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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.’
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?
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.
“Welcome to the world’s largest ever gathering of future astronauts”: Jon Ronson is ready for blast-off. Is Richard Branson? The idea of space as a playground for the rich is a rather dispiriting one, and Ronson softly skewers the self-importance of some potential ‘astronauts’ (for whom space travel is a sort of ultimate confirmation of their inherent Nietzschean superiority) and the vague, still rather unconfirmed nature of the flights themselves. If and when Virgin Galactic does finally blast off, we can expect a rolling media circus around each and every celebrity participant, Big Brother in Space, supermarket tabloid hysteria, with a ghoulish, unspoken schadenfreude of potential tragedy lingering in everyone’s minds. As Branson notes, ‘Nasa has lost about 3% of everyone who’s gone into space, and re-entry has been their biggest problem. For a government-owned company, you can just about get away with losing 3% of your clients. For a private company you can’t really lose anybody.’ Private space ventures are very much on the edge of a great unknown. The rest of us will just stick to our vintage technology obsession: DIY drop tank spaceship and a fine collection of aviation and space-themed flickr pics.
Other things. A short history of Lego Architecture / today we learned that there was an American re-make of Fawlty Towers, without Basil Fawlty / art by David Fullarton, at Proteus Mag / Artists Fear, a film / Classic lines from Mills & Boon / The Age of Uncertainty, a weblog / London Then and Now, new imagery from the Museum of London.
BOMB, a promising looking flight simulator / The Sniff Box, a blog about scent / Control Room, an installation by Roxy Paine / Miradors, a photo series by Erwan Fichou (via sho & tell) / installations by Katrin Sigurdardottir / Rip Jagger’s Dojo, a blog about comics and stuff.
Photography by Brian Finke / me and my ZX Spectrum / related, Jet Set Willy, the walkthrough / The British architects who tried to change the world / 5.4, an appreciation (of sorts) of Pitchfork / amps reimagined by David Carames (via David Thompson) / The light Writer, a tumblr / The Capitan, a tumblr /