Press to play

Music things. All about the Sony Walkman TPS 12 (via Kottke) / recommended sounds: Ummagma; Cheatahs; Dead Rabbits; LS001; Holy Milk; Grey Frequency; loqto; xhu alt. / Can(band), a documentary / The Delian Mode, a documentary / Breadcrumb Trail, a documentary (and box set) / also relevant. ‘Ever wanted to know where your money goes when buying tracks online?’ What the Artist Got.


The great 1980s Dungeons & Dragons panic / Photographer Klaus Leidorf’s Aerial Archaeology / My kind of Neighborhood, Tobias Frere-Jones’ first post following the acrimonious split of his former company / more legal shenanigans: Condé Nast ends internships after court case / the strange case of Dorothy Eady, aka Omm Sety / The Last Laugh: Why Clowns Will Never Die.

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Links and things

We love this house, but perhaps the most interesting thing about it is the Dutch initiative ‘called “red for green” developed for agricultural areas in decline. Through this program, the Dutch government grants one building permit for each 10 acres of land, on the condition that the buyer transform the remaining property into a public nature preserve’ / Adam Bresnick’s Rehabilitation of the sixteenth century chapel in Guadalajara at fideliohaus / also fascinating that this house by Renzo Piano in the Rocky Mountains was completed and then waiting four years until it was published.


Exquisite, Disturbing Objects From 500 Years of Human Anatomical Science / art, assembled and presented at Visuals Only / what no Nathan Barley? top 30 young people in digital media / Curiator, ‘the world’s biggest collaborative art collection’. Presumably an attempt to legitimise the tumblr-esque curatorialisation of everything with a platform for actual curators to do their stuff / the fading economics of book publishing / ‘most Londoners don’t want to live in tall buildings‘. Those that do ‘live’ in them are rarely home in any case.

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Then and now

This great post on the changing face of New York through its lost shops and facades – STORE FRONT- The Disappearing Face of New York – and how they look now reminded us that we have been sitting on an update of our Bellenden Road Project. We photographed this street in Peckham, South London, in 2003. Now there’s a new set of photographs comparing and contrasting 2003 with 2013. We need to take another set, as many of the stores have changed yet again.

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Oceans of images

Generic Brand Video, oh the joys of stock photography / GRAD is the Gallery for Russian Arts and Design (via Travel Brochure Graphics). Past exhibitions have seen reconstructed Constructivism and Soviet propaganda imagery. It sent us back to Kosmograd / Triumphs, Carbuncles and Hopeful Monsters – The British vs Modern Architecture, an upcoming talk about architecture, place and public attitudes. Related, Subject, Theory, Practice: An Architecture of Creative Engagement is a short film by Adam Nathaniel Furman on archiporn, imagery, the avant-garde and the gulf between ‘hyperactive new medias with their incredible oceans of material and the slow dialogues that swirl around the grand narratives’. Adam Curtis meets Jonathan Meades. Recommended:


Other things. Skyscraper city: Life at an Incredible Height, photographs by Alicja Dobrucka at tmn / the hand-drawn cityscapes of Ben Sack at Kottke / craft teapots, an acquired taste. Strange how the teapot should be like the craft equivalent of the chair – something every practitioner feels they need to have a go at. Stranger too that the humble teapot – or, more specifically, the Utah teapot – should also be one of the building blocks of modern computer modelling and animation / now of course you can print your own.


A photo essay of the landscape around Heathrow / a photo essay of the Texas Department of Corrections, c1968 / how to slice a continent, one of the maps from the Atlas of Prejudice / the Confiscation Cabinets, on display at the Museum of Childhood / London’s Espionage Locations revealed.

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Chocks away

The UK’s lost, abandoned and obscure control towers / aerial views of UK Active & Disused Airports, Airfields, Heliports & Landing Sites / related, ghostly images of abandoned wartime airbases / Bunkertours, no longer updated but hunkering down for eternity itself / Inside Tempelhof airport, Berlin / a large collection of Unusual Locomotives / 100,000 Stars. You are very, very small / another piece on Ruin Lust.

