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"Imba Means Sing" Trailer

This afternoon we had the privilege of seeing a “rough cut” of the new documentary from journalist and filmmaker Erin Levin at New York’s Soho House. The film follows Moses and Angel, two members of The African Children’s Choir, over two years and across five countries. Over the course of 29 years, the choir has paid for 52,000 African kids to go to school. The film is on its way to being a gorgeous piece of work and we’re particularly excited about this project as OTB’s Lead Sound Designer / Mixer, Andrew Tracy, is creating the film’s audio. If you’d like to help Erin and her team get this passion project over the finish line, check out www.imbafilm.com

inspiration || tech genius

Literary tech juggernaut, Wired, is a magazine “Brand to Watch” according to AdAge. So I decided to check out some of their latest content. Here’s a sampling of some of the wildest inventions, ideas, and artists around. THIS is the type of shit that inspires us to think big.  
Stefan Falke’s ongoing La Frontera: Artists from the U.S. Mexican Borderproject documents the flourishing art community in an area known largely for crime, violence, and drug wars.
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In a stunning celebration of industry, engineering, and design, Nick Veasey takes x-ray photographs of large-scale machinery:

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The Ototo - a pocket-sized musical invention kit for kids so that they can make their own musical instruments. The concept was created by London-based creative agency, Dentaku, known for their hair brained inventions for clients like Wieden + Kennedy.

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creation || sound installations

Drawing on the millions of sources of inspiration coming from the smart, creative voices all around us, here at OTB we love to get our hands dirty. Whether it’s creating a birdcage speaker installation for our June 29th launch party or building a state-of-the-art sound studio in an empty Brooklyn warehouse from scratch, we’re all about making things. Making sounds, installations, and experiences. Talk about DIY. Here’s a look back at some of the stuff we’ve created -

Caged speaker, bird sounds:

Sound garden:

Sound wave machine:

Slide light project: 

inspiration || sofar sounds

The concept: take music back to the people. With an NPR “Tiny Desk Concert”-style intimacy and raw vibe, Sofar Sounds creates tightly curated live music experiences in “secret” spaces across the globe. The mission (the brainchild of co-founder Rafe Offer) is to cultivate that organic and magical feel of live music and give emerging artists a space to show their stuff. On September 22, we brought Sofar Sounds to our Brooklyn studio space and in turn, Sofar Sounds gave an eclectic mix of artists and music lovers a taste of what we’re all about. As Offer was quoted saying in the NY Mag article touting Sofar Sounds as a “Boom Brand 2013”, Sofar is about “letting people hear new music, not caring if somebody is popular, only caring if the music is good.” And the music, performed by Frances Cone, was good. 
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"RISING UP LIKE A THOUSAND SUNS

OUT OF THE MOUTH OF A SINGLE BIRD.”

- Hafiz

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