Nice Gaming Quote

I was sorting through some of my old notes and I came across a quote that I jotted down during a presentation by Massive (the guys who do in-game advertising). Talking about why gaming is more impactful than TV:

You can’t play games and do something else at the same time. Or someone will sneak up from behind you and stab you.

Pretty direct. And very true.

Tie Die Tee

Friend and sometime collaborator Mr Bingo sent me news of his latest t-shirts.

I particularly liked this one:

I think it’s because I spent 2 hours with a bunch of ‘suits’ yesterday. And it really made me feel very grateful that I don’t work in that kind of environment. It’s silly, but it makes a big difference to me…

Sorry, Not Much Going on Blogwise

Sorry for the blog quietness. Although I’ve not been busy blogging I have been busy doing other things. Like working. And more excitingly trying to buy a house in Brighton. I’m looking forward to living near the sea.

From this you can take it that my I Love London blog experiment failed… Or perhaps it was a resounding success in as far as it helped me to focus on the issue.

Turner Prize?

There’s something really compelling about looking inside the ‘sharp objects’ bin at airports. Especially now that they have things like hair conditioner in there. I think it’s to do with the fact that there’s essentially a bunch of really safe objects in there, but in the back of my mind I’m somehow expecting to see a mini-Bond gun, or at the very least a flick knife.

Contemporary modern art?

Strings of Life

A few reasons to post this clip:

  • It’s one of the greatest techno records of all time.
  • It shows the value of experimentation, and how a ‘mistake’ can create something incredible.
  • When he talks about the making of the track you realise that he must have just sat there listening to that loop over and over and over again.
  • Derrick May’s description of the Eureaka moment is great. The fear of realising that he’d just made something that would profoundly change dance music forever. It makes me want to have one too.

Family Music

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Confession: This is a plug for a friend’s business. I’ve signed up because I think it will be good (with my own real money) so there’s no kickbacks going on

Check out Family Music

Ben and his friend Tom have set up a music subscription service. But it’s not a digital thing. It’s a real music thing. A CDs and records thing.

It’s a simple idea, you let them know what music you like and they’ll send you things that they think you’ll be into every month. You choose the number of albums you want.

Then every month some choice new tunes will drop through your letterbox. And if you really don’t like something you can send it back the next month (freepost!).

Normally I’d be a bit skeptical about this. How good will their recommendations be? Won’t it just be standard fodder? Won’t theyl just be firing out stuff that labels have given them for free? But in this case I know for a fact that the guys behind it really know their musical onions. And they’ll stretch my musical mind in interesting ways. And they’re good guys.
There’s something quite exciting about real people editing music for you personally. I’m looking forward to my first box. I’ll let you know how it goes…