There's no better way to say: I freaking love projects like this. Reddit user mxmln23 used the case from a stylish vintage radio, and did some clever hacking that allows it to become a wireless speaker that can stream from Spotify, Google Music, SoundCloud music player, Apple Airtunes, web radio stations, and Last.FM.
Spotify has completely revolutionized my music-listening experience. Their browsing feature and Discover Weekly playlist has made into a much hipper dude and generally increased my quality of life, no joke. However it was only recently that I discovered a whole host of new Spotify streamable options, turning the widening gyre all over again.
I'm a big fan of internet radio. It's customizable, high quality, and increasingly easy to use. Here's a project for those with a bit of tech savvy mixed in with your DIY prowess.
If you've ever found yourself looking for a good project to MacGyver, building a transistor radio seems like a good place to start. This vintage design comes from 1956, and as advertised can easily be built within an hour.
Head's up, fellow radio/podcast fans: Bradley Campbell did a bit of analysis into what it takes to put together a great piece of audio content, and diagrammed each show's structure on that most inspiring of canvases: the back of a napkin.
The 2012 South By Southwest festival is scheduled to feature more than 2,000 musical acts, plus many more impromptu shows in various parking lots and sidewalks. Meaning, if you listened to only one three-minute song by every band, you'd have invested more than 100 hours, and, unless you're a music journalist who gets their music hand-delivered, a whole bunch more time and money locating and purchasing each song.
Enter The Austin 100, a streaming collection of "100 handpicked festival highlights and thrilling discoveries in a meaty but digestible microcosm of SXSW."
Nothing says "I love you" like a clever pun or an esoteric reference to something you and your sweetheart enjoy together. So, NPR is offering a collection of public radio-themed Valentine's. If you haven't secured a greeting yet, and your Valentine will get any of these, then you're good to go with just passing this along. Trust me.
While guns, Glocks or otherwise, are not necessarily masculine and a topic for ManMade, the genres in which is so often appears - nearly every crime film, ganster lore, hip-hop lyrics - certainly cross our paths from time to time. And supposedly the standard issue service weapon for two-thirds of U.S. police forces.
So, the real question is...why? What about the glock allowed it to permiate into Hollywood films and rap lyrics? Do actually criminals prefer the glock, or is it just the fictional imagination?
Over the last five years, the podcast has grown from that sorta strange, internet-interview-radio thing that no one really knew what to do with to some of the most engaging and informative, and often hilarious, media available. Most often for free.
ManMade reader and graphic design student Brandon Rampelt recently created an original DIY magazine for a school project. He got an A (good work, Brandon!), no doubt due in part to this great original how-to project: a Dieter Rams-inspired (with a dose of Jacob Jensen) clock stereo, made out of thrift store junk and a basic box from the craft store. Brandon was kind enough to write and and allow us to share the complete tutorial so you can whip one up yourself on the cheap. That's a lot of design (and rock!) bang for the buck.
Here's how to do it:
Yeah, sure, I like having every song I own in my pocket, able to be plugged into my car, several spots in my house, or any number of hotels, friend's homes, etc. But, many of use still miss the day where listening to music in public took effort. Where you'd have to run extension cords outside, tune the radio, or get enough D batteries to juice your huge Radio Raheem-style boombox.
Thankfully, the folks at TDK have heard our prayers. The same folks who's blank cassette tapes were iced out by the MP3 revolution are releasing a new take on shoulder-mounted magic. "Currently there are two models, the 3 Speaker Boombox and the 2 Speaker Boombox
Ah, the twenty-first century, and its provision to take weeks of music with you stored on a single device. Yet, in order to play these lovely contraptions for an audience, you music employ a speaker system, which are often shiny black plastic and simple won't do for a vintage-inspired decor.
So, what's a antique or retro enthusiast to do? Why, build a custom iPod speaker system within a vintage radio housing, of course.