I am impressed with this very smart, outrageous concept, one that only a group like the Wu-Tang Clan could pull off. No matter what happens now, it is done. The statement has been made, the art is born. Your move, world.

Wu-Tang Clan will sell only a single copy of their new album

They recorded in secret and plan to tour the album in galleries and other places for listening events. Then it gets sold, and the owner can do whatever he or she wants to do with it–sit on it, sell it, distribute it for free, or something possibly even more radical.

“The idea that music is art has been something we advocated for years,” says RZA. “And yet it doesn’t receive the same treatment as art in the sense of the value of what it is, especially nowadays when it’s been devalued and diminished to almost the point that it has to be given away for free.” Whether or not Wu-Tang Clan is able to find enough people who want to go experience their album in a museum to make an impact remains to be seen — as does the viability of a multi-million dollar unique pressing of that album, but the group is OK with its plan going awry. “It might totally flop, and we might be completely ridiculed,” says co-producer Tarik “Cilvaringz” Azzougarh. “But the essence and core of our ideas is to inspire creation and originality and debate, and save the music album from dying.”

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Mathematical Impressions: Making Music with a Möbius Strip: Scientific American.

Visualizing chord permutations in space. It involves drawing on a bagel with a Sharpie and then squishing it. Honestly.


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Watch lasers track bubbles to the beat of Daft Punk | The Verge.

I love that the simple addition of bubbles make this fully 3d, and with refraction.

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Jelle Mastenbroek’s Money Back Guarantee No. 2

Insert coin and watch it bounce along chimes, making music as it goes. Then the coin comes back to you.

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DIY – Futility Closet.

Conlon Nancarrow wrote music unplayable by human beings, then punched cards for player pianos so that the music could be heard. It is rocking and puts a smile on my face. Not at all as frightening as you might think.

Gyorgy Ligeti discovered some piano pieces in a Paris record store in 1980 and became an early champion, calling the composer “the greatest discovery since Webern and Ives.” Subsequent admirers included John Cage (“Conlon’s music has such an outrageous, original character that it is literally shocking”) and Frank Zappa (“The stuff is fantastic … You’ve got to hear it. It’ll kill you”).

via Boing Boing

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It’s Nice That : How about a mind-blowing piece of stop-motion from Kijek/Adamski.

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Its Nice That : Red Stripe remix a visit to the corner shop by rigging it out as a musical surprise.

Really, really nice installation. Reach for a Red Stripe and watch the bottles and boxes turn into instruments. It’s like some wonderful genie cursed the members of Stomp into exile as comestibles in a corner shop. Click the link at the end of the video to see some behind-the-scenes.

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Nice implementation. How much of today is based on understanding and reinterpreting the 1980s? Will we ever be so self-assuredly innovative (albeit wrong at times) again?

Robotic 808 drum-machine – Boing Boing.

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