Posts Tagged ‘ Sound ’

What Is 4D Sound?


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ViviTouch 4D Sound was developed with EAP (Electroactive Polymers). Pioneered by Bayer, EAP is an incredibly thin and flexible film that can be used as a flexible capacitor. The proprietary dielectric polymer expands when exposed to an electrical current and contracts when electricity is discharged. Stretchable electrodes are printed on either sides of the EAP film. Furthermore, by printing a specific frame pattern, a developed planer actuator acts as a new type of electrical motor converting electrical energy directly into mechanical motion.

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The printed film is designed into an overthe‐ear headphone, these polymer motors move the skin around the user’s ears and generates a very realistic subwoofer experience similar to what one would normally feel only in a concert hall or movie theatre. The electro-active polymer has 10x faster response time and covers a broad frequency range. 4D Sound can generate thousands of unique sensations and enables a full spectrum of sensory sound.

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Science vs. Music.


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Sound in science is defined as ‘vibrations transmitted through an elastic material or a solid, liquid, or gas, with frequencies‘, but once you incorporate the vastness of what sound is capable of, things can get pretty interesting.  Artist Nigel Stanford displays this perfectly with his demonstration Cymatics.  Check the video below, and click the pic to see more of “Solar Echoes” work.

Clearview Clio Invisible Speaker


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Unlike any speaker we’ve seen in the past, the Clio utilizes a transparent acrylic glass stereo transducer to produce the sound. Due to the innovative design of the speaker (using the brand’s proprietary Edge Motion technology) sound can easily fill an entire space, making it great for not only music but also as surround sound  for your home entertainment system. Clio uses Bluetooth technology, letting you seamlessly pair any device with the speaker wirelessly. While the top portion of the speaker is optically clear, the base is available in three different color options including dark bronze, charcoal, and silver.

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Grado Headphones Handmade From Whiskey Barrels


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Actor Elijah Wood is apparently quite the audiophile, and he and his DJing partner Zach Cowie designed these truly unique cans along with help from Bushmills Irish Whiskey and the headphone legends at Grado. The Bushmills x Grado Labs Headphone is handcrafted from the recycled white oak bodies from the wood of old barrels from Bushmills Distillery in Ireland. Featuring Grado’s first vented back design and a custom brown leather headband, these headphones promise to deliver Grado’s classic sound.

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UNstudio Envision Nippon Moon Giant Observation Wheel, Japan


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International practice UNstudio was commissioned by ferris wheel investment to develop a giant observation wheel in Japan, an amusement structure that is widely popular as a form of entertainment for the island nation. ‘Nippon moon’ has been envisioned to differ from existing ones of its kind with a comprehensive interactive system, developed in partnership with experientia who assisted in providing research on how behaviour could influence user’s interaction with the architectural and digital infrastructure. One’s all-encompassing experience is largely influenced by an accompanying augmented reality app which focuses on three main areas: discovery, the ride and the return. Upon reservation, one must choose the type of virtual journey they wish to take, as each single or double-story capsule has a different theme relating to history, culture, or the environment. From the moment you buy your ticket, the interaction begins. The digital AR platform allows users to see how many seconds are left until their departure. Upon arrival, participants have the freedom to view the welcome area and facilities in ‘active queuing’, instead of waiting in a traditional line for their turn. Upon embarking, the app which works for smartphones and tablets also functions intuitively with each of the pod’s transparent technological skin, becoming a communication device between cars. this kind of information tailors a one-of-a-kind experience, enhancing one’s perception of their chosen topic. One’s senses are further heightened through the integration of augmented animations and sounds. Afterward pictures taken by visitors are posted to the hall of fame in the lobby, becoming a continuous part of the journey after disembarking. Thus, the design creates an active learning environment for riders with the hope to create a significant memory and impact on japanese culture. The concept of observation wheels is not new, but UNstudio’s concept combines design, with engineering to create a fully integrated virtual world.

