Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Urban Safari

Via Neatorama comes this excellent artwork by Karolina Sobecka. Using a simple sensor on the wheels of cars driven by the San Jose Tiger Posse, Sobecka creates a dynamic projection that runs faster as the car speeds up and slows and stops with the car. The video is really interesting, and I particularly like when the image is projected onto the trees.

Of note is that pedestrians seem unaware of the work. This isn't a problem (other than I wish that they could experience it), as those of you that know me know my feeling on approaching/experiencing art (it is up to the audience to choose to view the art when they are ready), and it illuminates the wide variety of ways in which an audience can experience this art.

Hit the play button or go directly to You Tube

Saturday, November 11, 2006

18 Months for 4 Seconds

Via MSNBC comes the story of the new Windows Vista startup sound, created by King Crimson's Robert Fripp. It took 18 months of tweaking to develop these 4 seconds of sound. Spending so long on such a project isn't actually that surprising, given that millions of computer users will hear these sounds for years to come every time they start up their computers. Brian Eno created the Windows 95 theme. Interestingly, Steve Ball heads up a team at Microsoft that deals with the audio/visual experience of MS products, things like the email alerts and so on.

Now, let's talk for a moment about the sound itself. It is supposed to evoke the feeling of speaking "Win-dows Vis-ta." Can you think of another computer sound that evokes a brand name? That's right - "In-tel In-side!" I hate to say it, but the new Windows Vista sound is like a mashup of the Intel sound and the Windows 95 sound. In my humble opinion, the sound is disappointing.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

The Helsinki Complaint Choir

This needs no introduction! (ps - nice job on the ring tones)

Saturday, November 04, 2006


A quick clip that I made during a talk on Music Technology at St Cloud State University.

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