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Thursday, May 22, 2003
We don't pay nearly enough attention to 990000, and our interest has been especially piqued by their link to Activaire's 'Music and Architecture' project (A collaboration with Metropolis magazine, where you can hear all the tracks. Metropolis really is one of the few print-based design publications that has really got a grip on the web). We're not in a sonic-experiment-friendly listening environment just at the moment, but our imagination has gone into overdrive.

To us, the Guggenheim NY evokes a strangely angular jazz-age composition (the Bilbao outlet makes us think of classical music, for some reason). In comparison, the Blur Building would have a semi-industrial soundtrack, the slow machinations of a band like the (now defunct?) Main, a beatless hissing and groaning that imitates the sound of steam, the feeling of being enveloped by winding pipes and machinery. Zaha Hadid's work brings to mind very fashionable German techno.

We read on the wires of the death yesterday of auto maker Alejandro de Tomaso at 75. de Tomaso was one of those inspiring small-volume manufacturers, catering mainly to the super-rich with hugely exciting cars that appealed mostly to small boys. Car details here (you'll have to click on de Tomaso - we love Cars from Italy, but it has some clever script that doesn't allow direct linking). The firm's best known car was probably the Pantera (more), but we like the quirky four-door Deauville (of which a 'single example of an estate car was built specially for De Tomaso's wife in which to transport her dogs' - being married to an car manufactur has its advantages) and the insanely beautiful Mangusta ('mongoose').

Sublimate gives us two links, one to the art of the Bromoil, a blend of the photographic process and print-making (practitioner's galleries), along with the work of a particular Bromoilist, Jukka Korhonen, who, along with some velvety-looking ruins, also takes portraits of people with their old cars.

Elsewhere. Allsport auto is an excellent resource for car images // Avant-blog, German culture weblog // photography at Fuenf-d // 99000 is a low-tech precursor of Graphics International's new website...