Few people have heard of it, yet many consider John Blankenbaker's KENBAK-1 to be the first commercial personal computer.

Koss introduced these headphones over 40 years ago, and they remain affordable favorites to this day.

Music From A Dry Cleaner

Tens of thousands of dry cleaning shops once dotted main streets across America. Of course, things were somewhat different then -- people usually dressed to go out, and clothing was comparatively expensive and often needed professional care.

These days, people are more likely to wear wrinkle resistant shirts and jeans 24/7. We're also more environmentally aware and realize that traditional dry cleaning methods aren't exactly earth friendly. The result is that thousands of local dry cleaners have closed, and many of the remaining ma and pa shops are just barely hanging on.

image from behance.vo.llnwd.net

Composer and sound designer Diego Stocco's curiosity got the better of him while walking past one of these little shops -- Aviva Cleaners in Burbank.

"Almost everyday, on my way to a local bakery, I walk in front of a dry cleaners," Diego recalls. "When they have the front door open, I hear a lot of interesting sounds coming from their work equipment."

"Eventually, the different mechanical and steam sounds sparked something in my mind, so one day I asked the owners if I could record a piece of music by using their machines as musical instruments," he says.

"I used a puff iron, press and dry cleaning machines, a washer, clothes hangers, and a bucket full of soap. The bass and lead sounds were created from the buzzing tones coming from the conduits and engines. There are no additional sounds from any traditional or electronic instruments."

The result is fun to watch, featuring a wide array of vintage cleaning equipment used in a decidedly unconventional manner.

Music from a Dry Cleaner [Behance]


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