July 31, 2013

An Expostulation by C. S. Lewis



Against too many writers of science fiction

Why did you lure us on like this,
Light-year on light-year, through the abyss,
Building (as though we cared for size!)
Empires that cover galaxies
If at the journey's end we find
The same old stuff we left behind,
Well-worn Tellurian stories of
Crooks, spies, conspirators, or love,
Whose setting might as well have been
The Bronx, Montmartre, or Bedinal Green?

Why should I leave this green-floored cell,
Roofed with blue air, in which we dwell,
Unless, outside its guarded gates,
Long, long desired, the Unearthly waits
Strangeness that moves us more than fear,
Beauty that stabs with tingling spear,
Or Wonder, laying on one's heart
That finger-tip at which we start
As if some thought too swift and shy
For reason's grasp had just gone by?

July 30, 2013

A Short Documentary About Cleaning A Korg Lambda



I recently came across this video about how to clean a Korg Lambda. It's by the same guy who did the Korg Lambda demonstration video I posted a while back. I think his music is just brilliant! I wish he would make a record. This cleaning tutorial is accompanied by a beautiful soundtrack that I presume he recorded entirely with the Lambda played by hand. 

It looks like he put a lot of work into cleaning this thing out, I can't imagine directing a video at the same time! But this really is a wonderful video. There are some truly magical moments, like when the keys return to the keyboard towards the end. Could you imagine stumbling across this video on a local PBS late at night?


July 28, 2013

July 27, 2013

What Went Wrong With Disney’s Worlds Fair



I'll get back to color theory in a bit, but I wanted to share this article with you real quick. While, Epcot may not be everything it was originally intended to be (or even anything close) I still love it and so do a lot of people. I feel like we're able to love it for what it is while still being remorseful for what might have been (which is the first city of the future). It's interesting to find an article this blunt, but it was published in 1983 so the author didn't have the myst of nostalgic time between himself and Epcot the way we do.  And it's not as if he has some sort of personal vendetta agains Epcot, he's just speaking frankly. This is the preface:

With Epcot, Walt Disney turned his formidable skills to building a city where man and technology could live together in perfect harmony. The result is part prophecy, part world’s fair. Here, America’s leading authority on technological history examines this urban experiment in the light of past world’s fairs, and tells why it fails where they succeeded—and why that matters.

You can read the whole article here:
http://www.americanheritage.com/content/what-went-wrong-disney’s-worlds-fair

July 20, 2013

A Christmas Yet To Come


I've never got on board with the whole "Christmas in July" thing. To me Christmas is snow and cold weather and right now it's ridiculously hot! I can't stand it! A Christmas Yet To Come is a much nicer way to think of it, I'd say. Not celebrating Christmas in July, but, rather, looking forward to the actual Christmas.

I just found this song Carol of the Bells by Joseph Byrd. It has a nice folky feel to it. I think a lot of synthesizer music pre-Kraftwerk hadn't really harnessed the power of the sequencer. I seems like it took them a while before they'd figured out how to lock together different sequences on different tracks so you ended up with one sequenced track and everything else played live around it. I think that's what's going on here: a nice, lose, organic, synthesized, future Christmas song. 

July 18, 2013

DEUX


So, I have to give credit to RenĂ© for this one. He sent me their song Dance With Me tonight and I was instantly hooked. I had heard one song by Deux before but it didn't really do anything for me and I never gave them a second thought. I never really got into the supposed "cold wave" bands, save maybe Nine Circles. They all seemed a little too cold and lifeless for me (I guess that's probably the point!). 

Anyway, this song, Felicita, is my favorite I've found so far from Deux. But I've only just scratched the surface. How exciting to have a new band to get into! That's all for now. Goodnight.


July 17, 2013

Man in the Moon



Sorry it's been so quite around here lately! This blog is not dead, I promise you. I've just been so busy with a few projects - I'll show them to you soon. 

I found this little moon at a junk shop today. I think he's swell. What do you think?