Monday, June 23, 2008

Wii Hack


There seem to be endless campaigns for climate change and the environment, (we, the climate project, the big ask etc etc) but I like the simplicity of this one. And something about using numerals and sign language to reach as many people as possible is neat. How the heck we get to 350 is another question...

Monday, June 16, 2008

TubeJP: London Tube Map & Journey Planner

TubeJP: London Tube Map & Journey Planner

This is a very handy site. If you're in London. Would be handier if it was portable too!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Big Ideas (don't get any)

If this hasn't got round to you yet, it will. I mean other than now.

Surely has got to be the star of this year's degree show, which incidentally starts this Thursday for a week.

Big Ideas (don't get any) from James Houston on Vimeo.

James says:

I'm a student graduating from the Glasgow School of Art's visual communication course in a few days. This is my final project.

Radiohead held an online contest to remix "Nude" from their album - "In Rainbows" This was quite a difficult task for everybody that entered, as Nude is in 6/8 timing, and 63bpm. Most music that's played in clubs is around 120bpm and usually 4/4 timing. It's pretty difficult to seamlessly mix a waltz beat into a DJ set.

This resulted in lots of generic entries consisting of a typical 4/4 beat, but with arbitrary clips from "Nude" thrown in so that they qualified for the contest.

Thom Yorke joked at the ridiculousness of it in an interview for NPR radio, hinting that they set the competition to find out how people would approach such a challenging task.

I decided to take the piss a bit, as the contest seemed to be in that spirit.

Based on the lyric (and alternate title) "Big Ideas: Don't get any" I grouped together a collection of old redundant hardware, and placed them in a situation where they're trying their best to do something that they're not exactly designed to do, and not quite getting there.

It doesn't sound great, as it's not supposed to.

I missed the contest deadline, so I'm offering it here for you to enjoy.

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Guitars (rhythm & lead)
Epson LX-81 Dot Matrix Printer - Drums
HP Scanjet 3c - Bass Guitar
Hard Drive array - Act as a collection of bad speakers - Vocals & FX

Quick off the mark as ever, Creative Review have already interviewed Houston, read it here.

Monday, June 09, 2008


Here's a rather fun mashup mix from DJ Food, feat. excerpts of Paul Morley reading from his book on the history of sound manipulation, Words & Music. Its messed up.

Thank you Jonnie!

via the supreme [<-tracklist here]

I knew you'd like that Radiohead/brubeck mashup Dave!

Sunday, June 01, 2008

40 storeys bad, 20 storeys good

I find this site FASCINATING. Top picture: The future of Gibson St.

And for all your insider demolition news, this thread seems to be the one to follow - watch out, its three years long! Bottom picture: The past of the Gorbals, to be repeated later this morning.