Urwerk 103 Blackbird

The 103 Blackbird by Urwerk may just be the most amazing wrist watch in the whole world. One of four spinning discs line up with minute markers along the bottom of the face…kind of like a Waltzer for your wrist! Visit the site and marvel at the photos of this masterpiece as it’s only been made in a series of 10 so I can’t imagine you’ll be seeing one in person…or any review on Ektopia either :-( [via]

 

After The Last Supper

Devorah Sperber’s After The Last Supper is consists of “20,736 spools of thread, aluminum ball chain and hanging apparatus, clear acrylic viewing sphere on metal stand.” The upside down and backward piece looks chunky and lo-fi when you look at it close up but looking through the sphere delivers an almost life-like view of Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper…the correct way up. See more of her stunning work here. [via]

 

Birdy Nam Nam’s Turntable Goodness

Here’s an amazing video of four French turntable masters, Birdy Nam Nam, mixing sounds from records to make a completely new tune. Now, this isn’t the kind of vinyl music that the likes of DJ Shadow create but something completely different. Each DJ is mixing individual sounds rather than relying on long pre-recorded musical phrases. Look, just go and check the video, you’ll see what I mean. [via]

 

Curious Math

I’ve just been reading an interesting post with some beautiful mathematics. it all looks pretty amazing to me but I’m sure that there’s a logical reason for them all. I hate to cut and paste verbatim but there’s no other way…

3 x 37 = 111 and 1 + 1 + 1 = 3
6 x 37 = 222 and 2 + 2 + 2 = 6
9 x 37 = 333 and 3 + 3 + 3 = 9
12 x 37 = 444 and 4 + 4 + 4 = 12
15 x 37 = 555 and 5 + 5 + 5 = 15
18 x 37 = 666 and 6 + 6 + 6 = 18
21 x 37 = 777 and 7 + 7 + 7 = 21
24 x 37 = 888 and 8 + 8 + 8 = 24
27 x 37 = 999 and 9 + 9 + 9 = 27

1 x 1 = 1
11 x 11 = 121
111 x 111 = 12321
1111 x 1111 = 1234321
11111 x 11111 = 123454321
111111 x 111111 = 12345654321
1111111 x 1111111 = 1234567654321
11111111 x 11111111 = 123456787654321
111111111 x 111111111 = 12345678987654321

1 x 9 + 2 = 11
12 x 9 + 3 = 111
123 x 9 + 4 = 1111
1234 x 9 + 5 = 11111
12345 x 9 + 6 = 111111
123456 x 9 + 7 = 1111111
1234567 x 9 + 8 = 11111111
12345678 x 9 + 9 = 111111111
123456789 x 9 +10 = 1111111111

9 x 9 + 7 = 88
98 x 9 + 6 = 888
987 x 9 + 5 = 8888
9876 x 9 + 4 = 88888
98765 x 9 + 3 = 888888
987654 x 9 + 2 = 8888888
9876543 x 9 + 1 = 88888888
98765432 x 9 + 0 = 888888888

1 x 8 + 1 = 9
12 x 8 + 2 = 98
123 x 8 + 3 = 987
1234 x 8 + 4 = 9876
12345 x 8 + 5 = 98765
123456 x 8 + 6 = 987654
1234567 x 8 + 7 = 9876543
12345678 x 8 + 8 = 98765432
123456789 x 8 + 9 = 987654321

7 x 7 = 49
67 x 67 = 4489
667 x 667 = 444889
6667 x 6667 = 44448889
66667 x 66667 = 4444488889
666667 x 666667 = 444444888889
6666667 x 6666667 = 44444448888889

and so on

4 x 4 = 16
34 x 34 = 1156
334 x 334 = 111556
3334 x 3334 = 11115556
33334 x 33334 = 1111155556

1 X 9 = 09 = 0 + 9 = 9
2 X 9 = 18 = 1 + 8 = 9
3 X 9 = 27 = 2 + 7 = 9
4 X 9 = 36 = 3 + 6 = 9
5 X 9 = 45 = 4 + 5 = 9
6 X 9 = 54 = 5 + 4 = 9
7 X 9 = 63 = 6 + 3 = 9
8 X 9 = 72 = 7 + 2 = 9
10 X 9 = 90 = 9 + 0 = 9

Lovely numbers!

Adachi’s Tuperware Housed Home Made Instruments

Adachi’s home-made instruments “are consists of simple electronic circuit, almost case built in Tupperware. They never can make precise pitch, but have good sound and noise, easy to operate and carry and worked by battery. Of course the funny and pretty looks are important aspects.” Check out the videos half way down the page to see how great they sound. This has all reminded me of the wonderful Synth Thing from way back when. [via]

 

Jeremy Dower

I’m a sucker for cute character design and Jeremy Dower’s characters don’t disappoint. There are lot’s to discover and they are all interestingly presented. I like. As a footnote, Jeremy is also and electronic musician. He has a few releases and I’ve tracked down a few sound samples for your listening pleasure. [Cheers MzDe]

 

ELP Laser Turntable

The ELP Laser Turntable plays the vinyl with lasers as opposed to a needle. Therefore, there’s no wear on the vinyl and “it can reproduce music and sound as close to its originally recording on vinyl”…apparently. Now, there are a few things to mention. Firstly, the ELP starts from $14,999! Second, the demo CD…”if the quality of the recording or vinyl itself is poor, the LT can unfortunately do very little to improve or change the sound.” If so, what are we expected to hear on the demo CD?! Third point, it looks like a piece of 1980’s Amstrad hi-fi equipment! I’m not convinced. [via]