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Friday, January 23, 2004
One to catch quickly: raiding the 20th century - (a history of the cut-up) by DJ strictly kev. This 53mb download is the bootleg mash-up to end all mash-ups, a virtuoso 39 minute journey through pop, past, present and future. There are literally hundreds of artists sampled, layered, spliced, time-stretched, edited and compiled. It’s quite amazing, although whether you’d want to listen to it on a regular basis is quite another matter. All human life is here: S-Club, Jimi Hendrix, the Strokes, Missy Elliot, U2, Pointer Sisters, Madonna, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Pink, the JAMMS, etc. etc. etc. (full track-listing - you have to admire this guy’s record collection if nothing else). The relentless switching between the tracks doesn’t half inspire you to check out the originals again...

Arcspace has a selection of the architect Richard Meier’s collages. I like these – I like Meier’s architecture in general – and have had the accompanying monograph for many years. But there’s something awfully deriative about them, a mish-mash of cubism, constructivism, futurism, vorticism, Merz and more. They undermine his creative originality - his early domestic work in particular is very Corbusian (Douglas House, Smith House) - and the collages reinforce this debt, rather than signify a clear progression. In this respect, they're almost anti-modernist, despite their explicitly modernist inspiration.

Hand-painted & hand-crafted signs are fossils in our visual landscape according to this elegaic piece on the loss of individual craft in the built environment. Check the galleries for many examples. There's also the American Sign Museum (via City of Sound, who has a nice set of images of the wonderful dairy farmer shop just down the road from us. Don't forget Phil Baines's excellent Public Lettering site either.

There are neat things lurking in Jewelboxing, Coudal Partner’s website for their new jewelbox DVD packaging system, like these examples. There’s even a weblog. Also via Coudal, an amazing graphic re-interpretation of the Donald Sutherland/Julie Christie classic Don’t Look Now. What's remarkable is how much of the narrative survives the process. And how few cuts there are. Just as someone lined up the end credits of movies old and new, it would be instructive to see how many cuts the contemporary picture has compared to its 1960s equivalent.

Susan Dobson's photographic series Home Invasion, chronicling the relentless march of serried ranks of suburban homes - made all the more sinister by their blank windows and gaping doors. E.M Forster described the Edwardian suburbs looping out of London as a 'creeping red rust on the horizon' in Howard's End (an unconscious nod to War of the Worlds?). See also the work of Andrew Cross, who frames suburbia once it's had a chance to settle and integrate with the landscape.

Some other things. Foreword, the book design blog / vote for the Conscientious Photography Award. Oh, too late / interesting chart of global house prices. One can begin to understand the European penchant for renting versus the Anglocentric mania for mortgages when confronted with statistics like this / Prisoner's Inventions, fascinating-looking book, via Caterina.

Anti-mega visits Arne Jacobsen’s Radisson Hotel / how to play poker (flash) / FBI raid programmer's home in search for missing Half Life 2 code. Apparently this is where you go to find out who actually did it. (Strangely the BBC decided to link this page and not the actual weblog entry) / every day at nine minutes past nine, Jean-Michel posts a picture of himself. A more exacting (but somehow less composed) version of Matt Haughey’s Ten Years of My Life.

Are weblogs the new punk rock? Counting down the hours until some wag puts together a 'what punk rock band are you?'-style web questionnaire / coming soon, the new website for dreamy Icelandic pop outfit múm, designed by the nice chaps at Kleber.net / illustration by Leela Corman / the story of the heavy metal umlaut, that typographic symbol of terror, at spiraling.com / HelloOK!, broad satire, but occasionally amusing.

Not that we’re complaining, but where is all our spam? thingsmagazine.net used to get perhaps 30 or 40 pieces of junk a day. Now it’s just one. My other yahoo account still gets spam. Confusing. And why did spam suddenly start appearing in my other account only after yahoo introduced the bulk email folder? One account had a new button today - the 'spam' button. I suppose they're trying.