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Mixes of music for a winters night in or out.

I’ve been sent a couple of cool mixes recently. One is from Rushup/Yardcore resident Codeshift bringing a dark organic dubstep vibe to your night.

Change of tone to the techno massive Gas promoter Rory Watts pumps it out high energy style to promote his forthcoming set at Plan B to which he is selling reduced price tickets call him on 07799 402 535. Joining him in the lineup is Deepgroove and Gas partner Scott Ferris.

Power buying

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It’s called the Gabriel Turntable and can be yours for $64,000 pretty eh? For the serious (-ly rich) audiophile only. The arms are even made by the same factory who make Ferrari parts.

Though it’s not the most expensive with this German made Clearaudio Statement turntable which retails at twice the price and I think it is twice as pretty. And I do apologise for using the term ‘pretty’ to describe these feats of engineering but I have a strong feeling I will never be able to test for myself their audio quality, here you are you can see for yourself.

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Pretty isn’t it?

YouTube muting videos with copyrighted music

So it seems that I jumped the gun a bit when I said that the music industry finally ‘gets’ how the digital world works in my DRM post last week. It seems that copyright holders are demanding that Google mutes any video which contains copyrighted music on it.
Some videos which have had the silent treatment include this, this and this.
Users are greeted with a video that has the volume control disabled and a message underneeth the video saying this:

This video contains an audio track that has not been authorised by all copyright holders. The audio has been disabled. More about copyright

Will the music industry ever learn? You may remember the internet phenomenom Rickrolling whereby people would jokingly link to the Rick Astley song ‘Never Gonna Give you Up’, claiming that it was a link relevant to the topic at hand. Not only did the song get viewed 14 million times on YouTube but it hit the mainstream media with the song appearing on shows like Family Guy and getting radio play. As a result, sales of the song rocketed on iTunes, Rick Astley enjoyed a comeback of sorts and he even got nominated for ‘Best Act Ever’ at the MTV Europe Music Awards.

But of course exposure on YouTube only damages music sales, right? :/

AV set from DJ Sampology @ Game On, Australia

Turtabilist DJ Sampology recently performed an AV set at the Game On night in Australia (a video game related art exhibition organised by The Barbican in London). Using the underused video scratching capabilities of Serato SL, he’s managed to create a pretty amazing set that poos all over any VJ work that I’ve attempted in the last couple of years. The set features some fairly tight scratching and a few cheeky retro games clips that bring a tear to my eye. Most interesting is how security cameras have been seamlessly mixed in to give the audience a view of the scratch action on the decks (useful for short people like me who’s only memory of gigs usually is the back of the person standing in front of me).

Glitch Wednesday

I’ve meaning to go down to this night for a while and never had, mainly because it’s a school night. But this week I am going to make myself. Even on a 97p budget. It’s that bad.

This week is about the free as is Glitchnight tomorrow and I hate to say it but it’s credit crunch friendly, makes no difference to me I’m always skint…

Get there early I’ve heard nice things about Bunterhund who are on first.

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NO LIMITS!

Bad news everyone, the government has come up with another idea to add more strain to the entertainment industry. Legislation proposing limiters to be installed in music venues and even possibly from next tax year to require all venues to have these limiters installed when re-applying for their entertainment licenses.

Raise your voice in protest by signing the government petition. Deadline is 26th Jan.

Listen to Shit Mat’s very special protest song.

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RJDJ – ‘digital drug’ application


Created by a group of artists based around Europe RJDJ is a reactive music application for the iPhone. The developers describe it as a ‘digital drug’ because, like a drug, it affects your perception of sound in the world around you. The application itself comes with various ‘scenes’ ranging from an ethereal sound scape that loops and echoes ambient noise to an amen-based drum and bass track controlled by movement of the device.

It really needs to be heard to be understood so thankfully they’ve provided a short explanation of it here.

Reactive music is a really interesting concept and now that devices are getting cheaper and more powerful it’s something that can really be explored by people.
I’d love to implement this in a smoking area for a music night somewhere to space-out the guests (along with a strobe light in the toilet; health and safety keep denying that one for some reason).
Unfortunately the application only works on the iPhone and the 2nd Generation iPod Touch so I haven’t been able to test it myself yet. If any of you guys fancy giving it a go then please let us know about your experiences with it in the comments.
For more videos and information check out the official website.

DRM is officially dead

Earlier this week came the announcement that Apple has finally convinced all of the labels on iTunes to drop DRM protection on their tracks. Back in Feburary 2007 Steve Jobs posted an open letter to the industry explaining that the implementation of DRM was done purely to keep the record labels happy and how he felt that DRM was actually working against the industry as consumers went through great lengths to obtain DRM free music (a lot of the time, through illegal channels such as P2P networks). Now some non-conformists/hippies may hate iTunes because it’s a hugely popular service but this announcement should keep even them happy for a number of reasons, namely:

  • DRM being pushed out the market. Because iTunes is the biggest store out there with some 73 million customers it will now be commercial suicide for a digital music store to launch with DRM (unless they’re an ‘all you can eat’ subscription service like Napster or Nokia’s recently launched Comes with Music service; although these are essentially rental services, different beasts altogether). Expect all digital music stores to be DRM-free from now on.
  • An even playing field. Previously, music bought on iTunes could only be played on an iPod. Apple has essentially set their customers free. They can now use any player on the market that supports the AAC format including Sony’s Walkman and many mobile phones (an infinitely better format for geeky reasons that I’ll spare you from in this post). This also gives a chance for new music stores to open without fear of scaring away potential customers with incompatibility problems.
  • Freedom for the music listener. Ultimately the real winner in this is us, the music listeners. Not only can we shop around on the already DRM-free stores such as Warp Records’ Bleep, eMusic or the ever popular Beatport for underground music, but we now have a massive archive of music now open to us as well. iTunes has over 10 Million tracks (with quite a large collection from smaller independent labels too). The amount of choice available to listeners now is staggering.

Some people have already come out to say that Apple have made a bad move by opening up iTunes, claiming that customers will now move to different services or buy different hardware.

Personally though I think that, in the long term, this is the healthiest thing to happen to the music industry in a long time.
Now, if only Apple would lean on film companies and get them to drop DRM too. Ah well, can’t have everything now can we?
(Apologies for the slightly soap-boxy post. Needed to get it off my chest).

Comic from the brilliantly geeky XKCD.