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Rewrap the Gift

  • Vanessa Kauffman Zimmerly

Our holiday traditions around giving and receiving are due for a redux. Here are our tips.

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Sing to Me: The Power of the Human Voice

  • Vanessa Kauffman Zimmerly

It’s time to warm up those vocal cords. How singing and being sung to have kept us surviving.

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Object Story: The Safety Razor

  • Vanessa Kauffman Zimmerly

Why a 120-year-old razor is still the one you want to use.

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OneClock Reads: Super Normal

  • Vanessa Kauffman Zimmerly

In Super Normal: Sensations of the Ordinary designers Jasper Morrison and Naoto Fakasawa draw our attention to the phenomenon of everyday objects.

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Meet the Team: Jamie Kripke's Studio of Life

  • Vanessa Kauffman Zimmerly

Artist, cyclist, skier, and OneClock co-founder, Jamie Kripke brings the same curiosity and creative energy to everything he does.

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Meet the Team: Howie Rubin's Architecture of Experience

  • Vanessa Kauffman Zimmerly

Experiential marketing aficionado Howie Rubin on music, design, clocks, and living life to its fullest by slowing down.

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OneClock / Wake Up Better

  • Jamie

No good clocks were harmed in the making of this film.

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Something About Nothing

  • Vanessa Kauffman Zimmerly

Three books for resisting the attention economy and restoring a mindful life.

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In Your Dreams

  • Vanessa Kauffman Zimmerly

Humans spend several years dreaming, yet this phenomenon remains mysterious in both purpose and meaning.

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Object Lessons

  • Vanessa Kauffman Zimmerly

What the world of touch teaches and tells us.

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Get Up!

  • Vanessa Kauffman Zimmerly

Tune your body and mind with some Valentine’s Day morning sex. Or, why we recommend getting down while waking up.

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Introducing...Captain Planet!

  • Vanessa Kauffman Zimmerly

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OneClock Anthem Video

  • Jamie

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How Do You Sleep at Night?

  • Vanessa Kauffman Zimmerly

Your chronotype determines when and how well you sleep, and much about how you feel while awake—but few people know what theirs is, or how to live in harmony with it.

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Jon Natchez on Writing Music for OneClock

  • Vanessa Kauffman Zimmerly

Composer and musician Jon Natchez shares insights and inspirations for OneClock’s initial seven waking tracks.

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A New Way for the New Year

  • Vanessa Kauffman Zimmerly

It’s that time again! The New Year invites us to set intentions for self-improvement and change. Here’s how you can best prepare for a successful refresh.

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A Guaranteed Audience of One

  • Jamie

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Buy Nothing, Sleep In / Thoughts on Black Friday and Cyber Monday

  • Vanessa Kauffman Zimmerly

As the Black Friday alarm rings at its early hour, we invite you to make a new ritual of sleeping in. And then, once you wake up? Go sit and have coffee with your mom, dad, kids, neighbor, or dog. Watch the sun travel across the kitchen window. Appreciate. Connect. Make it a thing.

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OneClock // 1 minute waking music samples

  • Jamie

Listen to 60 second samples of the 7 waking compositions that Jon Natchez created for OneClock.

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It’s About Time: The Magic of a Meaningful Morning

  • Vanessa Kauffman Zimmerly

The quiet of morning is beloved by the creative mind. Find out how you can wake up gently, establish a daily ritual, and reclaim the magic of morning with the help of OneClock.

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Fitter, Happier, More Productive?

  • Vanessa Kauffman Zimmerly

The near constant use of technology in contemporary life can be overwhelming, affecting our health and relationships. Use a less-is-more approach to find physical, mental, and emotional balance in a world dominated by devices.

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1000 True Fans

  • Jamie

Assorted feedback from the first few OneClock owners.

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Jon Natchez Launch Concert

  • Jamie

Composer and multi-instrumentalist Jon Natchez created some music to celebrate our 2/2 launch.

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Video: Behind the Music

  • Jamie

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Product before price

  • Jamie

We set out to make exactly what we wanted, not what the market wanted. The price is what it is because that’s where the price ended up once we'd designed the clock we wanted.

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The Snooze Button is your Frenemy

  • Jamie

If you find the idea of quitting the Snooze button intimidating, look at it this way: Snoozing does not equal sleeping. Snoozing is a sad, stressful imitation of real sleep.

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Scaring Yourself Awake

  • Jamie

From the adrenal gland’s point of view, there’s no difference between the shock of that blaring alarm and the sight of an incoming tsunami. And why would you want to start your day like that?

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A Brief History of Alarm Clocks

  • Jamie

It seems clear that the need for alarm clocks will never go away. But if the 1787 version of the U.S. Constitution can be amended 27 times, can’t we evolve our alarm clocks, too?

