Tuesday, November 30

The Office

Something I work on ... a long standing project for Music and Multimedia
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If any of you are writers, musicians or making great videos and want to collaborate during 2011, please have a look - there is a contact form and a Network. All the best

Friday, November 5

MinionTV


Sometimes things speak for themselves ... "When Skyways are Highways" by MinionTV - Liverpool based soundscape artists ... Video by Red&Black Productions. Enough Said.

Saturday, September 4

It Aint Easy

Well into the third year now I can tell you it is not getting any easier to run sites or even keep up with the changes.
It is like organizing a snowball fight in the middle of an avalanche.
It was great to hear Evan Williams (co-founder of Blogger & Twitter) on BBC World Service this morning (5.00 am GMT) talking about failure and success. Knowing that big successful services have been through highs and lows gives me a little more hope.

The Downside  
We are about to see one of our Networks on NING get the switch off ( 6th Spetember) whilst we are still trying to get a new Network on WALL.FM.  up and running. It has revealed to me the quest to find a defining mission. Knowing musicians as I do they tend to be free spirits and often the least likely to be communicative. So yes getting interaction and particpiation unless there is an obvious outcome is fairly hard to acheive. Plus there is all the hype out there already about Social Networking which has some truth to it granted. But I see it as a tool for connecting and to be honest most musicians tend to be a little like a bull in a China shop as regards dropping links to their own material. Some do it very well and are inspirational to me and our little project.

Overall I guess we do have a problem with the domain name (yes it is long), We have also issues of communicating what we are about in simple terms and gaining peoples' faith that we can deliver something of benefit. Especially when they are being constantly barraged with content and requests elsewhere.

The Upside 
Over many years I have in many different industries , gone through this whole phase with an idea. You have the initial vision and as you go to put it in to place a whole whirlwind of problems unfold. People come along who for one reason or another decide they will drag their feet or voice objections. Others stand on the sidelines waiting to see what will happen. Once it takes off every one suddenly wants a peice of the action. But when the going is really tough and there are no big rewards it usually comes down to one or two key players, who for altruistic purposes keep the thing afloat through the choppy waters. We are not the only site or group of people going through this. I have been there so yes I kow there is a light there at the end of the tunnel.


The upside is knowing that there are at least a few people who we have managed to benefit and feedback to. Looking at the way things have moved forward we can at least take a little credit for being there  and providing support.  We can also be reassured that it is all being done on next to no budget, so there is little to worry about. We have no one to let down or interfere with our approach. So yes we are able to completely change direction overnight should we decide to.

Having gone through the back-slide of 2009, where visitor numbers began to go backwards, things have rapidly improved. That was brought about through deciding to negate Facebook for the foreseeable future. Sounds funny but we do not have the time to use the site correctly, so it would be a complete waste of our energy and time. Deciding to concentrate on our own areas and Networks has actually made for a ten fold increase in traffic.

The next stage is to take advantage of that increase, for our own benefit but more importantly for our Members. We need to retain our visitors attention by providing useful and entertaining content that they will feel worthy of sharing elsewhere. We need to build in more relevency and increase the feedback through our blogs. Here it is not so important, this is a means to an end.

and finally:
if were easy, would there be any point ?

Friday, March 19

Wake Me Up ( When It's All Over )

Bran dropped this one a few days ago - during a quick studio visit to "Projects". We were quite surprised by the departure from his recent works ( we have heard the desk-mixes of MAD/Metaphoria Collections due for release later this year.) and return to a much ealier output.

Bran: Yeah I guess I have been getting back to my roots - where it all started for me as a kid listening to John Peel way back was like something big for me. I was a really crap guitarist ( I mean really crap ) some of the bands had that sort of rough edge that I could relate to - it was inspiring to hear energy and anarchy unleashed, over-coming any technical ability. Early on I liked: The Fall, Wire and Gang of Four. I went through a Gothy sort of phase loving The Cure and Souxie and the Banshees. I kept away from mainstream music, most of the time - there are always good somgs out there but Radio seemed to play the same things all the time all day long - which put me off. So yes the past has been there - returning to the crap I guess.

"Wake Me Up" is a genuine ad lib - which started out as a "Drum n Bass" idea - which may happen as well - I just smacked some guitar over the top - the lyrics were just worked out by doing several takes - it took two hours to record in total - some video was shot while I did that. It expresses quite a few frustrations that are present - so it is heart said - it is a critical look at how we are abusing the technology and resources that we have - how complacency and selective attention have become the norm - to the point where " sleeping through seems preferable to living through " - I am sure someone will find all sorts of possible meanings - but that's what I was trying to say. I don't see we can blame anyone person or group - so yes a mess - for which I can't see any easy solutions - I am just observing. Albeit angry and frustrated - but saying it does release it somehow.

Next One ? Who knows - I have got a few already up and running - hope to put them together under the working title "No Apollo . . . Geez". We will see.

Friday, January 22

HAPPY ft Sherry Lee with "LikeQuicksand"

This is something else - posted on YouTube 10th January by Sherry Lee of Canadian Band "Happy" - Like Quicksand a really cute song with a hidden bite - backed by a Dave Luxton (Dlux Films) Video which uses every neat wide-screen cinema trick in the book to make this a top dollar production - that's only my opinion - watch it and see - just press play. Support Happy and buy their excellent Happy EP fron CDBaby Listen to the other tracks - Link below


Dave Luxton
HAPPY EP on CD Baby
MYSPACE

Wednesday, January 13

Promo Video


"Congrats Gary, your video has received the CMB Award for Achievement in Performance, and is in the running for 2010 Official CMB Video Awards"

Country Music Broadcasting Dec 2009

Encouraging words for UK singer-songwriter Gary Tipping - whose ballads and acoustic love songs have been receiving much praise from many quarters. Favourably compared to the likes of Paul Simon and John Lennon in their composition - it is the often gentle emotional delivery which is both honest and refreshing. He has proved that dedication and commitment to traditional craftsmanship does eventually reap rewards. Good Luck Gary - Looks like 2010 is going to be a good one for you.

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Music Player from our NETWORK

We will be resolving this for our Network in 2011. In the meantime here's a few tracks of mine . . .