0740: "The Tell-Tale Beat"

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0740: "The Tell-Tale Beat"

Postby sardia » Fri May 14, 2010 3:56 am UTC

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You fancy me mad. Could a madman have outsmarted the greatest electronica/techno artists of our era? Next to fall will be Roderick Usher's house/trance band.
http://xkcd.com/740/

That's the name of the band that makes that music? Or do they all sound like that?
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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby 10nitro » Fri May 14, 2010 3:57 am UTC

Screw you. You only beet me because I was addling a link and a comment, per the rules, and you didn't.

Anyway, I didn't think it was that funny, but I liked the art.
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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby glasnt » Fri May 14, 2010 3:58 am UTC

I never thought I'd ever see such a complex image of a stickman before.

Also, that image looks haunted *cowers*

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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby pheonix1123 » Fri May 14, 2010 3:59 am UTC

I'm not that familiar with Daft Punk (heard of them, haven't listened to much) - but... any Poe reference is a good Poe reference, in my book. Awesome.


Also, I love the art style here - it works really well. Is that Lenore I spy on the wall?

ps. Just noticed the Fall of the House of Usher ref in the undertext... sweet!
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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby Anndraya » Fri May 14, 2010 4:01 am UTC

I get an A Softer World vibe from this. Love it!

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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby The_Dean_Man » Fri May 14, 2010 4:02 am UTC

Haha, I love it! I love Poe, and have listened to Daft Punk for a while.

Plus, the shading :D

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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby Reutan » Fri May 14, 2010 4:02 am UTC

Nice. I had Da Funk/Daftendirekt start playing in my head and shortly after on iTunes because of this.

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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby thomaspalmer » Fri May 14, 2010 4:02 am UTC

Awesome reference! I remember reading The Tell-Tale Heart in highschool. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Tell-Tale_Heart

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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby ex-kgb » Fri May 14, 2010 4:03 am UTC

Nice cross-hatching.

Daft Punk is great! About time they get an xkcd reference.

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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby Raptor Jesus » Fri May 14, 2010 4:03 am UTC

Gotta love Poe.

Edit: Heres the best example of the UNN-TSS, UNN-TSS, UNN-TSS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0HSD_i2 ... re=related

Another Edit: It's all equally great, expecially the Fall of the House of Usher reference.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fall_of_the_house_of_usher

Final edit: Epic YTMND

http://unntssunntssunntss.ytmnd.com/
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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby TheBlackCat » Fri May 14, 2010 4:05 am UTC

And here I thought the 7 years of English literature I had shoved down my throat would never come in handy.

This is one of those ones where I think the Title text wins over the comic. I am particularly vulnerable to puns, though.

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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby mszegedy » Fri May 14, 2010 4:06 am UTC

Raptor Jesus wrote:Gotta love Poe.


Same. I'm not good at pop culture, but I could recognize a Poe reference ANYWHERE. I feel so proud for getting the joke.

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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby Dream Felix » Fri May 14, 2010 4:08 am UTC

How artsy! Not the most pun-filled or laugh-out-loud funny comic ever, but man does it look good.

Go Daft Punk!

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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby Omegaton » Fri May 14, 2010 4:30 am UTC

I think the pen Randall used deserves a good long break after this. Nice!

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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby ysth » Fri May 14, 2010 4:33 am UTC

Color me confused...the Fall of the House of Usher is part of Tales of Mystery and Imagination...by the Alan Parsons Project. No Roderick or Daft Punk involved at all.
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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby Eternal Density » Fri May 14, 2010 4:38 am UTC

In my considered opinion,

wuh??
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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby Zhatt » Fri May 14, 2010 4:39 am UTC

Ever since I murdered Daft Punk...


I just stared at this frame two two minutes feeling very sad. :(

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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby Sprocket » Fri May 14, 2010 4:42 am UTC

Then, MGMT!

TheBlackCat wrote:And here I thought the 7 years of English literature I had shoved down my throat would never come in handy.

This is one of those ones where I think the Title text wins over the comic. I am particularly vulnerable to puns, though.
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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby Don't Panic » Fri May 14, 2010 4:49 am UTC

Beautiful artwork. I wonder if the paintings and statue are of a long lost Lenore, or Daft Punk costumes...

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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby Werewolf » Fri May 14, 2010 4:51 am UTC

Edgar would be proud.

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Postby jspenguin » Fri May 14, 2010 4:52 am UTC

Just last night, I was looking on Youtube for Mozart's Rondo Alla Turca (Turkish Rondo), and was surprised at how many techno remixes there are of classical songs.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbbAcbNjlxk
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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby Steve the Pocket » Fri May 14, 2010 4:54 am UTC

It's days like this that I remember why I love this comic. He's been more or less on a roll lately. Floor, Cemetery, and now this.
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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby Meloncov » Fri May 14, 2010 4:58 am UTC

For those who don't know, the visual style of the comic is referencing the animated short adaptation of The Tell Tale Heart:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4s9V8aQu4c

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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby faunablues » Fri May 14, 2010 4:58 am UTC

I love this. The stick man, the way the room stretches from panel to panel, the death of Daft Punk...

