Superlatives, photographs by Christoph Morlinghaus / art by Calder Moore / Japanese prints at the Egenolf Gallery / paintings by Jesse Dayan / Rare Historical Photos / Graphing Parking, car use in facts, figures, and diagrams / illustration by Guy Billout / vintage video games for sale at Lulu Berlu / Super Planet Crash! / an Art Deco/Moderne house in South London that once belonged to the somewhat controversial Hans Eysenck / all about the South Coast’s exclusive Aldwick Bay Estate / the ongoing plans to build above South Kensington Tube Station / London’s Most Heterosexual Neighbourhoods: An Unofficial Guide.
Today’s Black Mirror tech story: Amazon’s Alexa could turn dead loved ones into digital assistant / unsettling art and imagery by Reuben Wu / the work of designer Jon-Paul Wheatley, who also makes footballs (Instagram) / ‘Five video games where architecture creates a “lifelike and immersive experience”‘ / This is a Recording, a traditional blog (hooray) about random pics from a personal record collection (hooray) / ‘… the Often-Disturbing Biographies of Great Children’s Book Authors‘ / ‘I bought a York City turnstile at auction. It’s the best £300 I’ve spent‘, a great piece by Daniel B-G / more memoirs, this time Rosecrans Baldwin on the Rock Star Next Door .
Seen everywhere, but great all the same: Bonobo & Anna Lapwood perform Otomo live at the Royal Albert Hall / recommendations for great narrative music videos / A Trail Tale, 8-bit hiking simulator (via b3ta) / the world’s smallest international bridge? / the LOLCat Bible Translation Project, via depths of Wikipedia. Archive.org version / paintings by Orlanda Broom.
A triumph of miniaturization: making Lego displays for real / see also The User Experience Design of Lego Interface Panels, at the resting and hopefully refreshing Kottke / this is where all the old cars went, the legacy of the UK’s 2009 Vehicle Scrappage Scheme / a rare opportunity to buy a house by John Outram, The Egyptian House / it turns out that superyachts are incredibly fragile, made from “costly, and perishable materials: marble, gilded metal fittings, sensitive carpets, silk, precious woods and leathers, teak decking, mirror polished stainless steel and a high gloss paint system…. Without the right care, and the kind of temperature and humidity controls normally used to preserve valuable artworks, the captain said the Amadea would “rapidly deteriorate”, leaving “an unsaleable hull”” / photography by An-Sofie Kesteleyn / Generative Artworks / play with parameters at Sliderland / old Japanese guitar catalogues.
Sacred Modernity, a forthcoming look at the best of European church architecture (via Wallpaper*) / see also this collection of abandoned churches / can you count Ten Seconds (via Spark Edition) / 45 of the best shoegaze songs / Top 100 90’s Hip Hop Samples 1990-1999 / the 200 Most Important Artists of Pitchfork’s First 25 Years / Excerpt from “Neighbors”, a 1952 short film by Norman McLaren (via Synth History) / Sequential Founder & ‘Father Of MIDI’ Dave Smith Has Died / Composers & Computers, a new podcast. Both links via Synthtopia / elaborate handmade watches by Masahiro Kikuno / the critical axes are being sharpened, once again, for Thomas Heatherwick, whose ‘Tree of Trees‘ is already primed for a fall.
Bassist Guy Pratt gives the run-down on the bassline for Like a Prayer / farewell to Cathal Coughlan / The Vast Career of Tara Jane O’Neil / Who Sampled Who? / at home with the late Ken Adam, 2016, photographs by Nigel Shafran / the Caspian Sea monster is back: DARPA Liberty Lifter / a selection of supercuts from Sam Lavigne (via MeFi) / glitch meets Google Earth, IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII & Thomas Collet, Live at Berlin Atonal 2021 / the story of Massimo Vignelli’s NY subway map / Shit Planning, the other end of the spectrum / did Brunel create a solar alignment to celebrate his birthday? We’re not sure / which takes us to the story of the Burlington Bunker, or the Central Government War Headquarters in Corsham, ‘the former emergency relocations site for the government in the event of nuclear attack,’ accessible via the Box Tunnel / the Underpinnings Museum, dedicated to the history of underwear / Occlusion Grotesque, a wood-cut font that continues to grow / Andreas Papadakis and deconstructivism / a new exhibition of the work of William Heath Robinson / Gubns, ‘a niche community and curated collection of treasures designed by those in the field of architecture’.
