YouTube video on the making of the Doctor Who theme music!

Check out this totally awesome video: An interview with the guy who recorded the theme music for the Doctor Who show! You get to watch him twiddling the knobs on his utterly gnarly 1970s synthesizer, reproducing the swoopy, buzzy opening tones — and chatting with the documentary host about the nuances of ring modulators and how they impacted the crafting of the Dalek’s vocal inflections.

I could sit around watching stuff like this until I die. It reminded me of the discussion that erupted back when I blogged about Coagula, a little app that translates images into synth-like sounds; when translated a picture of my face into a noise, my friend Eric Weissengruber pointed out that “your face sounds like the beginning of the old Doctor Who theme.” It also reminds me that I’ve always wanted one of these suckers for my guitar …

(Thanks to Music Thing for this one!)

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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