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Printed pause

Yet another shape for future magazines, House takes the meat of House & Garden magazine and splices it with a Pinterest-y scroll of nugget-sized article. Against the increasingly homogenised view of publishing that is emerging from this model, lovingly curated sites full of original content suddenly start to look incredibly refreshing. We were thinking of I like the other day, which is a good example (although apparently on hiatus), but there are countless others that now find themselves in a position of strength now that the raw currency of the internet – content – has been defined and found lacking. If you don’t subscribe to the Buzzfeed model of doing things, then the ‘traditional’ weblog offers a rich experience, coming far closer to the quotidian archaeology that used to be handled so well by books (although we’re looking forward to reading Enchanted Things by Phil Smith).


McDonalds is Impossible, a poem by Chelsea Martin / music to listen to: Demolition Queen / Terminal Cheesecake / Elephants and Castles / a mix from Slowdive / related, (over) analysing pop music / Michael Jackson acapella, at rhythm of the tide, via MeFi / many, many bands photographed by Jason Morales.


‘The mischievous and diabolic art of Jim Flora (1914-1998): Glimpses of rare works from the archives and news about Flora-related projects’ / beautiful imagery collated and presented at A Polar Bear’s Tale / DCimPRINT, a site about contemporary printing.

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Monuments to a ruined age

The Japanese island of Hashima regularly crops up in online discussions of the ruins of the industrial age. A rocky island, ‘populated from 1887 to 1974 as a coal mining facility,’ it’s featured regularly in documentaries and photographic essays, the inaccessibility of the site only adding to the romanticism of the place. A very glossy project by Bryan James, Hashima Island, is online, as is Gunkanjima, by French photographers Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre was published last year, while the site Gakuran also has an extensive feature. The island is even available on Google Streetview, so it’s exactly lost to the world. Most recently, the photographer Andrew Meredith (blog) has recently completed a major photographic survey of Hashima. The above is Hashima – Gunkanjima, Japan. A film by Erwin Schulz, made to accompany Meredith’s trip (and we’ve used that title before, we’re sure of it). The images are also featured in the new issue of Blueprint Magazine, dovetailing nicely with Shumi Bose’s article on Tate Britain’s new show, Ruin Lust, an interview with curator (and Cabinet magazine stalwart), Brian Dillon:

There’s that sense of devastation and horror, but there’s also an aesthetic distance. That ambiguity is one of the things that drew me to the topic. Ruins are never wholly prurient or nostalgic, horrific or mournful; it’s always this complicated mix.

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Oklahoma City sonic boom tests

The Oklahoma City sonic boom tests, or the Oklahoma Public Reaction Study, was conducted from February 3 to July 31, 1964. ‘A total of 1,253 booms were included in the program.’ ‘However, a large percentage (40%) of the public polled during the Program believed that
the sonic boom causes structural damage,’ even though no such damage was found. Info from this pdf, Sonic Boom Research (1958-1968): ‘Several thousand chicken eggs were also used in this program to study sonic boom effects in regard to hatchability. The technical report issued by the Regional Environmental Health Laboratory at Kelly Air Force Base, Texas, concluded that sonic booms do not lower or adversely affect hatchability of chicken eggs incubated in forced-air or convective-air-type incubators.’

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Links for an accelerated age

Ah, this new term can be used to explain so much of modern life: Knolling. Sort of related, the world of the haul girl and other contemporary sub-cultures. Acquisition is strong, turnover is fast, fluidity is everything: ‘Now, it’s all a bit more blurry, the semiotic signs are not quite as hard-edged as they used to be.’ / sort of related, the vandalisation of Prada Marfa / also via K, 1000s-1300s: Maps Before Maps, at Retronaut / related, coming soon: Mapping It Out: An Alternative Atlas of Contemporary Cartographies. / Crimean attorney general inspires anime fan art.

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Musique pour Supermarché

Jean Michel Jarre’s Music for Supermarkets is a fabled lost album, deliberately created to exist as an edition of one, with all master tapes destroyed. On July 6th 1983 it was played in its entirety on Radio Luxembourg, a hissy AM station. Jarre allegedly urged listeners to pirate the broadcast, but the quality was never up to much. A couple of years ago, members of the Dutch fansite Zoolook took it upon themselves to re-make the album. The results are here: Music for Supermarkets. Recommended. Also recommended, a video of Jarre (and cohorts) playing the original Oxygene album live in 2007, using a roomful of vintage equipment. Even rare perhaps is Jarre Techonlogies’ AeroDream One, a device that must lay claim to be one of the world’s largest iPhone docks.

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