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Korg Kaoss PAd 3 and Beardyman! Unbelieveable skills!

April 14, 2009


Darren Foreman  also known as Beardyman is a beatboxer from London.

Foreman moved to Brighton in 2001 to study at the University of Sussex. After seeing Rahzel play live, he started beatboxing at an improv show in 2002. He was given the nick-name “Beardyman” because at the time, he had a beard. Foreman also often uses the moniker “Professor Bernhard Steinerhoff” when performing for crowds during seemingly serious lectures; often he will begin a serious lecture in a German accent then break into the beatboxing.

Beardyman often uses humour as well as beatboxing in his act. He has impersonated Elvis, dressed as a monkey on stage at Bestival and once posed as an Austrian climate change lecturer before breaking into his set, with over 1 million views on YouTube

Beardyman also features in the Funky Sage ring tones in which he plays a floating head who beatboxes and gives good advice. His video “Kitchen Diaries” which features him combining beatboxing with cooking has been viewed more than 3 million times on YouTube. “Kitchen Diaries” also makes an appearance in ‘South Coast’, a Brighton based documentary about Hip Hop in the UK.

If you have ever wondered what a box of tricks the Kaoss Pad can be this chap reinvents its usage! is equipment list is awesome,1 mic,  2 Korg Kaoss Pads and a Loopstation!. Its all  you nee..



Yamaha and LIPA announce Make it Break it 2009

April 14, 2009


Yamaha and LIPA announce new partnerships and additional prizes

The Make it, Break it songwriting awards (MIBI), founded in 2005 by Yamaha and the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) has launched the 2009 campaign for applicants, this year including new promotional partnerships with EMI publishing, HMV retail and XFM Radio, which have all joined the programme to increase the prize and awards fund.

MIBI is a unique music awards competition that does not focus solely on songwriting and performance skills, but includes adjudication on the promotional talent of 14 to 19 year olds. The format encourages and supports the skills essential in creating successful records: making the son and then breaking it through marketing and innovation.

In addition to the prizes for the young talents, the contest also offers the winners’ schools a £500 prize of Yamaha equipment. The educational establishment with the most applicants received for the contest will receive the opportunity to have an on-site master-class held by a LIPA lecturer specifically crafted for the school or college.Lines are now open for this year’s competition at, which provides entry details and video interviews with members of the judging panel – including Coldplay’s Chris Martin (pictured). The competition has two age categories of 14 to 16 year olds and 17 to 19 year olds, with judges selecting three winners from each category.

Winners receive a host of prizes including performing at the awards ceremony held in the Paul McCartney auditorium. Also included is an all expenses paid music academy at LIPA, with master-classes, an A&R meeting with EMI and a recording session.

Mark Featherstone-Witty the CEO and founder of LIPA said: “The question is simple: what can we do to add to the learning journey of the talented? Our new partners have embraced this challenge and together we will take MIBI to a new level. We want MIBI to be the best educative experience for singer/songwriters in the UK.”


Video: Trent Reznor On New Business Models, Distribution Channels & More

April 14, 2009


Very interesting video with Trent Reznor On new business models, distribution channels! Heavy going but really useful disscusion about the future of music distribution.

Great footage if not to simply lust after Trent’s  Synths in the background. All modular all amazing!, flashing lights everywhere!

Can anyone spot what they are??

Michael Masnick The Trent Reznor case study


Noel Gallager and Focusrite combine for TCT live sessions

April 1, 2009

Oasis songwriter teams up with Focusrite and Gareth Johnson to record and mix live sound for Teenage Cancer Trust…

Noel Gallagher Teenage Cancer Trust gig

Noel Gallagher at his Teenage Cancer Trust gig

Gareth Johnson is no stranger to recording live music. For years now he’s been drafted in for live mixing duties for the likes of Kasabian, The Who, Kaiser Chiefs and Duffy. Now he’s adding Noel Gallagher to a CV that’s littered with A-listers from the cream of major record labels and a stack of independents too.

