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What if the Civilization music had lyrics?

September 26th, 2010 · No Comments

Bonus 11th Civilization post!

Tags: arg · civilization · music · silly

The Music of Civilization

August 25th, 2010 · 1 Comment

We all know what music I’m referring to here – the marvellous and uplifting Baba Yetu choral music that greets you in Civilization 4. I don’t know how much it cost Firaxis to commission and record that music, but it gave Civ 4 a priceless sense of grandeur.
Civilization has always had an odd soundtrack. 4000BC [...]

Tags: civilization · games · music

Schubert and the Trout Quintet

December 30th, 2007 · 2 Comments

Schubert, I feel, would have no sympathy for procrastinators. Before he died at the age of 31 – the age at which Beethoven wrote his first symphony – he wrote over 1000 pieces. More than 600 of those were ‘just’ songs, but they also included major works such as operas and symphonies. A friend of [...]

Tags: adrian · music · radio

Rock Band Exclusive: All Sorts of Merchandise

October 19th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Improbably enough, I was on stage this afternoon with Alex Rigopulos of Harmonix (creators of Guitar Hero 1 and 2, and Rock Band) talking about how ARGs and music games were similar. During the course of the conversation, Alex revealed a few details about Rock Band which I am fairly confident haven’t been announced elsewhere. [...]

Tags: games · music

How It Ends

September 7th, 2007 · No Comments

If you’ve seen Little Miss Sunshine, you’ll may remember the music. It was almost perfect for the movie – a wistful but sometimes happy mix of instrumental mariachi-esque and romantic music. It reminded me of a mix between Sufjan Stevens and Yann Tiersen, but in a good way (actually, Sufjan Stevens did have a couple [...]

Tags: adrian · music · review

Yann Tiersen – a disappointment

June 21st, 2007 · No Comments

A couple of months ago, I went to see Yann Tiersen play at The Scala in London. Mr Tiersen is, of course, the person behind the tinkling, cheery and immensely popular music to Amelie and Goodbye Lenin.
Shortly before the gig, I discovered that he probably wouldn’t be playing just Amelie-style music, but instead he’d be [...]

Tags: music · review · video

Baba Yetu

March 15th, 2007 · 7 Comments

Like other game designers, I don’t play a lot of games.
I do have a Wii and a PS2, which sounds typical enough except for the fact that the only games I play on the PS2 are Katamari Damacy and Guitar Hero; Wii Sports and Warioware for the other console. Clearly I like quirky and accessible [...]

Tags: adrian · games · music

Shamisen Serendipity

November 30th, 2006 · No Comments

I don’t listen to the radio any more, and I don’t listen to music TV either. This makes me dependent on other forms of media (movies, TV shows, YouTube) and other guides (blogs, friends) to help me find my music. What I’ve discovered is that I’m encountering much more eclectic music this way, and interestingly, [...]

Tags: adrian · music · radio

Who supports longer copyright?

November 12th, 2006 · No Comments

Various news outlets today have been claiming that the Public ’support longer copyright’. I quote from the BBC article:
62% of people polled by YouGov for the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) think UK artists should be protected for 95 years, as they are in the US.
I found this very surprising – I can hardly believe that [...]

Tags: music · newspaper · politics

The iPod Shuffle, in use

February 28th, 2005 · 3 Comments

A review of the iPod Shuffle, with a focus on running.

Tags: apple · music · review · tech