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Apr 03, 2013

A Duet: Music Made with Nothing But Leaves and a Turntable

created at: 04/03/2013

The notion of making real music with record players isn't new: DJs and turntablists have been creating everything from original scores to jazz-like improvisations for nearly three decades. But musician and artist Diego Stocco has created a new twist: he doesn't use the turntable to play and manipulate records, but to play with tree leaves.   

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Mar 18, 2013

How to: Make a Modern DIY Acoustic Smartphone Amplifier Dock

Maker and crafter Timothy Wikander designed this awesome passive amplifying smartphone dock, and gladly shares the full how-to so you can make your own at home.   

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Mar 06, 2013

Inspiring Photos of Neatly Arranged Collections

Portland, Oregon-based photographer Jim Golden photographs these compelling collections of themed objects. You might have seen a few similar "things organized neatly" pieces floating about the internet, but I think Golden's work contains more than just thoughtful spacing and color themes:   

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Feb 04, 2013

Panto'N'Roll: Color Swatches Meet Pop Song Titles

Panto'N'Roll is the clever new project from creative firm Chic & Artistic, wherein the sub Pantone swatches for colors mentioned in song titles and lyrics. It's part design joke, part homage to pop music, and all sorts of fun.    

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Jan 30, 2013

How to: Make a DIY Cassette Tape MP3 Player

For me and my generation, music was cassette tapes. We never found the radio stations that played anything but Top 40, albums and LPs too public and, uh, not portable , and CDs too fragile. I still have a box, though my last means of playing them went when I sold my first car...   

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Jan 21, 2013

A Visual Compendium of Famous Guitars

created at: 01/21/2013

The team at Pop Chart Lab has released their latest cultural compilation: famous guitars from throughout music history. 

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Dec 17, 2012

Free Music: ManMade's 2012 Rock and Roll Holiday Mixtape

created at: 12/17/2012

Happy Holidays, ManMakers! Each year, I make this confession: I'm a total obsessive geek about collecting "modern rock" holiday songs: seasonal tunes by alternative, indie, and otherwise not-Bing Crosby or Nat King Cole artists. This year, my collection broke 500, making for thirty-two hours of non-cheesy holiday goodness.

No, they're not all completely amazing, but most are solid, and they serve as the soundtrack to my season, and, coupled with a candy cane, the most immediate way to inject the holiday spirit into my home and...uh, self. So, each year, I pick a few of my favorite tunes to share with ye merry gentlemen and women.

If

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Nov 14, 2012

Cool Site of the Day: The Infinite Jukebox Remixes Your Favorite Songs to Play Forever

created at: 11/14/2012

The Infinite Jukebox is a new project by Paul Lamere that allows you to upload any song to be remixes on-the-fly into an infinite loop, playing the song forever.  

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Oct 31, 2012

Blow My Mindsday: Special Halloween Edition - October 31, 2012

created at: 04/17/2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

Designer and artist Michael Pippo created a series of posters for everyone's favorite

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Oct 29, 2012

The Ten Songs that Saved Your Life

created at: 10/29/2012

"But don`t forget the songs that made you cry...and the songs that saved your life"
- The Smiths, "Rubber Ring"

"Ten Songs that Saved Your Life" is a project that asks artists, musicians, writers, designers, and other creatives to pick the, uh, ten songs that saved their lives.

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Oct 29, 2012

Crafting the 1608: An Electric Guitar Designer by Bon Iver and Built from Whiskey Barrels

created at: 05/28/2013

Irish whiskey producers Bushmills teamed up with musician Justin Verson of Bon Iver and luthier Gordy Bischoff to create the 1608 - an electric guitar made from spent charred white oak Bushmill's barrels.  

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Oct 25, 2012

How to: Make a DIY Vintage Suitcase Portable Stereo

The Boomcase is an inspired solution for taking your tunes on the go: high-fidelity audio components are mounted inside a stylish vintage suitcase, so you can charge it up, grab the built-in handle, and rock out wherever life takes you.  

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Oct 17, 2012

Blow My Mindsday: October 17, 2012

created at: 04/17/2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

Artist Mike Boon created an alphabet from candy, in which each letter is built from a sweet that starts with the same.

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Sep 20, 2012

What Happens If a Color-Changing Squid Listens to Old School Hip Hop?

created at: 09/20/2012

Many squids, octopuses, and other mollusks (as well as some fish, amphibians, and reptiles) have chromatophores, specialized cells containing pigmentsthat can change the color of the skin. These cells respond to electrical impulses from the muscles, which means they can also respond to specific frequencies in the audible spectrum, namely 100 hz, or the bass frequencies of musical instruments.

Which means...a squid's chromatophores will react and change color with the beat of some deep, grimey beats! To see it in action, check out this amazing video:

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Sep 19, 2012

DIY Idea: Make a Portable Lunch Box Stereo

Brian Wood Arkansas-based BSquared Inc came up with this super creative solution for taking your tunes on the go. He built a portable iPod speaker/amplifier inside a vintage lunchbox, complete with a volume/power knob and beautiful wood casework to house the components.  

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Sep 05, 2012

Blow My Mindsday: September 5, 2012

created at: 04/17/2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

Spanish design studio Lo Siento used standard shipping bubblewrap to create this

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Aug 15, 2012

Blow My Mindsday: August 15, 2012

created at: 04/17/2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

The Sock Covers recreates famous album artwork with some guy's sock collection.  

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Aug 01, 2012

Blow My Mindsday: August 1, 2012

created at: 04/17/2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

British designer Rob Rickett created this amazing retro-inspired graphic poster of popular beats created with one of the most famous, classic drum machines: the beloved 808.

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Jul 11, 2012

Blow My Mindsday: July 11, 2012

created at: 04/17/2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

This is an aerial photograph of a "terraced rice field" in Yunnan province of China. The bold colors come

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Jun 26, 2012

Free Music: 100 Essential Noise Pop Songs

Noise pop is used to describe that genre of songs that find the perfect balance between messiness and ear candy, "a certain yin and yang of melody and dissonance."

The creators of Noise Pop Festival and the Noise Pop Podcast have picked the 100 songs that best represent the genre, and they're letting you listen to them, for free.  

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