Hello! I'm Tom. I designed a game called Gunpoint, about rewiring things and punching people, and now I'm working on a new one called Heat Signature, about sneaking aboard randomly generated spaceships. Here's some more info on all the games I've worked on, here's the podcast I do, here are the videos I make on YouTube, here are some of the articles I wrote for PC Gamer, and here are two short stories I wrote for the Machine of Death collections.
A regular feature in which I ask you to listen to a sound file with no idea what it’s going to be. It’s an attempt to share the strange experience of rummaging through my old download folders, listening to forgotten MP3s with uninformative filenames. All I know about them is that I must have liked them at some point.
Volume Four was the shortest I’ve ever posted, this one is the longest – don’t click play if you’re in a hurry.
Seniath: For given values of "regular", eh?
(Can't listen at work, MP3s are blocked. I shall have to trust you at a later date.)
Roadrunner: I tuned out after 5 minutes because I couldn't care any less about chipmunks. I'll pick it up later and try again :|
RC-1290’Dreadnought’: Don't know what that was from. Is it strange that I actually found that interesting?
Pilt: How odd. Thanks for sharing though - it had a calming effect on me for some reason.
Palms: I recognize the voice...
Owen: The most surreal and informative 20 mins, and still none the wiser about where this came from. I wish it was longer, thanks for bringing to my ears to trust.
Bumface the Brave: Did anyone else just click that expecting a really, really long song?
Olly: It sounds like Gabe Newells voice...
Barotte: Alvin and the Chipmunks?
Oh, he just metioned it.
MartinJ: @Bumface: Absolutely. I actually turned it off after a while because I was so disappointed.
Tom Francis: My policy is they can only be music if there's something interesting about them other than the music. The fact that I like a song, I've found, is no reason to suspect anyone else here will, so it's unhelpful to be mysterious about them.
The only half-hour tracks I have are Godspeed You Black Emperor, and I figure the world doesn't really need telling about them anymore.
Captain Bland: That was so good! A wierd little peice of pop/cartoon history. I think (despite not being alive till the 90's)that i remember watching some version of Alvin and The Chipmunks. i definitely remember being horrified by the poster and the trailer for the recent film. Still, even if i'd had no idea who they were, I think I'd have found that interesting.
Jimmy!: Great clip! Whose voice is that?
Lack_26: This is going on my .mp3 player. It's too awesome to not go on.
EGTF: If they ever make a movie of Tales of the Riverbank or of Sooty I know which blog to turn to for behind the scenes expose.
Ispep: You can never tell enough people about GY!BE Pentadact. fact.
Andrew: Who is that then? It was an interesting bit of history for sure.
Tom Francis: Oh yeah, I was supposed to tell you. That was Ken Goffman, a.k.a. R U Sirius, original editor of Mondo 2000 magazine, and apparently at one point a presidential candidate. That would have made an interesting country.
The piece is part of a relatively short-lived podcast he started called Destinyland, the site for which is unfortunately long since defunct. When it stopped updating for a long stretch, I got paranoid and downloaded them all before it vanished, so I can put them up somewhere if anyone's interested.
Andrew: Well, he sounds like an interesting guy :) You should do a post on it and put up some links :)
I'm sure you could put the files in a large archive.org batch if the original site is defunct for hosting.
Tim: Tom, I loved listening to the Destinyland podcasts back when he was still doing them and was sad that he stopped. If you still have the recordings, I'd love to have them!