Okay, that title may have sounded confusing, but this thing is freaking amazing. It's a super long xylophone, created from handmade and tuned blocks that plays its entire tune just by rolling down a wooden egg.
As the always awesome Bob Boilen points out, "Fellow humans never cease to amaze me. I'd love to have been in that meeting where someone said, "ok look...we build this giant delicate xylophone in the forest that plays
Each week, Jessica Wright offers some well-designed advice from some of hip hop's greatest MCs. Motivation til the break-a, break-a dawn!
"In between all of the cussing, Cristal drinking and ass bouncing, in some rap songs, there lies inspirational words of advice to help you get through the day...Get ready, cuz you day's bout to get a whole lot betta. You feel me?"
There are plenty of rock and roll haircut silhouettes that most would be able to identify: Aladdin Sane-era Bowie, the thirty-year bowlcut of Johnny Ramone, the octopus braids of Coolio. But, the latest offering of Pop Chart Labs invites you to go a bit deeper...
The South by Southwest Festival in Austin begins today, showcasing the best of contemporary music, art, film, and technology. In honor of the event, iTunes is offering a free 21-song playlist features artists performing at the event.
I'm listening to mix right now, and I gotta say: there's some stuff here that's gonna have a big impact in 2011. You want to know these groups. Now!
My sister was born on March 14th. And she's a math teacher. Plus, she married a numbers guy, and they're both delightfully math geek-y. So you better believe they celebrate Pi day on 3.14. From hanging out with them, I actually have Pi memorized to twelve decimal points, which is more than I thought I could do: 141592653589, and no, I didn't cheat.
In honor of Pi Day, Musician Michael Blake transcribed the mathematical constant into music, with one standing for the root note of a scale etc. It takes a while to get going, but the results are amazing. Be sure to watch through to the end.
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Okay, okay; no, this doesn't have anything to do with crafts, or design, or making stuff, but I'm sort of in love/totally addicted to Isle of Tune. It's a music/loop sequencer that adds components and parts by visually representing them within a neighborhood.
The fine minds at Flavorwire are beginning a new series that creates the imagined playlists of famous literary characters whose stories take place well before the possibility of quick and share-able digital mixtapes.
They've begun with Holden Caufield, that indifferent sloucher about whom all of your friends in high school (or perhaps you) were obsessed. "There are about a million songs about him, which are pretty well documented, but what would the fellow listen to himself? He would surely think pop music is completely phony, and probably wouldn’t be interested in anything anyone he knew liked, but he’s an asocial, introspective depressive, so we’re pretty sure he’d get a kick out of some of the same songs that got us through our teenage years – if he’d like anything at all, that is."
Over the past few years, I've sorta developed an obsessive hobby of trying to find non-Andy Williams or Nat King Cole Christmas songs to soundtrack the kind of holiday that I've come to love as an adult.
I've now got a collection of almost 400 (nearly a day's worth) of holiday and winter songs by indie and modern rock artists, as well as a few classics that get ignored by soft rock stations, that have come to sound like Christmas to me.
I've assembled a free playlist of some of my favorites; just click the play button below and settle in for a long winter's rocking out!
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
"If you’re sick of hearing Frank Sinatra tell you that he wants to be a part of it, or Alicia Keys gushing about how these streets will make you feel brand new, then rejoice – here’s an alternative musical history of the Big Apple."
Flavorwire has made fairly complete guide to Manhattan via the rock and roll lyrics it inspired. The above infographic is nice, but the actual by-neighborhood guide is much more juicy:
The songs of Jonathan Coulton aren't novelty music, but they don't really ask to be taken seriously. Songs like "Re: Your Brains" and "Code Monkey" feature humorous lyrics , but the melodies are really quite complex (from a songwriting standpoint) and unbelievably catchy. In many ways, they serve the same function that children's music did to us as kids: funny bone-tickling ear candy.
This new take on one of Coulton's most awesome is perfect ManMade material - super cool kinetic typography, lots of clever brand references, and...it's a song about a Shop Vac.
You simply gotta watch this video:
Today, Apple announced that the Beatles catalog is now available on iTunes. Most people reacted by saying, "the Beatles weren't on iTunes?" and the rest said, "If you're a Beatles fan, then you already have most of their catalog in your iTunes library."
But, here's a bit of Beatles news worth mentioning: the new book Just My Type: A Book About Fonts contains a chapter “The Serif of Liverpool,” discussing the origins of the Beatles famous logo, forever emblazoned on Ringo's kick drumhead.
Oh, wow, twelve-year-old Chris would have been over the moon about this thing. Twenty-eight-year-old Chris is pretty excited about it, too.
Twenty-five bucks and some source material will get you (and anyone you know) as many guitar picks as you could ever need for the rest of your life. Or at least until it breaks...
Fresh off the heels of Tuned Pale Ale, designer Sam Gensburg created this brilliant packaging for Southern Bells Brewery. "Closed, the packaging is a traditional 6 pack, but opened, and laying flat .. a glass xylophone. Buy two for a full octave."
It seems as if the bottles are corked, and two of the toppers include wooden mallets with which to play your drinking anthems.
We love the idea of putting something cool and digital, like a CD, inside a rustic, hand-hewn leather home. As the designer and author Elizabeth says, " This is an instance when my excessive love for prettiness wins out over practicality, utility, and common sense. I already had a CD case - a perfectly good one I'd had since high school. But its cover was nylon and plastic and - well, not hand-tooled leather. This is a makeover, and an impractical one at that - not a made-from-scratch project - but it sure is nicer to reach for a 'How to speak Italian' CD in the car now."