There were six contestants in the Jukebox building contest sponsored by The Virtual Museum of Architecture, located at Purdue University (207, 113, 26). As you may remember from previous articles, their Spring Build-off theme featured 50’s drive-ins. The theme proved to be so popular that they decided to hold a mini Jukebox building contest.
Elaara Wylder-Hansome (elaara.wylder) won first place with her fun design. Elaara never expected to win. She said, “I was excited just to take part!” Her entry features lots of neon in colorful pink, blue, green, yellow and purple that rotates and changes. Records move and drop down, too, just like the old jukeboxes used to do. (Or so I’m told.)
One of the criteria for the contest was that the jukeboxes had to be able to play music. Originally the requirement was to play a 50s stream, but that was later modified to require that it could play a song that was provided. Neither Elaara nor I could remember the name, but it’s an upbeat, familiar-sounding rock-n-roll tune. I couldn’t resist dancing a bit.
Neural Blankes won Second Place, and Third Place was awarded to Toxic Darkmatter. Darkforest Dean (rottin.dean) created a jukebox with six selections in it, including Doo Wop and a Rockabilly station. Jolie Serendipity and Djinn Dasmijn, who coordinates the contest, also competed.
The winners were selected by members of the VMA, who voted for their favorites. The competition was tough as all of the jukeboxes look great. They are on display now, along with the drive-in trophy designs, inside the VMA building.