30 11 2009

Christmas Present: NINTENDO 64?

We all remember the time when our parents surprised the hell out of us with that special gift on Christmas day don’t we? Well this vid captures those moments and remixes them with some slick beats and old-school 8-bit sounds for some added flavor. If you’ve remember getting something like this on Christmas, let us know in the comments.



18th/19th/20th/21st century versions of remixing the same Paganini theme

30 11 2009

These days, there are a lot of remixes and mashups of popular songs out there. Hypemachine is filled with these kinds of adaptations of existing music to new forms and formats. It’s great; I love the stuff. Most of the music I’ve been listening to recently is remixes. In fact, it’s one of the ways I’ve been discovering different kinds of music.

But the idea that it’s new is way off. I thought I’d tell a similar story from the 19th and 20th centuries with a theme by Paganini, which was later interpreted by Liszt, Brahms, Rachmaninov and Lutoslawski. Liszt and Brahms are early Romantic-era composers, Rachmaninov is a late Romantic composer flush with all of that era’s intensity of emotion and lyricism, and Lutoslawski is a much more modern composer, and it shows. And don’t miss the electronic dance version at the end!

It’s fascinating to watch how the different composers take and then reinterpret the same theme. Here are the tracks for your listening pleasure. I’d love to hear what you think!

The original Paganini violin piece:





or in mp3 form: http://www.mediafire.com/?mdyytmydm1j

And if you want to hear a pretty sweet remixed electronic take on the same thing, check this track by Hot Pink Delorean out. It’s pretty sweet!


Lovelorn Shanghai – Boyz Noize remix of Sebastien Tellier

26 11 2009

This video is pretty cool. The imagery is rich. Plus, it has a sweet soundtrack of L’amour et la violence (Boys Noize Remix).

The Ultrasounds rule!

26 11 2009

This was the first time i’ve seen the Ann Arbor band The Ultrasounds perform. It was awesome. They play with a ton of energy, and totally get into the music. It’s a guitarist, bassist/keyboardist, drummer. They just let loose, with a kind of indie rock, punk sort of style. Most of the tracks were originals with a couple covers thrown in for flavor. I recommend checking them out (I think they’ve got a show on Dec. 6th at the Elbow Room in Ypsilanti).

Also, Jon (DJ Spare Parts) followed the show with some sweet dance tunes, masterfully mixed. There will more coming from him.

Show tonight!

26 11 2009

Tonight at the Heidelberg will be a show with The Ultrasounds, followed by our very own dj, spareparts. We will upload that madness (aka fun music) soon.

Jetta Mashup (Ratatat and Mojo in the Morning)

25 11 2009

This is a mashup I did of Ratatat and a Detroit-area morning show called Mojo in the Morning. It’s a discussion about the Jetta being a chick car, punctuated by Ratatat.


I might as well start

23 11 2009

This is what I’ve been listening to all night: