Philips was and is an innovative company, it brought us the cassette, the compact disc and the DVD. But in 1956 it secretly researched the posibilities of contemporary electronic music. There seemed to be a great future in it.
They asked acoustic engineer Dick Raaijmakers if he could make a real popular modern tune with the electronic equipment, to hear what was technically possible. Raaijmakers career at Philips started at the bottom, on the assembly line. But he worked his way up to “acoustic engineer”.
In this new position he found himself surrounded by the most advanced experimental equipment, and more than ten professional recorders, on which he made his dubs and sound-effects. All handmade by cutting, layering and splicing tape. The results were impressive. Even now his first commercial song “Song of the Second Moon” from 1957 still sounds remarkably fresh.
Raaijmakers worked under the pseudonym “Kid Baltan”, his work-nickname reversed (NatLab Dick)
Jairus Khan (DJ, hacker, electronic musician, designer, copyright nerd, professional web lord, recovering goth) played this weekend to about 2000 people in Montreal at a festival called Kinetik. When he realized he was going to be sharing the bill with two bands he’d criticisized for their racsim and sexism, he decided – rather than cancel his performance – to use the last five minutes of his set to play a PSA he made, calling out those two bands for what they were doing. Here is that PSA. It’s amazing, and has started a fantastic conversation in the scene.
New York photographed from elevated perches by Stewart Mader.
I hope to deepen people’s appreciation of the importance, vitality, and awe-inspiring beauty of these urban landscapes by showcasing the city from vantage points that provide a new and different perspective.
Arcade Brewery is a burgeoning interactive concept in beer. Helmed in part by Lance Curran of Threadless.com, its goal is to create a deep connection between their customers and their craft brews by fostering interaction from conception to consumption.
Their first project is called SIX-PACK STORIES, and which will feature a short story told across the labels of a 6-pack, and the debut issue/pack will feature work from comic book creators and beer lovers, Jason Aaron (Scalped, Wolverine) and Tony Moore (The Walking Dead, Venom).
AFTERIMAGE transforms your iPad into an autosterecopic time-shifting display. The app records 26 frames, which are interlaced and viewed through a lenticular sheet, allowing you to tilt the screen back and forth (or close one eye and then the other) to see a 3D animated image.
From CBC: “The reporting process works on the honour system — it’s up to the businesses to tell Re:Sound how much music they’ve used — though Fortier said his organization has a team of licensing professionals across Canada to ensure the rules are being followed.
The fees vary depending on the size of the audience and the type of event.
For weddings, receptions, conventions, assemblies and fashion shows, the fee is $9.25 per day if fewer than 100 people are present and goes up to $39.33 for crowds of more than 500 people. If there’s dancing, the fees double.
Karaoke bars will pay between $86.06 and $124 annually depending on how many days a week they permit the amateur crooning. “
An episode from the popular web series Project Rant struck a chord and this Austin, Texas-based creative team is expanding it to become a series of it’s own. The trailer highlights the production values and the grim tone.
The project has attracted support from artists PHIL NOTO and TARA McPHERSON and seems poised to break out.
My wife is a Dr. Who Geek and for Mother’s Day last month I had the opportunity to really pull the stops out and make something useful. Way better than a card or flowers. I got a lot of help from other websites with similar assemblies but this really came out as my own.
Cinemagraphs are still photos with minor, repeated movements and they’re super artsy. Dear Living World is a new Tumblr account featuring cinemagraphs and tiny messages from the image creator, to the living world. They’re pretty and kind of sweet, and you can contribute.
If you have an iphone, you can download Cinemagram (which is a free application) you can create your little image and message and send it to the email listed on the page.
My wife and I spent a year planning a wedding from scratch. We had over 36 friends help put it on, complete with a live webcast, a pre-made video introducing the actors, live voice over and shirtless hot men in bow ties to escort the bridesmaids and bride. The reason it’s called part 2 is originally we were going to get married on leap day, but 3 days before the bride was in ICU with sepsis.
I picked up a Lomokino camera recently and have been shooting things to turn them into video poems. The look is awesomely analog, but their service is state of the art. If you mail back for processing a roll of film shot on a Lomokino they send you back the developed negatives, and a CD with digital versions of each individual scan and frame. They also stitch them altogether into an .mp4 and include that, as well.
Here’s the finished piece I made using the Lomokino film I shot:
My cousin is putting together this great comic about a modern-day, female Don Quixote called Joan Dark. Joan may be slightly off kilter, but she has only one thing in mind: finding and destroying the source of all evil. The comic written by Patrick Quinn is drawn by Spain Rodriguez and so far it is looks pretty cool. Check it out!