Weekend Watch: Cosplay, Painting, and Drumming with Gladzy Kei

Gladzy crafts some amazing stuff! Watch as she paints, plays the drums, and does “cosplay speedruns.” You might learn a thing or two.

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You Can Make Pretty Much Anything an Instrument Using This DIY Robotics Kit

There’s a long tradition of robotic music production, from player pianos and glitchy electronic music of Felix’s Machines to the steam-driven “power trio” Z-Machines. Much of the electro-mechanical process, however, remains quite esoteric to most. With dadamachines, a DIY robot music toolkit, Berlin-based creative technologist Johannes Lohbihler wants to make this type of musical creation accessible to just about everyone. A plug-and-play MIDI-controller and accessories kit, which Lohbihler is now crowdfunding, dadamachines allows users to build live automatic shows as well as musical setups for recording.

Lohbihler tells Creators that his passion for building music robots grew out of an interest in combining interaction design with tangible interfaces, specifically for music. For him, dadamachines—which the band joasihno recently took on tour—is a way of … Read the rest

Inside the Manchester Restaurant That Serves Drake’s Favorite Butter Chicken

Drake and Zouk go way back. The Canadian rapper first ate at the Manchester restaurant in 2012 as a guest of troublesome Manchester City footballer Mario Balotelli. Balotelli himself was already a fan. A few months earlier, he broke his club’s curfew by staying out at Zouk til 1 AM, receiving an estimated fine of £150,000.

During his 2014 UK tour, Drake came back for more, this time bringing then-girlfriend Rihanna for a romantic meal. Then after his gig in Leeds earlier this year, Drake and his entourage snubbed the Yorkshire city’s local restaurants, choosing to travel across the Pennines en masse for yet another meal at Manchester’s Zouk.

So, why does Drizzy keep coming back? Zouk isn’t one of Manchester’s typical celebrity haunts. … Read the rest

A Sensitive Animated Music Video Tells Women in Abusive Relationships They’re Not Alone

The feeling that things have gone off the rails and cutting off airflow contributes to the concept behind an animated music video that follows the life of a domestic abuse victim. The short film is a music video for the song “Grow” by Frances. With silky colorations and slow panning shots, the piece draws upon the loss of identity and bleak helplessness that can come from suffering mental and emotional abuse from someone you care about and from an individual you had believed cared about you.

Day in and day out, the behind-closed-door influences of the protagonist’s life seem to overtake her presence, smudging her out into an inconsequential state. She waits at the bus stop, goes to the market completely unseen under the gaze … Read the rest

This Steampunk Remote Controls the Radio with Style

When you pick up the remote control to your stereo, are you pleased with how it looks? Most of us don’t put much thought into it, because they’re typically so bland that they’re nearly invisible. Michael Greensmith (@Bricabracwizard) wanted to take a different approach. “I wanted a remote control that’s so […]

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Musical Notation: “The Greatest Invention of One Thousand Years Ago”


A brief history on the development of musical notation.

“As with all inventions, the invention of the musical staff came in stages. There were ever better attempts at writing music from the 6th to the 9th century. Then there was a breakthrough. The early 11th century Benedictine monk Guido d’Arezzo (born 991/992 and died too young in 1033) invented a written system of notes and staffs, and also the organization of scales that allowed for teaching and writing music. Without his contribution, the streaming music you hear on your smartphone and YouTube would not likely exist.”

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Angelo Badalamenti Reveals How He and David Lynch Composed the Twin Peaks‘ “Love Theme”

Open Culture

“On my last trip to New York, some friends took me to a favorite new-wave Chinese place of theirs. When I asked where to find the bathroom, they said to go downstairs. The staircase deposited me into one of the most surreal bathroom approaches I’ve ever experienced: a long, narrow, fully mirrored hallway with a hauntingly familiar composition piped in from speakers installed along its length. Not until I resurfaced and asked what the deal was could I identify the music: the “Love Theme” from David Lynch’s early-1990s television series Twin Peaks. Many TV themes have lodged themselves into our collective memory, mostly through sheer repetition, but few have retained as much evocative power as the one Lynch’s composer, … Read the rest

Musical Chord Progression Arpeggiator

A lovely, delightful, wonderful codepen utility by Jake Albaugh

There have been many online tools that let you program simple beats or melodies, but this one has much more in terms of chords and arpeggio styles available.

I came up with a lovely Bach-like piece in D minor with
i VII ii VI III v iv i
(024135 arpeggio pattern at 150bpm)

It is a great musical toy.

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Song of the Summer: Sister Nancy’s “Bam Bam”

The New Yorker

“Any hit can be crowned song of the summer if the right measuring stick is used. This year, Rihanna’s “Work” and Drake’s “One Dance” have won the ubiquity game. Desiigner’s “Panda” had the highest velocity for an unknown artist. But in terms of the number of conversations generated the award goes to Kanye West’s “Famous,” whose line about Taylor Swift created a pop-cultural domino effect that will continue for months to come—at least until Swift releases her next album. West and Swift are the central figures in the world of “Famous,” but I want to talk for a moment about a tertiary character: Sister Nancy. The song roils and churns for a couple of minutes, with West slinging provocations about the … Read the rest

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