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Archive for January 13th, 2009

Wackypedia

There’s been a kerfluffle about the Wikipedia lately, centered on the shoddy treatment of Threshold, a text MUD/MMO by Cambios over at Muckbeast.  Wolfshead has a great writeup/rant of his take on the whole thing over here:

Corruption, Treachery and Deceit at Wikipedia

I was going to write a little something to plug Threshold and complain a bit about the democratization of history, but really, Wolfshead does it better.  I’ll just chime in and say “go read his article”, and reiterate that I think the loss of an objective history and the intellectual analysis thereof is one of the big problems with the game industry… and really, political, country and world history in general.  *coughWeimarRepubliccough*

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I’m going to start posting quick blurbs on musical artists that I listen to.  With any luck, this will broaden horizons and spark interest.  Feel free to ignore these if you’re here for my game design gibberish.

First up is E. S. Posthumus.  The brothers behind the label aren’t what you might think of as the typical musical artists, but they have put together some fantastic music that pulls from the Classical world as well as more modern influences.  I find it to be excellent music to work to, as it keeps me awake enough to function without being distracting.  Plus, if you’re a movie or TV nut, you might just find yourself recognizing some of their work.

I’m a huge fan of instrumental music in general for that reason.  Lyrics are fine on occasion, but I much prefer interesting background soundtracks.  Call it an auditory Lorem Ipsum; it’s enough to scratch the music itch in a very satisfying way, but not enough to demand attention and cause distraction.  (Though it is interesting enough to just listen to all on its own if I feel like it.)

And then there’s Sleepthief.  This is the brainchild of Justin Elswick, another guy who may not seem like the prototypical musician.  (He practices law not far from where I work… it’s tempting to go say hello, but that might just be weird.)  The overarching electronica theme pulls inspiration from Enya, Irish philosophy, and some of the finest female vocalists in the genre.  He even does a remake of a Duran Duran song (The Chauffeur).

I happened upon Sleepthief thanks to Pandora, where they were a genetic mutation from Enya.  Yes, I have an Enya station in Pandora.  I’ve loved her work ever since I was a preteen.  I’m unabashedly atypical, yes.  If you don’t know that by now, you haven’t read my other articles.

That reminds me, the Music Genome Project is brilliant, and the application thereof in Pandora can help find new artists that sound like things you know you like, but might not otherwise be exposed to.  It’s worth checking out.

Edited to add:

The Sleepthief video of Eurydice was actually my first exposure to Sleepthief, back in 2003.  They debuted the video at my alma mater’s film festival the same year my graduating class released our short film, Lemmings.  I saw it and loved the music, but couldn’t figure out the weirdness of the video and didn’t know it was actually the brainchild of Sleepthief.  After stumbling onto Sleepthief via Pandora, I heard Eurydice, and thought it sounded eerily familiar.  The video on YouTube confirmed it; I knew this song (it made a very favorable impression on me, such that I remembered it five years later after only one hearing).  I’ve since researched the legend of Eurydice, and find the video to be much better than my first impressions would have suggested.  It’s funny how these things work out sometimes.  It really is a small world.

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