out of egypt, into the Great Laugh of Mankind, and i shake the dirt from my sandals as i run

Wednesday, December 13, 2006


Hot Chip - The Warning

I want to talk about nintendo for a minute. I want to talk about nintendo forever, but I'm only going to talk about nintendo for a minute.

There's a certain kind of electronic sound that's generally identifiable to my subconscious as "nintendo music." To me, the low-fi midi sounds of certain video games are the sound of childhood, and my id reacts accordingly when I hear something that resembles it. We gets emotional.

I don't think it's just me. The crazy thing that history and science seem to be about to find out is that folks who grew up on video games are starting to make a lot of music that wrings tons of feeling from those sounds. (as for music that romanticizes the content of old nintendo games, check back later this week.) What are we learning? That machines make our feelings better, make them somehow more feely.

I think.

My favorite moment on this record comes at 3 minutes into the 11th track - you'll have to get it yourself if you want to hear it. Here's a powerpoint version of that part of the song that I made while I was bored at work yesterday:

Okay, it isn't exactly the sly comment on music, technology and meaning that I'd hoped it would be. I'm going down the wrong road here. But here's the last thing you should know: this album as a whole, despite 3 or 4 certifiable danceparty hitz, is so, so sad. So here's the emo core, because it's finally getting cold outside, and because tomorrow we are gonna fix you up good.

Download: So Glad To See You

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tomorrow: my seventh-favorite album of the year


Blogger notjesslane said...

My id reacts pretty wildly when i hear Hey Sandy by Polaris. (the Pete n Pete Theme song). I ususally describe the feeling as "transitive". My mind just feels like its 9 years old again.

12/13/2006 11:26 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check out a Canadian two piece called Crystal Castles. Lovely, bleepy, nintendo sounds for your ears.

12/13/2006 12:53 PM

Blogger adam said...

uh oh, viral marketing

12/13/2006 12:57 PM

Anonymous bbv99 said...

you can also hear some great music at bbv99.com, or check out their videos on YouTube!!

12/13/2006 2:12 PM

Blogger adam said...

thanks josh

12/13/2006 2:19 PM

Blogger Ben said...

i only listen to the minibosses

12/22/2006 2:38 PM


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