Nicolas Magand on the internet

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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.

The year 2000, imagined by an illustrator in the year 1899

Terrifying, weird, yet somehow cute and completely nuts. The illustrations by French artist Jean-Marc Côté are very intriguing to say the least. Originally painted for cigar boxes or postcards, the En l'an 2000 pictures were never distributed. The story of these illustrations gets even more interesting when you know that they were only made famous 86 years later when a writer bought the postcards and used the drawings to accompany his words. The name of this writer: Isaac Asimov.

That whale-bus though.