How music travels in space and time

November 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

We all know that music as we know it in the 21st century originated in Africa, but what routes did it go through?

Travel experts Thomson sponsored this wonderful interactive infographic following contemporary music genres as the traveled from Africa to the US to Europe and beyond. From Swing to Disco and from Hip Hop to Trip Hop, check out the history of music.


The perfect gin ‘n’ tone

November 15, 2011 § 1 Comment

What are you listening to right now? And what would you like to drink? Well, there is a drink for every occasion. A bottle of Merlot for Ella Fitzerald and  something sweeter for Adele, perhaps a vodka with coconut milk and honey.

Drinkify is a website that suggests the most suitable drink to go along with the band or musician you’re listening to.  You just type the artist name and the application suggests a well known or not so.. cocktail, wine or drink.

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Song of the week

August 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie by Red Hot Chili Peppers from their album ‘I’m With You’, out today.

Animated music

August 25, 2011 § 1 Comment

Musical notes have a life of their own and Dan Cohen managed to reveal it in his Animated Sheet Music, a series of beautiful animations of Miles Davis’, Charlie Parker’s and John Coltrane’s jazz songs.

via Laughing Squid

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Create your own record cover

July 4, 2011 § 1 Comment

Create your own record cover, but from existing ones. That what visual artist and composer Christian Marclay thought to do by mixing and matching different record covers. The result: beautiful musical and visual encounters of different genres and artists.

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Song of the week

May 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

Happy birthday Mr Robert Allen Zimmerman!

Song of the week

May 16, 2011 § Leave a comment

Bridges by the Holy Spirits (motion collage by Nathaniel Whitcomb)

Visualising sound

May 12, 2011 § 2 Comments

Music flows and creates worlds of intense emotions, which can take various forms. Visual music artists Abstract Birds collaborated with visual artist Quayola and created Partitura, a custom software to generate realtime graphics aimed at visualising sound. Sound is translated into visual forms, creating endless ever-evolving abstract landscapes that respond to musical structures.

Pretty amazing. Don’t you think?

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Read it elsewhere

April 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

While you were getting married:

  • Bark Twain and other authors as dogs – shortlist
  • The interactive thesaurus of Seattle bands – Seattle band map
  • Five bands that should be on Rockband (a hint: Pink Floyd) – joystickdivision
  • Free yourself from the hassle of folding the map – design taxi
  • Computer mouse evolution – dvice
  • Instead of keeping diary, just summarize your day in a smiley figure – lost at E minor
  • Who are these people? Abbey Road bystanders – snap galleries
  • The wood bike that aspires to break the world record for speed – wired

Painting with notes

April 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

When notes are not just notes, but have a life of their own. Music Painting, created by Alice Ninni, is a beautiful animation video of the song “Lacrime de Giulietta” by Italian composer Matteo Negrin.

via Laughing Squid

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Two amazing, retro accessories for the iPhone

April 27, 2011 § 1 Comment

Granted, these are only concepts. But still they are impressive.

Leica iPhone

First there is the Leica camera body and lens for the iPhone by Los Angeles-based consultancy Black Design Associates, LLC. It will be the accessory that will transform the iPhone to a full fledged Leica camera. With such a pedigree, hell, I might even jump on the instagram bandwagon.


Then there is the iPhone turntable by designer Olivier Meynard. Not only does it play vinyl records, but it also adds them to your charging iPhone as mp3s. Pretty amazing, huh?

Product design that gives true meaning to the retro-futuristic trend.

via core77 and Yanko design 

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Song of the week

April 25, 2011 § Leave a comment

Face In The Crowd by Cat’s Eyes

10 + 1 ways to visualize lyrics

April 18, 2011 § 5 Comments

Really good songs have usually really good lyrics. And good lyrics stay with you. When we were at school we doodled them on our books and carved them into the desks. What do the digital natives do? Here are the best ideas (and, incidentally, really good songs for the most part) we found around the web:

1. Pick a photo, apply a vintage effect and write the lyrics in helvetica

paris by the friendly fires

Paris by the Friendly Fires (the Aeroplane version featuring Au Revoir Simone  kicks major ass, too)
(visual first seen at letlooselove, our title inspired by this)

2. Make a flowchart*

should I stay or should I go by the clash

Should I Stay or Should I Go by The Clash
(visual first seen at Urlesque)
*but be careful not to be trapped on an infinite loop

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Song of the week

April 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

Bizness by tUnE-yArDs

Musical attack

April 15, 2011 § 1 Comment

See what happens when a house in the suburbs is attacked by six drummers.

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Thus sung Zarathustra

April 14, 2011 § 3 Comments

We know what Zarathustra has said, but what did he sing?  So hear the ten following songs which allude to Friedrich Nietzsche:

  1. “So God is dead, like Nietzsche said/Only 16 years of age he said” 1985, Manic Street Preachers
  2. “He did ten years in Attica, reading Nietzsche and Wilhelm Reich/They threw him in a hole one time for tryin’ to stop a strike”, Joey, Bob Dylan
  3. “I want a god that stays dead, not plays dead/ I, even I, can play dead” Nietzsche, The Dandy Warhols
  4. “Oh mother of pearl/Lustrous lady of a sacred world/Thus even Zarathustra/Another-time-loser/ Could believe in you” Mother of Pearl, Roxy Music
  5. “The insects point toward with numbers on their collars/ I ‘m dancing with a sandwich that cost 11 dollars/ That’s Nietzsche’s way of telling you/ That’s Nietzsche’s way of setting you down” Nietzsche’s Way, Robyn Hitchcock
  6. “Written in pain, written in awe/ By a puzzled man who questioned what we were here for” Oh You Pretty Things, David Bowie
  7. “In 2001 a Life Code/ It pays to talk to no one/ Proliferating across the earth/ Also Sprach Zarathustra/ Faction Europa/ Free Range!” Free Range, The Fall
  8. “I wasn’t honest, I tried to philosophise/ Only too late did I see that I wore Nietzche’s eyes” Nietzsche’s eyes, Paula Cole
  9. “Your god is dead an no one cares/ If there is a hell I ‘ll see you there” Heresy, Nine Ich Nails
  10. “There’s nothin’ Nietzsche couldn’t teach ya ’bout the raising of the wrist/ Socrates himself was permanently pissed” Bruce Philosophers Song, Monty Python

Taken from the UNCUT Book of Revelations 2

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Song of the week

April 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

Will Do by TV on the Radio (from their fifth studio album Nine Types of Light.

Nine Types of Light is also a movie, which is meant to be a visual re-imagining of the record, and includes a music video for every song on the album. You can watch it here.

Songs as books

April 10, 2011 § 4 Comments

These renditions of music albums as books have been going around the web lately:

The Beatles Abbey Road bookPatti Smity Horses bookPixies Surfer Rosa book

Which reminded me of these by Little Pixel:

The Pixies Surfer Rosa bookJustice Cross bookCarter USM One Hundred and One Damnations book

Which in turn reminded me of these posters by Hunting Bears:

The Smiths What Difference Does it Make bookThe Smiths Big Mouth Strikes Again book

This idea just never grows old.

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The Man in the Black Coat

April 8, 2011 § 9 Comments

If this is not a brilliant example of visual poetry, what will ever be?

“Yellow Star” a poem by Kate Ruse
Music: “Interval One” from “The Quiet Lamb” by Her Name is Calla, 2010
Spoken by Kate Ruse

via Society 6

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