12th Doctor Trailer & Fan-Composed Theme

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Something Doctor-ish must be in the air this week! First, BBC released the Doctor Who series 8 official full length trailer last Sunday.

Not only that, I ran into this fabulous fan composition: Who Am I? (12th Doctor’s theme by James Jarvis).

It went straight into my geeky playlist! One of the comments called the theme “dark yet mysterious.” I’d add that it has potential for contemplation or reflection, even melancholy. Even though we still don’t know much about this incarnation of the Doctor, it sounds like reflection of the past is the theme (or one of the themes) for season 8. The official trailer gives some clues (at approx. 0:25-0:35) when the Doctor says:

Doctor: I’ve lived for over 2,000 years. I’ve made many mistakes. It’s about time I did something about that.

And later, on the Tardis steps (at approx. 0:45-0:55), there is this exchange between Doctor and Clara:

Doctor: Clara, tell me: am I a good man?
Clara: I… don’t know.

Jenna Coleman’s hesitant delivery of Clara’s line is brilliant, as are Peter Capaldi’s pensive facial expressions picked for the trailer. James Jarvis’s composition captures the attitude of the trailer very well – try playing the trailer without sound with Jarvis’s theme in the background.

Can’t wait for season 8!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Creativity Is: Playing Music through a Dot Matrix Printer

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There are many definitions of creativity. Despite the differences, most include originality or novelty and imagination, and the creation of something new. However you parse it, this video by MIDIDesaster of playing “Eye of the Tiger” through a dot matrix printer(!) definitely counts.

“Eye of the tiger” on dot matrix printer from MIDIDesaster on Vimeo.

MIDIDesaster explains:

“This old 24-pin dot matrix printer has been converted into a MIDI compatible sound generator. Up to 21 notes can be played simultaneously. It features up to 16 MIDI channels with individual volume and pitch.”

The rest of the technical information is way beyond me. However, I cannot but admire the effort that went into this project, starting from the concept (I. Cannot. Even!) and all the way to solving the pragmatic issues.

The curiosity, creativity and imagination of us humans never ceases to amaze me. It’s thrilling to see what we’re capable of!

Discoveries: The Hillywood Show

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The Hillywood Show is a parody video project by sisters Hilly and Hannah Hindi. Each of their videos features impersonations, song and dance numbers and spoofs of various celebrities or movie / tv characters. Falling down that rabbit hole that is the Internet, I found my way to them through their Doctor Who / Rocky Horror Picture Show crossover-mashup-awesomeness.

In Hilly and Hannah’s own words,

“People assume that a parody is a strict progression of cause to effect, but actually, from a non- linear, non-subjective viewpoint, it’s more like a big video of wibbly-wobbly, Time Warp stuff. Like the TARDIS, The Hillywood Show® makes a production that’s bigger on the inside and showcases David Tennant’s beloved Doctor in a memorable way. Allons-y!”

Without further ado, I give you the Tenth Doctor, brilliantly cosplayed by Hilly Hindi, doing the Time Warp, a parody video by The Hillywood Show:

 

How come I had never heard of them before? So, so brilliant! Thank you, Hilly and Hannah!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.