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.

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…

Awesome Elvis Dancing in The Park

Another bit of creative dance from elsewhere in the world…

Thanks to Mr Polaine for the link – genius.

A New Mix For The Weekend

Ableton Mix

Actually that’s a lie. It’s not a ‘new’ mix. It’s a mix from last weekend. But I’m posting it now.

This is from Asi’s birthday party last Friday. It was a party in a pub. So I felt I had to play a bit more ‘rowdy’ than I normally would to entertain the drunkards. Hence it’s a bit full on in places – and has some well-known stuff in there too. Disclosure – I did tidy it up when I got home, but it really was almost perfect when I did it live, honest ;-)

Download from here if you so desire: http://www.drop.io/asi_party (click listen, then you can download the MP3 file)


1. Heart ov Glass – Justus Kohncke
2. I don’t know (justus dub mix) – Chelnois R Jones
3. The Funk Phenomena – Armand Van Helden
4. Who Keeps Changing Your Mind – South Street Players
5. It’s Not Easy (Album Mix) – Westbam
6. I Feel Space – Lindstrom
7. Bells Of Brighton (Original Mix) – Steve Mac and Mark Brown
8. In My Arms (Tocadisco Mix) – Mylo
9. Just Can’t Get Enough (Dirty South Mix) – Depeche Mode
10. Wild Thing (Peaches Remix) – Peaches and Tone Loc
11. Superstylin (Unknown Breaks Mix) – Groove Armada
12. Outta Space – Deekline Feat. Top Cat
13. Fever Called Love – Rising High Collective
14. Positive Education – Slam
15. Age of Love – Age Of Love

Enjoy. Or don’t enjoy. Depends if you like that sort of thing.

All You Can Eat Hip-Hop

Wild Style

Yoiks! Here’s a definitive history of hip hop, all mixed up and ready for download.

I’m not a massive fan of MTV Base style R&Bized modern hip hop, and Westwood makes me want to purchase knock-off Uranium and do something really bad to mankind.

On the other hand these mixes are jammed with stone-cold classics that you and your momma can enjoy. The guys from The Rub (Cosmo, Eleven & Ayres) really know their shizzle. Mixing up well known favourites along with some more obscure stuff.

Featuring artists like:

Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, Africa Bambaataa, The Beastie Boys, Eric B. & Rakim – My Melody, Kool Moe Dee, Run DMC, Ultramagnetic MCs, Stetsasonic, Kool G Rap, Public Enemy, BDP, Jungle Brothers, Kid N Play, 45 King, Rob Base, 2 Live Crew, NWA, MC Lyte, Queen Latifah, EPMD, Doug Lazy, Biz Markie, Digital Underground, Slick Rick, 3rd Bass, etc. etc. etc.

Each mix documents a particular year from ’79 to ’95 and counting… Archive of 1979-89 is available here. The more recent years are available for download here.

If you’ve always thought that you should or might like hip hop, this is a great place to get started with the good stuff. And if you’re a lapsed fan, it’s the place to re-light your fire.

Loon Dancing to Make You Feel OK

I rarely get angry. It’s not in my nature. But I got an email today that made me so angry that I really felt it, physically. The only way I could shake it off was by watching people dancing like loons. It made the bad feelings go away. Even if you’re feeling tip-top, I hope these make you feel even betterer about life…

(They’re kind of like UK jump-stylers…)

And here’s a face for the future. He keeps up the pace for over 4 minutes which is no mean feat. He’s incredibly in time for a 3 year old and I love the style in the middle, kind of like fencing. Looks like the back hand would be great at clutching a bottle of lager during dancing – a useful skill for later. Superb.

The Best Online Music Toy Ever

This is the simplest and best thing I’ve ever seen for creating music fast. It’s massively usable. You can literally get into it by clicking a few keys – admittedly you’ll be making derivative euro-dance. But it’ll sound totally competent no matter how incompetent you secretly are. Go there and have a play, it’s blooming awesome: http://www.tony-b.org/. Really. Do. It’s great.

Even thought the music is really cheesy playing with this put a real smile on my face!

Via: Beatportal

Last.fm Goes Fulltracktastic

Big news. Last.fm gets full track listening capabilities.

As of today, you can play full-length tracks and entire albums for free on the Last.fm website.

Something we’ve wanted for years—for people who visit Last.fm to be able to play any track for free—is now possible. With the support of the folks behind EMI, Sony BMG, Universal and Warner—and the artists they work with—plus thousands of independent artists and labels, we’ve made the biggest legal collection of music available to play online for free, the way we believe it should be.

Interestingly you can play each track 3 times, then you get an alert about their forthcoming ‘subscription service’. But I think that sounds pretty fair. If I want to listen to something on-demand, more than 3 times, I think it’s about time I started to make some commitment to it.

The more you play stuff the more the artist gets paid. That sounds pretty fair to me too.

Nice one chaps. Good luck with it.

The Scientist – The Bee

Was doing a bit of tidying in the loft today and came across this bit of vinyl. Even 17 years after its release it’s still got skills… If I had a filing system for my records I’d struggle knowing where to put it.