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Saturday, 26 March 2011

Quins Video

Got bored and thought I'd rip some low-quality footage from my premiershiprugby.tv membership and make a quick video of some Harlequins tries to try and rally their grumpy fans. Just a sprinkling of tries from the Premiership thus far, in the order they happened. I'll probably make another couple of videos for the rest of the season as soon as I can be bothered!

Music is 'Titanic Vandalism' by The Go! Team

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Shaking the Wax 22/03/11

Thought I might as well introduce a random regular feature. It'll be a list of 10 tracks that I'm currently listening to. Where possible, I'll attach youtube links. Simple as that.


1 - Siriusmo - High Together (Album Version)
2 - Radiohead - Cuttooth
3 - Gnarls Barkley - Who's Gonna Save My Soul (Live @ Abbey Road)
4 - My Morning Jacket - Wordless Chorus
5 - Curtis Mayfield - We're a Winner
6 - The Cinematic Orchestra - Horizon (ft. Niara Scarlett)
7 - Avril - Urban Serenade
8 - Air - Eat My Beat
9 - Supergrass - Run
10 - Monarchy - I Won't Let Go 

My Morning Jacket

I will be forever grateful to 'American Dad' for introducing me to 'My Morning Jacket.' A stand-up rock band with an abundance of great songs, complete with catchy hooks and a shameless raw intensity that a lot of today's up-tight moody bands don't possess.



*** Coming Soon ***  -  Review of Siriusmo's new album 'Mosaik' + I'm looking forward to getting my hands on the new LateNightTales offering from Midlake on the 25th of March

Friday, 18 March 2011

As Magnificent as it is Terrifying

Was listening to the Tron soundtrack again this evening and started messing around in Ableton. Whipped this baby up in 2 hours, so chuffed that I thought I'd post the bugger up, even though it's not quite finished.
I'll conjure up some artwork soon

Shut yer eyes and imagine a wide shot of a barren wasteland where a city has just been destroyed. People are searching round the smouldering rubble, desperately hoping to find surviving family members. The camera is slowly moving about these hopeless people. The camera then slowly moves upwards and approaches a ridge and as it slowly moves over this ridge it reveals a towering structure that's clearly responsible for the devastation. It is as magnificent as it is terrifying.

As Magnificent as it is Terrifying by Mousey Brown

Monsters OST

Firstly I need to start by saying that 'Monsters' is a cracker of a film, and it shouldn't be pigeon-holed as a District 9 bandwagon-hopper. It isn't an all out CGI-Aliens-in-yer-face-fest, it's about the poignant evolution of a relationship between two people, with the "monsters" serving as a backdrop.
I won't mention that it was written, shot and directed by one man, Gareth Edwards - who also did all the special effects himself, that it only cost £500,000 to make and only starred two actual actors with Edwards getting astounding ad-libbed performances from on-site locals. Oops. Aaanyhow go and check it out, definitely one of my favourite films of 2010.

Jon Hopkins' ethereal soundtrack is the perfect accompaniment to 'Monsters,' and having seen the film it puts you right back in there when you listen to it. Much in the same way that the Lost In Translation soundtrack reminds you of how you felt when you watched it as well as conjuring up that unforgettable image of a neon Japan at night.



Click on 'Read more' to hear more

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Art Lebedev sees the future

The forward thinking guys at Art Lebedev have offered us a glimpse of what I think is a highly probable future reality - they call it the Flashkus. Click here to see it! The idea is that usb flash drives will become so cheap and plentiful that they'll be made from cardboard and sold in batches (all electronics will be miniaturised and contained in the tip of the device). You can then tear off a usb stick, fill it with photos from your trip to Shanghai, label the drive accordingly with pen/pencil and give it to yer mate. Mark my words we'll be seeing something like this very soon.



Their website is well worth a look, it's stocked full of ideas as well as actual products they've produced. Some are a little barmy but some are just brilliant.

