Aphex Twin’s Monkey Drummer is almost 20 years old and it never fails to blow me away

Almost 20 years ago,  Aphex Twin’s Monkey Drummer was born. It’s one of my all-time favorite music videos and never fails to transport me to another dimension. 

Video artist Chris Cunningmham is the mastermind behind this unforgettable video of a robot-monkey banging on the drums with 6 arms plus a drumstick attached to its mechanical crotch. — Read the rest

Watch Debbie Harry and Kermit the Frog sing together

In 1981, the great Debbie Harry of Blondie joined the great Kermit the Frog on The Muppet Show to sing the latter’s iconic song "The Rainbow Connection." Below are two other performances from that same episode. Open Culture quotes Muppets creator Jim Henson’s son Brian:

…I was in high school and my father knew that Debbie Harry was, like, the biggest thing in the world to me.
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Is “Rain” the quintessential Beatles song?

To celebrate the 55th anniversary of the recording of The Beatles’ "Rain" (and its A-side, "Paperback Writer") on April 14 and 16, 1966, the YT channel, You Can’t Unhear This, takes a look at the radical studio innovations of the track and asks if it’s not the most perfect Beatles composition. — Read the rest

Polyend Medusa 4.0 and FM mode takes hybrid synth out with a bang

As Polyend’s epic hit Tracker gains momentum, their gorgeous Medusa synth continues to mature – even as it reaches the end of its production life. A new FM engine, more playable options, and LFO sync make this a complete refresh – and a tastier companion to Tracker (or whatever your rig includes).

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