Those of you paying close attention will have noticed that there has been no fanfare surrounding the launch of the Geek Pop festival this year… That’s because there *is* no Geek Pop festival this year. Sad face. We’re having a little break, much like Glastonbury did in 2006.
Anyway, to mark the place where the Geek Pop festival should have been, we’ve compiled the definitive uber-list of Geek Pop festival music – every song that has ever been played at the online festival, EVER. Searchable by artist, track or year.
From Jonny Berliner’s gruff re-working of ‘Dark Matter’ at our very first festival, to his handclapping ‘Genetics Calypso’ last year. From the dirty bass of Let’s Tea Party’s ‘Reptiles’ in 2008 to Jeff Lewis & Peter Stampfel’s ‘ toe-tapping ‘20,000 Leagues Under the Sea’ in 2011. They’re all there.
And what’s more, you can download them all on ONE PAGE! We know!
We’ve even made an extra page with links to all our Spotify lists. We’ve gone list crazy!
It’s not quite everything we’ve got though. We’re still working on a collection of the best live sessions from our podcast. Including some extra special Geek Pop-commissioned songs that haven’t even been heard yet.
Talking of podcasts, you’re due a new one, which will be with you in the next week. It will be a tear-jerking celebration of Geek Pops past. Tissues at the ready, listeners. And sorry for the delay (due to wasted weekends and sniffly noses).
Until then, don’t thank us, thank all the artists who’ve contributed their music to Geek Pop so far. Thank*:
Aidy | alatinpunkcircle | Amateur Transplants | Andrew Pontzen | Baba Brinkman| Being 747| Bert Miller & the Animal Folk | CraftLass| Dalamatian Rex & the Eigentones| Down with Gender | Dr Clandestino | Dr Martin Austwick | Dr Stu & the Neutron Stars | Eben | Emily Schulman | Fourwave Mixing | Grant Balfour | Great Big Science Gig | Hannah Werdmuller | Helen Arney | Intercontinental Music Lab| Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel | Jon Hamshaw | Johnny & the Chemists | Jonny Berliner | Karmadillo | Lamar Holley | Lårs & Marïse | The Layers | Let’s Tea Party| Logan Wright | Marian Call | Matt Westcott | The Missing, Inc. | MJ Hibbett | Mr Simmonds | Naomi Fearn | On Rails | Oort Kuiper & Phatmattbaker | Photomixers | Professor Elemental | Professor Science | Radium88 | Roadside Poppies | Robot Disaster | Science is Fiction| Sci-Fried | The Sound of the Ladies | Spirit of Play| The Standards | Symphony of Science | The Synchrotrons | Tales from the Birdbath | Tony Brown | The Ultraviolet Catastrophe | Vom Vorton | Weird Gear | Wolfington
*Bonus points to anyone who can spot the only artist on this list to get two credits. More bonus points for explaining why.
Photos from Thursday night’s launch gig! Thanks to Ben Valsler of The Naked Scientists for some of these (the good ones).
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The Geek Pop 2011 festival is go! Our highlights include the awesome Jeffrey Lewis headlining at The Tetrahedron, a song about Professor Brian Cox and a musical rendition of the Fibonacci series. Listen below, download for free via our iTunes feed, or jump to virtual gigs for artists on our highlights playlist by clicking on the arrows.Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel – 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea >>> Spirit of Play – An Element Sends A Postcard Home >>> Hannah Werdmuller – Diurnal Migration >>> Wolfington – Spacefox (Live) >>> MJ Hibbett – A Little Bit >>> Helen Arney – Erwin’s Other Animals >>> Lårs & Marïse – Phibonacci Nova >>> Matt Westcott – Love is Never Mean >>> Marian Call – I’ll Still Be A Geek After Nobody Think It’s Chic (The Nerd Anthem) >>> Weird Gear – Black 7 >>>
Free downloads of over 40 Geek Pop 2011 songs are available online at the 2011 festival site.
For six bonus tracks including Spirit of Play’s ‘An Element Sends A Postcard Home’, download the Geek Like Me mini-album at geekpop.bandcamp.com for just £4. Geek Pop will donate a third of the profits to a fund for new science-inspired music.
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Yep, it’s that time of year again… In fact, yikes, it’s later than that – we’re behind schedule! Anyhow, we’re pleased to announce that the submissions process for Geek Pop 2011 is now (finally) OPEN! Hooray!
What that means is that we’re now looking for the nerdiest bands and singer-songwriters around to contribute science-inspired music to our 2011 festival in March. If you’re new to Geek Pop, here’s a short history of the festival.
PRESS: for a press release about this, click here.
