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#31
Mon, 20/02/2012 - 22:41
doof - there's nothing so dated as yesterday's future

wow - syd mead images are awesome!

i really want the falkirk wheel to be a catapult for canal boats on an aerial aquaduct. there's a sign at the right of that photo with an arrow to the launcher bit saying, "Combined canal cruise and scenic flights this way"

wingless plane monorail is cool! reminds me of those aluminium caravans





this pic was for a proposed snow dome for dubai! the plan included a rotating disc of a ski slope - just like a vinyl LP, it's faster going at the edges and you sort of ski stationary as the disc spins up on an angle towards you!



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#32
Mon, 20/02/2012 - 23:09
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Nice. I've got a few of those record-sleeve frames on my walls, and that one gets a regular airing.
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#33
Mon, 20/02/2012 - 23:12
Another 70s vision of the future on a record sleeve:
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#34
Mon, 20/02/2012 - 23:20
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That's a lovely Jacket Hat
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#35
Tue, 21/02/2012 - 00:33
not only a nice colour but meteor and hot-rock proof no doubt!

"The cannabis experience has greatly improved my appreciation for art, a subject which I had never much appreciated before. The understanding of the intent of the artist which I can achieve when high sometimes carries over to when I'm down. This is one of many human frontiers which cannabis has helped me traverse."

"A very similar improvement in my appreciation of music has occurred with cannabis..."

- carl sagan. nasa scientist & pothead.

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the forbidden planets electronic music pioneers comp is full of 1950s science fiction futurism sounds


(queen on the synths from 1'13" is yum!)
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#36
Thu, 23/02/2012 - 19:13
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Where are those damned robots?


Picking DVD's in Guernsey.
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#37
Thu, 23/02/2012 - 19:18
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I quite enjoy washing the dishes in the sink.


With recession, cheaper too, dishwasher tablets + high electricity costs in UK, and then you need some more tablets if you live in hard water areas.

It's like these fusion razors, you bin the old two blade and find out these new fuzion blades are a tenner a pop.
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#38
Thu, 23/02/2012 - 19:27
If we can get past holy books written thousands of years ago, we might start moving.

The future designs from the past is what holds back the future.

We have roads, so we will have cars in the future. They are never going to get rid of roads, so we are tethered to cars as the mode of transport in the future.

The past is the future.
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#39
Thu, 23/02/2012 - 19:45
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this whole forum is a bit about future shock though isn't it? lots of musical reminiscing rather than embracing freshness. a bit like having a 8mm film filter to use with an iphone camera footage


Neil Young: Steve Jobs Listened To Vinyl

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/31/neil-young-steve-jobs-vinyl_n_1...

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the maddest science fiction of the short term future is defo coming from the world of nanotechnology. There's this epic filing classification for new Patents and nano just has the one class!




Dr. Stephen Ledbetter makes a technological and medical breakthrough when he creates a type of tiny machine, known as nanobots, capable of curing any disease or imperfections in the human body.

Opening narration
“ Man has long worked to stave off the diseases that can ravage us. But what can happen when the cure grows more fearsome than the disease?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_New_Breed_%28The_Outer_Limits%29
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Thu, 23/02/2012 - 20:39
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#41
Thu, 23/02/2012 - 21:00
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snow dome for dubai!


That to me is retarded version of the future by daft people with no ideas and too much money, same goes for those stupid islands.

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The super secretive Seal Group who couldn't be named due to a super injunction, until Vice President Joe Biden identified them as Seal Team 6 and gave each member a shout out by name on the View, said the newly built aquarium training center was very life like.

In addition to native protected coral from Key West, smuggled in by Somalian Pirates,
sunken U-boats, a scuttled blockade runner from Turkey intercepted before it reached Palestine, gold doubloons and ancient cannons littering the sea floor, there is also the assorted black body bags weighted down with anchor chains to insure authenticity.


http://www.thespoof.com/news/spoof.cfm?headline=s8i95652

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Dubai, UAE -- An ancient legend is coming to life in this tiny emirate. The Tower Of Babel is under construction on the shores of the Persian Gulf. The Tower will be 5433 cubits and 2 palms high (about 1.5 miles) when completed. The Tower of Babel will be the most magnificent building ever made by mankind when it is completed on December 21, 2012.


http://www.thespoof.com/news/spoof.cfm?headline=s3i47113

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Surprising the rest of the world and its jealous neighbours Dubai went ahead with the opening although it's a well known fact Dubai is flat broke.

Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, leader of Dubai, and a nasty job, has offered all of those bankers and financiers involved in the Dubai meltdown a free ride up the towering towers to meet Allah.

They will be allowed to speak to their maker, ask for forgiveness and then JUMP!

Sheikh Khalifa feels its much more humane than chopping off their corrupt hands


http://www.thespoof.com/news/spoof.cfm?headline=s3i66369
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#42
Thu, 23/02/2012 - 21:03
The Past, The Present, the Future

Riots

Falkland Islands

Recession

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#43
Thu, 23/02/2012 - 22:22
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Sierra Designs 60/40 I believe Hat
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#44
Sat, 25/02/2012 - 05:50
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adorno wrote:
octopus wrote:




Sierra Designs 60/40 I believe Hat




A new label Batten is doing similar parkas and Kafka have them

The designer worked for Daiki the fella behind Engineered Garments and Woolenrich Mills for 4 yrs so quality should be good - tho why they can't make jackets waterproof pisses me right off

oi polloi has them too in different colourways


where's fuckin Mikuni these days he's normally the one for fashion tips Hat
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#45
Sat, 25/02/2012 - 14:48
Martin Red wrote:
The future designs from the past is what holds back the future.

We have roads, so we will have cars in the future. They are never going to get rid of roads, so we are tethered to cars as the mode of transport in the future.

The past is the future.




in the context of music, the invention of the snare drum ties a lot of genres together. A lot of sampler/syntesizer music is still attached to drum machine sounds that tried to reproduce old fashioned drum kits too.

Lots of my very favourite music doesn't really fit into genre-based dj sets very easily because it ignores the established rules of structure to mix seamlessly with other tracks in that genre. I was listening to some early tek9 tracks the other day and they are just wonderfully captivating - so much more going on than the rhythm formula in almost all drum and bass tracks made these days - but maybe more of a challenge to mix with too!

I just read a quote from carl craig in the liner notes for his sessions mix about how for him, techno was about seeking optimism in the future - about creating something new rather than looking to the past for inspiration and it's still forward looking music that most floats my boat

[I have no idea about fashion - in the spirit of that 60/40 anorak link though - mid 80s vintage rohan clobber used some great colours in that same sort of fabric - it always had that sort of retro-futurist look about it somehow too - like the outfits space crew would wear in inter-gallactic films from a bygone era]

link to all of Forbidden Planet youtube film
very well worth watching. bonus marks for how many samples you can spot from techno tracks!

I don't have much of a clue about making music and art - but if anyone's interesting in fooling around with sounds and images that have never been created before, I heartily recommend software from U&I
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#46
Sun, 26/02/2012 - 17:59

jacques fresco designs

i think he defo must have watched thunderbirds on the telly!


these next few are by robert mccall - including very iconic image from space odyssey 2001





it's really head-stretching to try and imagine where humans will be in 300yrs time or 10,000yrs time or whenever - will we already be heading out into space?


glenn brown has done some cool images sort of re-versioning sci-fi book covers



paleofuture blog has some cool links to imagined futures that haven't quite happened yet!
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#47
Mon, 27/02/2012 - 18:16


Don Walsh, the only living person to have been to the bottom of Marianas Trench.


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Although two explorers, Jacques Piccard and Don Walsh, reached the deepest part of the Marianas Trench - a point called the Challenger Deep - in 1960, no humans have been back since.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-12183244

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17013285
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Mon, 27/02/2012 - 18:51


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In 1944, the Nazi top brass believed that a rudimentary nuclear weapon might soon be within their scientists' grasp. Hitler, desperate to turn the tide of the war, hatched a secret plan for an aircraft that would usher in the age of global terrorism -- the 'Amerika Bomber'. This would deliver the hoped-for 'wonder weapon' directly on to the biggest target of them all: New York City.
Hitler's Plan to Atom Bomb New York uncovers the astonishing competition that was held between Germany's top aviation designers to build a completely new aircraft capable of carrying and dropping the bomb on the towers of Manhattan. They included a giant V-rocket that would later provide the basis for the Apollo missions, and a high-altitude craft with fundamental similarities to the modern space shuttle.
The winner of the competition -- a huge V-winged jet plane capable of crossing the Atlantic and returning in a single flight -- was rushed into production. The film tells the story of how close the 'Amerika Bomber' came into being before an Allied mission put an end to the project once and for all




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#49
Mon, 27/02/2012 - 22:19

"*giggle*...it's wonderful"


oceans are deep!






