Saturday, October 25, 2008

Remixed: Dead Or Alive!

'Inspired' by some of the dodgy DMC remixes that Gaz usually plays on a Thursday night, I declared that I would take a track by one of Hayleys favourite bands and turn it into one of the said dodgy remixes. After browsing through accapellas4u I came across acapellas of You Give Love A Bad Name and Wanted Dead Or Alive. I settled on remixing the latter (although the former may appear at some point ;)). And so, I got down to having a shot at a remix and to be honest, I enjoyed it. It definately helps to have a goal in mind when writing a track and I think I may have gotten out of the 'playing around with one loop' syndrome that I've been stuck in for so long. My tracks are still nowhere near what I'd like them to be and probably in the future sometime I'll look back and think 'WTF!' but, as with the job I normally do, it's all about keeping at it and learning as you go along. I learnt something huge from this track but first, here it is for you to listen to:

And so, fairly pleased with my finished track, I burned it to CD and took it up the Hotel so that Gaz could give it an airing. Unfortunately, what I didn't know is that Gaz's CD player only plays mono and this is how the track sounds in mono:

At first it sounds fairly similar until the first synth line comes in and you're thinking 'hmmm, that sounds a little low' and then when the vocals come in at a pathetically low volume compared to the bass and drums then you know something ain't quite right. And it's all to do with the mono system. The track above is simply the mono version of the original but when converting the track from stereo to mono, the synths and vocals have effects on them (reverb, flanger, chorus etc) which were done in stereo and 'mono-ising' them leads to phase-cancellation (or anti-phase). I knew about it this and I always make sure my bass and drums are mono but I never realised what such an effect it would have on a mono-played stereo track. I guess from now on I'll be checking my track in both stereo and mono to make sure it sounds ok in both, although having had a go on the youtube version I put up (YouTube is also mono!!!), it's not an easy task to get it good in both :(

Here's a more in-depth analysis of what's going from a forum post over at Dogs On Acid:

What's first important is to realise that stereo is, at its most basic level, a difference between the two channels. When one thinks about all the ways the two channels can be different, there's a lot of them. All of these contribute to 'stereo' in some way. To look at a few;

Volume: If you have a single sine wave playing equal volume, 50/50 in both speakers, it 'appears' in the middle. Now shift that 50/50 balance in favour of the left speaker - ie increase the amplitude on the left and decrease it on the right. Now we have say 70/30 and the sound appears to be coming from some way to the left. Shift the balance further to 100/0 and it sounds totally left. Simple, right?

Now when you collapse to mono (2 channels added together to make 1), what happens? In all cases you get back what you put in. 50 + 50 = 70 + 30 = 100 + 0 = 100. Sweet. That sound, all we did was change the relative amplitudes, and it panned. And when we summed to mono nothing was lost.

So that's getting an otherwise monophonic signal and throwing it over to one side. Logic suggests that a good thing to do would be to get another sound and throw that to the other side, which would help give balance and also width.

Phase: Phase is how far through its cycle a wave is. This is often expressed in degrees - one wavecycle is 360 degrees. A sine wave starts at -infinity at 0 degrees, reaches maximum at 90 degrees, goes through -infinity at 180 degrees, minimum at 270 degrees and back up to -infinity at 360 before starting all over again.

So, if we have our left and right speakers playing a sine wave in phase - no phase difference - the signal is the same on both sides. This means the overall result appears in the middle, just like before. Now we create a phase difference - make them not line up any more - by delaying the right side by 90 degrees' worth. Now you will get the impression something is different, although it will still seem to come from the middle. When you collapse to mono, you get interference.

What this means is that you add the two sides up and see what you get. In the volume example, it was a straight addition as there was no phase difference. But now we have the problem where sometimes the right is positive and the left is negative, sometimes they are both positive. When you put them together, there are times where they 'destructively interfere'. This is what anti-phase means, the two sides will subtract from each other at such points. Something will be lost at these times.

We can go even further and make one side 180 degrees 'out of phase' ie in perfect antiphase. You can see this here;

There's nothing left! So this is what antiphase is.

But this is all physics, where's the musical application? As shown, you can use phase differences to make the two sides different. When these phase differences are distributed across many frequencies, one gets the impression of a big wide sound because the two sides are very different in a lot of different areas. It seems to fill the space and sound deep and big etc. However, if your sound is made mono for any reason, you run the risk of severe phase cancellation across a wide range of freqs - the two sides will subtract from each other. Internet radio, for example - your big sound will sound 'ghostly' and 'hollow' as lots of it gets cancelled. Another famous thing is out of phase bass causing problems in vinyl cutting, because the needle is trying to go in two directions at once.

So phase difference can be useful - it makes the two channels different and therefore creates width. But this will cause some antiphase (ie cancellation upon monoisation). The more and more phase difference you make, the more antiphase you get - the more you lose on monoisation. Some people do not give a shit about this because they are going to CD, and there is no physical reason not to do it, unlike vinyl ie, don't worry about it.

To finish, how to use this fuckin shit? Many mixes I hear are 'big mono' - everything is panned centrally but with lots of reverb/chorus/widening etc. It's not width like you hear in jazz where the trumpet's over there, and the sax is over here.

That's width from panning - no antiphase. But width from panning alone doesn't fill space. So for dnb, I'd suggest (IMHO!) that a judicious combined use of these two approaches will give width AND spatial fullness. And keep your mono button handy to make sure your mix is pretty mono compatible - you never know where it might get played back, and you want it to sound good everywhere!

So, lesson learned: Always make sure that your track sounds just as good in mono as it does in stereo before playing it out somewhere!!

until next time :)

Monday, September 29, 2008

New track - Warfare

I'm on a roll.... this is my latest track which is probably finished but may tweak a bit more (possibly to extend it).

I had wanted to do a 'war themed' track for a while and decided upon the Iraq theatre after starting to watch the series, Generation Kill. The track is trance based, written in FL Studio (my weapon of choice!) and uses Vangard for it's main synths. Samples are taken mainly from Generation Kill apart from the Dick Cheney part which was from an audio clip of his speech. There is no reason for the choice of the Cheney sample other than the fact that it fitted well in the track.

So, here is my latest track, constructive criticism welcome!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

My First Complete Track

OK, this is my first ever complete track made on FL Studio. It was written for a House Crew remix competition over on B2VOS and although I knew it was never going to win (there are some damn fine producers over there and I still need to learn a lot!) I was really pleased to get a couple of votes :)

So, in a '92 style, here's my track:

Monday, September 8, 2008

Kitchen Update

Well, it didn't quite go to plan and this week has been a lot more hard work than I thought it would be. Currently there's still the tiling to be done and the walls smoothed in places and painted.

The task wasn't made easier when, after ripping down the first lot of units, we discovered the most inept wiring we'd ever seen. The main ring was basically hanging out at the back of the units with sockets acting as 2/3 way spurs off to other sockets and a cooker cable that was ripped through the plasterboard. The only thing we could do was to rip the wall down, re-wire it and board it back up. This cost a good couple of days in time plus the time we had to wait for a plumber to remove a gas pipe that we would no longer use and right where the electric oven needed to go.

Things went fairly smoothly after that but still took a lot longer than originally anticipated. There was some re-wiring that needed to on the other side of the room but it was not on the same scale as the outer wall.

Here's some piccies of how it's all going. Hopefully by the end of this week it'll all be done. The tiling is being completed tomorrow and I'll be trying to get the painting and coving up after work!

Click for piccies

Sunday, August 31, 2008

New Kitchen

I posted sometime back about a kitchen redesign I had planned. Well, the time has come for work on it to finally begin (tomorrow morning!). Below are my final designs for the kitchen and I'll be posting up some before, during and after pictures for comparison as the week progresses (actually hoping it's only going to take a couple of days :) )

Sunday, July 6, 2008

British Summertime 2008

Has been and gone yet again. It's bucketing it down outside as I type this and this is the BBC weather forecast for the next 5 days here in (notso)sunny Stoke-on-Trent:

So, that's "predominantly heavy showers" non-stop all week then. Great.

As long as it clears up for Saturday as I've planned to have a day out with the family at Alton Towers.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Linkin Park Revolution - Milton Keynes National Bowl - June 29th 2008

Had great fun at the Linkin Park & Jay-Z Project Revolution over at the Milton Keynes National Bowl yesterday. It was a long day, we left Stoke-on-Trent at 9:30 a.m. and arrived back at 2:00 a.m. the next day but was well worth it. Journey time was around 2 hours and the roads were pretty clear. Only problem I've got now is that I'm sunburnt to hell! My arms are like red hot pokers and theres a unmissable dividing line between my overly burnt head and my much paler body. I got some funny looks in the gym today that's for sure! (get your heads out of the gutter :p ). I thought I'd prepared well by taking a coat and change of clothes for if it rained but who'd have though the sun would be out in full effect eh! Bloody *UN*typical British weather. Oh well, live and learn and next time the sun tan lotion will definately be taken along. :)

