Bioshock Infinite to Feature an Original Score Composed by Garry Schyman

Games, Music


Award-winning composer Garry Schyman has created a unique musical score for the highly anticipated video game BioShock Infinite developed by Irrational Games and published by 2K Games. Recorded with solo string instruments, intimate string ensembles, and experimental percussion, Schyman’s raw and intensely emotional score reflects BioShock Inifinite’s compelling narrative, following the development of the relationship between the lead characters, Booker DeWitt and Elizabeth, and immersing players in the game’s spectacular alternate early Twentieth Century setting. BioShock Infinite will be released for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Windows on March 26th, 2013.

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Fred Armisen and Crew Cover ‘TLC’ at the Bowery Ballroom

Movies/TV, Music

Here is a fun video of SNL and Portlandia star Fred Armisen teaming up with a number of talented musicians at The Bowery Ballroom in New York. They all combined their might to Waterfalls by TLC. The other musicians that joined Armisen are listed below.

Leigh Nash (Sixpence None the Richer)
Tim Harrington (Les Savy Fav)
Marnie Stern
Michael Lerner (Telekinesis)
James McNew (Yo La Tengo)
Matthew Caws (Nada Surf)

New Media Releases for Feb. 19th

Deals, Games, Movies/TV, Music

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Game of Thrones – The Complete Second Season

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Patrick Carney of The Black Keys Changes Name to Justin Beiber??

Left Field, Music


Patrick Carney is the drummer for The Black Keys. While at The Grammy’s last week he was very vocal about his disdain for the music of Justin Bieber. Bieber soon after said that Carney deserved a slapping for his critical words. It seems that the war is far from over because as of yesterday Carney changed his name to Justin Beiber on Twitter and is now the focus of insults and verbal attacks by Beiber’s fan base. Beiber himself has yet to respond but I don’t care. Do you? Patrick is entitled to his opnions and I’m glad he is having a little fun with the situation. Click the links below to get some Black Keys albums if you have yet to hear their fantastic brand of music. I’d post some links to BEiber music as well but no.

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PlanetSide 2 – Behind the Battle Lines: Music

Games, Music

SOE Audio Director Rodney Gates, Composer Jeff Broadbent and Producer / Orchestrator Assaf Rinde take you back in time for a look at the first audio recording session for PlanetSide 2.

Learn how the composition team behind the most epic MMOFPS channeled the emotions of the unique warring Empires in this first episode of “Behind the Battle Lines” a series that will regularly take you behind the scenes on the Planetside 2 development and creation process.

New Media Releases for February 12th

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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Presonus forces legacy users out the door? Goodbye Presonus.

Blog, Music, Tech


In addition to occasionally writing for, I play in a band.  I write, record, and produce music.  I depend on my various PCs for this and also among other things, an audio interface.

For years I used a Presonus Firepod (Later called the FP10) generously donated by my friend Jaret.  It originally cost quite a bit (450-600 dollar range), and so I didn’t hesitate to pay the $100 repair fee when it eventually crapped out.

It took me from Windows Vista to Windows 7 and eventually Windows 8 on the same desktop PC.  It worked beautifully on Windows 8 by the way, but the desktop was ~6 years old by this time, and a failing hard drive and old hardware beckoned me to upgrade to a new PC, a PC with *gasp* Windows 8.

My unsupported Presonus Firebox and Firepod
My unsupported Presonus Firebox and Firepod

Of course I didn’t think twice about the Presonus Firepod’s compatibility with the Windows 8 PC.  After all, I had been using the Firepod on Windows 8 for several months on my older, upgraded PC.  Why would the new PC behave any different?

Ahh, poor, poor ignorance.  Little did I know that the “great” minds at Presonus would be so cunning, so conniving.  Whereas my Firepod worked fantastically with Windows 8 when it was upgraded from Windows 7 with the Firepod driver already installed, installing the driver on a Windows 8 PC was a different story altogether.  No no, poor ignorance, Presonus had behind the scenes altogether blocked their driver installer from even running on a Windows 8 PC.  So, if you had the driver installed first and then upgraded to Windows 8, you’re golden.  If on the other hand you ignorantly try to install the Firepod/FP10 driver on Windows 8, you will receive a popup from Presonus telling you that the driver is not supported on your Operating System.

Gee Presonus, if you wanted me gone, why didn’t you just say so?  This is how you support your customers?  By forcibly blocking the driver installer from working on a modern OS.  This ensures that customers need to upgrade.  But if you think this customer is going to upgrade to another Presonus product, you have sorely miscalculated.

Instead, a reasonably priced and very stable audio interface now sits on my desktop where once sat the Firepod/FP10.  Now, an Avid Fast Track C600 processes my audio, including the recordings of Twiztid praising the demise of Presonus in a chorus unfit to print here.

Cheaper, and with a smaller footprint too.

If you are in the same boat, check out the Fast Track C600.  Amazon has them for a pretty sweet deal (duh), and Presonus can say they have taken my last dollar.  Now, let’s make some music!

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Update: Reader Alex has shared in the comments section a workaround to the installer issue.  Follow his method if you want to keep that Presonus pumping out the jams.  He writes:

1. Download the “FireBox Installer v5.13 – PC” from their website (
2. Right click on the downloaded file “PreSonus_FireBox_Installation.exe” and choose “Properties”
3. Click on “Compatibility” tab
4. Check “Run this program in compatibility mode for:” and select “Windows 7″
5. Click on “OK” and run the installer again and it should work this time and install all the drivers flawlessly

Thanks, Alex!

Jimmy Eat World – Live in Glastonbury


Jimmy Eat World are putting the final touches on a new album. That will be announced and released in the near future but you can enjoy everything they have done thus far in these clips from a 2011 performance in Glastonbury. Jimmy Eat World is an excellent band able to capture joy, sadness and aggression better than most can any one of those. They listed this as one of their favorite performances so give a listen and see if you agree with them about that. Enjoy.

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