Machine Music Mondays: Slim Shady – The Musical (Project RnL)

Let’s get straight to the point: Mondays are depressing. The thought of yet another week crammed with work is likely to make anyone want to crawl under the covers and stay there for as long as possible. 

So, with that in mind, each Monday on MusicalFuturist.com you will find a new video showcasing the efforts of the world’s most forward-thinking musicians, and hopefully helping you to shake off those Monday blues and chill out, perk up, lie down in bliss, or get up and dance.

Last week we took our first excited steps into the world of the VideoSong. Essentially, VideoSongs have only two rules – that their creators use no overdubs, and the viewer has to see everything they hear – and the amount of epic creativity unleashed by these simple restrictions is incredible.

This week, we’re checking out another Project RnL video – this time a cover of Eminem’s classic ‘The Real Slim Shady’ that absolutely has to be listened to with headphones, and given several views to find the ingenious visual puns that litter another stellar track by one of my favourite YouTube groups of all time.

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Machine Music Mondays: All Stuck-Ups (Project RnL)

Let’s get straight to the point: Mondays are depressing. The thought of yet another week crammed with work is likely to make anyone want to crawl under the covers and stay there for as long as possible. 

So, with that in mind, each Monday on MusicalFuturist.com you will find a new video showcasing the efforts of the world’s most forward-thinking musicians, and hopefully helping you to shake off those Monday blues and chill out, perk up, lie down in bliss, or get up and dance.

This week we’re taking a look at one of my favourite social media phenomena – the VideoSong. Essentially, VideoSongs have only two rules – that their creators use no overdubs, and the viewer has to see everything they hear. Continue reading

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Machine Music Mondays: Love Is War (Supercell Feat. Hatsune Miku)

Let’s get straight to the point: Mondays are depressing. The thought of yet another week crammed with work is likely to make anyone want to crawl under the covers and stay there for as long as possible. 

So, with that in mind, each Monday on MusicalFuturist.com you will find a new video showcasing the efforts of the world’s most forward-thinking musicians, and hopefully helping you to shake off those Monday blues and chill out, perk up, lie down in bliss, or get up and dance.

This PV (promotional video) for the opening track from Supercell’s eponymous debut album is a true Vocaloid classic. Continue reading

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Machine Music Mondays: Are Friends Electric? (Gary Numan)

Let’s get straight to the point: Mondays are depressing. The thought of yet another week crammed with work is likely to make anyone want to crawl under the covers and stay there for as long as possible. 

So, with that in mind, each Monday on MusicalFuturist.com you will find a new video showcasing the efforts of the world’s most forward-thinking musicians, and hopefully helping you to shake off those Monday blues and chill out, perk up, lie down in bliss, or get up and dance.

Gary Numan is highly regarded – and rightly so – as one of the world’s very first synth-pop superstars. In this classic live performance on British music show The Old Grey Whistle Test, Numan and his band Tubeway Army (who would soon be reconfigured as Numan’s backing band) tear through the song that turned them into household names Continue reading

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Machine Music Mondays: Moves Like Jagger (Eyal Amir / Jordan Rudess)

Let’s get straight to the point: Mondays are depressing. The thought of yet another week crammed with work is likely to make anyone want to crawl under the covers and stay there for as long as possible. 

So, with that in mind, each Monday on MusicalFuturist.com you will find a new video showcasing the efforts of the world’s most forward-thinking musicians, and hopefully helping you to shake off those Monday blues and chill out, perk up, lie down in bliss, or get up and dance.

If you’ve been anywhere near a radio over the past couple of years, you’ve most likely heard Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera saturating the airwaves with their irrepressible pop hit ‘Moves Like Jagger’. This track has divided opinions across the world – but for those of you who find yourselves averse to the pull of straight-ahead pop, this video offers something different: Continue reading

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Machine Music Mondays: When You Wish Upon A Star (Jordan Rudess)

Let’s get straight to the point: Mondays are depressing. The thought of yet another week crammed with work is likely to make anyone want to crawl under the covers and stay there for as long as possible. 

So, with that in mind, each Monday on MusicalFuturist.com you will find a new video showcasing the efforts of the world’s most forward-thinking musicians, and hopefully helping you to shake off those Monday blues and chill out, perk up, lie down in bliss, or get up and dance.

Jordan Rudess – keyboard player for progressive metal band Dream Theater – is a freakishly talented virtuoso with a deep, apparently insatiable passion for new music technologies. Continue reading

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Machine Music Mondays: World Is Mine (Hatsune Miku – Live)

Let’s get straight to the point: Mondays are depressing. The thought of yet another week crammed with work is likely to make anyone want to crawl under the covers and stay there for as long as possible. 