Some tributes to Vangelis: MeFi; CDM; Guardian obituary; Synthtopia / a dramatic suburban London house by SPPARC / The Peculiar Manicule, a collection of pigeon-toed orange peel-style imagery (via Meanwhile) / Jony Ive’s stationery fetish is called out / new music by Fräulein / music recommendations at Get in her ears. See also new sounds from ARXX; Softcult; Projector / ambient-prog-electronica-minimalism by Simon Slator / illustrations by Woshibai / Nazi Billionaires, a new book about the ongoing industrial legacy of WWII / on the Erdstall, Bavarian’s mystery tunnels / the Engine Sound edition, ‘On power, sound, and American automotive culture.’
A round-up of the battered and forgotten devices that were the iPod’s failed competitors (via tmn) / excellent music by Pocket Sun / Flummox Industries / music by Dreamweapon / a traumatic update on the life and work of the amazing Nina Nastasia / ‘AIRAMP: Bringing Winamp Into The Real World’ / loving the look, if not the price, of the newly revised Teenage Engineering OP-1 field / art by Takahiro Iwasaki / paintings by Henry Ward / paintings by Tim Ball / temporary temples, ‘author Benjamin Myers on the crop-circle makers who ‘blew people’s minds’ / a different sort of haunted landscape, the coiners of West Yorkshire / ‘Barbican before the Blitz‘ and ‘Me and my motorcade‘, illustrations by the late Russell Bell / A Guide to Six Strange Ocean Phenomena through a 19th Century Text / an old school website for old school futures: Space Opera / the special collections of the British Geological Survey / photographs by Lucas Foglia / Moment 22, the Swedish edition / the rolling Slabs of Detroit, exploring the wilder (and wider) side of auto culture.
Big Beautiful Brutalism, a new limited-edition monograph from photographer Jo Underhill / the series ‘A Future City from the Past’, by Clemens Gritl (via Meanwhile) / Bold Ventures is a book by Charlotte van den Broeck about ‘buildings that were fatal for their architects – architects who either killed themselves or are rumoured to have done so’. Guardian review / the Cava House by André Restelli / buy a fort / buy a tower / MIDI guitar concept by Joris Wegner / Ball of Wax, a music magazine / A Cage by Another Name, Sasha Plotnikova on the understandably controversial “Tiny Home Villages” of 6m2 square shed houses that are trying to solve LA’s homelessness crisis / Canal Knowledge: The Fall and Rise of Surrey Canal Road Station, a ghost of a rail station yet to be built.
The magnificent David Rumsey Map Collection / see also the very excellent Layers of London, which is endlessly interesting. It sent us off on a tangent to the remarkable LJ4D Project, ‘an ongoing project to model the development of Loughborough Junction from the mid-19th century up to the current day,’ created by the architect Colin Macinnes. If only all of London was subjected to such delicious scrutiny / the Digital Lunar Orbiter Photographic Atlas of the Moon, 1971 / the Tom and Jerry House in Thailand, so called because it evokes the crazy physics and interactions of the cartoon / The wild abandoned railway in the centre of Paris / Archidialog, a blog that traces ‘the inspiration sources of architects’ / always worth a look, the ‘
Afro-Futuristic Fantasy Architecture of Bodys Isek Kingelez‘ / a collection of Modern Architecture Postcards / automotive artist Tony Matthews, king of the cutaway / Installation magazine / animated pixel art by Anas Abdin / New Order, live at the Manhattan Club, Leuven, Belgium, 17 December 1985 / StarWaves, an audio-visual synth / ambient noises by Oplen / Best Practices for Time Travelers / Kottke is off on a well-earned six month sabbatical. Don’t be gone too long.
