Links for an accelerated age

Ah, this new term can be used to explain so much of modern life: Knolling. Sort of related, the world of the haul girl and other contemporary sub-cultures. Acquisition is strong, turnover is fast, fluidity is everything: ‘Now, it’s all a bit more blurry, the semiotic signs are not quite as hard-edged as they used to be.’ / sort of related, the vandalisation of Prada Marfa / also via K, 1000s-1300s: Maps Before Maps, at Retronaut / related, coming soon: Mapping It Out: An Alternative Atlas of Contemporary Cartographies. / Crimean attorney general inspires anime fan art.

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Musique pour Supermarché

Jean Michel Jarre’s Music for Supermarkets is a fabled lost album, deliberately created to exist as an edition of one, with all master tapes destroyed. On July 6th 1983 it was played in its entirety on Radio Luxembourg, a hissy AM station. Jarre allegedly urged listeners to pirate the broadcast, but the quality was never up to much. A couple of years ago, members of the Dutch fansite Zoolook took it upon themselves to re-make the album. The results are here: Music for Supermarkets. Recommended. Also recommended, a video of Jarre (and cohorts) playing the original Oxygene album live in 2007, using a roomful of vintage equipment. Even rare perhaps is Jarre Techonlogies’ AeroDream One, a device that must lay claim to be one of the world’s largest iPhone docks.

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Shown the door

Katerina Kamprani

Putt-putt perfection versus abandoned golf courses / an extremely depressing collection of last broadcasts from ill-fated airliners / sort of related, ‘Computer Play Set. Airline Reservation. Made in Hong Kong and sold by Sears, probably by 70′s’ / forward to the present: ‘Rage Against the Machines: The real danger of videogames isn’t violence; it’s swindling’ vs ‘How clones, fear, sanitisation and free-to-play soured Apple’s iOS gaming revolution‘.


The story behind Heil Honey I’m Home!, regularly lambasted as the most inappropriate and offensive sitcom of all time / illustrated above, The Uncomfortable Project by Katerina Kamprani (via b3ta) / a representation of Dance Music Collaborations at concerthotels / neonneon, the world of artistic installation / The mystery of Mont Blanc’s hidden treasure, gems, plane crashes and small town French insouciance / urban exploration in Ordos, newly championed theme park of post-post-industrial flaneurism.

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Shapes of things to come

Signs of the apocalypse: Heathers: The Musical / Could IBM’s Watson answer the automated response problem for brand communications on social media? Or in other words, can supercomputers tweet for you? Brain the size of a planet, and all that / other things. Experiments in Making Things / buildings as distilled reflections of the work of 27 famous artists / Voices of East Anglia, linked last week, host a site chock full of vintage ephemera / Unwashed Territories is a music blog / Ani-Gif, an online gallery dedicated to the artistic potential of the gif format. Hypnotic / Simone Capano makes Collections, amongst other things / The Dancing Electrons, a tumblr / LA Cops, a retro-styled game. See also the Kavinsky game, based on the music of the Moroder-obsessed artist / epic map of space.

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Voice command

Duck! The Death Star over San Francisco / The Air Pump / Building a Magnetic Tape Recorder from Scratch, (1949-1952) by Hans G. Mesch (via Scientific Illustration) / Mysterious Railway Posters Depict the Dreamy Allure of Deco-Era Japan / Blue Jam / Casting Call Woe, massively depressing collection of allegedly real requests (via pb).


WASH! The sonic possibilities of white goods (‘I am still interested in ( sound) contributions for this project, please do not hesitate to send me a recording of your machine doing a 40° ( 104° F ) colour wash, or be so kindly to forward my request to anyone you know who could be interested to record her / his too.’) / related: Twin Tub With Guitar, Bill Woodrow, 1981 / above image taken from Voices of East Anglia.


