Category Archives: music

Quirky follies and spooky geology

The Obelisk aka Conolly’s Folly, which still exists / Wendy Carlos demonstrates her Moog Synthesizer in 1970. A pretty comprehensive explanation of synthesis for the layperson / beautiful ceramic urns by artist John Booth / ambient soundscapes and new electronica … Continue reading

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Hang and Twang

Buy art prints at Hang Together Studio, including work by Petra Eriksson, Mitch Payne and Baker & Evans / another new creative venture of note: Paper Boy Magazine / robot Tricks by Mario the Maker Magician / music by MR-63 … Continue reading

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Art and music Monday bonanza

‘The wannabe food influencer who’s wanted by the FBI‘ / The McMansion Hell Yearbook reaches 1979 / illegally demolished London pub is rebuilt, brick by brick / bee stories / documenting the torture of writing, Douglas Adams’s 42, coming soon … Continue reading

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Sounds of the oceans

Phantom Islands, a soundtrack project. ‘During centuries of ocean exploration these phantom islands were sighted, charted, described and even explored – but their existence has never been ultimately verified. Poised somewhere between cartographical fact and maritime fiction, they haunted seafarers’ … Continue reading

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Deep dives

The wisdom of whales / it’s all about the pixels: The National Video Game Museum / turn your iPhone into a 90s pocket organiser (bonus links, Is the Psion 5 still usable in 2017? and a history of Psion) / … Continue reading

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Bleeps in the aether

The Google AR Synth is fun but fiddly (via Gear News). Possibly less fiddly in actual AR? See also Modulia Studio, Jam Studio VR and the much-vaunted Korg Gadget VR /art by Heidi Lanino / art by Jack McGarrity / … Continue reading

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The infinite playlist

Marcus Dobbs creates medieval map mash-ups of London / The Ultimate List of Weapons Astronauts Have Carried Into Orbit (via Fanfare) / An Ice-Covered Russian Ghost Town, photographs by Maria Passer at The Atlantic / car thoughts by Serge Bellu … Continue reading

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Noises off

The Sound of Mars / Heron, post rocky sounds / music from Machinefabriek / Paso Viejo, music from Argentina / music by Burning Bones / Sail into Night, slowcore shoegaze from Dubai / a fan site of Peter Saville’s sleeve … Continue reading

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Lazy Sunday sounds

From The Morgue, a site about movies / Vyomm is a new online estate agent portal, joining Domus Nova, Wowhaus and The Modern House as idle daydream click destinations / somehow we have managed to make 4,000 posts to the … Continue reading

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Sounds high and low

‘Ambient music for study, contemplation, work, and sleep’, The Immersion Zone is a live Youtube channel running 24/7 by Steve Roach (via Synthtopia) / link to an entertaining thread about nightmare interviewees / Dear Prudence / the buzz of the … 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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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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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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Words and pictures, good and bad

Sound and vision / guitar music by Cancel the Summer; electronic music by Defender Waves; soundscapes by In Die Ferne; The Mind-Benders, a ‘documentary made by the FDA in 1970 about LSD and the hallucinogens,’ with a new soundtrack composed … Continue reading

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Noise and views

The Year in Sound / the best book covers of 2020 / the best video games of 2020 / a new book, Brutal North / also via K, love this: Private Views: A High-rise Panorama of Manhattan, a project and … Continue reading

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Hit the buttons

The pandemic is pushing marginal technologies into the mainstream: How vending machines could play an important role in the ex-urban economy. Aside from the listicle-friendly culture of vending machines in Japan, vending machines have long been a low-key mainstay of … Continue reading

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1000 songs in your pocket

‘The ostensibly frictionless nature of online listening has other hidden or overlooked costs.’ In many respects, streaming music is bad for the planet, says Alex Ross / Apollo 13 Technical Air-To-Ground Voice Transcription (large pdf) / make your own Mini … Continue reading

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Variables and Constants

Following on from last week’s London Old and New link, 20 ‘Then And Now’ Pics That Show How Time Changes Things / Throwback on a Comeback: The Last Cassette Tape Factory. Time for a visit to the Walkman Archive (e.g. … Continue reading

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The contours of sound

Two great things come together, the cartographic stylings of Herb Lester and the ravings of Scarfolk Council; the guide to Scarfolk & Environs, a Road & Leisure Map for Uninvited Tourists / a walking guide to the modern houses of … Continue reading

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