Marillion’s Grendel Was Inspired by Genesis’ Supper’s Ready

Grendel’s Ready We’re big fans of both groups (Marillion and Genesis) and of all eras, so we would just like to share this for educational purposes only. Although it’s really old news to be honest. Comments are still welcome though. So what’s the big deal? A fragment from a 17 minute song (Grendel 1983) has a rhythmic similarity to one fragment in another 23 minute song (Supper’s Ready 1972). However the songs are totally different in all other parts. There’s…

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Peter Gabriel’s Shock the Monkey Recreated in Lego

The Classic 1982 Shock the Monkey Video Recreated in Lego The music video was directed by Brian Grant, who has directed TV episodes of “Doctor Who,” “Hex,” and the film “The Immortals”. Gabriel is shown in two guises: A modern-day businessman and a spiritual shaman with white tribal markings. By the end of the video, he’s given in to his more primitive self. Grant expands “men, as time has progressed, have sort of lost their primeval instincts. As we become…

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The 1999 Genesis Five-Piece Studio Work

The Carpet Crawlers Genesis re-recorded “The Carpet Crawlers” as a five-piece band back in 1999. There’s not much information out there about the sessions for “The Carpet Crawlers 1999,” even though it has such significance in the history of Genesis. Taken from Peter’s idea was to use [producer] Trevor Horn since he was neutral territory: None of us had ever worked with him. The vocal, the way it switches between Peter’s voice to Phil’s voice, is really strong on…

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3 Reasons Peter Gabriel is a Time Lord

1. There is a Tardis Outside Real World Studios I don’t think it’s any coincidence that there is a Police Box parked on the main road on the way into Box village, UK (Home of Real World Studios)  2. He Used to Wear a Time Lord Costume With the long cape around its shoulders and the bat wings attached to the sides of its head, the alien looked remarkably like a Time Lord in full ceremonial regalia. Of course, the…

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Talking Drum (the Star of Black Panther)

Talking Drum Back in 1999 I visited Nigeria, West Africa. One of the many souvenirs I picked up was a talking drum. This is an hourglass-shaped drum known as a Dundun or Gangan by the Yoruba people. Squeezing the leather cords, that connect the two drumheads, can change the pitch of the drum. This enables the instrument to mimic the tone and prosody of human speech. The pitch can be changed during a single beat, producing a warbling note. Volume,…

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40th, 50th and 60th Anniversary for Lego and Genesis (2018)

It’s said now that people will be shorter in height They can fit twice as many in the same building site As the Musical Brick combines Lego and Genesis, here’s an interesting observation: 2018 is an anniversary year for both entities. 1958 On January 28 1958, the original patent for Lego the bricks was signed. Since then, the Danish construction toy has exploded to become a global brand. In fact the first ever bricks to be made in the 1950s…

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Genesis 1975 Pioneering Multimedia Stage Recreated in Lego

The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway Tour Stage Complete With Slides This groundbreaking experiment in total theatre had slide projections, laser projections, costumes and kinetic stage lighting. Merged together this performance translated Peter Gabriel’s complicated musical narrative into a visceral, memorable multimedia experience for all that saw it back in 1974/75. Over the past few months I have been communicating with Michael Pellerin (Pellerin Multimedia) about his creative work on enhancing the Lego stages to incorporate lights (Hope to write…

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The Moog Sub Phatty Luxury Setup You Can Afford

Believe it or not, this is made from Lego This audio setup was created by Quy Chau, and uses so many ingenuous techniques, such as using wheels for speakers dials and subwoofers, and a steering wheel piece makes the best earphone cups. The Moog Sub Phatty is the synthesizer which sits in the middle of this scene.

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Happy New Year 2018

What an incredible year we’ve had! Two major highlights in 2017: Thanks to everyone for your continued support! Wishing every day of the new year to be filled with success, happiness and prosperity for you all, happy new year!    

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Lego Minifigures Featured On Peter Gabriel’s Website

In the Beginning In 2014 I designed and created the classic bat-wings costume and but it on my personal blog and Instagram page. Later on in the year, Real World Records expressed interest in the flower-mask and bat-wings via email. Peter Gabriel wanted them for his personal archive. I was so totally blown away by this amazing recognition from the man himself, that I continued to design and build a further 12 costumes. Knowing that Peter Gabriel loved the mashup,…

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