Mike Oldfield, Underworld & Vangelis Get New Fans From Olympics

Music retailer HMV reports that Mike Oldfield, Underworld and Vangelis are among the artists getting a significant bump in sales because of their music’s use in the 2012 Summer Olympics.

They report that Oldfield, who performed the title track to Tubular Bells, saw an overnight 757 per cent surge in sales of his classic 1973 recording.

The top 10 artists seeing sales jumps from the Olympics:

  • Mike Oldfield / Tubular Bells (757%)
  • Underworld / Best Of (500%)
  • Frank Turner / England Keep My Bones (371%)
  • Dizzee Rascal / Tongue In Cheek (346%)
  • Paul McCartney / Beatles 1 (268%)
  • The Sex Pistols / Never Mind The B*******, Here’s The Sex Pistols (166%)
  • The Arctic Monkeys / Whatever People Say That I Am, That’s What I’m Not (146%)
  • David Bowie / Platinum Collection Greatest Hits (139%)
  • Emeli Sandé / Our Version of Events (116%)
  • Vangelis / Chariots of Fire OST (76%)

Lustmord Interview

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In this episode of the DubSpot Wireless interview series, Brian Williams, a.k.a. Lustmord, sits down with Raz Mesinai f.k.a. Badawi for an interview that touches on experimental and extreme creative processes in electronic music, sound design and composition techniques, live performances, visual composition, and more.

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iPhone Leaf Trombone Duet

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This is a demo of Smule’s Leaf Trombone: World Stage (App Store link), which takes advantage of the latest features of the iPhone operating system.

“Without the iPhone, there would be no Smule,” said Dr. Ge Wang, co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Smule, and Assistant Professor at Stanford’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). “And without iPhone OS 3.0, there would be no leaf trombone duets on the world stage.”

Leaf Trombone World Stage is the first massively multi-player musical game, and was designed from the ground-up to take advantage of all the iPhone offers, including multi-touch, location services, full-time data access, and real-time graphics.

Underworld – Beaucoup Fish

Beaucoup Fish is not the ultimate Underworld album that fans may dream of. Instead, it is a challenging, sometimes messy album that seems richer with each listening. The uncompromising approach Underworld takes on Beaucoup Fish keeps the music a little edgy, and makes it a treat for electronica fans.

The music is a combination of hard beats and ambient sounds. Karl Hyde’s vocal contributions are oblique as ever:

“bubble girl you feel like a movie
bubble blow a bit faster
bubble fish take fast now
bubble fast slow down
the slope
blue blue
blue blue”

The album is heavy on lyrics and vocals, unlike much electronica. The vocals, though, seem to be handled just as other sounds to be used for effect. The vocals are often vocoded or treated with effects, distancing them a little and making them blend into the electronic sound. The words don’t appear to have any literal meaning, but they seem to combine with the music to let listeners create their own mental imagery. You won’t find real “songs”, but after a few listens, you may, nevertheless, find yourself singing along.

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