Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Wikipedia's List Of Websites That Respond To The "Konami Code".

We have a feeling each and every one of you will be unable to resist checking out this list of websites that respond to the "Konami Code".

M.U.S.C.L.E. Revisited - I-Mockery Gives Names To 233 Of Them.

In this article, RoG from I-Mockery goes through and makes up names for 233 M.U.S.C.L.E. figures, who were apparently nameless save for the leaders: Muscleman and Terri-Bull.

Me And My Brother Discuss The Music Of Mega Man 2

Yesterday, the following conversation transpired between my brother and I regarding the music of Mega Man 2, a childhood favorite. There may have been some drinking involved.

My Brother: Crank up Bubble Man's music first.

Me: Aw come on, everybody says they love Bubble Man's music. It's overrated.

My Brother: What, has it gone too mainstream for you or something? Did you like it better back when it had indie appeal? Fine; I remember Flash Man's music being cool, crank that up.

Me: Um, no.

My Brother: Yeah. Um, no. Wait, let's let it play until the breakdown... Um, no. Wait, I was probably thinking that I liked Flash Man's weapon the best, not the music. Try Quick Man.

My Brother: THIS is what I was thinking of when I was trying to remember Flash Man's music. This is more like it.

Me: This IS better... it almost has some sort of Latin groove to it. Like a bossanova or something.

My Brother: Yeah, something like that.

Me: I have no idea what a bossanova sounds like.

My Brother: Me neither. Try Heat Man.

My Brother: This is cool. Remember how we used to make cassettes of video game music to play in our walkmans on the bus?

Me: Yeah.

My Brother: Man, we were dorks.

Me: Yeah.

Me: Hey, there's the Wood Man theme.

Me: This is pretty cool (imitates hi-hat rhythm with his mouth). I just know this wound up on one of my video game mixtapes.

My Brother: What about Air Man?

Me: Ouch. That sounds awful. Not even nostalgia makes me like this.

(similar thoughts are expressed regarding Crash Man and Metal Man's theme.)

Me: Fine. Let's check out the Bubble Man theme.

Me: Fine, you win. This is really cool, and likely the best music in the game.

My Brother: Told you.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

When Eminem Was Just A Snack, And Michael Jackson's Skin Was Still Black

Don't lie, the Dork in you loves this!!!

Thursday, October 29, 2009


Dorkstuff Youtube!

So I decided to Google search "Dorkstuff Youtube" and this is the first entry. It's terrible.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Awesome Techno Riff Performed On Two C64s.

The one on the right is using MSSIAH, a MIDI controller for the Commodore 64. The one on the left is using a Cynthcart, a synth cartridge for the C64 (which I own and enjoy playing with immensely).

Monsterpiece Theater - "Twin Beaks"

A surprisingly spot-on parody of Twin Peaks from Sesame Street.

Meow Synth - Cat-Based VST Synth For Windows.

I like the idea of a "Meow Envelope".

Meow Synth

How To Levitate Like An Ancient Yoga Master.


Acapella Performance Of Toto's "Africa".

Just the acapella "rainstorm" was cool enough... Performance by Perpetuum Jazille.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Trailer For Amazing 'A Boy And His Blob' Reboot.

This trailer, featuring a reboot of the classic NES game A Boy And His Blob, looks amazing.

Quickdraw Noir.

The above is a classic Quickdraw McGraw cartoon re-appropriated with German Expressionist dialogue. Created by David Letterman writer Merrill Markoe.

J.S. Bach's "Crab Canon" Presented As A Moebius Strip.

The above is a representation of how J.S. Bach's "Crab Canon" would be performed if both parts started on the same spot of a Mobius strip with the score imprinted on it, and worked in opposite directions.

They Might Be Giants - Ana Ng (Reversed)

Whoever thought of this managed to make a song I already loved even better. Could do without the subtitles, though.

House Of A Thousand Muppets.

WTF Is Going On Here 9 - Crying Number/Insult Number.

