I have to say, one of my favorite things about being a Design Lab user/consultant is being in a room with a bunch of people that are doing things that I don’t understand. It creates this kind of resonant feeling of wonder and palpable learning potential (the other thing about these people is that they’re willing to explain their most intimate knowledge of the things they work on to you) which makes it a nice place to work and talk and feel like you are in a community of people that do stuff – that is a feeling I like. People in the room create interactive installations (Simon) , robotic appendages (Danbi), and 3D chocolate printers (Eric) – but in addition to this those who work and hang out in this room tend to have personal recording projects that they put on the internet, and they happen to be pretty awesome.
Here are some links/descriptions!
This is a really catchy 90s alternative rock record which super-consultant Elly Schmitt played on and did wizard stuff to in neighbouring town Ypsilanti:
Conor Barry’s group, Men of the Cloth
This is a scary 7” from wonders-maker/consultant Simon Alexander-Adams:
With the parabolic speaker over the purple couch hang out space I’m also going to be setting up a ‘music gallery’ with only Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti musicians featured on an interface used exclusively for that purpose. It’ll be a cool place to discover what’s going on round here – so that’s something to look out for.