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Art Design

Musical Light Swings on the Streets of Montreal

September 13, 2012

Christopher Jobson

21 Balançoires (21 Swings) is a recent project by Canadian design collective Daily Tous Les Jours, known for their wide variety of interactive public installations and experiences. Surrounded on both sides by a new music complex and science center, designers Mouna Andraos and Melissa Mongiat chose to bridge the gap between the two by converting a narrow strip of land into an enormous interactive instrument. Pre-recorded sounds from a xylophone, piano, and other instruments were programmed into color-coded swings that when in use play various notes, however when swung in unison with careful cooperation, more complex melodies and harmonies arise. An additional “secret mode” was programmed to only play when all 21 swings were in use. What a fun idea.

Earlier this week a few blogs reported a photo from this series as being some type of swingset bus stop. According to Andraos, while the installation has close proximity to the street it does not actually serve the purpose of a bus stop. All photos courtesy Olivier Blouin.




Robot Repair Demonstrates How to Play Over 180 Instruments

July 19, 2012

Christopher Jobson

Robot Repair is a bi-coastal (NYC/LA) music company that composes music and sound design for advertising, TV, film and art projects. In this clever promotional video they demonstrate how they use over 180 different musical instruments.




Nikolaj Lund Reinvents Portraiture of Classical Musicians

May 3, 2012

Christopher Jobson

If you had to think of a word to describe the portraits of classical musicians and their instruments, what would it be? The one I thought of is: extremely boring. OK that’s two words. But really, when is the last time you saw an exciting photograph of a trombonist? Award-winning photographer (and cellist!) Nikolaj Lund has clearly identified the problem and solved it. His fun and often aggressive portraits take classical musicians out of the orchestra pit and off the stage and literally hurls them in the ocean, makes them tumble on the streets, and stagger through the desert. If I was a musician I would be calling this guy immediately (fyi, he’s based in Denmark). You can see much more of his work on Flickr, and his website. (via reddit)




Adele's 'Rolling In the Deep' Played on a Chinese Guzheng

March 19, 2012

Christopher Jobson

A masterful cover of Adele’s Rolling in the Deep (previously) played on a plucked Chinese zither called a Guzheng. (via the awesomer)



Music Photography

Inside Instruments

March 8, 2012

Christopher Jobson

This print campaign for the Berlin Philharmonic orchestra uses macro photographs taken inside the cramped spaces of instruments making the inner workings of a violin, cello, flute, and pipe organ appear vast and spacious, almost as if you could walk around inside them. So wonderfully done. Art directed by photographer Bjorn Ewers, you can see more over on Behance.

Update: The photography is by Mierswa Kluska and the original concept came from Mona Sibai and Björn Ewers.



Art Music

Yoshihiko Satoh Turns the Guitar Volume Up to 12

August 16, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Japanese artist Yoshihiko Satoh takes mass-produced goods and alters or multiplies them to “unleash the energy residing in their function and shape”. Or, simply speaking, he multiples them by awesome. His guitar sculptures above are by far his most impressive works, however he’s also experimented with exaggerated length in irons, toy trucks, and even functional mopeds. His latest work is on exhibit at Roentgenwerke AG in Tokyo through August 27. (via lustik and wonderful opportunity)