‘Beep’, A Documentary About the History of Sound in Video Games

Beep is a documentary by director and author Karen Collins and a team of experts about the history of sound in video games, from mechanical arcades to orchestras to chiptunes. The documentary intends to interview a number of influential composers and sound designers, like Tommy Tallarico, in order to build a more complete picture of the history behind the making of sound and music for video games. The documentary is currently raising funds via a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign.

Beep Documentary

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A ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Audiobook With Readings by Felicia Day, ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic, and Ice-T

D&D Audiobook

The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories is a 2011 anthology of short stories by author R.A. Salvatore that features protagonist Drizzt Do’Urden and his various cohorts in the Forgotten Realms campaign setting of Dungeons & Dragons. The anthology is currently available as a free audiobook at Audible with readings from the likes of Felicia Day, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Ice-T, and more.

SoundCloud user Something Awful Zack has uploaded a series of clips from Ice-T’s particularly enthusiastic reading of “Comrades at Odds” from the anthology.

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‘Automata’, A Sci-Fi Film About Evolving Robots and Humanity’s Response to Them

Automata is an upcoming sci-fi film by director Gabe Ibáñez about evolving robots and humanity’s response to them. Antonio Banderas stars as Jacq Vaucan, an insurance agent looking into the manipulation of a robot. Things quickly spin out of control as Vaucan finds himself among a number of seemingly sentient robots. The film also stars Birgitte Hjort Sørensen as Rachel Vaucan, Melanie Griffith as Dupre, Dylan McDermott as Wallace, and Robert Forster as Robert Bold. Automata is currently scheduled to release in theaters “soon.”

Fast forward fifty years into the future, planet earth is in the midst of gradual desertification. Mankind struggles to survive as the environment deteriorates and the slow regression of the human race begins in AUTÓMATA. On the brink of life and the reality of death, technology combats the prevailing uncertainty and fear with the creation of the first quantum android, the Automata Pilgrim 7000. Designed to bring support to society’s plight, man and robot reveal what it means to co-exist in a culture defined by human nature.

Automata Poster

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OcuplusGlass, Guided Tours for the Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Headset Using Google Glass

OcuplusGlass is a concept by developer Sander Veenhof in cooperation with interaction designer Klasien van de Zandschulp that uses Google Glass to provide guided tours for the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. One user wears the Oculus Rift, which receives a feed of various videos that are coordinated with the physical location, and the guide uses Google Glass to accurately walk the other person through the specific areas with accuracy and added commentary. OcuplusGlass is scheduled to be demonstrated at Popup Week Amsterdam the weekend of September 20th and 21st.

A mash-up solving a lot of the disadvantages of each of the devices. If you’re ignoring the world around you and experiencing Oculus content in isolation, at your couch at home, you’re missing something. Finding the world of Glass not that immersive? The OcuplusGlass tours lets both devices do what they can do best, and it adds an element that seems to be absent more and more in the increasingly digital society of today: the human touch. Being guided by a human goes beyond any audiovisual technological feature thinkable.


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PBS Idea Channel Explores Whether the Anime ‘Kill la Kill’ Represents a Warning About Wearable Technology

PBS Idea Channel host Mike Rugnetta explores whether the anime Kill la Kill represents a warning about wearable technology. Rugnetta argues that the definition of technology is actually a lot broader than most people think.

There’s a lot to talk about when discussing the anime series Kill la Kill. If you’re not familiar with the show, the lead character, Ryuko Matoi, searches for her father’s murderer; there’s an academy ruled by a powerful student council; and there’s a class system where more powerful students wear extraterrestrial clothing which give them special powers… you should just watch it. It’s these uniforms, called Goku, that are particularly interesting, and specifically how the wearers unitize them. Could Goku be considered technology? And how does FASCISM play a role in all this?!?!