Saturday, July 26, 2014

When the past no longer illuminates the future...

Careful. You can get lost for hours in Every Noise at Once. More music genres than you every knew existed are arrayed on the screen and a single click gives you a brief sound sample so you can hear the subtle difference between experimental dubstep and future garage, between black sludge and crossover thrash.

The museum of endangered sounds.

I've heard a lot of bizarre music in my time but Maryanne Amacher's work may be the most... something.

Here are five pretty reasonable ways that the Soviets could have won the Cold War. And if you think the 1970s was only regrettable for its fashions, read on.

Take 50 seconds for a video on the Elements of Design.

Science: The Quest for Symmetry. tl;dr

Kazimir Malevich, Black Square, 1929
What is there to say about a painting of a black square? Apparently quite a bit.

  • It is still becoming. It is imperfectly human.
  • It is the simultaneous reduction to empty materiality and the infinite.
  • It is a regrettable artistic gesture.

Can the internet keep you calm? Here at 10 website that try.

Google's hosting over 800 vintage photos from inside the Hanna Barbara studios.

There's Airbnb for finding yourself a place to stay. So why not AirWC for a place to poop?

Sink slowly.

...the spirit walks in darkness. ~Alexis de Tocqueville


Francis Shivone said...

I had seen the endangered sounds work somewhere. I like it and think it's important.

I had also seen the design vimeo and thought of sending it to you.

Was there a better job in the 50's than working at Disney or H.B. as a cartoon voice or sound man or illustrator?

Back in the day when my job consisted of criss-crossing the whole DFW area I took great pride in knowing where to find a clean, quiet bathroom. But the App is a great idea.

Love de Tocqueville

John said...

Thanks for reading. Regarding Disney or HB or Warner Bros, it depends on who you ask. I can think of the whole union issue at Disney for one thing (but that might've been in the 30s or 40s).

Landline phones are definitely one of those things that are going to become very rare indeed.