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paniq is making an album

That’s right. The final goal has been reached, so Paniq & Sylvia now have all the funding they need to can this awesome piece of free music in the next months.
It’s great, it’s awesome and it’s gonna be free for everyone and all over the web (I think). Well it should be at least, so keep an eye open for this one cause this could be the start of a great new (r)evolution in online art and music making (see this post by @Kurreltheraven about it as well)  and it only took 190 folks to donate.

From Paniq’s post:

You people are awesome. I simply don’t know what to say other than: thank you, times and times again. Never would we have believed that it takes only 190 people and a few days to make something good happen.

Wicked. Now go make a smashing album!

help paniq make his new free album

Here’s an interesting business model for ya. Paniq, which latest free cc-licensed album I blogged about before, is going to make a brand new album. This time however he’s putting his day-job on hold for a few months to fully concentrate on the creation of his music and see if that changes the outcome (hoping it’ll sound totally awesome I guess). Since this will cut in on his cash-flow, he’s looking at the internet to fund his poor artists ass while he’s working on the album.

If you’re thinking “Hey, I don’t mind chipping in a few bucks or euros for some good free music!” then by all means head over to the album’s website and make a donation. It’s conveniently called the-album.cc so you can’t miss. If you’re feeling very generous you’ll even get extra benefits, ranging from a thank-you on the album booklet, a physical copy of the album or a stripper coming to perform the album live in your bedroom!

Well, that last one I made up,  but there are some cool options in there if you’re willing to lay down the cash, so check it out.

Also worth nothing for the open source zealots out there. The album will be made completely on free software. Awesome.
So? Is “The Most Remarkable Album On This Entire Planet” going to get finished?

Well. It’s up to us really.

zombie mini-comic

Meta-gaming is what happens when people take an online game outside of the game. Typical examples are clans setting up forums to discuss their devious tactics and strategy outside of the game. Wiki’s containing player’s tips and tricks and a deeper insight into the game, or even inventing  a zombie language dictionary for example. A second facet which is quite interesting is when players start role playing in the meta gaming universe and start publishing detailed character bio’s of their game characters or writing fan-fiction based on the game.

Urban Dead is a free zombie apocalypse game which I’ve been playing for a while now, and this browser-based game has a huge amount of this additional meta-gaming information outside of the game. In fact, the wiki is probably the main resource for any beginning and advanced player of the game. Some of the players got into some of that fan-fiction writing I mention in the form of a webcomic, but this one I recently ran into really tops it.

It’s a mini-graphic novel based on the UD game but you don’ t have to play to game to be able enjoy it. The graphics are simply pro-level and the story unfolds nicely. I’m sad to see there are only 2 chapters so far and I can’t wait to read the rest. If you’ve played the game you’ll definitely dig this comic. If you haven’t, but like zombies and some graphic violence, this could be right up your alley.

It’s called Necrophobic by Craig J Spearing, and it’s too damn short. Grrrrr.
Check out the wicked art in the Gallery on the main site as well. This guy sure has some talent.

belly is the new booty

I have this one sitting in my draft for too long now without posting it, but that’s probably because I don’t have that much to say about it, and I don’t like just posting a link in here. But since this is actually a video, and it will fill up the post I’m going for it anyway. Talk about the easy way out.

So why this video? Well first of all it features a guy rapping on glitchy IDM-ish beats, which I dig. The video itself of course is a bigger reason since it’s all computer generated (yes, geek stuff fits nicely in this blog) and it has full frontal nudity, and some awesome dance routines (from the naked dude again)! Too bad it’s a dude however, so don’t get your hopes up too much. The dude does have a huge belly which makes it sort of funny in a disturbing kind of way, and it’s also a bit of a tongue in cheek reference to all the video’s featuring black girls shaking their big booties in front of the camera to yet another lame RNB tune.

So none of that crap in this video! Enjoy the phatness from Landjugend called “Tween my lips”.

web comic overload

I like the occasional web comic, and the Freakangel one is still going strong, and I’m still following it. Lately on that very same comics community forum a thread was started where folks where asked to post examples and links of their very own webcomics. The cool thing is that if you like free webcomics this is a treat. What’s even cooler from skimming the surface of what’s being posted there is that the comics are covering a wide range from funny to horror to reality-comic-like (or whatever).

Good if you have some time to kill.
Good if you don’t either, but feel like procrastinating your ass off anyway.

Photo by lindazeg, cc-licensed

the soundtrack for the Apocalypse, now for free!

soundtrack to the end of the world

It’s turning out to be quite the musical week in posts here, but I just had to post about this one as well. Do you remember that 60×60 Buzz compilation I started last year? Well, since the Buzzchurch forum turned out to be a live bunch of music producers supplying the main source of tunes coming in for that entry, Owen Gilbride aka Cryptowen thought it would be cool to start up a new compilation. This time the theme was to write a soundtrack to the End of The World. How about that?

Right now the results are in, and are being hosted online for you to download. It consists out of 3 disks, where disk 1 represents the gathering storm before doomsday, disk 2 the chaos of doomsday itself and disk 3 the unnatural calm after the storm. All together good for over 2 hours of music, all composed in Jeskola Buzz.

You can guess where the chaotic vs calmer tracks will be at right? Anyway, this collection is another one containing a wide variety of tracks in genre and style, which makes this one great to listen to and explore some new sounds. No matter what style you are in to, you’re bound to find some gems in here that you’ll like. It’s free anyway, so nothing is wasted if this turns out to be not your thing at all, but I doubt it.

Feel free to leave some comments here, or at archive.org if you like this release. I’m sure the folks who participated in it (like me) will love it (like me).

Update: there seems to be  a problem with the VBR versions of some disks, which results in the VBR zip-file not being complete. Every file seems to be available in OGG format however.

sweet free music on phonocake

Even though drum’n’bass and breakcore are the absolute shizzle, some events call for music a tad less hyperactive and adrenaline pumping. A while ago I came across this release on the Phonocake netlabel which is excellent for when you feel like chilling to some non-boring electronic music.

I’m saying electronic because you can’t just slap a single label on Bad Comfort’s Samstag Abend album. If I’d have to slap anything on it, I’d go for the labels IDM, ambient, breakbeat/trip-hop and dubstep. Check out the remix of Sonntags allein by Christian Björklund if you want that dubstep track. It’s great.

Never the less, I’d say download the whole lot, because it’s not only absolutely free, but also good quality music. Available for download in mp3, Oog and FLAC format, which clearly shows these guys know what they are doing. You also get some art to go with it, which I personally think is wicked for digital releases. I’d like to see that on commercial digital download services as well. It’s always fun to flick through album art, even if it’s “just” a bunch of jpegs.