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12-hour ambient music pieces from ‘Blade Runner,’ ‘Alien,’ ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Star Wars’
08.13.2014
02:28 pm

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Before the advent of recording media, a piece of music could be quite long without its duration meriting much notice, but when the mechanical limitations of the 7” 45rpm single codified the length of a song at about 3 1/2 minutes, the pop-listening western world really adapted its musical mindset to that standard, to the point where even a massive hit like “Hey Jude” drew anxious notice from radio for being 7 minutes long. And now there’s QuickHitz (“Twice the music, all the time”), a radio format that cuts off every song at the two-minute mark, which, if it catches on in a big way—and face it, have stranger things not caught on?—will surely result in loads of pop singles being produced at under two-minute lengths.

The Residents are prophetic yet again.

But in avant-garde classical and artrock circles, songs that seem crazy long by pop radio standards are a perfectly normal part of the listening experience. After all, what impact would Oneida’s infamous 14-minute, one note song “Sheets of Easter” have had if it were three minutes long? How about Television’s “Marquee Moon?” King Crimson’s “Starless?” Flaming Lips’ 24-hour song7 Skies H3?” And those examples are all well within the rock idiom—I haven’t even broached the New Age, noise, and ambient genres. So many of us have been acculturated to think of long pieces of music as “pretentious” or “indulgent,” products of anti-populist ivory tower navel gazers who are hostile to average listeners. Well you know what? Fuck your shitty attention span.

The Fayetteville, AR composer Cheesy Nirvosa has been making glitchy, drony compositions since the mid-oughts, and under the name “crysknife007,” he’s established a YouTube channel to disseminate conceptual pieces of lengths that could fairly be seen as downright punitive to many listeners. These are often the sorts of things that, in a LaMonte Youngish kinda way, can be more interesting to talk about than actually listen to, especially since many of these works are 12 hours in duration. “12 Hours of Pi Being Dialed on a Rotary Phone.” “Yoda Laughs for 12 Hours.” “PSY Says HANGOVER for 12 Hours.” “6 Tone Car Alarm for 12 Hours.” (I recommend city dwellers skip that last one, it’s waaaaaaaay too much like ordinary life.)

But while a few of these ideas come off as overly winking and even mildly irritating noise-artist stunts, some of them are absolutely lovely—specifically, pieces made from looped ambient sounds culled from science fiction movies. The general thrum of Ridley Scott’s dystopian future Los Angeles filtered through Rick Deckard’s apartment windows in Blade Runner? That absolutely holds up as drone music, as does the TARDIS sound effect from Doctor Who and various spaceship engine sounds from the Alien and Star Wars franchises. I endorse playing more than one of these at once, remixing them yourselves in your browser with the pause and volume controls, whatever. Knock yourself out. Maybe even, I dunno, listen to one of ‘em for 12 hours.
 

 

 
More after the jump…

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Behind-the-scenes photographs from the set of ‘Alien’ (1979)
08.12.2014
07:25 am

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The man who wore the creature suit in Ridley Scott’s classic film Alien in 1979 was 6’10″ Nigerian Bolaji Badejo.

As soon as Scott saw Bolaji, he knew he had found the right person to play the Alien. Badejo was allowed to rehearse and practice his movements on the set of the spacecraft “Nostromo” prior to filming. Wearing a mock-up of the Alien head, Badejo moved gracefully, slowly, slithering and creeping through the spaceship’s corridors, as he later told Cinefantastique:

“The idea,” says Bolaji, “was that the creature was supposed to be graceful as well as vicious, requiring slow, deliberate movements. But there was some action I had to do pretty quick. I remember having to kick Yaphet Kotto, throw him against the wall, and rush up to him. Veronica Cartwright was really terrified. After I fling Yaphet Kotto back with my tail, I turn to go after her, there’s blood in my mouth, and she was incredible. It wasn’t acting. She was scared.”

These photos come various sources, and show Bolaji in his Alien outfit, along with Ridley Scott setting up shots and artist H. R. Giger preparing the sets.
 
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More behind the scenes pics, after the jump…

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Knitted ‘Alien’ Facehugger to keep your face warm on cold winter nights
12.10.2013
08:29 am

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I guess it could keep your face warm during cold winter days, too, but maybe this is more of a “night piece.” Anyway, Etsy shop Knitrocious designed this lovely handmade Alien Facehugger to keep yer face all toasty and cozy. I like how the eyeholes are perfectly placed.

It’s a $150 + shipping here.

Previously on Dangerous Minds:

Suck on that: ‘Alien’ facehugger bong
 
Via Nerdcore

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So, you’re a fan of ‘Alien’ and you’ve never seen the animal impersonator who voiced the Xenomorph?
10.17.2013
03:20 pm

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So, you’re a fan of Alien, and probably, like me, have watched it a-half-a-dozen times or more, and maybe still jump every time that nasty old Xenomorph bursts on screen? It’s something else, isn’t it? But did you know that the sound of the Alien, that high pitched pig squeal grunt, wasn’t created by some kind of Special FX, but by a 70-year-old animal impersonator, ornithologist, and entertainer, called Percy Edwards?

Edwards was born in Ipswich, Suffolk, in 1908, and from a very early age had a fascination for wildlife. This lead to his discovery that he had an uncanny ability to impersonate animals. By the time he was twelve, Edwards’ party trick was to tell short stories interspersed with his imitations of birds and other animals. As he grew-up, this little party piece soon became a career. Edwards was able to imitate over 600 different birds, and dozens of other four-legged friends. He started working for BBC radio in 1930, and was soon in considerable demand, providing the animal sounds for comic Ted Ray’s series Ray’s a Laugh, and then Psyche the Terrier on Life is Bliss. He also enthralled audiences at Music Halls and Variety Theaters across the country.

