Tuesday, December 22, 2009
I have gone through a few cheap watches, so I decided to get a decent one. After some thorough research I found one, but first here is some of the research. Most are utterly unobtainable. Click to enlarge:
I ended up getting a watch by the Swiss company Wenger (the maker of the original Swiss army knife). The main reason being that It was a great deal. The rrp was US$350 and I got it for AU$150 delivered (AU$45 of that being shipping). It's a decent, reliable Swiss chrono. I was wanting something more chunky but I also wanted something formal, so this would be my formal watch. Here is a pic:
On to the inspiration
Here is a great creative collab between designer Fluorescent Hill, rapper Cool Keith and Tom Waits.
I work on a lot of electronic music. This brilliant documentary explained a lot about where it all came from and why I like it so much.
Who needs religion, when you have balls
This bit of community art for Christmas has had a good effect on everyone. It's simple and moving.
Last but not least, some MIND BENDING music from the beloved 'Rodrigo y Gabriela'. They take a track or so to warm up, but by about 4:30 they are on another planet. Really groovy.
..well about 37 degrees at the moment.
Yes it's an Aussie Christmas.
Cheers to all.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Sunday, September 06, 2009
I have been working as the audi tech specialist at a music store for a few months now. I get the latest info about new instruments. Korg has been bringing out some very successful bits of gear. Here is one of the first pieces of kit to come out that I truly lust after. This will sell like hot cakes, if I have anything to do with it. Cloud Kollektiv keyboard player David Scharpf needs one:
Sunday, August 23, 2009
When I was a kid, I heard this track and it changed everything. The only station at the time was 96FM (rock/pop) and RTR community radio didn't reach Fremantle where I grew up. I don't know where I got it, but I managed to get a copy on cassette and it started my passion for deep electronic music. It was a new perspective.
Seriously now, pizzas and moustaches. Whatsup wid dat, huh!
Thursday, July 23, 2009
..and here is a contemplative space
Now for something Mesmerizingly stupid (and cool)
Here is a human thunder storm. Simple and so effective.
But nothing beats THIS
I dare you to look away within 5 minutes.
It just doesn't stop.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Recently I mastered a brilliant album by Steve Richter and Josh Hogan under the group name of 'Taal Naan'. We went through several generations of production the get the sound right. It was exploration of dynamics, space and frequencies. Basically we were finding a sound for the album. I did a bit of research to get my head around these complex percussion based pieces. I remember watching a deaf marimba and vibes player on Letterman one evening. It blew my mind, so I tracked down some of her work (gotta love the net). Then I found this great talk on TED:
Here is something deep and meaningless, or maybe not. It's a collaboration by Walt Disney and Slavador Dali that has just been completed based on their initial work, storyboards and sketches.
To end on a more sophisicated note. I must point out that all men are completely sane (including myself of course). Sorry, but I had problems embedding it.
I know, purile, cheap, but giggliscious! (yes, I said it)
(I mean d. of course)
Monday, June 08, 2009
For starters as promised HERE is a new track from my group Cloud Kollektiv featuring Samanta Ray on vocals, Paul Hines on guitar and I did all the rest.
I am currently getting a string section together for a live performance with the Visible Dance company (that I am musical director of). The line-up is Smitch on harp, Brian Kruger and Jessica Yeh on Violins and Tristen Par on cello. This will be an adventure. I promise to do a regular gig (sans dance company) with these guys and more of the Cloud Kollektiv. The show is in September.
Some serious Cyber Punk action in this movie preview. Some of these independent productions are getting to an an amazing standard. The sound is great too.
Finishing off I will continue my series of beatbox fixations, here is the current UK beatbox masters live at the Googleplex in London. A great show, really bloody entertaining. By the end you will be laughing up a storm. Brillant!
Cheers all. TT
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
There is a heap of new music sites around these days. For the listener it's great, for the new musician it's fantastic (free distro) but for the record label it's hell. The times they are a changin'.
Here is an ingenious new site, 'WeAreHunted'. They analyse what's being talked about on forums, DIGG, Google and the internet in general, then create a top 9. The tracks are really interesting. This is not your old top 10, this is the now 9. It changes daily. Click the pic for the site.
I have been mixing quite a lot bands doing electro disco with an 80's vibe lately (notably SheSelexx, Brash & Sassy and Digital Dolls). Here is a video of electro at it's best, an uplifting new tracks from Royksopp and Robyn live from Norwegian TV. Ride that disco pony Robyn! That's some bloody good pop.
Since finishing at the record store I have been searching out new tunes and finding them. There are billions of brilliant DJ mixes online. My fav site is alldj.org Honestly the good stuff is online, go get it.
I'll post some of my mixed tracks soon, I just have to finish about 20 of them first then I'll do a little dj mix of them.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
I have been changing it up recently. I moved from my long time indulgent job at Urban Records to an even more indulgent job at Billy Hyde Music as their resident audio tech guru (more of a disciple at the moment). So I used to sell music, now I sell tools for making it.
David Scharpf and I have continued to write even though he is in Vienna touring with a big funk band. Aint' the Internet grand. We have a heavy metal remix and a doco soundtrack on the go, as well as an experimental tracks with Violinist Jessica Yeh.
Some sites I have been into lately:
This is my favourite podcast. I set my Nokia E71 phone to download it automatically once a week. It's a bunch of professional electronic musicians and producers talking shit. It's supposed to be music industry and tech news but sometimes they talk about stage outfits, having children, touring, drug binges... It's recorded in England but includes guys from Germany and the US also.
If your into magazines check out.
If your into fascinating talks on everything, this is a great place to hang out. Some of the talk go for over an hour. There are so many great talks from: scientists, poets, musicians, rock musicians, Buddhist monks, sociologists...
Maybe it's the competition, but strangely Microsoft has been innovating lately. Their mad about interactive digital environments. This vision of the future is pretty cool. I have to admit to having a bit of a fetish for nice graphical user interfaces (GUIofile?)
This is the house I would like to live in (as long as it's not too hot). I love the raw rusted steel, it looks great. From this great architecture and design site:
I bumped into this the other day. It has to be one of the greatest Ali G interviews. The man is a genius and I have to give a bit of vibe to Posh Spice, she's a bit cute in this.
For people who think sampling isn't music, you have to listen to this. Kutiman has taken the art of mashup to a new level. This is a track made of clips off YouTube. Make sure you hear the end it's surprising and quite moving.
Last but not least. This guy really PLAYS the piano. I love it. It's more about cathartic expression than actual notes. He is playing with sound and texture not just complex notes. Like a modern Sun Ra but brilliant instead of novelty. I'm intrigued to hear Cloud Kollektiv keys players David Scharpf and Brian Kruger's opinions on this one.
I'll post some of my new mixes next.