Richard D. James is someone whose work can probably be considered outsider art. By almost anyone's standards, his work is eccentric, quirky and idiosyncratic. Its flaws (such as tape hiss and clipping) are arguably as charming as its finer points (such as whole worlds of original sounds), and its deviations from the norm are what make it so endearing, otherworldly and engaging. James seems a good subject for a case study
due to how little music theory he took for granted, and how much he built his own musical principles from scratch, which is a noble goal for anyone trying to carve their own niche in the musical ecosystem.
posted by mannequito
on Mar 13, 2014 -
Four weeks ago, the video for Radiohead's Lotus Flower
went up on YouTube. It's a simple thing, black and white, starting off with a silhouetted dancer who turns out to be Thom Yorke. The formerly "very shy and uncertain
" fellow has since turned into a back-up dancer for Beyonce
, makes Window Licker a bit less creepy
*, and is a dancing queen
. There's a step-by-step graphic break-down of Thom's dance
(descriptions in French, auto-translated by Babelfish
and alternate descriotion in English
), a detailed break-down of Yorke's influences
, a tumblr of 150 dancing Thom video edits and mash-ups
, and a Know Your Meme page
. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Mar 9, 2011 -
images embedded in music by aphex twin
can be viewed on certain tracks using a spectograph. What initially was thought to be a hidden demon face
, turned out to actually be Richard D James' trademark, his unnerving grinning visage
. (other examples are interesting
). The images were embedded in the music using a program called metasynth
which allows you to do cool things like 'paint sound'. The secret images even inspired a reasonably interesting article at wired
The most remarkable thing to me is how the generally abrasive result of this process was blended so well into the tracks. I have listened to these many times myself and never sensed something off or odd about the sections with these embedded images in them (other than the usual odd sounds that make up the tracks themselves).
Wikipedia has a pretty good article
for those unfamiliar with the artist.
previously on mefl here
, but the content is old and that link dead so I thought it was worth another post.
posted by crunchywelch
on Apr 4, 2006 -