Anyway, once we'd queued for a ridiculous amount of time, we got in and headed straight to the VIP area for our wristbands. Guess where mine was! (see right ->).
The VIP area wasn't large or have that much more in it but what it did provide was seats and shorter bar queues, something which was most appreciated during bands and at the end of the night. There were slighty posher toilets as well although the queue for the blokes always seemed to be longer than the womens (something I thought I'd never see) and so a trip to the open air 'peeing-station' was called for. It's a bit odd peeing into a plastic trough while the crowd just walks past (there was a thin fence around it) but when you gotta go, you gotta go :D

Band-wise we missed Inner Sound System (who?) and just caught the tail-end of The Bravery. Enter Shikari were next up and although they're not to my taste they were loud and seemed to have plenty of fans in there. They were certainly encouraging the mosh pits and circles, something which probably didn't go down too well with the at-times overly zealous security officials. Up next were N.E.R.D. and they played a really good set. I'm not well up on their tracks but they were pretty good from what I heard. They also took crowd participant to the next level by inviting half a dozen ladies or so from the crowd up onto the stage. It was funny to see some of them still with cameras in hand trying to take a photo of Pharell Williams as he danced with them. Although fair play to him, he actually took the camera off one of the ladies to pose with her and take a picture of them both together. This was being shown on the large screens at the time and brought a massive round of appreciative applause from the crowd!

to be continued.... (bedtime now!)

Wednesday, June 25, 2008


I've neglected the blogging for a while as you might have noticed. I've not given up, I've just got pre-occupied with other things.

My life in bulletpoints! :)
  • Joined a gym - managing to go around 3 times a week and enjoying it. I've got a lot of exercise to catch up on having done nothing but be stuck in front of pcs for the last 15 years or so.
  • Started playing 5-a-side - bloody hard but good fun. After all these years I'm still crap at football but I don't care anymore!
  • Got a new pc - Bought a new Intel Quad Core PC. Way faster than my previous comp and only problem is that my MIDI keyboard for my music no longer works as there's no drivers available for Vista :(
  • Designing a new kitchen - We've ditched the extension idea which means that we can go ahead with redoing the kitchen. Initial design here but we've since been to the B&Q summer sale where they were selling unit fronts for £1 !!!! Have now got new designs to complete but they're not too different.
  • Linkin Park - Off to see LP on Sunday at Milton Keynes Bowl along with Jay-z, Pendulum, NERD, Enter Shikari and The Bravery. Treated myself & capn Jack to VIP tickets too. Looking forward to that and looks like it's going to be a long day given that it starts at midday!
Right, got some more rendering to do. catch ya later :)

Sunday, May 25, 2008

The Price You Pay....

For the first time in his four & half year existance, little Joshy finally had his first haircut at the barber shop. This makes a change from either mummy or myself doing it with the hair clippers, something that the neighbours must have thought we were trying to kill him he screamed so much over it. It's probably my fault that he doesn't like having his hair cut since I once nicked his ear with a pair of scissors trying to cut off one of them stray hairs (didn't realise an ear would bleed so much!!!!). So, time to get my hair trimmed and I thought I'd ask him if he wanted his cut too expecting the usual "when I'm five" answer. He iffed and arred and so I said I'd throw in a new England strip if he agreed to it (I know...I'm a sucker!) and suprisingly, he agreed. Even better, when he was sat in the seat, he was unbelievably calm and seemed to enjoy the experience......yay!

Not one to renege on my blatant bribe, I took him down to JJB to take a look at the strips on offer. On arrival he asks me who the team in blue are on the poster outside JJB sports. It is of course Chelsea but a swift "this is not the team you are looking for" Jedi mind trick (learned from Amy ;)) soon puts paid to any thoughts of him taking home said strip. Once inside we head to the replica shirts section to check out and the England strips and he sees the Man Utd ones. Now I'm not sure where it came from (there are a couple of kids in the street that he plays with who also have Man U strips) but he knew who that kit belonged to. "Daddy, is that Manchester and United?" he asks. Ok, he's not quite got the name right but he's spot on. "Yep, it is, England shirts are this way" I reply. "I want a Manchester shirt. A red one with number 10 on it" he say's. I show him a few other shirts but at this point he just wants a Man U strip and when a four year old sets his mind on wanting something then it's only going to end in tears if you don't give in and bow to their demand (a bit like a wife really! :p )

And so, sporting a new haircut and Man Utd strip (with the number 10 on the back!) we now have one very happy son as you can tell in the photo above. He couldn't wait to get the strip on and go outside in it.

