‘Live at Guitar Center’, Experimental Musician Records an Album of Instruments Being Tested Out at Music Store

Experimental musician Noah Wall has recorded “Live at Guitar Center“, an album in which the sounds of various instruments as they were being tried on for size by different people at different times at the Manhattan Guitar Center were combined and mixed together. During his quest, Wall took careful pains to not interrupt the unwritten rules of the rooms or let the players know that he was recording them. And while the soundtrack is a bit difficult to listen to, the respect and admiration that Wall has for the musicians shines through the din.

A block away, I put on a pair of microphones you might find in a spy catalog. They look like earbud headphones but are actually binaural (stereo) mic’s that go in each ear. No one suspects I’m recording them – more like listening to music or something. Upon entry, I grab and prominently display the Absolute Beginners Guitar Chords book under my arm. This helps others dispel the possibility of musical prowess on my end. Gets me closer to the action. This is my third and last day recording here. Some cliques gather in the acoustic guitar room and the occasional couple show off for one another but this place is mostly loners. Trying out a guitar or amp or whatever, they probably didn’t come here to jam with others. But the din has an ensemble effect and the unintentional group is abiding some unspoken rules. There’s a general respect in terms of volume, and sometimes strangers play in the same key and seemingly with one other.

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Live from Guitar Center Manhattan Soundtrack Reviews

images via Noah Wall

via NPR

A Retro Version of the ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ Teaser Trailer Starring Christopher Reeve and Adam West

Filmmaker Bobby Burns (previously) has created a great retro version of the newly released Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice teaser trailer that stars Adam West (Batman) and Christopher Reeve (Superman). It features scenes from the classic live-action Batman television series and Superman films with audio from the the new trailer.

The original trailer for comparison:

The Emoji Translation Project, An Emoji Translation Engine and Phrasebook

The Emoji Translation Project is a proposed emoji translation engine and phrasebook that would translate common English phrases into universally understood emoji strings that is being developed by Fred Benenson and Chris Mulligan. The pair is raising funds with a Kickstarter campaign for the translation and data processing needed to complete such a task.

Beneson’s past work in the field of emoji translation include Emoji Dick, an emoji translation of the Herman Melville classic Moby Dick.

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images via The Emoji Translation Project

Comfortably Numb, A Trio of Rice University Freshman Engineers Develop a System to Make Injections Less Painful

Comfortably Numb

A trio of freshman engineers at Rice University who call themselves team Comfortably Numb have been tasked with the challenge of making the process of needle injection into skin much less painful. In response, the team has come up with the idea of using the same endothermic reaction that’s used in cold compress packs to numb skin immediately before the needle comes in contact. The device is currently external, however the next step is to incorporate the endothermic device inside the cap of a needle for a more convenient experience.

Our device will be eventually be integrated with the cap of a needle, so that the nurse or doctor can get the needle, cap and device in one assembly. We wanted something that was very time efficient and found that cold was the most time efficient, rather than the spray-ons and creams. Our device would take 20-30 seconds to start working. We found that the actually the creams and the sprays costs a lot of money but our device would only cost around two dollars. So with our solution the problem will be solved more affectively efficiently and through more integration.

Needle Designs

images via Rice University

via MedGadget, Gizmodo

Robots Are Coming for Britt Robertson and George Clooney in the Latest Trailer for Disney’s ‘Tomorrowland’

Robots are coming for Britt Robertson and George Clooney in the latest trailer for Disney‘s Tomorrowland (previously). Robertson plays Casey, a scientifically curious young woman who keeps experiencing glimpses of a mysterious place called Tomorrowland. She finds Clooney, a former boy genius named Frank, and a team of armed robots attack the pair as they have to try to make their escape to Tomorrowland.

Tomorrowland will be released in theaters on May 22, 2015.

Tomorrowland

image via Tomorrowland