Wait, what the? Who would?

It's probably just a tape loop going "You're paying $2 a minute for this, you idiot."

Funny thing, you probably got the same loop if you called this number in the 1990s -

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The Six-Dollar Man.

Classic early-80s Sesame Street.

Charming British Guy Doing Terribly At Classic Trash-80 Game.

I've always found this "walkthrough" of Dungeons Of Daggorath hilarious, with the narrators self-effacing commentary over his admitted incompetence with the game.

Declare Independance - Bjork Video.

I've always loved the Michel Gondry + Bjork combination. Her lyrics have always reminded me of dreams, and his imagery has done the same. Plus, this song in particular is so grimy and raw sounding.

WTF Is Going On Here 8 - Nico Nico Fighter.

Nico Nico Douga Memes + MUGEN= Sorry about that.

Singing Kitties - Online Cats Plus Auto-Tune.

YouTube Cats + AutoTune. Sorry about that.

Post-It Note Atari.

Three Atari 2600 games (Pong, Breakout, and Missile Command) replicated using Post-It notes and stop-motion.

Awesome Finger-Drumming.

Come Punch Me In My Big Stupid Face.

Kinda late to the game, but I've got a couple of Mybrutes running around; just in case you wanted to pick on them or join them.


Gummy Bear Dies Horrible, Awesome Death.

I know, it's kind of an old one but... science!

Forget Peter Jackson, Rankin/Bass Made The Funkiest Orcs.

The above is from Rankin-Bass's (the awesome cartoon company that produced the old claymation "Rudolph" specials, The Last Unicorn, and Thundercats) version of Return Of The King, and boy... that is some funky wah-wah goin on with that guitar. In the animated version of this and The Hobbit, they did a great job of replicating the songs that are sprinkled throughout the books. Speaking of things that were much cooler in the animated version than the live-action one, here is the scene where they break down the gate with the giant battering ram.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Kutiman - This Is What It Becomes

Kutiman is awesome. All his Youtube videos are of songs created by cutting up other Youtube videos of people doing solo performances and rearranging them in amazing ways. This dub-reggae track is one of my favorites.

The Professor Brothers - The T.A. Interview

Man, I love Brad Neely. But what are you gonna do, little dog?

My Cracked Topic Page For "Nightmare On Elm Street"

I recently scored co-editor gig on the Cracked Topic Page for Nightmare On Elm Street, and have managed to buff it to a nice shine. I'm still touching it up, but the writing part of it is complete.

My other topic pages:

Industrial Music
Garbage Pail Kids

And for good measure, here's my Cracked writer profile.

My New Favorite Photoblog

This is the photoblog of comedian Julia Segal, who has an uncanny knack of finding the greatest freakin pictures on the internet. Seriously, perusing this site has become part of my daily inspiration-gathering routine.

Odd Names For Animal Groupings

Here is an Askmen.com article on the official names for dozens of animal groupings.

Monday, August 10, 2009

11 Old School Nintendo Tricks Permanently Burned Into Our Brains.

This is a most excellent post from 11 Points that includes the classic NES tricks we will never be able to forget.

Say after me... Up, Up, Down, Down, Left...

Happy News.

Perhaps in a bit of penance for my previous vaguely mean-spirited post, I present Happy News, a newsblog that promises to always provide positive, uplifting stories. Kind of like if Fark was only allowed to post under the "Sappy", "Spiffy", "Cute", and "Hero" tags.

Drunk People In Yoga Positions.

A bit more mean-spirited than stuff we usually post on Dorkstuff, but this is a short post on the Fun Tuna blog where pictures of the uncomfortable positions of passed-out drunks are compared to actual Yoga positions.

Tape 606 - Free Stuff

This is the link to the page on the Goldbaby Productions site where they have all the free goodies, including the infamous "Tape 606" sample bank (classic samples from the Roland TR606 recorded onto tape and then re-sampled as .WAVs, giving a bit of a low-fi flavor to them). Enjoy.

