Thursday, August 13, 2009

(Youtube Events Archive No2)

(In this end-of-summer slowdown, ZA/UM archives it's 2nd patch of Youtube Events. Just making room for The New on our sidebar, you know. Have a glance, kick back, whatever.)


And now for something completely different!
2K Boston are working hard on the follow up to their 2007 first person RPG "Bioshock". In this spanking new gameplay demonstration you will get to see some beautiful art-deco style design, smooth, colorful graphics and yes, WATER! It is the year 2009 and rendering water in computer gaming is no longer a distant dream. I highly recommend you put this on full screen and wait it until the player goes underwater. For those who want better-than-youtube video quality, this here is a link the video at


(Eelnev hoiatus: kannata see minut aega ootamist alguses ära, it is well worth your time)
Radiohead? Päris pretensioonikas! Radioheadi kaverlugu vana-masina-muusikaga? Say it aint so! Sa võid sellise asja galeriisse panna, ta mängiks seda ühte lugu üle ja üle, galeriimutt on ammu hulluks läinud aga mina, ma ei lahkuks sealt enne uste sulgemist, ka siis paluks viite minutit veel. Ainult viit veel! Ma kõnniksin ettevaatlikult masinate vahelt, kiidaksin tublit kõvakettakoori (vaata kui täpselt nad Yorke'i tämbrit teevad! Kui armas? Nii armas!). Ma silitaksin hellalt ZX Spectrumi mustast plastikust korpust, sa kuuled kuidas sügaval ta südames, mürgirohelisel trükkplaadielektroskeemil mängivad kiibid rütmi. Vana kollakaks tõmbunud maatriksprinter toksib kui trükimasinal trumme ja skänner pole kunagi enne nii kirglikult tausta undanud (ma tean seda öelda, minu skänner pole iialgi nõnda kaunilt laulnud!).
Vaata seda, väikestel masinatel pole veel varem nii suuri ja ilusaid ideid olnud.


To kick off ZA/UM's brand new patch of flashy Youtube events, is this heroic Slavic rocker here. As previously heard on about any given park bench in the world, (likelyhood increases with proximity to St. Petersburg) this atmospheric post-punk number made me appreciate itself all over again by way of a rare TV live presentation.
So what's different, in comparison to 1988's original version? Not much, the song is even more angular, even more minimal in it's arrangement and there's even more reverb on Tsoi's vocals. Even more reverb? Is that even physically possible? It seems it is, yes.
Let me tell you, how they made the human voice - recorded in a dry, padded studio room - sound as if it had this huge, cathederal echo. How they did it in Soviet Russia, I mean. Nowadays there's some blinking lights on an expensive little digital box somewhere, but not back then! Back then there was DER DDR ECHO-APPARAT. This feat of East German audio engineering was literally the size of a room. With a submarine handle on the door. Turn handle left for more echo! In a surreal way it seems that gargantuan box actually had an echo of the voice bouncing somewhere inside it. I want you to imagine that machine, lying around, all moth-bitten in some MosFilm garage, as you listen to this song.
The song itself is, of course, as post punk as post punk gets. Which kinda pisses me off. Remeber that huge post punk revival thing that raged on for 8 years or so? Where every band from Franz Ferdinand to The Killers was suddenly all into, like, Joy Division and stuff? Where even a film about Marie Antoinette had post punk music in it? Well, dear Western music press, how come you forgot to mention perhaps the most famous post punk band in the FUCKING world!? Here is your chance to redeem yourselves! Wonder at the divine angular shapes of "Zvezda´s" rhythm guitar, suck on it's dry, mechanical drums, played up-right for precision and cool, and above all - drench yourselves in Tsoi's sepulcheral echo! For added post punk pleasure, check out the video! It's immensely cool tricolor effect dwarfs even The Cure's "Live at Orange", while Tsoi's hair is nothing less than epochal!


  1. i'll just leave this here...

  2. This is all fine and dandy, aga kus on muldvana polli 31%'ga võitnud SUPERMASSIVE CAREER-SPANNING REVIEW OF VAIKO EPLIK'S ENTIRE BODY OF WORK, ra?

  3. Bobby Purvis:

    No sellega on, eksju, no sellega on nii, et... Sellega ei ole hästi praegu.

    Sellega oleks paremini, kui Eplik oma pasa isohunti üles paneks. Excuse me, mr. Record Company Executive, I am yet to recieve my review copies...

    Ehk sul, Ragnar, on kolm Eliidi plaati kodus, tead küll, CD-ripitud, et sa saaksid neid oma I-podist kuulata, (wink-wink)


  4. Näed Jüri, ma sain peaaegu hakkama!