A New Summer Mix – This One’s A Bit of A Banger

Iain Mixed It

I’m going to stop putting my music mixes directly on Crackunit. For a few reasons. Paranoia being one. DJ mixes have always been a grey area in terms of licensing, etc. So I’m just going to tidy them over to somewhere else, just to be on the safe side. I’d hate my blog to get compromised in some way because of sharing my musical stuff. I have good reason to be paranoid about this stuff – maybe I’ll share the story another time.

I’ll still ‘point to’ mixes from here. But they’re now on a totally separate site.

If you want to listen to or download my latest mix (or just look at the tracklist) you can head over to: http://iainmixedit.tumblr.com/

It’s perhaps a bit more ‘upfront’ than some of the stuff I normally play. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing…

Chaos on My Desk

I got in this morning and the cleaners had spilled some coffee/glue hybrid on my desk. It had gone all the way under a box file that I use to keep all my USB gadgets out of the way:

The Coffee Runs Under the Box

It was very firmly stuck fast:

Then I had to clean up. Which wasn’t easy. Sugary coffee forms a very very sticky substance indeed.

Me Cleaning The Aftermath

After a bit of tidying and re-arranging I now have the prefect working environment. Click through to Flickr to see the all important notes on what’s going on where.

The New UberDesk

I’m Doing Christmas and It’s Doing Me In

The Christmas briefs are in…

Aaaaaargh…

People moaning about Christmas decorations in the shops in October can shut right up. I’m going to be fed up with the whole thing before Argos even puts Slade on rotation.

I’m working on two of them at the moment and thinking that it might be time to do a ‘7 Deadly Sins Of Digital Christmas’. There’s plenty of them around.

The only thing that’s going to get me through is the Beat Street Christmas Rap. You can’t beat the bit where Doug E Fresh pops out from between Santa’s legs. Awesome. (The Xmas bit doesn’t start until 1m30).

Orange Unlit Tour – Welcome Hedluv

We’re putting on a tour with Orange. It’s part of the whole ‘I am’ thing. The Unlit Tour is about an artist going on the road and creating his own ‘I am’ story as he goes. The tour is going to be ‘made by everyone’. From the people who open up their houses to act as gig venues and the bands who’ve offered to support to the strange and wonderful randoms that Jont and Dave meet on their travels.

This video basically tells the story better than I could. It’s the film of their first few days on the road.

My particular highlight is a band called Hedluv who played in Penzance. They’re kind of like The Mighty Boosh meeting Goldie Lookin Chain in the keyboard section of Toys R Us.

To see them live watch about halfway through the video above.

Or here’s something else they made from YouTube:

On their website you can find such awesome things as HedLuv’s Online Pasty Guide.

hedluv

I think someone ought to license them for the next Orange ad, quick.

Before someone else nabs them…

Don’t forget to have a look at The Unlit Tour site to see what else has been ‘going down’ (as the kids might say).

YouTube and Music

An odd thing happened to me on Saturday night. I was playing some music through the stereo via my laptop. Sophie started humming a tune that she wanted to hear and I thought I could recognise what it was. So I tried to find the track.

But instead of heading for the laptop I picked up my iPhone, and instead of going into iTunes I clicked on YouTube and searched for the video there. Within 5 seconds the track was playing.

I didn’t even think about what I was doing. It was a total autopilot first-reaction move.

But once I’d done it I thought about what had just happened.

I knew I had the track in my iTunes on my computer.

iTunes-1

I also knew I had the track on vinyl in the loft (in a box).

SANY0006

And I knew I could probably find a version of it on Last.fm or some other music site.

Jam & Spoon 2013 Stella 2013 Listen free at Last.fm

But I instinctively knew that I’d find a full version of the track quickly and have it playing in seconds via YouTube, and by using my iPhone not my laptop I wouldn’t disturb what was playing. So that’s what I did.

Of course it’s not going to keep an audiophile happy. But I thought it was interesting that in the same way that IMDB is my goto for film YouTube has oddly become my goto for music (in that situation at least).

I just did it again with this amazing track (The Wanderer by Romanthony). I went straight to YouTube and nailed it. Then when I checked afterwards I couldn’t find a full version of it on Last.fm. And that’s what reminded me to write about it:

Anyone else finding themselves doing that, or is it just me?

Massive Water Projections Are Cool

I like them a lot. I’m still a sucker for this kind of thing. The first one’s from Tokyo to promote the launch of Waterhorse: Legend of the Deep

And I’m sure lots of you will already have seen this, but in case you haven’t:


NOTCOT at GLOW: Usman Haque’s Primal Source from Jean Aw on Vimeo.

Read more about it over at NOTCOT, but basically it’s a massive collaborative projection that turns the noise being made by the audience into an amazing vision of Nothern Lights-esque beauty.

Fleshmap – Body Parts in Music

This site’s got some brilliant visualisations of how often various body parts are mentioned in different genres of music.

Fleshmap: Listen: Music

Once you’re there you can drill down into the various genres and see what’s occurring.

Fleshmap: Listen: Hip Hop
Fleshmap: Listen: Electronica

Which is nice. But the best bit is that there’s a great feature where you can create a Rebus by copying and pasting bits of text into the box and the application pulls out the mentions of body parts and turns them into graphics.

I thought I’d give it a go, so I turned to one of my favourite artists – Craig David. And used his lyrics to create a couple of rebuses for myself. You can see the diversity of emotions that Craig deals with in his songs below.

From the romantic ‘face based’ soulful R&B of Rendezvous:

Fleshmap: Listen: Interactive Body Rebus

To the much more posterior focused “Booty Man”:

Fleshmap: Listen: Interactive Body Rebus

Simple but effective.

Musical Madness – Kidda – Under The Sun Remix

Sorry, I know it’s been a few musicy posts in a row. But I had to share this. It’s perhaps the most bonkers track I’ve heard recently. It’s hard to describe its genre, it’s basically like speeded up funk / soul, meets happy hardcore, meets electro-house, whatever it’s just totally out there. I’m sure if I had a heart condition it’d do me no good at all. Don’t miss the slurring pianos at the end, it’s all very messy.

If you’ve not had enough, they’ve got the MP3 at Trackitdown.net

You might also recognise the track because an edit of the original was used in this Bacardi ad.

I’ve got a couple of older Kidda records on Catskills and I’m a big fan.