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Powland Tapes

POW! TAPE by @amuletsmusic  ·  Source: Facebook / Powland

Powland CRTelecaster

CRTelecaster by Ei Wada  ·  Source: Facebook / Powland

Powland Mood

POW! MOOD by @kamalsabran  ·  Source: Facebook / Powland

Powland Cowbell

POW! COWBELL by @moritzsimongeist  ·  Source: Facebook / Powland

The magical mystery tour is coming to take you away! Powland is a channel full of brilliant inventions, mesmerizing sounds, unrestrained creativity, endless imagination and spine-tingling sensations. Dive into this wondrous world of sights and sounds, and I guarantee that you’ll be blown away.

Powland

Who and what is Powland? It’s not easy to put in words, and I’m not sure if I’ve even fully understood myself. It’s home to ‘The Powcademy Institute of Soundart’, which was founded in Amsterdam in 2017 and grew into the Powland network with over 25 Powcademies in cities all around the world. In short, it’s a network of artists who explore interdisciplinary concepts of sound, video, fabrication, invention and everything else.

This being Gearnews, we’re of course fascinated by musical inventions like the CRTelecaster by Ei Wada. We have absolutely no idea how it works, but he’s quite the virtuoso!

The inner workings of this next creation, POW! Pendulum Coils by @jn_lundberg, are equally mysterious. But I think you’ll agree that the sounds it produces are out-of-this-world beautiful.

Now close your eyes and meditate to the calming sounds of this installation, POW! PEACEFUL by @gamelatron. On second thought, don’t close your eyes, because it looks just as stunning as it sounds.

Unrestrained creativity

Some of these creative outbursts seem to have happened as a result of trying to cope with the lockdown, like POW! QUARANTINE by @_dylansheridan. It’s a modified microphone that gets propelled around his apartment by an air compressor. I would have loved to be there for that!

An air compressor seems to play a role in this next one, as well. Inventor @deangrahamstanton says that he built it at work after hours. POW! MOOD looks like an organ of sorts. A funnel organ?

And here’s another instrument that puzzles the mind. We have no idea how POW! AIR by @takumi_ogata works, but it involves an Arduino and, of course, Max/MSP.

If you had plans for this weekend, you might as well cancel. I, for one, have a hard time taking my eyes and ears off these mind-blowing creations, and we’ve only just scratched the surface!

More information

Videos

POW! TAPE by @amuletsmusic

POW! COWBELL by @moritzsimongeist

POW! MOOD by @kamalsabran

POW! JUNGLE by @simonasnikrosius

 

One response to “What to do this weekend? Immerse yourself in the miraculous world of Powland!”

  1. Leroy says:

    FUDGIN AWESOME!!

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