Links for 2010-05-31

  • suckerPUNCH: interview with SOFTlab
    "We are not afraid to say something has failed. To a certain degree that is the first step to get to the next thing. I am interested in new work but I am not interested in sci-fi. I am interested in the cusp of unachievability… We do a lot of crazy digital and graphic work, but we would never propose it as architecture…. Our studio is product oriented. You have to produce. A lot of our work is not built. It is just built in different media."
    (tags:art design architecture )
  • Carlos Casas: unedited interview transcript: The Mire
    "The use of radio frequencies came as an accident. I was using the radio to listen to some stories that were happening between isolated people in Patagonia, that also was our only way of communication, the telephone somehow. One day I started to film with the radio as a sound source, no natural sound only the radio connected to the camera. I was filming Pool, what I considerer my first Fieldwork, and the pool itself was acting as the antenna as an enhancer of the signals that were populating that place. That experience was key. I understood that radio waves inhabit the atmosphere as much as other sounds, they are an integral part, carriers of information, in a hauntological way somehow…"
    (tags:haunt sound film )
  • Evan Douglis: Moon Jelly
    "Given our predisposition for even greater control today over an ever-increasingly complex universe, the next generation of animate assemblies within the discipline of architecture will inevitably be comprised of a more complex amalgamation of scripted equations capable of reenacting the most spectacular effects. In response, our modular ceiling system and custom chandeliers for the Choice restaurant were specifically developed to test the potential of intricacy, animate form and material effects for an architecture of serial distraction."
    (tags:architecture design )
  • Time to Rethink Design
    "We are facing a pandemic of ?designed stuff? and we have reached a contamination point, a crisis for Design. Why are we not more pertubed and disturbed, why are we so tolerant? Should we not be calling for a guerrilla war against ?designerism? or do we need a revolution to cut the ties with the heroes of 20th Century Design?"
    (tags:pdfmag design )
  • Oddica
    PDF art magazine.
    (tags:pdfmag art )

The 4am: 19 – Kick Off The Dirt

The 4am is a selection composed entirely of music sent to me by artists. If you want your music (I’ll also take field recordings, noise and spoken-word) to be played on The 4am, email your 128kbps-plus mp3 files directly to Include your website address, please. The 4am is of no set length and is released on no set schedule. If you like the 4am, please tell people.

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19: Kick Off The Dirt


Jimmy and the Binliners – “Walk It Out” (0:31)

Akira The Don – “Be Brave” (4:28)

Space Heroes Of The People – “Skylon” (3:53)

Kemper Norton – “Helston Music Fayre 1994″ (6:37)

Vomitus Skink – “Dirty Parks” (0:39)

(EDIT: new direct download link if the one above fails)

And The 4am is back for another round.

I’m not mixing the file down to 128k this time, so it’s going to be a bigger file size. We’ll see how that works out. This is a short, simple one, mostly about finding out if I’ve remembered how to do this. So here’s what I’ve got:

Jimmy And The Binliners’ “Walk It Out” is such a thing of riotous and triumphant drunken joy that it should probably be the 4am ident music for this entire run. Yoav Segal of the band tells me there’s no website set up yet, but:

As a Whitechapel lover you may enjoy some films I’ve made about the history of the area. My grandfather, a great man, helped orchestrate the Battle of Cable Street against Mosley and I’ve made a doc and animated short inspired by his memories.

Akira The Don. AKIRA THE FUCKING DON. Was kind of amazed when this turned up, and I’m privileged to have this for the podcast. Attached note read in part:

Big fan! Since I was a tiny boychild, nicking comics in Liverpool. True stories. Now I am all grown, and I make pop music with rapping in it. I just dropped a mixtape comprised entirely of Street Fighter samples. It’s called The Street Fighter Mixtape. It’s been amazingly popular for some reason. It’s here.

Space Heroes Of The People have long specialised in eccentric electropop. In “Skylon” they bolt a time machine on to a synth for retroelectro fun. You can find them at, where you can download all their older stuff for free.

Of course, it’s never a new season of The 4am without a bit of Kemper Norton, slurtronic shaman of the Cornish moors. He says of “Helston Music Fayre 1994″:

Overdosing on ultrapotent local brew Spingo and cut-price hallucinogens, ignoring the tie-dye special offers, stumbling into town in blazing heat for pasties and cigarette papers, whiting out at the duckpond, and occasionally dancing. The memories come dripping back.
From the upcoming Lowender e.p. by Kemper Norton, an overstimulated and unstable celebration of Cornish festivals. Lowender means “happiness” in Cornish.

And a lovely coda from Vomitus Skink, who further inform:

Vomitus Skink is currently putting together a collective of like minded individuals and will be performing live before the end of the year. Both releases from Vomitus Skink are still available for free download. There are still a few copies of the first collection, in mude, on CD available, but the second release Coitus Sonitus is sold out. Information on everything Vomitus Skink can be found here: (myspace) (soundcloud)