The audio file you can listen to below is my attempt to undermine the traditional associations of Christmas music; both spiritual and corporate. My instructions from the Bristol Feral Choir were to “destroy” a Christmas song. In the first verse, I’m just dicking about, but after that I try to use the sonic effects to make a musical piece that’s radically different from the source material.
I use three sources: the Christmas carol “Once in Royal David’s City”, a Coca-Cola advert and an Osmonds Christmas special. All the sounds in the track come from processing and mutating this audio.
This talk reports some investigations of how obesity, happiness and generosity spread through social networks. James Fowler concludes that you likely have more personal influence over friends and strangers than you think you have.
From the third Ignite Bristol event, which took place on 31 October, my favourite talks addressed Octopush (something I’d never heard of before), Science Experiments for the Elderly and why it’s a good thing for us all to get running:
Continuing the daily series of personal favourite Ignite talks…
How long could you survive while chained to a bunk bed with a velociraptor? Matthew Inmar, creator of The Oatmeal, dares to ask this sort of question, and maybe that’s why his sites get so much attention. Here he gives a quick tour of what he’s done online.
In this Ignite talk, Zoë Keating (who has made some amazing music, live and recorded, using just a cello and some looping/recording electronics) asks whether someone with a job in IT should really be jealous of a musician touring with a rock band. She has been both.
The Ignite talks strike me as a well-kept secret on the net. Yes, they vary in quality, but there are gems among them on all sorts of topics, which deserve a much wider audience. To give the series a little boost, I’ll be blogging an Ignite talk each day for the coming week.
I start with this recent example, which starts with a funny story about searching on the web but makes a point that online searching is something many of us are getting drawn into for its own sake.
I’m not a fan of the film “A Little Princess”: not my sort of thing, but it clearly has nostalgia value for a lot of people. One of those is Pogo (previouslyfeatured), whose remix of the film includes some of his best music so far, and 3D animation effects to illustrate his dizzying fragmented melodies.