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"Whatever you now find weird, ugly, uncomfortable and nasty about a new medium will surely become its signature."

"Whatever you now find weird, ugly, uncomfortable and nasty about a new medium will surely become its signature." | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it

Whatever you now find weird, ugly, uncomfortable and nasty about a new medium will surely become its signature. CD distortion, the jitteriness of digital video, the crap sound of 8-bit—all of these will be cherished and emulated as soon as they can be avoided. It’s the sound of failure: so much modern art is the sound of things going out of control, of a medium pushing to its limits and breaking apart. The distorted guitar sound is the sound of something too loud for the medium supposed to carry it. The blues singer with the cracked voice is the sound of an emotional cry too powerful for the throat that releases it. The excitement of grainy film, of bleached-out black and white, is the excitement of witnessing events too momentous for the medium assigned to record them.


Brian Eno, A Year With Swollen Appendices

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Catchbox Is A Throwable Microphone To Get The Audience Talking

Catchbox Is A Throwable Microphone To Get The Audience Talking | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it

Catchbox is a new throwable microphone designed to liven up audience participation, and in turn reduce the faffing around that seems to occur whenever a conference turns to questions from the audience.

The brightly coloured padded cube houses a wireless microphone that doesn’t mind being tossed across a room or passed from person-to-person crowd surfing-style. In fact, it’s actively encouraged. That’s because, along with being able to sustain being dropped, the device has been engineered to automatically mute the sound when flying through the air or if it falls.


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Jordi's curator insight, December 19, 2013 9:07 PM

I want this!

BookChook's curator insight, December 20, 2013 5:42 PM

Great for conferences and classrooms. 

Raquel Oliveira's curator insight, December 31, 2013 3:49 PM

dreaming about one !

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Edison cylinder inscribed on a beer-bottle

Edison cylinder inscribed on a beer-bottle | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
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19th Century technology meets 21st Century music over a bottle of beer in the latest extension to the Beck's Record Label project.
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What does a $4,000 vinyl record sound like?

What does a $4,000 vinyl record sound like? | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
You do know that an analog Vinyl Recording has more fidelity and frequency reproduction than anything you are using today right? Best case scenario you are using DAT tape, which I doubt. Worst case scenario you think that ...

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Curated by Deanna Dahlsad
An opinionated woman obsessed with objects, entertained by ephemera, intrigued by researching, fascinated by culture & addicted to writing. The wind says my name; doesn't put an @ in front of it, so maybe you don't notice. http://www.kitsch-slapped.com
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