Monthly Archives: January 2021

On the retreat

The 2020 Architecture Drawing Prize includes the epic 737 Max Tower, a project by Victor Hugo and Cheryl Lu Xu, as well as works by Marc Brousse and ‘Spatial Fictions‘ by Clement Luk Laurencio / a constantly refreshed collection of … Continue reading

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Out on the mud flats

Weekend perambulations / a drone tour of a century-old German U-Boat wreck on the Thames Estuary, via Historic Medway / more Kent: the tragedy of the Fireman’s Wedding / isolated drum tracks by Nick Mason / paintings by Fred Coppin … Continue reading

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Down the rabbit hole, again

This disappointingly short brief history of protest tunnelling in the UK sent us down some tunnels of our own. It seems that protest tunnels barely scratch the surface of a country that has an extensive rumoured subterranean network, mostly private, … Continue reading

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On the permafrost

Photographer Anna Huix has taken remarkable images of Pyramiden (Google maps), ‘a utopian coal-mining town, a landscape-scale “museum” of soviet-style industrial heritage that shows the fragmented remains of a communist dream’ in Svalbard. ‘It has been predicted that due to … Continue reading

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A Way Forward

The ghosts of Mark Fisher. On the theorist’s final lecture series, unfinished works, and the exhortation to recognise ‘both the luxuries and privations of modern technologies… Who knows what a culture in which the internet co-existed with strong social security … Continue reading

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Vision Thing

Revisiting a 1930s Soviet optical synthesis animation. See also the Variophone / a big, long, long list of John Peel Sessions on YouTube, courtesy of Formerly Known as the Bollocks. Always something to listen to / tiny living space films … Continue reading

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The illusion of a wayback machine

An appreciation of the late stunt driver Remy Julienne / music selections: Heavy Birds; Automatic; Laura Carbone; Neighbours Burning Neighbours; Foxtrott / A map of Frank Lloyd Wright homes in (nearly) every state / card and paper illustrations by Zim … Continue reading

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Look closely

Old school sounds from the long lost Sunnyvale Noise Sub-element / even more old school, an appreciation of Swervedriver’s Raise from a driver’s perspective (as it was probably originally intended) / Folklore Generator (via BB) / creepy-named forum to change … Continue reading

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A number of things

Muma, jazzy rock with Kurdish/Turkish roots / by the end of summer, indie pop from Japan / instrumental guitar music by u_iru, also from Japan / 23 bed detached house for sale / imagining electric cars in their 1960s iterations … Continue reading

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Round and round

The theory and form of classic drum patterns / the OP-1 Tombola sequencer / the Circle Guitar mechanical step sequencer / play with whale song / play the Jazz Keys / Bidoun, an arts magazine about the Middle East / … Continue reading

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Sunday (socially distanced) strolling

The Museum of Curiosities in London / beautiful music by Train Conductor / a collection of pedalboards (a ‘tangle’ of pedalboards? A ‘hum’ of pedalboards?) / saving Coventry, which doesn’t know what it’s got / remodelling a 1970s council house … Continue reading

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I can see for miles and miles and miles

Insane technotopianism update. The Line, ‘a revolution in urban living’ (via MeFi) that feels like a bait car for angry urban designers. Visionary ideas have always existed and always will, and while some are obviously trolling, others have felt like … Continue reading

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Spirited away

Exploring the ruins of Laverstoke Mill before it was given a radical makeover by Heatherwick Studio and transformed into the Bombay Sapphire Distillery / drifting soundscapes by Vapor Lanes / Field Recordings of Yellowstone National Park / Tokyo Ambient Center, … Continue reading

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Oh my, oh my, there’s a light in the sky

You Only Live Twice, par le Cadeau De Mariage / the terrifying Isdera Autobahnkurier 116i. The sort of car that has been trumped in the modern era by the likes of Dartz, which may or may not be an elaborate … Continue reading

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Blurry Sounds

London’s population is shrinking (the population history of London) / the people whose homes are portals to the past / Dublin Goth New Wave Movement from 1989 / Non-children’s songs with child vocals, a list of suggestions / enjoy double … Continue reading

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Be kind, rewind

Happy Maps don’t have much of a role to play right now, but this project from Good City Life looks to create an ‘alternative cartography of a city weighted for human emotions’. Watch that space / Ranaldo-esque music by Rouse … Continue reading

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Twist and turn

Burning the furniture: my life as a consumer, ‘some thoughts on buying a house, white privilege and homewares for the apocalypse’ / a textbook example of Betteridge’s Law of Headlines: Can onboard rollercoasters save the cruise industry? / from the … Continue reading

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Hidden Streets

A little dose of twitter wisdom: ‘I sometimes wonder whether the fact that the two richest men on earth are running distribution and cars, might go some way to explaining why our cities are not working too well at a … Continue reading

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Unnecessary objects

Design and comics at Vitra Design Museum / art by Charles Avery / Cats on Synthesizers in Space / support the return of Grafik / Welcome to the Dark Ages, a film about the (recently returned) KLF / the TV … Continue reading

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Sketchy behaviour

The Bad Drawing Club by Millie Nice / Soundsphere magazine / the Teen guide to homemaking / huge Studio Ghibli image dump / Willard Wigan, micro sculptor / collections, collections, collections / “‘If the aliens lay eggs, how does that … Continue reading

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