Way, Way, Way Too Many Wilhelm Screams

What started as an inside joke has become something of a compulsive faux pas: the Wilhelm Scream, a canned shriek that was first cleverly inserted into films as a wink and a nod between sound designers, has gotten a bit out of control. At least some sound designers are now disguising their Wilhelm Screams. But […]

The Magic of High Speed Photography: An Egg-Themed Tribute, an Affordable Camera for the Masses

Technologist magician Marco Tempest is back with another effort fusing traditional techniques and new gizmos. And I like how Marco celebrates Easter: not by painting eggs, but by filming them in motion on high-speed cameras. This time, he calls our attention to George Karger, a pioneer in high-speed photography and amateur magic – a pre-digital […]

Friends Don't Let Friends Make Bland Music Videos; Walking in Slow Motion

Jonni Music, novelty music act for BBC Comedy, nails plenty of current music video cliches in “Walking in Slow Motion.” And it occurs to me we could use your help. Next time you come across a bland, dull music video, take note. Like field researchers tagging migrating ducks, we can begin to identify the whereabouts […]

Friends Don’t Let Friends Make Bland Music Videos; Walking in Slow Motion

Jonni Music, novelty music act for BBC Comedy, nails plenty of current music video cliches in “Walking in Slow Motion.” And it occurs to me we could use your help. Next time you come across a bland, dull music video, take note. Like field researchers tagging migrating ducks, we can begin to identify the whereabouts […]

Patch Cords, Buttons, Pixels, Noise: Free Modular Code-bending Instruments as Playgrounds

illucia is a project at the intersection of lots of forms of goodness and imagination. The physical interface – what you see first in the image and video here – is a DIY modular controller, complete with Buchla-style patch cords and arcade buttons and pretty knobs. But while that might lead you to believe we’re […]