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Sonic Water


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The fascination of ‘sonic water’ by media artists Sven Meyer & Kim Pörksen, is rooted in their ability to aesthetically express sound as a visual experience. The installation produces constantly transforming images which react when a user adds content to the liquid mix. Water in small containers act as flexible three-dimensional sculptures that translate sounds into kinetic imagery. Through the use of  light and speakers, the water tanks produce wave patterns depending on different audible frequencies, reflecting on the process of changing chaos and order. By following the law of the golden section, the liquid soundscapes react like forces of nature, reproducing identical vibrational patterns found in the tones of the solar system. [Click on the picture below to watch the video.]

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Counterbalanced Turntable by Hammacher Schlemmer


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Listening to records is old school cool. Vinyl is still in circulation so having a means to play them is important. The sound quality might not be that great so investing in a newer design might be best. Gadget brand Hammacher Schlemmer put out a Counterbalanced Turntable that delivers crisp, clear sound. Equipped with all kinds of high tech mechanisms including dual counter-rotating decks that spin counter-clockwise to cancel out unwanted noise and twin plinths that can’t transfer sound. This design won the Best Sound High Fidelity Award by Munich High End which is the biggest high-end award to be had.

Eco-Friendly LSTN Headphones


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LSTN is a startup based in West Hollywood, CA. They produce unique, eco-friendly headphones with top-quality sound that are individually handcrafted from reclaimed wood with acoustic properties that outperform synthetics. Their collection consists of earbuds (The Bowery), on-ear (The Fillmore) and over-the-ear (The Troubadour) headphones handcrafted from reclaimed exotic beech, cherry and ebony wood inlays.

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Skullcandy Hesh 2.0 Grey Gridlock Headphones


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The new aesthetic is both sleek and simplified, while the conical over-ear housing drives an even more powerful sound. The attacking bass, natural vocals, and precision highs build a pure audio experience for any genre of music. Soft leather touch ear pillows for precision fit and acoustics Mic1-db collection, and detachable cable for mobility.

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PIAB | Bluetooth Speaker And FM Radio


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PIAB by SoulElectronics is an all-in-one multimedia speaker. It has all that you’d expect from a good wireless speaker, that why it’s titled as “Party in a box”. It is loaded with 8 speakers – Side firing dual 6.5” subwoofers, 3” midrange speakers and 1” tweeters Front firing dual 1.5” midrange drivers. Apart from Bluetooth connectivity users can place their iPhones/iPod or iPad at the dock to play sound directly. Other options include FM Radio, analog VU meter , karaoke & PA capability, Equalizer, headphone port, USB, HDMO and a mic for recording.

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Volume Acoustic iPhone Speaker By Paul Cocksedge


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Designer Paul Cocksedge introduces his next smartphone speaker simply dubbed the Volume. The speaker carries the same elegant simplicity as its vinyl counterpart, which is a horn like shape allowing users to hear the music however they prefer. Mid-air for ambient listening is the most popular choice, but there is also the option for more directional sound which can be achieved by using its angled foot on a flat surface.

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Dolce And Gabbana X Grado Mahogany Headphones


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DS2012 Mahogany Headphones is where style and quality meets at perfect place. Most of times we compromise with the design or the sound quality, that’s the reason Dolce and Gabbana chosed to design such a perfect headphone in collaboration with the industry leader Grado Labs. DS2012 is the one precious headphone that has been handmade all around from its interior to exterior.

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Botanicus Interactus.


“Botanicus Interacticus” is a Disney research project that uses an electrode in the soil of a plant to turn the entire plant into a multitouch interface that can be used to control computers and other devices.

 

 

Botanicus Interacticus is a technology for designing highly expressive interactive plants, both living and artificial. The technology is driven by the rapid fusion of our computing and living spaces. Botanicus Interacticus an interaction platform that takes interaction from computing devices and places it anywhere in the physical environment. In particular we are targeting living plants.

