the-inbetween posts categorized as Music

Guitar Hero II 360

There’s no accounting for musical tastes. Opinion and criticism of music is as varied and subjective as the people listening to it. You’ll never find a concensus, even amongst psychologists and academics trying to find out why we like what we like and what it says about us. Game preferences are equally subjective, but when you consider music games it enters a whole new realm of complication. If you like the mechanics and presentation of a music game, but hate…

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ChipTune linkage

A while back, before I became unmercifully busy, I posted episode 04 of my little podcast, which was all chiptune-esque. Chiptunes appeal to me, even if only for the faux nostalgia of it all. I compiled some links, but never got around to posting them. UNTIL NOW. Almost immediately after I posted the episode, one of the artists featured (in collab with Spamtron) released a new album on the always great 8 bit peoples net label. Phlogiston’s “Mode 3” is…

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I Made a Podcast (of sorts)

Yeah, I made a music podcast. It was mostly an excuse to give myself something to do and listen to music, but I’ve been churning them out so might as well keep at it. Might as well remove the “semi-private” label too and link it here, so, yeah, here it is: http://the-inbetween.com/podcast. The music is all over the place, which is why I made the episodes short. It allows me to keep things semi-consistent within each one while giving me…

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Wild Light – Mount Sims

After buying and watching the Massive Attack Eleven Promos DVD, I went looking for some other music videos to pass the time and came across Wild Light – Video works by Tobias Knipf. His two videos for Mount Sims (never heard of them until today) are great. One of them, for “Ashes”, is really nothing more than an interpretive dance sequence and the other, for “Failling Up”, is nothing but rain hitting a puddle for the length of the track.…

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Favourites of ’06

It’s that time of the year again. List season! I, too, have to partake and call out my favourite things from the past year from, in some cases, a rather small sample. But we make due with what we have. Favourite Games of the Year This was really the year of the XBox 360 (and DS). Sure, the Playstation 3 and the Nintendo Wii launched to much fanfare in 2006, but one console’s rediculous price and the other’s popularity (SOLD…

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“Fog in Toronto”

If going to a show where an orchestra plays music from video games makes me a nerd, then what does it mean when I go to two such shows in a month? After going to Video Games Live a month ago with (recap writing) Jenn, Saturday night I attended Play! A Video Game Symphony. The main difference between the two shows was the $50+ price disparity, which reflected itself in the quality of the arrangements, the guests, the size of…

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Live Covers

A school band has played a live cover of a DJ Shadow track. That’s interesting, but it reminds me of Alarm Will Sound‘s good Aphex Twin cover album. It seems that live, semi-orchestral covers of all digital — and often glitchy, which makes them harder to play — tracks is kind of the cool new thing for bands to do. The old favourite, live band covers of classic 8-bit chiptunes, has become too mainstream for some, I guess. Edit: I…

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My Perfect Albums

Plastic (eh) recently asked about “perfect albums” — An album in which every track is great, each one worthy of being a hit. An album with not a single song I would skip past and nothing mediocre or even average — and the result of the tally was: the most perfect album is Radiohead’s “OK Computer.” There is no argument from me about the merits of OK Computer, but I agree with some of the comments there: “Fitter Happier” is…

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B-Alarm Elaboration

The entry two posts down was titled “Achtung! Achtung! B-Alarm!” There was no context as to why it was called that. I shall explain. The B-Alarm song has become the unofficial “5pm on a Friday” theme song. A theme that is doubly important at 5pm on a Friday before a long weekend. It is short, has a good call to action, is adventurous, exploratory, and the perfect escape theme for the transition from weekday confinement to the open vastness of…

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The Forgotten Mix

Digging through some old CDs, I found a few ancient CD-Rs loaded with miscellaneous mp3s. The CD-Rs date back at least five years, and many of the mp3s they contain were acquired before that, during the pre-Napster days even. These discs are time capsules from a time before my musical tastes refined. They are also from a time when full albums were hard to come by so the collection has a lot of one-off songs and singles — mostly ones…

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Enterprise, music, Snood, Polarium, Block Puzzles

I had a bunch of small thoughts to write, but they got delayed because of tiredness and relaxation and a 19 hour work day. Here they are. One: the cancellation of Enterprise. It both amuses and saddens me to realize that as soon as Enterprise started getting good, it got cancelled. What I saw of the first and second season — not much — was stupid mainstreamed-Trek dreck. Some stupid temporal war, some gratuitous Borg moment (completely contradicting the already…

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iPod Shuffle

Sticking out of my black PC case like a big, bright, white Apple middle finger “fuck you” is my slick new iPod Shuffle. It is slick. It is small. I like it. The Shuffle is not only my first mp3 player, but my first portable music player ever. Considering that I listen to a lot of music and that I’m a tech geek, it’s surprising that I’ve managed to go so long without one of my own. I’d borrow my…

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The Most Awesome Cover Song of the Year

William Shatner Sings Again. Captain Kirk teamed up with Ben Folds (yes, that Ben Folds) to create this pop-driven new album. The majority of the album was written by the duo, with the exceptions of “Trying,” co-written by Folds and novelist Nick Hornby (yes, the guy behind High Fidelity), “Real” by Brad Paisley and a cover of “Common People” (with Joe Jackson!) by British band Pulp. I have just heard the Shatnerized “Common People” and it is exactly as you…

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