12.18.2006

DIY Composition

Imakethings.com is a DIY extravaganza, a site that says not only do it yourself, but do it inventively and with style. DIY as extreme play, as sharing, as stylish game, as a way of thriving on creative inspiration.

The most recent must see is what the Guru of Make is calling a casemod (for "case modification"; fresh track).


In essence, in zany post-apocalyptic Seattle (read: after the big storm), instead of mourning the fallen trees and loss of power, the Guru of Make solders up a DIY USB power source that lives in a mint tin, solders up another DIY MP3 player that stores music on one of those little memory cards you stick in your digi camera, and then locates said homespun and self-powered music-listening-device in, now get this, first a toy ray gun and then a plastic dinosaur.

Yes, you can make your own portable MP3 player. Yes said MP3 player can live in a toy ray gun or dinosaur. These are things we can do.

In I-Make-Things inspired composition, every order of discourse—from sound to word to clause to sentence to paragraph to form to genre—all of it is open to modification, tweaking, re-purposing, and play. I-Make-Things composition infects us with a mindset that is always looking for what's been cast aside (the toy ray gun, the plastic dinosaur) and in that finds room for the new. I-Make-Things composition sees value in one-of-a-kind composition and the non-circulating textual object, the gizmo that makes people laugh for its merging of utility in anti-utility. I-Make-Things composition puts new ideas out there—last week: a hovercraft; this week: minty-fresh MP3 action—as if to say: this is what I do ... how 'bout you?

4 comments:

  1. Rad! I want a Godzilla one. Good thing I didn't buy that iPod.

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  2. Yeah, Godzilla is one bad dinosaur!

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  3. I've got a godzilla you can have if you want to mod something into it and live in seattle!

    bre@makezine.com

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  4. Oh boy, NC! Bre has formally offered you a Godzilla. How could you possibly pass that up!?!

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