That Ain’t Smart, That’s Creepy: iPhone Museum Mashup Edition

It’s time for another installment of That Ain’t Smart, That’s Creepy: iPhone Museum Mashup Edition.

Washington, D.C. based music duo Bluebrain has released an iPhone app for the National Mall. As users approach specific proximity-based destinations in the museum, the app plays a tune composed specifically for that exact location. It’s the aural version of Field Tested Books, which is based on a version of the Heisenberg principle, which claims that your location can uniquely affect a person’s experience with both.

The musicians joined All Things Considered to talk about their project. An excerpt, taken from the transcript of the show:

Rebecca Shier: Some of those elements are pretty straightforward, like the horse sounds near the carousel. But others are more abstract, capturing instead the mood of a spot, like the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Mr. R. Holladay: We want it to be the sort of thing that people want to come back and develop relationship with certain areas that they feel like might be theirs that nobody else has found this little piece of music that was tucked away.

Bikes can make Music too ya know

I’m not going to add it to my “Tunes to enjoy every day before bed” playlist or anything, but a neat experiment nonetheless:

Lima’s track is made using only the sounds made by two Specialized Stumpjumpers, with an uncredited cameo by a Topeak track pump. He hit, tapped and stroked his samples out of the bikes with both traditional drumming tools and kitchen utensils, along with a cardboard box. The snippets remain un-manipulated save for “compressor, distortion, delay and EQ.”


{From White Noise Lab; via wired}