Is Fight Club A Sequel To Calvin And Hobbes?

Prepare for some weirdness kids. In this strange essay from Metaphilm, the elements and charachters of the film Fight Club are re-arranged and lain side-by-side with elements of the classic 1980s comic strip Calvin and Hobbes. Not sure if I'm sold on the idea, but it was a fun read.

Dungeon Master Of The Rings.

DM Of The Rings reimagines the Lord Of The Rings movies, as played by a bunch of role-players that had somehow never heard of the Tolkein series, using stills from the movies. Pretty funny stuff.

Awful Library Books

Awful Library Books is a review blog by a very brave couple that peruses their local library for strange and (frequently) truly awful books.

There, I Fixed It.

There, I Fixed It is a photoblog documenting, how shall we put it, "creative" solutions to engineering problems, such as the above homebrew camper-trailer.

Atlas Obscura - A Compendium Of The Worlds Wonders, Curiosities, and Esoterica.

Atlas Obscura is, basically, a collection of reports of oddities and strangeness from all over the world; sort of a "Ripley's Believe It (Or Not)", but without the "(Or Not)".

Two Websites That Celebrate The Cheeseburger.

The above pic links to the aptly named Cheese-Burger.net, which offers recipes, stories, and games(?) that are all about the burger.

In case you wanted something more intense, you could always visit the Cheese and Burger Society's website, which chronicles 30 of the greatest burgers ever ma... wait, is that Patrick freakin' Warburton?

Tiny Kitten Teeth

Tiny Kitten Teeth is a gorgeous, adorable webcomic done in ink and watercolor giving it a retro late-50s/early-60s vibe. Unfortunately, it looks like they haven't updated it in a while, but hopefully that will change.

Rotate 13 Dot Com

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Writing Effective Sales Copy To Increase Your Sales.

Just click here, you idiot.

Pokemon With Human Faces

A project by a member of Threadless, wherein he drew all the original series Pokemon with human faces. Pretty creepy stuff.

Faces In Places

A really fun photo-blog where human face-like arrangements are found in the strangest of places.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Fred Durst Guitar Solo - The Four Saddest Words Ever

WTF Is Going On Here 7 - Killer Lampshade

(Possibly NSFW due to some disembodied boobs later on in the video.)

Apparently this is a scene from the 1977 Japanese Horror Movie "Hausu". You got screaming cats, blood fountains, dismbodied body parts, and a carnivorous lampshade. What more do you need? Except for maybe an explanation of wtf just happened.

Without You - Mark Gormley

Ladies and gentlemen, Mark Gormley. You can thank me later.

Myspace Music Page

A Couple Of Fireworks-Based Videos About A Week Late.

I have yet to have someone explain to me what those things they are using in the above video are, but they are really awesome. Probably illegal here in the US tho. Boo.

And here's an obligatory firework screw-up video (NSFW for language).

Destino - A Collaboration Between Disney And Dali.


In case they shut down the above full-length video, I'll include the trailer below.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Violin Fun

This may be my most favorite amateur music video thus far.

Monday, June 15, 2009

...And Here Is A Hamster Eating A LOT Of Cookies.

Told ya.

The Kitte - Computer Animated Short Film From 1967.

A Russian computer animation from 1967, programmed by Niklaevich Konstantinov (mis-spelled in the intro).

Got An Afternoon To Waste?

Well, you might as well check off all of Greg Rutter's Definitive List of The 99 Things You Should Have Already Experienced On The Internet Unless You're a Loser or Old or Something.

Have fun!

The Tube Bar Prank Calls.

Here's the Wikipedia page for the legendary "Tube Bar Prank Calls", the legendary series of calls with funny names "I'm looking for a Hugh Jass! Is there a Hugh Jass in here?" that inspired the running gag on The Simpsons.

If you would like a recording of it, their webpage is here.

How To Give Your Photos A Retro Comic Book Effect.

