Posts Tagged ‘80’s’

Here Is A Bullettin……….

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Here’s the second half of my archive mix tape:

I love being able to go back & look at this stuff.

Style Wars: The Anniversary

Friday, November 11th, 2011

Those of a certain age into hip hop will remember the seminal documentary ‘Style Wars’.

Whilst its primary focus was on the world of Grafitti/ Spray can artists or ‘writers’, it also featured some segment on the b-boys. Those of us hungry for more of the newly-emerging urban subculture seized it, watched it again & again, digesting every frame & factiod. despite having been shot on a budget smaller than a gnat’s hiccup, it is in my opinion, an important part of hip hop history as well as an incredible piece of social documentation.

It’s also one of the few attempts to directly observe, rather than simply cash in on hip hop or youth culture. It’s not perfect & some may question its objectivity but considering the social & political climate in which it was made, it’s incredible it got made at all.

Pitchfork media have done an article about how it came to be made, going back to the artists, film makers, in advance of its 25th anniversary.

You can find the article here.

You can also go to the Style Wars website & see the outtakes.

Here’s an example, with Henry Chalfont discussing the film & the current restoration project:

Anyone who is into hip hop most likely owes a lot to this important piece of film-making. Apparently they need donations to help restore over 30 hours of footage. If you think you can help, donate, if not, just check the website & show them some support.

Say STET!!

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Just put up a mix today from the archive (again)

Back when I was a young buck & studio technology was beyond the reach of us lesser mortals, I played around with the idea of remixing (now they’d be called ‘mashups’ of) several records.

The basic track or half the edits laid down in one take, recorded to a tape machine & then bounced onto a second machine, where the overdubs were then done in a second take. This is one of several I did back then.

Nowadays with the power & affordability of computers & music/audio software, this sort of thing can be done quickly, easily & painlessly.

That said, I think the limitations presented by the set up I had when putting this together helped me make think creatively & hone my skills.

I like it anyway…………………….

Let’s Take it Back To Tha Old Skooooool!!!!

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Oh. My. Gosh.

Found this on Mixcloud – some PROPER old hip-hop/rap: genuine early 80’s stuff, by hiphopproject:
Cosm Roks based the idea of mixing tracks centering around his year of birth (1983).

For old, (semi arthritic) ex-b-boys & girls, this is a true step back in time.

Prepare to get all misty-eyed…..