For the last four years Gareth has also been involved with the Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT) gigs, an annual outing for the charity that sees them pack the Royal Albert Hall (RAH) for a week of stellar performances from some of the biggest stars of the day.

As a part of raising awareness for the week-long festival, which kicked off  March 24th, Gareth has been drafted in to capture the sound of rock‘n’roll once again.

To coincide with this year’s concerts, Noel Gallagher released the recordings of his performance at TCT RAH in 2007. The Oasis singer and songwriter performed a selection of Oasis’ greatest songs, as well as some of his favourite tracks by other artists, including There Is A Light That Never Goes Out by The Smiths and Butterfly Collector with Paul Weller.

The new live disc, The Dreams We Have As Children, was released digitally and as an exclusive covermounted 11-track CD with The Sunday Times.

Over the years Gareth has become a tour-de-force on the live circuit, assembling a rig that he can rely on to get the best results – the artists he’s recording are global superstars, so there can be no compromise and no second takes.

Gareth and his Liquid Mix

Gareth and his Liquid Mix

“To capture the performance we use Focusrite Octopre preamps. I chose them because they’re reliable and neutral enough to leave scope for a wide range of mix options.”

“Then for mixdown, I need to be able to instantly recall settings on complex mixes with high track counts, which is where Focusrite’s Liquid Mix comes into its own. Working with racks of traditional outboard on projects like this would be a massive pain, but with Liquid Mix it’s just not an issue.”

“Basically Liquid Mix has revolutionised the mix process by enabling me to introduce some great tones and colour into my mixes. No patchbays, no dodgy cables – just a virtual rack stocked full of the finest outboard known to man!”

Using Liquid Mix also means I can keep costs to an absolute minimum, which is essential when working with the TCT. So the whole rig consists of Focusrite Octopres at the front end, then into the Macbook Pro (and Logic) before bringing in the Liquid Mix. Finally I run the audio through an external 16 channel summing box before taking a stereo mix back into the computer. Of course good monitoring is always important, and for this I use my trusted KRKs.

“The Liquid Mix is a real solution for a very real problem. Yes, of course I want bottomless pockets to buy loads of great outboard for my studio, but that’s just not going to happen. I can, however, afford the Liquid Mix, which is much more convenient and packs just as much of a punch. Ultimately, what we have here is a revolutionary product.”

“Dynamic convolution is a great asset in the studio. I own a few of the units that have been emulated on Liquid Mix, and while it’s nice to look at a rack full of expensive outboard gear, in the context of a large multi-track mix you would be hard pressed to tell the difference between the emulation and the real thing.”

“Liquid Mix is a great way to get character, colour and tone into your mix, and really useful for getting elements to jump out in the mix. I used API 550b emulations on the guitars, I love the 1176 on the vocal, while for the strings I opted for the Massive Passive emulation. Then I used the SSL G series comp to glue the mix together. And the results? Well, they’re just awesome.”


Liquid Mix at Dolphin

Teenage Cancer Trust website

Oasis Myspace page

The Complete Noel Gallagher Gear Guide

To view Oasis gear available at Dolphin Music, please visit the Oasis Artist Page


Latitude Festival Headliners Released Early

March 25, 2009


The headliners for this year’s Latitude Festival have been revealed early, and among those performing this year are Grace Jones, Nice Cave and the Bad Seeds, Pet Shop Boys and Bat for Lashes, among others.

The recently created festival debuted in 2006, with headliners like The Lemonheads, Patti Smith, Antony and the Johnsons and Mogwai, and it has continued to grow in popularity since, having live theatre performances, comedy and poetry readings along with music.

This years festival will take place on July 16-19 in Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolk, England, and the rest of the performers on the bill will be announced soon.



Dolphin Music Studio Spotlight: Whitewood Studios

March 25, 2009


Located in Liverpool’s Elevator buliding (also home to to Dolphin Music) is Whitewood Recordings Studios.

Found located  in one of the cities most vibrant new areas, the Building itself  boasts The Leaf Cafe, numerous  big name artists and musicians alongside the most talked about young acts, graphic designers, software developers and dancers even grace a floor!

