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Short links for April 25th, 2008

Some interesting things I found on April 25th, 2008:

# KlangStufen – „KlangStufen“ is an experiment to show, how much information you can get from the sound of a city. You can experience the urban space auditivly by mounting the different height levels of a city, which would not be possible in the real space at all. You should concentrate completely on the sounds, the visual remains in the background.

KlangStufen
KlangStufen (Sound Steps) installation by Christiane Keller

A stair makes the different height levels conceivable to the user. The single steps correspond to the different height levels. So we can use the existing architecture to experience the urban space and to get information about it. The user selects his point of view in the city on a map projected on the wall. Now from this point you move along the y-axis upwards or downwards, depending on which step one is standing.

# Audio Ping Pong – Mike McCracken has a fun little project using an arduino, headphones and an accellerometer.

# Kids Be Gone – Mosquito Device – Are gatherings of teenagers and young adults affecting your business and your profits?
The Mosquito ultrasonic teenage deterrent is the solution to the eternal problem of unwanted gatherings of youths and teenagers in shopping malls and around shops.

# Tristram Cary, Tape Music Pioneer, VCS3 Designer, Composer, Dies – Tristram is credited by some as the father of tape music, originating tape music techniques in World War II. He’s notorious to the general public and sci fi fans as the composer of the music for the Daleks in Doctor Who.

# Puzzlemation – A Dynamic Tiled Display – Puzzlemation divides the digital display into pixels you're free to pick up and re-arrange. It can be used to create things as diverse as modular animated signs, to a uniquely challenging dynamic puzzle.

# LoFi Looping Tape Machine – xelent modified a bedside table alarm clock with a tape recorder into a lofi loop recorder.

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Short links for October 22nd, 2007

Some interesting things I bookmarked on del.icio.us on October 22nd, 2007:

  • Ultimate Guitar Hero case mod – Rocker/Case Modder Kneivel put together this ingenious home arcade cabinet by taking a stack of Marshall amp cases and transforming them into a Guitar Hero themed gaming system.
  • Graphite Sequencer (2006) – Caleb Coppock’s graphite sequencer.
Graphite Sequencer by Caleb Coppock
  • breakfast by Jon Huck – A photo series of people and their breakfasts.
  • Rising seas threaten 21 mega-cities – Cities around the world are facing the danger of rising seas and other disasters related to climate change.
  • Iconfactory Skelanimals – Icons based on Mitchell Bernal’s cute and creepy Skelanimals
  • Drum Buddy – a unique percussion synthesizer made with oscillators, photoresistors, a light, a motor and a perforated number 10 can.
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Citarum river, a shocking display of abuse

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The Citarum river near the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, displays the abuse that mankind has subjected it to.

Citarum river pollution (West Java, Indonesia)
Citarum river pollution (West Java, Indonesia)

From the Daily Mail:

More than 500 factories, many of them producing textiles which require chemical treatment, line the banks of the 200-mile river, the largest waterway in West Java, spewing waste into the water.

Where once fishermen cast their nets, now people are foraging for rubbish. Sad story…

Link via Kottke

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Masquerade: Knit graffiti in Sweden

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If you’re ever in Stockholm, Sweden, you might run into one of Masquearde‘s knit graffiti pieces.

Masquerade: A ring tagged with colorful knit graffiti
Masquerade: A ring tagged with colorful knit graffiti

They even made a tourist map so you know where to find these little works of street art.

We have marked a yarn graffiti trail for you, to guide you to the most charming, delightful, magnificent, pleasant and stunning places in this city.

Pretty and quite harmless! Visit Flickr for more images of Masquerade.

Also check Knitta, another tag crew of knitters, bombing the inner city with vibrant, stitched works of art, wrapped around everything from beer bottles on easy nights to public monuments and utility poles on more ambitious outings.

Link via MakeZine

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Google Maps adds Street View

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Google Maps has introduced a new feature, Street View.

In certain locations, you can view and navigate within street-level imagery. All you have to do is drag the little yellow guy to the place you want to see or click any streets outlined in blue. (currently only available for major US cities)

Google Maps Street View of NYC 86th and 3rd
Google Maps Street View of NYC 86th and 3rd

I have fond memories of my visits to NYC, so I really enjoyed navigating through these streets checking out places I recognized like Papaya’s on 86th and 3rd. Curly fries… yum!

Link via Kottke

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Musique Concrete: Transforming Space, Sound, and the City Through Skateboarding

Simon Morris is a new media artist whose work explores urban landscapes, sounds and skateboarding.

Musique Concrete is an interactive performance piece which explores sound and the urban landscape through the physical movements on a skateboard. The result is a musical composition which transforms the skateboarder into a composer. It aims to provide an audience of all ages with a stimulating experience of new media, skateboarding, the city and sound.

Simon Morris on his skateboard
Simon Morris on his skateboard: Musique Concrete

Simon has mounted an interface under his skateboard which transmits data wirelessly to a laptop computer. Physical actions are detected using three sensors connected to the interface. Acceleration, turns and vibration are monitored by a photoresistor, a flex sensor and piezo sensor respectively. Using the MIDI protocol, the sensor data is transferred to a software program enabling the skateboarder to control and modify sounds directly from the skateboard.

What does this all mean? It means Simon can make music by doing tricks and movements on his skateboard. Pretty cool!
Check out the videos to see it in action.

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City Creator: create pixel cities

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City Creator is a website that lets you construct a city with cool pixel-art styled building blocks.

City Builder website screenshot
Screenshot of the City Builder website

Drag and drop pieces from the palettes on the left onto the space on the right. Clicking on a piece brings it to the front. Arrange them to make your city. (It might help to start by adding the roads)

Currently you can build cities in 3 different themes: Medieville, Snoland and Blankton (More cities will be available later).

Visit City Creator to start building your own cities!

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