A collection of independently released music from the days when the cassette was the standard method of music sharing:


Noise-Arch.net is an online collection of underground / independantly released cassette tapes from the days when the audio cassette was the standard method of music sharing, generally the mid eighties through early nineties.

Material represented includes tape experimentation, industrial, avant-garde, indy, rock, diy, subvertainment and auto-hypnotic materials… most of what you are about to hear is rather difficult to file under any one category, and thus has not been.

Make music on DarwinTunes, just by listening to it:

Scientists are not entirely clear on how cultural evolution works, and MacCullum and Leroi are hoping their experiment will shed some light.

People copy cultural artifacts – words, songs, images, ideas – all the time from other people. Copying is imperfect: there is “mutation”. Some cultural mutants do better than others: most die but some are immensely successful; they catch on; they become hits. This process, repeated for fifty thousand years, has given us all that we make, say and do; it is the process of “cultural evolution”.

DarwinTunes is set up as a test-bed for the evolution of music, the oldest and most widespread form of culture; and, thanks to your participation, the initiators are starting to get answers:

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Ladies, this is the APP for you: Cover embarrassing sounds in the bathroom and save water at the same time

Meet The Thirst Flusher App. Thirst Flusher will cover for you without wasting water.
Just set the sound, hit the button and see how much water you saved.

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Women don’t like the fact that others can hear them
 while they are in the W.C. So in order to disguise these sounds they flush and waste water. About 219,000,000 liters of water wasted every year, just from needless flushing. To raise awareness and conserve water, Publics E-dologic, an interactive agency in Israel, teamed up with THIRST Global Water Awareness Organization and came up with this innovative idea. So next time you’re on the way to the W.C remember to use Thirst Flusher App. Now free at the APP store.

To Safely Deliver Pizzas, Domino’s Scooter Makes Human-Made Engine Sounds

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In the Netherlands, Domino’s Pizza has installed a human-made engine noises to their noiseless, electric delivery scooters to improve the riders’ safety and promote the company. 

The ‘Safe Sound’ does not make just a regular ‘vroom-vroom’ sound, but rather a sound of a silly human voice—which makes the scooter more obvious to surrounding vehicles and people. 

Carolien ten Cate, marketing manager of Domino’s Pizza Netherlands, said in a statement that scooter pizza deliverymen get into risky situations because of the lack of engine noise. 

“Because the safety of our delivery and all other road users is very important to us, we take personal responsibility here to do something,” she said. 

Human-made engine noises: entertaining or annoying?

Beautiful combination of sport, dance and computer animation

Quayola (aka ‘dQ’) and Memo Akten through digital production outfit Nexus Interactive Arts, created ‘Forms’, a multiscreen digital artwork commissioned by the National Media Museum for the exhibition In the Blink of an Eye: Media and Movement, which is part of the Cultural Olympiad programme. 

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Interview with the makers:

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In the Blink of an Eye is part of New Worlds which is a strand of imove, a Cultural Olympiad programme in Yorkshire:

National Media Museum, Galleries One and Two. 
9 March — 2 September 2012