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Friday, 5 May 2006

Elephants, internet radio and cheesey wotsits

There's an interesting event happening in London this weekend - a French performing arts company called are carrying out a spectacle called The Sultan's Elephant which I can only describe as a giant street marionette show. Unfortunately, I didn't have the time to see it from work, since it was quite a busy day but the pictures on Flickr are spectacular, and go some way to make up for it!

Mechanical creations like that are probably my favourite kind of art - a multisensory experience you can watch, marvel, hear and share; I don't think I'll ever get tired of the clock in Midsummer Boulevard shopping Centre in Milton Keynes, and the way it unites any watching children in a dance of enjoyment as bubbles float down for them to grab and pop...

Perhaps I'll be able to take the children to an event like The Sultan's Elephant next time it takes place.

AAC+ bits
In audio news, I was heartened to see that, rather than being subdued by the development of Winamp's free AAC+ encoding and streaming capabilities, Orban - who charge $99 for the essentially the same service - have responded by releasing a much needed plug-in for the ubiquitous Windows Media. You can download it here, and it finally gives Windows Media Player the capability to play iPod audio!

internet radio stations
Speaking of which, here's a couple of fine internet radio stations to enjoy:

  • Nova Radio : Chilled out music from France - a favourite at work.
  • Soma FM : a high-quality mix of unsigned indie, electronica and ambient music, listener-supported from the USA. (Thanks, Trev).

Finally... Luton's made it into the news again, this time involving a woman who was proscuted from throwing a cheesey wotsit out of her car window. Make of that what you will!

Posted by james at May 5, 2006 10:36 PM

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