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Threat Vigilance, your Smartphone, and why you can’t sleep

  • Jamie

Many of us use our phones as our alarm clocks. It’s simple and easy and it works. But when you bring your smartphone to bed with you, you’re also bringing that fiendish little source of stress into your bedroom, too.

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Introducing...Captain Planet!

I Just Wanna Dance

“The initial spark was, of course, Michael Jackson.”

When Charlie B. Wilder—known in the music industry as Captain Planet—was little, he just wanted to dance. “I danced constantly,” he says. “For me, music is dancing. I can’t pull them apart. They’ve always been tied together for me.”

Wilder grew up dancing, drumming, playing in bands, and listening to eclectic mixtapes made by his “super cool older sister” between both coasts. While he didn’t have any formal music education, he played any instrument he could get his hands on, learning by his own ear and an insatiable musical appetite.

It was while he was in high school in New York that he first saw a turntable set-up at a friend’s house in Brooklyn. It’s hard to believe Wilder could’ve ended up as anyone other than who he now is, but still, he describes the moment as life-changing.

“He showed me scratching, and I was like, this is it. This is what I want to do. I got some turntables and then the record digging began.”

Wilder dug deep. He began DJ-ing and making beats on a Tascam 4-track while working hard to acquire an extensive music collection, all as a teen. As a student at NYU (where he created his own major: DJ-ology), Wilder secured a primetime slot on WNYU’s “Passport” radio show. The show featured World music, which gave Wilder’s growing collection direction, while simultaneously throwing open the doors on an entire world (excuse the pun) of inspiration and possibility.

Captain Planet

Through “Passport,” Wilder continued to unearth a deep and innate love of Reggae, Bollywood, Indian, Brazilian, Latin, and African music. He eventually acquired the entirety of the World music section of Lincoln Center’s Public Library, and started to lay the foundation for what would evolve to be his singular, indescribable “Gumbo Funk” style.

“This was in the early 2000s when CDs were still a thing. Record labels were putting out huge compilations,” Wilder explains. “It was a moment when World music had really blossomed. Tower Records had a whole World music area. So my show was definitely fulfilling a niche. And for me it was a great moment of major mind expansion. I had to really quickly learn the canons of several cultures.” 

“I was inspired by hip hop artists and rappers like Timbaland who were incorporating cool global and folkloric samples into beats,” he says. “It really hit both sides of me—the nerdy part of me that wanted to learn about the world and different cultures, and the club part of me that wanted to dance and party. That’s where I found my own thing, as Captain Planet. I put out my first Captain Planet tape when I was 20 years old.”

Vibrations in the Air

This feels like a moment to say and the rest is history, but Wilder isn’t the type to be so succinctly summed up. He lives in the present. His mind and ear work together kaleidoscopically. His proclivities for performing, digging, and exploring have only grown—right in step with a successful and vibrant career.

“I have this crazy thirst and hunger,” Wilder shares. “I always have. I always want to hear something new, something I haven’t heard before, and I love trying to place things in relation to other things. I just discovered this song that came out in the 80s in Colombia, and noticed that it uses the same melodies you hear in a lot of Trinidadian music—sounds that were originally from the Congo. Or like a wedding song from Iran that has the exact same beat as what this new producer from Mexico City is doing. I love hearing and making those connections through space and time.”

These connections aren’t only playing out in Wilder’s head. One of the more memorable and gratifying connections his work has brought him is a friendship with legendary Zimbabwean musician and political revolutionary Thomas Mapfumo.

“I grew up listening to Mapfumo from a very young age, and had an urge early on in my career to reach out to him. I looked him up online and found his booking number. I called it one day and Thomas himself was like, ‘Hello?’ I couldn’t believe it.”

Wilder has gone to Zimbabwe and stayed with Mapfumo and his family several times now. Mapfumo is still a legend in Wilder’s mind, but they’re also just really good friends now.

It’s connections like these, both auditory and interpersonal, that Wilder draws on when he’s composing and writing original music, which he does in addition to DJ-ing. Because a musical lexicon of such depth is engrained in him, he’s able to summon nearly any kind of sound in his mind, which helps him fight what he calls “the blank canvas effect.”

“It just shows where music can take you,” Wilder says. “I’m always amazed by that. Music is literally just vibrations in the air, but it’s really mystical for me. It’s brought me everywhere and created so much in my life.”

Waking up with Captain Planet

Wilder has composed a new edition of tones for OneClock, and we’ll be releasing them for users next month. In part two of our blog feature on Wilder we’ll hear more about his creative process and the specifics of his approach for OneClock. In the meantime, you can listen to Captain Planet’s newest release, Hammock Dreams (Bastard Jazz Recordings, 2021), or his most recent full-length album, No Visa (Bastard Jazz Recordings, 2020).