That's the first football strip excursion done and dusted. Could have been worse I suppose had he decided he wanted the blue strip, I think I might have taken the tears if that had happened. And thank goodness they currently don't sell any red and white striped shirts, that's more than this father could bear!!! :o

Monday, May 12, 2008

When I Grow Up....

... I want to be a hypnotist!

"Look Into My Eyes"

Picture of Amy taken a month ago in a dress she wore for a christening. I think she's trying to pull the old Jedi mind tricks here: "This is not the girl you are looking for"!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Playing with photos..

..or rather, how to spend a few hours trawling the net for stuff you weren't looking for in the first place! I started the night looking for software to create photo collages and ended up reading a whole load of tutorials and hints & tips on achieving various effects to your photo collection. At least it was sort of related!

Anyways, here's a couple of photos I've been messing with:

Josh & Amy - Photo within Photo style

Captain Jack, me & some random passer by ;) - in a Scanner Darkly style!

Browsing through my photos made me realise just how many I've got (and forgotten about!) on my hard drive. One of my objectives this week has got to be to label, backup to DVD and archive them off to the mirrored network storage for keeps. Scary to think how much I could lose if my hard-drive failed - touches wood frantically!! :o

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Disneyland Paris trip

Click here for photo gallery

Our first Disneyland parade:

A little photo montage of Josh's meetings with the Disney characters:

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

It's alive.....

It's been a while since I last wrote anything which is probably due to a lack of enthusiasm on my part rather than a lack of anything to write about, or as Captain Jack quite rightly states, I've been enrolled into the Marine Corp and currently spend most of my evenings blasting away on Call Of Duty 4 still (it's a bloody good game!)

It's not all been COD action though and I still manage to cope without it for the few on hours on a Thursday night that we spend up the hotel for our weekly dose of karaoke. If you've been reading Captain Jacks blog then you will already know that our regular Thursday night KJ and good friend Andy King has been unceremoniously dropped from his spot (bad landlord!!) to be replaced with DJ Gaz (who does the Sunday slot too) who along with the karaoke now hosts a quiz as well. The quiz doesn't intefere with the karaoke too much and it's still quiet enough to get a few songs in each. Andy's still there on a Tuesday night so I'll probably pop up then every so often to catch up on things but for now my main night will remain the Thursday night. There's a couple of reasons for this, the most driving one of course is the fact that I don't have to go to work on a Friday and so can have a few drinks without the worry of working with a hangover! ;)

You may remember me posting last year about the wife, the brand new Renault Scenic and her driving it into the wall 15 minutes after driving it from the showroom. You don't? Well, then head over to here and you'll see what I'm on about! Anyway, we finally got around to knocking it down to widen the opening this week. When I say 'we' I do of course mean our handyman brother-in-law came around to knock the wall down :) I helped by making him cups of tea which I must have got right as he had at least 3 that I remember! Even the little uns were helping out as you can see by their 'eagerness' to brush up the rubble. It's currently taken down and we just need to slope off the drive a little as it's left a 'step' where the wall was and also to rebuild the column in it's wider state. Hopefully that'll be happening this weekend.

Treated myself to a new camcorder this weekend. After reading some reviews I finally decided upon the Sony Handycam DCR-SR55 based upon price, storage options, connectibility and reader reviews. You can find the tech specs for it over on Amazon but basically it's got a 40Gb internal hard drive which it records onto directly in MPEG-2 format. You then connect it to the pc via USB and it shows as another drive from which you can simply drag and drop your ready made videos from to store or burn to disk. How easy is that! Certainly much easier than it was to get the film off the Hi-8 digital tapes that my [6 years] old previous camcorder used. The new one is also about a third of the size of the other one two as you can tell by my picture of them both side-by-side. I haven't had a real good play with it yet but tested it out quickly when we were watching the above wall being knocked down. It's not much but here's a little clip of the little uns with the brother-in-law working away knocking the wall down!

The main reason I bought it was to get some decent footage from our upcoming holiday :) Yep, we're off to Disneyland soon, Paris not Florida, for an extended weekend which the kids are excited about. Josh wants to meet Buzz Lightyear and Amy wants to meet Mickey Mouse. Hopefully we'll have a great time and they'll enjoy it. As usual I'm not looking forward to the flight (I really hate flying) but fortunately it's only a short (1½ hours) journey so we should be getting off as soon as we've got on! Can't wait and I'll be posting up whatever piccies and videos I that are worthwhile once we're back.

