The Cartoon World of Bridge Stehli Sven Fennema
Crybaby Cloud Nothings Ginger Katie Powderley
Noemi Klein Ekaterina Kukhareva Lu Flux
Ian Hughes: Downloading and Printing the Future
WIN! Crow Watches plus an Arcam Cube, the worlds best iPhone/iPad Speaker Dock
Noemi Klein Eternal Flames
06 The Hotlist 08 Ellen Von Unwerth Private View
14 The Cartoon World of Bridge Steli
Lu Flux Dollywood
22 Sven Fennema Somewhere in Time 33 Popshots NY 38 Noemi Klein Eternal Flames New Papers
67 The Cartoon World of Bridge Steli
42 Shervinâ€™s World 44 Ekaterina Kukhareva Skin Tones 50 Lu Flux Dollywood 60 GT Fish and Oyster Diamonds and Pearls 62 Pastrami Sandwich 64 Keeping it Real
Keeping it Real
90 Country Girl
112 Win one of 3 Crow Watches
113 Win an Arcam rCube
Cover Ellen Von Unwerth
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WELCOME Welcome to the latest edition of Flush Magazine. I thought it might be fun to write this introduction as one continual stream of consciousness, so whatever happens I’m not going to go back and re-edit this... Arrgghh, now I’ve said that, my mind is panicking already. Maybe this wasn’t such a good idea after all. Must keep focused... Who is in this edition? Well, I could run off a list of names at this point, but that would spoil the surprise of turning each page and discovering the wonder of the unknown, and part of what Flush Magazine is all about is exploring the unknown, for myself too. Plus if you really want to know it should be written over there on the right hand side of this page > Thanks for stopping by,
67 New Papers
78 Roundtown Downtown 80 Ginger 24 Carat Gold 84 Cloud Nothings 88 Ones to Watch 90 Katie Powderly Country Girl 92 Cry Baby Tears of Happiness 96 Rimac Concept_One Electric Hyper 98 Audi TT RS 2.5 TFSI Quattro 102 Abarth 695 Maserati 107 3D Printing 114 App of the month Frankenstein 116 Alt-Minds
Pete Graham, EDITOR
119 Spelunky 121 Roku Around the Box
CONTRIBUTORS Amanda Penlington Amelia Harvey Casey Bowers Dave Whithead Hana Karlasen Hannah Duncan Lois Foulger Luke Lavelle Henry McMunn Matt Mansfield
122 Phone Reviews Natasha Lunn Nicholas Williams Phil Blaney Priyam Chovhan Ray Stewart James Martin Shervin Nassi Samuel Law Steve Clarke Vanessa Sue Smith
124 My Favourite Movie Annie Hall 126 Competition Win one of 3 Crow Watches 127 Competition Arcam rCube
THE HOTLIST THE STUFF OF LIFE
Shelf Life There are shelves and there are SHELVES. Confetti is a wall mounted shelf system by Per Backstrom that can be easily repositioned and redesigned into new patterns. They are what spirit levels were invented for. www.backstromdesign.com
Propercorn You might think ‘Fiery Worcester Sauce & Sun Dried Tomato’ is a strange flavour for popcorn, but surprisingly it really works. Delicious new Propercorn is also available in Sweet & Salty, Sour Cream & Chive and Lightly Sea Salted flavours. It’s low in fat, High in fibre AND only 95p a bag, The future of popcorn is here, today. www.twitter.com/Propercorn
Motor-breath After selling 250,000 bottles of their own Shiraz wine, Motorhead have launched a new beer called ‘Bastards Lager’. Currently only available in Sweden apparently it has a “zesty taste, with a nice malt curve and a hint of citrus.” What next? Metallica Soap-on-a-rope?
One of 3 Crow Watches
Hot in the Shade Ok, you’ve got the house, the car, the kids and the dog, what you need now is a beautiful lampshade by Janey Whitehorn. Each one is hand marbled onto 100% Habotai silk and individually unique. It’s what lightbulbs go to bed dreaming about. http://janeywhitehorn.com
Bathroon S-tile In addition to looking über cool and sounding amazing, the 120W twin amplifier Bayan 7 features twin ‘charge and play’ iDevice ports for twice the listening pleasure. Available in a choice of black or white priced £299 www.bayanaudio.com.
None more black Everyone knows Marshall Amps are the best thing you can plug a guitar into. Some of them even go up to eleven. Now they’ve launched the awesome ‘Pitch Black’ Headphones, featuring a denim headband inspired by the clothing of choice of Marshall roadies (except much less sweaty). Priced £100 www.marshallheadphones.com/product/ major-pitch-black
An Arcam rCube portable iPod speaker system worth £350
The Michael Hoppen Gallery presents an exclusive, new body of work from Ellen von Unwerth entitled ‘Do Not Disturb!’ Straight from the camera to the wall, this latest series of photographs has all the sexy motifs of Ellen’s signature style.
The Do Not Disturb exhibition featuring Ellen Von Unworth will be running at The Michael Hoppen Gallery, 3 Jubilee Place, London until August 31st
The Cartoon World of
BRIDGE STEHLI Sydney based graffiti artist / cartoonist / painter, Bridge Stehli has made the transition from midnight spray-can street runner, to becoming a bona fide artist in her own right. Her work regularly features in exhibitions worldwide, and there is a humour and honesty behind her talent that is accessible, and a breathe of fresh air in the occasionally stuffy world of art. I caught up with Bridge in her new London base...
Where did your interest in painting come from?
My parents are both very creative people, they would often take me to art museums when I was very young. I was a big fan of the expressionists in particular Franz Marc, and his painting of a yellow cow. Like most kids, I loved cartoons, I used to tell people I was going to be a cartoonist when I grew up. I think the eight year old me would be pleased with the way things have turned out.
Did you go to college?
Yes, I studied many things, I didn’t ﬁnish all of them, but they have all contributed to what I do now in their own ways. After studying Design, Illustration, Fashion design, 3D Animation, English Literature and Sign Writing, I ﬁnally went to a very traditional Art School. It ended up being the least enjoyable of my tertiary education experiences. Never really being one for authority and direction, I decided to go out on my own and do my own thing. It’s one of those decisions I have never regretted.
Who are your fav Grafﬁti artist(s)?
I love so many different artists for different reasons it’s hard to choose just one. If we are talking grafﬁti, actual grafﬁti, I mean the all
city bombing, hitting steel, whole car burners kind of grafﬁti, the artists that pioneered the whole movement and the history behind them have been a source of inspiration to me since I was a kid. I used to spend hours sketching outlines with my ‘Style Wars’ VHS playing in the background, biting letters for my own pieces. Growing up living in Sydney I used to fantasise about going to New York City. New York is all cleaned up now, the high line has been turned into a park and I realised I’m rubbish at letters and stuck to characters.
How did you make the transition from being a Grafﬁti artist to showing your work in Galleries?
It wasn’t really a conscious decision, I mean, I had started thinking about turning art into my profession, but my ﬁrst show just kind of fell into my lap. There was this wonderful moment, when paste-ups ﬁrst hit Sydney, they were fun. It was like being a kid and discovering bombing all over again. I was doing a bit of this and a bit of that, mostly paste ups of this panda called Stumpy with an amputated leg who was soon joined by Button-eye bear and Horribly Infected Eye bunny. A friend of mine, Love Ariel, an artist who
I’ve known since we were in school, was curating a show, she asked me to make some paintings for it. The show was a few years ago now, it featured an incredible line up of rising Sydney stars, Beastman, Kareena Zerefos, Numskull, Trent Whitehead, James Jirat Patradoon, Creon, Love Ariel. I exhibit alongside these amazing people on the regular now.
What are your favourite cartoons?
I love the classics, such as Rocky and Bullwinkle, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, my favourite is probably Tex Avery’s creation ‘Wolfy’. Ren and Stimpy is probably considered a classic by now. That’s basically the best thing that has ever been made, ever. It was the start of an entirely new generation of cartoons. John K is a genius. As far as contemporary cartoons go, there are plenty being made today which are brilliant, Adventure time with Finn and Jake is incredible, I also love Sponge Bob Squarepants, The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, The Boondocks, Regular Show, Metalocalypse, Drawn Together and South Park. Cartoons have a remarkable ability to evolve with the times, they can make blatant comments about our society that other media can’t get away with, for that reason I think they are far more intelligent than other forms of visual entertainment,
Do the think about the personality of the animals you paint? do they have names?
I often base the animals I paint on people I know, more often than not they are portraits of friends and celebrities. Sometimes they are a mixture of several different people. I reference my own life, vices, interests and those of my friends in my paintings. Some of them are reoccurring characters
some are one timers, but they often have a complicated back story and intricate relationships with other characters that only I know about. If pressed when drunk enough, I’ll spill their stories.
