One more time with TRON 2 and Daft Punk

Among the increasing avalanche of remakes and sequels that are being churned out at the moment is TRON 2, a sequel to the 1982 film starring Jeff Bridges. My attitude to this film has been to ignore it on the assumption that it will be yet another by-the-numbers piece of pap trading entirely on the name of its predecessor. Until now.

By way of Quiet Earth comes the remarkable news that bonkers electronica duo Daft Punk have signed up to provide the score.

While they have provided music for films in the past, and Interstella 5555 is derived from several of their songs, the duo havent written an entire score as yet. But they are one of the most original and entertaining bands in their genre, so whatever they come up with is going to be well worth listening to.

TRON 2 has just become a whole lot more interesting.

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Code Monkey: The Anime Music Video

Every now and then, as I trawl the depths of YouTube, I stuble across something that is very good indeed. In this case its Code Monkey AMV, which uses footage from the Anime Black Heaven to make a music video for Jonathan Coultons Code Monkey.

According to the blurb, the short won the Best in Show award at Animazement 2007, and its easy to see why. Not only is this an excellent mash-up, but its a damn fine music video by any standard.

Its also left me wanting to get my paws on Black Heaven.

Open Rights Group calls for sound copyright

Copyright in sound recordings currently lasts for 50 years. An independent review (the Gowers review) commissioned and endorsed by the UK government says it should remain at 50 years. Yet the recording industry continues to push for this term be extended. Such a term extension would be harmful to most musicians, their fans and to European musical culture.

The Open Rights Group has a rather good video explaining the issues. Take five minutes to watch it and then write to your MEP.

Via Quaequam Blog!

John Williams is the man

Born February 8, 1932, John Williams is an American composer, conductor and pianist. In a career that spans six decades, Williams has composed many of the most famous film scores in history, including all but one of Steven Spielbergs feature films, Star Wars, Superman, Jaws, E.T., Born on the Fourth of July, Harry Potter, and more. In short, if youve watched any films at all over the past thirty years, then you will have heard a John Williams score. Even if you havent seen the films, the music is so iconic that you will probably recognise it anyway.

Now go and check out this tribute from Moosebutter.

Steer a course for a brave new world

According to the description on Amazon, Chumbawumbas The Boy Bands Have Won is gentle and warm in tone but caustic in intent. After having heard Charlie (via Pharyngula), I can well believe it.

Timelord Rap

Name that band: Another silly musical meme

Mat Bowles (via) has another silly musical meme: Choose a singer/band/group and answer the following questions using only titles of songs by that singer/band/group.

  1. Are you male or female? Vegetable man
  2. Describe yourself. My Mind is Connected
  3. What do people feel when theyre around you? Insanely Jealous
  4. How would you describe your previous relationship? I Got the Hots
  5. Describe your current relationship? Positive Vibrations
  6. Where would you want to be now? Sudden Town
  7. How do you feel about love? Youll Have to go Sideways
  8. Whats your life like? Strange
  9. What would you ask for if you only had one wish? Unprotected Love
  10. Say something wise. Only the Stones Remain

And to make things interesting, theres something fluffy for the first commenter to correctly guess the band.

Dancing physicists

The Large Hadron Rap

How far is Wisconsin from Sacramento?

US man charged for shooting mower

A 56-year-old man from the Midwestern US state of Wisconsin has been arrested after shooting his lawn mower in his garden because it would not start.

Dead Kennedys - A Child And His Lawnmower

Wrecking Space!

The footage is taken from Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning. The band is Kozaks Of Metallishtan. The result is bonkers.

Found on the Starwreck blog, appropriately enough.