We love Twitter as much as the next person, but with the recent story of Kat Von D and Joel Zimmerman, AKA Deadmau5‘s Twitter engagement, it’s hard not to be shocked. For starters, last we knew the couple had called it quits.
However, this past weekend Deadmau5 tweeted a photo of a diamond ring, complete with two skulls on either side of the stone, saying:
“I can’t wait for Christmas so…. Katherine Von Drachenberg, will you marry me?”
Kat Von D quickly replied with a YES! before changing her own status to a series of exclamation points, and thanking fans.
“Mi corazon!!! Thank you all for the lovely congratulations!” Kat wrote. “Please excuse me while I go squeeze the hell out of my fiance!”
What do you think of the couple’s engagement? Too soon? Let us know in the comments.
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To kick off this new edition to the OurStage magazine, we’ve collected some of the biggest tunes to hit dance floors over the past few months, highlighting some of the new genre break-offs that have emerged while still giving due credit to the styles that proceeded them.
We love passing new music videos around the OurStage office, and now we’re going to be sharing our finds with you. Here’s this week’s freshest new clips!
Deadmau5 feat. Gerard Way – “Professional Griefers”
Ever wondered what UFC will look like in the future? Wonder no more. Deadmau5 and My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way do battle via giant mouse Transformer-like machines. Pretty epic stuff…and the song ain’t bad, either.
[Edit: Update below]
Sound Shapes is a new video game for Playstation 3 that bases gameplay, characters, levels, and general movement around its soundtrack. For this project, Beck has provided three new songs: “Cities,” “Touch The People,” and “Spiral Staircase.” Other contributing artists include Deadmau5, Jim Guthrie, I Am Robot, and Proud.
The game was released Tuesday, August 7th. Check out the following video to hear Beck’s “Cities” and watch some demonstrations of gameplay:
Update: In Other Unorthodox (Or Rather, Completely Orthodox) Beck News…
The indie-folk-hip-hop-experimental-punk-rock-whatever-he-wants-to-do artist has decided to release his newest “album” in a very old-fashioned and unique format. What kind, you say? Vinyl, perhaps? Cassettes? V-disc? Nope! Sheet music.
That’s right; according to AVclub.com, the new Beck release is called Song Reader and contains “20 different songs that exist only as individual pieces of sheet music. The whole thing comes packaged together with full-color ‘heyday-of-home-play-inspired art for each song’ in a hardcover carrying case,” and will be distributed by the McSweeney’s publishing company. So instead of listening to recordings of Beck’s music, fans will have to perform the music themselves in their own unique way if they want to hear his creation. Just like the good ol’ days of yore!
It’s definitely a bold move, especially since it only appeals to a narrow demographic of Beck fans who can read and perform music. But since when has Beck ever been the type of guy to consider demographics when producing art? It could actually be very interesting to hear “renditions of the songs from readers and select musicians,” which “will be featured on the McSweeney’s website after the release.” Looks like you Beck fans better study up on your music theory if you want to hear these new jams!
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The fact is that, as EDM reaches more ears, we may need to begin weaning ourselves off its signature heavy bass lines and sweeping wobbles with a quickness. Studies have shown that extended exposure to excessively loud music repeated over several occurrences can cause permanent hearing damage. Of course, this has been generally known since Beethoven began losing his hearing around 1796 (he was cranking that piano through some serious stacks), but it seems that there is a growing concern that EDM may be exacerbating the problem.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration claims that 90 decibels (dB), about the volume of a noisy office, is the average sound intensity that a human can withstand for eight hours without any hearing damage. Anything past this mark and tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, becomes a distinct possibility. Tinnitus is an early symptom of hearing impairment, removing the normal masking effect of low-level noise causing you to hear all the muscle movement, blood flow, and eardrum vibration inside your own head. At any given EDM show, you can expect to absorb over 110dB for several hours, which is about the equivalent of putting your ear up to a chainsaw all night. This is a rather significant difference, considering that every increase of 10dB translates to about doubling the volume output, according to Hearing Aid Know. Of course, EDM shows weren’t the first to break the 100dB barrier “ any metal fan could tell you that¦if they could hear the question, of course. But it seems that electronic dance music has one distinct factor that may be on its way to filling the future with hearing-impaired, former EDM enthusiasts. (more…)