Well, I think that'll do for now otherwise I'll be challenging me ol' shipmate at the amount of words-per-blog!

Take care people and see you later :)

Friday, March 28, 2008

Rude Rainbow

After Captain Jack revealed his hidden talent tonight as a spot-on George impersonator, it reminded me of this epsiode of Rainbow.

So, who'd like to play with Janes maraccas? :D

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Think you know music?

Having seen Captain Jacks musical picture quiz this week, it reminded of another that's been knocking around on the net for a while now which you may or may not have seen before.

The picture below (click on it for a larger version) contains representations of 75 bands. Can you name them all?

I'll start you off with an easy one: B-52's

Answers in a week or so ;)

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Quick Catchup

Been a while since I last posted so thought I'd better let you know what's kicking in the world of Shaunio!

Firstly, it was my birthday last Thursday and I've now reached the grand old age of.....33 although at the moment I feel much older!! I actually night of said birthday sleeping on the settee as I was so ill. Had a bad cold and a touch of the shakes, I believe it was that well known virus: Man Flu! Not the best start to a day but it got better later on when I got my presents: Unreal Tournament 3 and a PS3 bluetooth Headset (gaming in style now ;) )

I haven't got around to playing UT3 much yet as I'm currently engrossed in Call Of Duty 4 online multiplayer with which I haven't been as engrossed in online play since I used to play Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory constantly a couple of years back. The makers, Infinity Ward, have been very clever the online play and laid out an XP system along with personal objectives to give you something extra to play for above and beyond the standard deathmatch games. Unfortunately I get suckered into this type of thing and now feel compelled to 'level up' my character and complete said challenges, although some are ridiculously hard like 'kill an enemy, swap his gun for yours, and then kill him again with his old gun!!!'. Still, I like a challenge :D

This also means that the FIFA matches between me and Captain Jack have also taken a back seat although to be fair, I've not seen said pirate online for a while even though I've been on pretty much every night. We'll have to arrange something matey ;)

There was no karaoke for me last Thursday as I was on a night out with my colleagues from work at MegaBowl for a bit of ten-pin bowling and beers a plenty. Great night had by all although it finished at a funny time where it was too late to get to the hotel for last orders but late enough that everyone who had to work the next day decided to call it a night. Good fun none-the-less!

When I've not been playing CoD4, I've either been working (a 5:45 a.m. start for me this morning for a site release, not been up at that time for a very long time and jeez, it was like -18 outside, bloody freezing!) or working on my music. Really love playing around with music production and although I've never written a complete track, that is going to change. I'll shall [hopefully!] be blogging about a track that I'm going to put together as I'm determined to finish one that I can say I like and will be documenting how I go about it and what I learn along the way. It at least gives me some sort of defined goals which I find I often need in order to give me that 'push' to getting things done ( I like measurable achievements).

Anyway, that's about as exciting as it gets around here, so with that I'll let you get on with whatever you were doing before you came here :)

ciao for now

Friday, February 15, 2008

Lost - Christian = Jacob?

Lost is back bigger and better than ever and I've just stumbled across the 'mobisodes' which are by ABC and supposedly 'missing scenes' that they want us to see.

Most don't really have much to add and do feel like deleted footage (something that ABC stress that they're not) but the last one, mobisode 13, has got me going wow!

Take a look:

So, what the hell is Christian Shepherd doing in the jungle. We know that Jack saw him (or thinks he saw him) in the very first episode and it's fairly widely regarded that Christian was the bloke in the chair in Jacobs cabin when Hurley found it, so could Christian = Jacob who in turn is the smoke monster which we know can appear as another human being (remember Yemi and Eko).

Who the hell knows, I certainly don't, and reading the Lost forums everyone seems to have different opinions. It's definately an interesting clip though!

Sunday, February 10, 2008

"Hit The Decks" Competition entry

Here's my entry for a "Hit The Decks" style competition on the BackToTheOldSkool forum that I spent most of January pondering over.

Although in the end the competition didn't attract that much interest (4 entries in total) which was disappointing, I did learn a lot about FL Studio, the Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), that I used and I hope to put that to good use in the future in producing my own tracks.

Here's the YouTube vids of the mix in action and you can download a 192kbs mp3 version of the mix here if you want to listen to it in it's uninterrupted entirety.

