To celebrate the upcoming 40th anniversary of the Voyager Golden Record (Carl Sagan’s message for extraterrestrials that is currently 13 billion miles away from Earth aboard the Voyager I spacecraft), a Kickstarter has been launched to produce a commemorative reproduction as phonograph records for the first time.
The Voyager Golden Record contains the story of Earth expressed in sounds, images, and science: Earth’s greatest music from myriad cultures and eras, from Bach and Beethoven to Blind Willie Johnson and Chuck Berry, Senegalese percussion to Solomon Island panpipes. Dozens of natural sounds of our planet — birds, a train, a baby’s cry, a kiss — are collaged into a lovely sound poem. There are spoken greetings in 55 human languages, and one whale language, and more than one hundred images encoded in analog that depict who, and what, we are. Etched on the record’s gold-plated aluminum jacket is a diagram explaining where it came from, and how to play it.
The set will come with a book detailing the history and contents of the record, as well as a gold-leaf box to store it in. You can check out a video about the project below. [click to continue…]
Tegan and Sara’s Oscar-nominated tune Everything is Awesome from The LEGO Movie has been given a metal makeover by Norwegian musician Leo Moracchioli of Frog Leap Studios.
As you’ll see in the video below, the song includes all of the hallmarks of metal while retaining the original’s fun vibe. There are even smiles – which are especially unusual for the genre. [click to continue…]
Here’s a recipe for amazing music—Danny Elfman’s theme from Sam Raimi‘s Spider-Man trilogy performed by legendary violinist/cosplayer Lindsey Stirling and Lang Lang (one of the greatest concert pianists on earth). Even the black and white video directed by Joe Sill is gorgeous. Watch (and listen) below. [click to continue…]
Coincidentally, I had the pleasure of hearing John Williams’ score for Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope on vinyl for the very first time last week, and the sensation I felt transcends words. Now I find myself drawn to this gorgeous picture disc reissue.
You can preorder the set for just $35. And you’ll want to, because it sounds amazing and those records look beautiful.
Geeks love two things: They love song mashups, and they love Doctor Who. Possibly they love other things as well, but science has yet to confirm that. Wonderful, then, that Doctor Who fan Ginger Ten has mashed Doctor Who with the Plain White T’s song “Hey There Delilah” to produce, of course, “Hey There, Rose Tyler”.
The inspiration behind Ginger Ten’s mashup was, no surprise, the series 2 finale “Doomsday” where Rose departs from the show, and she and the Doctor make their (as they believed) final farewells. Unfortunately their farewell is cut short before the Doctor gets to tell Rose how he feels.
“I think I cried for a good 15 minutes after having to see them attempt their goodbyes, only to have them cut short,” says Ginger Ten. “It was particularly devastating because of how much I empathize with Ten. The song is basically my way of expressing Ten’s need to say all those things he never got a chance to say at Bad Wolf Bay.”
The song has been given the “lyrics video” treatment by YouTubesmith The Broken Frozen Heart. You can watch that video below. [click to continue…]
Not surprisingly, John Williams isn’t a “get off my lawn” kind of senior citizen.
Indeed, playing the Star Wars theme in front of John Williams’ house paid off big time for 13-year old trumpeter Bryce Hayashi and flugelhornist Michael Miller (“Mickle”) at the 1:24 mark in the video below. [click to continue…]
If there’s anything nerdier than Star Wars, it’s John Williams’ legendary Star Wars theme played on the “Floppotron 2.0”.
As you’ll see in the video below, the “computer hardware orchestra” consists of 64 floppy drives, 8 hard disks and 2 scanners, and will surely result in flashbacks to 8-bit games of yore.
It certainly isn’t the first time we’ve seen the Star Wars theme played on old hardware, but it just might be the best rendition yet. [click to continue…]
In case you didn’t know, the soundtrack for The Force Awakens is finally available on vinyl. Much like the movie itself, the record is both retro and futuristic.
Indeed, this record would look very odd spinning in a wood-paneled room with orange shag carpeting. That’s because Disney emblazoned these vinyl records with 3D holograms of the TIE Fighter and Millennium Falcon. The holograms reportedly require the right angle and light to see (a smartphone LED flash is recommended), but when you hit the right combo, they look like they are “leaping off the vinyl” – which may or may not help to justify the $50 price tag.
Learn more in the video below. [click to continue…]
Okay, this hovering StarWars Death Star Bluetooth speaker is pretty fantastic, providing you with about six hours of streaming along with the novelty of Star Wars, levitation and glow-in-the-dark effects.
But that’s not the whole story. Oh no, not in the least. Some of these Photoshopped product photos are pretty bloody spectacular. Check them out below.
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Ominous and imposing, “The Imperial March” perfectly matches Darth Vader’s formidable presence throughout the films.
However, everything changes when the song is played in a major key. Musician Ian Gordon tinkered with “The Imperial March” and the end result is a song that feels regal and uplifting. It seems more appropriate for a grand hero than a terrible villain.
Take a listen below.
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