By accident, I found this cool Photoshop tutorial that teaches you how to render a photograph to look like an old halftone-printed comic book.

Goths In Hot Weather.

You get what you pay for with this really fun blog: endless pics of Goths, out in the sun, looking miserable. Which is, coincidentally, similar to the way they look indoors; just sweatier.

Don't Make Them Drag You Down To Club Centipede.

Wow. This commercial is pretty psychotic. I like the upbeat music playing as everyone is dragged underground to their deaths. A little bit of looking around, and it seems like this commercial is a sequel to this classic:

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Only God Can Defeat The Kraken

A crazy demo of the insanely versatile game Scribblenauts.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Mega Man 2.5D Trailer

Excellent preview of a redo of earlier Mega Man games to include 3-D elements. Here is the author's webiste.

EDIT: It's not a real game, it's just a video. Boo.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Dragon's Lair - Original Arcade Ending.

Found a cool video of the ending of the Don Bluth-animated arcade game "Dragon's Lair".

Peter Cullen (Voice Of Optimus Prime) Says "Autobots, Roll Out!"

Yep, that totally happens.

Cartoon-Based 80s Band Covers Song By Drowned Chick From Lethal Weapon 2.

The above is from the early-80s Saturday Morning Cartoon Kidd Video; in which a teenage garage band gets pulled into a magical dimension of music. Each episode had a music video from a performer they had to rescue, and at the end the band did a video of their own; mostly covers but a couple of originals written by the show's producers.

This song in particular was really interesting, as it is a cover of British pop group 8th Wonder.

Recognise that singer? That's Patty Kensit, who played Rika van den Haas in Lethal Weapon 2, love interest and infamous victim in the "thrown off the pier in a straight jacket" scene.

Wizard ROCK!!!

With the new Harry Potter movie a little over a month away, I thought I'd treat you with a new genre of music, called Wizard Rock, which was created by the band "Harry and the Potters" in 2002. It's Harry Potter themed music. Here's some choice videos.

Switchblade Kittens - "Ode to Harry"

Harry and The Potters - "Voldemort Can't Stop The Rock"

Draco and the Malfoys - "Potions Yesterdays" (my favorite wizard rock band)

If this isn't the epitome of dorkstuff, then what is?

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Auto-Tune The News: Obama Flashback

Who knew Katie Couric was such a good rapper.

Martin Luther King Sings.

People have been doing some pretty fantastic things on Youtube using auto-tune lately.

The WTF Blanket

WTF Is Going On Here 6 - Muscle March

It's all about the polar bear in the speedo.

It may be a wild guess, but I'm guessing this game is made by the same people who made Cho Aniki.

"3AM Eternal" KLF Versus Extreme Noise Terror @ The Brits.

If you need context on this video, you can find it here.

Was discussing this performance with a friend of mine who was unaware that this was televised, so I figured I'd post it. You can barely hear it, but at the end there is a sample that says "The KLF has left the music industry".

Saw VI Teaser Trailer

By the Decimal Brothers.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

"Jam Wow" featuring Vince Offer (Steve Porter's Sham Wow remix)

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Here am I - Anis Mojgani

Monday, April 20, 2009

MFM- Music for mINORS

MFM- Music for mINORS February, 9th 2006 at the Millcreek Tavern, Philadelphia. With David Stanley Aponte, Stephen Bounds, Naomi Littell, Jeffrey Morabito and Dr. Kevin M. Richards

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Speak N' Spell + Rock Band Guitar = ?

I've seen some mods for Rock Band Guitars. I've seen some mods for Speak N' Spells. This is the first mod I've seen with a Rock Band guitar AND a Speak N' Spell. That's some pretty crazy noise. It's too bad he doesn't show us any real shredding; it's just kind of a short demo of the device. Ohhhhh well. Still pretty awesome.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Practice Bike Safety And You'll Be Alone At The Picnic.

