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Esoteric Songs by Kyle Okaly

Kyle Okaly is a film composer in Los Angeles.  He has decided to get into the nerdy music scene recently and so has written and produce his first album Esoteric Songs with  a folk rock style about video games and other geek culture topics.  Song topics include Star Craft, Portal, Pokémon, Star Wars, Chrono Trigger, Avatar: The Last Airbender, and more.

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Most of the songs on the album are love songs of some sort of another.  Several from the perspective someone from the various games that inspired him and one, My Child, that is from father to child, that child being a webpage.  It also has a cover of Jonathan Coulton song, Gurl.  They all have a melodious quality, the kind that is great for dancing too or just raising your spirits with.  Overall a good a set of good songs to listen too, maybe even use some for a romantic evening.

There are two animated song teasers (basically music videos that are not the full song) as well.  One for Box 12 (Pokémon love song), animated by Dan Sexton (Crunchlins) and the other Naboolie Portmanteau (a commentary on the intelligence characters in Phantom Menace)  animated by Stephen Leotti.  More are to released in the future, so keep an eye out for those.

The album is available on bandcamp at Name Your Price.  This could be $0, but how about giving the guy a few bucks for his work.

 

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HYPERSPACE’s Delusions of Grandeur

Delusions of Grandeur is an album from the nerd punk band HYPERSPACE. ”Delusions of Grandeur” is comprised of thirteen nerdy pop punk songs about Star Wars, girls, pop culture, breakups, and other nerdy stuff.  I got a request to review their album months ago and I am just now getting to it.  Sorry guys I am just slow like that.

The album has several nerdy such as wondering if the new Star Wars movie will be any god (Episode 7), tributes to both the Borg and Darth Vader, singing about Chewbacca in Vegas, and summarizing the Goonies movie.  They also have several songs singing about women who they love; Avril Lavigne, Barbara Gordon, Paula (Abdul), Carrie Fisher, and Rave Girl which is about a generic raver.  They have interesting taste in women a.k.a. same as me.   It also contains a cover of Nirvana’s “School” from their Bleach album and two strange little songs marked with parental advisory (Screeching Weasel and Untitled).

The album has a nice punk rock sound.  Kind of unrefined but still well put together.  Though all the songs do sound very much the same, so if you like one song you will must likely like them all.  I do recombine checking it out.

HYPERSPACE was formed in Atlanta, GA in 2011.  Their musical influences include Nerf Herder, Green Day, Nirvana, and Weezer. The album is available for purchase through iTunes, Amazon, CdBaby, GooglePlay, bandcamp and Spotify.

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Top 10 Star Wars Songs to Use the Force To

Star Wars one of the (if not single ) biggest fanboy inducing nerdy out over franchises ever.  It invokes strong feelings in its fans and some put those feelings into song.  So with May having both May 4th and 25th considered Star Wars Day for different reasons, I honor the month with this list of Star Wars songs.

1. Grease Wars: great Luke Ski took the music from the movie/play Grease and reworked it to be a melody about the first Star Wars movie with the help of Carrie Dahlby.  This was the first thing I ever heard from him or any member of the FuMP and can be credited for helping lead me on the track to creating and running this blog.

2. We all know Han Solo is the coolest guy in the Star Wars universe and Mikey Mason shares with us his desire to be cool like him in Han Solo Cool.

3.  H2Awesone gives us a look into the mind of Luke and his feelings for Uncle Owen and living on the farm.  A rock number that puts Luke in the role of young rebel wanting to break free.

4. Adam Warrock has Star Wars Uncut that expresses fans love for the original movies and about a group of fans making their own fan film to go with it.

5. We get a number of songs from Sci-Fried about Star Wars: Join the Empire, Wanna Be Your Jedi, Star Wars Idiot, and several more to check out.

6. One of the first songs I ever heard from Dual Core was A New Hope (first song on their first album).  It shows off the fun word play of INT80 and the beats of C64.

7. Baby It’s Cold Outside (Hoth Version) with both Kirby Krackle and the Doubleclicks takes a classic and gives it a little Star Wars twist.

8. Tom Smith sings about all Waking Up Jedi or Sith, depends on how you see it.

9. Even the bad guys get some songs about them too.  Marc Gunn strums out a Lusty Young Sith.  Not really about Siths or something children should listen to really.  wink

10. Now I am not that big of a mc Chris fan, but Fett’s Vette is pretty toe tapping and just fun.  Loved it since I first heard it on Sealab.

Honorable Mention: The Star Wars theme done 8bit by Will Gannon.

 

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Some More Projects on Kickstarter to Check Out

Ok another round of nerd music related Kickstarter projects to check out and maybe help fund.

From across the pond in the the UK, Pardise Decay is wanting to realse his latest album Chipotronic 8 on CD Baby and needs some help paying the CD Baby submission and bar code fees.  Chipotronic 8 contains 30 tracks composed on an Amiga computer using 8bith samples and a 4 track sequencer.

He only needs 50 pounds (I do not know what that is in dollars) and has only two donation levels.  For one pound you get 10 bonus MP3s not on the album; for five pounds you get a digital download of the album and the bonus tracks.  Funding goes till April 6th.  Get a free track for just checking out the Kickstarter page.

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Josh Perschbacher, an organist, wishes to perform classical music and music from the sound track of Star Wars on an organ using the Walt Disney Concert Hal in Los Angeles and record it.  He needs $5,000 to rent the hall to rent the hall for three days to do all of it.

Music to be recorded are Tchaikovsky’s 4th symphony, Darth Vader’s Imperial March, Duel of the Fates, the end credits from Episode 3, first movement to Beethoven’s 5th symphony, Mozart’s K426 fugue in c minor, Saint-Seans Dance Macbra, and Paul Dukas’ Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

Pledges of $10 gets you an downloadable album.  $20 for a physical album.  $100 pledge lets you into the hall to watch him record.  $500 and get a producer credit on the liner notes.  Funding goes till April 12.  Check the Kickstarter page to get a taste and listen to the Imperial March on organ.  It was made to for an organ I swear.

For video game fans we have Jeremy Soule the video game composer looking to create his own symphony, Soule Symphony No. 1, “The Northerner.”  He was writtern music for The Elder Scrolls, Guild Wars, Neverwinter Nights, Forgotten Realms, Harry Potter, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Baldur’s Gate, World of Warcraft, Warhammer, and many more.  He now wishes to move into the tradition of classical music.  The symphonic work will feature live players and singers with new technologies.

He has asked for $10,000 and has gotten over $44,000 as of this writing.  Do not worry you can still join in on this till April 14th.  Since he is already over his goal he plans to work on being able to replace as many of the digital elements with live musician as he can.

Now to the donation levels: $15 to get an autographed CD of the symphony, $50 personalized autograph CD, $100 name in the special thanks part of the liner notes, $500 autographed and bound copy of the conductor’s score, and $1,000 to receive a page of the conductor’s manuscript written entirely in the composer’s hand, only available through Kickstarter.

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