Friday, October 17, 2008
Peter Reardon of Shadow Hills showing off his spectacular gear. Those who are familiar with WWII radios such as the Hallicrafters SX-28 will appreciate the detail and stying of Peter's compressors and other electronics. I suggested to Peter that he submit one of his designs to MOMA for consideration as they do collect post modern products that are unusual and break new ground. In this case, by going back into the mid century aesthetic, and amplifying it, Peter and others have created a new style (that I will not label retro, but you may if you must) and that new style, to my eyes, invokes the idea of technology as a life form, work of art, possessing the soul of the maker, historical reference, and other attributes that that are used to intentionally influence the user's perception and appreciation of the product, combined with the knowledge/belief that the result is improved.
In microphones, musical instruments, and certain other human-technology interface devices, we know this to be an important factor. The user must have confidence and a sense of the overall aesthetic meaning, and that comes through in the final result.
Posted by Bob Crowley at 9:02 AM