Adam WarRock “Thrawn” (Free download)
I made a song about Grand Admiral Thrawn, aka rap game Mitth’raw’nuruodo. He’s MY favorite Star Wars Universe character. So y’know, that’s how much INDIE CRED I GOT.
I don’t know why I got in a conversation with someone lately about Timothy Zahn’s amazing Heir to the Empire trilogy of novels, so if you haven’t read them yet, then go read them. They are incredible. If you haven’t read them, then this song may not make much sense. Soooo. Yeah.
Note: Pretty sure the cover art is from here, I just found it on google images.
I got a merch sale going on. Limited sizes available. Cheap tshirts. Wheee.
2 HIDING BEHIND 3. I CAN’T.
Do you get much say in terms of the design? Is it something you put in your script – “I want sleeker Cybermen”?
Neil Gaiman: Yeah, I do. But mostly I got to go to Cardiff and they said “Let us show you the stuff that’s come in from the art department”. They said “What do you think?”, and I said “Well, I like this face, I like this body – can we put this body on this face?” The only point where I really pushed them was when they sent me the face design and I just felt it wasn’t quite right. And I pushed for the “Moonbase” face on a much higher tech thing. It’s that effect we’re going for – a very simple circular eye, a slash for the mouth, and they are where they are on a human face. Don’t get creative, because the more creative you get, the more we lose the uncanny valley. And for me there is that wonderful uncanny valley of how little it takes to make you go “This is a face”. It just takes two eyes in the right place and proportion, and a little mouth. And it’s absolutely impassive, which makes it really scary.
Mr. Gaiman speaks more about on these new Cybermen:
For me the absolute joy of bringing back the Cybermen was coming up with a weird rationalisation: in the Tom Baker universe the Cybermen pretty much died out. They were incredibly unsuccessful and clunky. And then you get the Cybus Cybermen. My theory is the Cybus Cybermen were sent to Victorian days and zapped off into time and space at the end of “The Next Doctor”. They met a bunch of the Mondasian/Telosian Cybermen, and there was some cross-breeding and interchange of technology, which is why you then get the ones that look like, but actually aren’t, the Cybus Cybermen. And then I thought well, they’re going to keep upgrading themselves – my computer doesn’t look like it did five or ten years ago, definitely not 15 years ago. It’s going to be faster and it’s going to be better. So let’s make the Cybermen faster and slicker and better. And with their faces let’s try and go back to something that felt a little creepier. I looked at the “Moonbase” ones and they have this weird, impassive, uncanny valley thing of just the two eyes and the mouth, in the position they would be on a human face. It’s just really unsettling, and I wanted that.
I really like the new design, and I also like the fact that these are not the Cybus Cybermen but advancement on the Mondasian Cybermen that have become a hybrid of the two variations of Mondasian and Cybus.
Quotes from this interview.
The Cyber Controller from The Tomb of the Cybermen
I can remember when this was first on television. Was SO exciting :-)
Not so hardcore Cybermen
He’s totally ‘armless :P