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    This is an excerpt from the record Years, created by Bartholomäus Traubeck, which features seven recordings from different Austrian trees including Oak, Maple, Walnut, and Beech. What you are hearing is an Ash tree’s year ring data. Every tree sounds vastly unique due to varying characteristics of the rings, such as strength, thickness and rate of growth.

     
  2. Brazil’s Painted Streets

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    Every four years, Brazilians come together to show their love of football by painting their streets. This year they’re sharing it with the world.

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  3. RCA show 2014

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  4. McDonald’s GOL!

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    Some people call this “The best World Cup ad ever." After watching it, I might have to agree. Many companies pay big bucks to sponsor top athletes, but not McDonald’s which finds a bunch of ordinary people doing extraordinary things…

     
  5. House of Peroni

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    Last Friday night, Ela and I visited the first of Peroni’s 2014 pop-up events. The House of Peroni’s May residency was inspired by 1963; a transformative year when Italian style became renowned across the world (Lamborghini was born, Italian cinema received 31 Oscar nominations etc) and Carlo Peroni created Peroni Nastro Azzurro.

    The brand pop-up called ‘The House’ brings together the best of ‘new wave Italian creative talent’ in fashion and design over four floors, filling rooms with different art installations and the occassional bar where you could buy a cocktail or Peroni beer. In addition to the installations, The House ran a unique series of events over the month of May where guests could do everything from learning to make coffee like a true Italian barista, to mastering the art of Italian silk scarf printing with Bespoke Atelier

    Sadly The Pop-up has now finished but The House will re-open its doors with a whole new set of talent, events and experiences in October. Definitely worth a visit!

     
  6. Hit the Beat: physical drum machine by Lorenzo Bravi

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    Created by Lorenzo Bravi, Hit The Beat is a physical drum machine that can play anything, making it possible for everyday objects to become musical instruments.

    The setup includes a collection of box-like objects with solenoid actuators built in, and each containing different granules. All boxes connect to the main unit with an integrated Arduino module, which acts as the translator of the midi message received. The Midi message is sent with any Midi app thanks to Midi Configuration on Mac. Lorenzo used Little Midi on the iPad to send the wireless message. Midi instruments can be assigned to each box that eventually triggers a physical solenoid percussion in realtime. Users can build an orchestra-like set of items, creating an intuitive and interactive investigation of music and sound.

    You can view the video here.

     
  7. The Art of the Brick

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    A 20ft Tyrannosaurus rex will feature along with versions of the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo in a show of 75 Lego sculptures coming to London this year. US artist Nathan Sawaya used more than a million Lego bricks to make the sculptures, over 4,188 hours. The works, which are being shown in the UK for the first time, have to be transported in four shipping containers, with previous destinations including New York, Los Angeles, Melbourne and Shanghai. The artist said he hoped to 'elevate this simple plaything to a place it has never been before.' There will be an interactive zone where visitors are encouraged to make their own pieces.

    The Art of the Brick exhibition opens at the Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane on September 2014. Tickets go on sale today at artofthebrick.co.uk