Monday, May 5, 2008

What all good music needs to do.

I listen to a lot of music, but I can't say all of it really inspires me. Being inspired by music is probably the purest form of inspiration you can experience. There's nothing but your brain and sound. The fact that this simple relationship can be so complex and so meaningful says something about the power of sound and music. The sad thing is that this relationship isn't true for everyone; but for those who this is, music can be extremely powerful. Powerful enough to immediately change our moods or make us cry from just the sheer emotional force that music carries within in it- rather, I should say the sheer emotional force that our brains interpret from the sounds. Music has no emotionality, it's just vibrating air waves. Our brain is what assembles the music, and since every brain reacts differently to each of the different senses we have, we can kind of say that we all interpret music different from one another. This is why some people listen to tons and tons of music, don't listen to music at all, or just listen to crap. Just kidding. But really, my brain processes Celine Dion and Jack Johnson in a similar way it makes me cringe like when I accidentally take a drink from some old lumpy milk. On the other hand, when I hear the right music, I swear I can feel all the positive neurological firings going off in my skull. My brain fuckin lights up! Among my top inspirational music (in no part. order) are Radiohead, Epic45, (early)New Order, Apparat, The Album Leaf, M83, Explosions In The Sky, and Four Tet. There a more of course, but these are a few off the top of my head.

On to current events...
As most of you know Radiohead is having a remix contest for Nude (, which for the most part has been very successful. However, did you know that Radiohead is in the middle of a video contest too? Aniboom is hosting a music video contest for songs off of In Rainbows. I believe you can still submit. I got a few days to myself this week, so let's see if I can come up with something. Radiohead has always gave my creative mind a little jumpstart when it needed one. Check out flight404's amazing video for Weird Fishes: Apreggi. Shit, I know it'll be hard competing against videos like this, but that's not the point. This video is inspiring me to create my own regardless of a contest. so lookout.