Tuesday, April 27, 2010

It's weird, but I like it! - Anamanaguchi

So I'm still awake at a quarter after 1, and my iTunes are on shuffle. Helix Nebula by Anamanaguchi starts playing, and I smile. It is such an odd song by such an odd band, but it always brings a feeling of joy to me.

In a way, it's weird, but I like it.

And that is my new idea. Why not write a couple of posts and have a series called "It's weird, but I like it?" This is that inaugural post.

Anamanaguchi "makes loud, fast music with a hacked NES from 1985." And it's awesome. I'm a fan of guitar riffs and fast beats; anything that is really upbeat and rocking. My gaming roots absolutely love the synth beeps and boops, especially how they rise and fall.

Without any lyrics or words, the song tells a story, and it's all in 8-bit. My favorite parts? When the beat chops during the bridge, around marks 1:02 and 1:53.

When I first heard these guys, I was pretty amazed with what they were doing, and I saw how they did it through videos and such from YouTube. It really wasn't until a few plays after where I started picking out each individual instrument playing with the melody. The guitars riff awesomely and keep that upbeat rhythm, and the drums keep pounding.

Why hasn't anybody made a Rock Band chart for any of their songs yet? I would love to drum along with any of their songs, but especially Helix Nebula.

It's weird, but I like it.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Just Wing It

Okay folks, I've done some thinking. Within the next month, I will be starting a brand new blog, one that will encompass all the works that I enjoy to write about here and at my other blog.

I hope to still enlighten gamers with my articles, stories, reviews, previews, and hopefully some new video at the new site, and you can bet that during E3, I will engage everyone with great solo coverage from the comfort of my living room.

Something that goes on at my other blog is some creative writing, some silly pieces of non-fiction, assignments that I've written in class or for another publication, other random things?

Well, what I hope to accomplish with my new blog (which is still in the brainstorming phase) is to encompass all of the above, and some fresh things. If there is any photography I've done, I would like to put that up. Any quirky one-liners or quick thoughts from the day, that will be posted, too. It's a blog, like this one, but it's about damn time I start becoming a LOT more active with my writing.

I want to get at least one thing new each day. I also hope that I spend more time writing separate pieces so that I can have them automatically publish the next day, or at a future time, in case I find myself too busy.

One thing I absolutely want to do is have a weekly feature of some sort; what I have in mind would be something like "Tim's Top Trio," a column I used have in high school, and I think it's appeared on this blog too.

Possible titles and addresses for the new site involve word play on my last name. Things like "Just Wing It," "Don't Just Wing It, Tim Wing It," something something Wing. You get the idea. I'm thinking something that is more simple and silly and fresh. Good luck with that.

Thanks for the support through all of these years. Bye!