[The app] uses a global positioning network to activate different themes as the listener wanders through the park. The app contains more than 400 tracks, each tied to a location. They were written to fit together harmonically like a sonic jigsaw puzzle.
I’d download it on iTunes if I lived anywhere nearby. Oh, and how cool would it be if they had a bigger map with famous recordings from around NYC? Take the “A” Train at the relevant time? Maybe cue up a random clip from a CBGB show if you’re strolling down the Bowery? Or a Gaslight Cafe recording if you wandering around Greenwich Village? Or a bit from Heartbeats/Boats and Buoys if you wander over near the river? Please tell me someone has beaten me to this idea.
Filed under: sound sculptures.
Bluebrain’s App Central Park (Listen to the Light) – NYTimes.com
I love this. Reminds me that I forgot to do notes on Tokyo. Should have done that when it was still fresh.
Wehr in the World: New York frickin’ City
I wish this weren’t behind a paywall. It was one of my favorite pieces in last week’s very good issue.
Lore Segal: “Spry for Frying” – The New Yorker
Metropolitan. I loved it. What we have is a modern-day drawing room film/comedy of manners, with upper-crusty Manhattanite teens inviting a misfit into their fold. They go back and forth from debutante balls to house parties, gossiping and verbally jousting all the while. It’s very dialogue-heavy (they almost all speak in long, precise sentences, processing their emotions and ideals and the failings of society) and very funny. I think you could compare it favorably to Annie Hall or Manhattan, but with a younger cast. Ebert says. Criterion essay.
“It’s not that these new Manhattan buildings don’t look very good. It’s that they look lazily derivative, and they’ll make New York look like every other grubbily transparent financial hub in the world.”
Condos of the Living Dead | Culture | Vanity Fair
This week’s issue has been pretty darn good so far. “The goal: to walk from the Empire State Building, on West Thirty-third Street, to Rockefeller Center, on West Forty-eighth, without ever setting foot on Fifth or Sixth Avenue.”
Trekking Midtown by Tad Friend : The New Yorker
“Jaywalkers were involved in fewer collisions than their law-abiding counterparts who waited for the "walk” sign, though they were likelier to be killed or seriously hurt by the collision.“
New York Study of Pedestrian Victims Leads to Unexpected Conclusions – NYTimes.com
Man on Wire. Fantastic movie. Wow. I’m glad the participants had to the foresight to document while they prepared. One thing I love about achievements like this is seeing that they really are projects, a dream-made-real that took years of work and preparation. A one-off, maybe, but not simply a lucky break. Props to Kottke for sharing it.
Newsboys Strike of 1899, via one of the cool people I work with.
DesignNotes by Michael Surtees » Walking on Top of the High Line. Jealous! I wish we had something like that in Atlanta. That’s going to be a cool spot.