So, with that in mind, each Monday on MusicalFuturist.com you will find a new video showcasing the efforts of the world’s most forward-thinking musicians, and hopefully helping you to shake off those Monday blues and chill out, perk up, lie down in bliss, or get up and dance.

For those of you who are regularly following this blog, Hatsune Miku needs no introduction. But for those of you who might never have heard her name before, this is the perfect place to start.  Continue reading

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Machine Music Mondays: Just For Now (Imogen Heap)

Let’s get straight to the point: Mondays are depressing. The thought of yet another week crammed with work is likely to make anyone want to crawl under the covers and stay there for as long as possible. 

So, with that in mind, each Monday on MusicalFuturist.com you will find a new video showcasing the efforts of the world’s most forward-thinking musicians, and hopefully helping you to shake off those Monday blues and chill out, perk up, lie down in bliss, or get up and dance.

Following three weeks of blissful music from Eric Whitacre, we turn our attention back to Imogen Heap, this time employing a complex looping setup to reproduce her song ‘Just For Now’ in a live environment. Continue reading

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Machine Music Mondays: Water Night (Eric Whitacre and his Virtual Choir)

Let’s get straight to the point: Mondays are depressing. The thought of yet another week crammed with work is likely to make anyone want to crawl under the covers and stay there for as long as possible. 

So, with that in mind, each Monday on MusicalFuturist.com you will find a new video showcasing the efforts of the world’s most forward-thinking musicians, and hopefully helping you to shake off those Monday blues and chill out, perk up, lie down in bliss, or get up and dance.

Over the last two weeks, we’ve heard some deeply moving music from Eric Whitacre and his army of beautifully talented YouTube vocalists. This week we listen to his third piece, entitled ‘Water Night’. Continue reading

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Machine Music Mondays: Sleep (Eric Whitacre and his Virtual Choir)

Let’s get straight to the point: Mondays are depressing. The thought of yet another week crammed with work is likely to make anyone want to crawl under the covers and stay there for as long as possible. 

So, with that in mind, each Monday on MusicalFuturist.com you will find a new video showcasing the efforts of the world’s most forward-thinking musicians, and hopefully helping you to shake off those Monday blues and chill out, perk up, lie down in bliss, or get up and dance.

Last week we met Eric Whitacre and his unique Virtual Choir. Today, we will experience their second collaborative and digitally enabled work, simply entitled ‘Sleep’. Continue reading

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Machine Music Mondays: Lux Aurumque (Eric Whitacre and his Virtual Choir)

Let’s get straight to the point: Mondays are depressing. The thought of yet another week crammed with work is likely to make anyone want to crawl under the covers and stay there for as long as possible. 

So, with that in mind, each Monday on MusicalFuturist.com you will find a new video showcasing the efforts of the world’s most forward-thinking musicians, and hopefully helping you to shake off those Monday blues and chill out, perk up, lie down in bliss, or get up and dance.

Eric Whitacre’s famous Virtual Choir project – in which a vast number of individual human musicians are connected in perfect synchronisation through YouTube (and some digital editing software) as they perform one of Whitacre’s own original compostions – is a truly immense and stunning achievement. Continue reading

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Machine Music Mondays: Hide and Seek (Imogen Heap)

Let’s get straight to the point: Mondays are depressing. The thought of yet another week crammed with work is likely to make anyone want to crawl under the covers and stay there for as long as possible. 

So, with that in mind, each Monday on MusicalFuturist.com you will find a new video showcasing the efforts of the world’s most forward-thinking musicians, and hopefully helping you to shake off those Monday blues and chill out, perk up, lie down in bliss, or get up and dance.

Imogen Heap is highly regarded as a musical pioneer who has never been afraid to make the most of the creative possibilities afforded by the constantly-evolving world of music technology. In ‘Hide and Seek’, she puts the humble vocoder through its paces, creating an ethereal backdrop of deep and lush harmonies beneath a heartfelt lyrical delivery made all the more entrancing by its combination of tender humanity and digital dehumanisation. The result is a state-of-the-art song that has plucked the heartstrings of millions – and a perfect track to chill out to after a long day at the office. Continue reading

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Machine Music Mondays: DARE (Gorillaz)

Let’s get straight to the point: Mondays are depressing. The thought of yet another week crammed with work is likely to make anyone want to crawl under the covers and stay there for as long as possible. 

So, with that in mind, each Monday on MusicalFuturist.com you will find a new video showcasing the efforts of the world’s most forward-thinking musicians, and hopefully helping you to shake off those Monday blues and chill out, perk up, lie down in bliss, or get up and dance.

