It’s time for another Eurovision Song Contest video. This time, it’s my favourite entry ever. It’s France’s entry from 2008, Divine by Sébastien Tellier. This was a controversial entry because, in the eyes of some people in France, the song had far too much English in it! So the song had to be partially rewritten […]
Have you heard that brilliant 8-bit / chiptune / computer game cover version of Kid A yet? If not, feast your ears: Radiohead’s Kid A is probably my favourite album. This fresh interpretation breathes new life into the music I have loved so much for over 10 years. This 8-bit version strips the music right […]
It is the Eurovision Song Contest this week. I have to admit to quite enjoying the Eurovision Song Contest. It is a good excuse to post this brilliant Belgian effort from 1980 — Euro-vision by Telex. Telex said they had hoped to finish last. But they were thwarted by Greece, Portugal and the UK, whose […]
Last week I finally got my hands on something I’ve wanted for a while — an Omnichord. It is a kitsch electronic music instrument produced by Suzuki in the 1980s. It makes a very charming sound and is addictive to play. The key feature that makes the Omnichord stand out from other instruments is the […]
The BBC have just posted this wonderful slideshow about the Radiophonic Workshop. Some nice photographs from the unit’s history from its inception in 1958 onwards. Via @cobaltmale.
When I was a child, I found nothing more distressing than the sound made by a wonky cassette. It is a deeply unnatural sound. Whenever I heard it, my heart began to race and I felt physically sick. It was as if I had a real fear of this type of sound. My primary school […]
The Seasons is one of those albums widely talked about but seldom heard. I guess you could call it a cult classic. “Discovered” in charity shops about a decade ago, this album has grown in stature but has remained unavailable — until now. Trunk Records (who else?) have managed to sort out a proper reissue. Originally […]
I have recently been thinking about getting a new hobby. One option is to reignite my musical chops. I used to play musical instruments. But my history as a musician has been quite volatile. I played the piano and percussion instruments, and a brief flirtation with the guitar. But I gave them up just before […]
I was looking on YouTube for music by Daphne Oram, the pioneering electronic musician who invented the Oramics machine. What I found was this fabulous film called Snow. Daphne Oram contributed electronic effects to the music by Johnny Hawksworth. The film is by Geoffrey Jones. Here’s what the BFI has to say about it: Comprising […]
Twisted nostalgia. Spooky photographs of a fictitious town. Liner notes about the ploughman’s lunch. It could only be the new Belbury Poly album, The Belbury Tales. Purchase it from the ever-excellent Ghost Box.