Category Archives: music

PEN/NEM improvised music for performing and visual arts

PEN/NEM are a group of musicians creating musical textures and sonic landscapes for performing arts (theater, dance, puppetry), and visual arts (film, documentary, video art).

Their creative work is developed under in situ composition, either live shows or recordings. The research and production technics are based on free improvisation and coordinate improvisation delivered from the media or musicogrames.

The wide diversity of genres and instruments used by each member of the team are building a rich map of sounds and musical possibilities.

All music created by the PEN/NEM is registered with Creative Commons licenses, helping the free distribution of their music for non-commercial use.

Nowhere Near Here


‘Nowhere Near Here’ is a stop motion animation that uses a combination of light with stencils and long exposure photography to tell the story of a dog running around the city at night, doing whatever a dog does. The animation was first exhibited at the The Herbert, in Coventry, on the 7th October 2010.

by Pahnl Whatnow, via DesignYouTrust

Lhasa de Sela

”Gracias a tu voz, por haberme alcanzado,
tuve que perderme ‘pa llegar hasta tu lado.
Gracias a tus versos, por haberme abrazado,
tendré que quemarme ‘pa llegar hasta tu lado.”

Pa Llegar Hasta Tu Lado, by Lhasa de Sela.

R.I.P. Lasha de Sela. Her music for forever.

Portable solar powered radio

”With gadgets like the iPod reducing radio usage to a minimum, there are a few who believe that with some ingenuity radios can be made favorites in no time. Industrial designers Wu Kun-chia, Wang Shih-ju, Chen Ming-daw and Liou Chang-ho have designed the Flexio – a solar-powered portable radio, which is printable and inexpensive.”
Via Ecofriend

Diego Stocco- Experibass

”” Few weeks ago I visited a luthier looking for instruments parts, I had an idea in mind for an instrument I wanted to build. My curiosity was to hear the sound of violin, viola and cello strings amplified through the body of a double bass. I came up with a quadruple-neck experimental “something” that I thought to call Experibass.
To play it I used cello and double bass bows, a little device I built with fishing line and hose clamps, a paintbrush, a fork, spoons, a kick drum pedal and a drum stick. I hope you’ll like it! ””
Found in Kelake
To read more about Stocco’s creative work, read this recent interview in which he divulges what it’s all about. Via Cool Hunting

Digital art- interactive installation

Designed for the Red Bull Music Academy 08, Guten Touch is an interactive installation that involves people into a natural relationship with technology. A two projected display system plus a 3m x 2m multitouch wall showcase applications designed to engage us into human friendly experiences rather than flashy and jaw-dropping visualizations. Space Invaders hitted by foam balls, pixel paintings created with brushes and digital objects holded by hands try to blur boundaries between real and digital.
Concept, Design and Coding by Multitouch Barcelona. Music: Saeglopur – Sigur Ros
Via Kelake.

Felix’s Machines

I just discover the versatile and talented artist Felix Thorn.
Felix’s Machines are a series of extraordinary mechanical instruments put together by the artist and musician Felix Thorn.
When connected to a computer, Felix’s Machines translate Thorn’s compositions into mechanical actions performed by customised drums and piano parts and animated by solenoids, springs and motors.
In this way, an electronic means of production is transposed into an acoustic output. I love the idea, sound, composition, image… fun and great.