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See some of the stunning turntables in MoMA’s design collection. Making Music Modern: Design for Ear and Eye opens Saturday. 

[Dieter Rams. Portable Transistor Radio and Phonograph (model TP 1). 1959. Plastic casing, aluminum frame, and leather strap, 1 ¾ X 9 ¼ X 6″. Gift of the manufacturer]

The first transistor radio was released 61 years ago today. Here’s Dieter Rams’s 1959 design for Braun, on view now in Making Music Modern: Design for Ear and Eye.

[Dieter Rams. Portable Transistor Radio and Phonograph (model TP 1). 1959. Braun AG, Frankfurt, Germany, est. 1921. The Museum of Modern Art, New York]

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The third episode of The Art Assignment was released this week and artist Toyin Odutola challenged us viewers to gif something that is intimate and indispensable to you.

For me that would be, of course, music. Music has been my coping mechanism my entire life, from a rough childhood, to young adult break-ups, to the stress of running my own business… I put my headphones on or pick up my guitar and all of the bad stuff melts away.

So I made a little gif set that features Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, one of my favorite albums and the album that has inspired so much of my own original music. My headphones, my second home. My guitar, not the first instrument I ever picked up, but the one I’ve written the majority of my original music on. And a set of VU meters from Cubase, my recording software of choice since high school.

All of these brief moments above are indispensable to me. And every private conversation I have with songwriters from Kurt Cobain to Trent Reznor to Tori Amos are as intimate as you can get. Mini confessionals told with backing harmonies.

I love it…

Click here to read more about this gif set and view some ‘behind the scenes’/'making of’ photos on my blog.

RARE item! I will probably never see another like this again! Nintendo GameCube cassette player and radio in the shape of a discman. Has a small speaker on the front so can be played without headphones but volume isn’t too loud. Would recommend headphone use.