All posts filed under: ARCHIVE

FILE 80 // ALI DEMIREL

If you know Richie Hawtin, you are most likely familiar with Ali Demirel’s work. As the creative director, visual architect and engineer, Ali is the man behind all the visual aspects on and around the stage for Plastikman, M-nus, Enter and other collaborations with Richie Hawtin. Together they have created identities and experiences that are not only entertaining for the audience but also applies innovative and cutting-edge technology. Ali’s stage designs and live visuals have true revolutionized the music industry. It was no surprise to us that he had a degree in nuclear engineering and architecture as his work seems to always incorporate scientific imagery and structural compositions with a clever twist that makes his work speak more “art” than simply “background visuals”. His selection of essentials might be proof that it does not need much to come up with creative concepts: ideas, positive energy and comfort. The only wall between the ideas and the breakthrough is the artist him/ herself and only patience, persistence and curiosity allows for the idea to grow. 1. PENCIL (NO …

FILE 73 // TIM PARKER

London-based Tim Parker is a professional tastemaker and a professional nerd. We remember him as the founder of the mysterious but well designed music blog “You’ll soon know ” that kept posting a diverse selection of amazing unknown tunes.  From classic Hip Hop to beats to experimental electronica with cute glitchy moments. There was something for everyone, for every mood every day. His same-titled weekly radio show on NTS radio keeps that spirit alive with carefully curated guests that are determined to expand your musical horizon. Tim’s fine taste in music also shines through his own productions and DJ sets he plays around the world. As if this is not already enough of a full-time profession, we found out that he is a full-time designer and developer for Mixcloud. What has once started as small passion project to collect and share music discoveries turned into making a proper website for it and now catering to even bigger audience through an online streaming platform he helps building and designing. His essentials at first seem very straight-forwad but the stories behind them just reveal how he succesfully turned a passion into a …

FILE 67 // SUKI QUASIMODO

1. iPAD TO VGA ADAPTOR (APPLE, BUY HERE): My best friend for spontaneous screen sharing or exhibiting simple projection mapped installations (really useful with Prspctv app By Minoru Aikawa). Lovingly MT-Taped ofcourse ^. ^ 2. WATERMELON SUGAR POSTCARD (CHECK HERE): A project I’m currently developing about personal data visualisation and analytics in the form of a Tamagotchi. Front-end developers and computer scientists, please hit me up! 3. MR DOUGH PIN (STUDIO GHIBLI, CHECK HERE): ‘Pandane to Tamago Hime’ or ‘Mr. Dough and the Egg Princess’ is an unreleased short film which premiered at the museum in 2010 and I fell in love with the story. It depicts a running away to see the world story, kind of what my life is like. 4. iPOD NANO (APPLE, CHECK HERE): Something I’ve had since 2007, it’s only got 5Gb of space so I constantly have to put in new playlists to keep it fresh. ‘:frompamm]’ is inscribed behind it just in case I lose it, then it becomes like a gift from me. Facebook  Soundcloud  Instagram  Twitter  Website

FILE 66 // AARON DAVIS

1. PERFUME & TRAVEL CASE (BYREDO, BUY HERE): Currently using the Black Saffron perfume, but this handy little travel case can hold a number of Byredo scents. Smell is one of the most important senses we have and I feel more confident when I smell good. The travel set is awesome at home or on the go. 2. TSHIRT SERIES (ACID CAMP, BUY HERE): Running Acid Camp has been one of the most rewarding projects I’ve worked on. I’ve created over a dozen different Acid Camp shirts now. I love having something to commemorate each party and the t-shirts have been a perfect addition. 3. PORTABLE CHARGER (ANKER, BUY HERE): When I’m traveling this little battery pack has been the life-saver accessory. Being able to run around a city for 24 hours or more straight you’ll, without a doubt, need charge your phone along the way. I cannot travel without it. 4. PINS (ACID CAMP, DIG DEEPER & SUFFER THE RAVE): Nothing spruces up a leather or denim jacket like a lapel pin. Especially a pin that you or your friends have made. I collaborated with my …

