Throughout this Tumblr we’ve been exploring ideas of networked spaces, where software melds with infrastructure or the landscape to create a new experience of space. This quirky project, Beatmap, integrates GPS, movement and techno freakout music to create geographically dictated mash-ups.
It makes the surface of the earth into a control surface. Imagine how this technology can change our experience of moving around the planet, the possibilities are only just now being explored.
The world’s first interactive piano.
@StanleyPiano is the world’s first interactive player piano, makes his worldwide debut at Seattle’s Capitol Hill Block Party. Stanley is a precocious instrument who takes song requests via Twitter. Stanley bares all as his moving parts (gears, bellows, hammers, valves) visibly work as the keys press themselves.
To make a request or chat with Stanley during the Block Party (July 20-22), simply tweet your song or message to @StanleyPiano. Fans will be notified when their song is up next and view the full list Block Party songs at stanleypiano.com. Stanley is very chatty, so all song requests are welcome. Ask him to play Freebird and see what happens.
Can’t make it to the Block Party? Enjoy Stanley online, where he’s streaming live all three days of the event—playing tracks for his fans around the world.
Haroon Mirza sound sculptures
Mirza’s sculptural assemblages take their from from a range of found objects, out-dated musical equipment, appliances and furniture. Each configuration fills the space around it with a cacophony of electronic sound by re-working the appliances’ original function. In ‘An Infinato’ Mirza uses a metal dustbin filled with water to create a chaotic composition whereby a jet of water bubbling inside the bin hits the exposed circuitry of a now ‘retro’ Casio keyboard.
The assemblage of audio and material paraphernalia explores an order whereby social or cultural become aligned with aural traditions. We are asked to re-consider the objects employed by Mirza and the mechanisms in play which produce the sound, often warping the gap between object and sound.
Vyclone: Crowdsourced Filmmaking
Has anyone lately had the fly eye effect at a concert? While watching the main stage, you suddenly see the action refracted into a thousand different cell phones, held rapt recording the live event? Now we can put all this footage into one place to get a compelling film!
This incredible new app, Vyclone, from Joe Sumner lets two or more people in close proximity shoot video with their iPhones, upload the clips and then view a movie that is automatically spliced together from different angles. Vyclone tags each video with the location where it was shot using GPS and then lines them up by date and time.
Joe was touring with his band Fiction Plane and noticed over 400 YouTube videos of the show that went online the day after the show. This gave him the idea for Vyclone, an app that has investment from Madonna, Ashton Kutcher, Live Nation, DreamWorks and VC firm Thrive Capital.
Chris Cunningham x Aphex Twin
Remember this video directed by Chris Cunningham? See full video here.
Fast fact, the French term for window shopping is faire du lèche-vitrine, which literally translates to “licking the windows”.
To get free tickets to see Chris Cunningham’s latest work at Audi City London on July 19th & 20th follow @audicity on Twitter and wait for our special tweet.
Marclay’s Record Collage
Christian Marclay has explored the fusion of fine art and audio cultures, attempting to visualize sound or change it from audio format to visual formats such as sculpture, collage, installation, photography and video. For his ‘Body Mix’ series (1991-92), he stitched together album covers into works to create strange phantasms of music and culture – such as Deutsche Grammaphon conductors with the slender legs of Tina Turner – that bring to mind Surrealist ‘Exquisite Corpses’. This transformation of musical instruments or objects to create visual puns is an essential component of Marclay’s work.
“I’m interested in the sounds that people don’t want.” - Christian Marclay
Marclay began his exploration into sound and art through performances with turntables in 1979, while he was still a student. Early work includes a series of ‘Recycled Records’ (1980-86), fragmented and reassembled vinyl records that became hybrid objects that could be played, replete with abrupt leaps in tone and sound.
Do we come from monkeys and are we turning into machines? This short film, Monkey Drummer, by Chris Cunningham, shows a figure with a monkey head and human appendages mechanically drumming a frenetic rhythm. Each body part moves in an authentically human way but seems to be controlled by a machine.
The film premiered at the Venice Biennale of Art in 2001. The music is made by Aphex Twin and is the tenth track on their album, drukqs. Sigtryggur Baldursson or “Siggi” of the Sugarcubes was shot several times drumming and then his torso was cut out in post production to be replaced by the robotic trunk.
Win tickets to see Chris Cunningham’s latest work here.