Do you see your own work progressing into animation or sculptures into the future? Is this something you would like to do? I’m actually working on an animation at the moment. It’s a lengthy process because I’m literally drawing it frame by frame despite my training in computer animation. It’s going to be really jolty and amateur looking, which is kind of the look I’m going for. It’s about a rat and his drug addled adventures. As for sculpture, I haven’t really had an appropriate space since arriving in London to do much work with tools, There are ideas in the pipeline and I’m moving into a new studio space next month, so we’ll see what happens.
Are you looking for people who will let you paint on their backs? Are there any requirements to be a model?
There is only one real requirement. The ‘model’ has to be a grafﬁti artist. The project is titled ‘Grafﬁti on Graffers’ and it’s a spin on the popular body painting phenomena ‘Grafﬁti on Girls’. It’s light hearted, just a bit of fun. Sometimes it gets messy, I did one shoot with artist and friend, JOHN DOE. We covered the dots on a twister mat in big blobs of paint and played a game on it while I painted a beaver wearing a propeller hat on his back.
Oh... and where is the best place to get breakfast in Sydney?
The Post Café, Marrickville Rd, Marrickville, it’s in the old post ofﬁce. Say Hi to my friend Pete.
Check out more of Bridge’s work at www.bridgestehli.com
Buildings are like people, they contain a past with memories and secrets. German photographer, Sven Fennema seeks out those that hold the best stories and captures their best sides for posterity.
How did you first get into photography?
I was interested in digital processing a long time before I became a professional photographer. The reason I bought my ďŹ rst DSLR in 2007 was to take some shots for manipulations and photo-montages, but the moment I started taking photographs the bug grabbed me instantly I put all my available time into it and learned everything I could for myself. My focus changed more and more, architectural topics and natural light fascinated me. Itâ€™s now an important part of my life, I could never stop.
What type of camera do you use?
My main camera is a Canon EOS 5D MKII, mostly together with a 16-35L or 24-70L which suits for most cases. I also use a 14 mm 2.8 lense if I need even more room. Additionally I also work with a EOS 7D sometimes because it has some technical advantages, mainly the great AF-System and itâ€™s a lot faster than my 5D. Also my 360 degree panoramic works I do with my 7D.
How much do you do in post production?
I always try to make the RAW shots as good
as possible, it saves a lot of work later, also it’s important for me that the alignments, composition and exposures are already exactly how I need them later, but Post-processing is still an import factor. The main part is a manual exposure blending, I always take several speciﬁc exposures and manually blend them in photoshop the way I need them with using layer masks and my graphic tablet. This takes some time but the results are always better than using automatic tools. Is just Photoshop and PTGui for my panoramic pictures.
How did you find the locations for your pictures?
It’s time consuming and takes a lot of effort sometimes, but there are several ways. Researching newspaper articles, Google Earth is a good place, sometimes it is just from driving by. When you are really looking they are
much easier to ﬁnd. I make lots of notes when planning a tour, of course it’s often a dead end, and I check a lot of places without taking even one shot, but frustration and disappointments are part of the game.
Some of the old buildings have a mysterious quality to them, do you believe in ghosts?
To answer your question directly, absolutely not. But I believe in mood, all of these places have their own special atmosphere, the walls carry deep history sometimes. This can be a good and is sometimes bad too. I think you can feel a bit of the story of the place, but I would never say this could be connected to ghosts. I try to catch and express this mood into my pictures, and if it feels this way, it can be something very mysterious.
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NEIL YOUNG - AFTER THE GOLD RUSH Original pic - copyright Joel Bernstein 1970 Google Street View: The northwest corner of Sullivan Street and West 3rd Street, /Greenwich Village, New York.
Bruce Springsteen in Hellâ€™s Kitchen Across the street from The Power Station, the recording studio where Bruce was working on the album THE RIVER. Original pic - copyright Joel Bernstein 1971 Google Street View: 10th Avenue and 53rd Street, New York
ETERNAL FLAMES Jewellery designer Noemi Klein has collaborated with tattoo artist Liam Sparkes to work on this exclusive set of pendants and signet rings.
Inspired from a shared love of medieval imagery and religious iconography, the designs attempt to â€œSubvert common expectations of classic mens jewellery while maintaing a sense of timeless luxury.â€? Effortlessly cool. For more info visit http://noemiklein.com
SHERVINâ€™S WORLD Shervin Nassi, style hunter ...on the streets of New York
see more styles at www.shervinsworld.com on Facebook www.facebook.com/ shervsworld and at my new cafe www.shervinscafe.com
WHITE IS THE NEW BLACK From their base in Stockholm, Sweden, Unit Portables have taken Scandinavian design ethics we already know and love and come up with these stunningly iconic and practical customisable laptop bags.
In addition to the original 5 colours, the bags are now also available in Classic Royal Blue or the gorgeous Retro White.
Unit 01 (£59.99 RRP) for either 13” or 15” laptops with strips of heavy duty material that feature sewn in loops and solid poppers to allow you to add, remove and fully customise your Unit Portables bag with Unit 02 - a tough polyester pouch with zip, designed to carry your computer cables and accessories; and Unit 03 - a 15cm x 15cm version designed to hold your phone or wallet. Simply arrange the units to suit your lifestyle! Available to purchase separately (£24.99 RRP) is Unit 04 - a protective, padded sleeve specifically for an iPad or other tablet, which also features the built in handle design, allowing you even more stylish portability. Attach to Unit 01 or simply use on its own.
For more info visit www.unitportables.com Available to buy at Urban Outfitters
After big success with Michelin Star Restaurant Boka, Italian born Chef, Giuseppe Tentori has done it again. His latest project, GT Fish and Oyster might just be the best seafood restaurant in Chicago. Flush Magazine spoke to a man with a passion for good food.
Can you remember when you ﬁrst become obsessed with food? At age 16, my ﬁrst job in Milan at Antica Osteria la Rampina, I was thrilled to work with the food - from the simplest ingredients like ﬂour and eggs to dishes that were very complex to me at the time - risotto with blueberries and porcini, pheasant braised in brandy and cream. What was the ideology behind GT Fish & Oyster? There are not too many seafood-centric restaurants in Chicago, so we decided to challenge ourselves to ﬁll that gap in a way that would draw people in to this style of food.
which makes it easy to work together. I know you are involved with a local charity, how important do you think it is to teach young kids about good food? I think it’s essential to teach kids good eating habits, so they will teach their kids and so on. I’d like to shift the way kids think about and appreciate food to encourage healthy choices.
What is your own personal favourite Oyster, and how would you serve it? Olympia, from Washington. I serve it with our own ponzu mignonette and GT cocktail sauce Favourite cocktail to go with the Oysters? The Waitlist at GT - the vodka, grapefruit and St. Germain are a perfect compliment to any oyster on our list. You seem totally dedicated, are you an easy person to work for? I think yes, it’s very easy to work with me. I like to get things done the right way, so those are the people that I like to surround myself with...
Do you ever go out for dinner anywhere else in Chicago? Yes, the chef community in Chicago is small so we all know each other. I like Urban Belly, Heaven on 7, Spiaggia, and Yusho. What do you do when you are not thinking about food? I’m reading Garden & Gun magazine. GT Fish and Oyster 531 N Wells St, Chicago / 312-929-3501 www.gtoyster.com (Don’t tell anyone but oysters are half price after 10:00pm)
PASTRAMI “While researching this recipe I came across the story behind the famous New York ‘Delis’ and their sandwiches. One of the most traditional sandwiches is pastrami, introduced by Jewish immigrants in the late 1800s. For this New York inspired Flush mag edition, I’m going to be preparing a Pastrami sandwich dressed with a Honey-Mustard Pickle spread. “
dressed with a Honey-Mustard Pickle spread INGREDIENTS (makes 2 sandwiches): For the spread (makes around 1⁄4 cup spread): ■ 2 teaspoons of honey ■ 3 tablespoons mustard ■ 6 medium pickles (using the regular ones found soaked in a jar) Pastrami slices 2 eggs Loose-leaf lettuce Bread (I’m using a whole grain baguette, but feel free to use your favourite bread or bread slices) ■ Pepper ■ ■ ■ ■
METHOD Start by preparing the spread. You’ll need a food processor or mixer for this step. Place the pickles, mustard and honey in the food processor and mix until you get a well-combined cream. No salt or pepper is added to this spread. Add some extra honey if you’d like the spread to be a bit sweeter. Fry the eggs separately, you can decide if you’d like a soft or hard yolk, I’m making mine hard. In the same pan where you fried the eggs, heat up the pastrami slices a little bit. The pastrami is already rich in taste by itself, but I like adding some extra pepper to it. Prepare your bread by laying the slices or cutting the baguette in the middle. Cover both sides of the bread with the Honey-Mustard Pickle spread. The bottom layer will be the pastrami slices, use plenty of them for each sandwich. Next layer will be some of the loose-leaf lettuce and finish it up with the fried egg. Repeat these steps for the second sandwich. The final result is a rich sandwich with two amazing predominant tastes: that of the pastrami and the HoneyMustard Pickle spread. A perfect brunch, or if you’ve had one too many Manhattan cocktails the night before, an excellent hangover cure too! ENJOY!