"One Got Fat" is a twisted 1963 bike safety movie where ten frighteningly-clad monkey children are picked off one by one as the result of their ignorance and sloth regarding simple bike safety. It's final scene depicts Orville, the final survivor. He sits alone, naught to keep him company but the meals of his fallen companions.

"One Got Fat" indeed.

Incidentally, you may recognize the narrator as Edward Everett Horton of Rocky and Bullwinkle (Fractured Fairy-Tales) fame.

You'll also notice that this film was sampled heavily for the Boards Of Canada video "Everything You Do Is A Balloon".

Friday, April 10, 2009


A smiling 10-inch tall cardboard missionary

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Kill Bill, Parts 1 And 2, In One Minute, And In One Take.

iPod Circa 1926.

Ah, the convenience and portability of the 1926 Mikiphone Pocket Phonograph. Only a minute and a half of fumbling with tiny screws stands between you and your music!

SEXY PEOPLE - A Blog Of The Perfect Portrait

SEXY PEOPLE is a photography blog with a collection of family and personal portraits from the 1960s to the 1980s.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The Coolest Commodore 64 EVER

This Commodore 64, currently for sale on eBay, has been heavily modified into one bad-ass looking chip instrument.

Admittedly, I couldn't afford the Buy It Now price of $350, but with that style and quality I would be surprised if it was any cheaper.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Chewbacca Guitar Chord.

Friday, April 3, 2009

A Gallery Of Electrical Cable Gone Wild.

Here's a post on Royal Pingdom with photos of "Electrical Cable Gone Wild", truly insane clusters and bundles of wire which must be a nightmare for repairmen.

As wasteful, absurd and dangerous as these are, they have a certain charm.

Dancing Stalin Versus The Martians.

I couldn't stop laughing at this trailer for the Russian game Stalin vs The Martians.

"I command you to DANCE!"

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Dagwood Splits The Atom.

On The Ephmerist, here is a series of scans of the comic book "Dagwood Splits The Atom" that came packaged with the Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Lab (seen below).

Friday, March 27, 2009

WTF Is Going On Here? - Part 5

This is a first. This is the first "WTF" video not from Japan, and it's...

Totally awesome. I am completely bewildered.

eBay's Guide To Finding And Trading Asbestos Items.

By the way guys, just got an article accepted by Cracked. Been throwing pitches left and right, and finally got one to stick.

Just wanted to share something odd I came across in my research for one of my other pitches. Here is eBay's guide to finding and trading antique household items that were made from asbestos; including irons, hot pads, poker chips, books(!), modeling clay(!!), and even cigarrette filters(!!!). Cause if there's anything you want to protect your from lungs and sensitive tissues from cigarette smoke, it's a bundle of asbestos fibers.

Fun fact: The snow that fell during the poppy scene during The Wizard of Oz was pure asbestos fiber. In hindsight, Buddy Ebsen was probably lucky the worst he faced on the set was inhaling tin powder.


Man, do I love Nedroid.

Local Polish Man Demands More Value in Anti-Christ

Seriously.. i've had quite enough hearsay and conspiracies about Mr. O-Bomb being the anti-christ. Personally, i'd be a bit disappointed knowing he was our supposed end-all... C'est la vie though, right?

This evening i had the pleasure of deleting well over 400 e-mail from my gmail account. While it was a grueling task i did happen to stumble on some old pictures, old intraweb gems and ran-dumb links. Since i've been currently looking for more inspiration it ended up being a pretty cathartic night.

Feeling a bit dark? Although the engine is currently undergoing some upgrades (or some such nonsense) hone your black arts or grab some fishnets with Googoth. "The search engine with real bat chunks in it."

If you're looking for something to help you in those debates on the drag with those wonder-twit scientologists.. well.. Here's a good start courtesy of Hubbard's son himself...

The folks at Dewanatron Electronics surely make some fine instruments... Seriously dig around and watch the vid's...

And after all said and done... because i'mma slacker and don't feel like writing out my feelings considering i've been procrastinating on design work (always an excellent excuse!)... i leave you with the BEST music video ever...



