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My name is Nicolas Magand and I live in Paris, France. I work as a social media and engagement editor at the Global Editors Network, a non-profit aimed at promoting innovation and sustainability in the news industry. Here I blog mostly about tech and media, but many other topics can face my enthusiasm.

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The perfect soundtrack for your workday

Last spring, I bought the game The Way for Nintendo Switch, and I absolutely loved it. It was produced as an hommage to 2D platform games like Flashback), and it has the same cinematic, futuristic vibe. As a game, for such a low price (I believe I paid one euro for it), I highly recommend it; but what I liked the most about it was its soundtrack.

Produced by Panu Talus, using all kind of old school Technics, Roland, and Akai machinery, the music of the game is clearly inspired by the 1982 movie Blade Runner. Less emotional than Vangelis' smooth melodies, this soundtrack has become my favourite work companion. You can stream the album for free and buy it here.

The video game industry appears to be mature enough to get the equivalent of the Academy Awards, or does it already exist? I believe Talus should have at least been nominated for best soundtrack.

Have it in French « Je supporte la France, mais la France m’insupporte »

Grégory Pierrot, talking about his French identity, and what it can mean to be French, on Africa is a Country:

France’s history of slavery and colonialism is long and vile, and France has a long record of silencing it. But it lives in these bodies on Russian soccer fields and in those we only catch glimpses of when cameras cut to crowd scenes in those Parisian suburbs most of the players grew up in. And we know in moments like these, on the greatest stage in the world, we can make France look better than it is, we can make it look like it actually delivers on promises it tramples under feet on the daily. No one knows France like we do. No one is France like we are.

Such a great read.

This would go very well with the lyrics of the French singer Bernard Lavillier, when he mentions his city of Saint-Étienne (the city I was born in) – lyrics that always sounded very accurate to me:

On n'est pas d'un pays, mais on est d'une ville — One is not from a country, one is from a city.

Prince detailed discography, as a website

If it is featured in Daniel Benneworth-Gray's newsletter – Meanwhile – you know it is good: Prince Discography Annotated. This is the title of the website, and the exact whole thing. Something I would have loved to have all those years listening passionately to Prince's gigantic collection of songs.

So many anecdotes and gems to discover. My favorite part so far, on his 1989 album – and one of my favourites, Batman:

Prince was a lifelong fan of the comic book character Batman. As a child, the very first song he learned on the piano was the theme song for the late ‘60s television series Batman — an anecdote that Prince would share many times throughout his life, including at the first Piano and a Microphone show he performed at Paisley Park in January 2016. So when the director Tim Burton contacted Prince to ask if he could use two of his singles, 1999 and Baby, I’m a Star, for his new movie, Batman, Prince didn’t just sign off on the idea; within a few weeks he was on set with Burton watching rough cuts of the movie, meeting the stars of the film like Jack Nicholson, and preparing to compose an entire album-length soundtrack to accompany Burton’s work.

If you think you would like to know a bit more about Prince, but you do not know what you would enjoy most, this ressource is a fantastic place to start and browse around.

Two bonus Prince links:

  1. The Roots' Questlove participated in this one-second Prince blindtest, and he was pretty good. I am proud to say that I got them all right too.
  2. Yesterday, May 10th, was the day the Lovesexy album was released 30 years ago, one of his best albums, and the one with arguably the best cover, shot by French photographer Jean-Baptiste Mondino. Here is what Mondino said about his work with Prince, in an interview for Vice i-D:

I did a little drawing during the night, starting from the idea of a nude. In the morning he said, "It's perfect." That same night we chose just one Ekta which I took back to Paris with me. Then I scanned that photo and used the only machine that could retouch in Paris. It was my friend Kiki Picasso who had the demonstration model. Prince took a plane and we all found ourselves in the kitchen, the kids horsing around with his bodyguards. In the end Prince destroyed everything, and he said to me, "I think what you did with the flowers was best." The cover came out and got banned in quite a few States. It's a religious image par excellence.