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The Clash evolution!

The Clash evolution!

IMPORTANT: Currently the production capacity is exhausted. All upcoming orders are wait-listed. Some devices are available at Urban Record Store. I will built a new batch for Christmas. Thanks for your understanding.

The Clash can be purchased exclusively in Freiburg, Germany at the fabulous “Urban Record Store“. Orders via mail are also possible. The Clash is made in Germany, patent pending. Price is €59.00 + shipping.

The Clash is a mobile high-quality handmade, power supply free, cross-fader which allows you to connect two audio sources and blend them. Connect any phone, mp3 player, turn table, instrument to one of the inputs and battle your friends.

Two inputs (Line Level), One output (Line Level), no battery or power supply required ,high precision state of the art ALPS cross fader, three studio quality 3,5mm jacks, reduced to minimum electronics – no interference, no noise, no compromise, 100% handmade, cases are 3D printed to order, so minor deviations are expected and appreciated. Don´t expose to sunlight or high temperatures since the case is printed using 100% bio-degradable material.  12 month warranty on functionality.

The Clash – logo design by Axel Roth – sogehtdes.net

The picture above shows how to connect your Clash to your devices and sound systems. It is quite easy to do so, in fact there are only three audio jacks available. The outer ones are to connect devices like mobile phones, tablets, CD Player, Tape Decks, personal assistance like Alexa or Siri, your PC etc. Basically any device which outputs an audio line level is a good source. The middle audio jack is the output of The Clash. Connect your stereo or sound system and you are ready to clash.

Feedback is key for me to ensure that future versions of the clash meets your requirements. If you have any feedback or a story about you and The Clash, please feel free to drop me a mail.

The Clash is made in Germany and is very robust. However, please ensure that you don´t expose The Clash to sunlight. Since I am using a bio-degradable material for the case, it is a bit sensitive to hot temperature.  Treat The Clash like your mobile and your are  on the safe side.

I am sure you know already what to do with The Clash, however here are some areas of operation, advised by other Clash users:

Wedding: Have a Clash available so that guests can play their songs and Clash with others
Car: Attach the Clash to the AUX input of your Cars stereo and let the Backrow be DJs
Friends: Classic Clashing by sharing the latest tunes using your own playlist
DJ: A tablet and a mobile is all you need to gear up any ad hoc party
Home: Connect your PC and your mobile to The Clash and enjoy music while gaming

BarMate – Prototype

BarMate – Prototype

Just for the “Bläserfestival” (Brass Festival) in Weil am Rhein, south Germany I built three of these devices. Not that staff at the Beer-Tent are not able to calculate, but some of the colleagues are not very often working at a Beer-Tent, deposit also have to be considered and customers turn to zombies at the current 36 degree Celsius, BarMate will support them.

Currently BarMate is a prototype and we will see if it really speed up calculating. So orders like: “2 beers, 1 Coke, 1 Weizen and by the way, I would like to bring back two empty bottles” should be easy to manage for BarMate.

If you are interested to have BarMate also at your event, just contact me.

The Clash!

The Clash!

Want to clash your best friend with music? Annoyed of sharing one phone? You join a party and there is a need for a DJ, but no equipment at hand? Well there is a solution now – you need “The Clash”.

The Clash is a mobile high-quality handmade, power supply free, Crossfader which allows you to connect two audio sources and blend them. Connect any phone, mp3 player, turn table, instrument to one of the inputs and battle with your best friend.

The Clash is a pocket size mobile dj-crossfader featuring:

  • Two inputs (Line Level)
  • One output (Line Level)
  • No battery or power supply required
  • Pocket size
  • High precision state of the art ALPS cross fader
  • Three studio quality 3,5mm jacks
  • Reduced to minimum electronics – No interference, No noise
  • Many colors available (Black, White, Red, Blue, Orange)
  • Handmade, if stock is empty 3-4 weeks lead time

Availability – May 2019

Estimated price: €59 + shipping

Check: impossible-solutions.de for more details

Snowsculpting Finland Day 3 & 4

Snowsculpting Finland Day 3 & 4

Evening of day two was at the Oulu Town hall. Evening started quite easy but then it developed into a great party.

