For once, I lust after something that’s entirely free – free and beautiful. Sennep’s Bus o’ Clock app takes the data from TfL (made available by London Datastore) to indicate bus arrival times across the network. Bus Checker and others have been doing this for months I hear you groan. Not like this. BOC is functional AND a joy to use AND more intuitive with its circular clock face. Just NICE.
I love the work of Berg – I love the little printer, the SVK comic – I love the way they communicate abstract digital ideas in the real world, in things, in videos of things in the real world – a bit like looking at a sketchbook.
I happened across their ‘sketches’ for Google – which interpret how Google would behave in the real world – on the FastCo site. Always lovely, always worth a watch and always a beautiful blend of digi-analogue dialogue.
Teenage Engineering‘s seductive electronics strike again, this time in the shape of the OD-11 speaker at CES last week. The world’s first cloud speaker shows smart thinking from the Swedes who capture the music listening needs of the near future (with Rdio offering content via the cloud and even Amazon announcing digital duplicates via the cloud with every physical purchase). TE also doff their snap-backs to the past – inspired by Stig Carlsson – the maverick who bought loudspeakers out of the enthusiasts lair and into the living room. TE, like Carlsson, are responding to the new generation of listeners.
As a simple speaker I hope this will be compatible with as much content as possible – no longer will we be switching off the radio to turn on Spotify instead we will just be able to push content to it. Is this the end of the myriad of specific and dedicated devices, like the TV and radio? Will the future be flexible screens and speakers? I kind of hope so.
Possibly inspired by last year’s wet weather, or an equally damp festive trip home to the North – I put my Print Club screen printing gift to use yesterday.
It’s a pretty thorough course for beginners and it’s hands on all the way through which is great. Think I may have been infected by the inky bug though. Want to do it all over again already.
After the second wettest year on record, a visit to Random International’s Rain Room installation at the Barbican seemed an apt way to begin 2013.
I’ve never felt more British – happy to queue for a couple of hours in order to stand inside a room of rain.
Except it’s not real rain of course because clever sensors ‘turn off’ the rain to ensure you don’t actually get wet. Wish real clouds had these.
A delightful little exhibition at the Science Museum charting the origins of electronic music. Without this woman, there’d be no Kraftwerk or Aphex Twin. Who knew?
Daphne Oram – Nice [Aphex] Twin set
Painting wave forms onto film she manipulated electronic sounds. Music notation in waves and shapes is a really lovely democratisation of music writing and is something I love about seeing songs on Soundcloud.
Peter Zinovieff’s score for December Hollow is entirely graphical – the different areas indicate the different musical moods and tones. How delightful.
And then I saw this:
Synthi-K keyboard by EMS – touch tone
One of the most beautiful electronic musical instruments ever. The silver circuit tracks complete on touch to produce the notes. Whilst we live in a world of albeit beautiful monoliths, a device that shows it’s guts is somewhat exciting and sort of reassuring.