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Kickstarter Artists Offer a Peek Into Their Musical Brains

What's Music Month without actual music? For all of June, we've been hosting panels, record fairs, concerts, and interviews; we've been discussing music tech and documentaries about bands, and we've also been reaching out to musicians that have used Kickstarter to gain insight into their listening habits. From recent favorite songs, to playlists that inspired the creation of entire albums, think of these as a window into some of your favorite creative brains—or just a good way to discover (or re-discover) a new favorite song.

John Vanderslice's Curated Playlist

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The Process: Oscilloscope Music

An oscilloscope is a device used to measure the frequency of electrical signals and display waveforms of those signals against a graph. If that sounds boring, it's because you haven't considered the creative capacity of this kind of tool. Jerobeam Fenderson, the man behind the Oscilloscope Music project, realized the oscilloscope's potential years ago, and he's been incorporating it into his live performances ever since.

We asked Fenderson if he'd walk us through the process of turning sound into images. He did us one better and gave us a complete walkthrough, which you can follow at home using the open source software he suggested. Enjoy!

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Tech Weekly: Input Devices

It wasn't until the Apple Macintosh was released in 1984 that the computer mouse really took off. The device was included with the computer in order to help navigate its breakthrough graphical user interface. We've come a long way since then — practically iterating the mouse out of existence — but there's always room for new ways to interact with the world around us. From a hardwood, mechanical keyboard, to an entirely new breed of musical instrument, this week's Technology projects are all about that input.

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Guest Post: Designing the Next Instant Camera

Click, snap, whir. The  once-familiar mechanical sound of instant cameras no longer echoes at parties, long ago replaced by the din of digital shutters. But the folks behind Prynt hope to change all that, and bring instant photography back to the mainstream. Prynt is a case for your phone that turns it into an instant camera. Just load it up with inkless instant film, take aim, and print those shots in a snap.

Recently, the team at Prynt interviewed their own lead industrial designer, Robin Barata, for a project update. It was a great conversation, so we've decided to share that interview right here.

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Welcoming Austria, Belgium, Italy, Luxembourg, and Switzerland to the Kickstarter Community!

We’re thrilled to announce that Kickstarter is now available to creators in five more European countries: Austria, Belgium, Italy, Luxembourg, and Switzerland. Starting today, artists, inventors, designers, and makers of all types can launch projects on Kickstarter and share them with our global community.

People from all around the world are using Kickstarter to work together and bring creative ideas to life, and this year we’ve focused on adding European culture and creativity to the site. We’re available to creators in the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden — and now these five new countries as well. We’ve made the site available in French, German, and Spanish, and added a new tool for captioning your videos in lots of different languages.

The creative community in Europe dates back through centuries — after all, it's the source of some of the world’s most significant art, music, and literature. Believe it or not, the idea behind Kickstarter is equally steeped in history. Ever heard of Mozart?

But European creativity doesn’t exist just in museums and books. It’s happening now, in cities across the continent. We’re celebrating our European launches this week at Sonar+D in Barcelona, the international conference that covers the digital transformation of the creative industry. We’ll have a series of talks and workshops, and we’ll be presenting a selection of unique projects at the intersection of art and technology in the #MadeWithKickstarter space at MarketLab, with creators themselves on hand to discuss their work. Please say hi if you’re there!

Can’t make it to Barcelona? Still excited about Kickstarter in Europe? Today’s your day to start a project, share it with the world, and make something amazing.

Checking in from the Archives

We're several months into our Archives initiative and things are going great. Not only have we helped a handful of films on their way to finally seeing a proper restoration and release, but we've helped the National Museum of Nuclear Science restore a B-29 Superfortress, restore a landmark building in Greensboro, NC, turn a historic hotel into an artist residency, and collect the artwork of the first two years of the 1980's action figure series G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero.

But there's still so much more to do with the initiative. We wanted to take some time to highlight those Archives projects currently live on site and in need of your support.

Bakers Island Lighthouse 

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the 1820 Bakers Island Lighthouse stands at the entrance to Salem Harbor, MA. Essex Heritage is looking to restore and repair this historic property and keep the nearly 200-year-old beacon shining. 

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Happening: Curated by John Walter, Director of The Earth Moves

When we asked John Walter, the director of The Earth Moves, a film about composer Philip Glass and Robert Wilson's seminal experimental opera Einstein on the Beach, to send us some links that inspired him and the making of his film, we weren't expecting such an incredible trip into the history of Glass, psychedelic music, opera, and culture in general, but that's what we got back. Below the cut, you can see the seeds of culture that would inform Glass and Wilson's ambitious work, and in turn, the film that Walter would go on to make—from strange World War I propaganda to the language of dolphins.

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