Songs Mashed Up With Composition 4’33”

I might be the only one that thinks these videos are enjoyable, but I still crack up every-time I watch one. Making them was a blast, I just sorted iTunes by song length then found my favorite songs that happened to be four and half minutes long, then I scoured Youtube for a few performances of John Cages “Composition 4’33” and mashed them together in Premiere. You can still hear some of the audience sounds and incidentals from the live performances. You can watch all 7 mashup videos here

For anyone interested in learning more about Composition 4’33”, I highly recommend this episode of 20 Thousand Hertz. It’s my favorite explanation of the piece and has a powerful experiment at the end of it.

Nerdcore, KnifeTank, Beefy, and me

One thousand folks have asked me “Who’s that rapping on your Kickstarter video?“. I produced the beat and hired a death-metal singer to scream on the hooks, but the real star of the song is Beefy, a legendary nerdcore rapper from Kennewick, WA.

Beefy is one of my oldest buddies in the nerdcore rap scene. We’ve made dozens of songs over the years including “Ball Pit”, “Tub of Tobasco“, “Tilt“, and “The Sound“, but our KnifeTank collabs are some of my favorite projects.

Ten years ago, when we were working on a point and stab adventure game called KnifeTank: The Hauntening, I reached out to Beefy to add hist talents to that soundtrack. His verses for the “Crimson Dreams” perfectly captured the silly/scary/metal vibe of the KnifeTank universe. You can check out the full album, which was co-produced by Crashfaster, here or check out the 8bit Betty remix of “Crimson Dreams” here:

Beefy and I still collaborate occasionally. In fact I recently appeared on Beefy’s new song “Tag Team” along with MC Frontalot, ytCracker, Glenn Case, Mikal Khill, and Lil Jordo. That song just went live this morning as part of the Nerdcore VPC 6 challenge coming later today.

KnifeTank: The Shüffling is live now on Kickstarter

I’m so proud to say that my first tabletop game, KnifeTank: The Shüffling, is now live on Kickstarter. The game has already reached its $8,000 goal, but now I have my eyes set on reaching 1,000 backers. I’m at nearly 400 now, so I have quite a ways to go, but I think I can do it.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/docpop/knifetank-the-shuffling

If you can help support the project at any level or spread the word, I’d really appreciate it!

If you need more convincing, check out this fantastic review on BoingBoing.net

What I wasn’t expecting was a game I instantly wanted to play over and over again and invite my friends to come and play (which I did). KnifeTank can hold its own against anything coming out of a large commercial game company and I look forward to it enjoying a long and happy life, with many expansions and a worldwide, enthusiastic player community.

Gareth Branwyn for boingboing.net

A Wallpaper Made From An LCD Screen That Was Damaged By A Yo-Yo

Min Park decided to try learning how to fingerspin with his yo-yo, unfortunately he was surrounded by LCD TVs and this happened:

I thought this would make a great addition to my cracked screen wallpapers for mobile phones, so I’m adding it here:

Here is how it looks on the phone:

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