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.
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.
(Supercool limited edition physical CDs £6)
Geek Pop will donate a third of the profits from this release to a fund for commissioning new science-inspired music. Yippee!
Artwork by Tom Humberstone.
Oh and and here’s the story behind it all (as if anyone’s interested)…
About January time this year, Helen Arney contacted us with some ideas about her Geek Pop 2011 performance. We’d been in cahoots about a potential Geek Pop single release previously, but many things – including Christmas, and a complete lack of organisation – got in the way. So, offering up a brand spanking and sparkly new song that she’d performed at the Funny Women Awards in September…
…Helen wanted to give it another bash. Only this time, we suggested releasing not just a single, but a WHOLE EP full of bonus tracks from Geek Pop artists. Well, one thing led to another and soon six artists (including two collaborating for a duet) were on board. Last to join the (top secret) project was Jonny Berliner. His Genetics Calypso, first recorded for the Geek Pop sessions on Green Man FM, came out of production – hand-clapping and all – just in time.
By this point, we’d gotten carried away and roped in an illustrator, Tom Humberstone, to create the artwork, and even ordered some vinyl-effect CDs to make physical copies. Quick as a flash, Tom created three awesome design ideas for fifties-style cover art and we chose the one that Tom felt “captured the inner geek in us all”.
Meanwhile, Martin Austwick, who was also preparing for his own album release and our London launch gig, was advising us on matters of Bandcamp and digital distribution. And we’d roped in our Twitter followers to choose a name for a “hypothetical” record. It wasn’t long before we found ourselves uploading Geek Like Me (which had by then morphed into a mini-album) to be distributed by every major music download site on the internet. That was scary.
Finally, one Saturday near the end of February, we found ourselves at Geek Pop HQ with a box full of CDs, a pile of Tom’s lovely artwork and a guillotine. And a couple of weeks later, we’re unleashing Geek Like Me on the WORLD!
For months now, we’ve been working on a secret project and now it’s time to let you all in on it: Geek Pop is releasing an album! No, seriously, we are! It may only be a mini-album, but it’s possibly the greatest and geekiest mini-album you’ll ever hear. It features tracks from some of this year’s Geek Pop festival artists. And we’ll be donating a third of the profits from this release to a fund for new science-inspired music. So buy it to support future geekdom, but also because it’s GREAT!
Geek Like Me
A six-track mini-album containing bonus songs from the 2011 Geek Pop festival. Artists: Helen Arney with Mr Simmonds featuring Professor Elemental, Spirit of Play, The Sound of The Ladies, Karmadillo, Jonny Berliner, MJ Hibbett & Vom Vorton. Handmade by geeks, for geeks. Preview right there ->
With original artwork by Tom Humberstone.
RELEASED ON 11 MARCH*
Digital downloads £4 from Bandcamp
Limited edition (100) physical CD £6
(yeah, check out those beauties, and they’re lovingly hand-crafted!)
*Can I pre-order then? Sorry, no, but if you come to our launch party, a limited number of copies will available, without the P&P. If you ask nicely, you might even be able to get them signed by some of the artists.
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.
Well, here it is. It’s what you’ve all been waiting for… all your favourite sci-pop bands in one virtual field, ahem. And these are our highlights.
Your host for the festival podcast is Vicky, who is joined at Geek Pop by roving reporters Hayley and Jim, bringing you all the fun from around the festival.
To download individual tracks, run along to the festival site at http://www.geekpop.co.uk, where you can browse by stage and artist. And there’s a lot more going on than we could cover in one podcast!
Geek Pop audio is hosted here. You’ll find the ’08 festival site at Null Hypothesis, but you can click on the media player below to hear full performances. (Or click on individual performances in the posts below).
Geek Pop ’08 is a celebration of sci-pop music, featuring songs from Amateur Transplants, Jonny Berliner, Let’s Tea Party, Professor Science and Tales from the Birdbath. Listen and let your inner geek shine through.
Geek Pop artwork by Sam Church.