Monday, 14 March 2011

Lighting up @ 1052fps

Lots of Phantom Camera videos have been doing the rounds these last few months. At present it seems to be a handful of incredibly rich people indulging in some very high fps experiments (we're talking thousands of fps here!). Can't wait for some nature program directors to get their hands on some of this kit.

Anyhoo, here's a magical video of a lightbulb turning on @ 1052fps


slow burn from frazerchurchill on Vimeo.

Search "Phantom Camera" or "Phantom Flex" to have a look at some of the nutty things people are filming in super slow motion.

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Get British Business Online...and that's it

Hmm, so when I heard from a friend that BT & Google had teamed up to provide .co.uk domains for 2 years for free, I thought that it was a great idea! However, upon registering hotcalamari.co.uk, (which was available - hurrah!) I've spent the last few hours tearing my hair out!

It turns out that this whole thing is a disgusting Google marketing exercise, where they force you to use their absolutely god-awful website design tools. So I have a great-looking website that I have made independently and I can't actually upload it to a domain that I own - FANTASTIC. Their FAQ is literally brimming with people desperately trying to transfer their domain because they've found out exactly the same thing. Call me a cynical old Google-hating bastard, but this has got to be one of the most back-handed attempts at "helping" businesses to get online ever! If it has helped some businesses get online - fab. But don't dress it up like it's a fully-fledged web solution for someone that wants to publish a half-decent website.

Have a glance through some of their "Success Stories" to witness some eye-raping websites that make the internet look as if it was created yesterday.

On the bright-side, it's the cheapest way to park a domain for 2 years, thanks Google! Now all I've got to do is find a nice cheap host and make the transfer.

Sunday, 6 March 2011

Excellent!

Never has that chorus been sung with such enthusiasm!

Friday, 4 March 2011

The Found Sound Orchestra!

Digging through old internet favourites as one does, when I came across the now-abandoned team9 website. These guys thoroughly fulfilled my bootleg and remix fetish throughout most of my late teens - click on Read More for a couple of samples.

Aaanyhow, I heard about 'The Found Sound Orchestra' through team9, who are firm advocates of this excellent lil' outfit.



TFSO are true sonic scavengers, taking samples from absolutely bloody anywhere and then meticulously crafting them into entirely new and imaginative compositions.

I think I like them because their songs sound great and (in my very sporadic spare time) i suppose that i'm trying to do something similar. However the main difference is that their work rate is through the roof! Especially as I have only just found out about their most recent 2011 project - 52 Weeks, where they are creating a new tune every week!

Check these guys out and give them some well-deserved support. I must confess that I haven't listened to any of their new songs yet but you can bet your Nan's nipples that I'll be raving about any good ones!

As they modestly say "Hopefully by the end of the year those that have stuck with it will have enough decent songs to make a nice 10 or 12 track album."


Thursday, 3 March 2011

Nine Inch Nails splurrge

With Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross snatching up Oscars recently I decided to have a peak at what Nine Inch Nails are up to these days. Reznor is truly not one to disappoint fans and so he regularly updates the NIN website with photos, pictures and general updates regarding his latest projects.

Relatively recently he's posted up some awesome videos from NIN's farewell tour; including a mind-blowing performance of the epic 'Just Like You Imagined' with special guest piano-extroadinaire Mike Garcon.



As you can imagine this only encouraged me to dig up some choice Nine Inch Nails live videos to wack up on the blog.

Click Read More to check 'em out.


Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Baboons, Gods & Breasts



Sorting through my old hard drive and came across some photos from my old Samsung D900 which I had in 2006-07. Found some pictures of the Santa's Ghetto installation on Oxford Street and came across a ruddy cool picture of this Baboon about the gnaw down on some bosoms!

After some rather intense googling I discovered that it's by a guy called Kelsey Brookes and it's called 'Baboons, Gods & Breasts.' After a bit more digging I found this fantastic website that does regular features on current artists etc. called Fecal Face Dot Com. What a name!

So anyway it turns out they've done this awesome feature on Brookes where he walks them through the creative process of 'Baboons, Gods & Breasts' - Check it out here.