Stumbled across this beautiful USB mixtape project by Alice Wang. Although this is just a prototype, based on the specs, the custom USB player would allow for full volume control, and would even have the ability to crossfade between albums. I can just imagine trying to dj with one of these. FTMFW!
May 18th, 2009 by
Just found this informative video on how vinyl records are actually made, which is a crazy-complicated process. Despite the ups, downs, or chug-along of the music industry and the format wars, vinyl is still in popular demand (vinyl at Best Buy, anyone?), and I wouldn’t be surprised if it supersedes compact discs in the next couple years. We’ll have to see how vinyl dukes it out with USB albums, which is still the closest thing to a physical record that’s actually digital, for those who still care about the tactile experience. If you want to read up more on vinyl, check out wikipedia’s article on it.
May 13th, 2009 by
I had recently discovered Alarm Will Sound, a 20-piece chamber orchestra, only last year. And when I had heard them perform Aphex Twin’s compositions from their album Acoustica, it got me even more hooked. Unfortunately, my experience with AWS has never reached further than my stereo or computer, but those of you in the New York area, particularly on July 22, 2009, have the chance to attend AWS’s 5-year anniversary concert at Le Poisson Rouge where they will be performing arrangements from the electronic composers Aphex Twin, Autechre, and Mochipet. Tickets are twenty-bucks and totally worth it. Now if I can just book that plane ticket to NY for July…
May 12th, 2009 by
I love LittlePixel’s Flickr set of what he describes as “Classic records lost in time and format, re-emerged as Pelican books.” If only such a thing existed. They are all quite gorgeous, and I’ve posted some of my favourites below. You can also discover more lovely little things at http://www.littlepixel.info.
May 5th, 2009 by
Stumbled upon the Tweet a Sound application the other day, and thought it was pretty interesting. Tweet a Sound is a desktop application, created using Max/MSP, that allows a user to create various 60 second sound clips using the synthesis engine, and once completed, you can upload the sound script to your twitter. The idea is to copy the sound script from twitter, and paste it into your Tweet a Sound application. By doing so, you’re able to decipher the sound of the sound script, and you can play back what other users create. Kind of a nice and creative way to communicate with others. For more information on Tweet a Sound, be sure to visit » sound + design. You can also follow sound + design on » twitter.
May 1st, 2009 by
We’ve just posted two free tracks straight from Nueva Forma’s soup kitchen. The download links will only be active for thirty days, so get ‘em while they’re still hot.