One of the things I miss the most about living in
Chicago is Smart Bar’s legendary House music
sets. And now, thanks to Awdio, I can listen to live-streaming sets from Smart Bar and an extensive
list of other nightclubs worldwide, for free.
Awdio is the first network to broadcast from a
multitude of clubs in real time. Their amazingly
clear sound quality comes from their trademark
AwdioBox, a professional, 19"-rack IP audio component lent to the source clubs, which converts
analog audio into digital MP3 signals and transmits to Awdio’s servers.
Awdio’s sponsors enable them to offer their
live music service for free. They host more than
100 clubs on five continents, and aim to triple
that number in 2009. Their user interface is clean
and easy to navigate, and each club listing gives
a sneak peek into that part of the globe. These
peeps are passionate about music and it shows.
Next time DJ Heather is turning up the heat in
Chitown, I can clear out the furniture and turn up
the bass right here in the redwoods. The best part
is that in a world full of time zones, it’s always
time to boogie somewhere. —Goli Mohammadi
Tricks of the Trade By Tim Lillis
You can age gracefully.
Searching for an aged
brass look for your next
steampunk project? Use
this trick, shared by Richard
Nagy of datamancer.net.
Inside a sealable container, Fume it anywhere from a
suspend your piece of brass few hours to a day until the
a few inches over a small desired effect is achieved.
cup of ammonia. Add more ammonia if it
For a burnished effect, fume
the brass darker than you
want it, then polish it afterward for a rich, dark, shiny,
Have a trick of the trade?
Send it to email@example.com.
Take precautions when using ammonia. Only use outdoors with
proper ventilation and wear rubber gloves and eye protection.