Tokyo Slo-Mode

Whether you want to call it a fan video or just another Tokyo video using music from Cosmogramma, this looks simply awesome.

Love the grading and I guess I easily fall for well executed slow motion videos. This was done by Alex Lee and he’s got more on his Vimeo page!

Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma Alt Takes

You probably remember Cosmogramma Fieldlines, an augmented reality app released alongside the last Flying Lotus. It was kinda funny, but also kinda dull. This new one by Jeff Crouse is much better, as it allows you to download the alternate versions of Cosmogramma.01. Flying Lotus – Clock Catcher (Harp Arrangement)
02. Flying Lotus – Catacombs (Extended Version)
03. Flying Lotus – Pickled (Stripped Version feat. MatthewDavid)
04. Flying Lotus – Drips Mix3
05. Flying Lotus – Melting3
06. Flying Lotus – Galaxy in Janaki (2008 Version)
07. Flying Lotus – Galaxy in Janaki (String Solo)
08. Flying Lotus – Computer Face (String arrangement by Miguel Atwood-Ferguson)
09. Flying Lotus – Archway (Teebs remix)

All it takes is a webcam and a physical copy of the album. To trigger the download, all you have to do is hold the printed side of the CD, side C of the vinyl record. If you purchased a digital copy, you’ll have to print the artwork coming with it. Clever use of augmented reality, I really like it!

Update Apparently you don’t have to hold side C into the record, it also worked with another side. I also suspect you can do something with that PDF coming with the download, but unfortunately I don’t have a printer to try it out myself.

Jan 13, 2011 As already suspected, you will get the Teebs remix using the printed pages of the PDF. Haven’t yet figured out how to get tracks 7 and 8, anyone?

Jan 14, 2011 Print the cover artwork of one of the tracks will enable you to download track 7. Only track 8 still missing!

March 15, 2011 Eight of these tracks will be out on 12-inch in mid-April

Flying Lotus – MmmHmm

Official video to the Flying Lotus track MmmHmm featuring Thundercat, taken from his magnificent Cosmogramma album.

Directed by Special Problems, who seem to be inspired by some of Björk‘s older videos. You can discover some of their other work on their Vimeo page!

Inside The Codex: The Art of Cosmogramma

A short film with artist Leigh J. McCloskey, the man responsible for the artwork of the latest Flying Lotus album Cosmogramma.

You might wonder about that interactive artwork shown in the video. That’s the free Cosmogramma Fieldlines app, which reacts to music or to movement in front of a webcam.

In other Flying Lotus news, there are some new tour dates to check out. Read about them here!

Voices on Cosmogramma

Cosmogramma, the latest album from Flying Lotus is officially out for a week now. While I had the chance to listen to it for some weeks already, I still don’t feel up to the task of delivering a worthy review.

Joe Colly, Pitchfork: 8.8/10
“Indeed, Cosmogramma is an intricate, challenging record that fuses his loves– jazz, hip-hop, videogame sounds, IDM– into something unique. It’s an album in the truest sense.”

“…it feels almost like an avant-garde jazz piece, and so it takes more than a few listens to sink in — one or two spins and you’re still at the tip of the iceberg.”

“FlyLo is working at the height of his creative powers right now, and the scary thing is it’s reasonable to think he could get better.”

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William Rauscher, Resident Advisor: 4.5/5
“On Cosmogramma Ellison lets dubstep, free jazz, hip-hop, IDM and digital glitch unfold in markedly topographical undulation, as if you’re getting a fly-by tour of different regions in a musical cosmos. Needless to say its sheer amount of diversity makes Cosmogramma a much more challenging affair than its predecessor. ”

“Cosmogramma would sound like to someone that has never heard Flying Lotus before. The old Flying Lotus hasn’t disappeared, he’s just had his wig split open by the spirits, letting in a broader choir of voices. ”

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Keith Pettinger, Shook Mag
“There’s definite evolution in his work but not in the direction or shape of the music that had 1983 and Los Angeles hailed as masterpieces, only in the way it’s been constructed; the complexity of the hi-hat patterns, the effects on the snares, the ¾ time changes or the fine tuning of the digital instruments. Best of all – stretched out and flipped up and down as it may be – for the most part it’s defiantly hip-hop.”

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Laurent Fintoni, FACT Magazine: 4.5/5
“Of course the hype is what it is, and the music should, and does, speak for itself. However, after nearly a month with the album I’ve found it incredibly hard to disassociate the music from the hype, as everyone from the most obscure bloggers to British broadsheets like the Sunday Times claims Cosmogramma to be, in some cases literally, next level.”

“Condensing influences as well as advances in technology and production in the space of 45 or so minutes, Cosmogramma is a lot to take in whether or not you’re already a fan. It is an album that rewards repeated listens and which holds moments of real beauty.”

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Hamish Duncan, One Thirty BPM: 92%
“After a new chapter of his life has been opened, with the death of his mother and all of his new found fame andfortune, so has a new chapter of his musical career. Cosmogramma isn’t something to put on and dance the night away to, it’s a more personal, more introspective, mature record.”

“Ellison has the guts to take a genre that was already his and claim it even more, twisting it on its head and creating something new. This album is a hazy, dreamy, well oiled machine; perfectly crafted and, I suspect, will be a gateway album to many more of its kind for more than a few people.”

For some more reviews, check out the Guardian, NME, Times Online, Prefix Mag or the BBC.

You can get your copy of Cosmogramma on double gatefold vinyl (including free MP3 download), CD and various sound formats from Bleep.

Cosmogramma Fieldlines

Cosmogramma Fieldlines is a neat little augmented reality app for Mac and Windows that allows the manipulation of the planets in the artwork of the upcoming Flying Lotus album Cosmogramma.

Cosmogramma Fieldlines

Coded by Aaron Meyers using openFramework, it lets the user play with sounds using the mouse and even your webcam! Click on the image to download it to your computer.

Cosmogramma will be out next week through Warp Records, pre-order your copy from Bleep, iTunes and every other record shop that doesn’t suck.

July 30, 2012 You can still download the Mac and Windows versions from the Warp website

Inside the Cosmic Crib of Flying Lotus

With the release date of his new album Cosmogramma coming closer, Flying Lotus is back in the center of attention (as if he ever left it.) In this video he talks to Dazed Digital about rip-off, the death of his mother, and of course the new album.

And just as a reminder, Cosmogramma will be out on May 3, 2010 on Warp Records.

Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma

Cover Artwork

Warp has just unveiled some details on the forthcoming album from Steven Ellison, best known as Flying Lotus.

His third album Cosmogramma will be out on May 4, 2010 and features collaborations with Radiohead singer Thom Yorke, Laura Darlington, Thundercat and jazz saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, who is of course the son of John and Alice Coltrane (and Lotus’ cousin).01. Clock Catcher
02. Pickled!
03. Nose Art
04. Intro//A Cosmic Drama
05. Zodiac Shit
06. Computer Face//Pure Being
07. ..,And The World Laughs With You (feat. Thom Yorke)
08. Arkestry
09. Mmmhmm (feat. Thundercat)
10. Do The Astral Plane
11. Satelllliiiiiteee
12. German Haircut
13. Recoiled
14. Dance Of The Pseudo Nymph
15. Drips//Auntie’s Harp
16. Table Tennis (feat. Laura Darlington)
17. Galaxy In Janaki

Make sure you grab these three recent non-album tracks from Warp and check out the forthcoming live-dates.

As with all Warp albums, Cosmagramma will be out on 2-LP, CD and digital.

Jan 12, 2011 If you got yourself a physical copy (and a webcam), you can now enable the download of the Cosmogramma Alternate Takes