Monday, August 07, 2006

Music Monday - Jonathan Coulton

From Popular Science:


The Future of The Body: The Soundtrack

Download five free original songs inspired by this issue, then burn them to a CD and cut out the CD-case cover art below

By John Hodgman | August 2005

Last February, PopSci added a new name to its list of contributors: Jonathan Coulton, Contributing Troubadour. So who is this guy, and what is he doing to earn that unique title? With Our Bodies, Ourselves, Our Cybernetic Arms, we are pleased to provide the answers to both of those questions, and many more.

It has long been a maxim that science is best explained in song (Nikola Tesla, you will recall, had a great music-hall hit with his “Principles of Alternating Current” and was himself a whiz on the zither). But sadly, the troubadour position lay fallow at these offices until we spied a young, bearded tunesmith named Coulton bringing a conference of futurists to their feet with his heart-wrenching songs about cyborgs.

And so PopSci hatched an ambitious plan, commissioning Coulton to write and record a soundtrack for this special Future of the Body issue. Each of the five songs he has crafted accompanies a feature article in this issue and, using clever lyrics, catchy hooks and secret harmonic frequencies, unlocks powerful regions of your brain not normally used in the reading of magazines. We trust that you will enjoy these musical digressions, and that someday in the not-so-distant future you will be able to experience them via direct thought transmission to your brainport. But for now, we still need Jonathan Coulton to sing the body futuristic, and so do you.

Read more and download all five songs free here.

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