Going into space changes people. Now while that may sound like an obvious statement, there’s certainly nothing inane about the way that this particular journey has altered the overall perspective of the few, lucky astronauts who experienced the grand vastness of space and viewed our planet from orbit. ‘Overview’ is a short, powerful documentary that earnestly disarms whatever cynicism you might be harboring in 19 breathtaking, life-affirming minutes.
New Throne of Blood signing Bohemian Groove just dropped this intensely dark yet thoroughly uplifting mix. If you only listen to one DJ mix this week make it this slow-paced, unrelenting journey into warped electronic sound. Here's what the Berlin-based trio had to say about it.
Here's a mesmerizing installation that invites visitors to draw on a disc with a felt tip pen, which is then translated into a musical sequence to rather startling effects.
The nifty/quirky handheld music device you never knew you that you desperately needed. Dam-Drum is a handheld drum machine and sequencer with four unique sounds selected by Dâm Funk, the undisputed king of iridescently smooth electro-funk. This is a collaboration with Stones Throw and Bleep Labs, who designed and built the drum in Austin, Texas and it does look a treat.
If any and all objects could be used as a musical instrument what would you choose to rock the world with? A Ninja Turtles action figure? A slice of Roquefort cheese? That may sound a bit weird, but it’s actually a very real possibility as interaction designer Dennis P Paul has created this amazing contraption that scans surfaces of objects and transforms them into audible, rhythmic frequencies.
- by the team at the Universal Everything design studio. Check out how a Tai-Chi master’s flowing movements are rendered in digital form through a series of fantastical, moving, digital sculptures. It’s delicious, regenerative eye-candy posted to brighten up your Monday.
We asked our young, talented friend, Anton to make us a video that touched on the theme of sound and was relevant to what we do. This yielded a mini documentary about a young, Drake-loving, Copenhagen-based poet who poses poignant, intelligent questions about authenticity and his role in a social media-saturated technological reality where the notion of self is becoming an increasingly fragmented and elusive idea.
We’ve been pestering our old pal, Tomas for a mix for a while now and lo and behold it’s finally here! The DJ/producer/drummer’s first mix for us is an intense, deep and ethereal affair that will transport you to timelessly grandiose places of concentrated bliss. Mixed on the TMA-1 Studio, Tomas proves - once again - that you don’t always have to shout to get heard.
Our Parisian homies from ClekClekBoom sent us a preview of their 8th label release, which are three dark and dangerous bangers from enigmatic Institubes regular, Jean Nipon. It’s basically the next level dance floor jams you never knew you needed in your life.
‘Winter is coming’, as they say with a grave and ominous air in Game of Thrones. As the days get shorter and our bikes increasingly inadequately lit, we inhabitants of Scandinavia start to equip our bikes with lights to ensure our safe passage through the dark nights of Winterfell (also known as Scandinavia). And this winter we’re in luck as KiBiSi’s new magnetically attachable bike lights are one step ahead of the game in terms of usability, design and basically everything you can think of.
AIAIAI’s old buddy and ex-graphic designer, Christian Zander, is a multitalented visual artist whose thoroughly impressive work we thought it pertinent to feature on our blog. The Emperor was kind enough to accommodate and will thus be contributing right here on the regular. To start things off, here’s a colourful video he made in collaboration with Silviu Visan for Copenhagen-based purveyors of affecting melancholy, the awesome I Got You on Tape.
Contemporary dance music’s flamboyant flagship make a contribution to the renowned DJ Kicks series. Disco, 80s new beat, 90s house and current cuts get thrown into a mix that’s classically and unmistakably Hercules & Love Affair.
We supplied the Strøm festival with some headphones for their workshop at Culture Box, which was taught by Tony Nwachukwu, and featured talks with Detroit Legend Mike Huckaby and Anders Trentemøller.
Artist, director, designer and photographer, San Diego-based creative Charles Berquist is an innovative jack of all trades who manages the rare feat of mastering it all. Teaming up with our American pals over at Ghostly International, the talented visualist has created a series of hazy, enigmatic prints for Ghostly’s expanding, new label of visual artists.
In which the gruesome South African twosome kick out more affronts to moral, decency and taste.
Design demi-god and President of the Rhode Island School of Design, John Maeda, delivers another inspiring talk spanning a lifetime of work in art, design and technology. If you want to make it within design, taking 17 minutes out of your day to watch this is probably not a bad idea.
Prior to the release of his new album, 'Lux', ambient music’s main originator presents a new ‘generative’ App that lets you create music. Music that’s not completely within your control. Confused? Click on the pic and let Eno explain.
The maximalist badman from Glasgow tears up New York’s hipster hub and rocks TMA-1s while doing it. Our Tuesday just got a wee bit better.
Tri Angle’s latest signing knocks our socks off with a track that sounds like the actual, physical realization of warp drive technology. Ladies and gentlemen, the 22-year-old Bristolian producer known as Vessel is floating in space.
The lean king of sleazed-up techno, Detroit’s favorite new son of the motor city beat, gave it hard and fast to the Royal Stage at the opening night of Trailerpark.
Helsinki-based ceramics artist and all-around super cool chick Mandy Yau AKA Man Yau created these skateable (albeit fragile) decks made entirely out of porcelain. Check out the short film after the jump for some pretty remarkable porcelain skate action.
Cybergoths, gangsta caps, snakes and medieval weaponry; it can only be the latest Grimes video.
They’re all in there: the first mass produced Thonet No. 14 chair in the 1850s over Alvar Aalto’s cantilever chair and Verner Panton’s one-piece, all the way to Jasper Morrison’s Air Chair using gas injection at the turn of this century.
Our hats off to you, Scuba. Very few people can pull off a video that so blatantly rips off the 90s. If you’re in need of a little pick me up after a long day at work, the hip hop freshness and golden- age-of-rave piano styles of Scuba's latest single is where it’s at.