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Inspiration

Music and Musicians - An Inspiration Goldmine

The Creativepool studiocrowd project that searches for artworks inspired by Cleveland rapper Machine Gun Kelly and his eclectic new album, bloom, is no new concept. Artists have been inspired by music (and vice versa) for decades and from a marketing...

Posted by: Heather Deacon
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Design

Watch a man make marvellous music with 2,000 marbles

Technology has now advanced to the point that you no longer have to be a musician in order to create music. Indeed, some of the biggest music stars in the world have probably never even tried to pick up a guitar or sit down at a piano. That doesn't...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Careers

Meet Phil Danter: The Ad executive who became a music star

Tiring of your glittering career as an advertising executive? All those expense account lunches leaving you unfulfilled? Maybe you should become a music star. It can certainly be done, as one high-flyer has proved by making that exact career move....

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Entertainment

Persistent Peril's animated music promo for Phantom Power

Persistent Peril create a visually impressive animation for the official music video ‘Phantom Power’ from Diagram’s upcoming album, Chromatics. As Vimeo Staff Pick and over 86k plays so far, Persistent Peril's emotional music promo is being...

Posted by: Jelly London
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Inspiration

Fear of music. Is this the most disturbing pop video ever?

Here’s an odd thing about rock music: the more frightening it tries to be, the more hilariously ludicrous it becomes. Ozzy can bark at the moon till the end of time, but he’ll still be more golden retriever than werewolf. Ronnie James Dio...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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News

Facing the music. Did The Brits' PR campaign go too far?

You may not have noticed, but they held the Brit Awards last night. You may not have noticed because the TV coverage attracted fewer viewers than any Brits this century. Whether this is a failure of broadcasting, marketing or pop music will remain a...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Advice

Music in the studio

I have a lot of music at home; enough to open a small record store. I listen to all sorts from jazz to punk to soul to reggae and even a bit of county and western. I’m a bit fussy though. I won’t listen to any old crud and I can also...

Posted by: John Fountain
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Inspiration

The 15 best animated music videos

Animated music videos only crop up once in a blue moon but when they do they can really bring a song to life. As the number of animation techniques and styles has increased over time, the videos on offer have become increasingly diverse. Spanning...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Events

DWA brings you the July Creative Calendar

In this topsy-turvy world, deciding when and where to invest one’s time and energy is of critical importance. Especially for creatives and other entrepreneurs where the need to be strategic and innovative is constant, conferences, festivals and...

Posted by: The Darnell Works Agency
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Inspiration

Brand Case Studies: How Sonos found its voice

When Sonos opened their first retail store in New York’s SoHo this summer, it was a pioneering moment for the brand. Having dominated the wireless speaker market, eclipsing other competition easily and steadily along its 14 year journey, Sonos...

Posted by: Kate Lewin
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Design

Rebrand Roundup: Hull, Hand-made Candles and Britain's Oldest Brewery

Bulletproof - PizzaExpress Artisana Bulletproof has designed the packaging for a new frozen supermarket range by PizzaExpress. The “Artisana” range is an exclusive for supermarket Iceland, and follows on from the restaurant’s...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

Making the Converse Chuck Taylor All Wah a reality

Exactly three years ago, we launched our first ever brand project for Converse, working alongside Google+, in which we challenged our members to Hack a Chuck. This was the result: The overwhelming favourite was this lovely idea by Alistair Campbell...

Posted by: Daniele Fiandaca
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Entertainment

Breaking the band in Cannes with MEC Wavemaker

I spent the better part of my late teens and early twenties as part of an unsuccessful progressive rock band called Dead Letter Office, and the best part of my late twenties in an equally unsuccessful outfit called Rubicava. So, when it comes to the...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Advertising

BBH London help Tesco bring back vinyl to the masses

Considering that most of the music ever released is now available for our listening pleasure at little more than the click of a button (as long as you have a stable broadband connection of course), it might seem a little regressive to think that...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Design

LACMA let fans bathe in Purple Rain in honour of Prince

2016 has not been a good year for music, and I'm not talking about the fact that Justin Bieber continues his ungodly ascent or the fact that I failed to get tickets for next month's Radiohead gigs. I'm referring, of course, to the simply unfair spate...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Inspiration

Brand Case Studies: American Brandy Boogies with Copper & Kings

What goes best with a strong drink? A great tune of course. Something Copper & Kings know only too well. Copper & Kings are an American drinks brand from Louisville, Kentucky who specialise in (amongst other spirits) American Brandy enhanced with a...

Posted by: Kate Lewin
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Entertainment

Does the UK really need a 'men-only' radio station?

