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Just like many other artists, LEGO builders find inspiration in the music they listen to as they create the wonderful models you see here on The Brothers Brick. It’s no surprise, then, that music inspires many LEGO models more directly, from minifig musicians to album art recreated with bricks.

Boy, oh boy

We’re very proud of our boy bands here in the West, with our One Direction and our Backstreet Boys and our Nickelback. But across the Pacific they’ve perfected the art to a whole other level. Here’s Jang Wooyoung from the band 2PM, LEGO-ized by our favorite Korean building collective OliveSeon:

Apart from the cute chibi-fication of the singer, and the fact that this thing was sculpted using the studs-up technique (which is pretty challenging for small character sculptures), I love the particular choice of costume here… It’s the one Wooyoung wore to promote his single ROSE, which actually featured him wearing a LEGO bow-tie. Bravo, sirs. I tip my hat to you! Even though I’m more of a BIGBANG guy myself…

Building a teenage dream

While many here in Seattle spent the last week getting over our last-minute defeat at Super Bowl XLIX, the rest of the country seems to have been focused on Katy Perry’s half time show – in particular the fabulously unsynchronized “left shark”.

Several of you were puzzled that I didn’t jump on this viral image with one of my trademark LEGO parodies. That’s because I decided to experiment with a different format on this occasion. So hats off to Conrado PLG for stepping in and creating the LEGO version that we were all dying to see!

I’m crossing my fingers that this will inspire our friends at the LEGOLAND theme parks to add a left shark “easter egg” into one of their Miniland displays. I think he’d look perfect next to sad Keanu ;-)

Vocaloid Hatsune Miku – “Snow Miku”

Mike Dung has done an incredible job of recreating the “2013 Snow Miku” version of Hatsune Miku. The posing of the figure is great, but the folds and layering of the shiromuku are really exceptional. It’s too bad he had to make her hair green instead of turquoise but the figure wouldn’t have turned out nearly as well, due to parts constraints. It was a great compromise, as there are limitations, even in LEGO. Mike really turned out a beautiful creation here!

2013 Snow Miku

If music be the food of love, build on

Those crazy Swedes are at it again! Rickard & Helen from SuckMyBrick have followed up their excellent movie character quiz with another one, this time featuring past and present icons of the music industry. See if you can identify them all…

You can also check out photos of all 16 characters on their Flickr stream. Below are some of my favorites. But… No ABBA!? O_o

   
 

The road less travelled

It was 45 years ago today that the Beatles released their penultimate album, Abbey Road, which included such hummable ditties as Here Comes The Sun and Octupus’s Garden. Five years prior to that, the “Fab Four” made their first appearance on American television with the Ed Sullivan Show. Letranger Absurde has decided to capture that moment in this Miniland scale vignette:

And while Abbey Road didn’t exactly produce as many smash hits as the Beatle’s earlier albums, it’s cover was certainly a memorable one, and continues to be mimicked in one form or another to this day …including Miniland form, twice! These versions by minicoop4 and Lauchlan Toal respectively both make great use of forced perspective to recreate the road and cars in the background:

 

Life sized Hatsune Miku  built from LEGO

It’s been almost three years since Japanese builder Chaosbrick (カオス煉我) created the first LEGO version of the wildly popular digital pop star and Vocaloid character Hatsune Miku (初音ミク). Since then there have been plenty of other versions, by such builders as Moko, Mike Dung, LegoWyrm and even yours truly. But now Chaosbrick has returned to outdo them all with this life sized version!

Construction of the model began in October 2013 and took 6 months to complete, during which time the builder teased fans with work in progress shots from his Twitter feed. The final model uses over 20,000 bricks, and by all accounts it was quite a feat of engineering to make such a tall and slender LEGO model stay in one piece. But the end result is spectacular in its detail and accuracy, and should meet the expectations of even the most hardened Hatsune fan. Especially with the cheeky inclusion of some brick-built fan service ;-)

Symphony of Construction II

When you hear music coming from any screen, it’s usually there to accompany the images you’re seeing. But take away those images, and it’s almost impossible for your imagination not to do the opposite, conjuring up images of its own to accompany the music. And what if you could capture those images in some form, say as a LEGO creation?

Well, that’s exactly the idea behind Paul Vermeesch‘s collaborative project Symphony of Construction. We covered the first round of that project last year. And now a second round has just been completed, that we’d like to share with you here!

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LEGO Record Store

This scene, by Ryan Howerter (AKA eldeeem) perfectly captures the look and feel of music stores all over the country and perhaps all over the world. The use of 2×2 printed tiles as LP jackets is spot-on and the eclectic nature of album art is such that just about any tile would make a good jacket. I also love the speaker up in the corner, as it really anchors the shot. I also like the use of 1×1 tiles as CDs. I have to say I’m impressed. It is not often that a builder completely captures the essence of scene like this. Ryan did so well, I feel like I’ve bought music there. In fact, I think I recognize some of those customers.

Record Store

Symphony of Construction – a harmony of Lego and music

Lego builders are always coming up with new ideas on how to use the brick, but some ponder the question: “why use the brick?” An idea was born to conduct a telephone game through alternating exchanges of Lego and music. The sequence starts with a Lego creation, which is interpreted by the next player through a musical composition, which the next player then builds a Lego creation based on what’s heard, and the cycle repeats.

The project began in June and consisted of 6 exchanges. Each player had 2 weeks to build or compose based on the previous work seen or heard without knowing what came before. The results were undoubtedly fascinating.

The project began with a scene by Paul Vermeesch of a dilapidated town overrun by a flood.
Floodwaters

Max Pointer then interpreted the creation through a composition that conveyed the idea of a cleansing transformation through the contrast of the mellow sound of viola with the crisp tones of bells and celesta.

Sean and Steph Mayo saw a different contrast in the music they heard. Instead of the viola representing the decay of a town, it became a dusty attic, the celesta that represented the cleansing by water channeled its sound into toys, and the water sound effects were translated into the downpour outside the window.

Am I Alive?

Christopher Baldacci saw an ominous mystery brooding in the creation, which he conveyed with a piano theme set in a looming backdrop of strings. He drew highlights to particular objects in the room such as using drums for the toy soldier, a xylophone for, well, the xylophone, and an altered melody of “Round and Round the Mulberry Bush” for the broken jack-in-the-box. Perhaps most obvious is the hint of the Harry Potter theme to represent the poster on the wall.

Simon Liu got the hint and centered his build on a creation similar to the siege of Hogwarts. The heaviness of decay from the previous two creations was given the form of a ominous sea serpent, and the lightness of the water and tinkering toys translated into magical spells.

Protego Maxima

By Ian Spacek‘s turn, the theme of contrast between animation and stagnation transformed into an exchange between good and evil, symbolized by a brass chorus representing the majestic castle, and a solo brass instrument called the serpent playing the role of the giant snake.

Tyler Clites finished the sequence with a statue in the ruins. Its wings are activated by an ancient artifact, suggesting the themes of mystery and adventure gleaned from the previous composition.
Wings of Hope - 01

To read more about each builder’s thoughts on their works and interpretations, check out Paul’s blog for more about Symphony of Construction.