Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Our future is apathy

Rampside Gas terminal are a new band from the UK who play Post rock in a style that makes Godspeed you! Black emperor sound like shiny happy music. This is fascinatingly bleak music, with an ultimate detachment that is far beyond mere despair. Five songs only (soundscapes is probably a better word for it), and it takes quite some determination to take it all in in one sitting. But once I had gone through it the first time, I found myself hitting the play button again. Such is the ultimate power of Our future is apathy. A modern classic, and one that will be recognized as such in decades to come.

The idea of this little game is to create an album cover for an imaginary artist/group, as well as an imaginary review, following these instructions:

[1] The artist/group: go to the wiki random page generator. The first random Wikipedia article obtained this way is the name of the band or performer. In this case, I ended up with Rampside Gas Terminal .
[2] The title: go to the random quotations site. The last four words of the very last quote of the page is the title of the album. The random quote that came up was by Jane Goodall : The greatest danger to our future is apathy.
[3] The illustration: pick a suitable one from my Flickr collection. My picture, Transferring, can be found here on Flickr. The on-line editing was done with the programme On-line image editor, the font settings selected were Apple Juiced 85 White and TeamSpirit 70 Gold, respectively.

Note: this is a variation on the "Debut album game" that has been making its rounds around bulletin boards and blogs for some time now - the original version called for a random Flickr Explore photograph to be used as the cover. I have been trying to find out who had the original idea, but so far no success.