The Simonsound, Simon James's '60s space age-inspired experimental music project, has issued a fantastic "radiophonic ride" aboard an imaginary World's Fair monorail. The two tracks on this Simonsound Tranist Authority release are compelling collages of electronic experimentation and oscillations made from vintage synths, manipulated tape, and acoustic sources. There are multiple versions of the release, including a 10" color vinyl, digital download in numerous formats, and also the limited edition "pilot pack" seen above that is, sadly, sold out. You can listed to the first track, "The Beam," right here.
Like a souvenir record from a mid century World’s Fair, ‘The Beam’ follows
in the footsteps of early electronic composers such as Raymond Scott,
Tristram Cary and Tom Dissevelt.
The Simonsound Transit Authority: "The Beam" b/w "In the Shadow of the Skylon"
The B-side, 'In the Shadow of the Skylon' is an oscillating ode to a long
lost London landmark and futuristic structure created for the Festival of
Britain in 1951. Hovering over the South Bank like a UFO, the Skylon pointed
into space like a sign post for what was to come. Sadly the Skylon never got
to see the future it aimed to represent as it was torn down at the end of
the Festival by a petty Conservative government. ‘In the Shadow of the
Skylon’ celebrates its short optimistic life.
I don’t think this video got nearly enough play time.
Bass player/instructor Adam Neely explores the fastest “useful” music that humans can play. It’s a fascinating topic, really, especially how he, and scientists/musicologists, frame the question around what’s musically “useful.” And yes, speed metal is considered “useful.”
This peppy little cover by Postmodern Jukebox turned out quite nicely.
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Maybe it’s entirely because of podcast ads, but drag-and-drop tools like Squarespace have gotten immensely popular in recent years. While it’s definitely a great tool for any non-coders who want to get a small website up and running quickly, managing content with a primarily visual interface can become a pain once you have more than […]
When you can’t wait for the world’s longest meeting to end, the mindless leg bouncing makes your boredom obvious and just annoys everybody else. Everyone knows the TPS reports need the damn cover sheet, but some sadistic colleague keeps forgetting, probably on purpose just to eat into your lunch hour. Enough is enough!While serving a […]