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BPM 2010, Pt 2

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

As promised, some more pictures for you

The DJ at American Audio. Curiously, wearing a Union Jack jacket, Either doing his thing for Anglo American relations or at the wrong fancy dress party......................

Parm Panesar (at Denon, obviously). This bloke has stamina - he seemed to be on the decks from the moment I got into the place 'til I left - quite a long set...

A couple of So Solid freestyling, ahead of their set at the BPM Arena

A couple of So Solid freestyling, ahead of their set at the BPM Arena

I have got some video, but have had a few issues getting it up here, but have found a better quality version of some of what happened at Reloop,  made by the guys themselves:

Also found footage of the NI Traktor S4 controller (Mmmm……)

Anyway, I sat in on Tony Andrew’s ‘The Importance of Quality Audio’ talk (Thanks for the heads up on that one, Looby).

Tony Andrews seminar at BPM 2010

Tony Andrews seminar at BPM 2010. A man with a passionate belief & has made me look again at how I record my work.

Whilst not the most dynamic of presentations, he is clearly a man passionate about his subject, making genuine, salient points about quality audio in the digital domain.
Initially, the start of the talk was somewhat ‘esoteric’ (at one point I though I was going to get my head shaved & get married off to a pineapple), but once past that the essential thrust of the seminar was of importance to anyone caring about what they listen to & that is:

  • We are so used to consuming everything for the sake of convenience, particularly regarding music that quality is trailing a VERY poor second.
  • We spend more time choosing our digital music players than the quality of the content that goes on them.
  • This is having a trickle-down effect on every aspect of music (radio, live work, recording, etc).
  • Compressed audio formats (such as mp3), were designed to suit the needs of an much older Internet (lower bandwith, slower PCs) & lower spec machines with considerably less storage than that  now available.
  • While computers & the internet has evolved, many of these formats haven’t & are constrained by the limitations they had in the inception.
    (he summed it up nicely – do I want 10,000 lower quality mp3s on my Ipod or 1000 good quality ones?)

In my day job (I work in education) – we have a generation who already are unfamiliar with CDs, & in many case, you put on a CD quality track, they can’t cope because there’s too much audio information.

Didn’t get to see the DJ Mag tech Awards this year, but did get to run into DJ Mag’s Tech Editor,Mick Wilson – surprisingly, he remembered me from last time (odd that, as no restraining orders were involved. Maybe it’s a sign of my continued growth as a human being).

Attended ‘Produce>Promote..’ panel

Produce' promote... Q&A session with (from left): Mark Jones Guenter Loibl, Sally McKlintock & Rebecca Saforia)

with Mark Jones (Co-founder of BPM), Guenter Liobl, CEO of Rebeat, Sally McClintock of DMC, Rebecca Saforia (Trance DJ & composer of this year’s (first) BPM Anthem).
Interesting & informative. Got passed over in the Q&A (maybe try to be more assertive), but did get a chance to chat afterwards with Mark (nice man, suitably adult hair), Rebecca (warm & chatty).

The main points they seemed to put across were:

  • Think globally (always remember the home market, but the Net give you a potential audience of billions)
  • Don’t give up – persistence & patience pay off.  (That said, if something isn’t working, leave it, try another track, avenue or tactic).
  • Network, network, network – not just using the Internet. Actually going up to people & talking to them can open up opportunities.

I got to speak to Guenter later on. I’m not sure if he understood what I was trying to say (that said, I know I’m often given to rather long, rambling dialogues, so it’s understandable), To his credit, he was patient, & encouraging. A gentleman by any other name.

Dodgy celeb lookalike alert – ‘Ulrika Jonsson’ (or some rather low-rent approximation) wandering through the BPM Arena during the prize draws. Which I didn’t win. Again. Roll on next year…………………………………..