Brendan Burton’s images of Idaho, Oregon and Washington / Pushing the Needle makes a pertinent point about turning golf courses into homes. See also ‘The Golf Belt‘, ‘How sustainable development on London’s golf courses can help address the housing crisis’ / see also, The Intersection Series by Tom Hegen / compare and contrast: seven wayward tech predictions versus Jean-Marc Côté’s visions of the year 2000, ‘commissioned by toy manufacturer Armand Gervais et Cie for the 1900 Paris Exposition‘ / From Loch Ness to the Essex Serpent, why are humans so keen to invent sea monsters? ‘I filled an empty bottle with Loch Ness water, took it home to put in the cupboard under the stairs, and waited for tiny plesiosaurs to hatch out.’ / Cocker on collectors / epic music by John Di Pasquale (a band, not a person) / to celebrate a new Dr Who, ‘recreate the sounds of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop using the Web Audio API’.
The lost soundtracks of Fire Island (via MeFi) / also via MF, Bartosz Ciechanowski delves into the workings of the Mechanical Watch / illustrations by Varguy / a large collection of live gigs at East London venue Biddle Bros. Many of these could do with having the band’s name added for a start / radio shows broadcast and archived at Amateurism / the story of the Amiga’s contribution to dance music / an AI-driven beat loop generator / music by the Human Hand Band / Ztxtz, a tumblr / now due to open on 24 May 2022, one indication of how long Crossrail (the Elizabeth Line) has been in the making is that the project’s press gallery is hosted on Flickr / modernist books for sale / at 87 years old, John Outram gets his overdue revival. History will show that his radical plan for Battersea Power Station would have been the best thing to happen to the site / art by Hubert Arthur Finney / the world’s smallest two-storey caravan / were crop circles great art? / a 1am stroll through south London.
We are always up for a story on London’s Lost Ringways (see the image of buzzing Brixton’s elevated motorway we posted a few days ago). This one came via MeFi and is at the excellent Works in Progress / staying with imagined London, Architectures/Models has a post about Battersea Power Station, The Wretched Boar, which locates the looming hulk within its many cameos as a symbol of dystopian gloom and monumental authoritarianism, as well as the iconography of power that helped define its shape. Images of the forthcoming Apple Battersea Campus are in very short supply. Our related Battersea page / Some other things. The meticulous illustrations of Doug John Miller / music from Anika / The Expanding Job, on hidden (female) labour in academia / art by Lucy Giles / art by Benjamin Hope / rating art by rock stars / Kerdalo paints whooshing dynamic cityscapes.
‘Metaphorically sticking an ice pick into the heart of parliamentary debate‘ / poorly photoshopped/staged family photos from films, via the Guardian / a comprehensive post on a frighteningly talented AI illustrator / see also infinite brushstroke landscape / ‘This Deadly Isle charts puzzling murders, strange disappearances and devilish mysteries from the Home Counties to the Hebrides, all painstakingly documented in a map redolent of the era.’ See also Agatha Christie’s England / Wikipedia’s List of Software Bugs, chronicling lost spaceship, wayward fighter jets, and awful medical equipment malfunctions / a map of the blogosphere. You don’t seem to be able to click on the blogs and/or search it, which is a bit frustrating / r/Mazes / see also the Video Game Atlas and some Spectrum maps for old times’ sake / we remember when the relatively mediocre po-mo office block at Angel went up. Now the owner wants it to come down. Is this just the inevitable lifecycle of commercial buildings or should we be being a bit smarter? / hours of old films at Pizzaflix / a collection of old movies, colourized and upscaled to 4k and 50 fps / Wikipedia’s list of magic tricks / Laputa, Jonathan Swift’s flying island / the proposed design of the Whale Museum on the Norwegian island of Andøya / Return of the Slimepires, a fun pixel game / music from Grok / What Colour is Sound, ‘Label specialising in compilations of the wyrd and wonderful. Indie folk. acid country, European chansons, psych rock, electronica, experimental and beyond’ / we’re very fond of tumblr, so stories like this, the inside story of how Tumblr lost its way, are fascinating and a little bit sad (and don’t even get us started on Flickr…) / a homage to trackers, the pioneering music sequencing software / Spain in Ugly / This bench does not exist, more AI experiments. Big datasets, that’s what it’s all about / Niche Museums, a wonderful collection. Both via b3ta / Google’s Earth Day Doodle / Tokyo’s Manuscript Writing Cafe ‘only allows writers on a deadline, and won’t let them leave until finished’.
