I am a London-based Digital PR/Social Media/SEO Consultant, music producer/anorak, deep sea diver, avid cyclist, worldwide traveller and football-loving technology bod! This page functions as a kind of online scrapbook/resource featuring my favourite blog posts and news items as well as my own personal reviews and recommendations in the worlds of music, sport, travel and technology!
Tuesday, 29 September 2009
Either way, a cracking film by James Jarvis/Richard Kenworthy. Really fantastic animation.
And top tune too - released in the UK as Crayon by Manitoba years ago, on my mate Tony's Leaf Label. Great to hear that get the credit it deserves too.
Monday, 28 September 2009
Premier LeagueOn Saturday, Birmingham City went down to a 2-1 defeat at home to Bolton Wanderers, while Aston Villa went 1-0 up at Blackburn Rovers but lost 2-1 thanks to a late David Dunn penalty despite Rovers having a man sent off. Robin van Persie's goal was enough to secure an Arsenal win at Fulham. Fernando Torres scored a hat-trick and Ryan Babel got two late on as Liverpool thrashed Hull City 6-1. If I didn't know better I'd say Phil Brown's days in charge at the KC were numbered. Liverpool's neighbours also won, Everton picking up a 1-0 win at Fratton Park. Dimitar Berbatov and John O'Shea scored the goals as Manchester United won 2-0 at Stoke City. Robbie Keane went one better than Torres, scoring four of Tottenham Hotspur's five against Burnley. Jermaine Jenas got the other. The sending off of Petr Cech for bringing down Hugo Rodallega gave Wigan Athletic the chance to go 2-1 up against ten-man Chelsea. Rodallega scored the penalty and Paul Scharner added a third at the death to end England's only 100% record. In today's game, Sunderland were pegged back to 2-2 by Wolverhampton Wanderers but ran out 5-2 winners. Kenywne Jones scored one of two Sunderland penalties before adding another. Michael Mancienne and John Mensah exchanged own goals.
ChampionshipNewcastle United lead the second division, overtaking West Bromwich Albion with a 4-0 win on an emotional evening at Ipswich Town, Kevin Nolan grabbing a hat-trick. Albion lost at home to Crystal Palace, and Preston North End move into third with a win at Leicester City. Middlesbrough dropped points again, drawing 2-2 with Coventry City thanks to a 95th minute goal for the Sky Blues. Plymouth Argyle are bottom of the pile with two points, losing again at home to Nottingham Forest. Ipswich are 23rd, while 22nd placed Barnsley were thumped 5-2 by Queens Park Rangers. Reading drew at home with Watford, and catch Peterborough who were beaten by two early Blackpool goals. Derby County beat Bristol City, Sheffield Wednesday beat ten-man Cardiff City, and nine-man Swansea City held on to beat Sheffield United. Scunthorpe United drew with Doncaster Rovers who also had two sent off.
League OneLeeds United stay in control of League One, beating ten-man MK Dons with a stoppage time winner. Charlton Athletic did enough to see off Exeter City and stay second. Bristol Rovers drew at home with Brighton & Hove Albion, also - and these are starting to rack up - down to ten men. A stoppage time equaliser against Carlisle United drags Southampton to minus one. Tranmere Rovers also gained a point, drawing at home to Colchester United. Third-from-bottom Wycombe Wanderers also drew, picking up their sixth point at Swindon Town and leaving them three points behind a clutch of clubs on nine. There were wins for Hartlepool Town against Walsall, Leyton Orient against Millwall, Oldham Athletic against Southend United and Yeovil Town and Brentford. Gillingham drew with Norwich City, and Huddersfield Town with Stockport County.
League TwoAFC Bournemouth are four points clear at the top of the bottom division, picking up yet another victory against Burton Albion. Dagenham & Redbridge and Rotherham are behind them on 20 points, after drawing with Morecambe and beating Barnet respectively. Last-placed Darlington drew at Grimsby Town with ten men before sacking their manager. Torquay United are four points ahead despite losing at Macclesfield Town, and Northampton Town and Hereford United are five points off the bottom. The Cobblers were beaten at Shrewsbury and Hereford thrashed at Rochdale. Aldershot beat Cheltenham Town, Bradford City defeated Chesterfield, Bury beat Lincoln City and Notts County won 3-1 against Port Vale, whose manager Micky Adams has placed the entire squad on the transfer list.
Non-LeagueOxford United continue to run away with the Blue Square Premier with a win at Gateshead. Kettering are eight behind after thumping Ebbsfleet United, and sit one point ahead of Stevenage, who drew with Altrincham, and Mansfield Town, who beat Hayes & Yeading. Chester City's point at Wrexham gives them -14, while Grays Athletic join Hayes on seven after losing at Forest Green Rovers. Luton Town won an epic 4-3 match at Cambridge United. In the Blue Square North, three teams are at the top with 21 points. Droylsden have been pegged back after drawing with Corby, and Southport after losing to Farsley Celtic who remain bottom but now have three points. Eastwood Town are third, drawing with AFC Telford. Vauxhall Motors are second-from-bottom with nine points, beaten on Saturday by fellow strugglers Solihull Moors. In the South, Dover lead after beating Bath City. Newport County are just a point behind after victory at Woking. Thurrock are third, winning at third-from-bottom Worcester City. Below them, Weymouth are rock bottom after losing to St Albans and Lewes are level on six points with the Dorset club having been beaten by Maidenhead United.
