music

Designing Media - Roger McNamee


Roger McNamee is both a musician and a venture capitalist. He got his start on the business side, helping the Grateful Dead to stay viable after Jerry Garcia’s death through direct sales to its fans.
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The Synplode Project


The Interactive Dance Floor has come of age. Introducing: Synplode. Up-and-coming interaction designer Josh Silverman is the developer of this generative art and audio application.
Synplode, interactive, dance floor, Josh Silverman, interaction designer, music, colors

Tangible Tuesdays: Interactive Sneakers


The Megalizer is a sneaker that could put a few DJs out of business. The nearly invisible system of hardware and software allows a dancer to create live music with his shoes.
Megalizer, Sneakers, interactive, Didier Brun, Interaction Design, music, footwear

Tangible Tuesdays : Beat Blender


Matti Niinimaki’s Beat Blender is a device that puts a literal spin on familiar musical terminology. The modified blender allows the user to mix, blend, and chop sounds through a playful tactile interface that uses Arduino, RFID sensors, felted fruits and Ableton Live software.  
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Designing Media - Jorge Just


While studying history and political science, Jorge fell in love with the public radio program This American Life, so he taught himself to edit audio, moved to Chicago, and applied for an internship with the program. Ira Glass gave him the opportunity and helped him learn the art of storytelling.
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Designing Media - Bargeld & Zhu


I read a piece in the paper about the way that Blixa Bargeld and Einstürzende Neubauten were able to survive by fan subscription, thus avoiding the traditional perils of the music industry.
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Designing Media - Tim Westergren


In 2000 Tim Westergren founded Pandora, the personalized Internet radio service. Based on his Music Genome Project, Pandora selects songs and artists with similar musical qualities to a sample chosen by the listener and creates a “radio station just for you.”
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Designing Media - DJ Spooky


Paul Miller may seem a less interesting name than DJ Spooky: That Subliminal Kid, but he makes up for it with his erudite conversation, informed by his background in philosophy and French literature and his experience in art and music. 
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A-Trak Music Workshop


During the summer of 2010, the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Nike and Make Something!! teamed up for a youth-based education program in celebration of the World Basketball Festival which took place in Rucker Park on August, 12.
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Come Home to Cocktails@Cooper-Hewitt


When the Carnegie mansion was built, it may have been lavish, but it was designed to be home. That spirit lives on in Cocktails@Cooper-Hewitt, our popular summer series.
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