Posts tagged music
Posts tagged music
On August 16, Janis Ian and Tommy Emmanuel performed “At Seventeen” and “Over the Rainbow” at the Philadelphia Folk Festival. Tommy’s improv accompaniment is pretty good.
"At Seventeen" is a famous song so I knew the first couple of lines and general melody of it, but I didn’t really know the song until listening to it here. And I gotta say, the verse 4 lyrics are outstanding. The metaphor is so perfectly bitter and impersonal, and she slips “debentures” into a soft rock song for crying out loud.
Here’s Bert Smorenburg demonstrating a piano with Yamaha’s new TransAcoustic technology. As I understand it, they’ve taken an acoustic piano and hooked up transducers to the sound board that can play digital samples through it. This means that it can play as a normal piano (no samples), an electric keyboard (only samples), or a hybrid of acoustic piano layered with samples, and in all three cases the sound comes out of the body of the instrument without speakers or anything like that.
I’m linking this half because I think this is cool tech, and half because the guy makes really funny faces while playing. Matt Peckham reviewed the U1TA model for TIME magazine.
An amazing demonstration of a PDP-8/e computer making music.
Time for my next new favorite Tumblr that I’ll reblog a few times over the coming weeks as I work my way through the archives: Dinosaur’s Pen, which posts old computery things.
The two pieces here are both Inventions by Bach, No. 13 in A minor (BWV 784) and No. 8 in F major (BWV 779).
And now, here’s BitByJohan’s arrangement of the “Overworld Theme” from Super Mario World for eight bassoons. Because, honestly, pretty much every piece of music is better when played by eight bassoons.
Today on Bizarre Music Video Tuesday, we’ve got “I Must Be Dreaming” by KNOWER. Cheap CGI is now an art form.
I just cleared Shovel Night last night. It’s a pretty neat modern Mega Man, check it out.
Music’s mostly by virt (Jake Kaufman), who’s one of the best in the business, so the soundtrack’s pretty great. My favorite from the game is probably the Treasure Knight boss theme, which is based on the stage theme “A Thousand Leagues Below (Iron Whale)” by legend Manami Matsumae.
It’s been a little while since I posted a Meine Meinung video here, but they arranged my favorite song from Dragon Quest IV, the main battle theme, so I’m kind of obligated to share this one.
In this medley we’ve got:
I love how not only do they get the weird time switches at the battle theme’s climax correct (at 1:18 here, yes it’s like that on the NES and it rules), but afterward they stay in 7/8 and proceed to radically solo over that.
Original soundtrack by Koichi Sugiyama.
Someone finally got around to uploading my favorite song from Knaster’s album No.3, “Kingdom,” so I can finally post it. That’s cool.
This song was featured in Nifflas’s game The Great Work. I’m extremely fond of the clever way it was used in the game to subtly signal a non-obvious mode switch.
Yesterday I got back from a quick trip to San Francisco, during which Colin and I attended a lovely wedding in the Presidio. As the recessional song, the couple walked off to “Katamari on the Swing” from We Love Katamari, because Colin and I know a whole bunch of nerds.
Sung by Shigeru Matsuzaki, with music composed by Yoshihito Yano & Yuu Miyake and arranged by Miyake.
Here’s Django Reinhardt absolutely murdering a guitar in a song commonly titled “Improvisation #1.” It’s called just “Improvisation” on the album Crazy Rhythm, but I’m not sure what title, if any, is most official.