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#50
Wed, 29/02/2012 - 18:44
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science and science fiction seem to take turns in inspiring the other. science fiction isn't just fantasy inspired by science fiction NASA hopes sci-fi will inspire future space force

i'm sure mobile phone inventors must have been fascinated by images of the communicators on star trek!


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these images are from that paleofuture blog and sort of to do with music:

1899 imagining of a mechanical orchestra of 2000


from 1930 and reads, "No robot will ever feel and while there is no feeling, no emotional capacity, there can be no music. Millions, realising this truth have joined the Music Defence League in protest against substitution of Canned Music for Living Music"



"Dancing on the Moon" cartoon from 1935. The music and plot are pretty tame but perhaps with the depression-era escapism of voyaging into space and the future there is a little parallel with post-industrialism birth of techno in detroit and the search from something new in 60s/70s german electronica

from 1957 predicting fashion of 2000: "Most of the designers represented agreed that the fashionable woman of the future will be wired for sound, with sending and receiving equipment built into her costume..."

Every Era Produces Good Music (from 1968 Daily review, CA): "It is true that more melodic pop music was produced in the 1930s than in any other decade in this century, yet no era or generation can claim a monopoly on good sound. And it may be that the pop musicologists of the 1990s may report to their generations that some elegant tunes were composed in the 1960s."

Arthur C Clarke writing in 1986 predicts a concert of 2019: "Music: All-Star Simulated Symphony. Always a treat for lovers of classical music, this duo uses the latest in synthesizers and digital music techniques (and a few robots) to simulate a live performance of the world's greatest orchestra and recreate the sounds of legendary performers. A robotic Rachmaninoff has the piano solos in the highlight of the show. Gershwin's An American in Paris, conducted by an animatronic likeness of the composer. So real, you'd swear the players were alive and in the room."

from 1981:

"...At the same time, another child is working at the music synthesizer, creating some music to go with the crazy pictures...Your orchestra will not be a real one, but an electronic one with sounds created by a synthesizer. On command, the synthesizer's computer will play the music with any sounds you want....And you will also be able to use the computer to produce unusual moving designs and patterns, rather like making video cartoons or electronic paintings that move. Then you can put your video shows together with your own electronic music, and create the most stunning experiences -- perhaps even a totally new art form of the future!"
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Fri, 02/03/2012 - 03:17
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#52
Fri, 09/03/2012 - 09:13
Does anyone know the title of the book from whence Justin posted that space station image? (I think it is a book I once owned as a kid, but cannot remember the name)?
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#53
Fri, 09/03/2012 - 14:57
Getting briefly back to dishwashers, I can confirm they are absolute fucking gubbins.
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#54
Fri, 09/03/2012 - 17:17
check the knitted polyester all-in-one suit on the man about the house of the future from the 1956 Daily Mail ideal homes show by Alison & Peter Smithson



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Fri, 09/03/2012 - 20:44
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Does anyone know the title of the book from whence Justin posted that space station image? (I think it is a book I once owned as a kid, but cannot remember the name)?


It is "Future World" by Peter Goodwin, Published by Hamlyn 1979. I'm sure it was in our school library. There's a couple of copies on Abe at the moment:

http://www.abebooks.co.uk/products/isbn/9780600394327/1037409769
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#56
Wed, 28/03/2012 - 00:28
(hollow sun's music laboratory machines and tubes & wires from rhythmic robot are cool for making bleeps from a forgotten future)
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#57
Wed, 28/03/2012 - 01:17

moog synth on tomorrow's world


fairlight on tomorrow's world...and sesame street
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#59
Thu, 05/04/2012 - 15:30

- from mandelbulber site
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#60
Thu, 05/04/2012 - 15:50
subblue's work is really beautiful

http://www.subblue.com/blog/2012/1/6/leclaireur

beguiling mix of techno-futurist constructions and deep natural fractal evolving forms
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