Welcome to another Off Notes weekly round-up of the best the musical internet has to offer. This week’s been a cold one here in New York, which means we’ve spent EVEN MORE of our time than normal indoors, perusing the web! Today’s Off Notes is heavy on the nerd stuff and nostalgia—exploring music technology and the birthing of the Phish-Dead hybrid monster. Read on!
Our favorite stuff this week
- This music video was filmed in five seconds and is a visual feast. Bonus points if you can spot the flying cat! [Guillaume Panariello on Vimeo]
- If that didn’t blow your mind, watch the 10-second video of how it was made! [PetaPixel]
- BEST HEADLINE OF THE WEEK: “Hardcore Singer Accidentally Swallows Microphone” [The Hard Times]
- Inspired by a feudal form of Amharic, Ethiopian rappers are using language to fight back against censorship and find a unique musical voice all their own. [Al Jazeera America]
- We’re stoked to check out new hip-hop musical, “Hamilton”, written by and starring Lin-Manuel Miranda, Arthur‘s Freestyle Love Supreme bandmate! The New York Times ADORED it! [NYTimes]
- These guys hooked up sensors to pianos and used them to play Street Fighter. Our day is made.
- A PhD candidate at University of Virginia Center for Computer Music pulled out all of the ghostly sounds that are lost when an audio file is compressed down to mp3. Aside from being a haunting new form of music, it makes you wonder how much music we’re losing to the digital divide. [Death and Taxes]
- Trey Anastasio on perfecting his Jerry Garcia impression and how he’ll make his turn in The Grateful Dead his own. [Rolling Stone]
- We’re partial to the beatboxing stylings of our friend, Chesney Snow, but I must admit, this guy is totally mesmerizing… [Youtube]
- The NY Times interviewed Kim Gordon ahead of her book release on Tuesday and she’s still as cool as ever. [NYTimes]
- It is VERY cold in New York (and in most of North America). Here’s something stupid to warm you up. [Cincinnati Zoo on YouTube]
What we’ve been listening to
Here are some of our favorite tunes for your weekend:
- Marty Fowler, whose musical stylings you can hear in many of our Soundfly Course soundtracks, has a new modern jazz album out!
- Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld got together to make a beautiful horn and violin album.
- Here’s a weird playlist for your afternoon: today’s birthdays include Rihanna, Kurt Cobain, Brian Lattrell of Backstreet Boys, Julia Volkova of t.A.T.u., k-os, and Walter Becker of Steely Dan. [Spotify]