All this activity seems to be leading to a valuable asset to Liverpool whilst offering facilites to the artss across a whole spectrum.

Dolphin Music took a snoop around Whitewood Recording Studios and spoke to the two main chaps Robert Whitley and Danny Woodward. We talked pre-amps , the need for outboard equipment and what it takes to make a session smoothly. The live room is spacious and well stocked and their patter is relaxed and welcoming.

Get in touch if your studio wishes to be inclued in this series of videos



How to run your band..Online!

March 24, 2009

Think it’s hard writing the perfect pop song? Try keeping track of the number of T-shirts buried in the back of your band’s van.

Bandize, a new web service for musicians that’s currently in closed alpha, gives bands a suite of online tools to manage everything from tour bookings and social networking to mundane tasks like accounting and monitoring merchandise levels.

The five musician/web developers behind Bandize say they are trying to cover all the bases in an attempt to make musicians’ lives easier.

“The main thing we’re doing is all of it,” said Beamer Wilkins at the South by Southwest Music festival trade show last week. Wilkins, 25, and his team have been working on the service for just over a year. In fact, their first focus group to discuss Bandize was held at last year’s SXSW festival.

The overlap between music and technology has never been greater. Virtually every band rocks the internet to promote itself these days, using MySpace, Twitter and other popular services to attract new listeners and keep current fans loyal. A wave of iPhone apps like Gigotron, a winner at this year’s SXSW Interactive Web Awards, make it easier for music lovers to find shows they want to see.

Soon, Bandize will deliver business and communication tools that let bands collaborate more easily as they work to take their careers to the next level. Bandize will go to public beta within six months, according to its founders, and will cost no more than $10 per month per band. (Want to try Bandize now? The first 50 readers that use Twitter to request a free trial will be whisked into Bandize’s closed alpha.

Bandize lets bands keep track of tour dates, venues and hotel accommodations, and print out tour itineraries. The inventory-management tool keeps track of every T-shirt or CD that is sold or given away, registering the cost of the swag or the profit from the sale. Bandize lets bands sync their social networking info on MySpace and Pure Volume (Bandize is also working with Facebook), and assign tasks to each other and track productivity.

Every band member gets their own Bandize login, making it easier for anybody to update the data at any time, and accounting data can be exported to popular bookkeeping software.

Scott Hansen, a San Francisco-based electronic musician who records and performs as Tycho, has been using Bandize during the closed alpha. He said it “absolutely” simplifies the music biz.

“My manager works with it handling a lot of the day-to-day, and it’s nice to be able to collaborate in a single space instead of requesting e-mails from him,” Hansen said in an e-mail interview. “Feels more like we’re working on things together now.”

Hansen said he finds Bandize’s novel inventory management system especially useful.

“I sell a lot of T-shirts, so it’s cool to see how much I made on merch at each show I played,” he said.

Other web services, like ReverbNation, help bands make the most of their online marketing and distribution efforts, but don’t offer merch-management tools, even though that’s where some bands make a healthy chunk of their earnings. Meanwhile, software solutions like Indie Band Manager offer powerful tools but don’t offer the easy access, flexibility and collaboration possibilities of an online service.

With offices in Austin and in San Jose, California, Bandize developers are working on an open API to allow for more Web 2.0 functionality, and they’re developing an iPhone app so the bass player, for instance, could update publicity info while riding in the van (if he’s within range of AT&T’s mobile network and not strung out).

Bandize’s Andy Miles says he tracked tour information for his now-defunct band Exit the King using an elaborate system of bookmarks in Safari, but the undertaking required lots of maintenance. He tested Bandize on the road and found it helpful, he said.

“I would like to think it’s kind of the tour-booking hoss,” Miles said.

The musicians who created Bandize seem to have thought of almost everything (although has not had a chance to test the service extensively yet). Bandize even has a feature for keeping track of your group’s assets, like guitars, amps and other valuables. Entering the data once means it will be easily accessible online if you need to file a police report if your trailer gets stolen while you’re on the road.

