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Literary Absorption Vol.01

The first of its kind. The original of its species. The first post containing a list of some fantastic fodder for the hungry mind. 

We of MB do not advocate mindless consumerism in any shape, form, or fashion. Consumerism and the hyperconsumerist society in which we live is a toxic and destructive environment.

We of MB do, however, advocate the intellectual consumption of value-intensive books. The following is a brief first list of books to add to your reading list -- or maybe we can jam because we've both read them which is cool too. 

We believe in people. We believe in sharing experiences and collaboratively creating the society and future that we'd like to inhabit across an array of mediums; nothing is off limits.

Reading is an invaluable vehicle for experiencing life in the shoes of another, learning from those who have gone before, and being exposed to ideas outside of the small worlds we occupy.

What follows is a list of some of the better books I've consumed over the past few months. They're in no particular order, but if I had to recommend one to begin:  Antifragile

Check out McKay's, they have a few of these in stock I know. Or, if you'd like, we'll even loan one to you if we have one available via Kindle or hardcopy. 

Dive in.

Ready Player One: A Novel
By Ernest Cline
Sound Recording Revolution Around the Corner
Guest Post by Carti Venandi

Zylia, a young company from Poznan, Poland established in 2012, has been dedicated to one thing since starting up: developing “revolutionary tools and technologies for recording and post-processing of music, 3Daudio, and VR (Virtual Reality).

It appears they're accomplishing this mission with the emergence of their newest product, the Zylia ZM-1 microphone (or “microphones” if you’d rather considering it has a total of 19 omnidirectional condenser capsules in this one piece of equipment).

Not only that, they offer high quality 48 kHz/24 bit recording and their proprietary Zylia DAW software is included. Now, you may be wondering what sets this product apart. What's so revolutionary here? Why in the hell do we need 19 microphones in one?!

No need to hold you’re breath because I'm about to break it down to brass tacks.

Track Separation Software, BOOM. Now despite sounding not so exciting, this is some groundbreaking stuff. The ZM-1 lets you record multiple instruments simultaneously, then separating each individual instrument from the full mix, keeping the acoustics and quality intact for each track. Some could say it's the biggest revolution in music recording since multi-track recording technology came to light in the 1950s.

The ZM-1 and its accessories are still in the production process but they're promoting and funding through Indiegogo - offering you a chance to contribute or, even better:  pre-order the ZM-1 at an attractive price. Check it out.

Oswalds Mill Audio
Guest Post by Carti Venandi

Many entrepreneurs love curating items of enticement, from fine art and property in exotic places, to quality equipment and merchandise. No matter the possession nor appeal among this broad spectrum one thing remains true for all items: it enhances the human experience in one way or another.

Now, if you’re a music and high end audio lover looking to augment your personal audio experience, or someone who enjoys the finer things in life looking to impress guests, look no further than OMA.

Oswalds Mill Audio provides high-quality audio listening instruments made from sustainably sourced materials, with an unparalleled design philosophy and execution that will most definitely elevate your soundscape. From their website:

our products are made by hand in Pennsylvania, using locally sourced, sustainable hardwoods, slate, cast bronze, iron and aluminum. We are the only company in the world making solid wood loudspeakers using the same joinery craftsmanship as the finest furniture, and we are the only company that has ever used conical horn speakers for home audio.
— Oswald Mill Audio (OMA)

Boasting the same source of wood as Martin Guitars, steel infrastructures, and aerospace grade hardware; quality provisions like these easily catch the attention of any avid audio listener and/or creator. 

Check out some of their amazing offerings on their site and check out the video and article about them on Bloomberg.

A lot can be gleaned from quality designs out there including inspiration for your own projects. Creating speakers isn't an inaccessible and certainly not impossible task. If you have an idea, let us know and we'll help you see it through.