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01

Aug

People of Note Ep #5 – Patrick O’Rielly

The audio files and sheet music from this program are available for purchase at https://peopleofnote.bandcamp.com

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Patrick O’Reilly is a composer/guitarist/electronic musician based out of Toronto. A musical polymath by nature, his work synthesizes a wide breadth of techniques and practices.

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Thomas Dolby – She Blinded Me with Science

Konono No. 1 – Paradiso

Jun Ishikawa – Green Greens

David Binny – Herzog

The Tranzac

Bit Shifter – Reformat the Planet

Frank Zappa – There’s a Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch

Ruth Underwood – Marimba Solo

Chick Corea – No He Sings, Now He Sobs

Japan – Life in Tokyo

01

Aug

2BGC Ep. 16 – Myst (1993)

In 1993 there were plenty of people willing to bet against Myst. Activision declined Cyan’s approach to have them produce the game, their eventual producer Sunsoft didn’t believe in the CD-Rom as a format for games and wanted Myst to be a console game. What was released ended up being the best selling Mac and PC game until 2001 when Will Wright’s The Sims over took Myst and claimed the honour.

Myst is a point and click mystery game whose story starts off with the player being dumped on an island with no explanation. There’s no one on the island to explain where you are or how you got there, and the inquiry starts from there. The game is equally famous for being subtle and rich, or obtuse depending on your perspective. Either way the game has delivered endless sequels, ports, spin offs, and board games and remains a pillar of the age of early CD-Rom gaming.

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15

Jul

People of Note Ep #4 – Chelsea McBride

The audio files and sheet music from this program are available for purchase at https://peopleofnote.bandcamp.com

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Driven by an endless need for expressing herself creatively, young composer and multi-instrumentalist Chelsea McBride has burst onto the Toronto jazz scene. She has released three albums with Chelsea and the Cityscape and two with her Socialist Night School.

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Mill Works – Grofast

Campbell Ryga’s solo on Black Nile /w the Michael Garding Big Band at the 2015 BC Interior Jazz Festival

Lazy Sundays

Lisa Simpson – Baker Street as played by Terry Harrington

2-Bit Game Club Theme Song – Liam Gallagher

Youngblood Brass Band – Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Socialist Night School – Twilight Fall, Twilight Fall

EMS Live at the Rex with Kelly Jefferson – 10-36

Cover Artist for the Twilight Fall is Arthur Ikuta

01

Jul

2BGC Ep. 15 – Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)

In 1988 the Super Mario Bros. series reunited to see the era of the NES out. Widely recognized as one of the best game of its time, and best platformers of all time, SMB still has a dear place in the hearts of gamers being a favourite game for speed runners. SMB3 is colourful, full of variety and novelty, recognizable  as a Mario game but still full of fresh ideas. As successful a follow up title as there might ever be Super Mario Bros. 3 remains a joy to play.

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01

Jul

People of Note Ep #3 – Thomas Houlden

The audio files and sheet music from this program are available for purchase at https://peopleofnote.bandcamp.com

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Thomas Houlden holds a bachelor’s degree in music from Capilano University and is currently a master’s student at the University of Toronto. He draws his influences from Kenny Dorham and Kenny Wheeler.

Octorock can be found at www.octorockmuic.com.

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Chillowack – Gone So Long

Frank Sinatra – I’ve Got You Under My Skin

Joe Williams and the Count Basie Big Band – Well Alright, Okay, You Win

Octorock – ???

Missingno, Vancouver based video game cover band

Octorock – ???

Xanadu – Thomas Houlden

Kontack Player 5 – Action Strike

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Round About Midnight – Tadd’s Delight

Minor Sweet – Booker Little

Old Folks – Kenny Dorham

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15

Jun

People of Note Ep. 2 – Meghan Noelle Gilhespy

The audio files and sheet music from this program are available for purchase at https://peopleofnote.bandcamp.com

Meghan Gilhespy and Liam Gallagher played Ode To GB, and Ever Downward Themes

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Modern jazz vocalist Meghan Gilhespy is an innovative voice from the diverse Vancouver jazz scene. She has recently completed her debut album, Vive Le Tour, which features pioneering contemporary vocal jazz. Meghan has recently completed the first year of her Masters in Music at the University of Toronto. There, she studied with Dave Leibman, Christine Duncan, and Andrew Downing.

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Jean Baptiste Stay Human

C Jam Blues – Duke Ellington

One Great City! – The Weakerthans 

Ace – John Nicholson

Ode to GB

Ornett Colemen – Peace

Jay Clayton

Kenny Wheeler – Music for Small and Large Ensembles /w Norma Winstone

Vive La Tour – Meghan Gilhespy

Ever Downward Themes – Liam Gallagher

People of Note is a Liam Gallagher production. You can find Liam on the web at www.theliamgallagher.com

 

01

Jun

People of Note Ep. 1 – John Nicholson

The audio files and sheet music from this program are available for purchase at https://peopleofnote.bandcamp.com

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From Vancouver, tenor saxophonist John Nicholson moved to Toronto after graduation in 2014, and has been a working musician since, playing constantly in many different genres and environments. He is currently working on his Masters degree at the University of Toronto.

Octorock can be found at www.octorockmuic.com. EMS can be found at www.theliamgallagher.com/EMS

Mentions

Check out John Nicholson at Correy’s Franky’s August 31 8pm Brad Turner

Metalwood: Them

The Canadian Scene Via the Phil Nimmons Group – Pick Yourself Up

Nimmons N’ Music

The Rex Hotel

Chris Tarry Group – Almost Certainly Dreaming – Alien Blueprints

“Canada Council for the Arts”

Fred Penner – Sandwiches

Snarky Puppy – Flight

People of Note is a Liam Gallagher production. You can find Liam on the web at www.theliamgallagher.com

01

Jun

2BGC Ep. 14 – SimCity (1989)

The thirteenth game for the 2-Bit Game Club is SimCity (1989) for the Apple II.

This is the original City Simulator, and the beginning of designer Will Wright’s franchise of franchises, the Sim games. The Sims, SimAnt, SimCopter, SimFarm etc. all owe their beginnings to SimCity, not to mention the slew of games in a genre going strong 30 years later, the simulation game. In SimCity you build a thriving city by balancing the needs and dreams of its simulated citizens by insuring their needs are met. By managing your city’s zoning, adjusting budgets, and providing essential services like electricity and hospital access you can provide a meaningful urban life for your growing metropolis. That or have everyone killed my lightning and godzilla.

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05

May

2BGC Ep. 13 – King’s Quest: Quest for the Crown (1987)

The twelfth  game for the 2-Bit Game Club is ing’s Quest: Quest for the Crown (1987) for the Apple II.

King’s Quest is the age old tale of a prince’s quest to become king. In this Prince’s Quest Prince Graham most prove to the king that he is ready and able to take the mantel of the king hat and rule from the king chair. By pointing and clicking your way through the Apple II computer, you’ll solve puzzles, meet colourful characters, and hopefully claim your destiny.

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04

Apr

2BGC Ep. 12 – The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

The eleventh game for the 2-Bit Game Club will be The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998) for the N64.

Zelda was a big kid on the block long before there was 3D gaming, with four hit games for the NES, SNES, and DMG, the series was already a heavy hitter in the games industry, but in 1998 Miyamoto and Aonuma released what would be Nintendo’s heavy weight champion.

 

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