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End of Birthdays.


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I have some sad news.  I will be posting (even) less on this blog than usual.  But this sad cloud has a silver lining.  The reason I will be posting less here is because I’ve been welcomed into the open arms of The Community and will, instead, be blogging mostly at their site – http://www.thecommunity.com.au/fg.

Needless to say, I’m pretty excited about becoming part of The Community.  I’ve blogged about them before but for those that don’t know, The Community is a music and arts collective based in Perth, Australia but with connections to artists across the whole country and internationally.  It was founded by Diger Rokwell and Triple M.U.M eight years ago and has since been going from strength to strength.  With members such as Mathas, Ourobonic Plague, Marksman, Wisdom2th, The Empty Cup and ASAP I have to admit that I feel a bit outclassed but it’s not competitive or combative so it’s still a cosy fit.  The Community defiantly declares that it is “not a crew” but a loose association of active musicians and artists with a communitarian and do-it-yourself attitude (which are not mutually exclusive terms – as any independent artist knows).

On that note, The Community is celebrating its 8th Birthday today from 7:30pm at The Bakery in Northbridge, Perth.  So if you’re a Perfian and you’re looking for something to do then come on down.  It’ll be a killer night with the likes of The Boost Hero Man, NAIK and DOS4GW with (US emcee) GDP sure to blow the fucking roof off.

Anyway, I will still be dropping in here when I can to talk rubbish about zombie films and audio gear but be sure to sink your claws into my blog at The Community if you want to keep up with the goings on in my world of music.  While you’re there, be sure to check out the other artists and musicians on the site – it’s a beautiful thing.

PEESHE
FG

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Posted by on March 31, 2012 in blogging, Hip Hop, social media

 

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Crazy people on my album recording session.


It’s been a long time, I shouldn’t have left you… 10 points if your brain read that in Timbaland’s voice. But, yeah, I’ve been away from the blog for a while.  I had a good reason (or more than one, actually).

I’ve been trying to pull together a bunch of loose ends for my album.  As of yesterday, the final guest vocal had been recorded and the first four tracks had entered the mixing stage.  I have a few minor adjustments to make for the remaining tracks to bring them up to mix readiness and then it’s on like Donkey Kong.  And Donkey Kong was one on arse monkey fucker.

In addition to getting the album together I’ve been constructing an interactive Flash animation for some promo materials.  That has slowly been doing my head in but it’s damn near ready now.  Which brings me to the topic of crazy people – no, really.  You see, if you’re anything like me then you won’t be able to resist reading the comments on various blog posts that you happen across.  Sometimes I skim the post and meticulously read the comments.  It’s a glaring fault in my character. However, you can’t really blame me when it’s possible to stumble across intellectual gems such as the comment below (I was looking for some random shit to do with ActionScript 2):

m polson Dec 10, 2009 at 7:05 pm

a university and or others thought they could use the flash cordinate and ora carttession cordinate systems and by using vowifi and bluetooth cell phones manipulate sound and to stream imiages with cell phones by actionscript and flash cordinate systems by pointing a cell phone at ur headf will u sleep and using angles and xyz from base puter could stream imiages back to cell phone and stream it at ur head is it possable hell yes it is and by accessing directorys and altering the sound onfourier transform actionscripts and using symmetrics of cell phones could stream dangerous radio waves to streaming the same way

I’m betting that the “m” in this dude’s name stands for “mind”.  Or maybe “machine” because I think this was generated by a bot.  But that just makes it even more stupid.

Seriously though, these sorts of barely literate, paranoid and borderline psychotic ramblings are EVERYWHERE on the internet.  People are seriously fucked in the head.

On a side note, here’s a flick from a recent show in Perth. Image

Odette Mercy belts it out @ The Bakery.  This girl can sing soooo nice.

PEESHE

FG

 

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Top 5 Reasons Why No One Visits My Blog…


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Hi folks,

I love a list.  You know this.  So, I was scratching my head in a search for all things “listy” when I looked at my Site Stats and it came to me. Fancy that?!

No one visits my blog because…

1. I am the only person in the world that likes bad movies.  The other night I watched Arena – a film from 1989 about a human on an intergalactic space station that has to fight “aliens” (see: men in rubber suits) in an arena – AND I actually enjoyed it.  No one wants to know about that.  It’s clear to me now.

2. I don’t actually tell anyone this blog exists.  It’s just more socially acceptable to type something to an empty internet audience than to walk around mumbling to yourself.

3. Zombies are sooooo 2007.  This is not my fault.  I can’t help it if zombies are awesome and everybody else is just fickle, bandwagon-jumping-on-and-off, Z-haters.  I shall continue to talk about them.  You’re the ones that are missing out.

