Eat a Cucumber! A Musical Playground Gets Kids Hooked on Veggies, Music, and Electronics

Quick, we need kids to be able to express their feelings, they really ought to learn more about electronics, and – more veg. Definitely need to eat more vegetables. You know what we have to do. Let’s combine all that. Moscow-based collective/project Playtronica has gone wild with the Makey Makey “invention kit,” and built a whole range of projects around interfacing electronics to vegetables and other creative inputs. They have hands-on workstations for kids that look like your Farmers’ Market was taken over by Leon Theremin. Kids are making rhythms, recording sounds, making songs. And in a CDM-exclusive premiere, we …

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New Phon.o Music Video Makes Tripping Out to Cats Cool All Over Again

This shouldn’t work. A video full of lasers, mountain ranges inexplicably floating through space, and endless shots of cats should seem a cloying, annoying play for eyeballs. And yet … Can’t … take my eyes … away … somehow. (And I’m a dog person, darnit.) Thank Immo König. The solo director / motion graphics house did the visual production to the hypnotically-chilled rhythms of Phon.o in a matchup for the label 50 Weapons. König’s one-man band approach shows in a creation that’s inventive, but also tightly directed and paced. And he’s been doing this a while, in case you hadn’t …

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Mapping Berlin’s Project Spaces Against Transformation, Rebuilding Old Rockets in 3D

Through political change, people keep making art – whether overtly political or not, finding some home in the landscapes that shift around them. We now find ourselves able to map the work and ideas of artists across space and time, to a greater extent than ever before. Amidst international obsession on Berlin, for instance, it’s worth seeing a quantifiable picture of change. A project from Severine Marguin maps just how many of those project spaces for performance and art have appeared, vanished, and been replaced over the past decades, before and after reunification. You’ll find a proliferation of spaces that …

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Mapping Berlin's Project Spaces Against Transformation, Rebuilding Old Rockets in 3D

Through political change, people keep making art – whether overtly political or not, finding some home in the landscapes that shift around them. We now find ourselves able to map the work and ideas of artists across space and time, to a greater extent than ever before. Amidst international obsession on Berlin, for instance, it’s worth seeing a quantifiable picture of change. A project from Severine Marguin maps just how many of those project spaces for performance and art have appeared, vanished, and been replaced over the past decades, before and after reunification. You’ll find a proliferation of spaces that …

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Space Oddity, Made in Space, is Kind of Ridiculously Awesome

Canadian Col. Chris Hadfield, aboard the International Space Station, has done what you would probably want to do if aboard the high-flying orbital outpost: make a music video for David Bowie’s “Space Oddity.” And he works “Soyuz” into the lyrics. (Thankfully, he refrains from making it “Colonel Chris.” The only complaint: a shame it can’t cut between the ISS and Mission Control.) Colonel Hadfield, if you can hear us and have a moment, we’d love to hear how you produced the recording. Not that zero-g means too much for sound production – though I imagine keeping the mic steady becomes …

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From Empty Bookshelves, Music Video Composes in Form: Chat with Harald Haraldsson

Baarregaard & Briem – “Love With You” from Harald Haraldsson on Vimeo. It begins with the hopping groove of a house track, and it’s shot using only light, projection, and an array of empty bookshelves. But somehow in the volumes of those shelves, Icelandic director Harald Haraldsson creates an abstract expressionist composition, rotating in fragmented spaces. The black-and-white narrative behind then takes on a kind of architecture – stereotyped emotions, confined in structures like a sort of neon-colored neuro-scientific portrait. It adds a new layer of drama to the dancefloor-friendly ballad, the work of Baarregaard & Briem, a collaboration between …

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"Look, [darling significant other], it'll even be totally at home in our modern decor!" Photos courtesy the artist.

Flying Saucer UFO Controller, Ultrasonic MIDI Instrument; Coming as Kit [Arduino]

The desire to be a little different in a band might drive someone to choose a custom guitar, or maybe, you know, change their hair. For some, it drives them to build a giant flying saucer they can play like an instrument by waving their hands. No, MIDI controller, don’t destroy Earth. Klaatu barada nikto. That’s the case with Helsinki-born artist Tommi Koskinen, now doing this as part of an MA thesis in the Media Lab of Aalto University. Another strange gestural controller? Yes. But this flying saucer might just land a bit closer to home. This is just the …

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My God, It’s Full of Timelapse Stars! BT’s Stargazing Music Video [Timelapse, DSLR]

Over 13 minutes. BT’s “13 Angels On My Broken Windowsill” playing. And nothing but timelapse footage of starscapes above fields and farms on Planet Earth. All of this could be corny, and yet… Nope. It’s a breathtaking virtual-stargazing love song to the Milky Way. Clever use of DSLR cameras makes the unseen realm of our starscape home beautifully clear, thanks to expert photographer Randy Halverson. Halverson not only cuts through light pollution to make the star-crowded cloud of our galaxy easier to see, but creates a theatrical sense of depth in layers of relief. BT, whose music here is spacious …

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My God, It's Full of Timelapse Stars! BT's Stargazing Music Video [Timelapse, DSLR]

Over 13 minutes. BT’s “13 Angels On My Broken Windowsill” playing. And nothing but timelapse footage of starscapes above fields and farms on Planet Earth. All of this could be corny, and yet… Nope. It’s a breathtaking virtual-stargazing love song to the Milky Way. Clever use of DSLR cameras makes the unseen realm of our starscape home beautifully clear, thanks to expert photographer Randy Halverson. Halverson not only cuts through light pollution to make the star-crowded cloud of our galaxy easier to see, but creates a theatrical sense of depth in layers of relief. BT, whose music here is spacious …

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Music and Architecture: Corpus Sets Spaces into Resonance, in an Eerie Hum

Imagine an architectural music in which the surfaces, materials, and forms of a space speak directly. In Corpus, resonant frequencies make that happen. The architecture sings. French duo Art of Failure, Nicolas Maigret & Nicolas Montgermont, regularly explore media at the point of failure in their audiovisual work. They use the metaphor of glass, visible only as it accumulates flaws (dust and scratches). For Corpus, they make architectural spaces sonic by finding resonant frequencies. The results are eerie, as forms emit long, plaintive drones. They’ve also done a beautiful job of documenting the results, with videos that are essays on …

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