Dunkirk and the “Shepard Tone“

Nice piece by Vox – in a true Nerdwriter1 style by the way – on the sound design of Dunkirk – and by extension all of Christoper Nolan’s films – which makes the movie so intense.

Just like with visual illusions, the brain can also be tricked with sound illusions.

Sidenote: Ever since I saw its trailer in full IMAX glory I’ve been really excited about this one. This Saturday I’ll be watching an IMAX screening of it in Brussels 🙂

Why Rappers love Grey Poupon

When listening closely to HUMBLE. by Kendrick Lamar you can overhear him rap about “Grey Poupon”, a brand of whole-grain mustard.

This reminded me of this gem by Vox unearthing the history of Grey Poupon in rap:

HUMBLE. appears on the magnificent album DAMN.. If you haven’t listend to it yet, you should.

Kanye deconstructed: The human voice as the ultimate instrument

Once again a great video by the folks over at Vox — their videos are always insightful, clear, well narrated, edited nicely, etc. In this video they talk about Kanye West and usage of the human voice throughout his oeuvre:

Kanye West’s music orbits around the power and flexibility of the human voice.

Take “Wolves” from “The Life of Pablo” for example (track starts at around 1:00):

It’s that voice floating throughout the track – in contrast with that bass — which does all the heavy lifting.

Kanye deconstructed: the human voice as the ultimate instrument →

Note: “808s & Heartbreak” and “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy“ are two of my favourite Kanye West albums. His most recent “The Life of Pablo” also pleases me. I suggest you start with those if you haven’t been listening to his albums yet. I wouldn’t recommend the album “Yeezus” though, it doesn’t really click with me.