KEEPING IT REAL There comes a time in every beer drinkers life when taste buds will wander from the path. As general enjoyment levels recede, previously delicious gassy lagers no longer satisfy and a more sophisticated kind of flavour is necessary. Welcome to the world of Real Beer...
Magic Rock Brewing Co Making world-class beers that are as much about balance as they are about hop character. Zesty, brilliant, and always with an eye on drinkability. Proper homegrown talent (Huddersfield, actually), and if you believe Ratebeer.com, the second-best new brewery in the world. On the path to ‘good pint enlightenment’ there are extreme pleasures to be had and dangerous pitfalls to avoid. Before you go headlong into a lifetime membership to CAMRA (The Campaign for Real Ale) take a moment to read beer expert Zak Avery’s guide to his favourite breweries.
The Kernel London brewery The Kernel are slowly making the transition from a hush-hush secret to something a bit better known. Their beers gain praise from all quarters, and everything from their pale ales and IPAs to porters and imperial stouts are heaped with praise - rightly so, in my book. TOP BEER: Any of their 7%ish IPAs, mostly named after the hop variety used in it, are a great introduction to the modern IPA style. www.thekernelbrewery.com
TOP BEER: High Wire, a pale golden ale, easy to drink, but stuffed full of tropical-fruit hop character. www.magicrockbrewing.com
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co From Chico, California, one of the original American craft breweries, built on the idea of making great-tasting beer, but doing it on a scale that beggars belief. Their widely-distributed Pale Ale is a gateway beer for many - full-bodied and accessible, but different enough to pique an interest in the beer-curious. TOP BEER: Their Torpedo Extra IPA utilises something called a hop torpedo to get even more hop character into the beer. www.sierranevada.com
Sam Smith’s Nobody makes traditional English ales quite the way that Tadcaster ’s Sam Smith’s does. Having let their 250th anniversary slip by unannounced, Smith’s are the archetypal taciturn Yorkshire brewery, allowing their full-bodied, impressively bitter beers so the talking for them. Their ironic adoption by hipsters can only be months away.
BrewFist I’ll admit a bit of bias here - we import these beers ourselves - but we wouldn’t do so if we thought they were anything less than excellent. From a small microbrewery in Northern Italy, these have all the vitality of great American craft beer, but benefit from not having to make a long journey to get here. TOP BEER: A tie between the super-hoppy Spaceman IPA and the snappy, dry and bitter golden ale 24K. But frankly, they ’re all aces. www.brewfist.com
TOP BEER: Their India Ale is an impressively dry, spicy, bitter and unreconstructed example of the style. www.samuelsmithsbrewery.co.uk
Zak Avery runs BeerRitz.co.uk the online division of the semi-legendary bricks-and-mortar Beer-Ritz speciality beer off-licence in Headingley, Leeds, UK. Focusing on the premium end of the market place, our aim is to offer the widest selection of the best beers available, safely packaged and speedily delivered. You can find all of the above breweries beers on sale at www.beerritz.co.uk
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NEW-PAPERS Print is dead, long live paper!
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Scrapwood Wallpaper made in Holland by Piet Hein Eek www.scrapwoodwallpaper.com
A whole book on a poster - Spineless Classics www.spinelessclassics.com
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Magnetic wallpaper characters from Sian Zeng www.sianzeng.com
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Situated between the Meatpacking and Chelsea districts of New York, the Dream Downtown Hotel is within easy walking distance of SoHo, and the West Village. Its close proximity to The Highliner shopping centre and the local art galleries has made it one of THE places to stay in New York since it opened just over a year ago.
If you’ve got expensive tastes go for either the south Tower Penthouse Suite or the Presidential Suite, both have room for an entourage and direct access to The Beach, an exclusive beach lounge with imported sand, cabanas and Cote D’Azur-inspired chaise lounges. Staff are available to spray cooling Evian mists while you take a break from going round and round in circles. Also nice is the PH-D Rooftop Lounge with Italian Porto marble, amber Venini glass chandeliers, dance hall, and stunning views of Manhattan. Us mere mortals can still enjoy one of the 300+ ‘regular rooms’ (see below) at the hotel without breaking the bank. For more into visit www.dreamdowntown.com
GINGER 24 Carat Gold With a career spanning three decades Ginger is now a fully fledged solo star in his own right. The Ex Quireboy / Wildheart, has been one of the high profile success stories of pledgemusic.com, a place where fans can finance new music from their favourite artists before release. You can pledge money for anything from a signed copy of the forthcoming record, to a mention in a song or even their own private gig. The campaign for his latest release ‘555%’, (a 30 track triple album) raised over $250,000 before it closed and in the UK the twelve track commercial version of songs chosen by the fans ‘100%’ charted at number 27.
GINGER 24 Carat Gold We caught up with him just after his recent appearance at the Download Festival: Were you surprised by the amount of support you got from the Pledgemusic campaign? Surprised, delighted, shocked, inspired and delighted, again. It came at the kind of time that only happens to people in movies, actually I normally wouldn’t even buy movie plots as far fetched as this one. It restored my faith in what can be achieved with the right kind of community in music. I always felt that keeping tight with your audience wasn’t as much a complete waste of time as I’d often been told it was. Proof of this tastes like golden vanilla pussy ﬂavoured bourbon, I can tell you. Where there any songs on the ﬁnal 12 track CD chosen by fans that you didn’t expect to be on there? Yeah, there were a few, but that was never the deal. We knew we were going to live or die by our own sword, so to speak, but that was the promise we gave people. You help us make this album and you can choose the songs that appear on the commercial release. Reviews have recently shown that maybe it’s best to let the pro’s pick the songs, but y’know, f*ck the reviews. This was an experience I’ll never forget. Hey, the last Wildhearts album got amazing reviews and did f*ck all. Now this one has got in the charts. What was your fav song across the triple set? ‘Time’. I just read a review, if you can call it that, which said this song is the biggest pile of crap I’ve ever written, and it’s my favourite song. I guess my taste couldn’t be more different than that of others. Ah whatever, if everyone had decent ears then Trail Of Dead would be huge and you’d never have heard of Nickleback.
Did you enjoy playing at the Download Festival? It was great. I drove to the side of the stage in the jeep, family in tow, with literally 8 minutes to spare before getting onstage in front of a huge crowd, who really gave their full support, which is great when you’re trading in the unchartered waters of being a solo artist. Within 15 minutes of ending our set, I had got to Toys R Us, cleaned the family’s wellies in the mens room and was walking out with a Spiderman toy for my little boy, who was already pretty overwhelmed by the show. We then had a pub lunch and headed back home. All in all, I can’t remember a more satisfying festival performance. How did the Terry Pastor (legendary artist) cover art come about? I’m a massive fan of his work. In fact I wanted the cover to look so much like ‘Off The Record’ by Sweet that I started to look online to see if Terry had students who could copy his style. I found out that he was still alive, so I got in touch with him. I thought maybe, at worst, he’d know someone who could recreate the same style. He came back and said “yes, me”. Once the doctors managed to bring me around we designed the cover together and that’s what you see (see previous page). A truly wonderful man and a massive inspiration. How much time do you spend in the UK these days? I spend most of my time in the UK these days. Apart from recent spells in France, Denmark and Japan it’s where I tend to record and play. The weather sucks huge balls, the politics depress me and it costs a fortune in taxes to live here. Luckily I avoid the media to the point that I can just about bear to live here, but I honestly can’t see me being in this country in a few years time. I’m getting to the age where I dream of waking up to sunshine and going to bed to laughter. Rain and ﬁghting aren’t cutting it like they did when I was a kid. What band do you wish you had been in? After a lifetime wanting to play in The Stones, Aerosmith and GnR, I’m ﬁnally over the moon to say that I wouldn’t play with a different bunch of people than the ﬁne folk I’m playing with right now. I’ve found the perfect blend of amazing talent and belly hurtingly fun people. My band, if they’ll allow me to call them that,
are the ﬁnest bunch of musicians and human beings that I could ever hope to be involved with and they impress me on every level. I honestly fucking love these guys, n’ gal. Favourite guitar pedal and chord? Ha ha, I’ve never had this question before. Well done, seriously. Favourite pedal is a Pog and my favourite chord will always be A major.
