Numa Numa Half-Time Show

posted by Stal on 2009.10.26, under Stal

Gary Brolsma, the Numa Numa guy, conducts the MSU marching band half-time show. This warms the cockles of my Dinkles.

The original video:

Mario Theme Played on Stepper Motors

posted by Stal on 2009.09.30, under Stal

Song information comes from a MIDI file, and an Arduino board supplies the commands to spin the motors at the necessary frequencies.

[ HT: MW ]

Sharif Don’t Like It

posted by Stal on 2009.08.18, under Uncategorized

A classic rock parody for your Tuesday morning:

Mayhem Festival & Free Music

posted by Philomela on 2009.07.28, under Philomela

Sunday’s Mayhem Festival delivered just what the name promised.  These shots were taken during God Forbid’s performance.  While not my favorite music at the show, they did an excellent job of engaging the crowd.

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Dirge Within (the band listed as “Jagermeister Band” on the schedule) is a Chicago band and worth a second listen.  Their debut album, ‘Force Fed Lies’, is due out on September 1st but they are offering a free download of the title track today on their Myspace.

While hunting down Dirge Within, I also stumbled on this free Metal Mayhem Compilation download.  They ask you to sign up for a mailing list but currently you can skip that step and download it here and save your inbox some spam.  I don’t know if it is worth downloading yet as I have not had a chance to listen to it, but it’s free and it has a track from Darkest Hour who was decent at the Summer Slaughter Tour that recently came through Chicago.

I Can Haz Catcerto?

posted by Stal on 2009.07.22, under Stal

It took me a bit to realize that this idea didn’t spring from Japan.

Elevating Letterman’s “Stupid Pet Tricks” to a whole new level, Lithuanian conductor Mindaugas Piecaitis has composed a 4 minute concert featuring…his cat Nora. The piece, titled “Catcerto,” was premiered by the Klaipeda Chamber Orchestra, with the soloist present via (heavily edited) video footage.

The quality of the piece is actually quite high, with the Times of London characterizing Nora’s improvisations as being “something halfway between Philip Glass and free jazz.”

Now, let’s hear it one more time, with feline!

[ Catcerto with Nora the Piano Cat / Youtube ]

[ Nora (cat) / Wikipedia ]

Spinal Tap releases “Saucy Jack” free download

posted by Diomedes on 2009.06.01, under Diomedes

I noticed this story scroll by on BoingBoing and just had to repost.

If you saw the movie Spinal Tap, you’ll recall that they discussed a rock opera based on the life of Jack the Ripper. They finally recorded and released the song “Saucy Jack” from said rock opera as a free download.


Total Eclipse of the Heart, Literal Edition

posted by Stal on 2009.05.30, under Stal

[ Hat Tip: WJ ]

Human-Robot Jazz Improvisation

posted by Stal on 2009.05.01, under Stal

The stage debut of Shimon, the robotic marimba player, designed and programmed by Guy Hoffman at Georgia Tech. The robot takes cues from the human player to improvise and match the music’s tempo and themes.
[ Hat Tip: MW ]

Auto-Tuner News Pastiche

posted by Stal on 2009.04.24, under Stal

Proof that everything sounds better with an auto-tuner, even newscasts. Shawtay!

AG: I’m an angry gorilla. I heard you needed me (ooh ooh ah ah)
SH: Now that Captain Phillips has been successfully rescued
The president has decided to step in front of the spotlight
AG: Ooh, I’m angry! You can’t see it, but my forehead’s veiny
SH: And even take some credit for the rescue
AG: Well, don’t you worry, baby boo
You’ll always have an angry gorilla to be angry with you
That’s what I do. Just ask Donkey Kong. He’s in my crew

[ hat tip: KM ]

Living the Dream, Reality TV Edition

posted by Stal on 2009.04.16, under Stal

An unemployed 47-year old volunteer church worker with “multiple chins” walks onto Britain’s Got Talent. Recipe for instantaneous skewering by the audience? Hardly. Despite frumpy appearances, Susan Boyle handily won the hearts of viewers with a soaring rendition of Les Miserables’ “I Dreamed a Dream.” The build-up at the beginning is interesting, but you can opt to skip to the song at 1:45.

This video has gone from 5 to 12 million views in the last 24 hours, and has gotten mainstream coverage from the likes of NPR. The most striking (and saddening) part for me is how the audience is very much against Boyle at the  beginning, with the attitude that this woman is too ugly to possibly have a good voice.