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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby frogman » Fri May 14, 2010 5:06 am UTC

This is the first comic in a while that's made me laugh out loud. Excellent work Randall :)
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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby Galgarith » Fri May 14, 2010 5:19 am UTC

Okay, I've been lurking xkcd for over a year, but finally registered today to say Get out of my head, Randall! See, I haven't listened to Daft Punk for ages, but I just started listening to them again today.

And the art is nice in this comic.

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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby StClair » Fri May 14, 2010 5:19 am UTC

So did everyone spot the bust of Pallas above the chamber door?

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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby sardia » Fri May 14, 2010 5:20 am UTC

10nitro wrote:Screw you. You only beet me because I was addling a link and a comment, per the rules, and you didn't.

Anyway, I didn't think it was that funny, but I liked the art.

I didn't see any rules about needing a link, but I added it in. Did that increase your happiness?

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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby sugarhyped » Fri May 14, 2010 5:24 am UTC

I got the references so yay... no cheese burns though.
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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby InflatableSoulmate » Fri May 14, 2010 5:30 am UTC

Not that there is anything wrong with house music (in concept, anyway), I always liked goa, breaks, and drum & bass a lot more. I do like daft punk, but any time I get a chance to revel in a joke on house music, I will take it! I laughed so hard!

If you have ever seen a DJ perform live, then it's hard not to be impressed (assuming the DJ is any good at all). House DJs tend to fall into the 'just beat matchers' category fairly often, which is not what being a real electronica DJ is all about. Trance tends to suffer from the same proliferation of newb DJs. Breakbeats are a little bit harder to follow, so if someone is a good breaks DJ, they have really put some effort into honing their craft. The same is true for drum & bass, where instead of following the bass hits, you are pressed more to follow the high hats and other beat signals.

Of course, you can't blame the style of music for the number of people who just aren't cut out for what they are trying to do. People like Paul Oakenfold are so skilled that anything they spin is interesting and fresh, regardless of how boring the 'boom-tss, boom-tss' beat is. Also, newb DJs tend to fail even more miserably when they try to take on the more complicated beat patterns of genres other than house and trance before they have had the chance to really get a feel for the music, so when they do mess up, it's a much bigger let-down.

I have been listening to a little more house lately than I used to thanks to a guy in my gaming clan who is a house DJ. He is very skilled at picking the right music to start with, and has incredible talent for really making the mixes his own. I just wish the DJ wannabes hadn't brought the genre down.

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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby Gerino » Fri May 14, 2010 5:31 am UTC

I really want that in highest resolution possible - print & frame in plain black frames. Oh, so much awesomeness.

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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby L33tsaber » Fri May 14, 2010 5:33 am UTC

I must be slipping - it actually took me a while to get the alt-text. Had a good chortle when I figured it out, though.

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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby Werewolf » Fri May 14, 2010 5:40 am UTC

Eternal Density wrote:In my considered opinion,

wuh??

Edgar Allan Poe wrote a story about a man (not a madman of course) that murdered another man and hid his body under the floor boards. The police came over, but he plays it cool and they don't suspect a thing. But they keep hanging around, and the murderer fancies he can hear the dead man's hear still beating under the floor. It agitates him to the point where he screams for the officers to hear that he did the deed. I don't do it justice with my meagre and brief explanation. You gotta read it.

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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby nanotech » Fri May 14, 2010 5:41 am UTC

"Daft Punk's Decaying In My House... My House"

(with apologies to LCD Soundsystem, though really they should be apologizing to us for creating such a terrible song)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cj8JrQ9w5jY

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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby Knaves » Fri May 14, 2010 6:04 am UTC

'unn-tss, unn-tss, unn-tss' - isn't that the name of a Bloodhound Gang song?

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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby DVC » Fri May 14, 2010 6:23 am UTC

Techno music? Is Randall attempting to appeal to a broader audience. If so, this could be a comic heard around the world, around, around the world...

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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby fencing_elf » Fri May 14, 2010 6:31 am UTC

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Postby TunezNZ » Fri May 14, 2010 6:32 am UTC

Knaves wrote:'unn-tss, unn-tss, unn-tss' - isn't that the name of a Bloodhound Gang song?

Yes I was going to mention that. Was there something that I missed or was there a slight slip up?
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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby demadaha » Fri May 14, 2010 6:32 am UTC

Everyone in this thread seems to be a fan of Poe; I'm starting to get the impression that I'm the only one who feels like she was just a copy of Tinky-Winky.
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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby Felona » Fri May 14, 2010 6:40 am UTC

ysth wrote:Color me confused...the Fall of the House of Usher is part of Tales of Mystery and Imagination...by the Alan Parsons Project. No Roderick or Daft Punk involved at all.



You're a troll, right? You must be. In the highly unlikely chance you are not a troll I will inform you that Roderick Usher is one of the main characters in Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher," which I daresay predates any album by the Alan Parsons Project by over a hundred years.

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Raptor Jesus wrote:Gotta love Poe.


Same. I'm not good at pop culture, but I could recognize a Poe reference ANYWHERE. I feel so proud for getting the joke.


It wasn't exactly subtle nor is one of Edgar Allan Poe's most famous works particularly obscure, but congrats if you are proud for catching the joke.


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