These days, circuses are more about the animals than the bearded child, the twelve-foot transsexual, and the pederast midget. This has left a gawp-shaped hole in the entertainment industry, one which, in America, is currently being filled thanks to Warren S. Jeffs. The recently incarcerated Mormon polygamist leader is the hot shit in America’s tourist industry. Ever since a raid on his Yearning for Zion Mormon ranch last year – which involved the confiscation of over 400 kids following accusations of wacky sexual traditions – the American west has become the epicentre of fundamentalist polygamist tourism. Man, England has such shitty cultural oddities; going to watch morris dancers just isn’t as good as visiting religious rape factories. (...) Read the rest of Who wants to go and see the Mormons? (204 words)
What might a jar full of Mexican jumping beans sound like if composing their own ambient music? Scott Worley points us to a musical experiment by his labelmate Daniel Romero aka .tape, on netlabel yo.yo.pang!. .tape programmed a sound environment in the free multimedia patching environment Pd (Pure Data). Contact microphones listen for the beans to jump, then use Pd’s onset detection (an analysis for transients) to trigger the sounds. Daniel reports the technique is “easy, but wholly effective.”
I’ll say – the music winds up being quite lovely, and rather than having a boring software-based random event generator, there’s something mesmerizing about watching the beans. You can download a free MP3/OGG file of the track, as well (and it sounds as though more projects may be coming):
pet-o-matic [asociación cultural la bisogno]
Descripción original en Español:
empezamos esta serie con la picante unión entre el músico Daniel Romero (aka .tape. ) y Pancho, Emiliano y Marcos, tres frijoles saltarines mexicanos
Sonidos y programación por .tape. secuenciación en directo por los 3 frijoles saltarines mexicanos micrófono de contacto + un “onset detection” en pd para disparar los sonidos. fácil pero rotundamente efectivo.
In other Pd news, the creators of the RjDj interactive/generative iPhone music app, which employs Pd patches, will be holding another sprint. This one will be located in London October 2-4."
Sunday, 27 September 2009
So I do not really care for this bit of news but it is Friday and so the lack of good stuff puts me into the position to have to write it up. So there is a Scream 4 in development. We know the Arquette family is back now it appears the main star from the original films, Sydney Prescott (Neve Campbell), will be back for the fourth installment in the horror/thriller franchise.
Bob Weinstein has confirmed that Neve Campbell has signed to return as Sidney Prescott for Scream 4. The sequel series will start production in April or May as the first of a new trilogy, and the company is talking to Wes Craven to direct, Weinstein reports.
Everything we know now pretty much harbors back to the announcement of the project back in January. At that time all we knew was that Kevin Williamson (writer of all three SCREAM films) was writing the film, Wes Craven may or may not direct, but there was a very good possibility he would return and lastly this will be a younger version of the SCREAM movies.Tags: Bob Weinstein, Kevin Williamson, Neve Campbell, New Scream Trilogy, Scream 4, Sidney Prescott, Wes Craven
Richie Hawtin has recieve a wide-variety of criticism and praise for his use of Twitter to instantly feed his play lists to fans worldwide during his live performances. Some view it as a vanity exercise, some think it helps level the playing field, but nobody has really been quiet about their opinions.
Hawtin has recently released Twitter DJ for Traktor Pro, the result of a collaborative effort between Minus and Native Instruments, which will allow DJs to provide their set lists in real-time to Twitterers around the world. Our friends at Future Music wrote a great review of the product, so be sure the check it out.
At our Live 8 U.S. Sessions Tour Stop in NYC, Rich was there, and talked directly about the 'twitter thing.' We got it all on tape, so enjoy, and be sure to check out the other Richie Hawtin & Ambivalent videos we made as well, in which they discussed production, performance, and the music world in the 21st Century. There's still one more to come as well, so stay tuned..."
When it comes to social media you might be busy trying to separate the opportunity from the bullshit, such are the interstellar levels of hype and associated jargon that are plaguing this space.
Nevertheless, I for one believe that a solid social media strategy can make a real difference to your business, helping you to drive engagement in order to boost customer satisfaction, retention, and profits. But that's not to say it will be easy: there's a lot to figure out and each company has different needs (and challenges to overcome).
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so I thought I'd aggregate a few of the social media visualisations I've spotted in the past few weeks to help you make some mental leaps of faith, or use in your internal pitches, or otherwise determine that it's all a bunch of hot air, as you see fit.
Caveat: some of these are more badass than others!
Social Media ROI
Social Media Landscape
[by Ivan Walsh]
Tools and Methods of Social Media
Social Media Laws of Attraction
Five Step Social Media Program
20:20 Social Media Approach
Everything I Learned About Twitter I Learned In Grade School
[by johnny goldstein]
Brands and Social Media: Characters and Evangelists are Touchpoints
[by Stefano Maggi]
And finally two for the cynics...
Social Media Venn Diagram
All images republished under Flickr's Creative Commons licence. Some of these visualisations are available in larger sizes via Flickr (but not many, alas)."
YouTube and Warner Music may finally have settled their differences and come to a deal that puts music from major artists back on YouTube.
The move ends a long feud between the two companies: since December 2008, when talks broke down, videos featuring Warner artists have been blocked and/or muted on the site, including some cover versions.
In one very notable case, Death Cab For Cutie saw videos for songs from the albums Plans and Narrow Stairs pulled from their own website. We’ll say that again: songs were removed from an artist’s own website because the group used YouTube embeds. Meanwhile, YouTube users posted angry responses after seeing their videos muted or deleted.
It’s good news for everyone, then, that the spat is finally at an end. An official announcement is yet to be made.
[Image credit: Massygo]