A Most Beguiling Sound

A Most Beguiling Sound


I’ve been neglecting my blog again, and that’s bad, mmkay?

To make up for it, let me show you a piece of heaven, courtesy of a wikipedia commons file – the Goldberg Variations, BWV 988, as performed by  Kimiko Douglass-Ishizak. It’s a lilting, peaceful, graceful piece. It’s the musical equivalent of a lightsaber – an elegant weapon for a more… civilized age.


I hope you enjoy this gorgeous background for whatever you’re doing, be it a nine-course French fusion dining experience,

Elegant food for the elegant soul

working on your novella set in the rennaisance,

The worst part is writing it in spanish

or… or obliterating Kerbals.

Yeah, pretty sure it’s for Kerbals.

Oh my, Gregford, surely we were pointed the other direction only a moment ago…

Anyway, whatever you’re up to, you’ll feel just a bit classier doing it with this in the background. Enjoy!

Goldberg Variations BWV 988, no. 01 Aria


Everyone needs to hear this. EVERYONE.

This is the most amazing mash-up I’ve ever heard. It’s brilliant, moving, and seamless. And I feel certain that both artists would be proud of the result of their own art  being fused into such a gorgeous reinterpretation. (video after the bump)

You know, I should probably talk about how things like this can’t be created if copyright laws continue to get more stringent, and how fair use needs to expand to include derivative works when those derivative works are substantially different from the original, and so on, but… F**k it. Let’s just sit back and listen to a beautiful song, created individually by three amazing artists.

Continue reading “Everyone needs to hear this. EVERYONE.”

This kid can PLAY.

He sounds like he’s playing a huge pipe organ. He sounds in a lot of ways like he’s playing Beethoven or Bach (The Fifth or Tocatta and Fugue in D minor, for instance) – I don’t know the piece, but what I do know is that doing that type of music on a regular keyboard (88 keys) is extremely difficult, especially at high speed. This kid is lightning fast and doing it all on at least twice as many keys – while pushing a damn bag in and out in precisely controlled, extremely dexterous movements.

Gawd-damn, what a show.

I feel like I should be doing something with my life that shows the passion, dedication, and sheer cussedness of nature that this kid shows in three minutes of wailing away. His love for his instrument, life, and the music he creates is evident in every motion of his body.

I can’t explain it any better. so watch.

The Mother Of All Mashes

Youtube. home of . . . well. . . whatever you’re looking for, as long as it ain’t porn, and ain’t the printed word, you’ll find it (probably) on youtube.

Some brilliant man decided to take all of that user-submitted content and mash some of it into a new music video, somewhat in the style of AMVs (Anime Music Videos) or mash-ups (no explanation necessary; they’re both on Wiki) but subtly different.

That difference is simple: He made us the star. His mash-ups are a paean to everything laudable about Youtube, and therefore, to us, the people who make Youtube what it is.

Plus, it ROCKS. Here’s a link to the site where I was turned on to this groovy wonder, and here’s the video that wowed me:

A new video for the steampunker furry set ^^

This is one of the oddest little music videos I’ve ever seen. That said, I think the unusual methods used to animate it, and the merits of the song itself, are compelling enough to show this to my viewers. For some reason it reminds me of a dark(er) and (more) surreal descendant of Smashing Pumpkins’ ‘Tonight, Tonight’ video, seen here.

More probably though, this music video can trace its cinematic roots to this video, ‘Megalomaniac’, by Incubus.

Either way, you have a very respectable pedigree of influences. Not a very original music video, but certainly eye-popping and surreal, which is something I like to see in music videos.