Posts Tagged ‘video’

Backing off

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Don’t ‘like’ me. Don’t ‘subscribe’ to me. Check in now and again for things I want to say… if you’re interested.

In other news, interesting things afoot on the domestic front – I’m going to be putting up a lot of pictures this weekend to document the progress. I built something! It’s Hexagonal 🙂

 

And there’s more…

Monday, February 9th, 2015

This makes me happy 🙂

This is awesome

Monday, February 9th, 2015

This is amazing work for many reasons. The 3D scene is being rendered in ASCII art (that’s a picture made up of characters you can type) by a program in realtime. Simply stunning. I like the chip-tune too 🙂

I think he’s got a point to be honest

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

At least, it’s obvious there are massive gaps in the education system as it stands.

Moog Modular 2015

Monday, January 26th, 2015

So it turns out that Moog are building a limited edition monosynth which is a replica (in pretty much every way) of the original Moog Modular’s from the 1970s. I would LOVE one of these, but at a price of $35,000 I think I’ll have to pass. But what a synth – incredible engineering!

Prophet-6

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Oh, I am so planning to put some pennies aside and get one of these this Summer. This thing is truly exquisite.

Richard Dawkins’ love letters

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

It takes a real fanatic to pen such exquisite communiques as demonstrated here. I found this hilarious 🙂

Spinning 3D prints

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

So, you print out some zeotrope sculptures, rotate them under a strobe and film the results – this is breathtaking 🙂

“Science vs Music”

Saturday, December 13th, 2014

Well, it’s not really Science versus Music but a very cool project involving the visualisation of music using physical phenomena.

From “Space Debris” to Poets Of The Fall

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Many years ago, I used to repeatedly play a tracker song called Space Debris, purely because it was brilliant. It was a piece of music created on a 16-bit computer by a young man who went by the moniker ‘Captain’. His real name was (and is) Markus Kaarlonen. Here is the original composition in all its 16-bit glory:

It’s hard, if not impossible to describe to anybody “who wasn’t there” what an accomplishment it was to create such tunes on the old micros. The software was powerful, for its time, but not user-friendly and required a LOT of effort to produce anything half decent. I was suitably impressed.

Anyway, a couple of years back I had cause, for whatever reason, to remember this great piece of music and I found the youtube videos linked to here. In addition I was curious as to what Markus had been up to since (given that Space Debris was created about 23 years ago at the time of writing.) It turned out he was still doing music and is in a Finnish band, Poets Of The Fall, who are now right up there in my favourite bands of all time. Here’s one of their little ditties:

and also the ‘official’ video for what is probably their most well known song, Carnival Of Rust:

I can’t convey how much I was delighted to find out that a) he was still doing music, and b) how he’d continued his cool streak and was now involved in producing such great material. Incidentally, the piece was re-imagined on ‘proper’ synthesizers by an ardent fan who did a pretty fine job of it. Here is that cover version:

Great stuff 🙂