Audiopad is a MIT Media Lab project by James Patten and Ben Recht. They used a relatively common Media Lab interface that combines video projection, physical icons, and motion tracking to create a super cool music mixer. Creating music using Audiopad also results in a great visual performance.
Swedish design firm Teenage Engineering returns with the world's first cloud speaker
by Richard Prime
The enfants terribles of the industrial design world return with yet another potential banger of a product, hot on the heels of the OP-1, the synthesizer that made it cool to tickle the ivories. This time Swedish firm Teenage Engineering plundered...
Walnut sound equipment approved by the pros
by Kat Herriman
New York-based outfit Grain Audio is determined to make some noise. Launching today on Kickstarter, the small start-up resolves to stand out with a range of goods to fulfill all of your critical listening needs—from the petite Bluetooth-enabled...
iTrack Solo Review
Pro audio company Focusrite brings higher-end recording to the iPad
by CH Contributor
by Alan Watt With decades of experience recording audio on 2" magnetic tape to the latest digital audio workstation (DAW) and everything in-between, using an iPad to capture sound is a different experience for me. The upshot is that iTrack Solo...
The State of the Internet
Design studio Jess3 helps navigate the scale and weirdness of the world wide web with a smartly-charted animated video
by Maggie York-Worth
When the prospects of digitization seem endless, design studio Jess3 recently stepped in to lend some clarity to the subject with an amusing infographic video illustrating the meteoric rise of the Internet. With 1.73 billion users, 243 million websites...
Visualizing meteorological, astronomical and other data with woven reed sculptures
by Ami Kealoha
While artist Nathalie Emiebach's sculptures look like Sarah Sze got ahold of some tinker-toys, the conceptual underpinnings are far more complex. Drawing on data sets—like the distance between sun and earth or moon phases—that...
gTar by Incident
A digital MIDI guitar powered by an iPhone app for novices and budding rockstars
by Hans Aschim
Anyone who has tried to learn guitar has, no doubt, found that there's more to shredding like Jimi Hendrix than paisley scarves—playing guitar takes hours of practice and serious dedication. For those looking for a more interactive guitar-learning...
littleBits + KORG Synth Kit
Build your own analog synthesizer using simple, Lego-like electronic pieces that snap together magnetically
by Nara Shin
New York-based littleBits has been making big waves in the design industry since their electronic modules-maker took over the MoMA Design Store. Instead of building talking puppets or electric toothbrushes, this time around the two-year-old startup...
Twibfy Image Marketplace
An aesthetically driven platform for finding, organizing, buying and selling quality visual content online
by Graham Hiemstra
As it stands, when searching for stock photos, publications and the general public have few options for quality, legal images worth publishing. And, as a photographer or artist, there are even fewer ways to combat having your work plagiarized or...
The Solar System makes music in Whitevinyl's clever flash
by Jacob Resneck
UK-based Luke Twyman's Whitevinyl recently released Solar Beat—a music box looped using the orbital frequencies of our own solar system. It's one of those simple concepts where astrophysics is translated into a pleasing ambient loop soundtrack...
Walkie Talkie Man by Michel Gondry
by Josh Rubin
The genius of Michel Gondry strikes again. He combines live action footage with stop motion crochet animation to create an incredible video for Steriogram's Walkie Talkie Man. check out the video here
Interview: Casey Spooner of Fischerspooner
Spanning performance art, music and theatre, the influential New York legend weighs in on his upcoming book "New Truth"
by Josh Rubin
Starbucks isn't the place New Yorkers go to for art (or really coffee for that matter). However on one fateful night in 1998 at the East Village's Astor Place location, the coffee retailer was unsuspectingly turned into a guerrilla performance art...
Chen Tianzhuo's Picnic
Stoned astronauts, neon lights and religious iconography combine in this artist's striking works, on display now in Shanghai
by Alessandro De Toni
An indolent psychonaut walks onto a stage in a brightly colored outfit and loads his bong with the ritual gestures of a tea master. He puts on a helmet—complete with a weed leaf-shaped halo—and as the bowl burns, a cloud of thick smoke fills the...