The big news today is that David Bowie has passed away. (Bloody cancer again..)
This explains why he suddenly started making music again – he knew he didn’t have long.
I have to say that I only like some of his music, but that’s the point: how can you not like some of it? His musical output is so diverse that I don’t think you can dislike all of it..
Personally, I started with “Ashes to Ashes” and Fashion in the eighties, and then retrospectively found the “Low” and Berlin period stuff to be to my taste.
His influence is everywhere, though.
He will be missed.
I’ve just noticed that the “Music” section is dead in the water..
None of the links actually work.. I’ll sort it out as soon as I can – I’m a bit busy fixing a large qube! renderfarm.. deja vu or what?
I’d just like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who reads my ramblings, whether you read the posts on the site, follow me on twitter or facebook, or subscribe by e-mail..
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
May next year be all that you want it to be.
You couldn’t make this stuff up, could you?
Sweet manufacturer Chupa Chups are giving away REAL gems hidden in their lollipop wrappers..
Don’t believe me? have a look at the official press release, below..
Chupa Chups releases limited edition
precious stone lollipops into worldwide distribution
Milan, April Ist, 2014 – The next time you open up a Chupa Chups lollipop, it could well be an emerald, sapphire or ruby stone worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Chupa Chups, the world’s most loved lollipop announced today that it has released a series of extremely limited edition, 50-carat precious stone lollipops into its worldwide distribution.
The limited edition lollipops – made of entirely of emerald, ruby, sapphire, diamond and giant black pearl – all shaped and priced as an original Chupa Chups – have been distributed randomly across the world as part of a marketing campaign to surprise and delight customers everywhere.
Chupa Chups has released a total of 1 of each of these gemstone lollipops into their worldwide distribution.
At a press conference held at holding company Perfetti Van Melle headquarters in Milan, Italy,
Chupa Chups Chief Marketing Officer, Marco DiPaulo confirmed that the campaign began a month ago, and has already created overwhelming excitement in Argentina where the first gemstone lollipop has been discovered.
“You may ask why Chupa Chups has decided to do this. Well, just imagine if the next person who happens to be lucky enough to uncover a precious gem stone is you,” Mr. DiPaulo said.
The campaign is expected to run for as long as until all precious gemstone lollipops are uncovered.
There, it’s official! Here’s what to look out for:
Seriously, they are giving away Rubies, Sapphires and Emeralds. (no diamonds, though – cheapskates.. 🙁 )
Right – I’m off to the local 24hr supermarket. You never know.
Here’s the News Story, from “3 News”..
What do YOU think? Is this for real?
Leave a comment below..
A malfunction in the site’s enhanced security system meant that EVERYONE was locked out. Even me!
It’s all fixed now.
The newsletter system went bananas overnight, sending out messages for old posts.
I’ve got the little sod to behave itself now.
The new re-issue is available HERE
‘A brilliant contribution to the archaeology of electronic music’ – Brian Eno
20 tracks made on 20 synthesisers spanning 20 years, accompanied by 60 page colour book with a foreword by Robin “Scanner” Rimbaud, Twenty Systems is Benge’s acclaimed concept album, first released in 2008.
His tenth solo album, this ambitious project combines an audio CD of new music with a hardbound full colour book containing photos and diagrams of the electronic instruments used, along with a detailed history documenting the development of synthesisers between 1968 and 1988. Each track is the pure sound of an individual instrument, with no additional processing, sequencing or effects applied to any of the recordings. If a system was equipped with an in-built sequencer, it was used, and there are several examples of sound-on-sound processes, where a track is made up of multiple layers of the same synthesiser recorded in parallel. To put it simply, Benge lets the instruments speak for themselves and influence the way each piece is composed.
‘Indicates what a deliriously desirable thing the synthesis of sound has historically been’ – The Wire
‘Absolutely cast iron irrefutable proof that synthesisers are better than guitars’ – Vice Magazine