#STUDIOLIFE | The Art of Composing VIII [@BRYAN_M_COX x @TREYSHOTYA]

In this clip I showcase the new Maschine Studio and Moog Sub Phatty while creating a mid-tempo, R&B composition. I am really impressed with the new Maschine and Maschine 2 software. Enjoy!

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Dope Shit x “Hot Tub Cinema”

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This looks like an incredible concept. I have got to experience this.

The Hot Tub Cinema concept combines relaxing hot tubs with good movies and cool places. You can book a hot tub together with your friends to bathe in while watching a movie! There are also individual tickets available to share a hot tub. The hot tubs are obviously cleaned, refilled and heated for every performance. The “jacuzzi cinema” appears in different places in London and other places in England, but the organizers have plans to tour in the near future internationally. The baths are located on roof terraces in central London giving you a bonus view of the beautiful city skyline

Louis Vuitton Opens New “Winter Resort” Store in Switzerland

So who’s down to take a trip to Switzerland with me in 2013????

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Following the opening of its first store in the famous Swiss ski resort in 2004, Louis Vuitton inaugurates a new winter resort store on the renowned Promenade, Gstaad. The popular winter destination seems an appropriate choice given the fact that 2012 marked the historic site’s 700th anniversary of providing ample and valuable real estate for those looking for a little bit of adventure. The store is a subtle mixture of the architectural traditions and principals of Louis Vuitton and the personality of the region – thus evoking refinement, luxury, and a poetic journey that takes visitors to the heart of the Alpine valley.

Travels: LEGO Expands Business With U.S.A. Hotel

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There’s two in Europe (Denmark and England) and now there will be one in Carlsbad, California: a LEGOland Hotel. Don’t worry, the place won’t be built out of LEGO’s – at least not the whole thing.

The hotel, complete with a dragon-guarded entrance is slated to open in early April of next year right outside the LEGOland theme park and will feature “interactive LEGO features, themed play areas, family pool and kid’s entertainment,” according to LEGO’s website. The 250 rooms at California’s LEGOland Hotel will all have a theme: Pirate, Kingdom, or Adventure.

The hotel is aimed at housing families who are in town to visit the LEGOland theme park, each room has two sleeping areas, one with a queen-sized bed and the other with sleeping spaces for up to three kids. After all, it’s hard to beat a brand extension you can sleep in.

The Danish company’s revenue should hit $4 billion this year even though the toy market overall isn’t exactly robust, the Wall Street Journal reports. In the last five years, LEGO has “nearly tripled sales and more than doubled head count.” And there are no plans to stop growing, as it defies critics (such as overcoming the Lego Friends uproar, 2012 worst toys lists be damned). LEGO is set to hire another 1,000 workers (including “Model Citizens” at LEGOland CA) in 2013 as it continues to expand.

Helping the company grow is its ability to license other mega-brands such as The Hobbit and Star Wars, as well as a constant push by LEGO lovers to build the coolest Lego structure ever, such as a massive 17-foot-by-10-foot Advent Calendar in London made of 600,000 bricks and seven weeks of effort (catch it through Dec. 24th), or one British family’s project: a 10-foot-tall model of Olympic mascot Wenlock.

Or there’s the ingenious fan-made LEGO M&M’s sorter. (Van Halen’s old roadies surely wish they had this thing). Or the Hermes Birkin bag ode on Etsy for $400. Or filmmakers who use Lego figures and blocks keep producing work that parodies the trailers of various Hollywood blockbusters. Their latest is a brick-lovers tribute to “The Dark Knight Rises.” That kind of constant fan-inspired promotion never hurts a brand.

LEGO, of course, is no stranger to using its own blocks to create some buzz, either. In advance of the new Hobbit movie, the brand built a set that emulates the home of The Hobbit’s Bilbo Baggins this past summer and is now showing off an actual life-size version of the set made of 2 million bricks that has Lord of the Rings fans salivating.

Dopeness: Bentley Signature Suite x St. Regis Hotel, NYC

This is some baller shit right here. Mannnnn!!!!

Bentley joins the likes of Dior and Tiffany as the debut their very own signature suite at the St. Regis New York. The 1,700 sq ft suite expands upon the plush luxury and and signature accoutrements of a Bentley interior with decorative details such as Bentley burled wood veneers, Breitling clocks, diamond quilted leather, and fittings and furnishing that emulate the car’s various jewel-like elements and components. And of course, what would a Bentley suite be without access to a Bentley automobile. Guests will have complimentary access to a 2013 Mulsanne within a 10 block radius of the hotel. More images of the Bentley Suite are available after the jump. Starting at $9,500 a night, St. Regis New York.