SNK ‘own’ the Arcade Game. No contest. Now, they’re looking to bring 20 of their classics back to life with the release of a new handheld Neo Geo device. It might look like an iPhone (which we may never hear the end of), but with it’s 4.3 inch screen, D-pad, R1/L1 buttons, an AV output and an SD slot (more titles in the offing?), this little thing could be a real hit with gamers everywhere. The device is a licensed product, but there is no news yet on the production of these things – keep an eye out, and we’ll all be playing the classics, hopefully in no time at all.
Check out Alexander Chen’s baroque.me project; using video (and a whole lot of maths and musicology) he’s designed a piece of software which deconstructs Bach’s Cello Suite No.1 Prelude so that the listener/viewer can visualise the piece and gain a new understanding of the composition.
It’s fun, and very very clever.
Chen says: ‘Using the mathematics behind string length and pitch, it came from a simple idea: what if all the notes were drawn as strings? Instead of a stream of classical notation on a page, this interactive project highlights the music’s underlying structure and subtle shifts.’
Tom Waits, earlier this summer, called time on his plans to invite us all to a listening party for his forthcoming album ‘Bad As Me‘ (released next week). In the video, below, he gives us all a few things to chew on, as he contemplates the state of the music business vis a vis piracy, ‘streaming’ and the notion of privacy.
I think the video is great because Waits is addressing an alarming issue for the creative world – the notion of making a living from an art form and how much jeopardy that is in due to piracy, downloading, freeloading, whatever….
Turns out, subscribers to Waits mailing list will receive an exclusive invite for a ‘private’ playback of Bad As Me in their email inbox today.
The record comes out on Anti, and will no doubt be amazing. Waits, after all, can do no wrong.