Look Around You: Music in the Year 2000

November 10, 2010

The fact that I listened to this four times and laughed really loudly all alone in my apartment might be proof that I’ve taken three too many dodgeballs to the head.

Sweet bike o’ mine.

September 17, 2010

And now, from the department of “Things That Seem Totally Awesome In Theory But in Practice Would Be Completely Awful,” we bring you this amazing design of a musical bike path from the Seoul Cycle Design Competition.

Okay, the idea seems INCREDIBLE and combines lots of things I superlike. Biking along the path, you ride over these sections that activate hammers that hit xylophone-type bars, and as you ride, you create a melody.  So fun, right? Whee! A little bike ride, a little tune, a little more love for Seoul and humankind in general.

More amazing graphics that have a slightly textbook, retro feel and are totally worth a look, here.

This is an awesome idea and reminds me a lot of this video that has been making the rounds, where people chose climbing stairs over riding an escalator after the stairs were transformed into a music making machine:

Okay, so let’s fast-forward to a time and place where this bike path construction has actually taken place. The bike path exists, it’s right on your way to work, you use the path for your round trips, five days a week.

11 months a year.

For the rest of your working life.

As a test to see if this would be a good idea, please repeatedly listen to this xylophone cover of the Super Mario Brothers song:

Could you listen to this backwards and forwards, every day for the rest of your life? eep.

I actually DID find an example of a song that could maybe work though: this badass xylophone cover of Sweet Child Of Mine, by Guns and Roses. amirite?

Hype Machine

March 3, 2010

If you’re not already into it, you should maybe check out The Hype Machine. Unless you don’t like amazing websites that collect songs being blogged all over the world and then put all the MP3s in one place for you to stream for free so you can hear what the blogosphere likes and then go track down new artists. If you don’t like awesome stuff like that, then stay away from the Hype Machine.

Also, if you hate ridiculously unexpected mashups like Beyonce + The Andy Griffith Theme, then go away, please, because it’s like you don’t know me at all and it hurts me to even look at your face.

Buddy Holly negotiates his contract with Decca

March 2, 2010

Baboomska mcGeesk sez, “In 1956, Buddy Holly traveled to Nashville to record several songs. One of the songs he recorded was “That’ll Be The Day”, but the producer assigned to his sessions (Owen Bradley) hated rock n’ roll, and did a terrible job on the song.

After that, Buddy traveled to New Mexico and re-recorded “That’ll Be The Day” (the version that became the monster hit) at a different studio with his own (superior) arrangement, but according to his contract with Decca, he couldn’t release it, because Decca owned all rights to his music.

He decided to call Decca, to try reason with them, and he secretly taped his conversation. They refused to give him the rights to his own song, but he went ahead and violated his contract. Here is the conversation he secretly taped.”

Via BoingBoing

UP song

January 18, 2010

Composed using chords, bass notes, and vocal samples from UP. I like this kind of stuff (even though this particular one has a lot of treble for my ears). Contains some plot spoilers, so maybe don’t watch if you haven’t seen the film. Maybe just poke yourself in the nose with a fist if you haven’t seen the film, because the film is amazing and if you missed it you’re like 8 months behind the cultural zeitgeist. Enjoy Avatar 2011, why don’t you. And hey, did you hear, that rapper Kanye West did something outRAGEous?

Via JessPerson.

Piano duet for the elderly

November 4, 2009

This is Fran & Marlo Cowan (married 62 years), playing an impromptu piano recital together in the atrium of the Mayo Clinic.
Via Nurse K (wicked Emergency Medicine blog, by the way, worth checking out. I’m pretty sure the writers of Showtime’s excellent Nurse Jackie read this blog and used Nurse K as inspiration for Edie Falco’s character.)

Bobby McFerrin and the pentatonic scale.

August 4, 2009

Sing along with this. I know you feel dumb, but just do it, it’s awesome.

Here’s some learnin’ about the pentatonic scale on Wikepedia.
Thanks to Hill for the tip.