What's made of 600 lights bulbs and music?
It's Light House, a new light and sound installation debuting this Thursday at music and technology art space Sonos Studio. Designed by New York City-based design firm Softlab, Light House is a high tech art project comprised of rows of tube lights hanging from the ceiling. These bulbs are connected to a laptop and programmed to react to various sounds. Basically, when music is played through the structure, the bulbs make a dazzling synesthesia-style spectacle.
It is, perhaps, the future of EDM stage production. Light House debuts on Thursday evening with a private performance by The Crystal Method. The electronic duo will play new music from their eponymous forthcoming album -- through the installation. (The release on this album, the duo's fifth studio LP, was delayed because Crystal Method member Scott Kirkland had surgery for brain cancer this past May.) Sonos will host additional Light House collaborations from Washed Out and Bleached on July 29 and August 22, respectively.
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But are the headphones any good? Survey says no. In fact, according to a new report by FixYa, a crowd-sourcing site offering help fixing broken devices, tools, and appliances, users complained of subpar noise-canceling abilities, unreliable sound and malfunctions in one ear or another. We'd imagine that would be frustrating to someone who spent $280 (!) on a pair. The report includes input from 25,000 people, and also tested were headphones endorsed or branded by 50 Cent, Bob Marley, Jay-Z, and Ludacris. Here are the results:
With her 2011 LP, Biophilia, Icelandic singer and performance art icon Björk turned her avant-garde eye on the natural world, using touch-screen technology to present a fantastical vision of Earth, space and all that lies between. She says it allowed her to express herself more fully than ever before. The critically lauded album was released with a suite of custom apps (conceptualized by Björk herself, of course) that were meant to provide a window into her creative process while educating audiences on the science of music and nature.
We spoke with Björk about her Biophilia live show, the children's educational program touring along with it and how the project is fulfilling her childhood dreams.
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Remember about a decade ago when every rapper had to have his own clothing line? And then remember about four years ago when every rapper had to have his own social networking site? Surprisingly, it turns out that artists from all across the musical spectrum have been impersonating Mark Zuckerberg for years, to varying degrees of success. Here are the five most bizarre examples.
NPG Music Club
Date launched: January 14, 2001
Before declaring his disdain for music on the internet, Prince was among the first to use the medium to bring himself directly to listeners, sending exclusive music and videos to fans for the low price of $7.77 a month. In July of 2006, however, the site mysteriously shut down. It's unclear why; some speculate it had to do with a trademark dispute with science textbook manufacturers Nature Publishing Group (a different NPG), but Prince's lawyer said that was not the case.
"I grew up collecting and listening to cassette tapes and records," said Phil Shaheen, drummer for Los Angeles indie band Tijuana Panthers. "I like the fact that cassettes are in again and that cool little labels are putting them out." The band released its album, Max Baker, as a limited-edition tape through Kill/Hurt, a Hollywood cassette-only label.
It's true, cassettes seem a little ridiculous at first. They're bulky, you have to flip them in the middle of an album, and cassette players aren't widely available. But cassettes provide benefits digital media can't, and they're back.
At 70 cents a tape, an artist can get small batches of music in the public's hands for less money than a CD or vinyl record. Michael McKinney, president of M2 Communications, a Pasadena duplication company, puts out between 6,000 and 10,000 tapes each month. Orders have picked up, mostly due to indie bands.
Several record producers in L.A. provide cassette releases. Chris Jahnle and
his girlfriend Kat Bouza, founders of Kill/Hurt, started the company dubbing small batches of noise-rock cassettes with a giant grey duplicator they snagged for $200 from eBay. Cassettes naturally have hiss, treble, and distortion, qualities that go along with the mood of garage, punk and other noisy genres, said Bouza.