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Royksopp, "So Easy" (Unofficial)

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Classic ambient-dance track gets amazing new animated video treatment

Bergen, Norway's Royksopp is no stranger to creative animation -- see here and here -- so we're guessing the duo would be okay with Emmanuelle Walker’s unofficial visual interpretation for their 2001 hit "So Easy." A talented artist in her own right, Emmanuelle pulled no punches in creating the surreal animation, in which an elegant cartoon lady dances through blossoming flowers against a......read more

Weekend Hippie

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Artist brings your ideas to life, sustainably.

Paul Nosa makes "sustainable art" using a sewing machine powered by his bike. You give him an idea in five words or less, and he sews a piece of art for you. Not just any idea, though. I tried "baby punched in face" and he politely declined. How rude....read more

Houses, "Endless Spring"

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Off-the-grid island bliss.

There's not a ton to this video. Actually there's very little. But the song is some lovely, blissful pop, and there's an interesting backstory. The standout single from All Night, Houses' first full-length, "Endless Spring" was recorded in Hawaii where sole bandmember Dexter Tortoriello spent time with his partner living off the grid. In his words: "We moved out to a little cabin in Papaikou,......read more

Sun Boxes

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Here comes the sound -- from a solar-powered art installation.

How cool is this? It's an orchestra conducted by the sun. Created by Massachussetts artist and musician Craig Colorusso, Sun Boxes is comprised of twenty solar-power speakers, each set to play one guitar note on loop, with the all the notes collectively making a B-flat chord. Says Colorusso: "The piece creates space. It is an environment for one to enter and exit. the footprint this......read more

Brooklyn Informed: Big Sue

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Susan Boyle drops knowledge on the green building game.

Brooklyn's Big Sue, LLC is a veteran of New York City's sustainable building scene. In this episode of Brooklyn Informed, we talk to Big Sue partner Susan Boyle about one of the company's cooler projects: a Prospect Heights brewery icehouse they bought in 2004 and converted into a six-unit residential building. The structure is an excellent portrait of sustainable construction, with two green......read more

Solar Sinter

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Markus Kayser converts the raw resources of sunlight and sand into glass products

German designer Markus Kayser's Solar Sinter is a solar-powered 3D printer that is a revolutionary take on the manufacturing process. The Solar Sinter uses a "sintering" technique, whereby sand is heated to its melting point, then cooled and solidified into three-dimensional glass objects. Kayser explains: In this experiment sunlight and sand are used as raw energy and material to produce......read more

Obama Announces Solar Power Support

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The President declares federal loan guarantees for solar energy projects.

Good news for clean energy advocates, as Obama used his Saturday address to announce almost $2 billion in conditional loan guarantees to two solar energy companies. The beneficiaries are Abengoa Solar, whose planned Arizona solar plant will be one of the largest in the world, and solar panel manufacturer Abound Solar, which will build advanced panels at two new plants in Colorado and Indiana. Not......read more

The Balance

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Hypnotic CGI video envisions audio waves in space.

What if we could see sound? What would it look like? If this mesmerizing CGI video from motion design maestro Rimantas Lukavicius is any indication, then it looks like an outer space acid trip. A fascinating and hallucinatory short film from the talented Lithuanian animator. ...read more

The Essence of Sound

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Subwoofer sound waves visualized in Susi Sie's trippy experimental vid

Burkhardtsmaier, a German audio brand that makes high-end stereo equipment, commissioned Cologne-based artist Susi Sie to make a video that visualizes subwoofer sounds. Rejecting digital effects in favor of analog technology, Sie made use of lycopodium powder to create "The Essence of Sound," showing sound waves as visible forms. Shown in greyscale tones, the lycopodium powder......read more

Memoryhouse, "Heirloom"

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Another doozy from Jamie Harley

Are Jamie Harley and Memoryhouse the rice and beans of indie rock? 'Cause they go together goooood. Harley's hazy Polaroid aesthetic, full of quick cuts and double exposures, is basically the visual equivalent of the Memoryhouse sound. The video for Memoryhouse’s “Heirloom” is their second collaboration, and much like their first, features sepia-tinged visuals compiled from......read more

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