Botanicus Interacticus has a number of unique properties. This instrumentation of plants is simple, non-invasive, and does not damage the plants. It requires only a single wire placed anywhere in the soil. The interaction with plants goes beyond simple touch and allows rich gestural interaction. Examples include: sliding fingers on the stem of the orchid, detecting touch and grasp location, tracking proximity, and estimating the amount of touch contact between user and a plant.

Botanicus Interacticus also deconstructs the electrical properties of plants and replicates them using electrical components. This allows the design of a broad variety of biologically inspired artificial plants that behave nearly the same as their biological counterparts. The same sensing technology is used with both living and artificial plants.

A broad range of applications are possible with Botanicus Interacticus technology: designing interactive responsive environments and new forms of living interaction devices as well as developing organic ambient and pervasive interfaces.

How To: Seamlessly Switch Between DJ’s In The Club.


I’ve been working at my craft for the better part of a decade now, and it’s my firm belief that certain things should be mastered pretty early in the game.  Changing DJ’s should always be a seamless transition.  (By seamless, I mean the crowd should have no idea anything happened other than seeing some drunk girl spill a appletini on herself.)  But the more clubs I frequent in my city, I realize that this may be a more difficult task for some DJ’s than it should be.  Below is a video by DJ TechTools on how to make transitions between DJ’s, and if any one of the DJ’s from ‘Recess’ last night is reading this… PLEASE watch this video.

Bang & Olufsen Beolit 12 Portable Audio System.


Bang & Olufsen have unveiled the Beolit 12 Airplay portable speaker, the first in a new range of products B&O are calling Beo Play.  It follows in the success of the BeoSound 8 system that offered docking for iPads, iPods, and iPhones along with premium sound, craftsmanship, and portability.  The Beolit 12 features a very compact form, designed by designer Cecilie Manz. It comes in three different colors with an eight hour battery life.  The system supports Apple’s AirPlay technology, allowing users to wirelessly stream their iTunes music collections from their iPod, iPhone, iPad, Mac, or PC.  The Beolit 12 will be available January 2012 in dark gray for $799 at Bang & Olufsen showrooms, Bang & Olufsen Online Store and Apple Stores.  Additional colors will include yellow, blue, and light gray, and those will arrive in showrooms for Spring 2012.

BeoSound 5.


The luxury entertainment brand, Bang & Olufsen has unveiled the latest tech in its BeoSound range, the Beosound 5 Encore Music Interface.  Designed by Anders Hermansen, The BeoSound 5 Encore is a plug and play digital music system, that lets you instantly index and access your digital music collection from any USB, wireless handheld device, hard disc or computer.  It also connects you to over 13,000 internet radio stations from all over the world, constantly updated automatically by Bang & Olufsen.  Taking intuitive music experience to another level, the BeoSound 5 Encore is ideal for those that struggle to navigate a vast digital music library or simply lack the inspiration to generate the perfect playlist.  Using Bang & Olufsen’s patented MOTs algorithm, the BeoSound 5 Encore can automatically generate playlists based on the selection of a single track.  Based on your track selection, the BeoSound 5 Encore analyses every track on your device to automatically select music with a similar musical signature. The Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 5 Encore costs $3,725. It can be wall-mounted as is, or used with the table stand or floor stand, both available as optional extras.

NLA.


So every since the turn of the new year, promoters, and DJ’s alike have been asking me where I get all my drops from.  For those of you outside the club scene, a drop is like your signature if your a DJ, they aren’t easy to make on your own, and if they don’t sound right, its hard to take someone seriously as a professional.  But luckily my boys over at Night Life Audio have been hooking it up with high quality services for respectable prices.  I’ve ordered custom drops from everything to whole mix CD’s, to one-time party ads, and everything has been better than perfect.  Super quick turnaround time, and I always have people in the clubs asking me where I got the drops.  But better than that, NLA has many more services up its sleeve, they specialize in work for Radio, Bands, Video, and all ranges of musical advertising.  Check their website here, and just remember anytime you hear a drop from me in a party, it came from NLA.