This map by James Chapman highlights where a lot of UK based bands formed and or where UK solo artists grew up.
Via Laughing Squid
This is an haunting recording by DJ Food (AKA Strictly Kev) of the history of cutting up, sampling and looping music, it’s pieced together from different recordings from the 20th century.
It’s really interesting to hear, combining music and spoken word. I think this might be the same recording with the musical preamble stripped off, but I’m not entirely sure as I don’t have time to listen to them both at the moment…
I’ve uploaded it for the unlikely event that Soundcloud disapears/deletes it…
Chip tune artist Bill Kiley has not only re-imagined the music from Downton Abbey as a chip tune but has also created a video of what Downton Abbey would have looked like if it had been released as a SNES game. The song is available from his bandcamp page you can name your price for it (Enter 0 if you want it free and don’t want to support struggling artists).
I can totally see a game like being a hit if done in the style of Maniac Mansion…
Via Venture Beat
Words fail me so I’m going to let this speak for it’s self…
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I’ve been listening to a lot of chip-tunes lately mainly because I find that they oddly increase my concentration. Maybe it’s something innate in me that associates the stream of bleeps and bloops with playing really difficult video games?
Anyway the above album by Inverse Phase is a cover of Nine Inch Nails’ Petty hate machine and it’s pretty good.
If you are interested in more chip tunes it’s worth noting that 8 Bit Weapon have recently released a collection of all their music that isn’t licensed to other people for the low price of $20.
Also if you have played the amazing iOS game Super Hexagon, then you can’t have missed the awesome sountrack by Chipzel, which is available to buy for just £2.
This dress created by YouTube user safirecat may not have been that difficult to create but the idea is still quite cool. It’s just EL Wire hooked up to a sound driver that changes the brightness of the EL wire on and off depending on the ambient sound levels. You can get the components from Cool Neon Lighting:
On a related note mentioned in the comments of the YouTube Video is this cool little project by Sensebridge called the Sound Spark its a pendant/necklace that reacts to ambient sound with flashing LED lights.
The Sound Spark is only $29 and comes with in 3 different coloured LEDs and two different necklace styles.
To go on another tangent, Sensebridge also sell the “Heart Spark” which does the same as the Sound Spark but instead gets it’s signals from a wireless heart-rate monitor (Sold Separately), I’m in no way affiliated with these people but I think what they sell is quite cool, they apparently are working on a product called the Mood Spark which is like a mood ring but it actually lights up in different colours. That’s pretty nifty, you’ll have to hunt it out on their website because I can’t be bothered linking to it (it’s not hard to find) apparently they have working prototypes…
Final Fantasy: Random Encounter is a new album by The OC Remix (OC stands for over clocked) featuring metal remixes and compositions based on the music of the first Final Fantasy game. The OC Remix are a collective of artists who specialize in making remixes and covers of video game music.
They have released some really good stuff over the years including a symphonic Cronotrigger album and an album of Final Fantasy VII inspired music. It’s worth checking them out of you like video games and music.
I don’t normally post dresses that aren’t in some way shape or form geeky but this one is pretty cool. I found on Pinterest which lead me to Dress A Day but that article seems to have gone walkies as it’s 404’d on me, luckily Style Pantry still has it. The dress is by Luly Yang (Website plays music…)
I’m going to say this now before anyone points this out, I am conscious that this post is going to reek of “it’s not as good as it used to be” and “anything new is rubbish”, I’m not a music blogger, I don’t want to be a music blogger, in fact I’m probably rubbish at blogging about music in general but this is something that I wanted to blog about and if you don’t want to read it well… Just don’t.
I bought the new Garbage album today, I’d listened to a couple of the tracks on YouTube and my impression was they sounded okay, but there was something wrong with them that I couldn’t put my finger on. I’ve now listened to the whole album twice in the background while working and I think I’ve realized what the problem is.
I don’t think I could have listened to any of the previous Garbage albums for the first time in the background. Shirley Manson’s voice exudes so much power and (for want of a better word) sex that you are drawn into it, or at least it did…
There are hints of that power in some of the songs, “Battle in Me” for example has it’s moments and, but it never quite reaches the intensity of their previous albums. “Man on a Wire” Is, I think, one of the closest songs to their old levels of intensity but it’s still only a 10 when to be honest I expect Garbage to have turned it up to 11. This album is Garbage by numbers it’s unmistakably Garbage (the band obviously not refuse) and it’s not half bad, but it’s what to me makes Garbage not just another band and that makes me sad.
Note as I’ve been listening to it in the background I’ve not been listening to lyrics, which I probably should have, Garbage normally have quite evocative lyrics, but to me Garbage are about the music and Shirley Manson’s voice. Mostly Shirley Manson’s voice actually, and what’s wrong with this album is Shirley seems to be phoning in her voice, it’s beautiful but like I said before it’s jut missing that extra level of sex.
I have no doubt that this album will grow on me, but it should’t have to… At this point I should probably make some kind of joke about this album being “Not My Kind of Garbage” but to be honest I can’t be bothered. I’m not angry, I’m just a little disappointed.
Simple but beautiful tattoo of Epona’s song from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time:
This is my second tattoo, Epona’s song from Zelda: Ocarina of Time. It’s on my right wrist. I intend to have a music themed sleeve on my right arm one day. I wanted a Zelda tattoo and when I decided on Epona’s song, I figured it would be able to fit into a music themed sleeve since it is a song. Zelda was THE game I played during childhood. Nintendo 64, all day.
Ashley Smith from No Regrets Tattoo in Oklahoma City is my artist. She’s incredible. I have another appointment with her for the 13th. Stoked to get some more ink