Blast Lab: Seven Nation Army

The Blast Lab at Imperial College, London, is a place where scientists study how explosions affect the human skeleton, and try to find ways to mitigate some of those effects. As you can imagine, this involves blowing stuff up fairly regularly and The Blast Lab is a pretty loud place.

But the team of students behind PLoS’ Inside Knowledge blog noticed something cool about that. The sounds in The Blast Lab weren’t just loud noises, they were loud notes. Edit them together, and you could reproduce a whole song, using nothing but sounds recorded in a working scientific laboratory.

In this video, the Inside Knowledge crew plays The White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army” on the Imperial College Blast Lab. In case you’re curious, here’s the breakdown showing what lab equipment the team used to replicate the sound of which instruments.

Bass Guitar: Main sensor output cable
Bass Drum: Blast Rig
Toms: Hammer & Storm Case
Hi-Hat: Oil Spray
Cymbal: Blast Plate
‘Vocals’: Laces to contain dummy leg during blast
‘Guitar’: Accelerometer cable & Fastening Strings

Video Link

Iron Man Played on Tesla Coils

ArcAttack performs a Tesla Coil version of Iron Man by Black Sabbath in a Faraday Suit. (via Making Light)

If you need me to explain why you should spend 1:26 watching a man wielding a guitar in a Faraday suit playing Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man” on MIDI-compatible Tesla coils, you are in the wrong place, pal.

The Guitar Player, in a Faraday suite is using a wood guitar with shielding and a couple of micro-controllers hooked up to a switch bank (the fret board) and is all optically isolated. ArcAttack has been testing out the world’s first lighting-proof MIDI guitar in their warehouse in Austin, Texas. The MIDI signal from the guitar is routed through a fiber optic cable to control the Tesla coils.

ArcAttack says lightning is very deadly, but their machines aren’t nearly as dangerous as real lightning.”

Via: BoinBoing


Nokia’s 4D Projection

“Millbank was plunged into darkness with the iconic tower acting as the canvas for a never-before-seen spectacular. Each of the 393 foot high building’s 800 windows were covered with vinyl as 16 powerful projectors, stationed 984 feet away on the other side of the river, beamed 3D images onto the structure. Huge butterflies flew across the London skyline and the tower was twisted, pulsated and even fell down. Billed as the ‘future of live events’ the spectacular show was accompanied by music from super producer deadmau5, who created exclusive remixes for the performance — adding the 4th dimension.”

Via: UniqueDaily



New timelapse from Japan

Paul Frankland, aka Woob, has provided “Paradigm Flux”, a new track of his, as the soundtrack for this new time lapse piece. Paul is among the most acclaimed ambient musicians of his generation and has created several milestones of the genre, including the well loved Woob 1194 and Woob 4495 albums.

If you like great evocative, cinematic ambient music combining organic elements with world and dub influences, by all means check out his latest album, “Repurpose”:

“Paradigm Flux” is available here: You can also find an interview regarding the process of making time lapse movies on his blog here:

Via: Vimeo By: Samual Cockedey
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Hello Jack Vettriano

Jack Vettriano, “The Singing Butler”
Oil on canvas, 28″ x 36″

Jack Vettriano’s enormous success came as a surprise even to himself—he has remarked, “I get all the more pleasure because I never thought it was going to happen.” Having left school at age 16, Jack Vettriano never attended art school. Instead, he is completely self-taught, having taken 14 years since he first received a set of watercolors to hone his skills before showing any of his artwork. Vettriano has said, “I trained myself to paint by copying other artists… I put all these different styles in a pot and there was a certain alchemy that took place and it created my individual style. Something unique came out, and I’m very grateful for that.

Today, “The Singing Butler” is a wildly popular and commercially successful painting: it sells more posters and postcards than any other work in the UK and the original canvas sold at auction for £744,500 four years ago. It was rejected by the Royal Academy, when Vettriano submitted it for the summer show in 1992.

Jack Vettriano, “Elegy for a Dead Admiral”
Oil on canvas, 28″ x 36″

A music video made by the indie Scottish band Saint Jude’s Infirmary for BBC Scotland’s “The Music Show” features Vettriano and visually references both “The Singing Butler” and “Elegy for a Dead Admiral”. The video is for the song “Goodbye Jack Vettriano” which Saint Jude’s Infirmary member, Grant Campbell wrote when he spotted a Vettriano print on a pub wall while homesick in Rotterdam. Vettriano has described the song as “really brilliant” and has created a painting to be featured as the cover of the band’s second album.