Esoterica takes flight today, starting with a truly deep dive in Chinese Jeep Cherokee clones at The Autopian, a new site dedicated to automotive and transportation miscellany / speaking of which, whatever happened to Ford Timelord? An important question, especially with the arrival of Welcome to the Dark Ages. The KLF on YouTube / all things old Ladybird books and their artists at ‘The Wonderful World of the Ladybird Artists’ at Ladybird Flyaway Home. Also on Instagram / Tea Tags, etc., one of a number of great collection galleries at Alexander Ross’s Flickr stream. See also Found photos / a collection of punched cards / a collection of fruit stickers assembled by designer Marie Boulanger / paintings by Daniel Shadbolt / paintings by Nia MacKeown / epic landscapes by Reza Afshar, Caspar David Friedrich updated / a new book by Kate Beaton, Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands / buy the Terrible Tilly lighthouse in Oregon / Open and Shut, a media coincidence chronicled by Futility Closet (via tmn) / Horrible edge cases to consider when dealing with music (via MeFi) / Eric Tabuchi’s Alphabet Truck (via Kottke) / sliding pins (no, we didn’t know what these were either) / paintings by Christopher Stott / a demonstration of planetary gravity / my god it’s full of stars / remembering the Russian gold rush / an old take down of Lynne Truss / fascinating tweets from Daniel Solis / paintings by Thomas MacGregor / Grains of Peace, music for Ukraine.
All over the place / a brief history of the digital watch / paintings by Hugo Grenville / buckle up for the story of Ellen’s Energy Adventure, brought to you by Exxon / Lo-fi drawing app / dismantling the dream: abandoned America / coastal erosion: then and now photographs in Sussex / an excellent post on the intricate work of illustrator Stephen Biesty / the miniature realms of Mozu World / at 40 and long defunct, Sonic Youth and the Business of Keeping a Dead Band Alive. The SY Bandcamp page is stuffed full of bootlegs / one of the last bastions of Brutalism-as-insult is now up for demolition / music by Human Hand / are NFTs really art? / portrait paintings by Romi Behrens / paintings by Juraj Florek / a guide to Lucid Dreaming / see also the Dreammachine / Plagiarism Today / You Can’t Take It With You, a tumblr (occasionally a bit nsfw) / Fetish Guitars, ‘the glory of Italian guitars from the 60s’ / prints by Matt Underwood.
Rich landscapes by Rob Newton / paintings by Jonathan Hooper / enjoy the online delights of the Roland50 Studio, bringing together three icons of electronic music / see also the Wambox / Notes apps are where ideas go to die. And that’s good. In praise of the art of writing stuff down to get it out of the mind / why Netflix movies look so weird / glitch exploration. See also NoClip / music by RubberOh / the Soundheads fuzz pedal / closely related, a guest session by Robert Hampson at NTS.live / beautiful drawings by Rain Szeto / what does the Epic acquisition mean for Bandcamp? No more insights into obscure long lost first albums, probably / restoring a 100 foot limo / a massive bundle for Ukraine, indie games and more at Itch.io / a collection of classic Renaults for sale / music by Signal Source Unknown.