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Happy birthday Massimo Vignelli.

Custom Built Orchestra

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.

Mantis Shrimp

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 yourself a favor and listen to the Color Radiolab Podcast.

(image by p@ragon)

Friday Link Pack

Famous People with Monkeys

– Hey DUMBO folks, there’s a free concert in the archway (bridge hole) on august 17th!

– Love the simplicity of this wallet.

10 Habits of Remarkably Charismatic People, by Jeff Haden

– I love these coat hangers.

Deep dive into Instapaper, how to use it and tips for power users (via @steverubel)

– I like this simple Corrugated Planter Set.

The Point of Exclamation

– This sobering infographic compares the cost of the Olympics vs. the cost of landing Curiosity on Mars.

Japan and the fax: A love affair (via @brainpicker)

– I love the work that comes out of Area 17. If you do too, you might want to know that they are hiring an Interface Developer.

– For that little princess in your life: Unicorn Tattly.

– No. 11: If there is guacamole, order it. Rules for Wandering

Setlist

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!

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

I heart this American Life.

(Thanks Rusty)

DesignMatters with Linda Tischler

I thoroughly enjoyed this DesignMatters podcast with Linda Tischler, Senior Editor at Fast Company. Thank you Debbie Millman!

Two kids in a car

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.

(via coudal)

The Power of the Pentatonic Scale

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.

(Thank you Karin)

Music from Nature

Diego Stocco did it again:

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!

Musical Democracy

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!

Lullatone

Thanks to my studiomates Burks and Frank I discovered the wonderful and whimsical world of Lullatone! We’ve been playing their music all day yesterday at the studio. So zen.

Music From A Dry Cleaner

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.

Hat tip!

(thank you Diego)

Interview with Cameron Koczon

Here’s an interesting interview with my studiomate Cameron Koczon. He is one of the geniuses behind Fictive Kin, TeuxDeux, and Brooklyn Beta and talks about entrepreneurship, creating the ideal workspace, and why his latest app GimmeBar will radically change the way we curate content online.

Rise And Shine

CreativeMornings is featured with Podcast on swissinfo.ch!

You can listen to it here. A big thank you to Karin Kamp for the wonderful feature. Team CreativeMornings is thrilled!

Chase No Face

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.

Cool? Yes, very much so.

The Illuminated Mixtapes

Adam Parks runs a site called The Illuminated Mixtapes. If features a series of mixtapes he put online for streaming, each including an illustrated cover.

(How much do I love the internets? It enables sharing and creating like nothing else. Yay Internet!)

Happy Birthday, Ella Fitzgerald

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)

(via Brain Pickings)

Girl from Ipanema

Is it me or is Astrud Gilberto completely emotionless during this performance? Nevertheless, I love the song.

(via byrd and belle)

Conductor: mta.me

Conductor: www.mta.me from Alexander Chen on Vimeo.

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.

more info.

(thank you Veronica)

The Candy Man Can

Sometimes listening to the Candy Man Song is all I need to make my day a little brighter and take my mind of looming decisions. Here we go:

YouTubeDisco

YouTubeDisco.de. Brilliant and exactly what the name says.

(via Swiss Christian Leu’s Newsletter: Linkriss)

Dow Piano

The Dow Piano audiovisualizes the ups and downs of 2010 into musical notes. Using a five-note scale spanning three octaves, pitch is determined by the daily closing numbers of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The variance in volume mirrors the trading volume changes throughout the year. The notes are clustered in series of five, representing Mondays through Fridays. The weeks are punctuated, separated, and started by drum hits. Follow along with the graph to experience the market in a (somewhat) musical way. Created by Bard Edlund.

Dow Piano

(thank you Dominique)

Through a Hole

This clever music video for Atlanta based band, Vortex Park made me smile. Created by Alex Wolf. (Too bad for the ending though. They should have kept it in the browser window.)

(Thank you Matthew)