If I Was 17 Again

If I was much younger I'd be well into the whole Rock/Rave thing. Or at least I think I would.

I kind of like it but I think my ears are too old. It's a bit like that mosquito thing that only teens can hear. I like moments of it in short bursts but it's too noisy for my delicate eardrums.

The music and the fashion borrows stuff from a load of other things I like. But it feels like it's managed to become a new thing in its own right. And that's important for 17 year olds right?

I shouldn't be allowed to go anywhere near it. It's their time now. And I'm not going to spoil it for them by pretending to be into it. But if I was 'into it' I'd like this:

And I’d quite like these guys too:

Street Art

Spotted this last night on Rivington Street. It looks like an original Ian Stevenson to me. I was tempted to pick it up and take it away. But taking it off the street would have been a crime…

Typographic Synthesizer – So Good It’s Magic!

You know sometimes when you see something so amazing that you almost forget to breathe while you’re looking at it. Well I’m just about finished hyperventilating after the end of this video.

The guys at Meek.fm have created something that creates an incredible relationship between typography, sound and a control surface. You can tweak type using knobs, and the sound is generated by the form of the letters. It’s nuts. Totally nuts.

I also love the modesty of the video, the fact it ends with an almost slightly unsure: “OK, that’s it. Thanks”. If I was wearing a hat I’d take it off to these guys.

That’s a Mermaid?

It’s amazing what YouTube throws up in it’s ‘related videos’ section:

For me, that’s not a mermaid. This is a mermaid:


I’d have loved to see Tom Hanks fall in love with the top one though.

Pre-YouTube Silly Moments In Techno

I should probably start a separate category in the blog for this stuff. It just seems to keep on coming…

I loved this clip for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it’s a bunch of cheeky young ravers from Edinburgh. I would have been living there at the time and I’m pretty familiar with their ilk.

But the best thing about the clip is that it’s from a time way before YouTube. These guys were playing to the camera for no other reason than just mucking about. The only outlet for this stuff used to be You’ve Been Framed, and I don’t think they were going for that…

Thirdly it’s been recorded on Betamax which means there’s a load of ‘non-digital artefacts’ in the clip. The tracking being slightly off in places, moments of tape slur and more.

If you get bored jump through it, there’s new characters, new styles and so much more to see…