4. My posts are too long.  Seriously.  Way too long.  I even get bored typing them.  But my hands are like Ash’s in Evil Dead II – they just do their own thing.

5.  I don’t really talk about the art of sampling much.  You know, I should because it’s in the tagline for the blog.  Talking about sampling is hard, though, because the only people who pay attention are other producers and you just know that they’re going to steal that one sample you’ve been saving for a rainy day and produce a killer tune that makes you want to quit hip hop forever.

6.  Because I can’t count.

7. Because I feel that the copy checker is trying to make me seem stupid by objecting to “complex expressions” such as “endeavour”.  Seriously. Endeavour? Since when is that complex?  As a result, I ignore all of the copy checker’s advice and post material that is plagued by poor grammar, typos and factual inaccuracies.  I know it’s behind the factual inaccuracies somehow.  One day, copy checker… one day.

PEESHE

 
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Posted by on June 18, 2011 in blogging, Zombies

 

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Blogism. It’s nothing new.


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Hi folks,

In my other life I make a living that requires me to look over news articles a fair bit.  I try to keep this sort of thing out of my blogs but today I came across one that made me think in a “bloggy” way.

Blogs have been characterised as the great democratizer of the fourth estate; an opportunity for the common wo(man) to speak to the world through the wonder of mass media.  Numerous scholarly articles have been written on the topic and it ties in with the political concept of ‘information and communication polity’.   There is some truth to the claims (loaded as they are) but I can’t help think that they may well be overstating things a bit.

True, the potential for an individual to rant and rave until their heart’s content with limited censorship (provided their activities are legal) is greater now than it has been in the past (at least in regards to the written word).  You don’t need to be peer reviewed (though you will be) and you don’t need an editor and someone to bankroll the printing.  Theoretically, your agenda isn’t set by the media to which you are responding.  In fact, you CaN iGnoRe aLL WriTtEn Con.VeNShOnz… if you want.  Liberal democracy is flourishing in a new Periclean golden age of free information.  Or is it?

Let’s take the rose-coloured glasses off for a moment.

Blogging relies on technology.  In fact, the growing dynamism of blogging is becoming more and more reliant upon faster, more portable cutting edge technology. Bloggers are utilising Twitter (most effectively done from smartphones), YouTube (you’re going to need a camera or video editing gear or both), SoundCloud etc. This technology, in turn, is becoming more and more the province of the wealthy and/or aspirational mass of the developed first world.  These same people also make up the largest media consuming demographic (which raises interesting questions about preaching to the converted).  Furthermore, the skills associated with blogging make it more readily accessible to individuals that possess a certain quotient of computer literacy, language literacy and social literacy.  These are qualities that are developed (though not exclusively) by formal education systems.  Of course, formal education is a continuum defined by engagement.  Some groups do not have any access to formal education (and, hence, do not engage) whilst others have complete access, extensive support structures and a context of social expectation which sees them engage fully.  Most people fall somewhere in between and, unfortunately, one of the key determining factors as to which end of the spectrum an individual will favour is the socio-economic status of the individual (their “class” if you want to use a twentieth century term).

The article that sparked these thoughts discusses the relative impact on voter behaviour of particular media identities in Australia.  Blogging factors into it but the ultimate conclusion that the article draws is that the media is not as influential as you may think.  Well, that’s plain wrong.  Australia has a notoriously small range of media owners.  There are very few independent media outlets in Australia.  Those that do exist rely on syndicated reporting to greater or lesser degrees.  The power of the media to control the information that is expressed en masse to the populace is no more prevalent (in first world countries) than in Australia.

“So,” you may say, “that makes bloggers more important than ever, right?”

The best answer I can give is: sometimes.

Unfortunately, in a country like Australia, there’s no avoiding the fact that the traditional media forms dictate the focus and issues of the day.  Bloggers overwhelmingly respond to these issues.  Sometimes it happens the other way.  Sometimes bloggers break news and the traditional media jumps on board.  Unfortunately, social media of all forms is much more favourable to viral phenomena such as bad drawings of spiders, film clips of men on exercise machines and terrible, terrible 14 year old singers.  Hardly the buliding blocks of transparent democracy.

“Common” people have broken stories since long before the interweb ever parsed it’s first data packet.  Information has never been totally controlled.  It never can be.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t need to be totally controlled; a media outlet’s message need only achieve critical mass in the social consciousness.  And, as the primary article that sparked this post demonstrates, traditional media outlets are using the power of blogs to reinforce their power rather than democratize it.

PEESHE

 
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Posted by on May 27, 2011 in blogging, politics, social media

 

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