We needed to figure out the best possible way to move NPR Music’s Tiny Desk from our old headquarters to our new facility just north of the U.S. Capitol. So we had OK Go perform “All Is Not Lost” hundreds of times, as we transported the Tiny Desk from one home to the other.
Whoever thought of this is a bonafide GENIUS! Also, Carl Kasell internally bemoaning these young hooligans playing their newfangled loud music in the elevator is comic perfection.
This album will change your life. Daft Punk are geniuses! Just listen to how they go back to the roots of EDM, somehow melding humanity and robotic perfection together to create a lush yet perfectly streamlined auditory landscape. Take the time to listen to it all the way through, from start to finish, and after the final note, you’ll eventually regain consciousness after having slipped into an orgasmic reverie. I’m obsessed with this album.
A direct recording of Alexander Graham Bell’s voice
He sounds so amiable and kind-hearted. One thing I find fascinating about this is that you can clearly hear Bell’s deliberate over-enunciation of several words, likely a practice taken up due to the fact that his wife was deaf and relied on lip-reading.
I wonder if Bell ever thought that anyone would be listening to his voice over a hundred years later. He probably would have been astounded at the speed and ease with which we are able to circulate his recorded words.
If you haven’t listened to Youth Lagoon yet, press play NOW. And if you have, you probably pressed play without me even having to tell you to do so. Trevor Powers is the man behind the music, and behind every single one of these rich layers. His ability to create a complex tapestry of sound while still getting a melody stuck in your head is uncanny. This guy’s going places.
Btw, the trippy visuals from 2001: A Space Odyssey fit the song perfectly.
Alexander Chen spent an afternoon improvising melodies on viola, and recording them through Google Glass. This resulting song is composed completely from 8-second video loops, stitched together into a film. Chen says, “You can see all the layers of the song, like a first-person orchestra.”