Don't click on this link if you're bored at work, have an important deadline, are really really high or just don't feel like getting into gear. For the last few months Dublab, with the support of Creative Commons, has been designing, augmenting and uploading music and art to play with, and the result, called 'Into Infinity,' is finally finished, and it's a time-vacuum.
For the project, Dublab commissioned sound artists and musicians, many of them LA-based, to compose 8-second loops that, combined with other loops, create compositions. It hired visual artists to create art on LP-sized circles that, teamed with the sounds, create synaesthetic combinations. It's better shown than told, so open up a new window and start playing.
Of particular note, though, is the so-called “audio mega-mixer,” which features the dozens of loops on one page, each with its own button that, when activated, triggers the sample. Ever wonder what a collaboration between Flying Lotus and Dntel would sound like? Find out by mixing the two. Want to add in Hrishikesh Hirway of One A.M. Radio? Go for it, you got nothing to lose. Other buttons allow you greater access, allow you to download the loops as .wav files for your own fun, allow you greater control over the sounds.
Oh, and the fantastic Dublab posse, a non-profit, is in the middle of its fall Proton Drive fundraising efforts. If you're interested in supporting artists who put their money where their mouth is, who make LA a measurably more vibrant place to live, you should toss them some of your cash; they obviously put it to good use. (It should be noted that I occasionally spin records for dublab radio, so I'm not an uninterested party; check out my Chicago post-acid mix here, in fact.)