What do you have planned for the rest of the year? I have two albums to ﬁnish for the next Pledge campaign, and after that I want to concentrate on my book. Don’t worry, nothing as crass as a cash-in autobiography. I won’t be writing one of those until I’m 6 months away from death. That way no-one can sue me. This is actually a horror bible, featuring 500 movie reviews of stuff guaranteed to make you part company with your lunch. This one’s for hardened horror aﬁcionados only. Delicate stomachs should avoid this like they would ghost peppers. For more info on Ginger’s Kickstarter campaign visit http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/ gingerwildheart
A CHANGE IN THE WEATHER Cloud Nothings started as a solo project, written and produced by Dylan Baldi alone, using Garageband in his parentâ€™s basement to record the tracks. This January the release of Attack On Memory saw the emergence of a complete band (with Joe Boyer, TJ Duke and Jayson Gerycz joining Dylan) whose heavy guitar tracks have taken on a new lease of life, a new energy, through playing live. A limited edition clear vinyl Live at the Grog Shop is released through Wichita Recordings; containing nine tracks to be listened as Dylan wants them to be heard. Frantic, raw, frenzied. Interview by Hannah Duncan
Softly spoken, with an Ohio drawl that could have melted the tape in my Dictaphone. I asked Dylan about his beginnings... Hannah D: You quit school to take up
music full time. Can you remember that moment where you thought “I’m going to take the risk?”
Dylan B: Yeah, I quit school about three years ago. We had this offer to play a show in New York and it was with a couple of other bigger bands at the time, and it was right on the same day as some other lame thing was going on at school. What I was doing then was a lot more fun so just took the decision right there to quit. Looking back I was obviously taking a big risk, it didn’t feel like it then, I was only eighteen. I just kept thinking “I can do this, it’s easy”. HD: You’ve gone from Cloud Nothings
being a solo project to a band. Do you feel like you’re conducting them or is it more of a joint creative process between all of you? DB: I still write all the songs and they just add little parts here and there, but the songs themselves are deﬁnitely as if it were still a solo project.
HD: And previously you were using
Garageband to record everything, presumably the recording process feels quite different for you now? DB: Yes, suddenly I’m in a professional studio so it feels totally different.
HD: Is it weird to suddenly give over
control when you’ve been used to doing this all by yourself? DB: It can be weird. It actually ends up just being a little more fun, things end up happening that I wouldn’t have done on my own you know? So it’s little surprises here and there that have ended up making it more exciting. HD: How did it come
about with Steve Albini coming on board? He’s a well-known and respected producer? What influence did he have in the studio? DB: Yeah
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he is, but his thing is he’ll work with anybody. He’s very affordable and good at what he does so we wanted to go with him, wanted our record to sound the way his records sound. That live feel, that band playing in a room sound. I don’t think he necessarily had a huge inﬂuence on the way the record sounds, outside the production of it. The songs themselves were all written before we went in there. But his advice was always “do it yourself” sort of thing, what he’s done since he was in his ﬁrst band. That was inﬂuential to me, the way he’s gone about building his own name.
into all that stuff and used to play it round the house all the time so that’s where I ﬁrst heard Elvis Costello. Then I ended up really getting into researching music history so I like a lot more older bands than I like newer bands. It’s just something I like doing, ﬁnding all the old music.
HD: The British music press seem to be
HD: Are you going to continue
constantly reporting that guitar music is dead, bands like yourself are coming over here, so do you feel like you’re bringing that sound back or that it never went away? DB: It all goes through cycles. It happened in the 70’s, then the 90’s and it’s going to happen again right now apparently. Every twenty years or so it all comes back to this, it’s always a little different each time, but it’s the same idea of that basic rock kinda sound in terms of being favoured instead of the over-blown and over-produced stuff. HD: What music did you grow up
listening to and how did you discover those bands?
DB: I grew up listening to the Ramones and Elvis Costello, stuff like that. Stuff that had a sense of humour about it but still massively rock music orientated. That’s what I’ve always been into, stud like that. They were probably the biggest inﬂuences on my song writing in general. At ﬁrst my Dad was really
HD: So are there any new bands you
can tip your hat to?
DB: Erm, it’s mostly old. There’s a band called Milk Music that I like a lot, The Men are pretty good. Here and there, there’s a couple of good ones.
recording as Cloud Nothings this year?
DB: For now yes, we’re going to try and put another album out next year and keep going and until we get tired of it. Until I feel like being a hermit again or going back to school, getting a real job. HD: With the release of ‘Live at the
Grog Shop’ do you feel that energy, what you’re trying to put across, is better as a live experience? DB: I think it does, especially as when we ﬁrst recorded the original album we had barely rehearsed the songs. We wanted to keep it raw, almost sounding like a band that had just got together and learnt these songs. But as we’ve played them more and more live it’s got tighter, more intense and just like energetic so it’s deﬁnitely a new feel compared to what we ﬁrst recorded.
Cloud Nothing’s play London’s XOYO on August 21st and Pitchfork’s Paris Festival on November 3rd
Chelsea Wolfe photographed by Kristen Cofer
Boat to row
Originally a solo university project, Boat to Row have evolved naturally into a laid back folkycollective currently in the middle of an extensive festival schedule. Look out for an EP called ‘Loyal Light’ coming soon, in the meantime go to their bandcamp page and drift off down the river. http://boattorow.bandcamp.com
There is a chance you may have heard Chelsea Wolfe before, the American singer-songwriter has already released two albums of folk / black metal /drone rock / blues brilliance, and a new record Unknown Rooms: A Collection of Acoustic Songs, recorded in the woods of Northern California and at Wolfe’s L.A. home will be released on Oct 16th (Sargent House). Scary and beautiful, like an angel sharing a post-coitial cigarette with the devil. You can listen to ‘The Way We Used To’ from the new record here: http://soundcloud.com/ sargent-house/chelsea-wolfethe-way-we-used
Once upon a time all rock bands had four, or occasionally ﬁve members. Bass / Lead guitar / Drummer / Singer / Keyboards. Then The White Stripes came along and suddenly different combinations were allowed. Enter two-some/duo/two-piece, Deap Vally solely responsible for “Bringing rock-hard grit and allgirl soul from the San Fernando Valley.” They’ve already supported the Eagles of Death Metal, and Josh Homme is a big fan. Next stop, headlining Glastonbury 2014. ‘Gonna Make My Own Money’, is out now Ark Recordings. Buy it. (So they can). https://www.facebook.com/ deapvally
One’s to watch
Tom Wardle Born Blonde
London 5-piece, Born Blonde have shades of the late 80’s and early 90’s reverberating around their SM58’s . Think early Verve, James and their ilk, but with a soundscape of spectral beauty and crystalline structure all of their own making. They’ve been building up something of a reputation on the live circuit and a debut album is on the way this Autumn. Let’s hope the collars and cuffs will match. http://purringheart.tumblr. com
Nottingham born singer songwriter Tom Wardle is old school. I don’t mean he goes clubbing in spandex blowing a whistle, he writes proper songs with words and lyrics about things, emotions, stories. Believe it or not it’s quite a rare thing these days. He could be 30 years too late, or completely ahead of his time, either way his new EP ‘Sweet Insanity’ is a perfect mix of Squeeze, David Gray and Elvis Costello. http://www.tomwardle.co.uk
No, not me. The Australian band called Me. Put some Queen, 70’s Bowie, Sweet, Sparks in a bowl, throw in Pink Floyd, The Darkness, Jellyﬁsh and The Feeling, blend well and you’ve got ‘Another Story High’ their current Mini-Album out on the fantastically named Lizard King Records. Now based in the UK look out for Me (them), on tour near you. http://www.metheband.com
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Singer/Songwriter, Katie Powderly’s debut album ‘Slips of the Tongue’ is a beautiful slice of alt country-folk music. To promote the record she’s been slowly touring around all fifty US States in a RV Mobile home. It’s an unusual approach, but her intention is to experience not only the destination, but the journey along the way.
What are you up to at the moment?
I’m about to climb on my bicycle (a dilapidated old cruiser from the 1970s that looks great/beat up but doesn’t go up hills worth a damn) and pedal my way to the radio station (91.7 fm Madison, WI, or http:// www.wsum.org) where I deejay a pop-up Americana show called RV Radio. Because I travel so much, it doesn’t have a speciﬁed schedule; it airs at random, hence the term “pop-up.” Outside, the sun is hanging low in the western sky, threatening to slip down past the horizon, but not before blasting this late July evening with strident reds and oranges which dance atop the surface of twinkling blue lake waters like some kind of ego-maniacal rainbow circus. Meanwhile, a crickety chorus sings the soundtrack to complete nature’s glorious, if garish, multi-sensory display.
