Finally managed to get another mix done last night! It’s been a while and I’ve still got my big summer mix in the prep playlist waiting on me to actually find the time to get it sorted.
In the mean time I’ve returned to some chilled, soulful deep house stuff. Couple of absolute gems in here!
From the blurb: Back to Deep House with this latest mix including some serious funk & groove! Highlights are modern reworking of classic jazz and rock in New Day and Move Or Not and lovely vocals from Anna Naklab in Wicked Games. Tune in, chill out and kick back
Deputized in the mix – 112 by Deputized on Mixcloud
(Shamelessly borrowed from Trent Walton)
Trent has recently re-watched all the Bond movies (an exercise I tend to indulge in once every couple of years) and ranked them in order of preference.
Deputized in the mix – 111 by Deputized on Mixcloud
BOOM! Back in the mix with some serious summer bangers. An upbeat blend of electro, trad house with a twist and a couple of absolute gems.
Be sure to listen out for the epic vocals on Long Way From Home, the familiar lyrics in Mark Knight’s Your Love and some seriously dirty drops from Tiesto, Firebeatz and Cedric Gervais.
Oh and you have a bonus track – the delightful Taito which doesn’t really fit anywhere else but was to good not to slam in there.
This is high energy, bounce like it’s the summer and put your hands up in the air cos no one else cares music!
Last night, I had the chance to address 50 or so local techy types on the subject of the Raspberry Pi. This was as part of the 2nd series of Tech Tribes (our local geek meet) Talks.
My slides and notes are now online over at DamnFineRaspberryPi.com so if you’re interested, head over and take a look.
Mine was the last of three sessions including a fantastic look at BitCoin from local accountant (and BitCoin enthusiast) Jonathan Day and a brilliant review of data projection and defamation (with an online spin) from the superb Vicky Milner of Bedell Cristin a local law firm who were also kind enough to co-sponsor the event along with The Observatory.
All in all, we had a great range of speakers and a brilliant turnout (over double the numbers we managed at the last set of talks) with some serious diversity in the audience in terms of specialism / employment.
And the event was videoed so as soon as the vid is online I’ll be updating this post to include the link.
It’s quite scary to think that, this time last week I was readying myself for the 500 mile trip up to Edinburgh for the 2013 Scotch on the Rocks Web Technologies Conference.
I can safely say that this year was the best of the three conferences I’ve attended. It’s nothing specific but a great venue, awesome sessions and speakers and 2 evenings filled with belly laugh causing good times all combined to create an all round memorable event. Continue reading
I can’t believe it’s less than a month until Scotch on the Rocks 2013! The schedule has been up for a while and so, in keeping with previous years, here’s my run down of what I’m planning to see: Continue reading
As part of the media buzz machine behind Scotch on the Rocks 2013, all speaks were asked to complete a brief interview.
You can see the full series of responses thus far over on the SOTR blog and my interview is cross posted here in a moment of online narcissism.
It seems like I can’t catch a break when it comes to ear buds. They either don’t feel right (looking at you Shure!) don’t last (thanks Sony and Beats Audio) or get eaten by kittens (sorry Sennheiser – not technically your fault). And with the last pair of buds, the aforementioned Beats Audio, nestling in the bin my quest for anew pair of in ear, passive noise isolating ear buds continues.
I’ve been noticing a growing trend in the difference between payment processing in the US vs the options available in the UK.
In short it seems that pretty much every US based web app offers an inline Credit Card acceptance process (i.e. on their own website rather than kicking you off to a 3rd party provider).
Over the weekend I was going through my regular PayPal payments and finally decided to cancel my Spotify subscription.
I’ve been a premium member since May 2010 which means I’ve paid something like £350 over the years. Not a massive amount but still significant.
The primary reason for paying for the service in the first place was access to the mobile client … and if I’m honest I’ve pretty much stopped using it. The only time I listen to music on my phone is when walking or travelling solo. This is rare here at home and when I’m away, cursed data roaming charges mean I can’t use the service.
Then there was this tweet over the weekend from @AndrewBloch:
A musician needs to get 134,250,000 plays on Spotify in order to earn the minimum wage of £10,740 per year #FactOfTheDay
I don’t know the source of the stat but if it’s even close to being accurate then that’s a damning indictment of the current state of music licensing. I had always assumed that Spotify and the other streaming services were part of a new wave of music income that had the foresight to embrace the internet rather than shirking it. But it turns out they’re about as nasty as any other major provider out there.
Oh and there were still the massive blank spots and mystery disappearances which meant that Spotify was not the “complete” solution it pretended to be.
Any one (or even two of the above) would not have been sufficient to make me look at cancelling but taken together I feel the choice is justifiable.
Oh and I’m still open to music streaming as a concept – just as soon as I can find one that actually rewards the musicians for their work in a sustainable way… and I’m not holding my breath!
Update: Friend and (non professional) musician @Chrisedmo sent me a link to the following infographic which shows the break down of earning between the various online music services.
It’s a couple of years old but I shouldn’t imagine the landscape has changed all that much. Surprisingly iTunes is actually quite competitive from an artist’s perpective so I may have to go back to spending my 9.99 per month on the iTunes Music store!