums are multi-layered and with each listen you find out something new about Kenny Dennis and his close friends, family and foes.  What at first appears to be light-hearted rap soon turns into a deep and complex narrative, and yet it never feels forced, the lore of Dennis’ existence builds as connections are made between tracks and albums.

There’s so much to say about these albums, but rather than have both of us struggle, me writing and you reading, check out the album links, show your support and buy the albums if you dig it.  Between my brother and I we own all three albums on vinyl and they get a heavy rotation on the decks.  KDz is the man and I would party with him!

I couldn’t find a decent version of of the EP on YouTube so I’ve posted the playlist for the LP and Kenny Dennis III.

Let me know what you think, are there other artists out there that you think fans of KD would like?  Get in touch, let us know!  Thanks for checking out my Desert Island Albums list, you’re awesome!

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Houston, We Have Photographs

As promised, and a little late I know, my apologies…  Some pinhole photographs from Proto 2! (Ticker tape, klaxon horns, ‘splosions!!!)  These were shot on Fomapan 120 ISO 400.  I developed them at home and photographed them using my smartphone, ran them through Photoshop and inverted the image, BOOM.  I’m sure they could be clearer but I did the best with whats I gats.

Dome From Rave

The 02 Arena from the 9th floor


The 02 Arena from ground level

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This is a Journey Into Sound

This is a Journey into Sound
Created by: Dan Jones
Music: Antigone – Menace of the Species

This is a Journey… is a first year product design project I worked on. The brief was to create a “Rube Goldberg machine” with eight knock-on effects based around a stimulus word of our choice. I could have only one interaction with the piece, which in my case was placing the stylus on the record.

My chosen stimulus word for the project was ‘Recording’. With this word in mind, I decided to base my project around the history of sound recording and the technological advances that have enabled sound recording to progress over the years. Each knock-on chronologically represents a technological advancement in the methods of recording sound. The sequence is as follows: phonoautograph, phonograph, gramophone, electrical, magnetic, multitrack, tape, CD, digital.

I employed a multitude of manufacturing and prototyping processes in order to complete this project, including 3D printing, laser cutting, milling, cutting materials using a Zünd cutter, a band saw, various sanders and an array of different hand tools.

This video was recorded in one take, the music is played in real time and as you can see, I interact with the piece only once. I hope you enjoy the video as much as I enjoyed making it. Thanks for watching!

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Sneak Preview VIDEO!

The phonoautograph and the phonograph are two iconic devices that advanced the way in which we record sound. My project is based on Rube Goldberg machine, through which I plan to tell the story of the history of sound recording. In this video you can see two examples of knock-on features undergoing operational motor testing.

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