The Stanford Laptop Orchestra – Twilight

This video captures a performance of Ge Wang’s Twilight by the Stanford Laptop Orchestra (SLOrk). The piece is inspired by the science-fiction short story Twilight, by John W. Campbell.

The Stanford Laptop Orchestra (SLOrk) is an ensemble that explores the use of computer technology in a traditional musical context. Their goal is to combine the sonic and compositional possibilities of the computer with the immediacy and energy of a live ensemble performance. Continue reading

Two Decades Of Aphex Twin’s Selected Ambient Works Volume II

This video captures a hour+ discussion at CCRMA by author Marc Weidenbaum on Two Decades of Aphex Twin’s Selected Ambient Works Volume II.

Weidenbaum’s discussion focuses on the “cultural afterlife” that the album has experienced in the two decades since its initial release on the Warp and Sire labels in 1994.

The discussion is based on Weidenbaum’s book in the 33 1/3 series, Selected Ambient Works Volume II. Continue reading

Blonde SuperFreak Steals the Magic Brain (NSFW & WTF)

From the land of WTF comes this music (?) video, by Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips, Blonde SuperFreak Steals the Magic Brain.

It stars Moby and Miley Cyrus, and is basically about what happens when Moby asks a blonde superfreak to steal Miley Cyrus’s brain – which isn’t even hers to begin with.

Here’s what Coyne has to say about this bizarro psychedelic freakout: Continue reading