Preceded by a short rant about remixing and copyright…
I have a few strongly-held opinions on copyright. I support the idea of some kind of mechanism to provide artists with monetary compensation for their labours. We all need money to live. But as a creator, I also want to be free to remix and explore the work of others through my own work. It all hinges on ‘fair use’, a concept whose interpretation has been stretched on both sides of the debate.
Continue reading A Remix Credit
The album GIVE ME A SINE came out in 2015, but I’ve only just got around to making a video for the song Bang Goes The TV. It’s a video mashup. I hope you like it. Please subscribe to my new YouTube channel (you may be the very first) and share the video on social media. Maybe then I won’t die in abject poverty. Buy the album while you’re at it.
Continue reading BANG goes the TV
A few weeks ago, I wrote about HitRecord’s Play Along challenge. It’s a weekly remix challenge with a different host every few weeks, and I was the host for most of April. After my last Play Along video, I uploaded an anthology of my time at the helm. It begins with the second half of Play Along Week #170. It might be kind of interesting watching a few weeks edited together, seeing the new sample revealed each week and then immediately hearing how people remixed it.
I have to admit, the production value was pretty patchy, especially that first week. I did that talking to camera bit pretty late, after learning day-of that I had to do the video. But it gets better. I think I really got my act together in the last two weeks with the motion graphics and presentation. You live, you learn. I hope it’s okay with the folks over at HitRecord that I occasionally embed videos here to show people all the cool stuff that happens over there. If this video makes you curious, you should check out the Play Along Project at Hitrecord.org, that’s where it all happens.
I’m hosting Play Along, HitRecord’s weekly remix challenge.
I hope it’s cool with them that I have embedded the video like this with a link to the challenge! If you have literally no idea what I’m talking about, go here and read my HitRecord explainer.
The project has a different host each month and each week the host issues new remix challenges. This is my first week at the helm, so I’m sure I’ll write some more about this in the weeks to come.
I saw the marble machine video when it came out in 2016. Like a lot of people, I was blown away. It now has over 70 million views on YouTube. I’ll embed it below in case you are the person who hasn’t seen it.
Continue reading Wintergatan
Cycles is the debut album by Any Joy. If you read the About page on this website, you know I’m playing synth in this band, so I can’t claim this is an unbiased recommendation. But Oisin recorded the album before putting the band together, and I joined the band after I had already seen them play live at the album launch. I objectively liked this before I was involved in any way. You should listen to the album right now. But if you get a chance to see us playing live, that’s what I really want to recommend.
If you’re a vinyl person, you can order that on Bandcamp (limited edish). And here’s a music video for ‘Avert Yer Eyes’, the first song on the album. The video was made by Mac Premo Inc., I’m blown away by the way it’s turned out. Amazing work.
Look at them there, a great bunch of lads.
Any Joy Facebook / Any Joy Bandcamp
I like this band. I like this song. I like the album “Sunshine Hit Me”. One of the songs was in a Bulmers ad. I don’t have to write a review or do a bunch of research to recommend something. Find it in your preferred music service or format. Just press play.