FILE 62 // JUAN MACLEAN

1. LUGGAGE (UDG, BUY HERE): I have been dj’ing since around 2002, and I have always played vinyl, though it was really the only option back then. It has become a pretty big hassle at this point, both from the effort of fighting with airlines to carry them as hand baggage in the cabin and the crapshoot of whether or not the turntables will work when you show up to the venue. I also hear other DJ’s complain that they have bad backs and can’t carry them anymore. Basically, it requires effort. Personally, I keep in mind the back breaking construction jobs I had when I was younger, waking up at 5am to carry 50lb 4’ x 8’ concrete pouring forms on my shoulder. Maybe these other DJ’s have never had a job like that. I don’t particularly care what format DJ’s use, I just don’t buy that it’s too much work as an excuse to not utilize the method you would most like to use. Especially when you are getting paid a fee that is what …

FILE 54 // DENGUE DENGUE DENGUE

1. EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE (TOSHIBA): Very important, for music sharing and backup. Everything safe with Mr Schwarzenegger taking care of it. 2. AMULET (NO BRAND): Black obsidian crystal and silver chain to speak only with the truth and repel bad vibes. 3. VAPORIZER (STORZ BICKEL, BUY HERE): Simply the best gadget i’ve ever bought. 4. MASCHINE MK2 (NATIVE INSTRUMENTS, BUY HERE): Just the perfect tool to get your ideas donde quicklyly, and beautiful designed :).  5. SUN GLASSES (SHWOOD, CHECK HERE): These are my favourite sunglasses ever, the wood finish gives them a nice tropical feel. 6. Vaporizer (PAX 1, CHECK HERE): Great and compact size for those times i need to clear my head while out of the house. It keeps me sane in the concrete jungle. Facebook  Soundcloud  Twitter  Website

FILE 53 // MIKE GAO

1. CONTROLLER (LEAP MOTION, CHECK HERE): You can control mad parameters in 3D with your hand or bow a cello. 2. SNACK (SNACKIMALS, CHECK HERE): The modern evolution of animal crackers, Snackimals must be healthy because it’s sold in Whole Foods and other organic food retailers. 3. iPAD PRO + APP (POLYPLAYGROUND, GET HERE): The iPad Pro with my Polyplayground app. I really believe this is the best way to see and understand music. I use it to play everything in my beats. Facebook  Soundcloud  Instagram  Twitter  Website

FILE 29 // ANDREW CLARISTIDGE

1. PEN AND NOTE BOOK (MOLESKINE, BUY HERE ): I always have a pen and a notebook with me. First of all to keep alive my « to do list »… I am also afraid to forget « things » so I note everything… And for sure it is part of of my creative process to write notes & ideas on paper. 2. SUN GLASSES (MARSHALL EYEWEAR, BUY HERE ): Sunglasses!!! I have a huge collection. But those are my actual favorite. One video to sum this up is HERE. 3. POCKET KNIFE (DOUK DOUK, READ HERE): When I tour, I always need to cut things (cables, opening records…). It is part of my tech tools… This one is also special: Douk Douk was made last century and was used for lots of different situations… Good or bad 🙂 Facebook   Soundcloud   Twitter

FILE 24 // AVALON EMERSON

1. ISOLATOR (BOZURE, CHECK HERE ): My portable isolator, or that little box I travel around with and weird people out with various frequency amplifications and attenuations. 2. EARRINGS (NO BRAND): Earrings donning kokopelli silhouettes remind me no matter how far I travel, at heart I’m still a desert rat. 3. INCENSE (BASTET, CHECK HERE): “Bastet” incense, for channeling clear-minded creativity, lovingly and masterfully hand-blended by the eternal (and powerfully missed) Randy from Sword and Rose in Cole Valley, SF. Soundcloud  Facebook  Website  Twitter  Instagram

FILE 23 // PREQUEL TAPES

1. CRYSTALS (SODALITE, MORE INFO HERE ): I’m wearing my sodalite stone since years. I got it from my beautiful wife and I like for its meaning. It basically gives me super powers. 2. SPACE MAN STUDIO KEYS (LEGO, CHECK HERE): The little guy is from the same century as most of my Synths and drum machines. He is basically a gate opener to a huge playground. When my six year old son was introduced to the space man, he was as impressed and happy as I am when I am spending time with all of my machines. Spaceship. 3. SEQUENCER (MODEL 103 – ROLAND, CHECK THE FULL SYSTEM 100 HERE): I couldn’t fit the whole System 100 on the picture. The whole machine is a joy to use. It brings back sequencing to it most simple and maybe, from todays perspective, most unique way of sequencing. Patching the cables into the system, and sequencing two machines with that is a kind of meditation for me. It’s like cooking or going for a run, for my mind and body. Soundcloud   Facebook