Part 1:

Part 2:

The tracks I used in the mix are (in order of appearance):

Edge*1 - Compounded
Circa 91 - Can You Feel Me
Blow - Cutter
Rachel Wallace - Tell Me Why
Quadrophonia - Quadrophonia
Krome & Time - This Sound Is For The Underground
Hedgehog Affair - Oh Wow What A Rush
Rhythm Quest - Closer To All Your Dreams
Prodigy - Everybody In The Place
Urban Hype - Trip To Trumpton
Shaft - Roobarb & Custard
2 Bad Mice - Bombscare
Acen - Close Your Eyes
Awesome 3 - Don't Go
House Crew - We Are Hardcore
Sonz Of A Loop Da Loop Era - Far Out
The Hypnotist - Hardcore You Know The Score
Frequency - Sky Is The Limit
Noise Factory - We Can
NRG - Never Lost His Hardcore
Release - Drifting
Cleptomaniacs - Positive Feedback
Altern 8 - Infiltrate 202
Blame - Music Takes You
Rave 8 - Jigsaw
Rythym For Reasons - Grand National
Elevation - Can You Feel It

And if you're wondering if I won the competition......

... Yes, I did :)

No prizes though unfortunately, but as I said to a colleague at work, it's just about the pride in others hearing your work and accomplishing what you set out to do (and the kudos of course ;) )

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Quantum of Solace Countdown

I'm not a huge fan of Bond I have to admit but I know someone who is, ain't that right Mr. Jack ;)

Anyhow, I was requested to do a countdown timer to the new Bond film, Quantum of Solace, due out this year on November 7 and so as not to disappoint, here it is:

Feel free to use it on your own blog/site (embed code below). All I ask in return is that if you use it, please leave a comment here to say so :)

Hope you like it!

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Thursday, January 17, 2008

It's All Gone Quiet....

"Said Roobarb. Too quiet, said Custard"

Yep, it's all gone a bit quiet on the blogging front all round since things have gone back to some semblance of normality.

For me, I just haven't had anything to say that I thought warranted writing since the new year. I suppose I *could* tell you about the Playstation 3 I got for Christmas from Lisa which is bloody brilliant. I haven't played it anywhere near as much as I thought I would, although I expect this to change after I finish my 'hit the decks' competition entry, but what I have played has been fantastic. I've now got it hooked up via HDMI cable and it looks awesome on the Samsung LCD on the wall. Call Of Duty 4 is like watching CNN, Fifa 08 similarly is like watching Sky Sports and Motorstorm is just wow! The most played game since I finished Guitar Hero 3 (on easy) is Heavenly Sword and this one has really got me hooked. Brilliant gameplay, graphics and storyline. Perhaps a tad short as I'm nearly finished it now but brilliant nonetheless. Playing online is no slouch either and I've managed a few COD4 battles and a couple of Fifa 08 games against Scott.

For the record, the scores against Scott were:

Man Utd (Scott) 3 - 1 Arsenal (me)
LA Galaxy (Scott) 1 - 0 Chelsea (me) * note: I hit the post about 50 times in this game, no way I deserved to lose!! ;)

I may well keep a record of these games as I expect the tide to turn once I've played it a few times ;)

The rest of my spare time in the last 2 weeks has been spent working on a 'megamix' for a competition which needs to be 15 minutes long by the 27th Jan (I've done 4½ mins in 2 weeks so far so need to get a move on)! Similar in vein to the YouTube Hit The Decks videos top right, it's a mash-up of old school rave classics with audio samples galore chucked over the top. Believe me when I say it's much harder than I thought it would be! Once the compo is over and the results announced (keep your fingers crossed for me :) ) I'll be putting it up for download. I'm quite pleased with it so far and sure it stands a good chance (not least because I don't think there'll be that many entries!).

Anyway, that's been me for the last couple of weeks ,let's see what the next lot bring :)

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Yo Yo Yo - You Are The Weakest Link Dude!!

Not a big fan of The Weakest Link or Ann Robinson, but just came across this on YouTube from the American Rap Celebrity episode and just found it so funny.

Can't believe that B-Real (one half of Cypress Hill) got 3 times 4 wrong, doh!

Friday, January 4, 2008

Breaking News...

Yep, in a compromise with the 70's & 80's night, karaoke returns to it's Thursday night slot from next week with the 70's & 80's tunes filling in breaks and the background at a guess.

You heard it here first!!* *(unless you were up the hotel tonight and heard Andy announce it too ;) )