The ingredients of a classic house track

Another great video in the Vox Earworm series, a must see for any (house) music lover. Perfect fit to watch right after their previous “The Disco Invention that Changed Pop Music” video. On June 12, 1979, thousands of disco records were destroyed at Chicago’s “Disco Demolition Night”. Within one year, Chicago DJs and producers had […]

Why the Soviets doctored this iconic photo

With the recent 75 year remembrance of the Normandy Landings (D-Day), I was reminded of this video by Vox, from the Vox Darkroom series: “Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima” and “Raising a Flag over the Reichstag” are similarly iconic photos from World War II. They’re both beloved images of victory, and they’re both taken […]

It’s not you. Phones are designed to be addicting.

Today’s phones are hard to put down. Push notifications buzz in your pocket, red bubbles demand attention, and endless distractions sit at your fingertips. It can feel impossible to pull away from. But that’s kind of the point. I never understood why people would want to get notifications for every cough and sneeze. Turn ‘m […]

Dunkirk and the “Shepard Tone“

Nice piece by Vox – in a true Nerdwriter1 style by the way – on the sound design of Dunkirk – and by extension all of Christoper Nolan’s films – which makes the movie so intense. Just like with visual illusions, the brain can also be tricked with sound illusions. Sidenote: Ever since I saw […]

Kanye deconstructed: The human voice as the ultimate instrument

Once again a great video by the folks over at Vox — their videos are always insightful, clear, well narrated, edited nicely, etc. In this video they talk about Kanye West and usage of the human voice throughout his oeuvre: Kanye West’s music orbits around the power and flexibility of the human voice. Take “Wolves” […]