Popcorn

pipocas palomitas de maizOr, as the spanish people call it, “Palomitas de maiz“. I was listening to a couple of songs of a Spanish band called “Los Pekenikes” and this was one of them. You might know it already, due to Crazy Frog (or other). Not that I find it a great song, but it is definitely a different song, so I thought it would not be a bad idea to post 😛

By the way, the title is called popcorn because it “supposedly” sounds like popcorn popping…

Here you have the original (from  Gershon Kingsley) and the Crazy Frog version

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The birth of a genre

Hey y’all!

Long time no see, ha? Sorry for the long absence, but I haven’t got any spare time for ages, but it feels good to be back 🙂

In the last two weeks of July I went to Macau, China to do some work at the local university, and that also contributed to my absence here. I wasn’t able to see any local band while I was there, but a little search on the internet brought these guys into my attention – they’re WhyOceans,  a macanese post-rock/alternative band with a very nice sound. Please do check them out!

But, as good as these Macanese are, my post today is dedicated to an entirely different style: electronic music. Yes, I’m not usually very fond of electronic music, but in this past few days I’ve been buried deep in the music of Kraftwerk and I’m growing fonder and fonder of their music. Kraftwerk (and others, like Jean-Michel Jarre) paved the way for most of today’s ambient / new age / dance-pop / techno / house /dubstep /etc… Their 1978 album, Die Mensch Machine was also issued with english lyrics, and the song Das Model / The Model became an international hit.

As you can see, they were renowned for their driving, repetitive rhythms with catchy melodies, mainly following a Western Classical style of harmony, with a minimalistic and strictly electronic instrumentation. During my flight back home I heard this song around 10 times, which for me is a lot 😛 I even recorded my own cover, which you can hear here (do not expect a masterpiece – it was very roughly played/recorded).

To end this comeback post, check Kraftwerk live at Japan at the No Nukes.

See you next time!

Puntss, Puntss – Skrillex

A little bro of mine shown me once this electronic concept of music: Skrillex.

“Sonny John Moore (born January 15, 1988), better known by his stage name Skrillex, is an American electronic music producer and singer–songwriter. Raised in Northeast Los Angeles and in Northern California, Moore joined the American post-hardcore band From First to Last as the lead singer in 2004, and recorded two studio albums with the band (Dear Diary, My Teen Angst Has a Body Count, 2004, and Heroine, 2006) before leaving to pursue a solo career in 2007.[3][4] He began his first tour as a solo artist in late 2007. After recruiting a new band lineup, Moore joined the Alternative Press Tour to support bands such as All Time Low and The Rocket Summer, and appeared on the cover of Alternative Press’ annual “100 Bands You Need to Know” issue.[5]

After releasing the Gypsyhook EP in 2009, Moore was scheduled to record his debut studio album, Bells, with producer Noah Shain. However, he ceased production of the album and began performing under the name Skrillex. After releasing the My Name is Skrillex EP for free download on his official MySpace page, he released the Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites EP in late–2010 and More Monsters and Sprites EP in mid–2011. Both have since become moderate commercial successes. On November 30, 2011, he was nominated for a total of five Grammy Awards at the 54th Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist and won three: “Best Dance/Electronica Album,” “Best Dance Recording,” and “Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical”.[6] On December 5, 2011, the BBC announced that he had been nominated for their Sound of 2012 poll.[7] On December 12, 2011, he was also named MTV‘s Electronic Dance Music Artist of the Year.[8]

As I started to know more about him, I’ve found a curious arrangement of some themes, that I believe are truly well done composed.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbvFBKlexC4

“A Classical piece written by Steve Pycroft – using main themes from dubstep tunes by Skrillex. Performed by a live, 30 piece orchestra, at the Contact Theatre, Manchester. Music includes – ‘Scary Monsters and Nice Spirits’, ‘Cinema’ (Benny Benassi), ‘Right In’, ‘Equinox (First of the Year)’ and ‘Kyoto.'”

The titles you like (original version) you can check them on youtube.

See you next