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We tend to like cheeky homages to the design past better than the ultraserious ones. They're often better than literal remakes. Designed by Berlin-based Axel Pfaender, the Berlin Boombox won't be mistaken for an actual '80s-era blaster upon close inspection. The cardboard boombox system features its own integrated ampiflier and speakers, and comes in an build-it-yourself kit. But from a distance, the black and white graphics capture that fresh in-your-face look of the breakdancing era. The 3.5mm jack takes input from any digital music device.

The Berlin Boombox is $80 from BiteMyApple.co

Hugh Miller's Folded Record Bureau isn't named for some cruel method of vinyl destruction, but rather for his handmade fabrication process that involves the bending of a solid piece of Iroko wood. Miller installed a 1985 Bang and Olufsen turntable completely flush on top of the console, with all original controls maintained, and built the main storage area on a slight slope to keep the records from tipping over. An easily accessible storage area on the right-hand side works for records on deck, or some printed matter.

The bureau was produced in a series of ten in Hugh Miller's Liverpool Studio.

"Musical Ice Cream," an electronic music installation that generates original synth music by the act of eating, is a collaboration between Philly locals Little Baby's Ice Cream and Data Garden. The vine video below features Man Man drummer Chris Powell eating the piece at a pre-Independence Day party. 

Philadelphia sound artist Sam Cusumano programmed the cones and explains the technology in the second video below. But basically it is this: A sugar cone gets a sleeve with aluminum leads where your fingertips touch it. An electric probe is slipped into the ice cream in the cone. When a human tongue hits the ice cream, the circuit is completed. The changes in conductance are mapped to MIDI and emerge as the sound via synthesizer. Cusumano can outfit two different ice cream cones with different tones so you and your pal can jam out on a dessert duet.


For his latest installation, sound artist Zimoun worked with the idea of accumulation. He installed 329 tiny motors to agitate the same number of cotton balls against the interior walls of a massive abandoned paint thinner tank in Switzerland. The result is a sound sculpture that produces a drone that recalls a swarm of insects, some noisy wind, or the sounds of a distant basketball game. [via Colossal]

Check out some of Zimoun's past installations in his archives.