SFF Music Video of the Week #14

This week we return to Lindsey Stirling, this time visiting a steampunk Wild West with "Roundtable Rival".

A brilliant bit of storytelling, some wonderful costuming and choreography, all rounded out with magnificent acting.

Her instrument, incidentally, is a Real Thing - not a prop! It appears to be a Romanian horn-violin (or possibly a Stroh violin).

They shall not grow old...

I am very much a pacifist. I hate the idea of war, and of a military.
Sometimes they are needed. Less often than they are used, but sometimes it is necessary.
For that reason, we should respect those who have served and paid the ultimate price.
We must never forget that war is an horrific thing. And we must never forget those who served.
For those reasons, even more than ANZAC Day, Remembrance Day and the minute of silence should be respected.

SFF Music Video of the Week #13

Running late this week, but here is #13. Suzy, by the irrepressible Caravan Palace. Electroswing at its finest, and their wonderful retro-styled robot mascot.

SFF Music Video of the Week #12

Not so much a music video as a cut of a short film with the music as a soundtrack. This video by Polymath Films is the official video for the smooth synthpop sounds of Swimming's "I Do (Come True)".  Powerfully moving and filled with hope - despite the apparently downbeat ending - this is a masterwork in SpecFic music video production.

Here is the full version:

SFF Music Video of the Week #11

This week let's go to Japan, and an instrumental dance track "自主制作アニメーション『the TV show』" (2009), directed by  SUGIMOTO Kousuke and music by MANABE Takayuki .

The music is frantic synth - almost chiptune - with an accelerating beat.

The video is something special. After a test pattern opening we see a videowall with (presumably) Manabe and Sugimoto at the controls. We then dive into the video stream an see each screen from the wall as videos nested inside each other... until the fourth wall fractures and one of the videos breaks into another. After that, things get complicated, but helpfully colour-coded for your convenience.

Featuring tropes from almost every genre of TV, and the chaos caused by the genre boundaries melding, it is a sight to behold.

A visit to Sugimoto's site has dozens more of his animations - all quite amazing!

SFF Music Video of the Week #10

It is my birthday week, so I'm celebrating with a big one this week.

I could not post just one of these, so here is the 2003 album "Discovery" by Daft Punk, animated by Leiji Matsumoto (of Star Blazers/Space Battle Ship Yamato and Captain Harlock fame) into the epic "Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem".

Turning a basic post-disco electronic/house dance album into a concept album is one of the most amazing things I've seen. Taken by itself, Discovery is danceable, but really not that special. Wrapping it up in Matsumoto's signature "enough style, and who needs content" mien was an act of genius. I would argue that his  approach is uniquely suited to music videos - even more so than his more complex works.

Wikipedia has something to say about the ending that I disagree with.
[spoilers - highlight to read]
Wikipedia: "At the end, it is implied that the whole story was the dream of a young boy, inspired by the Discovery alb…

26th Scavenger Hunt - my entries, and the reveal albums

Well, the latest scavenger hunt has had the reveals announced, so I can share my entries at last.

First - the list:

And then my entries, in order (or view them in an album):

All bar one of my entries feature models from the game Wings of Glory - a WW1 dogfighting game.

SFF Music Video of the Week #9

Indie 'cuddlecore' band Seasons did an album for each season, and this is from 2011's "Winter" and is titled "...of Our Discontent". I'd just like to say that the boyfriend is a complete spleenweasel. Dr Macher is not much better.

As a bonus - the Dr Macher's De-Speakering Services ad.

SFF Music Video of the Week #8

Back to the 80's and Thomas Dolby. Is it SpecFic? It might as well be. So there.

SFF Music Video of the Week #7

From the surreal to the stupid. This week we have one that just makes the cut, with just enough pantomime intercuts to make up for the bizarre bandclip sections.

As for the story? Well... it is not much of one, but, hey, he is the son of man and god and lion, how much more can you ask for?

So without further ado, here is Big Dumb Face and "Duke Lion".

As long as we're mining vintage games for movies...

There's a whole series of games that are ripe for the picking:Coming Soon! Zork: The Movie!Edit:
It seems that back in 2001 the whole series was optioned, but nothing has been done with it.

In the name of extreme silliness


Girls School Cinema Back to the Future marathon surprise

So, last night the Girls School Cinema ran a Back to the Future marathon. This was great for us, as we had not seen the sequels (shocking, I know).
No sooner had we pulled up in the car park, than another car pulled in alongside us.
A silver and black car. With the number plate "88MPH".
Yep, it was a Delorean. And the owner has had fun kitting it out, as you can see at the link.

Post Modern Jukebox 2019 Tour - Perth

Last night we went to see Scott Bradley's Post Modern Jukebox for the fourth time. And for the fifth time in Perth, it was a sellout show.  Anyone who has been to one of their performances would not be surprised by this.
The tour group conisists of five singers, five musicians, a tap-dancer, and a phenomenal grasp of every musical style known. The greater collective runs to ... it must be nearly a hundred performers.
Performing last night were:
The irrepressible and multi-talented Aubrey Logan on her first visit to Perth. Possesses a wicked sense of humour, an amazing vocal range, and killer trombone skills. Steaming her way through Taylor Smith's "Bad Blood", and rocking out in full 60's style for The Red Hot Chilli Peppers' "Give it Away".

The unstoppable Casey Abrams, on a return visit to Perth (his third, I think), shown on the right with Adam Kubota (bass, bass guitar, musical director, and tour band leader). This is the man who took Toto'…