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MY THIRD EYE – The Black Penguins

“MY THIRD EYE” by The Black Penguins

Take a journey into the consciousness of it’s creator eric “eroctech” toledo the mastermind behind ‪The Black Penguins‬. Each song is linked to a time, place, or emotion in his life.

MY THIRD EYE is a psychedelic, experimental electronic album with some guitars, laced with flash backs from ‪The Dude‬.

*Lots of goodies included for those who download the whole album!


Credits

eric “eroctech” toledo
guitars, keys, programing, recording, and mixing using ableton live & pro tools

“Nopales (Mix 2)”
remix of the single “Nopales”

“Animal (Ghosts of San Francisco)”
remix from “Mark it Zero
al carter – drums
david emmert – bass

“Whales & Salt”
live stereo demo recording
sf anonymous – drums

“Canelo”
canlelo – paws on wood floor

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Review

Out of all the shadowy outfits prowling in the fast flickering eye of the electronic storm and psychedelic lo-fi manifesting across CA, some are as obscure and as overlooked as [ The Black Penguins ]. The confounding maker Eric Toledo, has released several titles to essentially few basic recognition or critical acclaim in the last half decade. A sad event so to say, for “MY THIRD EYE” the most recent in a chain of release, is so solid and so different in comparison to [ The Black Penguins ] previous titles that it’s almost impossible to believe they all emerged from the mind of one shrouded outfit. But make no mistake as every album since the first, “Mark it Zero” when [ The Black Penguins ] had a drummer & bass player, Eric’s music were built mainly with the use of electronic beats and keys while flirting around various elements to create electronic pieces. And while majority of Eric’s albums are shape around electronic output [ The Black Penguins ] also swift outside its comfort zone integrating few guitar based songs with electronic drums. The album “Moods” has no guitars at all while all the “Mixtape” albums are heavy on the electronic side. “MY THIRD EYE” on the other end is the culmination of [ The Black Penguins ] electronic work. It’s probably one of the most cohesive results to date.

by The Siren Sound

MY THIRD EYE - Back Cover - The Black Penguins

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Raspberry Pi 2 (Model B) NEW

The NEW Raspberry Pi 2 (Model B) is on sale now for $35 with specs stated to be “6x the performance” then the previous Model B, depending on your usage of course. I am intrigued.

I have never used one myself only read about them and seen some YouTube videos, but I want one. Not sure what I’d need it for I just want to try one out. For $35 + plus needed additional components, most of which I have, what’s the harm in trying?

One thing occurred to me when thinking about price vs computing power. Disclaimer: This is not a direct 1-to-1 comparison of course the Raspberry Pi 2 is not a power machine but you’ll get my point.

It’s sad and aggravating how overpriced my iPhone 6 is. And I got the 64GB version so it’s worse. You could insert most phones and this comparison would apply.

Raspberry Pi 2 (Model B)

  • 900MHz, Quad Core
  • ARM Cortex-A7
  • 1 GB Ram @ 400 MHz
  • Micro-SD 32GB max (not included)
    • Expandable via 4x USB 2.0
  • $35

Apple iPhone 6

  • 1400 MHz, Dual Core, 64-bit
  • Apple A8 (aka Samsung)
  • 1 GB Ram
  • Internal 16GB
  • $649 (MSRP)/$199 on contract

Now I know this is not an equal comparison, they are not the same form factor etc., but let’s just talk about pure computing power for my money. Even if you factor in the cost of peripheral devices needed to run Raspberry Pi 2 you are still saving hundreds of dollars. The Raspberry Pi 2 wins hands down. The RAM and Storage alone are ridiculous! Apple charges such a premium for RAM and Storage it’s criminal in my book. Sure it’s not the same exact type of RAM but it’s pretty close. For what both of them can do the difference in cost is huge.

I’m pretty convinced I want to buy a Raspberry Pi 2 and have some fun.