-riTch N

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The Fail Whale.

Unlike fellow blogger Ritch N, I have yet to delve into the Twittersphere myself; so I have little room to talk on the subject. So I just gathered up some articles and a video of others weighing in.

Here is a blurb about the troubles people have been experiencing following twitter feeds regarding this year's SXSW.

Here is an article from Cracked about celebrity twitters actually worth following.

And here is a fansite for the "Fail Whale", which recently hosted a label contest for a "Fail Whale Pale Ale" to be served at their party. Of course, I had no idea what the hell a Fail Whale was until I saw the following video:

The Handheld Game Museum

A while back, I saw an item like the one above advertised as a RARE 1980 JAPANESE CASTLEVANIA HANDHELD ARCADE LED GAME, and almost flipped out. I totally love the old early 80s LED handheld games that were shaped like miniature arcade games, and I'm a huge fan of the Castlevania series (particularly obsessed with the early games), so this seemed like a dream item for my collection. Of course, my spider sense should have blinked on at the fact that this item was made six years before the release of the first Castlevania game, but I guess I wasn't thinking straight.

Thanks, however, to a little research at The Handheld Game Museum, I found that the game was 1) Not associated with Castlevania in any way shape or form (it was released by Bandai) and 2) The game engine itself was a clone of Donkey Kong. Man, would that have been a hideous dissappointment when it arrived.

And now I know to keep an eye out for this guy:

And I also found out about this game, which I didn't even know existed (I have the Wizards and Warriors handheld):

Monday, March 23, 2009

Peelander Z - "Let's Bowl!"

Peelander Z performing their "Let's Bowl!" routine during the SXSV event at Spiro's (which obviously turned out to be a great location) at 03/21/2009. If you pay close attention, you can see Chad onstage playing guitar in a yellow wig when the camera is panned to the far right, and Destroyed For Comfort's equipment (w/band member Foetus Envy perched nearby) when the camera pans to the left.

Apple ][ Forever.

I don't know what it is about Apple, man. I don't even use a predominant number of their products (my sampler's audio format is more Mac than PC compatible, though). Working twice for Apple, I found myself enjoying and being excited by their keynote presentations.

Maybe it's just a matter of how much I will always love the Apple ][ computer. It was my first serious computer relationship. I mean, I started with a TI-994A (which will always have a place in my heart as well), but the Apple ][ had HI-RES 280x192 pixel graphics (read: half as big as the average pic I post on this blog).

Anyway, feel free to call me a sap.

Playing Second Life On An Apple ][.

This cat somehow streams a Windows desktop to an Apple ][ to play Half Life. I have no idea how this works, to be honest.

Browsing The Internet Using An Apple ][

Using Contiki, this guy manages to load the front page of apple2.org using an actual Apple ][. Pretty amazing stuff.

Sky From Hipnautica Flying A Kite Indoors.

Sky, frontman of Austin Industrial/World Music act Hipnautica, flying a kite indoors @ Plutopia. The way he can just tug it into the air, with no wind or anything, is really cool.

Whew, Doggie.

It's been a little while since I posted here. Got pretty wrapped up joining forces w/some friends to thwart the relentless efforts of the city council of a certain unnamed South Austin township (that may or may not be intrinsically evil) to shut down a cancer research charity event. I'm not one to bandy about calling people evil, but there's something wrong with a group of adults that will arrange an emergency meeting to openly declare themselves Pro-Cancer.

A rare group photo of said city council, when the gruesome sightless creatures emerge in daylight.

The slime and mucous-slathered crustaceans will obviously be dismayed to hear that a new venue was procured, and a reasonably large amount of money was raised for Livestrong Foundation (take that, you cancer-loving bastards!).

All of us involved even came out of it with a few more professional contacts under our belt - after turning a "kinda cool" event that would have brought SXSW tourists and revenue to some stuck-up (and mean, and possibly pro-cancer) township into a genuine "awesome" prime-location downtown spectacle.