Depending where you reside in the UK, you may be a listener to XFM. The original home of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, its format has largely been studenty, with a playlist dedicated to indie guitar bands, and a presenter roster of music buffs...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Design

The London Design Festival ROCKS

Even though the recorded music industry has been falling into a perpetual tailspin since the advent of the “Free” download (it's not free it's stealing), live music is more popular than ever before. In fact, many acts (even the big ones)...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Advertising

Love is in the air and A-MNEMONIC are providing the soundtrack

Get ready for a summer to remember with the rebranded ultimate dating show ‘Love Island’. A-MNEMONIC Music were enlisted by ITV for their branding and creative experience, and to help put their musical stamp on the show. From the title...

Posted by: A-MNEMONIC Music Productions
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Technology

The Week In Tech

With E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) launching tomorrow, we're taking a look at some news before the big announcements from the gaming giants come out. E3 is a conference dedicated to computer, video and mobile games (and their related products)....

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Advertising

The Week In Advertising

Irn Bru - Train The Irn Bru people have been making a virtue of tasteless ads for a while now. I suppose you'd call them 'cheeky', rather than full-on rude - and here's the latest. If one were to nit-pick, it could be said they are playing a bit...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Features

Jelly London launch Melvin Galapon to their roster

jelly London are immensely excited to welcome the effortlessly cool, and highly sought after, Melvin Galapon to our exclusive roster of talent. Melvin is a graphic artist hailing from a small town in the Northwest of England. A graduate from Central...

Posted by: Jelly London
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Features

jelly London at Secret 7", Somerset House

Secret 7" opens for another year tomorrow, at the swanky new venue of Somerset House. The hotly tipped exhibition, featured in this week’s Time Out, brings music and art together for a fantastic cause, and features 700 artists from all over the...

Posted by: Jelly London
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Features

They may sell vacuum cleaners, but why are Queen so popular?

There's nothing new about TV ads using pop songs in their soundtracks. Think of all those Levis ads from the eighties - not only did they shift truckloads of jeans, they made the tunes hits all over again. From the Spice Girls flogging crisps, to The...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Features

Philosophical dialogues exploring the cultural creativity of the brain

Creativity is multi-faceted and has many guises. Contrary to conventional belief, it is not only the realm of artists - we all need it in everyday life whether it's at work, figuring out how to frame the perfect pitch, or at home, cooking a...

Posted by: Jugular:Joining The Head and the Heart
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Features

The blurred legal lines between inspiration and stealing.

When does homage become theft? And when does inspiration tip into plagiarism? Can a creative endeavour ever be called completely original? These were the questions facing a U.S. court, which last week found in favour of the family of the late soul...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Design

When Stop Motion met 3D Printing

Whilst 3D printing technology is a relatively modern concept, stop motion animation has been around for decades. Who would have thought then, that the two would fit together so effortlessly? Of course, when you look at it logistically, it's obvious...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Technology

Time for new Apple products. But is all the fuss justified?

Of all the things Apple do well, creating a hullabaloo is one of the best. Despite ongoing wars and Scotland's bid for independence, the launch of a new product still performed well in the news agenda on Tuesday. Live from Cupertino, the world's...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Events

House of Vans London Opening

Thursday is definitely the new Friday, and last Thursday we hung out at the new House of Vans for the opening of London’s only indoor skatepark. Because its hidden around five of the Old Vic tunnels beneath Waterloo Station, its a bit hard to...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

Tune Out. What use is radio to young people?

Recently it was announced that Radio 1 and Radio 1 Xtra would be shedding a cross section of their DJs. Controller Ben Cooper has handed Mike Davies, Jen Long, Ally McCrae, CJ Beatz, Crissy Criss and Robbo Ranx their cards, and his actions are blamed...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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News

Slipped Discs. Who's buying all this vinyl?

How much would you pay for a copy of Nik Kershaw’s album ‘The Riddle’? Should you wish to add it to your iTunes collection via Apple’s store, it would cost you about £5.50. On Amazon’s marketplace, you could pick up...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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News

Smooth operators. Whatever happened to real radio presenters?

The BBC notwithstanding, and a peppering of community outfits aside, there aren’t really any independent radio stations left in the UK. It’s all ‘networks’ - which is a rather overexcited way of saying a large corporation...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Inspiration

Personal best. What 2013 did for me.

For all its trials, hardships, wars and woes, 2013 still managed to inject some wonderful stuff into our busy, pressured lives. So, with 2014 snapping at our heels, this would be an appropriate moment to celebrate the things which enhanced the human...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw

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