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Every now and then, someone sends me a cool link to use so this Off the Beaten Path includes stuff sent from readers. Remember, if you find a cool link (doesn’t matter if it’s radio or not … just something you think is worth sharing), please feel free to email me with the info.

Strange Instruments
From Russ Johnson … I’m not sure if you’ve run across Swedish musical group Wintergatan, and its chief mechanic Martin Molin. But if you haven’t, you’re in for a treat. He has created an electromechanical marvel of retro musical programming from plywood. Not available at Ikea.

Here’s a video from YouTube.

And how it works is fascinating. Part I

Part II

If you want to watch a master “tinker” at work, you might look for more from Wintergatan …

The Web of Music Influence
After seeing my post of a circuit board map representation of alternative music history, I received the following from Bryan Vu at It’s an interesting representation of pop music and the influence of different artists.

Mister Rogers
This link came from John Butler from the School of Film at Ohio University. John was Mister Rogers sound guy way back in the day when Mister Rogers was on TV in black & white. John’s words of Fred Rogers were always of a wonderful man. Even accepting an Emmy award, Mister Rogers still had something to teach us.

Voice Over Body Shop
Howard Ellison, our friend from the U.K., recommends the Voice Over Body Shop with Dan Lenard and George Whittam. This link is for folks who do voice over work … and the guys are fun to watch.

And finally …
You might have heard of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. It’s often associated with military members who have been in a combat situation, but it is not limited to just those people. It’s a disorder that causes a “hyperarousal” to a previous stressful situation. It causes the person to, in a sense, relive that fear (and often for years!). This information is good to know whether it helps you directly or gives you a better understanding of someone else.

If you stumble across a good or unusual web site that might be of interest, please don’t hesitate to send me the link and any info you might have about it. My email address is [email protected].