“Can you tell me the serial number on your guitar?” asked Miles. “No.”

The service also lets band members assign tasks to their bandmates. While there’s no guaranteeing the bass player will actually put up the fliers when he’s told to, at least “everybody knows now,” said Bandize’s Ajit D’Sa. “There’s no excuse.”

Possibly the best part of a service aimed at notoriously short-lived bands: Musicians can take all their personal data with them when they join another group, and bands can cut off a crazy lead singer  when they kick him out for sleeping with the drummer’s girlfriend.

“When one guy quits the band, you can shut him out” from your group’s account, Wilkins said.

Source: wired


Kanye West to headline Wireless

March 24, 2009
Kanye West

Kanye West will headline the final day of this year’s Wireless Festival in London’s Hyde Park.

The rapper, who made a surprise appearance at America’s SXSW festival last week, will headline the event on Sunday 25 July.

As previously reported Basement Jaxx will headline the festival on Saturday 4 July alongside The Streets and Dizzee Rascal.

Tickets for the festival are available from Friday 27 March.

Here is Kanye’s latest


Counting Crows Drop Label For D.I.Y.

March 20, 2009


On their web site, platinum sellers The Counting Crows posted:

“Eighteen years ago, when Counting Crows signed our first record contract, we were an unknown band signed to DGC, the cool indie-flavored boutique label of Geffen Records. Our label mates were Sonic Youth, The Posies, Nirvana, The Sundays, Maria McKee and That Dog, to name a few. Bands knew each other, played on each other’s records, toured together… It was a dream environment to be a musician, even for that time.

the label “disappeared except as a logo on our records


…(But) DGC disappeared except as a logo on our records, and Geffen became one of many labels of a much larger conglomerate…

A lot of people think it’s a tough time to be a band, but we don’t feel that way. The internet opens a world of limitless possibility, where the only boundaries are the boundaries of your own imagination. We want a chance to push those boundaries back as far as we can…We all want what’s best for everyone which is why we’ve decided to part ways.”


New Aphex Twin Album On its Way

March 18, 2009


Warp Records reveals Electronic pioneer’s new record is on the way

13 March 2009 – Experimental wizard Aphex Twin is notoriously reclusive when it comes to his music but 6 Music can reveal his new album’s in the works.

Steve Beckett, founder of Aphex’s parent label Warp Records, exclusively said: “We’re definitely going to be putting out a new album by him. Hopefully it will be this year, if I can prise it out of his hands. It’s definitely on its way.”

Recently Warp has brought us music by the likes of Jamie Lidell, Squarepusher as well as bands like !!!, Grizzly Bear and Maximo Park.

It is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year with several big gigs in London, New York Tokyo and Paris and have already revealed that Richard James, better known as Aphex Twin, will be playing a show in the French Capital on 9 May.

His last release was in April 2006, titled Chosen Lords, a compilation of the Analord material.

“Hopefully it will be this year, if I can prize it out of his hands. It’s definitely on its way.”
Warp Records founder

Speaking about working with the influential artist, Beckett said: “He’s got his own unique view on life and obviously he’s just a genius musician and artist and it’s brilliant to work with him. He’s a genuine, English eccentric.”

However, the new material will be kept firmly under wraps until late in the recording process, continued Beckett.

“I don’t know a single note or anything about it,” he explained. “It will be as much of a surprise to me as anyone else.

“Basically I find out what it sounds like when we go into the mastering room and he puts it – well how it used to be, he’ll put the DAT player in and there it’ll be – so that’s the first time I’ll hear it.

“Then I’ll go onto my knees and thank him and then we’ll put it out.”

Speaking about the forthcoming shows, Beckett said he is thrilled with the final Paris line-up: “The big coup there is getting Aphex Twin to play so that was the one that we were really excited to pin down.”

Oh and let us not forget this quote from about 1997

“I really don’t use my tank much nowadays because it’s not where I live. It’s around my parents. I was in it a month ago.”

Source: BBC


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