Day 3 went very well progress was great. And the weather is perfect for carving. We have now -21 degrees celsius. But there was a scary update from the weather forecast service. There will be rain tonight and temperatures going up to 3 degrees. If that is the case some of the sculptures might be in trouble. Lets see…

Kalle provided us with a beer emergency kit. I assume he meant “Break” instead of “Broke” 🙂

And then on day 4 – The real nightmare for us begun. Temperature raised over night to plus 4 degrees. Rain was there in the night. As a result we had the first collapse of our sculpture around 15:30. A bigger part of our wall collapsed. However we could fix that quite well. After the first shock we did not gave up and started to fix the sculpture. Another 2 hours later, we just had a coffee at the Luma Bar, someone came and told us that our 3,5 meter statue collapsed. That was the time where we were very close to resign. But Olympic spirit won and so we build on what was left. After all we came up with a much smaller statue and less walls but the idea of the sculpture was still visible.

deinBlau – Mosaic

deinBlau – Mosaic

When deinBlau was on exhibition I collected all the pictures made by the visitors. At the end there were around 2500 individual images created. I wanted to compile a mosaic out of the images but I never really did it. A bad flu gave me some time to do some coding. There are many mosaic building tools out there but as a maker I felt I have to do this last part of deinBlau by myself.

As a result I came up with a piece of code written in Python, a language I start to like because of it´s efficiency. I implemented an automatic fitting algorithm. This allows to change the width of an image and the algorithm fits the images. Auto fitting is key to get the result I want.

Finally I could create the mosaic image which I promised to deliver after the exhibition. In fact I never lied, it came after the exhibition, but for sure later as expected.

I will look for a Gallery who will put this Poster on exhibition. I am very excited to see it in reality. I plan to print it in 3.00 x 2.00 meter.

Below some images showing the evolution of the mosaic.

deinBlau image from an visitor – 600 x 400 Pixel

The image above shows one single image made by one of the visitors. Check out deinblau.de for more details on how these images were created. Next Images show how the mosaic evolves:

First mosaic – 4 images – 1.200 x 800 pixel
16 images – 2.400 x 1.600 pixel
100 images – 6000 x 4000 pixel
Now we approaching big poster size – 400 images – 12.000 x 8.000 pixel
900 images – 18.000 x 12.000 pixel
1600 images – 24.000 x 16.000 pixel

The Image below has enough pixels to finally fit on the 3.00 x 2.00 meter Poster. I will check the net for a high quality but affordable service to print it out.

2025 images – 27.000 x 18.000 pixel

For those of you who are interested, I posted the full Python script below. Ensure that you install the Pillow (PLT) library before running the script. I developed this one on a Windows machine. If you want to run it on a Mac or Linux, there are some small changes regarding file reading required.

Black Forest – Sculpture 2019

Black Forest – Sculpture 2019

Lothar did an outstanding job and created a beautiful piece of art. The sculpture is quite challenging but we a confident to carve it out of the block quite nicely. As Lothar always said: “The sculpture is already in the block, we just have to carve it out”

Name of the sculpture is “In the Matrix” – An abstraction of how social networks are determine our lives. There is always an exit, an open part of the fence. A life without being networked. But no one is brave enough to take the step.

News!

News!

Team Black Forest is: Dethlef Schürzmann, Lothat Luboschik and Mike Schneider

2019 Team Germany – Black Forest is back at the outstanding Snow-Call Snow-Sculpting Competition in Oulu, Finland. We are one of the selected Teams from all over the world. Stay tuned and check the updates on this page!

Sculpture selected!

Sculpture selected!

Yesterday Dethlef, Lothar and I met to discuss about the sculpture. Finally we decided for one of the most beautiful one I have ever seen. The name of the sculpture is “Caught in the Matrix” and is a homage on social networks and what it can do with individuals. Stay tuned, I will post a picture as soon as I got the green light to do so from the team.