These are the things I've written that are tagged "music"

Google strong-arms indie musicians into accepting brutal, crowdfunding-killing deal for streaming service

28 January 2015

A strong but honest headline about Googe’s new bullshit: Participation in the new service requires that your entire catalog be available for streaming, at high resolution. Participation requires that you not release your music elsewhere earlier, e.g., no early releases for fans or backers. You no longer get a choice of whether to do nothing, […]

The Open Bundle

11 July 2013

CC-licensed art and music for videos games from independent creators. If they reach their funding goal they’re making all of the assets public domain. I absolutely love this idea. Get paid for your work and then move on to something else, leaving it for anyone who wants it.

“Perfect” iTunes EQ Setting Revised

11 March 2013

A revised version of of the Merlin Mann / Mac OS X Hints classic: I’ve changed the layout so that the highest setting sits on 0, instead of boosting frequencies. This leads to a more even sound and less distortion of the high end. Everyone’s ears a little different, so your mileage may vary. Experimentation […]

Today’s Experiment: A-Ha Time

01 August 2011

I have taken the classic A-Ha 80s jam “Take On Me” and slowed it down 50%. It starts out as an awesome dirge worthy of the Dawn Of The Dead soundtrack, and turns into a monster screaming about love in the most amusing possible manner. It is what I’m calling a Zombie Love Dirge. I’m […]

Ambient Cigarette Tin

18 June 2011

My old friend Shawn Russell took his own life a few weeks ago. Back in 2004 we recorded a demo in my bedroom using the newly-released Garageband. This badass 80s-flavored jam is what came out of it. Shawn provided the guitar tracks and I laid down the percussion using the built-in tools. I named the […]

They Might Be Giants: Join Us

05 April 2011

Pitchfork has the first track from the forthcoming new They Might Be Giants album, Join Us, up for streaming. With turns of phrase like “all of the dicks in this dick town can’t keep johnny down,” in the first track I’m pretty confident the album is going to be great.

Hello There

My name is Phil Nelson and I make beautiful objects for a troubled world. I'm a designer / developer / writer / director / editor / narrator at Occipital.

Stuff I Make

More To See and Read

Browse the Archives

Hey. What're you doing all the way down here? You get lost? Just looking around? Cool. I like you.