I gotta sing Duran Duran when I wear this jumpsuit like the fuckin nerdlord I am
hmm seems the first song on the Rio album was written and recorded in 1981, same year the first omnichord was manufactured
wake up sheeple
DJ Earworm - “United State of Pop 2013 (Living the Fantasy)”
It’s the most important day of the year.
Years from now, DJ Earworm United States of Pop mash-ups will remain the most accurate reflection of our collective mood. 2013 was apparently the year of overinflated grandeur soaked in an undeniable malaise, as we all moved forward fretting about our lack of control.
Santa Baby Eartha Kitt version (the ONLY version) cover- Princess Neptune
LMAO S’UP YALL SORRY I’M SLAYING YR AUTOTUNED FAVS IN MY JAMMIES W/NO MAKEUP W/CHRISTMAS SONG COVERS DONE IN ONE TAKE
taking requests but what you get is what you pay for (i.e. nothing u cheap bastards I’ll sound better when u pay me jk I luv u happy holidays plz listen ok!!!)
if youre having a bad day just watch this
i bet they’re best friends now
what did I just watch
Just found my new fav vid
The other day when I was coming home from seeing a movie w friends I walked on to the L platform and a very old man was playing cello and this young woman (my age?) was standing next to him singing along, going full opera, but she had a scarf and earmuffs on and kept smiling nervously and I thought that was weird, and then when she finished, the old man smiled so big and said “that was amazing” and she blushed and introduced herself and they shook hands and I was still watching them meet each other when I got on the train and I cried a tear
lol please listen to this, I don’t really write/post a lot of originals even if they’re hella short and
idk if it’s worth putting effort into anymore or what but whateverSIKE IT’S TOTES WORTH THE EFFORT WOW IF THIS IS WHAT I WAS MAKING WHEN I WAS SO DEEP IN THE SADZONE JUST WAIT TILL I GET GOIN NOW also it’s up for download and free okay love you bye
Post #12: Want You Gone, Portal 2
Hey guys, another short-but-sweet post tonight with lots of good stuff to check out! Before I dive into it I’d like to say something about Wednesday’s post, and that is that it was indeed a request post from my good friend Max from home. I forgot to mention it and thought I should, so there’s that!
Anyways, I’d like to talk about a game series that really challenged conventions when it was released: Portal. The first game was an awesome, yet short, exploration of genre-bending awesomeness, and it included one of fan’s favorite musical moments in gaming: the end credits song Still Alive. While I agree that Still Alive is a bloody fantastic piece of music, I’m actually more fond of the track at the end credits of Portal 2, which we’ll be looking into today. It’s Jonathan Coulton’s Want You Gone!
This track bears some similarities with Still Alive, yet also has some very key stylistic differences that makes it stand out on its own merits. The key similarities are the auto-tuned qualities of GlaDos’ voice, the instrumentation (but not the timbre necessarily) and the creative use of modulation at key times. However, the melodic use of the bass as counterpoint and harmonic material, in addition to the aggressive, semi-melodic drum parts make this track stand out from Coulton’s earlier work.
At the beginning of the piece we are introduced with the psuedo-melodic bass/accompaniment figure, which uses a blues-like chromatic pattern that also hints at modal mixture with the F natural in bar 2. When the melody enters in bar 3 we should note that melody is entirely diatonic. This strict diatonicism is in contrast to the bluesy bass counterpoint and, as we’ll hear later, it contrasts the chormaticism the composer uses to modulate with an incredible efficiency.
Before I discuss the drum part I’d like to mention that A) I’m not the best at drum transcriptions, so while I’m pretty confident on my rhythms there may be some errors, and B) the drum kit uses an electronic kit, so while I may not have written the exact notes the drum hit I did my best to copy down the rhythms and general shape of the drum line. The reason I tried to copy the shape as well as I could is because the drum patterns almost have a melodic shape to them. The drumset speaks loudly when it accents and makes its presence very well known in the texture, unlike many examples of video game music. It’s arguable that there are three examples of melodic counterpoint going on in the A section.
When we get to the B section, the harmony and drums move back to the background to support the melody, which becomes even more powerful. The new melody retains the pure diatonicism from the A section, and when GlaDos starts harmonizing with herself in thirds it really brings a new texture to the whole track.
I’m going to stop here, because while there are some variations between the three choruses (particularly where the drums sit out, making the silences even more powerful), in the end the material is esseintially repeated each chorus, which makes my job much simpler. Hope you guys enjoyed it!
Bonus Track: For today’s bonus track I’m going to show you guys the track that’s been my ringtone for the past two years, Halls of Science from Portal 2! I love how this track has an electro-Bach kind of vibe to it. It’s really cool! It may be the subject of an upcoming post :)