Tag: Music

New York in June

“I like New York in June, how about you? I like a Gershwin tune, how about you?”
I love that song, but let me tell you, I’ve been to New York last June, and it was hot and humid and rainy and generally a mess, and therefore I hereby vote to change it to “I like New York in April”, but this kills the meter, so let’s compromise for, say, May, which leaves us with merely an awful rhyming problem, which can be easily yet dreadfully solved thus:
I like New York in May, how about ye?
I like a Gershwin Play, how about ye?
Thank you, you’ve been a wonderful audience, please don’t lynch me.

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In Memory of David Bowie

In Memory of David Bowie

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The Hunt for Red Octaver

Here are the results of a slight silliness this very afternoon: vocal bass and distortion, vocal voices, absolutely non-vocal drums. Also a robot.

Tech stuff for bored musician and recording engineers:

Bass: voice+octaver pedal – Octamizer by Aguilar
Lead: voice+Logic’s AMP plugin
Harmony: voice+voice+voice+voice+voice

Thank you, thank you, you’re a wonderful audience!


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Space Jam

One morning at the Nir Space Station.

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Unrecognizable is a new album by a new band, Salvya. I’m on the bass. Here it is:

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Meanwhile, at the Nir Space Station

Uncle Nir enjoys playing his new analog synthesizer. The analog synthesizer enjoys playing its Uncle Nir.

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Adventure Rocketship

Adventure Rocketship! is a new magazine in book form. The first issue is dedicated to music in science fiction, and features stories by Lavie Tidhar, Liz Williams, Martin Millar, Tim Maughan and yours truly.

There’s a launching on Thursday, 16 May, at 6pm, Forbidden Planet Megastore, London.

The magazine can be purchased here.

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Merry Xmas!

Here’s a small Xmas tune by myself:

[mp3j track=”http://www.niryaniv.com/songs/XmasNirYaniv.mp3″]


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Online Albums

For several years now I’ve been asked why I’ve never put my albums somewhere on the www for all to listen and enjoy. I always managed to dodge the question, using bad puns, silly excuses and, in one particular case, a fish-shaped helium balloon (don’t ask). But yesterday, for some reason, I’ve had enough, and thus I can now proudly present to you my two albums in fully-internetted form. Admittedly they’re both in Hebrew, but that’s actually an advantage: its a really good excuse for learning the language!

Album the first: The Universe in a Pita. This one is a science-fiction rock album, the first and probably only of its kind in Israel. It’s a power-trio (guitar, bass, drums) recorded live in my studio, The Nir Space Station, back in 2001. Originally it was supposed to be a part of a radio show, in which an Israel band is kidnapped from a show in the suburbs by angry aliens, after their manager lost them in an intergalactic card game. The show never took off the ground, but the album did. And even if you don’t know Hebrew, you’ll find a familiar piece there – our own version of HAL9000’s “Daisy, Daisy”.

Album the second: Funkapella. The only musical instruments used in this album are human voices and a drum-set. The voices serve, in addition to the obvious singing thingie, as bass, guitars, keyboards and whatnot. This project started even before “The Universe in a Pita” existed, but its completion took much longer. While the lyrics are, indeed, in Hebrew, it can be argued that vocal bass, guitars and keyboards speak in a more universal language.

Try it. What’s the worst that can happen? Rehabilitation is rather cheap these days.

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No Piano – Clip

Directed, shot and edited by myself, with a bit of help from a good friend.

Here’s a direct link to the clip in YouTube, where it can be watched in full-HD.

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