Earlier this year the team at Teenage Engineering, known for their stylish boutique synthesizer the OP-1, announced its collaboration with Cheap Mondays on a new line of portable music making devices: Pocket Operators.
Unlike the OP-1, these Pocket Operators come with a much more affordable price tag and in three distinct varieties: Factory (synth), Sub (bass synth), and Rhythm (drum machine). Their unique styling sets them apart immediately from other entry-level synth toys out there, mashing up the best of old school pocket calculator and Nintendo Game & Watch aesthetics with a dash of Radio Shack circuit kit sensibilities.
Christopher Lee, the legendary actor whose career spanned decades and encompassed many roles, has died at the age of 93. On screen, he brought life to Count Dracula, Francisco Scaramanga, Saruman, Count Dooku, and many others. His contributions to the world of entertainment are numerous (with 280 acting credits) and touch every form of media: film, television, video games, and music. He did it all. We are saddened to hear of his passing, but are grateful for everything he brought to our lives.
Thank you, Christopher Lee.
With the mainstream music industry increasingly having to face its mortality, it’s refreshing to see video game soundtracks enjoying a surge in popularity as well as getting the boutique vinyl release treatment. The folks at SpaceLab9 are doing just that with a franchise so many hold near and dear to their hearts: Mega Man.
The Mega Man: Best of Mega Man 1-10 Deluxe LP album collects tracks from across the Blue Bomber’s side-scrolling adventures (not including the X series of games). Mega Man soundtracks have been released before on CD and as digital downloads for each individual game, so it’ll be interesting to hear what kind of treatment Capcom and SpaceLab9 give this collection. Will the tracks mix nicely into one another? Will they fade out? Will they just cut off abruptly?
I gotta confess something. I’m not a Whovian. I’ve never seen a full episode of Doctor Who. Just yesterday, I got yelled at for using the word “Gallifreyan” the wrong way (It’s not even a real word!). I get annoyed by cosplayers who pilot their homemade Dalek monstrosities through conventions because they block the aisles and they’re super annoying.
The appeal of the world’s longest-running science fiction television show doesn’t need my stamp of approval, however. It keeps growing no matter how silly I might think it is. One day, I’ll even watch it and learn how wrong I’ve been my entire life. After all, my refusal to watch it stems mainly from my childhood fear of its totally creepy theme song.
This all said and out of the way, I really love Bigger On The Inside: A Time Traveller’s Mixtape by More or Les.