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A Musical Mobile of Mobiles Makes Cell Phone Holiday Magic

The humble cell phone goes by many names; worldwide, the most common being simply "mobile." For many on this side of the pond, though, that word first brings to mind the image of a rotating object hanging from the ceiling of a nursery. Thus, the Mobile Mobile was born.

The art installation is composed of 50 HTC Touch handsets, all run by custom code directed by connected computers. Apparently, it can be programmed to play any song, like the holiday-themed one in the video after the break, and remote musicians can access a live stream at the installation's site and play their own music. Any tune you can think of.

The piece was created by James Theophane, and worked on by a large team that goes by the name LBi. (That either stands for "Lost Boys International" or "London Beer Inebriates," depending on which source you believe.) It will be on display at the Brick Lane Studio in London through January, after which something new -- and hopefully as interesting -- will be hung in its place. [From: Theo's Gallimaufry, via: textually.org]

Tags: art, cellphone, hgg, holiday, james theophane, JamesTheophane, lbi, mobile mobile, MobileMobile, music, top

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