What did you want to be when you were at school?
I entertained notions of going to graduate school to become a college professor, but I shelved that plan. I may still go back at some point, simply because I love academia. But I’m content, so I don’t anticipate any major changes in the near future.
What is the best thing about being a musician?
I love singing, playing guitar, writing songs, learning songs, traveling, performing, the whole nine yards. I love all of it. On the road is one of the only times I can really think, uninterrupted by the mundane occurrences of daily life that form a wedge into my schedule and steal away my precious minutes, maturing them into hours and days. Behind the wheel I can be selﬁsh with my thoughts, allocating them only where I want
them: the windshield wipers, a sliver of a song lyric, a former lover’s face, that exit with the taco stand in Indiana. You get the idea. But perhaps the best thing about being a musician is getting to collaborate with other musicians I respect, each of whom have had some kind of lasting impact in my life. This album contains a litany of those people. But of all the forms of collaboration that take place in a musician’s life, singing harmony is my favorite thing in the entire world. I loved singing with the folks on my record - Josh Oliver, Jill Andrews, Brian Knapp. Their voices are some of my all-time favorites. I know that my life is charmed and I am grateful. It’s an embarrassment of riches, really.
light like the glow of ﬂickering ﬁreﬂies at dusk. Now just to go about the pesky business of catching them in my jar.
How many songs have you written?
Who would you like to do a duet with?
Dozens; I’ve never really counted. I also have hundreds of unﬁnished songs that are waiting patiently to be scrapped together into little quilts of songs.
Which one is your favourite?
That’s a tricky question. I’m most pleased with the way “Blue” turned out on the albumthere was an alchemy at work among the musicians that enabled that song to reach heights that would have been unattainable without the talents and chemistry of those involved in the collaboration. But I was always kind of ashamed of that song, since I thought the words were too “babyish” and the chord progression boring. Lyrically, the song I’m probably most proud of is “Yet to Come,” but I don’t feel that it reached the same heights “Blue” did when we recorded it. Sometimes the quality of a song is not always the most important factor, sometimes everyone’s energy and the speciﬁc chemistry or mood in the room on a given day in the studio can have an impact.
What guitar do you play?
I have two. I play a 1951 Gibson LG-2 when I record, and for gigs I play a 1969 Gibson Country & Western. I’m deﬁnitely a Gibson girl.
Have you had a chance to write any new songs while on tour?
I have been writing, yes. It’s tough to tell so early on which ones will be keepers, but my next album is in the midst of materialising. I already have the title, but not which songs will make the cut. I can feel them just below the surface of my consciousness, their dim
Are sad songs easier to write?
Yes. I tend to feel most inspired to write when I feel unresolved about a situation or relationship. That need for closure typically acts as an irritant that grows intolerable over time, and which is only quelled once the song has emerged in its entirety. I am one of those people who can never say exactly what I mean in the moment. I recite hypothetical endings to those failed conversations in my mind, and the song’s lyrics are (almost) always what I wish I would have said in real life.
Gram Parsons, God rest his weary soul. Since he’s passed away I guess I’d happily have to say one of the following:Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn or Paul Simon.
What are you up to next?
I’m excited to ﬁlm more episodes of RV tee vee, which is the sister project to RV Radio, documenting my travels. It’s a series of Youtube videos ﬁlmed backstage when I share bills with other bands I like. It’s a really informal collab b/t folks who aren’t in bands together. The episodes are meant to have an imperfect, backstage-y quality. It’s just one take, and we do no editing. Episode 1 features my buddy (Grammynominated!) David Mayﬁeld & me singing his beautiful duet, “Faraway Love.” We ﬁlmed it backstage at Abilene Bar & Lounge in Rochester, NY, on a windy afternoon before he and his band ate a bunch of Mexican food and then played a show which knocked everyone’s socks right off. Sometimes I sing off-key, but overall I’m really happy with the way the ﬁrst episode turned out. Things can be perfect in their imperfection, do you know what I mean? Fifty states is taking me a little while, but I like it that way because I hate to be rushed. I go where ever my gut instinct takes me, even if that means driving 14 hours on a moment’s notice. I’m convinced that satisfaction lies somewhere at the end of a vast expanse of tarmac. Follow Katie’s adventures here http://www.facebook.com/ katiepowderly
TEARS OF JOY CRYBABY
AN INTERVIEW BY HANNAH DUNCAN
I am a great believer in many things. 60 denier tights, crunchy peanut butter being superior to smooth, the feeling of warm sand between your toes and above all music. Music that instantly touches your soul, lets you stamp your own personal sentiments and experiences onto it, elicits a heartfelt sigh and feels timeless... When I ﬁrst heard Danny Coughlan, aka Crybaby, all these things ﬂooded me. You need only listen to his album once to hear the inﬂuences, but whether the inspirations are ghosts of musicians past or the pain of people present he has truly captured something raw and heartfelt. I caught up with him in Bristol to chat music halls, language and his debut album. Hannah Duncan: I’ve been reading articles about your album, there’s a lot of talk that this album is a love letter to the musicians that have inspired you. Listening to the album it feels a lot more personal than that? Danny Coughlan: Yeah, it is a love letter to certain people. You’ve found me out there; think that was a bit of a cover story I was using. There have been certain situations in the past, other relationships of people I know, that are in there. It doesn’t just deal with lost love. The last song on the album, What Am I Supposed to Do without You Now, is about my Uncle who was diagnosed with dementia fairly young. Him and my aunt, I see there’s still a couple there, they love each other to bits but we see him slipping away and it’s about how we deal with that, it’s personal. HD: How do they feel that this song has been written about them? DC: I don’t think she’s listened to it. It’s difﬁcult because when you write something as personal as that you don’t want to presume how they are feeling, what they are going through. When I visit I see him slowly decline. As a songwriter it’s your job to tell a story,
and not necessarily your own. It’s there, it’s in the family and dementia is something a lot of people have to cope with. On this album I was trying to convey relationships are at the centre of everything, a common experience. I thought this relationship, between my aunt and uncle, was as a valid as anything else. It’s just that dementia isn’t really discussed. HD: Going back to those musical inﬂuences you’re from a musical family? DC: Yes, fairly musical. I discovered it goes all the way back to music hall in Bermondsey recently. My Nan died last year. She was a massive TV fan so it was a rare occasion she spoke, when her programme had ﬁnished and she’d turn around and say “what do you want?” She just piped up one day and said “well, you do know your aunty was in an accordion ukulele troop in a music hall in Bermondsey?” One day I’ll try and ﬁnd out more about. I’ve got my uncles Banjo, he used to play on the trams in South London, he used to dress up and entertain the people travelling. You wouldn’t get that now on the trains. There’s deﬁnitely something musical there for us, my dad sang in an a Capella group as well. HD: The old musicians that you echo in this record, how did those inﬂuences come to you? DC: Through my dad really, his record collection, Beach Boys and a lot of soul as well. He was a mod back in the sixties, still has his Lambretta in the garage. Never goes out on it though, too expensive if he crashes it and he doesn’t like wearing helmets either. A lot of 7” records, motown and then listening to the radio in the early 80’s. The sounds come out of that I suppose. HD: Do you feel compared to what else is happening in music now that you’re out of your time? DC: I do. I’m up on what’s going on. I listen to the radio, go to gigs but I don’t know really. I do feel like I’m coming from a different place, I’m not sure anything else really sounds like what I’ve done. There seems to be a massive glut of very bad clever clever, spiky kind of motionless bands out there. Lack of emotional connection in that music perhaps compared to what I grew up listening to.
HD: There’s poetry to your lyrics. Were you inspired by any authors, writers as well? DC: I’m terrible, I never read. I couldn’t tell you ten books I’ve read but I remember the essence of things, listening to a record and understanding it. I read the dictionary and thesaurus, I love words. I’d love to tell you I’ve read tons of books; I get embarrassed when people ask me what I’ve read. Talking to people, listening to good records, understanding the language people use, that’s where I get the love of language from. I think language is being lost, when my son comes home from school and says OMG immediately I tell him “do not say that, you’re not to say that”. There are some great pop songs in the 60’s and 70’s that had that shorthand language, but there was a cleverness to it. Now pop is just very much sexualised in a very graphic way, especially for women, but that’s a whole other conversation. HD: Do you think that’s what you hark back to on the album then, a more innocent day? DC: I guess so. I’m harking back to day I have no experience of if I am so I have no idea where that comes from. I think respect and manners have been lost along the way as well. I always tell my kids always be polite, you can be giving someone criticism or disagreeing with them, but deliver it politely. I wanted the album to have space, let people use their imagination. HD:What next for Crybaby? DC: the latest single from the album is When the Lights Go Out, but I’ll be releasing We’re Supposed to Be in Love as an EP next with a couple of covers on the B-side, Billie Holiday will be one of them. New material is already nearly done so hoping to get something else out by the end of the year. (Writers note: A few days later I was sat on the train listening to the album, the moment I heard What Am I Supposed to Do without You Now, knowing the story behind the track, I shed a few tears. I defy you not to be moved the same way) Cybaby will be at The Green Man Festival in august and on tour in Europe in Sep/Oct. http://ohcrybaby.com/
MEAN MACHINE The Rimac Concept_One Electric Hyper car will travel at 190mph, produce the equivalent of 1,088bhp, and go from 0-60 in just 2.8 seconds.
