Alternative cues…

I really love it when alternative cues from soundtracks, like the one below, are leaked. It’s nice to hear “fresh” developments and explorations of themes, and some of the different aspects of the corresponding scene that the composer was trying to reflect, performed and recorded to the same standard as the original soundtrack. Personally, I think they should be officially released in a similar way to some of the other “behind the scenes” elements of films, like conceptual art and deleted scenes. They’d certainly make a better addition to the soundtrack album than the remixes that some albums inexplicably include.

Parademics…

It’s always nice to hear alternative arrangements of well-known themes. I recently stumbled upon a new source of such arrangements: Parademics. Like The Blake Robinson Synthetic Orchestra, the music is created using some pretty good sample libraries. I think I initially came across the YouTube channel when it had little other than some fan-made Pirates of the Caribbean music, but the quantity and breadth of the music have significantly improved over the last few years. I imagine that each arrangement is far from quick to make!

Below is one of the more recent arrangements to appear – to listen to more, visit the channel on YouTube.

Greater London Transport Tracks Map…

This is a really cool map, showing the full geographically accurate (as far as I can tell) track layout of all railways and tramways in London. London Underground, London Overground and closed railways are all included, as is Tramlink in South London. Also included are the start and end of tunnels and the location and layout of depots and sidings.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t feature any old tram lines or anything that was proposed but abandoned, even if building work had started (e.g. the Northern Line extension to Bushey Heath). However, it does include lines currently under construction (e.g. Crossrail) and that have not yet been started (e.g. the Northern Line extension to Battersea).

From the map you can get a real sense of where the railway capacity is in London as well as where stations, minor branch lines and useful non-radial links have been lost. The additional diagrams of historic track and junction layouts are particularly interesting. I am surprised and impressed that someone managed to find all of this information!

There are maps for additional cities and regions available too, from a drop-down menu above the map. I’d like to see Dublin’s railways, Luas and DART on a similar map.

Cymatics…

Do you know what’s cooler than either science or music? Both at once: scientific music! Or is it musical science?

I should’ve made a video like this featuring LocaMsg, though when I had LocaMsg running on a range of phones I was too busy experimenting and writing a dissertation about it and the results of the experiments…