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Pwn Monkey Reax

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Sunday, 17 August 2008 18:02

Have you heard our Pwn Monkey song on the Old Nerdy Bastard compilation ?  Reactions to it seem to be generally great -- and after having packed samples from 36 different songs into the two and a half minute remix, we feel we've earned them:

john d'arc Says:
May 22nd, 2008 at 4:06 pm

wow, the track is just a clusterfuck of songs from the past 30 years.

and it’s still really good.
MitchO Says:
May 22nd, 2008 at 4:29 pm

That is 57 flavors of AWESOME right there! It even has Linus and Lucy in it. :D
MitchO Says:
May 22nd, 2008 at 4:32 pm

OMG *and* Rainbow Connection! My not so secret “song I really really want to hear JoCo play live in NYC” (not so subtle hint~)

In short, our remix takes Jonathon Coulton's vocals (only) for his song "Code Monkey" and mashes it with loads of breaks/samples from other songs... in key.  His chord progressions are followed with every sample and every measure.  (Listen now with the player at the bottom of this page)  There are plenty of other good responses in that thread, though we have to admit, this one's strange:

Will Says:
May 22nd, 2008 at 9:38 pm

Hmm, no offense to the makers of that remix, buth the best word to describe that Code Monkey track is “castrophony”.

None taken.  Later on the replies start attempting to cite each sample we use, but nobody made it past about 20 of them.  So we thought we'd oblige with a full list -- slightly hurried, due to our Burning Man preparations -- of each accompanying sample in order:

Jukebox Hero
AC/DC Back In Black
Venus, resampled
Fifth of Beethoven
DJ Shadow, Organ Donor
AWB Pick Up The Pieces
Safety Dance
Go-go's, We Got The Beat
Rush, Tom Sawyer
Another One Bites The Dust
Shining Star
Whole Lotta Love
ELO, Don't Bring Me Down
Rainbow Connection
Heaven 17
Block Rockin' Beats
Led Zep, Stairway
VU, Venus In Furs
Human League
Groove Me
Ashley's Roachclip
Mowhawks, The Champ
Ray Charles, What'd I Say
Shamen, Move Every Mountain
Zapp & Roger, More Bounce To The Ounce
Funky Worm
Ren & Stimpy Theme
Born in the USA
Pachelbel's Canon
Linus & Lucy
Shock The Monkey

Total: 36 different sources, each tuned to Jonathon's chord progression.  Mash THAT, suckaz.



ECC @ Ingenuity Cleveland wrap-up

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Sunday, 03 August 2008 04:14

TradeMark and Christy at Ingenuity ClevelandIngenuity Fest Cleveland 2008 was a grand success, and The ECC had a couple very successful and well-attended shows there, debuting new lights on the Thimbletron, new music, and more.  There are a number of live videos fans have uploaded; see our picks in our post in the Videos section.  As well, a number of Flickr sets have appeared with many good live shots; Chris Helton's set has dozens of great shots of our daytime show, including the one to the right..


Thimbletron in Interactions ACM Journal

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Thursday, 10 July 2008 11:55

The Thimbletron gets a full page spread (!) in Carla Diana's article "How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Hackers" in ACM's Interactions Journal on Page 46:

Thanks Carla!


ECC in Top 100 Columbus albums

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Thursday, 19 June 2008 16:08

Columbus Alive's current cover story is a rundown of the Top 100 Columbus Albums of the Past 30 Years, and bills The Evolution Control Committee's Plagiarhythm Nation as #74... and considering there's no other similarly weird albums on that list (save maybe Hugs 'n' Kisses), 74 is pretty good:

74. Evolution Control Committee, Plagiarhythm Nation ver. 2.0 (2003, Seeland)

A sampling pioneer strikes back with his new millennial manifesto.



Thimbletron Appearance in The Press Democrat

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Friday, 28 March 2008 09:31

The Thimbletron makes a prominent front-page appearance in The Press Democrat's business section for Thursday, March 20th, 2008 leading an article about the Maker Faire.  "Get Your Geek On!"


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