Hatebeak: Parrot Sings Death Metal

Tired of the lead vocalist in your hardcore thrash death metal band? Why not replace him or her with a parrot? Yes, it's Hatebeak, the band with a parrot (literally) singing — make that "savaging you with feathers of razored steel." (I've heard a few folk singer-songwriters who also fit that description, but I digress.) Where else could you find tunes like "Bird Bites, Dog Cries," "Beak of Putrefaction," or "Bird Seeds of Vengeance." The sound is best described as, um, just go listen to the MP3. Reptilian Records is also lucky enough to have signed Caninus, which features two …

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Hamsters Play MIDI Music

Oh, sure. You're jaded. You're not even impressed by the sheer bizarreness of a MIDI sequencer run entirely by hamsters. But look closer: to make the music sound as musical as this, Cornell student Levy Lorenzo designed a sophisticated set of algorithms governing rhythmic durations and note choice, so this is really a generative algorithmic composition with hamster manipulation. Hamsters are divided by task: one does notes, one rhythm. Wait, back up — the hamsters are playing music!! Look at those hamsters go! (Sorry, couldn't contain myself.) Via Tom at musicthing. (Yup, Tom is back!)

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