Music


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JamStik

By Jorge Figueiredo - May 2nd, 2013

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There are a number of guitar applicationns out there for various platforms; but the JamStik from Zivix is a pretty awesome idea. One of the biggest hurdles with any app based on a musical instrument is the interface. However, JamStik gets around that by actually having a physical input that emulates a guitar. It looks fairly effective – and definitely fun. Chad Koehler, VP of Zivix, was nice enough to answer a few of our questions.

Check out the interview below. When you’re done, why not take a look at their crowdfunding page?

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Interviews
Jason Michael Paul
The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses

By Ricky Lima - September 25th, 2012

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I have experienced love, and it was in the form of a huge orchestra performing the Legend of Zelda‘s greatest musical pieces. On Saturday, September 15th 2012, The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Godesses arrived here in Toronto, and brought with it magic and wonder. Ok, I’ll stop with the hyperbole; but the event was truly amazing and larger than life. There was a full orchestra and a twenty-piece choir (just magine the Temple of Time theme with this setup – simply amazing).

Music has always played a huge part in videogames, and the Legend of Zelda is no exception. The music serves not only as a mood enhancer, but afterwards it serves as a reminder of the great times that we had with the games. That is why the Symphony of the Goddesses is such a euphoric experience; you experience every Zelda game over again in great, auditory detail. It was a fantastic show, one that you should drop everything to see when it’s in your city next. I had a chance to sit down with executive producer of the show, Jason Michael Paul, to discuss his vision for the performance.

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Upcoming Events
Nerd Noise Night

By Jorge Figueiredo - August 8th, 2012

You all need to go to this. There is no excuse*.

Clicky!

* – Even zombies are allowed to attend.

OMB Best Song Ever!
Mutant Blobs Attack

By Jorge Figueiredo - January 29th, 2012

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Where you’ll be when you find out this news.

What’s that you say? Toronto Thumbs alumnus Shaun Hatton has done music for Drinkbox Studios’ upcoming Playstation Vita game: Mutant Blobs Attack?

The answer, ladies and gentlemen, is yes.


Krytical Eye
Game Soundtracks That Need A-listenin’: 2011 Edition

By Tim Krynicki - December 26th, 2011

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Recognizing games of the year is hard because we all want our favorites to win. Review averages and copies sold are one thing, but I feel that it ultimately it comes down to a matter of a player’s personal preference. Before we officially move into 2012, I wanted to look back on 2011 and mention several soundtracks that game music buffs (such as myself) should not overlook.

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Happy Holidays
Our Gift to You

By Toronto Thumbs Staff - December 25th, 2011

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Poppa Thumbs and Smallest Thumb will sing you a song if you click on this picture.

Greetings reader,

We here at Toronto Thumbs love the holiday season. We’re those people Scrooge scowls at while he walks down the street. We wanted to spread that cheer to all of you, dear readers, this holiday season. So we got together with our good friend Oxvylu and created a couple of classic holiday tunes to give to you as a gift. Feel free to download the songs and watch the wonderful music video created using Harmonix iPhone game VidRythm. We hope that you enjoy what you hear and wish you Happy Holidays. Next year is going to be a killer year. We’ll see you then.

Oxvylu does Winter Wonderland »

Ricky’s version of The Little Drummer Boy »

Deck the Thumbs video starring Poppa Thumbs and Smallest Thumb »


Event
X-Summit: Biophilia: Birth of a Medium

By Jorge Figueiredo - October 26th, 2011

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One of the keynote speakers for X-Summit 2011 was a man named Scott Snibbe. Scott, the founder of Scott Snibbe Studio and Snibbe Interactive, is a quiet gentleman with a wide smile and an appreciation of all things musical (and musical appreciation of all things). As someone who visualizes music, Scott seems to be very much in touch with the subtle layers of the world around him, and seems to be able to key in to patterns in nature and show us what they are.

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