Vettriano’s success has come at a cost. According to some sources, the success and attention he received after his first Royal Scottish Academy show contributed to the break-up of his marriage. Fellow Scottish artists are jealous of the commercial success Vettriano has achieved, to which Vettriano replies, “Artists say, how can I get only X for my work and Vettriano gets X thousand for his? Think, you stupid bugger. It’s not a bit about being a better painter than me, it’s about market forces.” Additionally, he’s been passed over by the National Galleries of Scotland and much of the art establishment.

For more information about Jack Vettriano’ visit his Web site or visit his on-line gallery here

Happy Birthday: Christopher Walken

Happy 67th birthday to Christopher Walken, born Ronald Walken on March 31, 1943 in Queens New York. When you think of popular culture it’s hard not to think of characters Walken has played. He has appeared in more than 100 movies and television shows as well as, several videos. One of my favorite parts is this Weapon Of Choice Video by Fatboy Slim.

Reuben Lucis Goldberg

Ever heard of a Rube Goldberg Machine? Well if you haven’t they were named after Reuben Lucis Goldberg who was an American cartoonist, sculptor, author, engineer, and inventor. Goldberg is probably best known for a series of popular cartoons he created depicting complex devices that perform simple tasks in indirect, convoluted ways – now known as Rube Goldberg machines.

Here’s a good example

Directed by James Frost, OK Go and Syyn Labs. The official video for the recorded version of “This Too Shall Pass” off of the album “Of the Blue Colour of the Sky”. The video was filmed in a two story warehouse, in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA. The “machine” was designed and built by the band, along with members of Syyn Labs over the course of several months.

DCS Presents: Captured An Artists Perspective


Dayton Creative Syndicate is celebrating our first birthday by having a kick-ass gallery showing of YOUR photographs!

DCS wants to show off your best photography. Send us your photographs for our DCS gallery show—Captured: An Artists Perspective.
Entries are due no later than May 12 (more info below)

Then join us on May 15th as we display all of the photos that are entered in a gallery show at the Excelsior Lofts for Urban Nights. Sponsored by the Downtown Dayton Partnership and complete with the live acoustical rock / experimental sounds of Adam Haroff.

Information about submissions
Subject matter is anything or everything that you can come up with (keep it suitable for all audiences-no nudes). There aren’t specific themes or categories for this display – you can enter flowers, fruit, landscapes, cityscapes, abstract, people, water, sunsets, animals – whatever you want to submit!

  • Please submit your own printed photography. Pieces can be retrieved at the end of the gallery show on May 15.
  • Subject matter can be anything that is appropriate for all ages
  • Can be black/white or color
  • You can submit up to 3 photos
  • All photos should be mounted onto 11×17 black bristol board. Participants can submit photos pre-mounted on boards, or can pay $2 each entry (checks can be made payable to Greater Dayton Ad Association) for DCS to mount the photos.
  • Please submit the following contact information with your photograph: photograph title, your full name, telephone number, and email address
  • Please send entries to DCS President Patrice Hall at Real Art Design Group: 232 E. Sixth Street, Dayton OH, 45402
  • If you have any questions, please contact DCS Social Coordinator Jen Parrish:
* We will do our best to return your artwork to you in perfect condition, but our lawyers are making us say this: we cannot be held responsible for any damaged or missing photographs. Also, photograph mounting is permanent – photos will not be removable from boards after the exhibit.

Lost in a Sushi Moment

I saw this video a while back and I just love the tone of it. Very simple, a unique view of all these people together yet alone. A close up and personal glimpse of a small portion of their day.

The effect of sending the camera around a Tokyo sushi restaurant via the conveyor, coupled with the music on this video, is quite a beautiful thing.

Dennis Wheatley and Stefan McClean were sitting in a Tokyo sushi bar when they had an idea to make this impromptu film:
“We were sitting in this sushi bar pondering how best to set up a camera to film things all by itself whilst we were in Tokyo. Take our hands out of the equation… let the camera have its own journey. What we loved about watching this film back was the space that the camera was able to enter.. extremely personal and scrutinizing but not too lingering.”

The music is titled “Lost in a Moment” by Shrift.