Moog DIY Kit

A Fantastic Crash Course for Synth Noobs …

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The Emerson Moog Modular System that faithfully reproduces Keith Emerson’s rig will cost you $150,000, but even smaller synths can run four figures—a high barrier to entry, to say the least. But if you’re handy with a screwdriver and have $219, you can build one yourself.

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Back for the Future

When Marty McFly slipped into his self-lacing trainers in Back to the Future II, the year was 2015 and hoverboards and flying cars were the norm. While we’re still waiting on the levitating transport, avid fans may be able to get their hands on and feet into Nike’s iconic trainers by early next year.


To mark Back to the Future day, Nike designer Tinker Hatfield sent actor Michael J Fox the very first pair of self-lacing Nike MAGs with a letter, which Fox shared on Twitter.

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We love control panels


Production design is one of the most underrated aspects of filmmaking and fictional consoles and interfaces can have an actual impact on those we’re sitting in front of in the real world. Over the last decade or so, Minority Report’s gesture-based virtual swiping screens have been credited with having the biggest impact on what we think a good interface should be. Two years ago, WIRED magazine declared the age of Minority Report to be over and decided that the future of design would be more like the cuddly girlfriend gadgets of Her.



This is pretty awesome. Back in the day, before CGI and green screen ran the movie business, you had to do things a little more old fashion. You had to literally PAINT the backgrounds of your movie world with incredibly detail-oriented techniques, and film them in such a way that they would be seen like a realistic and life-like backdrop. Here’s a look at some of the paintings for Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi by Ralph Mcquarrie, Michale Pangrazio, and Chris Evans …

UFO inspired drum machine? No problem for Jeff Mills.


Always with one eye on the sky, Detroit techno traveller Jeff Mills has revealed he’s developing a new percussion instrument inspired by a UFO sighting over Los Angeles in the 1950s.

The idea is to create a “special and exclusive” machine for Mills’ orchestra performances, and he’s inventing the instrument in collaboration with sound artists and designer Yuri Suzuki, who has made some amazing electronic gizmos and prototype instruments in recent years, including a globe-shaped record that plays field recordings from around the world and a robot that turns drawings into sounds.

More details are expected soon from Mills’ Facebook page.

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Martial Hauntology


Aside from serving as a leading producer and the head of the esteemed Hyperdub label, Steve Goodman (a.k.a. Kode9, pictured above) has also dedicated much of his time to audio research, having served as a lecturer at the University of East London and authored the book Sonic Warfare: Sound, Affect, and The Ecology of Fear in 2009. Now, alongside Toby Heys (a research fellow at Manchester University), Goodman will release Martial Hauntology, an audio research box set which “investigates the properties of newly emergent super-directional speakers when coupled with infrasonic devices.”

It explores the involvement of Alan Turing and The Ghost Army’s pioneering use of 3 deck mixes in World War 2, thru the chopper-mounted loud-speaker terror of the US army’s Wandering Soul campaign in Vietnam, to the deployment of High Frequencies as “teen repellants”, the military applications of muzak and the current use of hyper-directional LRAD speakers in Iraq.



The porcelain fox skull flacon “Vulpini” by Augarten was designed especially for the Austrian designer duo Hermann Fankhauser and Helga Ruthner, alias Wendy & Jim. The hand-crafted flacon takes the form of a filigree fox skull and was hand-painted.