The 92 kWh battery powers four sets of electric motors. Placed at each wheel they accelerate and decelerate hundreds of times per second. The system is called All-Wheel Torque Vectoring (or AWTV for short). For an electric car, it also has a huge driving range, up to 373 miles. That is enough to get from your Beverley Hills mansion all the way to a Save the Planet convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. The car is the brainchild of 24-year-old Croatian Mate Rimac, who says the Electric Hyper is “as powerful as a Bugatti, as stylish as a Ferrari, and as luxurious as a Mercedes, all while managing to forsake even the tiniest sip of gasoline.” Limited to a production run of only 88 vehicles it will be ofﬁcially unveiled at Salon Privé in London’s Syon Park on September 5th. The price? A cool one million dollars.
Audi TT RS 2.5 TFSI Quattro
It’s hard to know where to start with the Audi TT RS 2.5 TFSI Quattro, well maybe the cost is a good place. From ¬£45,860 On the road. After you know that, its much easier to decide whether to carry on reading or not.
Yes, the RS TT is visually splendid, but it does so without being overly ostentatious. Its curved body is graceful and sexy, not vulgar or tacky. The beautifully simple design demands your attention and it doesn’t feel the need to thrust its spoiler in your face like some other cars do. From the front the car is low, wide and moody, its narrow, piercing LED eyes and large front honeycomb grille give it a serious face. The TT RS badge is positioned proudly next to the Audi rings, it doesn’t look unhappy, it just means business. As you move around the car the shape becomes more rounded, small tear shaped rear side windows ﬂow gracefully down to a short end. The hatchback is huge, the boot not so big, but there is room for a couple more shopping bags that perhaps you would expect.
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Technically there is a back seat, but unless your name is Snow White, this is pretty much a car for two people. You could get two young kids in the back, but they wouldn’t thank you for it, and they’ll only get bigger. Inside the dashboard is actually fairly minimal, in addition to the regular speedometer, the digital numerical display right in the middle is essential for easily keeping one eye on your speed, and one hand on your driving licence. You can’t play a CD without taking the Sat-Nav map DVD out, and there is no USB port either, so you’ll have to copy all your music onto a SD card before you get in (or like me, end up lost). Somewhat surprisingly there are no reversing sensors either. Thankfully the engineers at Audi have concentrated on what happens when this car goes forward and for those people who say there is no need to have such a fast car, well, they are right, but they have also probably also never driven this car.
The manual 6-speed transmission , the version I road-tested featured the excellent dual-clutch transmission with steering wheel paddles. You don’t have to travel at 174mph to appreciate the exhilaration and power of the engine. 060mph takes just 4.3 seconds and strong neck muscles. As you may expect the acceleration is there in spades, whenever you need it. If 340bhp@ 5400-6500 RPM isn’t enough for you, there is also the obligatory ‘Sport’ button. This will quicken throttle response and stiffening the suspension, producing an even sexier exhaust sound that will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. Not that it needs much enhancing, the large twin exhausts already produce a quite wonderful sound. When the turbo kicks in at around 1,500-1800 rpm it growls, like the engine is gulping down vast breathes of air in tandem with your foot.
itself. If you really push it, it will eventually under-steer, but it won’t frighten you like other fast cars can. It loves roads with twists and turns, and is happy wherever its handling capabilities can be tested, i.e. off the motorway. This is where you will really feel like you are driving the TT RS, and not just along for the ride. It’s main competitors are the BMW 1M, Porsche Cayman and Nissan 370Z, all excellent in their own rights, and all worth a test drive. If you’ve got this far and ¬£50,000 in your pocket, then you’ve got a very nice problem.
Audi TT RS 2.5 TFSI Quattro 0-60mph: 4.3seconds Top speed: 174mph CO2 Emissions: 199 g/km 23.0mpg urban 44.8mpg extra urban 33.2mpg combined 2480cc / 5 cylinder 7 speed S-tronic transmission
The rear spoiler keeps the car locked to the road, and in terms of handling at higher speeds the TT RS will let you bolt around the track, but will never completely let go of the reins.
340 horsepower @ 5400-6500 RPM 450nm @1600-5300 RPM Insurance group 20/40 E
The steering is supremely well balanced, heavy enough to keep you (and the car) in control but never losing feedback from the road surface
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The Scorpion Abarth 695 Maserati
If you thought the modern day Fiat 500 was exciting, take a look at the new Abarth 695 Edizione Maserati. Limited to a run of 499, it features exclusive style details and special technical features developed by Abarth engineers for Maserati. Features include: ● A 1.4 Turbo T-Jet 16v engine linked to an electrically-operated manual Abarth Competizione gearbox with steering wheel gear paddles. ● 17-inch Maserati-inspired Neptune design alloy wheels. ● An instrument panel specifically produced by the fashion brand Jaeger. ● Nine speaker JBL 400W stereo. ● The colour is ‘Pontevecchio Bordeaux’, a special three-layer paintwork is applied to reflect light and accentuate its shine. ● Custom graphic and individually numbered, it also arrives with an exclusive Tramontano luggage set. ● Top speed 140mph, while 0-62mph is under 7 seconds. The price is £32,000 On The Road and it will be available in the UK later this year. For more info visit www.abarthspecialties.com
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PRINTING VIRTUAL GOODS IN THE REAL WORLD IAN HUGHES/EPREDATOR MY SHORT HISTORY OF 3D PRINTING
Back in 1998 I became aware of a very expensive manufacturing technology called Rapid Prototyping. It was used by product designers to take a digital design and create an actual physical model. It cost in excess of $250,000 at the time, but for me it offered a glimpse into an exciting future, but one that also seemed like an age away.
PRINTING Just a few years later I saw a 3d printer advertised for a (mere) $29,000 and sent off for a sample. A small little tub arrived, with a slight geometric twist to it and with a screw top lid. It became a bit of a talisman for me to carry around, to show people the future was already here. Helping people come to terms with the impact of what appears to be science ﬁction technology on their lives is what I do. So explaining 3D printing combined with virtual worlds is a common occurrence for me and follows a similar pattern each time. I was more than happy that this was one of the ﬁrst things we covered on The Cool Stuff Collective kids ITV show, and I made sure it features in my TV Showreels too www.feedingedge.co.uk/blog/tvshowreel/
We tend to call Rapid Fabrication (or Rapid Prototyping) 3D printing now, but that can be a slightly confusing term. It’s not what you might think i.e. printing a picture and making
it work with 3D glasses. 3D Printing it is to take a purely digital model and create it from physical material - in real life. There are lots of different ways to do this, but the most common is one that moves the equivalent of an icing bag full of melted plastic around over a ﬂat surface, leaving a thin trail of plastic to create a layer of the object. Then as that sets the next layer is created. The more precise the movement, the higher quality the material, the better the completed object. It’s like making clay pots at school from long snakes of clay, with each layer adding shape.
THAT’S GREAT BUT IS THERE MORE? Once you get over the technology concept and the mechanics of making something virtual become physical, then you can start to see into the future and how this ﬁts in with the other changes we’ve had in both technology and our social structures. When I ﬁrst saw the printers they were used by individual designers in large companies. The design package was attached directly to the printer. It was used in a very enclosed loop. Now we have the ability to share ideas anywhere in the world online across the internet. Just consider that. Anyone can create a digital design anywhere, and anyone with a 3d printer, anywhere in the world can receive, design and create a physical object from it. That would be exciting enough but there is more. Just leaving a digital design ﬁle on a website for downloading is only the start.
They are designed by a company, mass produced in a factory, which for economic reasons is in a developing country. All the products are then packaged up in more plastic and shrink wrap and then shipped around the world. They are stored in warehouses and shops until we take them home and throw the packaging away to play with the toy, or cover our latest smartphone. Now though, I can log into into a virtual environment, have a look around, talk to the designers and even use the virtual version of a product for a while online. If I like it I could just print it out at home when I need the ‘real’ thing. There is no packaging, no wasted products or inventory, just my local raw materials. Obscure products can live on, just as back catalogue music is readily available. The Long Tail is arriving for physical goods.
