Time to catch up with some new releases, reissues and recent arrivals here at the Moonbase.
We have another track from the new album by patron saint of the show Jean-Jacques Perrey, two examples of twanging guitar, the sound of German missionaries in Nairobi, two new takes on library music, some Henry Mancini (Lollywood style), a miniature from the sensational new album by Dolly Dolly and we close the show with a stupendous piece of fairground music.
Jean-Jacques Perrey & David Chazam: Hectic Joker from ELA
Listening Center: Spring’s Echo from Cycles/Other Phenomena
Comic Wow: Nice Chaps from Library Catalog Music Series: Music for Mysteries of Mind, Space and Time
Sachal Studios Orchestra: The Pink Panther from Jazz and All That
Roy Lanham: My Adobe Hacienda from The Spectacular Six-String of Roy Lanham
The Jokers: Tabou from Popcorn Exotica: R&B, Soul & Exotic Rockers from the 50s & 60s
Orgasmo Sonore: L’Erba Di Prima from Revisiting Obscure Library Music
Songorchestra: Easter Dance Song from Break Down the Walls
Dolly Dolly: G & T from The JAZZ TAPE
Box and Banjo Band: Guantanamera/Begin the Beguine/Never on a Sunday from Bouncing in the Ballroom
1905 81-key Marenghi Organ: Bohemian Rhapsody
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This is probably the weirdest robot you have ever seen. MIT have been working hard on something that looks like a discarded gum wrapper which comes alive and shambles around the place thanks to … magnets? It does seem like is has a species of spooky life force coursing through it’s screwed up piece of foil body. It seems more alive than many people I have worked with. Seriously, look at this guy running around achieving. And maybe ask yourself “What did I do today?”. There is real drama here. All that is missing is a soundtrack of Jackety Sax. Watch. I won’t tell you what happens in the end but it is something of a tearjerker.
“An Untethered Miniature Origami Robot that Self-folds, Walks, Swims, and Degrades,” by Shuhei Miyashita, Steven Guitron, Marvin Ludersdorfer, Cynthia R. Sung, and Daniela Rus from MIT and TU Munich, was presented at ICRA 2015 in Seattle.
It’s always delightful to hear popular music hits performed on a preposterously large fairground organ. In fact we think all popular music should be played that way. It manages to make the music in question simultaneously more majestic and jet somehow extremely twee.
So here we have Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody performed on the 81-key Marenghi organ, built in 1905. If you’d like to hear Bohemian Rhapsody played on the altogether less majestic, yet no less impressive ukulele, well naturally we have that too.