Archive for September, 2011

BPM – BACK!!

Friday, September 30th, 2011

BPM, the DJ Expo at Birmingham’s NEC is back again. I’m especially excited, as The Wife has let me go on the Saturday when the guest DJ is none other than Grand Master Flash himself – YEEEEEEEEEEES!!!!!

Have been working on a surprise for The Wife for Sunday (various reasons – won’t divulge here).

Will let you know how BPM goes down – if you don’t here from me, chances are I made a right mess of Sunday………………

Business as usual………….

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

I read an interesting article on the recent change in copyright laws in the US & UK. The term of copyright ownership in sound recordings & (presumably) performance royalties was extended from 50 yrs to 70, much to the relief of the record industry.

The original article, by Bob Stanley of the Guardian, can be found here

The article makes very powerful points we should be aware of.

Too many people talk nonsense on both sides of the debate (though this is true for any subject where there is strong opinion).

 

I don’t condone illegal downloading, but I can understand why some individuals find it  difficult to understand the increasingly specious claims by record companies regarding pricing, especially as the UK is hit with some of the highest retail prices for music & media.

In the old days, the argument was there were costs associated with the manufacture,shipping, storage & stocking of a physical product. Today, people are paying the same price for a CD, when they essentially see it as a file on a server. Okay, servers don’t maintain themselves, but they ask the question, with the large-scale physical supply chain largely out of the equation, why am I still paying over the odds, especially for a format whose quality is less than that of the CD which it supposed to replace?

The other side, which people don’t appreciate is that these guys are running a business – they need to make money. Particularly in the case of the majors, they’re not doing it for love, they’re supplying a need.

The article appears to make the point that the new changes only makes a significant difference to the large companies with significant back catalogues & cash cows (The Beatles, Mickey Mouse, etc).

That said, apparently the ruling cannot be applied retrospectively, so any recordings that say, the Beatles made before the extension came into force won’t suddenly jump back into copyright.

 

On the one hand I appreciate these guys need to protect their business interests – that’s just good business. I for one have never had a problem with anyone making a few honest) quid.

What I do DO find hard to take is the lack of transparency in some of the arguments.

 

Many artists & great hits even up to the 80’s haven’t been financially beneficial to some artists, essentially screwed out of royalties due to sharp practices & dodgy contracts. Even those who haven’t had massive chart-toppers may still have benefited from the steady (additional) revenue stream from their recordings or back-catalogue.

Someone even worked out that approximately 80% of this cash goes straight to the record company (though I’m not sure if that’s before or after deductions).

 

Technology & the internet has shifted the terrain significantly, but it’s not exactly the sea-change some had expected. So until there’s a major, seismic shift, it’ll be business as usual.

This is It, Y’All…………

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Back from the depths of thought & introspection, it’s time to party:

This has been kicking around for a while, but never fully realised, knackered decks, cash shortfalls have left this as a minor side venture.

Now, things have been looking up a bit, I decided to ‘bloody well get on with it’ & put this mix down. Am a little behind (but not by much), but hopefully it’s a good listening experience for you guys.

Hadron Shadow

Friday, September 16th, 2011

I’ve done something a little differtent for my new ‘Cast.

Rather than a mix, it’s just 1 track which is rather special to me:

About a year ago, before I heard of Mixcloud, but was aware of the ‘parent’ site, Soundcloud. They were running a competition in association with Novation & Mau5trap records. This was my entry for the contest on Soundcloud.

All the samples are taken from the competiton multi track stems of ‘NYCE’ by Moguai, except the keyboard ‘lead’ .

Originally, I was trying to get a high-octane house style workout. the trouble was, it just wasn’t working. Frustated I walked away from it. the change really was as good as a rest.

The resulting brainwave took the project in a completely different turn.

I ended up creating a more soundscaped piece, inspired in part from the incidental score of  the Oscar-winning film ‘Monster’s Ball’. The result bears very little relation to the original.

This was a unique project in that it was the first time, ironically, I was working on my own, not collaborating.

Why is this odd?

Considering how long I’ve been at this some may say I should’ve done this earlier.

I think that away from time, financial constraints, & personal reasons I’ve been a bit intimidated or even used my abilties as a DJ to ‘hide’ from the possible risk & ridicule of failure. Working with others means you get to defer some decisions, etc. Some people in my life have, in the past  possibly exploited this to their own ends, not with regard to music but in other aspects of my life.

Producing this was like re-taking my exams – doing something not just for a result, but whatever the outcome, I did it on my own terms, taking responsibility, taking back my life. I still used an psuedonym ‘Hadron Shadow’, which I now use when experimenting with stuff

I didn’t win (obviously), but I think I ended up with a far greater reward:

My Work

My Vision

My Way

Hola Formentera!!

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Had a great break (yes I said before) & it’s inspired me with another collection.

A change is as good as a rest, & I thing I got both (sort of).

Formentera is really picturesque & our recent holiday helped drive this out of my brain onto Mixcloud….

Hope you like it..

 

 

I also recently reached the halfway point in my (ludicrous) challenge.

 

This is the mix that did it.

 

I hoped to do something special, but thing have been so hectic I didn’t get round to it.

Still enjoy the second half my original ‘Dungeon Tapes’ session: