Menchulica from Spain (Grande Canaria) asked me recently if it would be okay to use one of our sound tracks for a video. The result came back today and I was for once speechless. The video echoes the chilling sparce arrangement of the music but launches the viewer into another dimension of organic symbology and a true visual experience. Great Video Art. Thanks Menchu . . . Bran:)
Tuesday, December 23
Monday, December 22
Here Matt Stevens displays one of his tracks "Burning Bandstands" (@Spratton Folk Festival) from his excellent Album Echo. Combining live echo loops with overlaid live playing opens up a whole new world for Electro-Acoustic Guitar. Please check out MattStevensGuitar.Com to hear more.
Sunday, December 21
Saturday, December 20
The Captain Show sent me this one to look in on and what a corker to end the year with. A great track and a video showing all the Hallmarks of the Captain, madness or genius? You tell me. Check it out if you dare!
Saturday, December 13
The UK's largest Independent Music distribution company
Pinnacle Entertainments last week filed for bankruptcy.
A.I.M. the UK Association of Independent Music, have quickly responded and made legal presentation to limit the damage to the Labels. But Pinnacle represented a large long-term and important player in the UK Supply Chain. So there will undoubtedly be other casualties in the near future.
So although this news might present a bleak short-term picture,
maybe it will be
the marching call
to re-invigorate and re-invent
UK INDEPENDENT Music.
Link to Newspaper Articles:
Independent.Co.UK Music Feature A rough trade gets rougher
Tuesday, December 9
To Subscribers and Readers
So you are appreciated.
No 'Bullshit' and Good Taste
So thanks for reading . . . . .
Sunday, November 30
Just a little update
thank you to all supporting this venture.
We are about to update the site and include more people and further links to other sites. We will inform you prior to going off-line maybe for a day or two. But we will return and hope more people will join us. We do not expect or in fact desire massive jumps in visitors or Members. We are quite content to see things develop steadily knowing that we are able to gradually make changes. And include at each step the latest available ideas from you and from the Web.
"Hits" - although we are not preoccupied with the statistics we have crossed the 100,000 hits during November. And the graph is going up steeply. So we are quite happy that our idea is beginning to take off.
I would also like to thank the following organizations for the Open Source software and other services we have used under license. If we receive any donations we will pass on any profit to support you and will be including links on the site with a . . .
Big Thank You !
Apache Foundation PHP.net Zend.net MAMP Joomla.org Schlu.net RedEvolution Daniel Ecer Duvien.net Juicy Media Ltd Christopher Lukes Jisse Reitsma MoxiecodeSystems AB
also we have to thank :-
Google YouTube Microsoft Apple Yahoo Ask InternetSeer SiteProNews Blogger Feedburner
Many people use the Intenet and forget that it is a massive collaborative effort to enable it all to work and function with the increase in media and traffic. In the season of "goodwill" and "thanksgiving" . . . we are just passing it on.
Have a Good Week everyone
Friday, November 14
A key part of the 'magic' of music is the interaction and sharing of sounds and ideas. Although Music continues to be played to live audiences - thank heavens, many see the Internet as a either the replacement or the evil enemy of future musical development.
I think there is enormous future potential for Independent Live Stream Music Performance - Live Music Feeds. But it may be some time before this service is widely available at the more Independent Level ( many bridges to cross ). In the meantime video still provides a great way to show your potential audience what yo do "live" so it is still possible to use video as a means of getting people to your gigs and to pursuade event managers to put you on in the first place.
As far as "live" audiences go,
there are also audiences connected through Radio, Television and here on the Internet.
are now easier to engage with. Many Community and Networking Sites, are there to connect artists and musicians. In addition EJamming has recently been having successful tests with new on-line music services connecting global musicians. So it may be that future musical development turns on-line, and it maybe that this will be a massive market for the future.
The fact that ticket sales last year grossed more revenue than recorded material , is proof that the opposite is true. And there are still small venues and pubs, putting on live events as well as the large record breaking Stadium events.
Many see the Internet as another nail-in-the-coffin of live music,
Just as it was predicted that Radio, Film and Television would be the same thing.
Which is one of the virtues that Music inferes upon those closely associated with this sensory Art. The Musician is always thinking at least one bar ahead of the audience. So if you think the Internet is a bad thing for Music please think again.
To put it in a nutshell,
I believe that Music thrives on change, collaboration and positive forward thinking.
It is the biggest leap forward in Human Communications Technology,
since the advent of the telephone and the moving film image.
- Explore and seize the opportunities out there.
- The Internet is here to stay.
- If you thought not, Get over it.
Saturday, November 8
209RADIO Appeal Success
It is also a valuable resource for local Musicians and Music Producers in the area. Enabling local artistes the opportunity of airtime and acoustic sets. It also provides technician and radio learning courses for young people wanting to pursue a career in Music or Radio.
Seeking also Designs for the 209Radio appeal from digital artists.
Links on the 209Radio Logo.
209 Radio produces high-quality radio programming across a broad spectrum of Music, whilst providing a unique platform for Independent Artists. GIVE it a Listen !
URL stream to listen to 209 Radio (cut and paste into iTunes or ipod)
http://188.8.131.52:8000/209radio_relay.mp3 Listen in to 209 on your iTunes
209radio is not affilated to the blog or site
Wednesday, October 29
We have disengaged the REGISTRATION facility while we are doing more on-line tests.
There are some new tracks by "BOTTLES of MARY", "RETOX" and "THE EARLYBIRDS" on the JUKEBOX - please give it a whirl - tell us what you think.
If you run a MUSIC website dedicated to original INDEPENDENT music please contact us so we can let our visitors reach you too. Come on you know it makes sense.
Sunday, October 26
During this second phase a plethora of new ideas were worked on and this Blog has become one of the key parts of the overall strategy. This Blog is linked throught the new build as Site News which is what it will become. We will then only need to put news on the blog here for it to update on the site, self-archive and allow RSS feeds to interested visitors.
We have also introduced a Podcast Feed for the site which will allow an audio & visual outlet for the site. The first tester is already out there just one track at the PODCAST SUBSRIPTION :
Happy Samhain and Happy Halloween
The JukeBox area will be a part of the SHOWCASE area for Independent Music to provide some examples. We hope to get more people in to have a look and even leave a vote.
Wednesday, October 15
Tuesday, October 14
So why is another one needed?
I have asked myself that a hundred times.
What can our site do that others can't do?
Well how about aim to stay fairly small and compact, which keeps the costs down.
We can be a hub, a portal, with minimal site content,using feeds and embedded content. That way we stay lean and mean and can be updated rapidly. We know other sites already use this concept. We aim to be really selective on our feed material to provide Independent Site Feeds.
We will try to fund out of our own pockets for another year, so that we can provide a non-profit NO ADVERTISING, secure and relaxing site built to our supporters requirements.
Apart from that . . . it is all chance. We do not know what the future will bring.
Sunday, October 12
Video and Sound by Koradubian. takeonehigh ©2002 2008koradubian
Thursday, October 9
With our little new site launch coming up very shortly, we have had lots to do. With anything like this it is about identifying the right people. We are run voluntarily so it takes a while to get things sorted at the moment it is about learning how to get the best out of people and technology.
Right now we need two things and if you are reading this you can help.
- First and most important we would like you to test drive the new site and give us your honest opinion. We won't mind criticism at all ( except no spam or profanety )
- Secondly we are looking for small independent musicians, producers starting out, wanting to get out to a wider audience. We will provide a link connection to your other on-line networks. We also provide a Showcase area for new work, as it happens. We also produce visual material for our YouTube Channel. First video went on on September. We are trying to create a network of independent musicians and video producers.
Bearing in mind that we are trying to present clear ideas, to allow our 'people ' to shine out, we have avoided flashy css pimped-up looks. Sometimes they can be stunning, but all too often you become distracted by way too many images. So we aim to be clean lined and straight forward.
We hope to avoid the use of direct advertising on the site, however we will provide reviews with links and related feed links.
and here is retox with balloons produced by Menchulica for YouTube
Yeah you got it !
Wednesday, October 8
Wednesday, October 1
Our Music and Multimedia Website is proud to be associated with Another Art Community - although only established very recently in late August by "the Humble Founder" Jess Bottles of US duo "Bottles of Mary" - the Community has already amassed a huge portfolio of contemporary video work as well as a wide range of art, writing and photography. I, Bran joined by invitation and have found the global membership to be very enlightened and friendly. It is probably the best site I have become involved with in my first year on-line. The content is of extremely high quality, featuring music and experimental art videos, from some of our favorite video artists on YouTube. If you get a few moments and want to find something interesting and different to watch check 0ut the ANOTHER ART COMMUNITY Web Site or the YOUTUBE-ANOTHERART COMMUNITY Channel !
Sunday, September 28
Unfortunately despite the demographics, the 40-60 (not so 'wrinklie' these days) age group does not seem to be greatly taken into account when it comes to the presentation of Music in much of the media. It seems that the majority of music programming is still aimed at a much younger listener or viewer.
As far as the music from the 60's and 70's, this large back catalogue has been made more available through the Internet and as your article mentions through Vinyl-CD re-issues. This has partly inspired the retro-scene which is definitely an under-current amongst the new younger bands coming up.
I personally believe that the Music Industry could take positive steps to generate this interest in music by opening up the back catalogue to the public. To retell the 'storyline' of modern popular music. To make available some of the more obscure names that never received the acclaim at the time of release.
Then instead of the very negative press, that does nothing for the Music Industry, we could see more informative articles and have perhaps increased access to Music that was missed the first time around.
I hope there are plans to look at this issue again and update Jonathon Prynn's excellent article.
As for myself, I am a 40+ Musician and currently developing an Independent Website for new Music talent in London and the South East.
Bran. Posted August 08 onThis is London.co.uk
Wednesday, September 24
Retox from North London have been around since 1998. Coming on to the Site was a move towards an on-line presence. The next stage has been the Joint Production of a Video set to an excerpt of Balloons one of a number of tracks that have recently received the finishing touches. The video was the result of a collaboration between the site and Menchulica a talented Multimedia Artist based in The Canaries. See what you think. Please go to YOUTUBE and post your comment.
Tuesday, September 9
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