by simon baird

Monday, October 22, 2007

A glimpse into the future of music

  1. Create a virtual pop group using Vocaloid in the style of say the Spice Girls.
  2. Model the girls in 3d have them appear in sexy videos using computer animation. (Alternatively hire the guys who did the Gorillaz videos)
  3. Profit.

Actually this probably already happened in Japan, not sure.

Vocaloid on YouTube

There is a downloadable demo of Vocaloid 2, recently available with English voices. See here for details and demo tracks like this one where Lola sounds quite a bit like Jimmy Somerville. The demo version only sings the words "I", "love", "you", "baby" which should be enough for at least the first two singles.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

poor mama hedgehog


I'm still on about Idol:

Natalie: You're talented and cute. Why do they pick on you so much? How about some Missy Higgins?

Marty: Quit the show, get an agent and a band and go on tour with Xavier Rudd/John Butler/Pete Murray/Josh Pyke/Beautiful Girls/Jack Johnson etc.

Hair boy: The Sting song was okay but it's time to go.

Trumpet boy: I thought you sucked until tonight. Now you are good. Weird. But keep it up. No more Buble crap please.


Brought to you by Matt Corby:

The Blower's Daughter - Damien Rice Matt's version

Transatlanticism - Death Cab for Cutie Matt's version (coming soon to YouTube).

The Bedouin Song - Lior More Matt...

Another random Idol highlight:

astronomy with joanna

and, Emily - I saw you last night
by the river
I dreamed you were skipping little stones across
the surface of the water
frowning at the angle where they were lost,
and slipped under forever,
in a mud-cloud, mica-spangled,
like the sky'd been breathing on a mirror

anyhow - I sat by your side,
by the water
you taught me the names of the stars overhead
that I wrote down in my ledger
tho all I knew of the rote universe
were those pleiades loosed in december
I promised you I‘d set them to verse
so I'd always remember

that the meteorite is a source of the light
and the meteor's just what we see
and the meteoroid is a stone that's devoid of the fire that propelled it to thee

and the meteorite's just what causes the light
and the meteor's how it's perceived
and the meteoroid's a bone thrown from the void that lies quiet in offering to thee

On Emily: Like every other song on this record, "Emily" is deeply biographical. The Emily in the song is my sister, who's an astrophysicist; the narrator is myself, who is not an astrophysicist. Emily is the wanderer; she lives in Argentina and sometimes New Zealand. I'm not a wanderer, which is funny because I'm on tour half the time. I'm a home, hearth and family kind of person.

On Ys: There were four very big things that happened in my life in this particular year, and so four of the songs are about these things. The fifth song, "Only Skin", was an effort to talk about the connections between the events.

for more: milky moon and pitchfork.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

I paid two pounds

radiohead says "pay whatever you want for our latest album"

New J-Nu

It's a new song from Joanna Newsom called Esame. Some lyrics here.

Friday, October 05, 2007

a little something

for the cultured: 'a short film prequel to the new wes anderson'

for the rest of you: 'natalie portman gets naked'