Everything is a Remix

Everything is a Remix is a four part series that investigates the history of remixing, sampling, stealing, transforming and how that mentality spills out of the context of music and into a wider mindset. You could even say that everything is a remix.

Everything is a Remix from Kirby Ferguson on Vimeo.

Can’t wait to see the others.

The Week Everything Went INSTANT

Google Instant went live last week.

http://www.google.com

By the time I got in the office on Monday people had made all these:

1- YouTube Instant
http://ytinstant.com/

2- iTunes Instant
http://labs.stephenou.com/itunes

3- Google Maps Instant
http://hartlabs.net/instant_maps/

4- Google Instant Images
http://cdn.michaelhart.me/mh/instant_images/

But is it good for us:

Google Instant is trying to Kill Me, by Charlie Brooker
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/sep/13/charlie-brooker-google-in…

I wrote this… slowly.

My Current Favourites

The Creators Project – http://www.thecreatorsproject.com/en-uk/
Intel partner with Vice Magazine. There’s just so much good content here!! Love it.

Draw and Fold Over – http://www.drawandfoldover.com
A lovely social drawing site. Choose your pen and take it in turns to draw. In association with ‘The Big Draw’ which takes place throughout October, offering drawing events for people of all ages and abilities.

Fflick.com – http://fflick.com/
A social film site that makes it simple to see the films your friends are talking about, and what they think of them. Twitter sign-in. No Facebook here.

History Pin – http://www.historypin.com/
A great project by We Are What We Do to get generations talking, sharing and coming together more often. Developed in partnership with Google.

The Most Refreshing Pint – http://themostrefreshingpint.com/
Have a ‘sip’ on a pint (nice Drinkaware language there). See if you win a free prize. Refresh to try again. Simple.

Inside Insides – http://insideinsides.blogspot.com/
MRI scans of fruit and veg. Obviously.

This is Freaking Ridiculous – http://www.tifr.us/
Packed full of funny internet shit.

Unsuck-It – http://unsuck-it.com/
Rid your office of shitty business jargon!! Search or browse.

(A version of this comment first appeared in New Media Age.)

ASDA Shopping Smartness

More shopping smartness, this time from ASDA. Their new Price Guarantee lets you compare the price of your shop against the other supermarkets. Enter 6 set of numbers from your receipt and the system does the rest. If it’s cheaper elsewhere ASDA refund the difference.

It’s being supported by a nationwide ad campaign showing those good old ‘regular mums’ trying it out.

The price check is powered by mySupermarket.co.uk

http://www.asdapriceguarantee.co.uk/

‘The Wizard of Speed and Time’ by Mike Jittlov

Every single person in the world needs to see this 1979 short by Mike Jittlov.

Remember there’s no trick printing, no CGI, and no complex mechanical effects. Try and figure out how it’s all done. I’m bamboozled. It you want to see more then the films is on YouTube.

Here’s the trailer:

And this user has uploaded the 10 parts:
http://www.youtube.com/user/Damn6Deal6Done6

Amazing. The New Order Singles Project

These guys weren’t impressed with the remastered New Order collections put out by the label, so they collected and cleaned up every one of the Factory singles and the the artwork themselves.

Here’s the lowdown:

In the fall of 2008 London Records/Warner Brothers finally released “remastered” versions of New Order’s ground-breaking 80’s albums recorded for Factory Records. They were terrible. Instead of releasing a comprehensive singles box (which they should have done a decade ago), they tried to cram everything onto bonus discs paired with each album, using terrible mastering with crushed dynamics – just a piss-poor job all the way around. My friend Bruce lives in Toronto, and in addition to being a New Order fan is also an audio restoration expert. We’ve decided to tackle the reissues ourselves, including the many items the label saw fit to omit yet the fans have been begging for for years.

– All tracks were taken from the best/earliest possible sources to avoid modern mastering techniques which crush the dynamics.

– Tracks sourced from vinyl have been carefully cleaned and EQ levels have been tweaked for consistency.

– The artwork was scanned at the highest possible resolution and the type was reset when possible using the original fonts.

Documentation of the artwork restoration process:
http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=71649

All singles in AAC/iTunes format at 256kbps fully tagged and ready:
http://neworder-recycle.blogspot.com/