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General Social

The Raoul Moat saga

Unless you’ve been living under a rock you might’ve noticed that a bloke called Raoul Moat has been running around trying to hide from the Police – after shooting his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend.  It’s a pretty dark tale of a ex-doorman who went off the rails massively.

However it’s been a pretty weird tale of how the “media” has covered it and handled it. I’m only touching on some of it here.

The Twitter community got on the case . @raoulontherun was set-up with the bio “2010 Hide and Seek Champion“. Twitter suspended the account really quickly. Apparently it’s ok to mock the USA’s worst ever ecological disaster but not a murderer on the run.

Anyway it all kicked off on Friday night when Raoul was spotted in Northumberland town of Rothbury. I picked it up about 7pm as Sky News and BBC News dispatched reporters and had gone to rolling news.

People were crying, Police armed response units were tearing around, the tension was palpable. However reporters were running around like lunatics sticking their microphones into the faces of people who were clearly incredibly upset. It was horrible.

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I stuck with it for a bit – but in the end had to turn over. The “breaking reports” were meaningless. There was nothing to report because the situation was still unfolding and the Police didn’t want the media to get too close.

Repeatedly they were asked to stay inside their cars, or to move back, or to go indoors and stay away from the windows. They didn’t. The police even had to resort to this.

Anyway the madness didn’t stop there. England football legend and fellow troubled soul Paul Gascoigne turned up at the Police exclusion zone in Rothbruy claiming to be a friends of “Moatys”.

He had brought Raoul Moat a can of lager, some chicken, a mobile phone, dressing gown and a fishing rod. I shit you not.

He then got into a photographers car and did a radio interview on Real Radio Northeast.

Listen to the interview in full here. It’s pretty tragic.

Anyway, at around 1.15am Raoul Moat shot himself in the head. Possibly after being “tasered” by the Police.

Then this picture appeared on the BBC News homepage.

It’s like some sort of PhotoBomb! Massively inappropriate.

Looks like the ex-bodybuilder was the only one pumped up on steroids. Even the ITV News blurred this unfortunate gurn out on their main broadcast.

Can someone make sense of all this for me please? It’s all been very surreal.

I’m half expecting to see this in the newspapers on Monday morning: The Raoul Moat Memorial Edition “Cut Out and Keep” Party Mask.

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Creative General Social

Borrowing Culture in the Remix Age

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Walking on Eggshells: Borrowing Culture in the Remix Age from Brendan Schlagel on Vimeo.

Interesting film about intellectual property and remix culture.

“Walking on Eggshells” is a 24-minute documentary about appropriation, creative influence, re-use and intellectual property in the remix age.

Worth a watch.

Full details here.

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Funny Music Visual

Reggie Watts “Fuck Shit Stack”

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LOOSEWORLD x Waverly Films: Reggie Watts in F_CK SH_T STACK from LOOSEWORLD on Vimeo.

Think I had a “Fuck Shit Stack” at work once. Sorted it out though.

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Funny Social Web

Lady Gaga performs “Telephone” on Chatroulette. Midly NSFW

http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/v/8qBFNaA7u1E&hl=en_US&fs=1&rel=0&hd=1

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Brutal.

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Creative Funny Social Technology Web

Chatroulette Piano Improv

Yes I know that everyone is pinging Chatroulette stuff around the moment – but this deserves the limelight. I’ll spare all the waffle but if you haven’t seen it all you need to know is:

1 – Merton creates Chatroulette Piano Improv.
2 – Ben Fold creates Ode to Merton.

Enjoy…

Bens Fold Five performs “Piano Ode to Merton”

http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/v/LfamTmY5REw&hl=en_US&fs=1&rel=0

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The Original Chat Roulette Funny Piano Improv

http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/v/JTwJetox_tU&hl=en_US&fs=1&rel=0&hd=1

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Suddenly Chatroulette seems a lot less scary and dark.

Brilliant stuff from both these guys.

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Creative Design Social Visual

The Evolution of the ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ Meme


You know something has captured the imagination when you see it on a British Gas TVC – currently airing in the UK.

Today’s must-see delicious web bit comes from Oscillator’s Christina Agapakis who after seeing a trend of the popular ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ poster developing into a full blown meme rife with parody and recreation, drew up an awesome family tree infographic of how the parodies have evolved.

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Creative Music Technology

Delia Derbyshire – 4 deck reel-to-reel beat matching

Carl Cox eat your heart out.

Delia Derbyshire was born in Coventry, England, in 1937. Educated at Coventry Grammar School and Girton College, Cambridge, where she was awarded a degree in mathematics and music.

In 1959, on approaching Decca records, Delia was told that the company did not employ women in their recording studios, so she went to work for the UN in Geneva before returning to London to work for music publishers Boosey & Hawkes.

In 1960 Delia joined the BBC as a trainee studio manager. She excelled in this field, but when it became apparent that the fledgling Radiophonic Workshop was under the same operational umbrella, she asked for an attachment there – an unheard of request, but one which was, nonetheless, granted.

Delia remained ‘temporarily attached’ for years, regularly deputising for the Head, and influencing many of her trainee colleagues.

A recent Guardian article called her ‘the unsung heroine of British electronic music’, probably because of the way her infectious enthusiasm subtly cross-pollinated the minds of many creative people.