You know who was also pro-cancer? Hitler. So in a roundabout way, we defeated Hitler. Again. That, my friends, is science; and how it can work for us.

Pictured: Science. Maybe.

In any case, hope you've enjoyed the writings of my new cohorts, and I intend to get this thing back on the road soon.

Luv, Ralf23

Friday, March 20, 2009

Leeni: UNDERWORLD and Other 8-bit Goodness

Greetings! I am Reverend Protocol, and here at (M)TDTYSAD, I will be adding to the dorkiness of these ridiculous(ly awesome) posts by allowing yon readers access to the portions of my brain dedicated to the technical, the musical, the nostalgic, the... the, uh... dorky.

That being said, few things activate the pleasure center of my brain better than chiptunes, unless it's chiptunes combined with some rather genius 8-bit animation.

UNDERWORLD, by Leeni, is a chiptune that carries a bit of eerie ambience with it. It's a very beautiful song, and Pixel Artists Niina Koivusalo and Ville Konttinen created a very interesting animation to go with the song that has a nice little story of its own.


While I'm discussing chiptunes directly, I'd like to call to attention a subject I've thought about a bit myself, but have seen discussed very little.


Among the chiptunes artists I've come across on sites like 8bitcollective.com, or 8bitpeoples.com, there seem to be several opinions of whether or not a person can be considered a "real" chiptunes artist if they incorporate anything other than the hardware commonly utilized for that oh-so-chippy sound into their music. Some refer to these people as elitist. I suppose I would have to agree, because my very own music, most of which is chip in nature, lately, uses various different instruments that are in no way related to Gameboys, or Commodore 64's, or Z80 processors.

That seems to be what people have the most problems with, though, are the people who write their music using DAW's and VSTi's, and dare to call their music chiptunes. I, and many others, may not be as diehard abotu using the authentic hardware, but I think there are really two sides to this argument, if you can call it that: Chiptunes as an idea, and chiptunes as a sound.

As an idea, using the hardware is neccessary. It's where that unique sound which is the basis for the music came from, so making that recognizable sound with the original hardware just goes hand-in-hand. Performing otherwise would be like a painter who loves the style of oil paintings the most using anything but oil-based paints to create their art, and instead using something that can easily simulate that same style. Then again, I haven't really heard anyone bad-mouth an artist who uses Photoshop to create art that appears to be done using oil-based paints. Mad skillz, yo!

As a style of sound, which is where I stand on the sunbject, chiptunes is a fantastic genre and can be done in a number of ways, any of which is completely up to the artist. I use hardware, as well as many different VSTi's and a couple of different DAW's to create my music, and I like the plethora of options I have when working with my music with the confines of the software on my desktop computer. It's just fun this way.

That's all I can really think to say about that. So, chiptunes... Sound, or Idea?

Monday, March 16, 2009

Andrey Vinogradov


Russian traditional round dance tune. Andrey Vinogradov - hurdy-gurdy, arrangement.

Minilogue - Animals from Ljudbilden on Vimeo.

Minilogue - Animals from ljudbilden on Vimeo.

Ricky Gervais Explains Creation

Ricky reads from the Bible and gives it his own twist.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Braford Reed playing the Pencilina

Bradford Reed composer from Brooklyn, New York

MGMT - "Kids" Cover Performed On A Bunch Of iPhones.

The Mentalists performing a cover of MGMT's "Kids" using iPhone applications. Applications used are: Ocarina, Retro Synth, MiniSynth and DigiDrummer Lite.

The Power Puff Girls Used To Whoop Ass.

Whoopass Stew?

How have I never seen this before now? Weird.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Sleepeh Dog.

God Hates...


Ricky Gervais And Elmo.

"Get off Elmo!"

Hitler Finds Out About New Watchmen Ending.

