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Ondes Martenot in Lego

The Ondes Martenot is one of the earliest electronic musical instruments. It was invented by Maurice Martenot in 1928. He built 7 different versions of the instrument over almost 60 years, but the exact number of instruments built is unknown. Martenot was inspired by the unexpected and harmonious sounds created by the overlapping of tones from military radio oscillators, and he wanted to create an instrument that could produce sounds as beautiful and expressive as the cello. Original Martenot instruments…

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Exploring the Best Heavy Genesis Covers: Reimagining Classic Prog Rock for Modern Audiences

Genesis is a band that needs no introduction – they are widely regarded as one of the greatest progressive rock bands of all time. From their early days as a prog rock outfit to their later years as a pop rock powerhouse, Genesis has inspired generations of musicians with their complex song structures, virtuosic instrumentation, and thought-provoking lyrics. In recent years, a number of heavy metal and hard rock bands have taken on the challenge of covering Genesis songs, bringing…

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Genesis We Can Dance Mixes

We dive into the electrifying world of dance music and how it has been influenced by one of the most iconic rock bands of all time: Genesis. For decades, Genesis has been known for their progressive rock and art rock sound, but did you know that their songs have also been remixed and reinterpreted by some talented DJs? That’s right, the epic melodies and intricate instrumentation of Genesis’s tracks are the perfect foundation for dance producers to build on. We’ve…

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ChatGPT vs. Human Generated Text: How to Spot the Difference

While ChatGPT can generate text that is difficult to distinguish from text written by a human, there are a few ways to tell the difference: Repetition: One of the hallmarks of text generated by a machine learning model like ChatGPT is a certain amount of repetition. The model may repeat phrases or sentences in its output, which is unlikely to occur in text written by a human. Lack of creativity: Humans can be creative with their use of language and…

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People can actually create pictures in their mind’s eye!

  Wait! What? “I simply assumed everyone saw the same black nothingness when they closed their eyes, and that the majority of language associated with mental imagery (picturing your happy place or counting sheep) was metaphorical rather than literal.” I hope this post is read by someone who can’t draw a mental picture and that they can have the same epiphany as I did. This realisation happened a couple of years ago, and I have since seen so many articles…

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Lego NASA Spacecraft Signed by Astronauts

Jonathan Lim had the amazing opportunity to meet his heroes at the annual ‘Mission Discovery‘ held in Singapore. This organisation has teamed up with NASA, SpaceX, King’s College London and University of Oxford to motivate and inspire young people to realise their potential. For over 20 years they have worked in partnership with some of the world’s leading space organisations to deliver unique opportunities that equip learners with the tools necessary for a successful future. What a fantastic way to…

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A Brief History of Synthesizers

    Synthetic sounds dates back to the beginning of the 20th century, when manufacturers used electricity for making string instruments as a means of direct control and creation. Early versions included the Theremin (1922), the Ondes Martenot (1928), and the Trautonium (1930). Hammond Organ Clock Company – 1935 The 1930s were marked by electromechanical and electroacoustic instruments. Introduced mechanical devices with electronic components into the instrument, similar to the Hammond organ. Modular synthesizer – 1965 Attempts to resynthesize traditional…

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8 Heavy Genesis Covers

These covers are heavy interpretations of Genesis tracks. Dark Empire – The Knife Dark Empire’s cover of The Knife by Genesis, from the Japanese edition of Humanity Dethroned. Transatlantic & Steve Hackett – The Return of the Giant Hogweed TRANSATLANTIC are playing the Genesis classic “The Return of the Giant Hogweed” live at High Voltage Festival in London on July 24, 2010. They were joined on stage by none other than guitarist STEVE HACKETT (ex-Genesis) for this very special encore.…

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The Beatles ‘Hey Jude’ in LEGO

On the evening of Sunday 8th September 1968, The Beatles appeared on the television show ‘Frost On Sunday’ hosted by David Frost. The show included the first ever live performance of Hey Jude and to this day the eight minute TV footage of The Beatles performing Hey Jude, is one of the most iconic pieces of television history ever to be screened. As a fifteen year old Beatles fan, watching ‘Frost On Sunday’ live and in colour, I was so…

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10 Songs that Mention Lego

Citizens of Legoland This is Musical Brick and we love music and Lego bricks. So here we list 10 songs that mention Lego in the lyrics. This list is not exhaustive, as there are many more artists using Lego in their lyrics. We have included artists such as XTC, The Housemartins, Marillion, Beastie Boys, Black Eyed Peas, and Ed Sheeran. XTC – Helicopter (1979) I’m crouching here with a telescope in hand Looking out across our Legoland I really think…

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