Scientists, musicians, and researchers in the UK are busy… working on a “paper app.”
“The Listening Post” is an example of such an app in development. It’s an interactive concert poster that allows viewers to press on conductive ink to hear clips of music from different bands – even book tickets! While it’s still in the beginning stages of production, this could mean a whole new kind of media interaction. ”We’re trying to recapture some of the tactile experience you got with vinyl records. There’s a really different reaction from users to physical media as opposed to digital media, especially when it comes to music,” said Paul Thomas, head of the Liverpool-based Uniform agency that helped co-ordinate the poster’s creation.
“Printing” music with conductive ink seems relatively inexpensive, so we may be experiencing this new technology soon – tapping along the walls at Starbucks or sending less-bulky singing cards to friends and family. My question (of course) – how do we recycle that?
This image greeted my this morning in my mailbox from Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co., making me wish for sunshine, fresh flowers, and brunch with friends and family. Despite springtime palettes on my Pinterest boards, this shiny black is doing the trick. All handmade in the US of A, too? Bruce would be proud.
I’ve heard this song somewhere in the universe lately (probably on XPN) but my husband found this rad video to make me need it on my top 10 playlist. Butch Walker & the Black Widows’ “Synthesizers” is just a feel-good, let-go-of-your-cares tune about moving through the motions of hard times and changes these days. Who better to illustrate care-free than Mr. McConaughey “alter-ego,” David Wooderson? The video also commemorates the 20th anniversary of the cult film “Dazed & Confused” in all its glory. So… you’re welcome. Enjoy.
For the second year in a row, the XPN Festival was held on the hottest weekend of the summer. Of course it was – I always have free tickets for being a member. I wish I could have braved the heat but at least I was able to stream it live from my air-conditioned home. Having grown up listening to Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and Lynyrd Skynyrd with my dad, I gravitated toward new artist Gary Clark Jr., a self-producing blues and rock guitarist with some mad skills. He was voted Best Blues & Electric Guitarist for the Austin Music Awards, and has performed at the Crossroads Guitar Festival, alongside Clapton and BB King.So I had to call up my pop to tell him to listen in Friday night – we’ll definitely be getting his new EP, Bright Lights, coming out August 9th. He’s also playing next week with ?uestlove. Might have to get a babysitter…
A friend recommended I listen to the song and I’ve fallen in love. Though this pretty song got me thinking of some swirly piece of art, it was the poetic lyrics made me think of finding something old and worn from years of wear and tear. I found this box at AM Radio – t’would make for lovely storage for romantic notes and such, eh?
I believe in living a sustainable life, which is why I recycle. And this Black Keys video posted by Brennan Gilbert was too good not recycle as a post of my own (a little eco-friendly humor for you – you’re welcome). Remember when I posted his action figure packaging? Well, his blog is just as frickin’ awesome. I’ve been following ever since and it combines the perfect mixture of sarcasm and creativity in every post. Read it.
Funny or Die recently released a new spoof on the oddly classic Bing Crosby and David Bowie duet, “Little Drummer Boy / Peace on Earth.” The release also unearthed an older explanation from the Washington Post of how the original duet came to be – and nearly didn’t. It’s one of my favorite holiday songs. We almost named our cat Bing Crosby – because we already had a David Bowie – but settled on Freddie Mercury to complete our duet. “Under Pressure” is perhaps the greatest rock song of all time, after all. Enjoy the weekend!