Ben Prunty’s FTL setup

The very talented Ben Prunty has written a blog post detailing what interfaces, softsynths and gear he used to make the soundtrack for the runaway hit videogame Faster Than Light. I wish more composer/producers did this. Thanks Ben!

I Am Amandla

I Am Amandla, music by myself, with choreographer Mersiha Mesihovic of CircuitDebris. All sounds come from recordings of the beating of a human heartbeat, with the exception of the delayed synth noises of course. It was inspired by the action of self-immolation, specifically brought to the choreographer’s attention in the incredible case of Mohammed Bouazizi. This piece was workshopped in Italy and has now been performed all over New York City.

Ben Folds Five + Fraggle Rock – Do It Anyway

Fun fact, Ben Folds Five was my first concert. I love that he’s––I mean, they’re––still making relevant music today with plain ol’ good songwriting and musicianship. Now watch this video featuring the muppets from Fraggle Rock and feel that nostalgia burn so good.

Beach House – Lazuli

Thanks to Sarah over at City Satiety for wising me up to Baltimore dream poppers Beach House’s new track Lazuli, featuring their characteristic old-meets-new stylings and a healthy dose of reverb. I’m so interested in these updated 80s aesthetic choices made in modern indie music and how it affects the fashion, video, and sound of the project. This is a particularly pleasantly lush track with some very worthwhile lyrics.

Hail Mary Mallon – Meter Feeder

Continuing on the Aesop Rock kick, Hail Mary Mallon is a cult hip hop supergroup, if that’s not a contradiction on all counts. Featuring Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz, this is much closer to the continuation of None Shall Pass I was looking for. Except this has the trade-off rap thing. I don’t know what you call that.

Moving is making me tear my teeth out.

Aesop Rock – Skelethon

In preparation for starting my last year of grad school in a couple weeks, I am moving down the road to a nicer, cheaper place and thus will be a little MIA the next few days. And then I will be climbing Half Dome up in Yosemite, at which point I will be extremely MIA. Woohoo!

So, here is the new fantastic video from Aesop Rock’s latest drop Skelethon, for the track Cycles To Gehenna.

Your interest piqued, you will then listen to the below video, in which Rhymesayers Entertainment has made the entire album available on Youtube. It can be purchased at Fifth Element. This album is more flow-y than None Shall Pass, which had a bit more hookishness in its production. These are the words I will use and there’s nothing you can do about it. Enjoy.