EDIT (05/01/2010): This video was one of the videos purged when Constantin Film did a mass-DMCA takedown on Youtube for "Downfall" parody videos. I'd try to chase it down again, but meh. It's not all that funny in hindsight.

To Squid Or Not To Squid.

Here is a article on Cinemablend debating the ending of the Watchmen graphic novel vs. that of the movie (SPOILER! Duh). To squid or not to squid.

Did anyone notice the name of the device utilized in the movie was called a Sub QUantum Intrinsic Device?

BONUS: Here is a cute site that sums up the plot of the Watchmen graphic novel in a fake Facebook thread.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Babe Musician Creates A Looping Song From Violins And Drums Then Puts Her Voice Into The Mix

Moderator's Note: If you're interested in hearing more of her stuff, her name is Emily Wells, and this song is called "Symphony 1 From The Barrel Of A Gun". Great find Shannon, lookin forward to checking out more of her stuff. -R23

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Mammal Feathers

Gallery of the ethereal drawings and sculptures of Eden Carnes.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Non-Newtonian Fluid on a Speaker Cone

Monday, March 9, 2009

Linkin Park On Mario Paint.

Home Made Noise Maker

Sunday, March 8, 2009

I'm A Marvel, And I'm A DC - Rorsach Vs. Wolverine.

BFX Replicates The Effect Of Rorsach's Mask From "Watchmen".

Backyard FX shows ya how to replicate Rorsach's mask effect from the "Watchmen" movie.


Here's the website for all the info regarding SXSV and the related Devo-themed bike auction.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Alan Moore Discusses Watchmen In "The Mindscape Of Alan Moore".

The title pretty much explains it.

How The Studios Would Have Ended 'Watchmen' (A Storyboard)

Here's a great article from Cracked about how the movie studio would have preferred to end "The Watchmen".

Saturday Morning Watchmen.

Just got through watching the "Watchmen" movie, and it was holy crap awesome. It was an overwhelming experience, and I'm still processing it. Man have they been doing a good job making movies on Alan Moore's stuff (well, as long as we pretend that League Of Extraordinary Gentleman did not exist, which I'm totally prepared to do.)

"Watchmen" held a particular place in my heart as one of the early influences on my late 90s comic book "Why I'm Not An Artist". The 9-panel layout of the pages, repeated symbols, and constant backstory reflection were all tropes I adopted into my visual/narrative pallette.

Man, the movie was awesome.

Friday, March 6, 2009

One String Willie

Thursday, March 5, 2009


i was originally going to utilize this space solely to complain about the latest hunk of pig diddle that korg recently released. They took a wonderful little guy that sounded solid (ESPECIALLY when mixed with pedals), was affordable, looked cute... Up'd the price and turned it into shite.

Worst off... this "neo-vintage" term is nonsense.

Not that i really can say much considering we live in the "post-modern" world.


i've recently groped twitter pretty hard. Law suit hard. i was lured in by a few friends/new associates and still find myself using the excuse "...i didn't want anyone to have the band name...". Within a few days i found possibly the BEST explanation of what twitter IS from SAUL WILLIAMS himself:

"ah man. I'm actually enjoying the virtual equivalent of sticking my head out the window at times and talking to strangers."

It's absurdly amusing sometimes.


Thank you to the wonderful, talented and obnoxiously cute Rev. Ralf for the invite. i honestly have no idea what i'm here to do... but you'll be reading and possibly seeing some vids that may somehow turn into a ball of wretched sense.

i always seem to deem my blogs or section thereof - conceptual brain hemorrhaging.



p.s. (fuck you.. i'll ps as much as i want)
imma save the ATX "found photos" for a later date. (example: A hole donut).

Monday, March 2, 2009

Yay! New Friends!

Just got through with adding another wave of guest-bloggers to the site... Now included is Ritch N, singer of Subnatural and co-founder of ATX Underground, 8-Bit Musiscian Reverend Protocol, and Discordian novelist S T Gulik.

Welcome aboard!

Wish You Were Here

Wish You Were Here.