Monday, December 10, 2012

Justin Lassen & Alex Ruiz New Synaesthesia Collaboration Artwork + Music!

If you are familiar with my world renowned art/music project “Synaesthesia” (2004-2010), and wondered how some of those images were created. Look no further. Check this out, you’ll no doubt be familiar with my good friend and long-time collaborator Alex Ruiz (cg artist, director, producer, conceptualist), as he’s creating this beautiful concept image “Procession.” He’s one of the most meticulous and thoughtful artists I’ve worked with, which is why we continue to work on more artwork/music projects to this very day. The music is called “Behemoths Must Rise”. The video is just a sneak-peak at the creative process, as he is also working on a full tutorial about digital creation. Enjoy!

“Here's a preview on my next video tutorial for my digital painting, 'Procession.'
The beautiful and haunting music in this video is by brilliant composer and good friend, Justin Lassen.
The video tutorial is next in my series of Environment Design, and will cover topics such as composition, 3 point perspective, digital painting, photography integration and so much more!” – Alex Ruiz


More info on my other videos here: http://conceptmonsterstudios.blogspot.com/

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Justin Lassen producing NMERCER in Seattle!

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Where have I been? Some of you know, some of you don't. I've been very quiet the past few months as I've been doing a lot of secret cool projects in film, video games and music (some famous). One that I would like to officially mention is that I've been up in Seattle for a lot of this year on trips to write and produce for up-and-coming artist NMERCER.

I have previously created many tracks of music years ago for her series/show about gadgets that was popular for a while. I also brought her in as guest vocalist on the Grimm video game soundtrack as well as the tracks I did for Underworld Awakening (2012) earlier this year.

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She's a great vocalist, writer and lyricist and it's been a pleasure to work with her in the studio! Technically this project has been a nearly 2 year project off and on in LA, Phoenix and Seattle, and wherever I have traveled in the world. Many thanks to Dropbox, Skype and compatible software for digital collaborations! We are both Sony artists and creators, so we go way back in that realm!

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We are on Vashon, a seemingly secluded island away from Seattle proper (the amazing house we are recording at and area looks like something out of “secret garden”), which has given us a space to be loud and create music and try out different musical ideas. We're doing music that has a lot of varied influences and experiments, including pop, hip-hop, rap, dub step, electro, dance, soul, etc.

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I've never worked on a project quite like this before, so I find it extremely fun and engaging. I'm learning new stuff every single day and it forces me to brush up on my chops in genres I wouldn't otherwise normally compose in (like when the DoD project made me learn Latin influences and Island composition styles)!

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She is a natural when it comes to collaborations and working with someone that can take care of their part smoothly and professionally is a real treat for me. Especially finding a girl artist who can ‘comp’ her own vocals! Amazing… I've been helping her get sponsorships and industry support. I'm also brushing off my DJ skills (from the 90') and doing some stage stuff with her.

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She's already done over a dozen successful live shows here in Seattle and her audiences are falling in love with her new style wherever she goes. Stay tuned for some more news, photos and stories about this project. We've got some amazing stuff planned! Go like her Facebook page and check out some videos of her rapping in south central, LA! She's got a wide variety of cool music!

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Monday, December 3, 2012

The Walking Dead Assault Released!

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This year I have had the pleasure of working with Skybound and Robert Kirkman on some of his upcoming projects (stay tuned…). They have just released “The Walking Dead Assault” on iOS which has jumped to #3 in top apps list on iTunes. Pretty cool! They did a great job!

TWD Assualt IconIt’s been really cool working with Skybound on stuff, there is no shortage of cool TWD swag and deliveries to my house these past few months! :) I also tested this game the last few months, so go get it!

“Today marks the official release of The Walking Dead: Assault.  A brand new game based on The Walking Dead comic series for all iOS compatible devices.

The Walking Dead: Assault lets you to build your team of survivors from the likes of Rick, Shane, Lori, Carl, Andrea, Glenn, Carol and Sophia.  Once you've built your team, you'll have to collect supplies, upgrade your stats and kill walkers in various settings pulled from the original comic series.

Collect achievements, unlock bonus content, share your stats with friends in the Game Center.  With 4 levels of difficulty, there's no end to the mayhem.”

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Much respect to the composers of the games and the tv series (Bear McCreary and Stephen Baysted) Also, here are 4 of my TWD tracks I created specifically for Skybound earlier this year, enjoy and play really loud in a dark room, and scare yourself for xmas! :)