Posts Tagged ‘japan’

URIs Beyond Death

Monday, June 9th, 2008

In Japan, QR codes are being embedded on gravestones, creating a URI for accessing photographs and videos of the deceased via cellphones. Those who have strolled through cemeteries, wandering through aisles of strangers will wonder no longer. Mobile technology before death: cellphones now allow scientists the ability to track human movement much more precisely. The studies have revealed that the patterns closely follow power laws.

Two interesting news visualizations: TimesMachine allows you to flip through New York Times front pages back to 1851. Big Picture, a news blog exploring the power of a single image. It consists of a large format AP photograph selected from breaking news stories.

Photos of the Titanic from the Library of Congress. The artwork of Yellena James. The photography of Cecile Bortoletti and those represented by AR Photographic Agency. Wild Light: a wildlife photography blog.

Until the Kingdom Comes: artwork by Simen Johan. The Sea Inside: psychedelic ink drawings by Maia Valenzuela. The art of David Haines, who tarnishes delicate pencil drawings with gum, mosquitoes, and blood.

An interview with John Gall on book cover design, including some of his favorites.

Cloud Shovelers, Hither

Sunday, June 1st, 2008

Score for the \"The Appointed Cloud\"

Above, a picture of the score for composer Yoshi Wada’s November, 8th 1987 performance of The Appointed Cloud, newly reissued by Omega Point and the ever-eclectic EM Records. In this performance, eighty of Wada’s homemade pipe horns and organs were controlled via a single computer, and paired with a small ensemble playing instruments and prepared metal objects. In addition to directing the was flow of air powering the pipes, the program also had control over the mallet which struck the hanging steam pipe gong.

The Appointed Cloud was not only a performance, but also exhibited as an interactive installation which began anew every hour. Visitors could create variations on the theme via an external keypad, which was fed into the computer orchestrating the pipes.

A special artist’s edition of the release comes in a roughly legal-sized folio containing a reproduction of the colorful score pictured above. This is the second Wada reissue/release by EM, and let’s hope that it isn’t the last. Perhaps Audibility will be next.

Sarah Oppenheimer’s 610-3356 (via Life Without Buildings) eradicates the boundaries between the viewer and the museum, and viewer and the floor below. Remnants of Rauschenberg. The Vanishing Design erodes the style from a webpage while you watch.

China’s moment of mourning captured in analytics. The ghost town of Yubari, a former Japanese coal city.

Explorations in tracing time: Analogy, a typographic clock. A polaroid calendar.

Visual: Bruno Munari’s Original Xeropgraphies. The gallery of disciples. The book covers of Henry Sene Yee. The photography of Sarah Cass. A gallery of book trade labels. The seductive art of Robert McGinnis.

Piet is a fascinating visual programming language paying tribute to Mondrian. The language operates on the change in color from one block to the next. The shift and hue change dictates the instruction. An IDE is available online.

Ampersand, a blog. Kevin Drumm’s Imperial Distortion, a double compact disc. Make your own film, a photoset. Cubescape, an isometric pixel editor.

An interview with Honey Owens, who performs under the name Valet. Her newest album Naked Acid smears vocals upon whispers upon a subtle pounding. She speaks of the electric current running through her body that sabotages computers, and truth or not, the sounds are bewitching. Serious orange feathered sunset music here folks.

Finally, via the new nonist annex, Semantic Field Relationships. You really won’t find a more perplexing diagram today.

Droplets of Magma

Monday, May 12th, 2008

Enfants, the newest 12” from Ricardo Villalobos, reduces a fragment of Christian Vander’s zeuhl chants as voiced by children and played by teens into an extremely pure B-side mantra. More from Villalobos on reverb and culture.

Similar repetition with micro-variations to produce complex results: a lesson from Spirograph. Looking for the missing piece? Right here, though micro-house may have yielded different results.

Mapping the human ‘diseasome’ and botanical otology. Four questions for field recording artist Kiyoshi Mizutani, whose Scenery of the Border: Environment and Folklore of the Tanzawa Mountains double compact disc is worth taking the time to track down.

The graphics language/library/toolkit/bit paintbrush Processing has been reborn in Javascript, which could lead to very interesting experiments within your (newer) browser.

World War II all the time: a poster gallery. The intricate lettering of Alex Trochut. The portfolio of Jin Jung. The illustration of Jules Le Barazer.

Finally, joyous gutter news from the anchor state as Six Finger Satellite peel off another layer of the popular pigeon puzzle in reuniting (kind of). New and old recordings imminent.

Space Forklifts, Among Others

Friday, May 2nd, 2008

Kurt Vile sings faraway ramshackle hymns, wrapped in tape fuzz and styrofoam. Dusted and dusty finger picked weirdness, with an demon pop sensibility. Rewind 200 years and revisit the tribute band to the singing bull of the 1800s whom they called Caroliner. Still celebrating archaic anachronistic melodies more than 25 years later.

Pouring pixels, viscous installation by Kelly Goeller. Matchbook collections from a mother.

Talea is a software system for generating a realtime musical pattern, both aurally and visually. Built upon the Tactu5 library for processing, it looks like a cross between a star map and cell division rendered by a primitive computer. More color coming to a web browser near you, Firefox 3 and color profile support.

The novel Fuji Kindergarten in Tachikawa, featuring rope ladders to skylights and a play area on the roof. Over sea under steel, photos of sea forts. A brief history as well. Briefer and to the point: SixWordSciFi.