I've been experimenting with PureData over the last week, and wrote a patch for this week's Disquiet Junto assignment. (The Disquiet Junto "is a collaborative music-making space in which restraints are used as a springboard for creativity. It is produced in association with Disquiet.com". For more information, see http://soundcloud.com/groups/disquiet-junto/info)
The assignment for the Junto this week was as follows:
"This week's project takes the opportunity to focus on the art movement known as Fluxus. We'll use as the starting point a 1955 composition by Yoko Ono. Her work is titled "Lighting Piece" and it consists of a single, simple sentence: "Light a match and watch till it goes out." It is one of a number of pieces that Ono produced as part of Fluxus. For this week's Disquiet Junto project, please interpret her instruction as closely or as loosely as you choose."
Check out this fantastic mix by AWOLGina on Mixcloud - it's great fun and introduced me to several wonderful artists I've never heard of before (contains explicit lyrics):
I noticed that there aren't many good methods for burning DJ mixes to CDs, and that there are many parts of the process that are confusing or difficult. This post will attempt to redress that - however, I only use Linux, Audacity for editing, and K3b for burning CDs - so if you use a different operating system, audio editor or burning program, you will need to adapt the tips and processes mentioned here.
Anyway, this is what I do:
Mirrokill's new album came out earlier this year - and wow! Fantastic songwriting, captivating Discordian acoustic bongo rock music, humour, and energy... There are shades of Julian Cope, Half Man Half Biscuit, David Cronenberg's Wife, New Model Army, and even tiny hints of Comus and 70s acoustic hard-folk-rock. If you like that kind of thing, you will NOT be disappointed.
Any band that has the slogan "Nothing You Pay Money For Can Ever Be Subversive" has got to be alright.
On top of all that - it's FREE! Go and download it RIGHT NOW or you will never forgive yourself:
You should also check out their earlier albums, and their latest, 23 minute long track while you're there.
Hats off to Brazilian DJ King, who "broke the world record by DJing continuously for 120 hours and two minutes" on March 22nd, 2011.
Five days? That's insane. According to this article, he only went to the toilet 3 times, and didn't play any track twice! (According to this other article, his mix was 120 hours and 19 minutes, but I don't think it really matters.)
I can't even imagine listening to the radio continuously for five days with no sleep, in the same room, let alone DJing for all that time.
Also, I'm assuming - although I could be wrong - that it was one continuous mix. In any case, I hope it was recorded - someone should release it as a 120 album box set.
I will be providing musical atmosphere for 'Alice In Workshopland' on Friday, 29th April at Eden Court in Inverness. (It's not a gig as such; the music will not be the focus, but will be part of the overall ambience).
It promises to be a magical two hour trip of creativity into Alice in Wonderland, and is linked to the Scottish Ballet's production of Alice. You don't need to see the ballet to enjoy the workshop, but you should go anyway - it looks wonderful.
The workshop will give you a chane to "express your feelings, your impressions and take the story to another level with your own imagination and art creations". I can't wait to see what will be created!
More details and booking here:
I was put on to this fantastic dancehall mixtape from Natalie Storm by a fellow DJ on Twitter.
Contains LOTS of swearing and FILTHY talk, so:
However, if you like Reggae, Hip-hop, Dancehall, or best of all, all three, then you'll love it.
Ever wonder what the inspiration might have been for Prince's 'Starfish and Coffee' ? The lyrics are pretty strange, even for Prince, and there are several theories around the internet on where they came from and what they're about, but I no longer believe them, even if Prince himself claims they're about some "mentally challenged" girl he knew in school.
You have probably already heard Prince's 'Starfish and Coffee', but if not, you then you should listen to it RIGHT NOW, so that this post can have the impact it needs. (Sadly, Prince and his previous music companies are a bit weird about having of his music available on Youtube or anywhere convenient to link to, but Soulwax did a very decent cover here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lj6DNArKwGE)
Even if you've heard it before, go and listen to it again (either Prince's original or the above link). Pay particular attention to the lyrics and the rhythm and meter of them.
Now, go and listen to this: http://dusttodigital.bandcamp.com/track/song-of-fifty-cents
dyne:bolic is my favourite Linux distribution (along with Ubuntu Studio), and a new version is in the works. It's not only a great operating system and a superb way to learn about Linux, it is also a fanatastic set of multimedia tools, portable enough for the entire operating system - including personal files - to be carried on a USB stick, and has a great independent attitude and spirit.
From the dyne:bolic pledge campaign:
"dyne:bolic is one of the 100% free distributions recommended by the Free Software Foundation, designed to run efficiently on older computers and game consoles, used to broadcast online independent internet radio and tv, providing strong encryption and emphasizing on local storage of data for better privacy.