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Vertical Tones & Horizontal Noise

Posted by Mike Battaglia, April 5, 2007 01:25pm | Post a Comment

Andrew Meecham is The Emperor Machine, one of the best producers working in electronic music at the moment. A soundclash between influences as diverse as Can, early Human League, Hawkwind, George Clinton and Kraftwerk, Meecham's Krautrock-Disco bubbles and squeaks with analogue rock intensity while remaning funky enough to get your groove on.

Meecham started out in seminal 90's house/rave group Bizarre Inc. alongside Carl Tuner and Dean Meredith. They had a string of hits including "Playing With Knives" and "I'm Gonna Get You", both of which charted in the UK (the former hit #3, the latter #4) as well as the US (#47), and both are considered "club classics".

"Playing With Knives":


"I'm Gonna Get You" (one of my personal favorites):



After their second album, 1996's Surprise, was commercially disappointing, Bizarre Inc. disappeared until 1999, when Meredith and Meecham resurfaced with Steve "Fella" Kotey as Chicken Lips. Since then, it's been full steam ahead, with the boys finding a home at DC Recordings (scheduled to have its own Technophilia post anytime soon) as Big Two Hundred, aka "the dark side of Chicken Lips", and two side projects: Meredith as White Light Circus and Meecham as TEM.

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Pennies From Heaven

Posted by Job O Brother, April 5, 2007 11:17am | Post a Comment


               INT. CORPORATE OFFICE - DAWN

               JEFF SMIT looks out the window of his penthouse office. The
               first amber glows of dawn pierce the horizon.

               He's deeply contemplative.

               A soft knock on the door.

               Startled, he turns.

                                   JEFF
                         Yes?

               Door opens. It is FELIPE, a night janitor. He is holding a
               bucket.

                                   FELIPE
                         Mr. Smit?

                                   JEFF
                         You all done, Felipe?
                             (Felipe nods)
                         Thank you.

New Music Tech:

Posted by Mike Battaglia, April 5, 2007 01:39am | Post a Comment
Perfect for a Boards of Canada video, I've imagined the children who are at the Oracle's house in The Matrix playing with the Tangible Sequencer in these youtube videos:



The combination of the primary colors, the slow, steady pulse and music box sounds distinctly remind me of childhood. Jeffrey Traer Bernstein of the Sound Lab at Princeton's Computer Science Department created this interesting technology that I can see being applied to plenty of different new music interfaces.





Bob Clark R.I.P.

Posted by phil blankenship, April 4, 2007 10:12pm | Post a Comment


Sadly, it seems that director Bob Clark & his son died today in a Santa Monica car crash.
You can read the AP obituary here.

Clark may have reached mainstream fame as the director of A Christmas Story but he'll forever live in the hearts of Video Maniacs everywhere as the filmmaker behind Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things, Black Christmas, and Porky's.  He will be sorely missed!

welcome to twin peaks!!!

Posted by Brad Schelden, April 4, 2007 06:22pm | Post a Comment

Finally!!! Twin Peaks Season 2 is now available. It just came out this week. It has been over 5 years since Season 1 came out on DVD! Like many of you, I sold my vhs box set years ago in anticipation of the release of this show on DVD. I am so excited I now get to revisit my favorite show and watch it all from the beginning. David Lynch is a genius and was really able to show the world just how brilliant he was with this amazing ground breaking television show.  Season 2 originally aired in the 1990/1991 season. While the 1st season only had 8 episodes, season 2 had a full season of episodes with 22. This was the year it was nominated for some Soap Opera Digest Awards.

Sheryl Lee was nominated for best death scene as Maddie Ferguson. And I have to agree...she was amazing. She was brilliant in her second role in the series as Laura Palmer's strangely almost identical nerdy cousin. Kyle Maclachlan and Piper Laurie were both nominated for outstanding acting. The show was nominated for outstanding Prime Time Show. It won no Soap Opera Digest Awards but did walk away with a couple Golden Globes. Amazingly the Soap Opera Digest Awards still happen. However last year was the first year it was not televised and it went straight to magazine. Not a good sign for the future of the awards show.

I seriously have watched Twin Peaks a lot. It aired on Bravo many nights for many years late night. Most of those nights I was watching it. If you are a fan of any of the serialized TV shows such as Lost or Prison Break and have never watched this show...you seriously need to do so right now. This was the best thing ever on television. I have yet to see anything come close. The cast was also one of the best. Unfortunately it seems to be somewhat of a curse for its cast. Nobody on the show has ever done anything near as good since this show went off the air -- besides maybe Kyle Maclachlan's role in Showgirls and Lara Flynn Boyle's in Happiness. Most of the cast has been mainly seen in small TV roles or Lifetime movies of the week.

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