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Halloween Countdown: The Spooky Music of the Waterphone

Posted in halloween, music with tags , , on October 16, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Thank you, Colleen, for sharing this quintessential horror soundtrack instrument with me!

The Waterphone, invented by Richard Waters, has been used in countless horror movie soundtracks.

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Waterphones are stainless steel and bronze monolithic, one-of-a-kind, acoustic, tonal-friction instruments that utilize water in the interior of their resonators to bend tones and create water echos. In the world family of musical instruments, the Waterphone is between a Tibetian Water Drum, an African Kalimba (thumb piano) and a 16th century Peg or Nail Violin. Each Waterphone is custom made using a hot metal process developed over the past 40 years. The tonal rods are tuned to a combination of micro-tonal and diatonic relationships presented in two distinct but intergrated scales having both even and uneven increments.

Take a listen!

Apparently, there are many imitation Waterphones being produced and sold all over the world, but the creator states that they are a rather “sad” rendition, and lack the depth and nuance of the real thing.

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Halloween Countdown: Monster Vitamins (Starring Vincent Price)

Posted in absurd, advertising, animation, halloween, monsters, music, video with tags , , , , , , , on October 14, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Vincent Price’s voice can make absolutely anything sound ominous with a twist of undeniable sophistication, as evidenced by this 1974 commercial for children’s vitamins.

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Some might say he “sold out” with product endorsements like these. But I think he knew how (comically) amazing various products would be with his iconic presence behind them. I like to believe he enjoyed the irony.

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If you’re feeling particularly masochistic today, you can listen to one side of the “Monster Vitamins Record.” But…you’ve been warned.

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Circulation Zero

Posted in music, retro, vintage with tags , , , on July 19, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Present, former and/or punks at heart, Circulation Zero is an “experiment” that has released a huge collection of legendary old punk zines in digital format, available for download!

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I was not quite born in time for what I consider the greatest era of punk (late 70’s). But I do recall running to my room to rabidly search through zines, with a pencil in hand to circle new bands to explore and take notes on new finds (wow…I was even a meticulous nerd in my musical quests as a kid). My dressers used to be covered in piles of goth, punk, industrial, hardcore and metal zines.

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Production value ranged from horrendous to professional, depending on the publication, but I’m sure many of you remember the tangible satisfaction of these zines. It’s truly a lost art.

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All files are ostensibly free, but donations are encouraged to keep the project going. What was your favorite zine?

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Wintergatan Marble Machine

Posted in automata, craft, music, music video with tags , , , on March 21, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Are you ready to have your mind blown by the most insanely elaborate handmade musical apparatus you’ve ever seen? Seriously…don’t miss this video.

According to the source:

The machine, made by Martin Molin, uses an elaborate marble track system to create a sophisticated song. There are some 2000 marbles raised by a tracked elevator which is powered by some vigorous hand cranking. As they descend, the marbles strike the right parts of a glockenspiel, percussion instruments, and bass guitar. A lever system allows the operator/musician to turn selected instruments on and off. This allows the machine to be played in a way that goes beyond simply turning the crank and allowing the programmed track to run.

Desktop Goodies 2/2

Posted in absurd, advertising, Books, comics, craft, food, humor, music, photography, sci-fi, thrift horror, toys, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 2, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

You realize what happened here: this bird was killed, only to be zoomorphized into a bastardized version of itself in a stupid hat. Talk about adding insult to injury.
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Debatable:
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Terrifying:
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I’m completely entranced by this piece, yet can’t find an artist credit anywhere. Ideas? If no one knows…it’s obviously an alien cell phone.
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Parenthetical note:
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Excellent…I like strong coffee; strong enough to make my head blast clear off my body.
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I almost cropped out the caption because it’s so clear that this thing originated from a very unholy place that it just seems redundant.
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Isn’t this all our monsters ever really want? (No really, think about it.)
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I searched, in gleeful hope, for a vintage TV commercial featuring Drippy the Runny Nose Kid. But alas, no record of one exists. Sorry I couldn’t deliver this thing in action (or maybe I should be saying “you’re welcome”).
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1) Reading books about death becomes considerably more difficult.
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I find this photo incredibly haunting. It actually stirs up a visceral unease.
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Yes, some might consider the following a deal breaker. She seems open minded. The horse (or…man-horse?), not so much.
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Your fist becomes a real face.
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The truth of how brains really work, unveiled. SCIENCE!
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Happy Sad Songs: Jingle Bells

Posted in christmas, humor, music, music video with tags , , , on December 21, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

A while back I posted about popular songs getting the minor key treatment (which is great for someone like me, who has a bright heart but loves dark things).

The Gregory Brothers have turned Jingle Bells into a somber tune, sure to bring a little melancholy to your holiday.

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Alvin and the Chipmunks…Goth Style

Posted in absurd, humor, music with tags , , on November 22, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Chipmunkson16speed is exactly what it sounds like: Chipmunks, slowed to…well, a perfect Goth album. Capture

Should I be embarrassed that I totally would’ve bought this album in high school or college? (Fine, who am I kidding, I love this…unfortunately, pretty genuinely and unironically…right now in my 30’s.)

You don’t see these tags together every day:
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Listen to Chipmunkson16speed!