Radiohead as played by Broken Machines

I was going through some old hard drives the other week to grab any files I needed before getting rid of the drives, and in one of the folders I’d downloaded and saved this… (if you want to skip to the ‘true start’, go to the 1 minute mark or so):

How fantastic is that? I can’t find the rhythm until the scanner kicks in with the bassline – but then it all gels together, and the effect is rather moving. Maybe it’s just me, but I guess I kinda anthropomorphise the hardware, and feel that it’s trying to communicate with us (just not in the way it was designed to). Which is both awesome, and kinda sad. Who knows, maybe it’s just a sad song. I’ll link the original right here if you want to listen for comparison: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUfW0Tex1G0

Relatedly, how the hell do you get hard drive read/write heads to vibrate like speakers? That’s some clever coding / manipulation right there. Well played, James Houston.

Gillian Welch and David Rawlings – Black Star (Radiohead Cover @ Bonnaroo 2007)

Fair play, I think they really find the inner beauty of the song. Just brilliant.

Here’s a version with better quality audio from 2004 (live in Minneapolis) which I can’t find on YouTube – just thought the version with the video was something worth seeing…

Decisions, Decisions

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I know what you’re thinking
But I’m not your property
No matter what you say
No matter what you say

Move along, there’s nothing left to see
Just a body, nothing left to see

A couple more for breakfast
A little more for tea
Just to take the edge off
Just to take the edge off

Move along, there’s nothing left to see
Just a body, pouring down the street

Move along, theres nothing left to see
Just a body, nothing left to see

Move along.