After work, I headed over to First Draft (formerly Villains) to meet up with my friend Mitch. What’s weird is that Mitch and I have known one another for maybe 15+ years now… and today would mark only the fourth time we’ve met in person.
I was in grad school in 1999, when Justin came to visit me in Columbus, OH. He showed me the Gabocorp site, and my jaw dropped. There was motion and sound, and kinds of slick animation at a time when the web was largely static (this was all pre-YouTube and when broadband was still gaining traction).
Incredibox V3 is the third incarnation of the Incredibox series, letting you create a wide range of beats by mixing up to seven different voices/effects. It’s nice to see great such a great Flash project, after having been away from the program for such a long time now.
Set up as though you were watching TV, this is a very fun and interesting take on the classic Dylan song. At first, I wasn’t sure what was happening with the fake TV shows I was seeing… but after a few moments, I caught on. A pretty nifty effect (and must have been crazy to coordinate).
Far and away my most favorite and WTF-inducing example is this nightclub intro, featuring an anthropomorphic dog who’s hustling a no-hangover energy drink.
Using images taken from the building’s public open-air observation deck, this interactive piece lets you explore both the sights and sounds of London (quite literally). It’s impressive how much you can actually zoom in on a small section and the details you can spot, particularly when you remember that all the images were taken from high atop the structure. Definitely explore around and get lost a while, here.
That snare had a breaking strength of two tons. The dart was full of something called Telazol, brought to you by Pfizer, the same people who make Zoloft and Viagra. Next thing I know, I’m wearing a VHF collar and have my own radio frequency. They also gave me a number. I’m Bear 71.
I found our through friends online that designer Hillman Curtis died yesterday. I confess I didn’t really follow his recent work much, but know of him from his earlier days as a designer.
Just found out that there’s a new version of Incredibox up – a Flash-based, looping sound project that’s an awful lot of fun to play around with.
Isle of Tune is a fun Flash project that lets you create songs by constructing your own custom roadways. Created by Jim Hall, he describes it as “kind of like a SimCity synthesizer.” It’s a fun way to lose a bit of time, although I can see how some people can get more carried away with building their own song…
An old project of mine, based off of a song by my friend Dan Frick. Seems appropriate, given the day: Astronaut: A Flickr-Generated Project
We got our first snow in Chicago while I was away visiting Washington DC. I’m a little late on this, but here’s an old Flash project that draws on specific keywords relating to snow. First Snow pulls in photos that contain words or phrases like “snow,” “snowflake,” or “first snow.” They’re sorted by time, with preference to photos that are…
SolarBeat is a Flash-based musicbox that uses the orbital frequencies of our solar system. Made by Whitevinyl, the produces a series of ambient tones that are really quite pleasing, and you can adjust the tempo to whatever you like. A very clean and lovely experiment, mixing science and sound. [via Justin] Related:pi10k