I am thrilled over Debbie Millman’s most recent Design Matters episode with Mailchimp co-Founder Ben Chestnut and Aarron Walter, Director of User Experience at Mailchimp.
Mailchimp managed to make email marketing fun, not an easy task. Over the past few years I’ve had the chance to see a bit behind the scenes at Mailchimp and I have the utmost respect for their company culture and values they operate under. I consider them “Design Philanthropists” as they support so many initiatives I care about in the creative world.
Diego Stocco did it again: After creating a series of videos where he performed a multi-track piece with an instrument he designed, he decided to take the concept a step farther and create his own orchestra made of unusually unique instruments.
The project started by handcrafting a diverse selection of instruments, then he wrote a composition where he could fit them all in and finally performed each part. Impressive.
I listened to an incredibly fascinating Radiolab episode on Color and learned about the mighty Mantis Shrimp. It has the most sophisticated visual system in the world, as its eyes contain 16 different types of photoreceptors (12 for color analysis, compared to humanity’s 3 cones). Mantis shrimps can thus see polarized light and 4 colors of uv light, and they may also be able to distinguish up to 100,000 colors (compared to the 10,000 seen by human beings).
Do you use Rdio? And you like to go to live concerts? If you answered both questions with a yes, boy, do I have an app for you: By linking your Rdio account to Setlist, you’re able to see if artists in your collection are playing shows in your specified cities. Once you’ve found a show you’d like to check out, you’re only a couple taps away from purchasing tickets in Setlist through songkick. Awesome? I’d say so!
These two kids saw the GOTYE music video SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO KNOW and fell in love with it. They started requesting the song every time they’d be riding in the car, singing along, of course. One day, their parents set up a go camera behind their seat and taped them over a few car rides. Awesome.
Bobby McFerrin demonstrates the power of the pentatonic scale, using audience participation, at the event “Notes & Neurons: In Search of the Common Chorus”, from the 2009 World Science Festival, June 12, 2009.
To celebrate Earth Day, Diego Stocco collaborated with Burt’s Bees to create an all-natural musical experience. All the sounds you hear in this piece were created real-time using instruments provided by Mother Nature herself. The same ingredients that are instrumental in making the Burt’s Bees products, which I am a big fan of!
Anthm turns your iPhone into a futuristic, handheld jukebox. Launch the app, start a party then you and your friends can add music into one playlist. You can request from millions (yes, millions) of songs. No need to use your own library of music, Anthm will stream all the music for you straight from Rdio.
Take 30 seconds to watch this video to see how it works.
We will be giving this a try at our studio tomorrow. Thanks for the find, Jonnie!
I bet in Diego Stocco‘s mind there is no such thing as ‘noise’. Why? In his latest sound adventure he turns dry cleaner sounds into music.
Diego asked the owners of a local Dry Cleaner shop if he could record a piece of music by using their machines as musical instruments. He used a puff iron, press and dry cleaning machines, a washer, clothes hangers, and a bucket full of soap.
The bass and lead sounds were created from the buzzing tones coming from the conduits and engines. There are no additional sounds from any traditional or electronic instruments.
Whenever I spot an email from the oh-so-very-talented Zachary Lieberman in my inbox I pay attention. He just pointed me to the above music video he did with Olga Bell. The projections on her face are real-time and the visuals respond to her movement and the sound of her voice. You read right, no post-production effects were used in this video. Everything on the face is happening in real-time, via hacked Kinect, laptop and LED projector. It’s built using FaceTracker code from Jason Saragih.
This recording is from June 22, 1969 where Ella Fitzgerald performs One Note Samba with Ed Thigpen on drums, Frank de la Rosa on bass, and Tommy Flanagan on piano. I am happy that our little Ella shares her name with this amazing woman! (They almost shared the same birthday as well, they’re off by only 4 days)
At www.mta.me, Conductor turns the New York subway system into an interactive string instrument. Using the MTA’s actual subway schedule, the piece begins in realtime by spawning trains which departed in the last minute, then continues accelerating through a 24 hour loop. The visuals are based on Massimo Vignelli’s 1972 diagram.