Classic Nintendo 64 game Goldeneye 007 is just one of those things: if you were a certain age at a certain time, it was part of your life in some way, the object of lavish late-night dormitory marathons, or glittering in your peripheral vision as you pursued that one guy you liked.
The Grant Kirkhope tracks, inspired by the Bond source materal, are just as memorable, and now you can hear them purely: Apparently, in order to hew to tech limitations the audio had to undergo certain types of compression back in 1998, and finally an uncompressed version of all seven Kirkhope tracks is widely available thanks to YouTube game music devotees Video Game Tracks:
Compare to a compressed version here. Big thanks also to Ben Skipper of IBTimes for digging this up!
Namibian-German artist Max Siedentopf created “Toto Forever,” an installation that plays the song “Africa” on repeat in the middle of southern Africa’s Namib Desert. From the BBC News: Mr Siedentopf tells the BBC it is set to play forever, with solar batteries “to keep Toto going for all eternity…” “[I] wanted to pay the song […]
If you played poker with Steve Albini — esteemed guitarist for Big Black, Rapeman, and Shellac, recording engineer for Nirvana, Pixies, and PJ Harvey — he would take all your money. I was surprised to learn that last year Albini won gold in the World Series of Poker. Above, a short documentary about Albini’s poker […]
Today marks the 42nd anniversary of the release of David Bowie’s mid-70s masterpiece, Low, the first album of his so-called Berlin Trilogy (later joined by “Heroes” and Lodger). Working with the increasingly experimental Brian Eno, this album was a dramatic departure for Bowie and much has been made over the music, the strange (and strangely […]
It’s a rude awakening for that rookie vacationer abroad when they try to plug in their gear for the night. Veteran jet-setters know that outlet shapes can vary wildly from country to country, which necessitates that most boring must-have for any world-traveler: A sackful of clunky power adapters. Awkward problem, elegant solution: The Twist Plus […]
Looking for a career in music behind the boards, either as a music producer or DJ? It’s a good bet that you’re going to be working with Ableton Live. Each new iteration of this powerful workstation gives the user more tools to create, and it’s just as well suited for the task of meticulous track […]
The graveyard of failed startups is littered with concepts that just got lost in translation. At its core, that’s what great front-end design is about: Making an app or website usable, translating its best ideas smoothly to the user. It’s a skill so broad there might be no one book or course that covers it […]