Neil’s Garage

OK Everyone who DOESN’T like Neil Young. Move along there’s nothing for you here today. Sorry.

For the rest of you, I would suggest dashing over to Neil’s Garage and listening to “Living With War” (jolly little title what?). Yep All of it.

I think that it’s a fairly safe bet to say that Neil has the odd issue with Bush, Blair and Howard (checkout “Impeach the President” Track 7). He produced the entire album in the space of 3 weeks (he started recording on March 29th) as a protest against the Iraq war, and then figuring he had a snowballs chance of getting airplay released it by streaming it from the website. The MP3’s and the CD version are expected to follow along later. It seems he even forgot to mention it to his record company.

Grungy guitars, real drums, real vocals. damn it’s good.

There’s a “Living With War Blog” as well.

Turn it up to eleven. Of course the boss will understand… trust me.

HammerHead Rhythm Station

Hammerhead Front PanelI remember playing with the HammerHead Rhythm Station a long time back. It was a very cool tool to play back samples I wanted for a “collage type wash” (read a large lump of noise).

But HammerHead is really a simple TR-909-like drum computer program originally aimed at the dance-scene. You know the kind of thing … Techno loops, Jungle patterns or House beats, but it’s also suitable for Hip Hop, Triphop, Rap, Industrial and almost any other music you can think of.

It’s got six channels , 29 built-in drum sounds, six complete breakbeats and the possibility to import six samples of your own and trust me that is where the fun begins.

The site has a bunch of other drum tools and best of all Hammerhead is freeware.

Go make some noise.

Monday Morning “Impediment to Productivity” – 20060501

My favourite post on Thatchspace last week was “CSI and Failing Plasticine”
and then every episode of CSI /NCIS /Law and Order had a facial reconstruction in it (OK it just seemed that way). Strange huh (cue Twilight Zone Music now)? Probably not.

Well with the end of the public holidays here in Victoria for a while, I felt that I had better have a decent game or two this week to help everyone get over the fact.

I got over it, there are no decent games out there, just silly ones. Here is yet another silly Flash game, Monkey Lander is a monkey-driven rocket-powered Flash-based version of the age old Lunar Lander game ( i remember coding this in Basic on a Commodore C64). But Monkey Lander has more character, and includes fruit and stuff to gather for points before trying to crash… sorry that should be land.
You can find a version of the old Lunar Lander as a Java applet too.
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