As I wrote in the last issue we have some amazing user created virtual worlds and games platforms, which are in themselves live realtime globally shared 3d modelling tools. The objects that people make are being digitally distributed, sometimes sold, sometimes shared. They are virtual goods that can be used and experienced online. Except now, they can also become physical goods with a 3d printer.
DOESN’T THAT CHANGE THE ENTIRE ECONOMY OF THE PLANET?
Why yes it does (or it could). Take your average plastic toy, or mobile phone case.
PRINTING IT’S A WAY OFF THOUGH ISN’T IT?
No! It is already here! There are a number of interesting direction and like the industrial and digital revolutions before it there is not a perfect blueprint. Equally, like those revolutions this is not going to stop. Owning a 3D printer may seem an expensive proposition. However in the wonderful open source world of the web there is a project call RepRap www.reprap. org. This is a shared and constantly evolving design for a home made 3D printer. At it’s core is that the pieces of the RepRap printer can be printed out (manufactured) by another RepRap printer. It makes hardware viral. If I have a printer, I can make my friend one. There are a number of groups of people that have been seeding this idea. I joined in with Malcolm Napier and the Thames Valley RepRap User Group http://tvrrug. org.uk/ where about 20 of us now have the parts and are in the process of building our printers. The cost works out to about £400. This is of course a homebrew Maker Culture approach. The size of what can be printed and the material used becomes a tweaking
and sharing hobby, but it is very real. There are other kit variants of printers along similar lines for around £1000, and then more traditional machines that companies like HP produce. It doesn’t mean every home needs to have one, but they can if they want. Not owning a 3D printer is not an obstacle either. 3D print shops and centralized locations to print already exist too. Shapeways www.shapeways.com is a company that you send you designs to, or share on their store. They print out your objects for you. They offer a number of small design wizard tools to allow the customisation of objects too. The beneﬁt of a slightly more traditional centralised manufacturing is they can offer lots of different types of printout material from light plastic to strong metal. The high end fabricators can make very precise and detailed moving parts and combinations of multiple materials. It is certainly not all just brittle plastic. New business ideas have sprung up based on using 3D Printers. June 2012 saw the alpha launch of Makies www.makie.
LEFT: BEETLES DESIGNED BY MICHAEL MUELLER AND PRINTED BY SHAPEWAYS
me. Based in London they have an action ﬁgure that is 3D printed to your speciﬁcation. The online wizard allows you to alter the facial features, then pick some clothes. Very shortly afterwards your very own Makie arrives. Being a fan of 3D printing I got in on the ﬁrst 100 ever made (number 31). The design is also very clever in that the head is hollow and has been created to take a lilypad arduino board. That’s open source hardware in a doll. Which means lots of Hackers and Makers will be exploring what to do with them. In the future they will come with the option to be loaded with these sort of things and to be connected, (probably with their own Twitter accounts). We don’t all have to be 3D designers or
printer engineers, but we can use the things that are already there to combine to create an interesting future. Just as a ﬁnal example, back in 2006 one of my Second Life avatars, one that I had added a digital version of my real leather jacket and wearing custom Reebok trainers that were all the virtual rage, was printed out by Fabjectory - in colour. So my jacket had gone from physical to virtual and back again. I also have a great physical reminder of a speciﬁc time and place. Now in 2012 I am able to take things created by me and my kids on our shared Minecraft server and print them out on my home made open source RepRap using opensource applications like Mineways http://realtimerendering.com/erich/ minecraft/public/mineways/
ABOVE: RASPBERRY PI CASE BY MICHAEL GARCIA FROM SHAPEWAYS LEFT: ARROWHEAD RING BY FATHOM & FORM PRINTED BY SHAPEWAYS
383g washed beige linen Gram is all about making sophisticated sneakers. We create shoes that ďŹ ll the gap between sneakers and traditional shoes. Our roots lie in Scandanavian design aesthetic; design with clean lines and attention to detail. Each model being unique in its own simplicity. The brand is centred around the concept of weight, with each show being named after its weight in grams. At Gram we love shoes, in particular shoes you can wear at the ofďŹ ce as well as on the night out. The brand started in 2005 and is based in Stockholm, Sweden.
PRINTING LET THE KIDS LOOSE ON IT ! Technical education in schools is currently under review. Computer science and how we get kids to write code are being discussed. I am convinced that mixing game environments, shared virtual design tasks and physical manufacturing with 3d printers in schools also has a signiﬁcant place. Every school should be doing this too. That way we educate resourceful makers who are not constrained by existing boundaries. New, worthwhile and interesting things will spring up from our next generation of Makers. Virtual goods aren’t just virtual now. Ian Hughes/epredator
IAN IS PART OF THE ‘COOL STUFF COLLECTIVE’ ON ITV AND ON TWITTER @EPREDATOR THE FUTURE CAN BE FOUND ON HIS WEBSITE WWW.FEEDINGEDGE.CO.UK
FRANKENSTEIN The Modern Prometheus
Mary Shelley was only eighteen years of age when she wrote the classic story of Frankenstein in 1818. Since then it’s been re-imagined many different times, from the 1931 movie with Boris Karloff as the monster, right up to Danny Boyle’s current stage production starring Benedict Cumberbatch. However, the book itself has stayed relatively intact.
Now, a new iOS App published by Proﬁle Books attempts to take the original Frankenstein story and drop you right into the middle of the action. At each step along the way you are given a choice of options allowing you to steer the adventure along different paths, meaning the story varies depending on your decision making. It’s a modern twist on the multiple choice adventure books kids love so much, you know the ones that say things like “If you want to ﬁght the dragon go to page 16”, or “If you want to run away, turn to page 6.” The format works especially well on the iPad as you don’t have problems losing your place or ﬂicking back and forth. Also included with the App is the original story, and some incredibly detailed drawings to enhance the overall experience. The whole thing is beautifully done and if you’re an avid reader well worth a look. (Priced £2.99) http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/frankensteinfor-ipad-iphone/id516047066
The software used to make the App is available online, so you can write your very own multiple choice story using exactly the same system. It’s really easy to do, all you need is an idea, (or maybe three) and away you go. They also have a competition running until 5th September with cash prizes for the best submitted stories using the system.
For more info visit at http://www.inklestudios.com Good luck!
OF THE MONTH
Alt-Minds Where crime-fantasy meets virtual-reality by Chris Leddy It’s hard to properly define Altminds as a video game. It’s more of an experiment, an in-depth narrative trial if you will, and to fully understand the concept you’ll need to listen very carefully. Produced by French developer Lexis Numérique and communication giants Orange, AltMinds drops you into a world full of pseudo-fringe science and murder mysteries. Rather than approaching
it from the traditional generic video game angle, Alt-Minds is an eightpart web series that allows YOU to solve the crimes. Each episode will cost approx ¬£2.50 and will go hand-in-hand with a free smartphone App and website, each allowing you to find clues in the real and virtual world. All parts are optional, allowing players to gain either the full experience from every part of the story, or to simply customise the way they play, by only using the website and the web-series. The filming is done shakey-cam
style, and the actors play their roles with enough realism to make it interesting enough to watch. The real genius behind Alt-Minds is its set up, Orange and Lexis Numérique have partnered with hundreds of websites to create fake information; the example I was shown was Facebook and a car registration number site, allowing you to look up information within the boundaries of real life. The developers have gone all out to make it seem like these events are real - and you’ll even be able to talk to the characters within the
The real genius behind Alt-Minds is its set up, Orange and Lexis Num√©rique have partnered with hundreds of websites to create fake information . . . allowing you to look up information within the boundaries of real life.
game. They ’ve also hired actors to play these roles and they will reply to emails, facebook chats, etc. Whilst I wasn’t given a true handson demo, I was shown some of the in-game interfaces and a small clip of the first episode, and the technology involved is quite impressive. It’s all very ‘C.S.I.‘ allowing you to ‘pause’ videos and ‘zoom in’ on minor details such as car registration plates and faces in the background, you can then filter the image and clean it up to make it readable. Interestingly, Alt-Minds is set in modern day Europe - allowing for current events to be seen within the game, Djamil Kemal, spokesman of Lexis Numérique gave me several anecdotes based on the sort of technology you’d see in the game,
or at least, examples akin to the stuff you’d see in the game, including a tap that uses nano-technology, and an ‘invisible’ car; technology that is allegedly under research currently, but will be made possible within the next few years. Can’t wait! It’s the world’s first fully interactive crime novel and works great on paper. Only time will tell as to whether or not it will work as well in practice. The first episode of the web series will be available in Europe for free later this year and the smartphone application will be available on iOS, Android and Windows mobiles.
