Now That’s What I Call MIDI

December 22nd, 2010

Now That’s What I Call MIDI is a project by Internet Archaeology. They want to make a full length EP containing 16 of your favorite Jamz from yesteryear (Nirvana, Ace of Base, Eminem, Jay-Z …) converted from MIDI format onto the plush sound of vinyl. It will be limited to 500 copies only.
You can help this project through Kickstarter. If you pledge $25 or more you’ll receive a copy! They need $2.500 by Sunday January 9th 2011, otherwise no ones pays or receives any money (no risk for you or them). They’re almost half way there, so pitch in. It’s MIDI on vinyl!

Laser Cut Phono Record

August 6th, 2010

Back In” from Laser is probably the first laser cut plexi phono record. A few weeks ago, Niklas Roy and Jari Suominen had the chance to use a laser cutter at timelab’s fablab. So they decided to make a record with 8 track loops.
They used a vector program to draw the actual record. With different line colours they could modulate the laser’s intensity. They also experimented with different depths of the groove within one loop like in track 6. Track 2 is something like a random noise experiment where the needle  jumps in a different way over the grooves, each time the track is played. So every track has a different idea.
In the video, Jari explains the whole project and at the end you can listen to all 8 tracks.

The vector design:

The laser cur plexi phono record:

A Vinyl And CD Release On One Disc

June 10th, 2010

Jeff Mills latest release, The Occurrence, is pressed on a hybrid CD. One side is just a normal CD, the other is a 5″ vinyl pressing which you can play on a turntable. How cool is that?

found at PSFK

Quarter Mile Groove

February 22nd, 2010

“Quarter Mile Groove” by Daniel Eatock.

The recording translates the length of its vinyl groove into audio allowing listeners to experience the 1/4 mile length of the spiral as the record is played. Every inch of the needle’s path is audible in the form of a click, each foot as a beat and distances of 10 feet are heard as a blip. These sounds gradually slow as the stylus approaches the center, (the stylus travels less distance in the groove with each revolution of the record). Along the way, the voice of the narrator mentions the horizontal dimensions of particular objects.

Production by Malcolm Goldie.

This tangle is the unbroken, vinyl residue resulting from the initial master cutting of Quarter Mile Groove. Unraveled, this thread of vinyl would be 1⁄4 mile in length.

Ice Records

November 30th, 2009

Katie Paterson recorded the sound of 3 glaciers (Langjökull, Snæfellsjökull and Solheimajökull) on Iceland. She then pressed those recordings on ice record made of melt water from those glaciers. The records were played on 3 turntables and it took almost 2 hours till they were completely melted. You can listen to one here.

Ice Records by Katie Paterson

Ice Records by Katie Paterson

Ice Records by Katie Paterson

found at I’m Revolting

Neo Gramophone

February 12th, 2009

Neo Gramophone is concept by Lars Amhoff, it is an reincarnation of a classic gramophone. It can play music streamed from your iTunes, a subsurface touchscreen menu let you control the music player. I’m currious if it will get past this concept phase, but it’s a nice object anyway.

Neo Gramophone by Lars Amhoff

Neo Gramophone by Lars Amhoff

RobotLab Juke Bots

December 17th, 2008

Juke Bots are 2 robotic arms who can play vinyl records, that’s it. They don’t even know how to use a mixer, yet.

André Avelãs

November 10th, 2008

‘Untitled’ sound-installation by André Avelãs.

André Avelãs

found at vvork

timbap digital DJing

July 30th, 2008

Timbap is a platform-independent application for augmented DJing. It was developed by students and assistants of the University of Ulm (Germany). It provides a rugged tangible interface for browsing your music collection and manipulating playback by scratching, pitching, skipping etc. Like many others it is based on an acoustic timecode signal recorded to vinyl records. In contrast to existing digital solutions however, it completely releases the DJ from mouse, keyboard and monitor. Instead it relies on physical interaction with the standard club turntable only.

It still sounds quite strange, right? So basically it is a projected video interface for selecting mp3’s. Maybe this video will make it all clear to you.
Guessing from the amount of student DJ projects, there are a lot of bedroom DJ’s among the students out there.

found at MAKE: Blog

Yuri Suzuki

June 28th, 2008

Yuri Suzuki is a Japanese product designer and electronic music artist living in London. Here are 3 projects by him.

Sound Chaser
A train-style record player. Users connect the chipped pieces of records together to make new tracks. The records pieces are from cheap records bought at jumble sales or used record shops. This record player revives forgotten, old records.

Sound Chaser by Yuri Suzuki

Sound Chaser by Yuri Suzuki

Sound Chaser by Yuri Suzuki

Prepared Turntable
A turntable that focuses on actively composing and playing music.
This record player has 5 tone arms, each of which can have its volume controlled by its own fader.
This is an analogue answer for the digitalized DJ.

Prepared Turntable by Yuri Suzuki

Finger Player
I guess that the video and the pictures explain everything.

Finger Player by Yuri Suzuki

Finger Player by Yuri Suzuki