She had exploratory encounters with Paul McCartney, Karlheinz Stockhausen, George Martin, Pink Floyd, Brian Jones, Anthony Newley, Ringo Starr and Harry Nilsson.

More about Delia:
http://www.delia-derbyshire.org/

A newly found dance track – 20 years ahead of its time:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7512072.stm

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Creative Music Visual

DJ Earworm – United State of Pop 2009 (Blame It on the Pop)

DJ Earworm delivers the 2009 mashup. Head and shoulders above anything else out there.

YouTube link.

United State of Pop 2009 (Blame It on the Pop)

A Mashup of the Top 25 Hits of 2009, according to Billboard.

The Black Eyed Peas – BOOM BOOM POW

Lady Gaga – POKER FACE

Lady Gaga Featuring Colby O’Donis – JUST DANCE

The Black Eyed Peas – I GOTTA FEELING

Taylor Swift – LOVE STORY

Flo Rida – RIGHT ROUND

Jason Mraz – I’M YOURS

Beyonce – SINGLE LADIES (PUT A RING ON IT)

Kanye West – HEARTLESS

The All-American Rejects – GIVES YOU HELL

Taylor Swift – YOU BELONG WITH ME

T.I. Featuring Justin Timberlake – DEAD AND GONE

The Fray – YOU FOUND ME

Kings Of Leon – USE SOMEBODY

Keri Hilson Featuring Kanye West & Ne-Yo – KNOCK YOU DOWN

Jamie Foxx Featuring T-Pain – BLAME IT

Pitbull – I KNOW YOU WANT ME (CALLE OCHO)

T.I. Featuring Rihanna – LIVE YOUR LIFE

Soulja Boy Tell ’em Featuring Sammie – KISS ME THRU THE PHONE

Jay Sean Featuring Lil Wayne – DOWN

Miley Cyrus – THE CLIMB

Drake – BEST I EVER HAD

Kelly Clarkson – MY LIFE WOULD SUCK WITHOUT YOU

Beyonce – HALO

Katy Perry – HOT N COLD

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. Will this be on iTunes?

–No, not the iTunes store, but it can be in your iTunes for free. Download it from my website, djearworm.com. You don’t need to pay the iTunes store to put free mp3s in your iTunes software, you just download the mp3 and then double-click on it (or drag it into your iTunes if that doesn’t work).

2. Why is that artist I hate in your list, and why isn’t that artist I love in your list?

–This is based on the Top 25 songs of Billboard’s 2009 year-end list. I didn’t choose the songs. The complete list is here: http://www.billboard.com/charts-year-…

3. Why is that song from last year in the list? Why isn’t that song which was so popular toward the end of the year on the list?

–Billboard’s cutoff date is Dec 1st, to give them time to calculate the results and publish them well before New Years Day, which is good for me, since I need a little time to put this together and release it before the end of the year!

4. How long did this take you?

–If you add it up, about a month. About two weeks earlier in the year using educated guesswork, and then two weeks between when Billboard released the list and when I put it out.

5. What software did you use?

–Ableton Live for arranging the music. It’s AWESOME, and it’s what I use to DJ live with as well. Final Cut Pro for the video. For acapella extraction, see the next question.

6. How did you get the vocals without the instruments?

–if you search for “acapella” with the name of your song, you might find an isolated vocal. In some cases, I use a bit of Adobe Audition (the Center Channel Extractor effect) for vocal isolation. This removes instruments that are to the left or right in your stereo, and leaves only the sound that’s in the center. You can also use this effect to take an instrumental and a full track to create an acapella. Check out my book “Audio Mashup Construction Kit” for more details on this technique, there’s a whole chapter on it. In a few instances I used Melodyne Studio for vocal isolation.

7. What are the lyrics? Who sang that one part? I didn’t hear that one artist!

–I’ve posted the complete lyrics as well as a guide to where each of the lyrics and instruments came from.

8. I want to make mashups, do you have any tips?

–Learn as much music theory as possible! Get ACID or Ableton Live, and learn it well. Make sure you understand key and tempo, so you can sync everything and get the parts to harmonize correctly. If you’re of a technical mindset, my book “Audio Mashup Construction Kit” covers my techniques in great detail.

9. Can I repost this video?

–PLEASE, NO, and thanks for asking! You can use the MUSIC if you want (please credit me), but don’t simply repost the video in its entirety. I don’t get paid for this and I like to keep the views, comments, and ratings on my video, not some leecher’s channel. I can’t seem to get some people to remove the video no matter how nicely I ask, and youtube can’t seem to help, even though I flag them. I think there’s like half a million views that I’m not getting. I like to be all about positivity, but it is frustrating! Feel free to leave appropriate feedback and ratings on any leechers videos or channels!

10. Doesn’t this prove how much pop music sucks nowadays and is basically interchangeable?

–Not at all. If you alter the tempo and pitch of any music enough, you could get anything to fit together, whether it’s Bach or the Black Eyed Peas. What it does prove is how far technology has come to make these alterations sound convincing. I’ve manipulated some of these vocals HEAVILY.

Great spot by Shealan

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Creative Funny

DJO Goes To Town. Want Applejuice?

YouTube.

Whaddya say we make Applejuice and fax it to each other?

I smell. Fuck a hologram.

And other madness.

More on his YouTube channel.

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