Some people said they wanted to see more of the protagonist of yesterday’s story, so this video zooms in on him at work. With respect to his head: Paul understands that the best things in life are random. I am wearing a jacket from Luton town band and IH’s wig from carnival in Oldenzaal a few years ago – I also need to figure out a costume. The brass acoustic megaphone is from Livemar in c/ Ancha/Ample in Barcelona and was their largest model. It is indispensable, but requires practice. This mambo parody was recorded by Machito and His Orchestra in the 50s, and it’s an old favourite:
My second test for today is a transcription-arrangement of a scan of a pianola roll of the song Valencia (“la tierra de las flores, de la luz y del amor”) which was sent to me an amiable archivist in that city. In case you didn’t know, a street organ, like pianolas, uses books as its music source. Here for example is the opening of the accompaniment for the vocals in Bananas:
Transcription is interesting because of what it reveals about contemporary performance practice, and about arrangers’ horror vacui (Latin for fear of vacuum cleaners). But it also raises many difficulties, and I’m not sure it’s a sensible way forward. Anyway, here it is, until the dangling ties become too much.
Finally a sketch for a number about a chihuahua that will probably be called Mi Churri, gran perrito and will be dedicated to all the doggies in Spain. I’ve also sketched a console game in an old version of Macromedia Director and am thinking about the lyrics:
Mi Churri, gran perrito (MIDI)
- In praise of oranges
A First World War letter from a Palestinian orange grove, an orange (lower case) song, and this winter’s favourite orange cake recipe.
- Barrel organ braking
El fanclub del Nokia 100 soy yo, y su radiación es buena para ti.I am the Nokia 100 fanclub, and its radiation is good for you.[:nl]De fanclub van de Nokia 100 ben ik.El fanclub del Nokia 100 sóc jo, i la seva radiació és bona per a tu.
- Esta quer siñela de undibel
A selection of Spanish Romani religious video.
- On preparing an anthology of English-language nursery rhymes for a Pyrenean baby
Dead space is newish horror survival game set on board a stricken interstellar mining ship. You play an engineer fighting a polymorphic, viral infestation which turns humans into grotesque alien monsters. Reviewing it Seth Schiesel asks:
When did fear become fun?
I’ve been thinking about that a lot as I’ve played Dead Space, the new, delectably
- Daisy Bell aka the little dicky bird
A curious marriage of songs.