Music

I meant to listen to their new album since it came out in September, but I didn’t manage until today. Well, personally I think that this is their best work yet and I can’t get enough of it. So watch Chained, Directed by Young Replicant, and let yourself be inspired. Visit The XX website to get more information about them.

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sigur rós have given a dozen film makers the same modest budget and asked them to create whatever comes into their head when they listen to songs from the band’s new album valtari. The idea is to bypass the usual artistic approval process and allow people utmost creative freedom. Among the filmmakers are Ramin Bahrani, Alma Har’el and John Cameron Mitchell.

To see more videos, to here.

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Just found those music video performed by Kawehi only using a mic, a pedal and her voice. Kawehi has been collecting money on Kickstarter for her upcoming EP and naturally had no problem raising the funds. I’m looking forward hearing her new songs. For all the RSS users, click here to see the video on vimeo.

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Katharina Hölzl designed those lovely and somewhat complex business cards for Ritornell, an experimental music duo. With the aid of laser assisted milling, nine micro compositions consisting of circles, triangles and Ritornell’s contact information were applied onto a long musicbox paper stripe. To see more images and to get more info, go here.

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PressPausePlay, directed by David Dworsky and Victor Köhler, is a documentary film focusing on the democratization of culture and raises the question if that development will automatically lead to better art, film, music and literature or if true talent instead is flooded and drowned in the vast digital ocean of mass culture? Is it cultural democracy or mediocrity?

You can download this quite beautifully made movie here.

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iBamboo is a natural speaker made from a single natural material, bamboo. The natural resonance of the bamboo amplifies the sound produced by the built-in speaker in the iPhone 4. The sound moves in two directions and creates a stereo effect. iBamboo is not available yet, but if you want to keep updated visit their site. What I like most with this product is that it doesn’t use any batteries or yet another power adapter.

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Okay, we all remember what Pi (3.14159…) sounds like, but here is a new attempt, interpreting the mathematical constant Tau (6.2831…) to 126 decimal places. Brilliant and quite beautiful. Arranged and performed by Michael Black, camera and effects by Amos Lanka.

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This is a lovely promotional piece sent out by GGRP (Griffiths, Gibson and Ramsay Productions), designed by Geoff Dawson at Grey Vancouver. It has been made little more than a year ago and I have seen something similar in the meantime, but I still like the idea. Apparently, after trying all kinds of designs and materials, they realized that cardboard delivered a surprising good sound quality.

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With CamBox, developed by Billaboop, you can create your own beatbox clips using the iPhone’s built in video camera. Each sound you make triggers the recording of a short video sequence, which is stored into a box. You can then play the boxes with the touch screen and save it as a video. The jams can then be shared on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and more. To get more info, go here.

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If you happen to be in Stockholm, Sweden this summer I can recommend going to the beautiful Woodland Cemetery (Skogskyrkogarden) and listen to the audio art available online to stream or download to your mp3 player. Let me lose myself is curated by ccseven and is featuring Erik Bünger, Steven Cuzner and Eliot Hemmingsson Cuzner.

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Bla Bla Bla is a simple sound reactive application for the iPhone/iPad designed by the Italian designer Lorenzo Bravi. You can get the app here.

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This is quite a wonderful sound installation made by Zimoun in collabortation with the architect Hannes Zweifel. If you close your eyes, it sounds like a summer rain in Bali. The piece is made of 200 prepared dc-motors and 2000 70x70cm cardboard elements.

(via booooooom)

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This barcodas app, made by nr74.org, scans any ean (8 or 13) or upc (e or a) barcode and turns it into a musical pattern in a user-selectable harmonic scale. Imagine walking into a supermarket filled with thousands of tunes to discover, supermarket symphony! Here is a video explaining how it works and here is the link to the app store.

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This is a rather interesting fusion of classical music (the swan), played by the Chinese cellist Yo-Yo Ma and a turf dance performance by the Los Angeles based Lil Buck.

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Metronomy – The Look

Metronomy is an electronic music group formed by Joseph Mount in Totnes, Devon, England. Their music consists of instrumental electronic music and more recently, with the release of Nights Out, vocal electronic pop music.
Their latest album “The English Riviera” which will be released in April 2011 is my personal favorite. You can buy it from their site or find it on iTunes.

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