For more info visit www.alt-minds.com
As a single-player game it’s quite easily one of the best, if not the best XBLA title in existence.
Review by Chris Leddy Spelunky has finally hit the Xbox Live Arcade after several years of teasing, taunting and unscrupulously tempting my love for platformers, specifically those that challenge me - and boy oh boy does Spelunky challenge me. It’s a fine looking 2D platformer that not only evokes a passion for gaming I haven’t felt since the likes of Dark Souls blessed my console, it also brings about an awfully overwhelming sense of nostalgia. As a single-player game it’s quite easily one of the best, if not the best XBLA title in existence. The gameplay is simple to pick up, but nigh on impossible to master. The soundtrack is almost perfect, offering enough variation to keep the game fresh, and visually the game brings forth a tribute of some of the greatest looking 2D
sprites and atmospheres I’ve ever set my eyes on. Gameplay is fast, fun, brutal and addictive, I’ve clocked up 18 hours playing Spelunky over the past two days, putting off other current AAA title for its simple charms. If you can remember classic NES and Master System titles then prepare yourself for a trip down memory lane. Spelunky is relatively short, with only a few different settings and four stages in-between, all of which can generally be beaten in 30 seconds with a little skill, however Spelunky ’s perma-death and collectibles add a sense of never ending fun. I should state I’ve only reached the fourth stage so far and obtained 50% of the collectibles. To me Spelunky is the definition of gaming and I find it extremely hard to criticise. My only real issue is its multiplayer options, and whilst Spelunky
offers all it can in terms of Multi-player action, it’s impossible to truly perfect such a gameplay feature within a game as fast paced as this, that is, without making it an entirely different. The multi-player mode restricts the camera to player one, meaning that quite often the other three players can be put at a huge disadvantage, and in a game that relies on seeing and hearing everything around you it corrupts the true experience. There’s also a Deathmatch Mode and whilst that works 110% more effectively, it lacks the true exploration, fear and skill of the single player experience and instead tries for a 2D Bomberman experience. The XBLA version isn’t just a simple port, it’s been hugely updated in terms of graphics, content, soundtrack and multi-player features - and whilst the original PC version is still available as a free download over on the Spelunky site, I recommend picking up the XBLA version. It currently reigns as my game of the year, the sheer joy it brings me is unfathomable - it does exactly what a game should do, no questions asked.
1200MS points (there is also a demo version to try for free) Local co-op: 4Player Online co-op: N/A More info http://spelunkyworld.com/
ROKU AROUND THE BOX The Roku Streaming Player is a neat little box that plugs into your TV via HDMi to access on-demand TV channels via Wi-Fi from your internet connection. The Roku’s carbon footprint is small, using 60 times less power than if you watched on-demand services through a games console. It’s already popular in the US, at the moment Netflix (a subscription is required) and the BBC iPlayer are its main attractions in the UK, but there is tons of content to discover, some good, some not so good. Anyone can create their own channel and the scripting language, BrightScript is freely available. There are official channels from Vimeo, Crackle, Flickr and the like, there are also many (cough), private channels available to add, some of these charge a subscription, while many are free.
The visual interface and remote control are clear and simple to use, if they can add more big name ondemand UK content e.g. ITV player, Channel4 OD, LoveFilm etc, they will be on to a real winner. The only issue I had was when you create an account, despite it being a free service you still have to enter your some sort of payment information. Also the box comes with a number of preloaded channels, but to find others you need to do a bit of detective work online and find the code. A definitive directory would be a good edition. It’s cheap, the basic LT model is just £49 while the XS edition with a Wii type motion controller, Angry Birds game and full HD capabilities is £99.
For more info visit www.roku.com
SENSES WORKING OVERTIME Despite hogging all the headlines, the iPhone and Galaxy SIII are not the only mobile phones, here are three others worth sniffing out.
HTC Desire C
Incorporating Beats AudioTM for added clarity to your music, calls, movies and ringtones. Great all rounder, fits nicely into your hand and the HTC Android skin is friendly and easily customisable. Display: 3.5-inch touch screen Resolution: HVGA (320 x 480) CPU Speed: 600 MHz Total Storage: 4 GB RAM 512MB
HEAR ME Good * Great Sound * Lightweight Not so good * Lower Resolution Screen For more info visit http://www.htc.com/uk/ smartphones/htc-desire-c/
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TOUCH ME Samsung Galaxy Note
The Note will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and it’s as big as you would want your phone to be. Includes a nifty stylus pen for writing notes directly onto the phone. Sounds a bit gimmicky, but is actually quite useful. Great for movies too. Could be a bargain when the Note 2 is launched very soon. Display: 5.3 inch WXGA Resolution: (1280 x 800) HD Super AMOLED CPU Speed: 1.4 GHz dual core Total Storage: 16GB + microSD (up to 32GB) Good * Huge Screen * Powerful processor Not so good * Battery life For more info visit www.samsung.com/galaxynote
Nokia Lumia 710
The mid-range choice between the 610 and 800 models. The phone runs on the Windows 7 Mobile Operating system, which isn’t quite as immediately intuitive as iOS or Android, but still has many loyal fans. Limited choice of Apps compared to the Apple or Play store but does come with some great Microsoft Apps, and the excellent Ovi Maps. Display: 3.7 inch Resolution: (800 x 480) CPU Speed: 1.4 GHz Scorpion Total Storage: 8GB 512MB RAM Good * Solid feel * Great Camera Not so good * Won’t be update-able to the all-new Windows 8 OS For more info visit www.nokia.com/gb-en/ products/phone /lumia710
my favourite movie
by Natasha Lunn From the moment Woody omits the opening monologue clad in tweed and insecurity, to the closing shot of New York whirring before us, bereft of protagonists, empty but brimming with energy; I am spellbound by Annie Hall.
The narrative skips around like an indecisive ballerina, and we’re never quite sure where her next toe will touch down. Alvy Singer (Woody Allen) is our storyteller, the ghost of relationships past, leading us on a Christmas Carol-esque journey through his love affair, so we can all work out ‘where the screw up came from’. The lover in question is the eponymous Annie Hall (Diane Keaton - who was also Woody’s lover in real life). Alvy is a death-fearing, conspiracy obsessive who dabbles in stand up comedy. Annie’s a stumbling mess of self-deprecation and nerves, who leaves stale sandwiches on her passenger seat and drives like she thinks: haphazardly. Somewhere between witty quips on culture and politics and a tennis match, they fall in (and out) of love. The sheer genius lies in the fact that we know the outcome of the relationship between these two hapless New Yorkers from the outset, we’re just left to watch it wistfully slip away before our eyes. As well as nimbly shufﬂing the order of scenes, Woody blends the past and the future seamlessly. As the younger and older Alvy sit side-by-side in a classroom scene, schoolchildren begin to tell the camera how their lives will pan out in the future. The sight of a kid, looking us in the eye, and declaring deadpan that he’s a methadone addict, is so wrong that it’s right. These innovative ﬁlm-making techniques are endless: analyst sessions play out over
split screens, subtitles reveal the innerworkings of characters’ minds, Alvy crops up in a Snow White animation sequence (just in time to accuse the evil Queen of being on her period), and Annie steps outside of her body during sex because she’s distracted. Never before has there been a more accurate depiction of not really feeling like you’re mentally in the moment. And that’s perhaps what makes the ﬁlm seem so timeless, and a more acute commentator on modern life than any recent rom-com: the universal emotions and situations it tackles. (500 Days of Summer tried, and failed. High Fidelity came closer.) In Woody’s world women struggle to reach orgasm, “In Woody’s world sex lives dry up, love fades, arguments over inane things women struggle to reoccur like boomerangs; he reach orgasm, sex breathes little truths into every lives dry up, love corner of his ﬁlm. fades, arguments over Alvy says that life is divided up into the horrible and the inane things reoccur miserable. And you might like boomerangs; he think that a ﬁlm depicting breathes little truths into disintegrating love, would be every corner of his ﬁlm.” precisely the type a pessimist like him would make. But at its soul, this ﬁlm is a romantic. We witness break up rituals, but also the intimacy of love-fuelled lobster potting moments. The painful realism is counterbalanced by moonlight kisses on New York’s riverbanks. (Alvy even tries to create a world where love overcomes reality in his own play.) This isn’t a pessimistic take on love, but an ode to a relationship - a living love letter laced with comedy. Oh to be the recipient. Follow Natasha on Twitter @natashalunn Do you have a favourite movie? email: mymovie@ﬂushmagazazine. co.uk
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An Arcam rCube worth £350
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