Music For Sleeping Children

Music for Sleeping Children is an experimental collaboration between internationally recognized visual artist Charlie White and Mercury-nominated musician and producer Boom Bip (also known as Bryan Hollon). The project stems from White’s investigations of the representation of American adolescence, and was born from a relationship forged between White and Hollon in 2009 when they collaborated on “We Like to Shop,” a simple clap-along song from White’s experimental cartoon, OMG BFF LOL that Hollon converted into a throbbing club track for the work’s US premier at the Aldrich Museum. From there, White and Hollon set out to realize a far more ambitious project conceived by White as the marriage of in-depth teen interviews, discussions, and studio projects with pop, electronica, hip hop and experimental composition. Working in tandem, White and Hollon fashioned the concept of each track around the original studio recordings of teen girls ranging in age from 12 to 16. From eager enthusiasms, to exuberant chants, to adolescent melancholia, Music for Sleeping Children underscores the complex tensions resonant in the teen voices while transforming each girl into a popular music form of her own. Magical, uncomfortable, and original, Music for Sleeping Children is an artwork, an archive, and an album.

Pussy Riot strikes back

“Feisty anti-Kremlin activists — the ones that terrorized the Red Square with purple smoke bombs and an illegal performance of their hardcore tune Putin Pissed Himself – strike again! Pussy Riot crashed Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Saviour with their new anthem Virgin, Exorcise Putin! and its catchy chorus of “Holy shit, shit, shit/Holy shit, shit, shit.” Watch the video as they trash around and get dragged out by security and Russian nuns.”

[via animalny]

Multicolored vynils

“In summer 2011 The Flaming Lips released collaborative vinyl EPs with Lightning Bolt, Neon Indian and Prefuse 73. The ‘starter blob’ of vinyl for each disc was assembled by hand using random amounts of different vinyl colors, ensuring that every record would be unique. Here are a couple of Flickr photosets of the finished products (and a bit of the process) as they came off the presses.”


The Cup Game

Si chiama “The Cup Game” ed è un gioco arcinoto negli States, perlopiù tra bambini e adolescenti, che lo usano come passatempo durante i campeggi estivi. Cosa serve? Un bicchiere di plastica e un po’ di senso del ritmo. Nel giugno 2009 però, una band tutta al femminile, le Lulu and the Lampshades, ha deciso di utilizzare quel beat per scrivere una canzone, che hanno poi postato su Youtube.

Il pezzo si chiama “Cups” (You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone) ed è di quelli che restano in testa dopo solo un ascolto. Tuttavia, non è diventato molto famoso fino al giugno 2011, quando Anna Burden, diciassettenne dell’Indiana, non ha deciso di realizzarne una cover, sfornando una versione che batte l’originale per ritmica e grazia vocale.

Ma il “cup beat” è diventato una vera mania e Youtube pullula di ragazzi che si cimentano con il gioco, e con la canzone. Eccone alcuni. Non viene voglia di provare? A me si.

e infine… ecco il mio :-)

Nature scores

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“In Moon Score (1975-1979), Hitoshi Nomura photographed the moon on film marked with five lines (like staff paper). The project was supposedly inspired by Nomura spotting the moon moving behind telephone wires. In an early exhibition of the piece, visitors began to hum the “score”, and later exhibitions featured a CD with a string quartet or chorus performing the score. Later Nomura made a similar series called ‘birds’ photographing just birds.” You can listen to the music here.


You think it’s your bandwidth…

Yung Jake singing about datamoshing and making animated gifs…

“you think it’s connection you think it’s your bandwidth
but its me. i’ll steal your bitch like a bandit
see me on YouTube. fucking with video
find me on world star. find me on Vimeo
im not on PhotoBooth. that shit’s different
cuz dey told me to step out of the frame but i didnt”

[via kottke]

The Analog Tele-Phonographer, a Mobile Phone Sound Amplifier

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Christopher Locke created The Analog Tele-Phonographer, a mobile phone sound amplifier made using a broken trumpet:

This device was made from a salvaged trumpet and assorted machine parts. The base is steel, the legs that hold everything up are stainless steel, and the cradle that holds the telephone is also steel. The horn is brass. All of the steel has been treated with a brown patina, and the entire unit has been coated with a gloss clear coat.

(Via Laughing Squid)

Cathedral Scan

Blake Carrington turns Gothic cathedrals into sound:

“Groups of scanners filling the sonic spectrum may act in synch, forming a single harmonically-dense rhythm, or they may scan the plans at different speeds, resulting in complex polyrhythms. Each plan is treated as a modular score, with a distinct rhythm and timbre of its own. Also, by varying the speed and intensity of each scanning group, drone-like sounds may emerge based on the ‘resonant frequency’ of the black and white plan.”



Thom Yorke balla

Non sono passate nemmeno 24 ore dalla pubblicazione online del video di Lotus Flower, singolo del nuovo, atteso disco dei Radiohead, ma Thom Yorke che balla è già diventato un meme. Qui sotto trovate l’originale  e le derivazioni (in continuo aumento)…

Ah, c’è anche un Tumblr Blog a tema: Dancing Thom.