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Amplified melting ice: Cryoacoustic Orb
01.25.2011
03:27 pm

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A simple and lovely notion: freeze some hydrophones in various attractive water filled vessels, amplify and subtly tweak the output as the ice slowly melts. Such is the work of an outfit named Portable Acoustic Modification Laboratory. Good on ‘em.



 
With thanks again to Shannon Fields

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1960s video predicts we will all be plugged into a ‘central brain’
01.17.2011
11:41 pm

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A peek into the future of the Internet as featured on a mid-1960s episode of the BBC’s Tomorrow’s World.

“Every home will have its own terminal plugged into a central brain.”
 

 

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Bruce Haack meets Seventies Hungarian sci-fi
01.13.2011
06:22 pm

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A mashup of imagery from 1970s Hungarian Sci-fi TV series Tales of Pirx the Pilot (based on Stanislaw Lem’s book) and soundscapes from electronic music pioneer Bruce Haack, this video pays tribute to the roots of digital pop culture. 

Stones Throw Records has released “Farad, The Electric Voice” which…

[...] specifically focuses on tracks using Haack’s self-made vocoder, which he named “Farad.” This was the one of the first truly musical vocoders, and first to be used on a pop album, pre-dating Kraftwerk’s Autobahn by several years.

In his music and lyrics, Haack explored the interface between humans and machines in the beginning decades of cybernetics. Releasing groundbreaking experimental records as early as 1962 using synthesizers, early proto-types of the vocoder, rhythm machines and the touch sensitive Dermatron, Haack’s visionary sound still seems fresh.
 

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Hip-hop noise: Is 21-year-old AraabMuzik the Hendrix of sampling?
01.13.2011
12:00 pm

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Designed by Roger Linn and released by the Japanese company Akai in 1989, the MIDI Production Center or MPC has proven to be the backbone of hip-hop production. Its 16-pad interface allows for 64 continuous sample tracks, and has provided producers with some of the intense sound-granulating control that you’ve heard in the genre’s last 20 years.

The MPC has been around for pretty much all of Providence, R.I.’s Abraham Orellana’s life. So it makes almost cosmic sense that Orellana—who does business under the puzzlingly given name of AraabMuzik—has a masterful way of pounding the pads. He came to most peoples’ attention as the man who produced this summer’s “Salute,” the reunion track for Harlem’s Dipset crew (after the jump). Personally I think the kid’s talent far outclasses Dipset’s extreme-swagger stance, but whatever.

Here he is in raw form in the studio with his buddy the MPC-5000…a visual treatment of his virtuosity to follow…
 

 
After the jump: the Death by Electric Shock video crew and visuals freak System D-128 collaborate to spotlight AraabMuzik’s technique…

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The sauerkraut synthesizer
01.13.2011
11:22 am

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Better yet, keep your Italo disco. Here’s some actual Krautrock. Yes, It’s the Sauerkraut synthesizer, the work of one Gordon Monahan.

Gordon Monahan’s Sauerkraut Synthesizer is an experimental synth, built around fruits, vegetables, and a jar of sauerkraut as voltage controllers for a software synthesizer, built with ppooll-max/msp and an Arduino interface.
The video captures a live performance on the Sauerkraut Synthesizer at the Subtle Technologies Festival, on board a cruise ship in Toronto Harbour, June 5, 2010.
The Sauerkraut Synthesizer is based on a technical prototype using lemons (The Lemon Synthesizer), developed as a collaboration between Gordon Monahan, Akemi Takeya, and Noid, in Vienna, March, 2009.

 

 
Witness the majesty of the Lemon Synthesizer after the jump…

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Looking through a glass onion: ‘Enter The Void’ mood elevating visual effects video
01.13.2011
03:08 am

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French special effects genius Geoffrey Niquet collaborated with Gaspar Noe on the creation of the mindblowingly wonderful Enter The Void. Here’s a clip that shows the multi-layered visuals that were composed for the film. It’s like looking through a glass onion. For those of you have seen the movie, this will be a reminder of its loveliness. For those of you who haven’t experienced the Void, this will tantalize and perhaps compel you to see it.

Music by Sigur Ros.
 

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The Frontier is Everywhere: Beautiful fan-made video for NASA
01.10.2011
04:44 pm

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Here’s a gorgeous and beautifully edited fan-made video for NASA by YouTube user damewse. Damewse says he made this video because “NASA is the most fascinating, adventurous, epic institution ever devised by human beings, and their media sucks. Seriously.”

There ya have it.

 
(via TDW)

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Dangerous Minds now a featured site on Pulse news reader!
01.10.2011
01:16 pm

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Dangerous Minds is happy to announce that we’re now a featured blog on Pulse, the popular news reader app for i-devices! Pulse lets users compile customized news feeds with a great graphic interface. We extremely pleased to see our content alongside that of web heavyweights like Huffington Post, GOOD, Gizmodo, Salon, Fast Company, Techcrunch and others. Pulse’s easy to use interface will make DM available to readers on the go and we’re excited at how our content is displayed, too. Pulse is the most feature-laden new reader app out there, and it’s FREE!

Meet Pulse. A beautiful application that makes reading news fun and engaging. Pulse takes your favorite websites and transforms them into a colorful and interactive mosaic. Tap on an article, and you will see a clean and elegant view of the story. Sharing the story via Facebook, Twitter, Email or Instapaper is as easy as two taps. So good, the app was featured in the App Store Hall of Fame!

Over 2000 users have given Pulse a 4.5 star rating at the iTunes store. Get Pulse here for FREE! Available for iPad, iPhone and Android. See Pulse in action in the clip below:
 

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Kraftwerk sheet music for Casio VL-80 pocket calculator (1981)
01.06.2011
01:12 pm

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Listen to “Computer World” played on a Casio VL-80 calculator here.

View larger version of the notations here.

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(via Das Kraftfuttermischwerk and Poecker)

 

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Photos of women operating big mainframe computers from the late ‘60s
01.03.2011
02:49 pm

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All hail female geek culture from polyester past! Women and giant-ass computers… what more could you ask for? From Lawrence Harley “Larry” Luckham:

In the late ‘60’s I worked for Bell Labs for a few years managing a data center and developing an ultra high speed information retrieval system. It was the days of beehive hair on the women and big mainframe computers. One day I took a camera to work and shot the pictures below. I had a great staff, mostly women except for the programmers who were all men. For some reason only one of them was around for the pictures that day.


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See more photos after the jump…
 

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