Computer Music Skillz

Sorry for the flurry of posts. It’s the first excitable surfing I’ve done in a while.

I am so envious of this guy’s ability with his computer music equipment:

Here’s some more beatfoolery:

Jealous.

Poor Portishead

I feel dead sorry for Portishead. They were stunning. And then they became the soundtrack to a thing that no-one wanted to be.

But their music skills are good:

And reading about them in the Observer made me like them again. I love the fact that they’d press samples that they’d create back onto vinyl so they can scratch them and make them sound like records. Dedication.

Looking forward to the new album later in the Spring.

Fun Fun Fun auf der Autobahn

Wowza. This 12 minute tripped out animation for Kraftwerk’s seminal Autobahn is quite something.

Buy the DVD (or VHS) and find out more here.

Typographic Synthesizer – So Good It’s Magic!

You know sometimes when you see something so amazing that you almost forget to breathe while you’re looking at it. Well I’m just about finished hyperventilating after the end of this video.

The guys at Meek.fm have created something that creates an incredible relationship between typography, sound and a control surface. You can tweak type using knobs, and the sound is generated by the form of the letters. It’s nuts. Totally nuts.

I also love the modesty of the video, the fact it ends with an almost slightly unsure: “OK, that’s it. Thanks”. If I was wearing a hat I’d take it off to these guys.

Pre-YouTube Silly Moments In Techno

I should probably start a separate category in the blog for this stuff. It just seems to keep on coming…

I loved this clip for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it’s a bunch of cheeky young ravers from Edinburgh. I would have been living there at the time and I’m pretty familiar with their ilk.

But the best thing about the clip is that it’s from a time way before YouTube. These guys were playing to the camera for no other reason than just mucking about. The only outlet for this stuff used to be You’ve Been Framed, and I don’t think they were going for that…

Thirdly it’s been recorded on Betamax which means there’s a load of ‘non-digital artefacts’ in the clip. The tracking being slightly off in places, moments of tape slur and more.

If you get bored jump through it, there’s new characters, new styles and so much more to see…