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The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs: A Soundtrack 

It's a little-known fact that the garage in Los Altos, California where Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak started Apple also had a resident band. A garage band. A 4-piece instrumental surf-space garage band. They were there when the first Apple computer booted up, and they continued playing long after the Steves had moved on from that garage, chronicling the ups and downs of Apple and particularly Steve Jobs' career. 

We recently recovered from the ether some of their jams through the years, which captured not only the sounds of the band, but the various sounds of Apple hardware, from the bleeps and boops and grinding disk drives of the earliest Apple computers, through the start-up chimes and crash sounds of the Macintosh computers, through to the tones of the iPhone. 

The band goes through a few changes as the decades progress too; from the Moog sounds of the 1970s, to the clean guitar sounds of the 1980s, to the grunge and shoegaze of the 1990s, to the final ascendency of Apple with Jobs back at the helm. 

For the Left of Left Center production of "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs", based on the monologue by Mike Daisey, directed by Jake Penner. 

Running August 31 - September 2, 2017, at The Bartell, in Madison, Wisconsin:

Listen on Bandcamp here: The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs: A Soundtrack

New EP - Living Here in the Future 

Here it is, our new 4-song EP featuring songs about sci-fi movies from the '80s... and one from the '60s!  You can stream or download it free on Bandcamp here.

Track 1, "Bit Pair", is the closest thing we've done to a duet yet - it's a conversation between Flynn (sung by Robin) and his binary buddy Bit (sung by Rianna through vocoder) about the true nature of Bit, and their relationship.  You can watch the video which was lovingingly animated by our live drummer Darren here:

Track 2, "87 Cards", is about my E.T. movie trading card collection, which I blogged about last time.  See the video here:

Track 3, "Living Here in the Future", is the title track, based on the classic movie "2001: A Space Odyssey" - follow Heywood Floyd's journey to the moon, as he negotiates the dangers of stewardesses and floating pens.  Video here:

Track 4, "Slipstream" is based upon the 1989 movie of the same name.  A movie that did so poorly, its copyright wasn't even renewed so it's in the public domain.  And yet it starred Mark Hamill and Bill Paxton, was directed by the director of Tron, and produced by the producer of Empire Strikes Back... how could it go so wrong?  Well, in my opinion it didn't go wrong, it's one of my favourite movies ever.  This song features Rianna on lead vocals, and more synths than usual; it's also the first time we built the song upon a click track and synths - usually we do guitar and live drums as the foundation.  It's a pretty different sound for us.  We'll make a video for it as soon as someone asks :)  I'll probably write more about Slipstream in another post.

Enjoy the EP, share it, and let us know what you think!

87 Cards 

In 1982, aged 9, there was only one movie I wanted to see: TRON. A movie about the real video games inside a computer, made with computer graphics? So cool.

So my parents took me to see E.T.  I wasn't interested beforehand, and actually, I found movies and TV shows about aliens to be pretty scary (there was a book at our school library about potential real-life aliens that we would scare each other with), so I didn't particularly want to go.  But I did go, and got totally drawn in to E.T. and Elliott's adventure.

"Little Richard's" was the closest corner/variety store to my house, and there was always something new to spend my paper route money on. Early video game magazines, comics, weird candy, and trading cards.  When E.T. trading cards appeared at the store, I'd buy a pack or two each week.  With 10 cards per pack, and only 87 cards in the series, it was relatively easy to collect the whole set with a bit of trading at school.  Of all my card collections, it's the only one I managed to complete.

This new song is about E.T. while it was briefly my obsession in 1982.  The video features my complete set of cards, along with a bunch of other favourite things from the era: Little Professor, Merlin, the Missing Link puzzle, and some of my favourite classic space LEGO.

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