How Records Are Born (Part Two)

I showed you a while back how records are born (with photos from 1954), courtesy of Columbia Records, here’s some photos of the same record making process taken from an LP sleeve circa 1962.

The Hilliard Ensemble Sings Johannes Ockeghem’s Deo Gratias

A while back I wrote about a concert when I saw The Hilliard Ensemble perform with Jan Garbarek.  Here’s a video manipulation of a 36-layered performance of The Hilliard Ensemble singing Johannes Ockeghem’s Deo Gratias.  I saw this first on Root Blog, but you can find it also on the website of creator Rudi Knoops.

Ambient Engine Noise (24 Hour Idle)

The Star Trek Enterprise’s ambient engine noise (24 Hour Idle) for your relaxation pleasure:

Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures Album Cover

Peter Saville has been one of the most influential graphic designers – responsible for many iconic album covers, especially for Factory Records – over the last three decades.  The design group Visualized have just released a video in which Saville explains the inspiration behind Joy Division‘s Unknown Pleasures album cover which used a page from the Cambridge Encyclopedia of Astronomy which showed “a comparative path demonstration of the frequency of a signal from a pulsating star.”

I Am A Genius (And There’s Nothing I Can Do About It)

French artist and film maker Arnaud Maguet – along with French group Hifiklub – have filmed a documentary about prolific lo-fi rock legend R. Stevie Moore.  The film is called I Am A Genius (And There’s Nothing I Can Do About It) and is subtitled “A Movie About Some Situations With R. Stevie Moore” and was filmed in Nashville, Tennessee.  More details see here and watch the film below.

How Records Are Born

Great set of photos from 1954 (unearthed by Voices of East Anglia) showing the process that LP records are made.  The series of photos starts with an engineer splicing a tape from a recording to be mastered onto the pressing plate.

My People’s List

So, you probably know I have a thing for lists, as I usually put one together for the end of the year (see here, here, and here).  Well, all annoyances aside (read here, here, and here), I’ve been nudged into compiling a Pitchfork People’s List.

A list of my favorite albums from 1996 to 2011.  It’s not comprehensive and I really just mashed it together in a matter of minutes, probably would be a different set of 100 albums on any other day.  Also, because there are just a lot of great records missing from the list to begin with (i.e. Position Normal’s Goodly Time!) it’s a little wonky and not an accurate reflection of the tunes rolling around in my head at any given moment.

Check out the stats on all the People’s Lists here.

Jim Henson & Raymond Scott’s Bufferin TV Commercial

Can’t believe this is online: I’ve been a pretty obsessive fan of Raymond Scott and Jim Henson‘s collaborations, but I’ve never seen this commercial before (just heard the sound on the Raymond Scott release Manhattan Research Inc.).  Scott & Henson collaborated on many projects in the late 1960′s.  This television commercial is from 1967.

Jim Henson provides the voice, Raymond Scott provides the sounds, and an actor played the lead (but you can see the out of sync voice over).

We Got Your Back, Frank Ocean

I dare you to read this and then read this and not feel touched.

The Star Spangled Banner

Bill Orcutt does The Star Spangled Banner.