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A Quirky Animated Short Featuring Musical Robots that Play Themselves

A Quirky Animated Short Featuring Musical Robots that Play Themselves

August 8, 2017

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Christopher Jobson

Here at Colossal we can’t stop jamming out to this animated short from London-based animation studio Animade featuring six bubbly musical robots designed to play themselves. Titled Robot & The Robots, the clip was created as an internal studio project, but you can see more of their commercial work here. More



History Music

Notation Knives: Listen to Cutting Edge Music From the Renaissance

Notation Knives: Listen to Cutting Edge Music From the Renaissance

Jul.18.17

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Christopher

It’s not exactly musical chairs, but this Renaissance-era cutlery can carry a tune at any table setting. Dating back to the 16th century, these extremely rare knives are engraved with musical scores complete with lyrics. On one side is a benediction that may have been sung before a meal, and then a grace on the reverse side that was sung after eating. More



Design Music

The Apprehension Engine: An Instrument Designed to Play the Music of Nightmares

The Apprehension Engine: An Instrument Designed to Play the Music of Nightmares

Jun.26.17

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Kate

Movie composer Mark Korven wanted to craft the perfect sounds for horror movies, but the instruments he needed didn’t exist, and he was tired of using the same digital samples. To produce the original effects needed for evoking breathtaking moments of suspension, he teamed up with guitar maker Tony Duggan-Smith to craft an original instrument that would better aid in manufacturing fear. More



Art Music

WoodSwimmer: A New Stop-Motion Short Made Entirely by Tediously Cutting Through Wood

WoodSwimmer: A New Stop-Motion Short Made Entirely by Tediously Cutting Through Wood

Jun.15.17

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Kate

WoodSwimmer is a new short film by engineer and stop-motion animator Brett Foxwell, who has built armatures for films such as Boxtrolls and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Created in collaboration with musician and animator bedtimes, the work follows a piece of raw wood through a milling machine, capturing its unique growth rings, knots, and weathered spots through a series of cross-sectional photographic scans. More



Design Music

Rock Band: An Electromechanical Sound Machine That Makes Music With Rocks

Rock Band: An Electromechanical Sound Machine That Makes Music With Rocks

Mar.15.17

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Christopher

A rolling stone gathers no moss as they say, but this collection of stones manipulated by electromechanical devices are capable of performing George Harrison’s “Here Comes the Sun” thanks to artist Neil Mendoza. Titled Rock Band, this kinetic sound art installation is actually four different instruments including a xylophone, a buzzing base, two spinners, and a pair of slappers. More



Design Music Photography

The Grandeur of German Pipe Organs Photographed by Robert Götzfried

The Grandeur of German Pipe Organs Photographed by Robert Götzfried

Mar.9.17

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Christopher

Long fascinated by the design of pipe organs, photographer Robert Götzfried was recently permitted into 20 Catholic churches in southern Germany where he was able to create portraits of these mammoth instruments. When viewed singularly the pipe organ is impressive enough, but collectively the photos tell the story of an ancient instrument that varies so strikingly in design and layout that it’s hard to believe these are somehow the same musical device. More



Crafts Design Illustration Music

Miniature Retro Papercraft Synthesizers by Dan McPharlin

Miniature Retro Papercraft Synthesizers by Dan McPharlin

Mar.9.17

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Christopher

Produced between 2006 and 2009, Australian designer and illustrator Dan McPharlin's Analogue Miniatures are a marvel of papercraft. The tiny analogue synthesizers and pieces of recording equipment were pieced together with paper, framing mat board, string, rubber bands and cardboard, and appeared in everything from art shows to editorial spreads in magazines like Esquire. McPharlin is widely known for his retro sci-fi illustration work that appears on album covers and in limited edition prints, and he brings this aspect of fiction to these paper models as well. More



Design Music

A Working Balloon-Powered Paper Pipe Organ Designed by Aliaksei Zholner

A Working Balloon-Powered Paper Pipe Organ Designed by Aliaksei Zholner

Feb.13.17

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Christopher

Paper engineer Aliaksei Zholner has wowed us before with his miniature V8 engine, and now brings his crafty talents to the musical realm with this working paper organ. The tiny organ has 18 functional keys that create tones with the aid of corresponding reeds, and of course a pipe organ can’t function without a steady air flow, a problem Zholner solves with a large balloon. More



Animation Music Science

A Mesmerizing Sequence of Biological Simulations by Maxime Causeret for Max Cooper’s ‘Order from Chaos’

A Mesmerizing Sequence of Biological Simulations by Maxime Causeret for Max Cooper’s ‘Order from Chaos’

Dec.20.16

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Christopher

Starting with a recording of raindrops hitting the skylight in his old apartment, this track titled Order from Chaos from London-based artist Max Cooper‘s newest album Emergence is the culmination of three years work merging his interests in science, music and visual arts. French visual effects artist Maxime Causeret was asked to provide the visuals and the result is a mesmerizing blend of biological simulations and music video. More



Illustration Music

Colorful Everyday Scenes Illustrated on Vintage Sheet Music by ‘People Too’

Colorful Everyday Scenes Illustrated on Vintage Sheet Music by ‘People Too’

Nov.28.16

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Kate

Alexei Lyapunov and Lena Ehrlich are the two members of People Too, an illustrative team from Novosibirsk, Russia that draws elaborate scenes on pieces of sheet music. The colorful works capture both pastoral and urban landscapes, detailing vignettes of people fishing, dancing, and commuting. Musical notations from the songs are often incorporated into the illustrations—notes becoming steps, hills, or trunks of trees.
You can purchase the pair’s altered sheet music on Society6, as well as see a greater breadth of their illustrative portfolio on Behance. More



Art Music

Great Headless Blank: A New Hand-Painted Music Video by Carine Khalife for Makeunder

Great Headless Blank: A New Hand-Painted Music Video by Carine Khalife for Makeunder

Sep.5.16

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Christopher

Artist Carine Khalife (previously) just completed work on this swimmingly beautiful music video for Great Headless Blank, the title track of a new EP from Makeunder. The video was created using a paint-on-glass method where each frame is lit from behind and photographed, a technique popularized by Russian animator Aleksandr Petrov. Khalife occasionally pushes the tactile aesthetic even further by allowing the film to transform into three dimensions using sculpted claymation. More

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