To anyone who ever tells you that programming isn’t creative, show them this. In this video, Sébastien Rannou recreates the whole of Daft Punk’s “Aerodynamic” using just a hundred or so lines of code. And it sounds pretty damn great.
Track: Lady of Death | Artist: I The Mighty | Album: Connector
This is Smap. Sorry, SMAP. Last night, the pop stars appeared on television to apologize, garnering massive television ratings, and resulting in a comment from the Prime Minister of Japan. This is a very big deal.
John Williams knows more about Star Wars than you do. I mean, not in the ‘who was R5-D4’s original manufacturer in the Expanded Universe’ sort of way. I mean narratively, and emotionally.
David Bowie, who just died of cancer aged 69, had an incalculable impact on pop culture throughout his shape-shifting career. But perhaps more than any other musician, he also had a tremendous impact on science fiction. He changed the way we thought about the alien, the uncanny, and the familiar.
Undertale has an officially sanctioned fan album, and it’s awesome. I’m a bit late to the party on this (the album came out right before Christmas), but if you’re a fan of Undertale’s soundtrack and metal/electronic music, this is an excellent set of covers. Warning: emotions. Also dog marriage.
The video games of 2015 often looked great, usually felt good, and probably smelled okay, too. But how did they sound?
If you couldn’t stand the fast and repetitive pseudo-synth of 1990s video games I’d advise you not to read further. But you’re missing out; I can’t wait to peg this playlist next time I’m eating asphalt in a sports car.
Seriously, Hollywood keeps making weird-ass fairytale movies. And they really ought to take a note from this insane new Taylor Swift video for “Out of the Woods,” which does for fairytales what her “Bad Blood” vid did for action movies.
How are there so many songs in Fallout 4 that fit into the games’ theme?
Telltale’s episodic adventure series Tales From The Borderlands was one of 2015’s best surprises. That was mostly thanks to its funny script, well-developed characters, and killer voice acting. But the music definitely helped.
Winter is here but as some of you may have noticed, this has been quite the unusual winter. Temperatures have not been exactly what one would associate with the season and as a consequence the spirit of the season feels...off*.
Track: Here In Your Bedroom | Artist: Goldfinger | Album: Goldfinger
ICO, a game that is as barren as they come, offers a small piece of solace when you reach a save point and a piece of music called Heal kicks in.
What happens when you take music games Beatmania, Keyboard Mania, and Para Para Paradise and mix them into one game? You get the Sega music arcade game Chunithm.
You’ve been hearing the ditty for decades, both in games and on the internet, but did you know that the original Mario Bros. theme—from the games, not the TV show’s intro—has official lyrics to go with it?
The Famicom, which launched in Japan in 1983, is getting a new cartridge. Titled 8Bit Music Power, it’s less a game and more an 8-bit album, but hey, it’s a new Famicom cart and you can play it on an old Japanese Nintendo console.
Rock Band 4 got me ready to pick up an instrument again. Guitar Hero Live got my fingers moving back and forth. Together they convinced me to take the next step—buying the cheapest guitar possible and a copy of Rocksmith.
So, that definitive Street Fighter soundtrack we wrote about a few weeks ago is now out. I’ve been listening to it all weekend, and it’s fantastic.
Internet cafes started as coffee shops where you could check email. But over the years, people turned them into dens for sharing pirated music, hotspots for video game addiction, and even temporary housing.