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Core77 is pleased to partner with Windows Phone to bring you a series of photo diaries this summer. Based on the theme of Reinvention, we're looking to capture the fleeting moments and highlight the often-overlooked facets of the world around us through the lens of the Nokia Lumia 928, especially in the low-light settings in which its camera excels. (All photos were taken with the Nokia Lumia 928 smartphone and are published without postproduction unless otherwise noted.)
Reporting & photos by Ray Hu
It seems that there is an art/music/food and/or etc. festival every weekend here in New York City: this past weekend alone saw the Renegade Craft Fair, Make Music New York and the Mermaid Parade, among dozens of other events.
The Northside Festival, a celebration of music and multimedia, was the highlight of last weekend. The weather held up for the two-day lineup of outdoor concerts at the multi-purpose recreational area adjacent to McCarren Park, the nexus of the festival (satellite events took place throughout Williamsburg). About a dozen food and drink vendors extended along one corner of the concrete expanse while the stage occupied another corner; the Walkmen and Solange headlined Saturday and Sunday, respectively. The sets ended at 8pm sharp, due to local sound ordinances or other vagaries of public space usage, but the waning sunlight proved to be quite flattering for the performers.
Looking toward the Red Bull Creation tent from the concert area
However, the large tent opposite the comestibles proved to be the most interesting attraction. As with Garrison Architects' modular structures at Rockaway Beach, I was pleasantly surprised to stumble upon the Red Bull Creation innovation competition—not just as a sight to behold but also because I had the Nokia Lumia 928 on hand to document the projects.
Six fabrication studios from around the country participated in the 72-hour design-and-build-a-thon, and Red Bull has done well to document the process in a series of webisodes. The teams are introduced in the first video, in which they learn the brief: "Signal to Noise: to make a new musical instrument"; see the results in the fifth (and final?) video, below, as well as photos of each project.
The teams unanimously expressed gratitude and awe at the array of tools available to them, courtesy of Red Bull and the equipment sponsors. From 3D printers to plasma cutters to all variety of high-end shop tool, even the programmers and devs acknowledged the breadth of the resources provided to them. Those with fabrication experience eagerly geeked out over the gear, though the teams were expected to source many of the raw materials themselves.
Times up, power tools down! Minneapolis-based 1.21 Jigawatts created an elaborate side-scrolling music box that scans drawings, playing them as a 'score' They originally wanted to make the tones random, but ended up correlating 'lower' tones to markings that are lower on the sheet of paper. Maker Twins of Phoenix, Arizona, came up with "Vitruvian," a human-sized two-channel DJ station The deconstructed drumkit by Chicago's MB Labs is controlled by a custom step sequencer The light travels around the circumference, such that marbles placed along radial 'inputs' trigger drum hits in time Skullduggery Systems traveled all the way from San Diego to participate The growler apparatus serves as an X-Y controller for the five-gallon jug, which produces pitched tones depending on the amount of water inside North Street Labs' "Treequencer," enhanced by the summery wash of the "Seashell" filter in the Windows Phone's Creative Studio app, detects a user's movements around the sculptural tree. North Street Labs is based in Portsmouth, Virginia Last but not least, i3 Detroit won the Team Choice awards
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