The Plastic Brain

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Electronica meets Plato.

As a fan of Plato’s Theory of Forms, and of kickin’ bass, I can’t help loving this. [For the kiddies out there, there is a language warning on this clip].

Check the lyrics, and a decent interpretation, here.

And, who this this guy anyway? I’ll leave that up to Beat Magazine.

Some wunderkind lovechild of Grimes and Skrillex, defining the next wave in DIY dance/rock fusion, Robert Delong is a Seattle-born man child who makes music using – I shit you not – Wii remotes and Sega Genesis controllers. With these scraps of plastic and metal, plus drum pads, synths and MIDI interfaces, he crafts big, soupy bass beats and warped, spine-scraping accents; hunks of fun time electro to make you stamp your feet, met with epic, heartfelt vocals. His voice – a barely-broken, bright-eyed thing – is almost Ben Gibbard-esque in its self-aware sincerity. Excellent.” BEAT

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Four songs I can(‘t) live without.

Last night I felt compelled to write this list of songs. They are somehow connected in my brain, and I didn’t know why. I think the common thread is that I love them, would listen to them on repeat over and over again, but don’t actually have any in my music collection.

Stereo MCs – Step It Up

Smoke City – Underwater Love

Massive Attack – Karmacoma

Avalanches – Frontier Psychiatist

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They Might Be Giants are my favourite band of all time. This clever, impromptu performance on the topic of auro-mandibular evolution says it all.

If you haven’t heard it, be sure to check out Here Comes Science

Source carlzimmer:

They Might Be Giants sing of the evolution of the mammal ear (4/27). A first draft, to be sure, but a promising one. Here’s the article TMBG (were supposed to) read for inspiration, and here’s a picture of how our middle ear bones evolved from reptilian jaw bones. (Lyrics here.)

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I love Tim Minchin’s work. The lyrics, are of course, witty and clever, but I was lucky enough to see a concert of his earlier this year and was stuck by what an accomplished musician he is. This poem is a bit outside his usual style, so you don’t get him on the piano. Just a great beat poem about science and scepticism.


Tim Minchin’s Storm the Animated Movie (by stormmovie) (via

A very funny short movie on a guy meeting a girl who is an alternative medicine supporter at a dinner party. And the protagonist is like me in a LOT of situation (expecially in University), except that I don’t sing.

I’ve just finished rereading ”Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency”, in which the main character, Richard, makes a stack of cash for his boss Gordon Way by generating an algorithm that converts data (company sales figures, flight patterns of birds, etc) into music. I’ve always wondered what such music would sound like. This is the closest I’ve ever come to that.

It’s the EXE file from MSPaint converted to music.

You can have it raw:

Or remixed:

Via jtotheizzoe

What happens if you open MS Paint as sound data