Links

  • The Met Museum in NYC has redesigned their map to be “digital-first.” Their post about the launch outlines some of the unique challenges in designing for interactions that happen in a real space but still need to be understood internationally.
  • Harry Bertoia made sculptures that are instruments, or perhaps instruments that are sculptures. I like how many look like cattails.

Beginnings

Michael Arndt, the screenwriter behind Little Miss Sunshine and Toy Story 3, talks about setting a story in motion and gives examples of how Pixar plays with the hero’s journey.

Birding in Google Street View

While looking into ways to build off of the Google Maps API, I found a framework called the Sounds of Street View. You can tag MP3 files to precise geographic coordinates, making an immersive stereo experience. Pretty neat.

I’ve been interested in birds for a few years now, and after watching the documentary Birders: The Central Park Effect, I thought to use bird calls (and other ambient noise) in Central Park for the project. Here’s the result.

As Slow As Possible

The directions to play John Cage’s piece “Organ²/ASLSP” specify only that it should be played “as slow as possible.” This has led to wildly varied interpretations.

Perhaps the most ambitious started at St. Burchardi church in Halberstadt, Germany in 2001. The piece will finish in 2640. You can visit the continuously droning organ, and crowds gather every few years when the notes are set change.

Jem Finer, a founding member of The Pogues, has an audio installation called “Longplayer” that is set to go for 1000 years. It features six cycles of singing bowls that will only repeat at the thousand year mark. You can even listen to its progress online.