He also supplied the bird song for Kate Bush’s album The Dreaming, and the voice for such on-screen animals as the frogs in Michael Palin’s Ripping Yarns; whale in the Richard Harris/Charlotte Rampling movie Orca; the incessant buzz of The Killer Bees; most of the animals in Plague Dogs; “Fizzgig” in Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal; and the extraterrestrial in Alien.

I’ve been looking for clips of the famous scene where the Alien bursts out of John Hurt’s chest, as you can clearly hear Edwards’ inspired vocal creation but, alas, every time this clip appears YouTube, THWACK!, Fox has it taken down. Understandable, I suppose, but you can still make out some of his animal sounds in the film’s trailer.

What’s more surprising is how little there is of dear old Percy’s vocals skills available on the Internet. I can still recall watching him on ye olde BBC light entertainment shows, when I was a child, which (if you closed your eyes) was like listening to a whole menagerie of animals delicately taking over the front room.

The clip I did find (shot off some smartphone), only gives a wee sample of the man’s skills as both impersonator and comedy performer. It comes from The Morecambe and Wise Show in 1973, but at least you can now put a face to the voice of the Alien.
 

 

 

Percy Edwards as Fizzgig from ‘The Dark Crystal’—with thanks to Trisha Sheeley.
 
Bonus documentary on the making of ‘Alien,’ after the jump…
 

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‘Alien’ Pez dispenser is the most badass Pez dispenser ever
09.18.2013
08:54 am

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Look at the detail on that thing! It’s truly incredible. It’s got the biggest head I’ve ever seen on a Pez dispenser and the dedication to reproducing H. R. Giger’s nightmarish and biologically persuasive design concept for outer space’s most terrifying acid-spewer is positively remarkable.
 
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Hats off to Peter “Rat D” Davidson, credited as the little gizmo’s creator.

Now, if only we can make the little Pez candies in the shape of the ghastly creature that famously burst through John Hurt’s sternum….
 
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Previously on Dangerous Minds:

Anton LaVey Pez Dispenser

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‘Alien’ Pez dispenser is the world’s most badass Pez dispenser
09.11.2013
07:08 am

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Alien Pez
 
Look at the detail on that thing! It’s truly incredible. It’s got the biggest head I’ve ever seen on a Pez dispenser and the dedication to reproducing H. R. Giger’s nightmarish and biologically persuasive design concept for outer space’s most terrifying acid-spewer is positively remarkable.
 
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Hats off to Peter “Rat D” Davidson, credited as the little gizmo’s creator.

Now, if only we can make the little Pez candies in the shape of the ghastly creature that famously burst through John Hurt’s sternum….
 
Cute little Alien

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‘Alien’ Facehugger wall clock
09.05.2013
10:39 am

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Handmade Facehugger Alien wall clock by designer and artist Chris Edwards aka “Eddie Escher.”

It’s currently on display at the Rapture Gallery in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, but can be purchased too on Etsy for a mere $312.30 + shipping. I think it really looks good against that wallpaper. WANT!

Previously on Dangerous Minds:

Life-size ‘Alien’ LEGO facehugger

Suck on that: ‘Alien’ facehugger bong

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‘Alien’-like gargoyle on 13th century Abbey inspires extraterrestrial speculation
08.23.2013
02:04 pm

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A gargoyle on a 13th century Scottish abbey has become an Internet sensation due to its resemblance to the creature from Alien.

Paisley Abbey was originally founded in 1245, and rebuilt in the early 1300s, and the recent “discovery” of an Alien-like gargoyle has inspired considerable media speculation about the sculptor’s extraterrestrial influences. 

However, following pictures of the Alien-gargoyle appearing on-line and in news reports, it has been revealed that the Abbey had some renovations in the 1990s, which included many of the original gargoyles being replaced.

Minister of Paisley Abbey, the Reverend Alan Birss suspects that one of the stonemasons involved in the renovation may have been having a bit of fun.
 
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Life-size ‘Alien’ LEGO facehugger
05.23.2013
11:40 am

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You kinda have to appreciate this life-size LEGO facehugger by artist Carlos Valero aka AL13N163NA.

You can see more views of the facehugger model at Valero’s deviantART page.

Previously on Dangerous Minds:
Suck on that: ‘Alien’ facehugger bong

Via Nerdcore

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Super-realistic sculpture of Sigourney Weaver as ‘Ripley’ in ‘Alien’
10.23.2012
11:08 am

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An incredible life-like silicone bust of Sigourney Weaver as “Ellen Ripley” in the Alien series by Steve Scotts.

Talk about labor of love! BTW, this wasn’t a prop for the film, just someone with an amazing talent paying homage to Alien!

Check out more photos and works by Scotts over at his Facebook page.
 

 

 
More photos after the jump…
 

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Suck on that: ‘Alien’ facehugger bong


 
Not exactly what I’d want in my mouth (and over my face) if I was getting high, but horses for courses.

Thanks to Rutch Dudder, by way of Grizz.

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My Little Pony crafted as a Queen Alien
07.12.2012
10:56 am

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Artist Mari Kasurinen made this nutty My Little Pony version of H.R. Giger’s queen alien which is appropriately named “My Little Alien.”

According to Kasurinen’s Devient Art page, the Xenomorph queen pony is sold.

Via Neatorama

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Alien vs. Predator skateboard deck

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Alien vs. Predator skateboard deck from Skate Mental.

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