EVERYONE ELSE: sign up to updates on the Geek Pop 2011 festival here.
Finally, for those who missed out on our live launch gig in Bristol earlier this year, here are the video highlights. There’s crazy creature-based tunes and a mouth trumpet from the brilliant Bert Miller & the Animal Folk, a freestyle science rap jam sesh (what else?) from Phatmattbaker & Oort Kuiper and beautiful acoustic geekery from Jonny Berliner. For an interview with Jonny, check out the Geek Pop Green Room.
THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS:
Also, big hugs and kisses to Molehill Media for filming the gigs.
BERT MILLER & THE ANIMAL FOLK
PHATMATTBAKER & OORT KUIPER
YOUR HOST, CHRIS DUNSFORD
(Please note: parts of Chris’ set may not be suitable for children)
So someone called Drew, aided by friend of the crew Dr Gav, has produced four (FOUR!) HEE-larious videos about the Geek Pop London gig. Besides some quite-good jokes by compere Chris Dunsford and cutesy geek pop lovin’ from Helen Arney, this one (part III) also features some excellent shots of Hayley chewing her thumb and Dr Gav looking like he’d had more than one pint (tip: that’s cos he had).
For the other three, check out Drew Kirk’s rather marvellous website – part I, part II, part IV. Oh, and see if you can pick up Jim on his stunning lack of accuracy (or just plain wrongness) about the beginnings of Geek Pop in part II.
Hey everyone. Woah, I’m pretty tired. The launch week celebrations for our Geek Pop ’10 festival have been exhilarating and exhausting in equal measure. And now it’s time for the crew to pack up their virtual tents for another year.
Geek Pop being a virtual festival though, you’re welcome to stay on as long as you like. And you can replay all your favourite earworms from the Tetrahedron and Reproductive Stages, and Tesla Tent, and geek jokes from the Comical Flask, again and again. You can even download tracks to keep for ever – just right-click and save them to your machine.
I also want to point out a couple of things that have been added to the site since we launched on 12 March. Firstly, you’ll notice the Green Room is looking pretty packed now. That’s because we’ve been sitting down with some of our artists during launch week to fire questions at them. So make sure you check out those interviews. I’d also like to thank Rishi Nag of Karmadillo for featuring me in his forthcoming song about Linux… you’ll have to listen to that interview to hear how. And secondly, we’ve already uploaded footage from Thursday’s gig at the Miller in London. You can find highlights on the blog or on artists’ individual pages.
But listen up! That’s not all from Geek Pop in 2010! Oh no, no, no. We’ve been recording secret live sessions with some of our artists, which will feature in the coming months in a new ‘Geek Pop Unplugged’ section of the Geek Pop podcast – make sure you subscribe (for FREE!) in iTunes to catch those, including acoustic versions of songs by The Sound of the Ladies and Aidy. AND, there’s still footage to come from the live launch event in Bristol. Molehill Media are working on some very special highlights even as we speak…
So thanks to everyone who took part in this year’s festival. The list is too long to post here, so we’ve made a proper one on this page. Special thanks of course to all our artists, and our sponsors – Computer Geeks and the British Science Association – as well as The Naked Scientists for technical support.
Keep on geekin’,
What with the London gig on Thursday night (audio/video coming soon) we didn’t quite get round to posting a festival diary entry yesterday. But as consolation, here’s something far more exciting… Baba Brinkman‘s new video for his Geek Pop exclusive track “Off That”.
For more from Baba, including his evolutionary rap, head to his set on the Tetrahedron Stage, where you can download ‘Off That’ as a free MP3 (just right click and choose save as) or his website at Baba’s Word. The awesome video is the work of Tommy Nagle and the images are courtesy of New Humanist magazine.
In case you happen to live on the other side of the world (or your house set on fire so you couldn’t make it – other passable excuses include death and being attacked by giant badgers) here are some video highlights from our London gig on 18 March. For interviews with Spirit of Play and Helen Arney, check out the Geek Pop Green Room.
YOUR HOST, CHRIS DUNSFORD:
You can also find Chris at the Geek Pop ’10 virtual festival.
SPIRIT OF PLAY
This track was part of the Geek Pop ’09 virtual festival is available to download for free at the band’s page.
SPIRIT OF PLAY
This track was part of the Geek Pop ’10 virtual festival and is available to download for free at the band’s page.
The second track in this video was part of the Geek Pop ’10 virtual festival and is available to download for free at Helen’s page.
DR STU & THE NEUTRON STARS
This track was part of the Geek Pop ’09 virtual festival is available to download for free at Dr Stu’s page.