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.

http://musicforsleepingchildren.com

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.”

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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.

(via TRIANGULATION BLOG)

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.”

Cathedral

(Via BLDGBLOG)

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.

Com-pu-pu-pu-pu-pu-pu-pu-pu-pu-pu-puter

Mi-Sex‘s (New Zealand/Australian new wave rock band) promo-video for the hit single ‘Computer Games’. October 1979. I’m fascinated…

Jammed up tight by red traffic lights
Advance one level on green
These opportune commuters
They’re blasting on thier hooters
I fidget with the digit dots
Frustration rules out there
As the XU-1 connects the spot
But the matrix grid don’t care

[via 990000.tumblr.com]

Adventures in Barbieland

Royksopp surreal promo video for the new album (out in September).

“We had a vision, and in this vision we saw ourselves as a sleeping hobo and an old man respectively. The following is a vivid depiction of some of the events that occurred during an intended stay in Barbieland. And remember, It’s a true story…”

[via no fat clips]

Beck’s Record Club

Record Club: Velvet Underground & Nico “I’ll Be Your Mirror” from Beck Hansen on Vimeo.

Record Club is an informal meeting of various musicians to record an album in a day. The album chosen to be reinterpreted is used as a framework. Nothing is rehearsed or arranged ahead of time. A track is put up here once a week. The songs are rough renditions, often first takes that document what happened over the course of a day as opposed to a polished rendering. There is no intention to ‘add to’ the original work or attempt to recreate the power of the original recording. Only to play music and document what happens.

on Beck’s website

Ice Records

Ice Records

“Sound recordings from three glaciers in Iceland, pressed into three records, cast, and frozen with the meltwater from each of these glaciers, and played on three turntables until they completely melt. The records were played once and now exist as three dvds. The turntables begin playing together, and for the first ten minutes as the needles trace their way around, the sounds from each glacier merge in and out with the sounds the ice itself creates. The needle catches on the last loop, and the records play for nearly two hours, until completely melted.”

Langjökull, Snæfellsjökull, Solheimajökull, by Katie Paterson

[via online-mixing.com]

Dear Lily

Musician Dan Bull wrote an open letter to Lily Allen after her recent campaing against file sharing. And he sang it, borrowing music from one of her songs. Brilliant…

“That’s the actual reason, you see; and please don’t compare sharing to stealing – I’ve not took anything off you, I’m just spreading love for what you do. Downloaded your songs for free, then I bought my mom your CD.”

Ain’t nothin’ like computer love

Lil Kim

Be sure to read ALL the lyrics. Featuring: Myspace, Gmail, iPhone, Youtube and much more!!! Oh, and yes, “download” is a metaphor…

“Three o’clock in the morning we be online
Others send friend requests but they get denied
He type I miss you
I type back to let him know the feeling’s mutual

It’s just Myspace love but it’s beautiful
He love to watch my videos on YouTube
Hey, it’s like everytime I log on I get so turned on
Computer love playin’ in the back”