Sonntag, 7. Februar 2016

To Outer Space, to Cyberspace. The online life of obsolete media.



"To Outer Space, to Cyberspace. The online life of obsolete media." I had the pleasure to curate a small online exhibition with a big title for the Museum of Post Digital Cultures. Featuring among many other things  two very different golden records, the photo archive from one of the earliest computer animation labs (previously featured here), the NASA etc., and the whole is sort of dedicated to Laurie Spiegel and Lillian Schwartz. I might add one or two things, and there will be a stream performance on March 4th featuring Synkie, the open source reinvention of an analog modular video synthesizer. 
Click here: http://www.postdigitalcultures.ch/current

Montag, 21. Dezember 2015

Festive mix: Zpívánky - Czech folk song TV show for kids

















It'll be a good conversation starter at any christmas party to say that you're currently listening to a mix/edit of songs from a Czech folk song/folk dance/fairy tale TV show for children.



























I stumbled upon this show on YouTube while looking for TV idents. Here's my YouTube playlist (the mix/edit is based on sound snippets from these videos).


If this puts you in a festive mood, you might also like this Eastern European fairy tale soundscape I made some time ago.


Dienstag, 15. Dezember 2015

Last minute xmas gift tips



Typical 1970s hobby books, seen at thrift store.
Cross-Stitch; Printing on Fabric;
Handicraft Woods, a creative leisure amusement; New Straw Stars.

Stay tuned for my xmas gift to you, dear readers. Will be up just in time.



Dienstag, 10. November 2015

Pharma records: Geigy Documenta diagnostics records







Another beauty from the graphic design studios at Geigy pharmaceuticals, Basel, Switzerland, ca. 1960s. This is from a series of records accompanying films made by the company. It contains recordings of heartbeats with various defects.
Previous posts with Geigy pharma records: here and here.

Mittwoch, 4. November 2015

Pharma records: Geigy's lullaby records "Fremde Wiegenlieder" for Medomin sleeping pills

















Geigy Medomin Fremde Wiegenlieder (foreign lullabies) mini mix by Dispokino on Mixcloud


Swiss pharma company Geigy promoted their sleeping pills Medomin with this series of lullaby records called "Fremde Wiegenlieder" (foreign lullabies), recorded for this occasion. These are thin 7" records (somehow between a flexi and a regular 7") in thin booklet type sleeves that are a little bigger than regular 7" sleeves.
Geigy was famous for their good Swiss Style typography, with masters like Karl Gerstner and Armin Hoffmann working for them. The designer of this series remains uncredited. There's a nice book on Geigy's design.
Medomin however is banned nowadays, it was barbiturate based and thus highly addictive. Considering this fact, the slogan "sleep like a child with Medomin" paired with the images of sleeping children seems rather awkward.

Previously I posted a record from a different Medomin promo series.




Sonntag, 18. Oktober 2015

Pharma records: Geigy Medomin picture flexi




Swiss pharma company Geigy was famous for its graphic design, with Karl Gerstner, Armin Hoffmann and other "Swiss Style" masters working for them. Here's a flexi-disc from one of their promo record series for Medomin sleeping pills (designer not credited). More Medomin-records in my next post.





Dienstag, 6. Oktober 2015

Pharma records: Vifor 7" picture discs










Records seem to have been a favored promotional gift of the pharmaceutical industry. Over the years, I have acquired a little collection from different companies (I also happen to live in a city that is the home of big pharma companies). Here's a first selection, the picture 7" records from the Vifor company.

Update: A friend just told me there's a work by Swiss artist Francis Baudevin based on exactly these records, and he seems to have one more!