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Beck “Song Reader” album cuts out the music

Beck “Song Reader” album cuts out the music

This week it's been announced that the musical artist known as Beck will be releasing an album comprised of 20 pieces of sheet music called "Beck Hansen's Song Reader". This is 20 pieces of music that are not recorded by the artist, instead intended by the artist to be played and recorded by whoever so wishes to do so. Licensing issues and future recordings by associated artists aside, we applaud Beck's ability to have so much cash on hand that he experiments with each new release.

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Kinetic Rain sculpture makes art in mid-air

Kinetic Rain sculpture makes art in mid-air

Airport terminals can be soul-destroying places at the best of times, with little to distract you as wait for your connection, so we can only hope we end up killing time at Singapore Airport's Terminal 1 on our next trip. The refurbished terminal has a new "kinetic sculpture" called Kinetic Rain by ART+COM, consisting of 1,216 individually controlled copper droplets that can be moved to create ephemeral shapes, waves and more.

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Wacom announces Cintiq 22HD and Cintiq 24HD touch

Wacom announces Cintiq 22HD and Cintiq 24HD touch

So you want a Wacom tablet but need something a little bigger than average? The company has two new products that you might be interested in, the Cintiq 24HD touch and Cintiq 22HD. The Cintiq 24HD has a large 24-inch display with multitouch support, capable of displaying 1.07 billion colors while also covering 97% of the Adobe RGB color gamut. The tablet features physical controls as well for menu selection and access to program shortcuts.

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Death Star ping-pong ball isn’t a moon

Death Star ping-pong ball isn’t a moon

I can't say that I've ever seen a ping-pong ball that I would look at and think, "that's pretty cool." However, a Japanese artist has created what is undeniably the coolest ping-pong ball in the history of ping-pong balls. This thing started as your typical orange table tennis ball before he worked his geek magic and turned it into an incredibly detailed replica of the Death Star from Star Wars.

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Genius EasyPen M610XA tablet shipping for $169.99

Genius EasyPen M610XA tablet shipping for $169.99

If you’re looking for a pen-based graphics tablet that isn’t made by Wacom, why not take a look at Genius? The company has revealed its latest entry into the tablet market, the EasyPen M610XA. The tablet comes with a 6-inch by 10-inch working area that easily connects via USB to your computer., and features a 4000 LPI resolution along with a report rate per second of 200.

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Wacom shipping Bamboo Splash for $79

Wacom shipping Bamboo Splash for $79

Wacom has introduced a new budget pen and tablet combo into its line, the Bamboo Splash. The company says that the Splash includes the same pressure sensitive technology found across its whole range, and that this new combo is aimed at those wanting to create digital art on a budget. The hardware comes with a software bundle that will include ArtRage Studio and SketchBook Express.

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Famous cave paintings in Spain could be from Neanderthals not humans

Famous cave paintings in Spain could be from Neanderthals not humans

Some of the most famous cave paintings in the world are on the walls of the cave in El Castillo, Spain. The paintings include what's called the Panel of Hands that shows where ancient humans held their hands up to the cave wall and painted around them. Or at least, the hand art has long been believed to have been created by ancient humans.

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Glove One: Talk to the hand, ‘cos the Nokia ain’t listening

Glove One: Talk to the hand, ‘cos the Nokia ain’t listening

If you've ever held your hand to your head, thumb and pinkie outstretched, and mouthed "call me" across a crowded room, then Glove One is the phone for you. The handiwork of Bryan Cera, and resembling a cross between a Michael Jackson stage costume and Iron Man's suit, Glove One builds a voice-only phone into a glove with buttons along the inside of the fingers.

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Google unveils the Nelson Mandela digital archives

Google unveils the Nelson Mandela digital archives

Google has today announced that the Nelson Mandela multimedia archive has gone live. The archive was part of a $1.25 million grant to the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in order to bring photographs, recordings, and documents to the web. The Centre is based in Johannesburg, South Africa, and is dedicated to thoroughly documenting Mandela.

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Facebook IPO’s biggest winner may be artist David Choe

Facebook IPO’s biggest winner may be artist David Choe

Back when Facebook was limited to its first couple of campuses here in the USA, artist David Choe was commissioned to paint their interiors in exchange for stock options instead of cash. As you can imagine, this was the correct choice made by the artist to choose the stocks and wait this long to cash them in, because instead of the "thousands" of dollars he would have gotten back in 2005 and 2007, he now has right around $200 million USD in stock value. That's some major cash for a fellow who, though he certainly isn't doing bad on his own, will be blowing this cash on some fabulous swag in the near future.

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Trafalgar Sun raises 4m lumen artificial star above London

Trafalgar Sun raises 4m lumen artificial star above London

Hoisting a 4m lumen artificial sun over dreary London for a morning seems like overkill, even when you consider how many Seasonal Affective Disorder sufferers there are out there, but it certainly makes for an eye-catching promotion. Art collective Greyworld was commissioned to put together the 2,500kg fake star for juice peddlers Tropicana, a six month construction project that, for one day only, was suspended above London's Trafalgar Square to brighten an otherwise drab dawn.

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Years record player translates tree rings into music tragically

Years record player translates tree rings into music tragically

The project known as Years is one by Bartholomaus Traubeck in which a record player has been modified to shine light and receive back signals from slices of trees. What the player receives from the bounced-back light is no less than bits of information translated from the rings made through the tree as it grew from a tiny sapling. In this way, the tragedy that is the fact that the tree had to die in order to tell its story is made quite apparent to the viewer and the listener.

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