Tagged with “music” (264)

  1. Troika #21: A Hickensian Christmas

    There’s so many decent Christmas songs, that one Troika isn’t going to be enough! So I’ve split them over two episodes – maybe more if I pull my finger out!

    ‘Oh Santa!’ – Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer While not strictly ‘explicit’ (there’s no swearing), it is a rather rum tale that minors may find disturbing. Mr B is the inventor of ‘Chap Hop’, a delightful blend of hip hop and chapness. ‘Get behind me Santa!’ – Sufjan Stevens Sufjan is the King of the Christmas song, if you need a good Christmas music that isn’t cheesy (at least unintentionally) you can’t go wrong with his many covers of traditional songs and original Xmas tunes. This one is a conversation between an Anti-Santa curmudgeon, and Santa himself. “I don’t care about what you say, Santa Claus You’re a bad brother breaking into people’s garage”

    ‘A Snowflake Fell (and it felt like a kiss)’ – Glasvegas After two songs played for chuckles, this Troika ends with a more serious tone from Glasgows’ Glasvegas. This is the title track from the Christmas EP, and I love this song, but I particularly put it here as its one of Leigh’s favourites! More crimbo musicality next week!

    (The intro music is ‘Winter Wonderland’ by Lew Stone & His Band)

    —Huffduffed by hickensian

  2. Troika #20: Take it Slow

    This time its all about taking it slow. Songs or pieces of music that either sound better, or take on a new form, when slowed down.

    ‘Feel it all Around’ by Washed Out Ernest Greenes’ project ‘Washed Out’ take the backing from Gary Low’s 1983 single ‘I Want You’ and slows it to nice laid back pace, creating this lovely slurry sound. I’m told this is also the theme to the TV Series Portlandia, but I haven’t seen that yet.

    ‘How do I make you’ by The Chipmunks To record Chipmunks versions of songs, they have to be sung at a slower pace, so that when sped up, both the pitch and length is correct. So what happens when you slow the whole back down to the pace of the original vocal? Sludgepop! There’s loads more on Soundcloud (https://soundcloud.com/alvin-thechipmunkson16sp). Check out ‘My Sharona in particular - I just felt it was a bit long for this episode,especially when you see how long the last track is…

    The Jurassic Park Theme - 1000% slower Drawn out to almost an hour, John Williams’ theme to Jurassic Park is a beautiful ambient drone epic!

    In this episode I also mention about how Hans Zimmer’s soundtrack for Inception was inspired by the slowed down version of Edith Piafs’ "Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien”, a musical motif used throughout the story. More on that here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVkQ0C4qDvM.

    —Huffduffed by hickensian

  3. The Art Of The ‘Clean Version’ : NPR

    When songs have profanity, sex or drug references removed for broadcast, it’s a process known as clean editing — and it can get complicated. Priska Neely spoke with one of the masters of the form.


    —Huffduffed by jgarber

  4. Third Coast International Audio Festival :: Music: A Force for Good (and Sometimes Evil)

    Jad Abumrad (@JadAbumrad), a Peabody Award-winning producer and 2011 MacArthur Fellow, is the creator and co-host of WNYC’s Radiolab. Jad has been called "a young master of the radio craft" as well as "a hurler of radio missiles that leave welts on the backsides of listeners everywhere." (That last quote is his own). Abumrad worked as an independent reporter, producer, and documentarian for a variety of local and national programs before joining WNYC. Prior to radio, Abumrad wrote music for films and studied music composition and creative writing at Oberlin College.


    —Huffduffed by stan

  5. 5by5 | The Ihnatko Almanac #161: Project Doneway

    On the eve of the finale of "Project Runway," Andy and special guest Merlin Mann talk about Season 14. Along the way, they talk about creativity, working under pressure, and the differences between how one processes failure in their Twenties and Forties.


    —Huffduffed by merlinmann

  6. Troika #19: Bleeps

    In the early eighties I was really into artists like Jean Michel Jarre, Depeche Mode and Howard Jones. I loved synths! After about ‘86 I moved away to more guitar-based music, Metal and then a wee folky phase in the early nineties.

    During my last year at college in 94 I started rediscovering electronic music. As well as purveyors of ambience like Aphex Twin and The Orb, I also got into the ‘dancey’ end of the spectrum, even though I wasn’t a fan of dancing or nightclubs. I kind of just nodded my head along,

    So, without interruption, here’s the three tracks I’ve chosen from : Leftfield, Future Sound of London and The Chemical Brothers. Enjoy!


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    —Huffduffed by hickensian

  7. Troika #18: Randoms

    Troika number 18 is a straightforward simpler episode! The only thematic link this time is tracks that I’ve discovered either by shuffle or playback glitches. Random songs! (Maybe a little bit of swearing too)

    —Huffduffed by hickensian

  8. Troika #16: Diddly-dum! Diddly-dum!…

    With the new series of Dr Who starting this weekend, I decided it was time for a Troika on the iconic TV theme! There has been a lot of ‘official’ versions and many more covers (including a terrible disco-ified one by Mankind in 1979), but here is the original, along with my two favourite unofficial versions!

    Doctor Who (1963 original theme) - Ron Grainer & Delia Derbyshire Ron Grainer wrote the score, but it was Delia Derbyshire at the BBC Radiophonic workshop that brought it to life, using techniques that she and Dick Mills invented as they went along. It was revolutionary, and their work continues to inspire electronica today, especially in bands like Stereolab

    ‘Dr Qui’ - Bill Bailey Bill Bailey is the first artist to be featured again on Troika, and this time it’s for his Belgian Jazz (with french lyrics - http://lyrics.wikia.com/wiki/Bill_Bailey:Dr._Qui) version of the theme. (He also appeared in the show as Droxil in ‘The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe’ fact fans).

    ‘Dr Who?’ - Orbital (live at Glastonbury) The men with laser beams for eyes regularly perform this lively EDM version in their live set. This one is taken from the 2004 Glastonbury Festival. They came back in 2010, and performed it with the then Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith.

    P.S - Sorry about the abrupt end to the last track!

    —Huffduffed by hickensian

  9. Third Coast International Audio Festival :: Greenberger and Greenberg: On Story and Music

    Mark Greenberg is a musician who lives in Chicago, Illinois, with his wife Ann-Marie and their three children: Georgia, August, and Frankie. In the early 90s, Greenberg was a member of the musical group the Coctails, who toured extensively, recorded many records together, and even reunited in 2005 for a tour of Japan. Greenberg and Ann-Marie own and operate two music-for-use companies: Mayfair Recordings and Mayfair Workshop, where Greenberg composes music for soundtracks, spots, records, and video games.


    —Huffduffed by stan

  10. Remembering Rites Of Spring And A Lasting D.C. Musical Moment | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

    In 1984, Mark Andersen was a newcomer to the nation’s capital, a Montana native who’d come to the big city to study international relations.


    —Huffduffed by jgarber

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