Spritz?. Someone should put this tech into massive billboards. Shades of They Live / Gotham City, the architecture of skiing, photography by Jennifer Niederhauser Schlup / The Digital Antiquarian, ‘an ongoing history of computer entertainment’ / art, illustration and more by Larissa Mantel / This is Paper, an outlet for the chalky, washed out, linen shirted, lightly bleached turned-wood modernist aesthetic.


Draw! The Drawing Room, an exhibition of new artists in South London (more info), including Fran Giffard, Philippa Merrett, Jessica Moxham, Saori Parry and Sally Rendel.

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Joining the dots

The slow-motion political race to build tiny stars on Earth / Learn to Kill in Seven Days or Less, big bucks under big skies / 18 Beautiful Words The English Language Really Needs To Steal / Phylopic, ‘free silhouette images of animals, plants, and other life forms’ / North Sentinel Island, Captain Robert Fore and previously unseen photographs of the 1981 Primrose rescue. And Magic Mountains / related, the world’s uncontacted peoples / Engadget is 10 years old: technology has changed / the GM PhotoStore sells stock images of classic autos / Momentum, an auto tumblr / Citybound, an indie city sim.

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Fire in the hold

Aargh. Apologies for the (enforced) downtime. We’re learning about all sorts of new things, like DDoS attacks and htaccess files. Please don’t stop visiting.

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Start the week

Vanity height: ‘Of the top ten tallest buildings in the world at present (pictured), at least 27 percent of each structure is superfluous, according the report.’ / “Two-up” By Scooter to Australia, the website of a book about a 1956 journey / we love the sylvan photography of Felix Wilson / Issue Press, publications and editions / a scrollable landscape / photographs by Martin Kollar / The Museum of Imaginary Instruments / more London then and now


‘Welcome to the official site dedicated to the Beast of Bala. The most comprehensive and up-to-date archive documenting the existence of Teggie past and present. Bala lake in North Wales is reputed to be the home of a mysterious water creature which is affectionately known as Teggie, after the Welsh name for the lake – Llyn Tegid. Teggie has been reported by witnesses as a Plesiosaur, crocodile, dolphin, zeuglodon cetoides, ichthyosaur, porpoise, seal, giant pike, sea lion, eel or sturgeon.’

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From around the web

Tech things. Smartphones versus DSLRs versus film: A look at how far we’ve come. Can a modern cameraphone outperform a DSLR? Even a very old DSLR? / Google’s Project Tango, a sensor-stuffed phone that makes ‘over a quarter million 3D measurements every second, updating its position and orientation in real-time, combining that data into a single 3D model of the space around you‘. Fascinating, terrifying, etc. Will have enormous implications for architecture / related, the new Google Maps Gallery / the Airlander, from Hybrid Air Vehicles, ex US military technology, part ‘persistent surveillance solution’, part future of passenger air travel, all sponsored by Bruce Dickinson. Short film at the BBC / the test track at Lingotto / why is the phrase ‘from around the web’ one of the most depressing things you can read on a website?

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Breaking up

One of those staggering brain dump extravaganzas, Deus-Ex-Arhitektura / Space Project, featuring ‘songs incorporating sounds recorded in space by the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 space probes’ / sort of related, Music from Outer Space, a synthesizer and tech extravaganza (via Adafruit Industries) / recommended new music: Glacials; Marshall Marrotte / Who were the Aero girls? The Borthwick Institute on chocolate advertising art. See also at The National Archives / tumblrs from Lauren Denitzio; Elizabeth Grace Kennedy / 99% invisible, ‘A tiny radio show about design, architecture & the 99% invisible activity that shapes our world’.


A beautifully detailed diorama of shipbreaking at Chittagong by Nader Taheri / photography by Ingrid Mattsson / the Philadelphia Art Alliance Blog / revisiting Morbid Anatomy, a site dedicated to ‘surveying the interstices of art and medicine, death and culture’ / Fore-edge paintings are sometimes concealed within the closed pages of a book. More info at i09 / Edition29, an iPad magazine / new planet haul / ReMINDers, a retro-themed blog.

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