Man Made DIY


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Jul 17, 2014

How to: Make a DIY Streaming Music Speaker from a Vintage Radio

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… read more

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Apr 10, 2014

The Story Structures of Radio Programs...Drawn onto Cocktail Napkins

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… read more

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Mar 06, 2012

Free Music: New Songs from 100 Bands Performing at South By Southwest 2012

created at: 03/06/2012

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… read more

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Feb 14, 2012

NPR Valentines: Expressions of Love for Public Radio Fans

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.

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Jan 24, 2012

How the Glock Became America's Gun of Choice

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… read more

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Jan 11, 2012

Ten Podcasts You Should Be Listening to Right Now!

created at: 01/11/2012

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… read more

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Jan 10, 2012

Make a DIY Modern, Dieter Rams - Inspired CD & iPod Stereo

created at: 01/10/2012

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… read more

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Dec 08, 2010

New Retro-Futuristic Boombox Blasters from TDK

created at: 12/08/2010Yeah, 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… read more

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Sep 16, 2010

How To: Turn a Vintage Radio into a Portable iPod Speaker

Turn a 1950s wireless into a portable ipod speakerAh, 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.

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Feb 09, 2010

"The Men of Craft" from NPR.

In November, NPR blogger Jess Ginter posted an illustrated featurette on the men at her local indie craft show, Crafty Bastardsread more

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