In C Remixes: A fresh new way to look at almost-fresh music.

You WISH your rehearsals were like this.

You WISH your rehearsals were like this.

Recently, by means of getting totally lost on the internet, I came across a fantastic music project, based off of Terry Riley’s “In C,” which is an interesting, yet contemporary, classical piece of music. The project pulls together a bunch of talented musicians from around the world (including one of my personal favorites, Zoe Keating). What the project does, simply enough, is develop “Remixes” or “Variations” on the piece. Here, check out the teaser video;

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I can’t wait for the project to go live (which, according to their site and twitter page, is tomorrow). You can preorder their CD from their site, which I’ll provide a big massive link to at the bottom of this post, and it will be available for digital download tomorrow. If you’re impatient, listen to some of the demo’s they’ve put up in their download section here. Hey, look! A Zoe Keating remix!

Click here to go to the site.

#MusicMonday – Kandi

Ok, tweeters and bloggers, this week’s pick is courtesy of Starbucks. Thank you, Starbucks, for handing out free iTunes song vouchers that don’t suck (to put it lightly).

This week’s song is called “Kandi” by One eskimO. The video was done by the great guys down at Warner Premiere, and I think they did a fantastic job animating the video (although I mistook the Eskimo’s eyes for his eyebrows for half of the video…. meh). Regardless, the video is available at Starbucks all today and tomorrow. You can pick up a free voucher to download the music video (which is categorized as a tv show, which I find strange) at their counter. Its usually by the checkout. Regardless, the video is also highly accessible via youtube. Here’s the highest quality video I could dig up. You better enjoy it.

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olZoPMv5AQc

I kinda like the vocals. Its a little repetitive, but there are subtle changes (like the periodic strings, and an organ that pops up from time to time). And heck, it was free. I’ve gotta admit, its not the best thing I’ve ever reviewed, but its not horrible either. And its a rather cute video. Again, thats not enough to get me to listen to it regularly. I’m not apt to staring at my iPod screen while I’m running around, and frankly, without the video, the song becomes rather boring.

If you missed the chance to get a voucher, I have one lying around here somewhere. Just post a comment or contact me and I’ll send it to you.

#MusicMonday – Her Morning Elegance

First things first…

I’d like to say that my domain and hosting have both been transfered, and my site is 100% back. There are a few kinks I’m working out, but nothing anyone but I would notice (for example, I’m still re-configuring the mobile admin portion of the site).

Now, onto the music.

I know I’ve been doing a lot of soft, smooth music recently, but I can’t help but throw out another. Its called “Her Morning Elegance” by Oren Lavie. I have to say, when I hear a song, I’ll listen to it, like it, and then forget about it. If I see its music video, however, I’ll really, really get attached to it (if the video is good, of course). This was one of those songs; I just fell in love with it. Here, take a look;

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_HXUhShhmY

A bit about the song…

To my knowledge, I only hear 4 instruments; an electric piano, a snare drum, a xylophone, and a cello. If you know me at all, you’ll know that any song with a cello really really impresses me (unless, of course, its done poorly). The music video is particularly good; its done via stop animation; a picture is taken, the scene is moved a little bit, and another picture is taken, thus creating slides of a video. The way it syncs up with the music, and the way it all uses a mattress as a background (you’ll have to see the video to see what I mean) is just really unique.

Links:

Download the mp3 for free from SkeemR.
Visit OrenLavie.com

#MusicMonday: All of My Days

Well, its Monday again. I got back from France in the nick of time, didn’t I? Don’t worry, I’ll post pictures of my fantastic vacation sometime. But for now, there are more pressing matters at hand; its Monday, and I need to write up a song. I did a bit of sifting, sorting, emailing, and jostling, but I finally found one. And there are only 4 hours left of Monday. I have got to be more attentive.  Anyways…

All of My Days – Alexi Murdoch

This week, with the help of a friend Kate, I picked the song “All of My Days,” by Alexi Murdoch. Alexi Murdoch, born in London, is an independent songwriter, whose music has been featured in movies like “Ladder 49” and “Away We Go.” Frankly, this is the first time I’ve heard his music, and I must say its made me wonder why I haven’t listened to more of him in the past.

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_R5IQoIYvTM

It took way too long to align this video to the article’s width.

A little about the song:

The song itself is very mellow and peaceful, with a wide variety of instruments. I hear some cellos (among other strings), which is a huge plus for me. The guy has a fantastic voice, with a slight British accent.  Its a perfect song if you need a pick-me-up, or if you just need something to fall asleep to.

“All of My Days” comes from the film “Away We Go,” which opened the Edinburgh 2009 film festival and is expected to be out on BluRay and DVD on September 29th of this year. The film, in a nutshell, is about a husband and wife, expecting a baby, looking for the perfect place to live.

Thanks again to Kate for her recommendation! Check out her YouTube page, while you’re at it.

#MusicMonday

Well, I want to start something new. In correlation with Twitter’s #musicmonday, I thought I’d write up a post on a song I’ve been listening to. It certainly makes tweeting about a song easier for me. I’ll either throw in a music video or a music player plugin, and I’ll try to dig up a download link. So, without further ado, the first song I’m going to review ever is…

Mimizan, by Beirut

The song is really interesting to listen to, to be honest. It has so much going on at the same time. Just listening to it, I hear an accordion, a piano, some vocals, a glockenspiel, and a drumkit. You’d think all these different instruments would just make some sort of elaborate cacophony, but Beirut makes it work pretty damn well. Check it out;

If you want to download the song, you can download it here.

Its a good song… Its a little short for my tastes, and the ending leaves something to be desired, but its still a fantastic song, and is definitely wort the listen. Check it out when you get a chance.

Dark was the Night

I’d like to say a little bit about the album. The album, “Dark was the Night,” is a compilation album done as an HIV/AIDS benefit fundraiser, and is jam-packed with awesome songs. If you get a chance, get the album; its going to a good cause, after all. I believe they’re also auctioning tickets to their next concert, so check out their website here.