The Okada Noriaki-designed B&D Messenger is a device that helps blind and deaf people communicate via SMS text messaging. I love the design of this thing, the cardboard housing they used to bring costs down ends up providing a very nice looking surface while keeping it inexpensive. They’ve also made the unit much smaller than other Braille phone devices currently on the market. The system is based on a set of twelve points that raise and lower to create braille letters which are translated from SMS texts received by your computer (USB connection required). It’s great to see someone using technological innovation to make a device that benefits people more accessible. More info and pictures can be found at the B&D site.
Thinking back about what was probably the biggest turning point for me musicially was hearing and seeing Beck in his New Pollution video. I remember the first time i watched it all the way thru, i loved the way he dressed and how he performed the song in the video and then the video started going all over the place and i thought it was genius, every second of it from the Gainsbourg references to the all out odd moments where that wrestler is drinking milk. Well now he is still all over the place but it all still sounds like Beck. This new track off his latest LP has really grabbed me, its not as imaginative as New Pollution but that’s fine, it holds its own.
If you ever wanted to hear Moroder just do something like Spinal Tap’s Space Jazz Odyssey but way way better the new Lindstrøm LP which is only 3 songs but all 3 are over 10 mins does a perfect job. Lovely melodies but some i think i remember from other songs like this one sounds like a track from the movie Blood Sport which isn’t a bad thing trust me that soundtrack is pretty solid.
One person that’s on fire right now is DJ Koze, some of the best tracks coming out are from him, he does nice poppy late night remix for Matias Aguayo.
This last song i posted because i don’t have the original on this computer but i thought you might enjoy this remix of it. Part of me just wants to wait and get Kate Bush’s original up but the Chromatic’s kept it about the original and not about them which i liked.
I just finished up the poster / flyer design for the third annual Terrabyte event (click the above image for a large version). This is the first work I’ve done since the Obama poster and it was a nice chance to get the wheels turning again. The spec was pretty open, just had to include the themes of Nature / Technology / Art. I went for a sort of 60’s modernist infographic approach, like a page from an old physics textbook maybe. This was also the first chance I got to use one of my favorite new fonts: Hellenic Wide. The face was really a pleasure to work with, it cuts a nice line and sort of acts as it’s own divider so there wasn’t much need for all sorts of lines and spacing. Time permitting, I’ll post a small "making of" on this in the coming months. The poster will be available for purchase online in the next couple months and I am hoping to have some early copies available at the show itself.
For those of you into nuclear physics, the imagery is supposed to represent a critical mass, as in everyone coming together and then and explosion (of the aural/visual kind, not atomic). Poster design aside, try to make it out to this event if you’re in the Southern California area, it’s sure to be a great evening of music and visuals, I’ll be playing a set as Tycho and doing some live video / visuals as well.
Terrabyte is officially described as a "unique celebration of nature, technology, and art". Translation: A great evening in the Los Angeles Arboretum out on the green listening to live electronic music and viewing visuals on huge screens. All ages are welcome; it’s a $10 donation to get in and all proceeds go to the Arboretum preservation fund. There’s a bar for those 21 and up and a lot of exhibits to check out. An architecture school builds this massive array of projection surfaces that stand about 30 ft. tall to fire the visuals on to; it’s a pretty amazing sight. Needless to say, it’s a great time and well worth the ticket price. If you missed the past 2 years, now’s the time to make it out, this will be the best one yet.
This week David Byrne and Brian Eno released something for the first time in 30 years, the album is called “Everything That Happens Will Happen Today” and the last song posted “The River” is from it. I just picked it up online and pretty much made yesterday a whole day of Byrne + Eno and wanted to share a few tracks from The Catherine Wheel score. As for the new record, i found a lot more straight forward and vocal which is great but i personally wanted more rhythmic sounds accompanying each track since they are both genius in my opinion when it comes to percussion.
Brian Eno/David Byrne – Black Flag
Brian Eno/David Byrne – My Big Hands (Fall Through the Cracks)
Brian Eno/David Byrne – Dinosaur
Brian Eno/David Byrne – Eggs In A Briar Patch
Brian Eno/David Byrne – The River
Also, If you haven’t seen this already, David Byrne made an organ that sits in the middle of an abandon building that triggers parts of the building to make a sound, it’s really interesting, sadly it’s not too far from me and all my trips and plans to make it out always fall thru, I might just go by myself.
Tristan Perich is a visual artist and musician doing some very interesting work in both fields. His music project, called 1-Bit Music, is an actual circuit that plays back music at 1-bit. All you electronic musicians and engineers will know that 1-bit is the lowest possible representation of digital music, meaning that the resulting audio is quite stripped down from the analog form we know and love. You may recognize the sound as reminiscent of old console games from the ’80s many of which were at 8-bits. Although I wouldn’t be listening to this in my car, it’s interesting to hear someone pushing digital audio in the other direction while the rest of us record in 32-bit floating point. Listen below for Tristan’s version of Fischerspooner’s Just Let Go. Visit his site for more songs.
Tristan Perich – Just Let Go (Fischerspooner)
Perich also does machine drawings using a pen apparatus he designed. You can see some examples above or check out his site for more.
Rob Beschizza posted 101 Classic Computer Ads over at Boing Boing. I am recognizing a lot of them from my Newsweek collection, but there are some unfamiliar gems in there as well. Check out that Trade Gothic Extended action on the IBM 610 ad. And everything about that Marcor page is just perfect. Of course, a lot of it ranges into the camp / kitsch zone, but it’s still entertaining. Link
Jeff Canham is a sign painter / designer who hails from my very own neighborhood. Funny how I had to stumble across his site on a blog to realize this guy is operating right down the street from me. Such is the irony of internet I suppose. Anyways, it’s great to see that somebody’s still doing it the old school way; if it weren’t for artists like Canham, dying design mediums such as hand lettering would disappear completely. You can check out the rest of his work at his site.
I have some new favorites to share, some unreleased but downloadable here and some that the original might of come out before we we’re born.
I know it says Alan Parson’s Project but don’t pass this up because there’s this talented musician that does amazing edits to songs called Pilooski. Almost everything i’ve heard by him is worth picking up. This one is my favorite, its a 8+ min slow burn.
I’m not sure if you’ve been in the record stores last week but the Wolfgang Voigt – Gas – CD+Book hit the shelves. It’s probably worth every penny plus it has unreleased Gas material on the CD. I bring this up because debuting his first release is The Sight Below which has a very similar feel except it’s more guitar/shoegaze based. He is giving away a 3 track EP for free, definitely worth downloading and each track features a different cover compliments of Michael Cina from WeWorkForThem. You can also see him debut Live with Tycho in Seattle in September.
As for this The Blue Nile track it’s a deep slow jam from 1989 that i heard this Friday night around 4 am at a bar in Brooklyn called Coco 66. I have a feeling this sound will be redone by DFA post Hercules and Love Affair maybe late 2009. Also, it reminds me of the tracks by Hatchback and Rollmottle that i posted earlier this month.
Alright, now something upbeat and catchy, Sweden’s Tennishero is in the same vein as maybe early Royksopp, the dangerous thing is how this vocal gets stuck in your head. One thing i love about the formula for this track is that its a dance track but he keeps it close to pop music length. If all this melodic dance music that i think is better than most top 40 ever wanted to get bigger people need shorter edits and it could probably make a great impact in the music industry but the versions that come out are usually 6 mins+ which is enough time to take a great melody and wear it out.
The Alan Parsons Project – I Robot (Pilooski Edit)
The Sight Below – With Her Kiss (I’d Pass The Sky)