This clip is from the 50th episode of a series called "Cool Hunting Video" that focuses on artists, designers and other innovators.
Brian Dewan is an artist whose work you may not be familiar with - but you really SHOULD be.
He is responsible for some of my favorite album art, like the "shrine" that appears on They Might Be Giants' second Album "Lincoln", or the beautifully drawn "Flying Victrola" insert that he created for Neutral Milk Hotel's "The Airplane Over the Sea" Album.
I first became aware of Mr. Dewan way back in 1993 when he opened up for They Might Be Giants. He appeared alone on stage playing an electric Zither - which he had actually built himself! I was completely blown away by his performance and have been a fan ever since.
The diversity of his work is huge part of its appeal for me. He is an accomplished carpenter, and the creator of a series of homemade "educational filmstrips" focusing on subjects like what the new world was like "Before the Whiteman Came". He has recorded a couple of solo albums, and supposedly he even has had some kind of involvement in the world famous Blue Man Group.
Over the years I have been lucky enough to see him perform live on a few occasions, including one time in New York’s famous Central Park where he played with the Raymond Scott Orchestrette performing some great renditions of Mr. Scotts famous compositions.
Along with his cousin Leon Dewan, Brian is currently involved in project where the two of them build analog synthesizers. Rather than try to describe this incredible project, I hope that you will take the time to look at their "Dewanatron" website to learn more about it for yourself.
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