Here in the UK, the sun continues to tease us by hiding behind clouds, rain, and hailstorms. But thanks to our own home-grown virtual band – Damon Albarn’s Gorillaz – we can keep our spirits up with this incredible piece of songwriting. Continue reading

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Machine Music Mondays: Redial (livetune Feat. Hatsune Miku)

Let’s get straight to the point: Mondays are depressing. The thought of yet another week crammed with work is likely to make anyone want to crawl under the covers and stay there for as long as possible. 

So, with that in mind, each Monday on MusicalFuturist.com you will find a new video (related to the on-going story of virtual artists, of course) to help you shake off those Monday blues and chill out, perk up, lie down in bliss, or get up and dance.

As spring and summer are approaching, it is time to reintroduce some colour and vibrancy back into our lives. This week’s video – for the song Redial, by Vocaloid producer livetune – does just that, with the help of some incredible animation and plenty of happy, bouncing music. Continue reading

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Machine Music Mondays: Flame Heart (Jounetsu-P Feat. Megurine Luka)

Let’s get straight to the point: Mondays are depressing. The thought of yet another week crammed with work is likely to make anyone want to crawl under the covers and stay there for as long as possible. 

So, with that in mind, each Monday on MusicalFuturist.com you will find a new video (related to the on-going story of virtual artists, of course) to help you shake off those Monday blues and chill out, perk up, lie down in bliss, or get up and dance.

We all need to escape somewhere exotic now and then. However, holidaying abroad is expensive and takes time to plan – a rather raw deal for those of us desperate to taste the fruits of another culture. Fortunately, even before the Internet people were able to experience a glimpse of another land through books, paintings, and of course music. This week’s track – ‘Flame Heart’ by Vocaloid producer Jounetsu-P, featuring Megurine Luka on vocals – is full of Latin passion and vitality that, if you close your eyes, will instantly transport you away from awful weather, endless traffic jams, and even your boss, and into a romantic dreamworld filled with pulsing rhythms. Continue reading

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Machine Music Mondays: Sugar Sugar (The Archies)

Let’s get straight to the point: Mondays are depressing. The thought of yet another week crammed with work is likely to make anyone want to crawl under the covers and stay there for as long as possible. 

So, with that in mind, each Monday on MusicalFuturist.com you will find a new video (related to the on-going story of virtual artists, of course) to help you shake off those Monday blues and chill out, perk up, lie down in bliss, or get up and dance.

This week’s track is ‘Sugar Sugar’, by the ’60s cartoon band The Archies. Continue reading

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Machine Music Mondays: Lie (Circus-P Feat. Megurine Luka)

Let’s get straight to the point: Mondays are depressing. The thought of yet another week crammed with work is likely to make anyone want to crawl under the covers and stay there for as long as possible. 

So, with that in mind, each Monday on MusicalFuturist.com you will find a new video (related to the on-going story of virtual artists, of course) to help you shake off those Monday blues and chill out, perk up, lie down in bliss, or get up and dance.

This week’s track is ‘Lie’, a song by Vocaloid producer Circus-P featuring the Crypton Future Media Vocaloid, Megurine Luka. It was requested by Maiko25, and is a great song to wind down a long and stressful day. Continue reading

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Machine Music Mondays: The Robots (Kraftwerk)

Let’s get straight to the point: Mondays are depressing. The thought of yet another week crammed with work is likely to make anyone want to crawl under the covers and stay there for as long as possible. 

So, with that in mind, each Monday on MusicalFuturist.com you will find a new video (related to the on-going story of virtual artists, of course) to help you shake off those Monday blues and chill out, perk up, lie down in bliss, or get up and dance.

This week’s track is The Robots, by the legendary electronic group Kraftwerk. Continue reading

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Machine Music Mondays: Feel Good Inc. (Gorillaz)

Let’s get straight to the point: Mondays are depressing. The thought of yet another week crammed with work is likely to make anyone want to crawl under the covers and stay there for as long as possible. 

So, with that in mind, each Monday on MusicalFuturist.com you will find a new video (related to the on-going story of virtual artists, of course) to help you shake off those Monday blues and chill out, perk up, lie down in bliss, or get up and dance.

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Hatsune Miku VS The F-Word: Unpacking Authenticity

If there is one word that can make even the most hardened muso cringe, it is authenticity. A group of mere letters which, when combined in that particular order, have been responsible for an unimaginable number of dinner party fights, backstage bust-ups, black eyes, bruises, and online forum flame wars. Continue reading

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