3 weeks ago I spent a few hours with photoshop working on the Story Bird logo that Linda made a while ago to make it suitable for print. 2 weeks ago I spent a few hours researching the best way to convert the 24 bit 48 Khz Story Bird mixes to 16 bit 44.1 Khz audio files that could be burned to CD. A week ago I went to Maplins in Tottenham Court Road, bought a cake of printable CD-Rs, dusted off my old MacBook Pro and spent the weekend burning copies of the Story Bird album. Tomorrow the CDs will go on sale at The Marwood Coffee Shop in Brighton for #recordstoreday.
The whole process felt fun, quaint, cute, anachronistic, nostalgic, and absurd. The last time I burned CDs was 3 years ago, when I made a few copies of the 100 Robots Sustain album for friends. My current MacBook Pro doesn’t have an optical drive, let alone a CD writer. The CD player in our living room doesn’t work. I ripped our CD collection to MP3 a decade ago when we still lived in Nottingham and needed to make space for our new family. Until I tested the Story Bird CDs, the last 2 operational CD players in our house haven’t played a CD in months. It’s great to see real, physical copies of the album I’ve spent the last 6 months working on, the CDs sound great and the unique hand printed covers look amazing, but as with the piles of vinyl records sold tomorrow on #recordstoreday they will mostly serve as limited edition souvenirs.
#recordstoreday promotes collecting records just as the #comicbookday that inspired it promotes collecting comics. Fetishising obsolete formats is harmless fun, but discovering new music and supporting musicians is important. On the 23rd of April, once you’ve filed away the limited edition vinyl you queued overnight to buy on #recordstoreday, spend some time in the comfort of your own home downloading some amazing music on #bandcampday.
100 robots Vs The Audience
100 robots Attack!
Lots of exciting 100 robots news! Our debut album, Attack!, has been professionally mastered by Chris at Melograf Mastering who has done an amazing job and made the album sound incredible. The new version is already available at bandcamp and will be available on itunes, amazon and many other download ...read more
Data Is Not Art
This week I experienced two remarkable combinations of music and the moving image.
This evening I watched Nature — Mira Calix and Quayola’s audio visual piece which took video footage of flowers blowing in the wind and used motion tracking technology to generate music ...read more
“100 robots attack!” Album Out Now!
On Friday I jumped on the train to London to attend Playful 2010, a one day conference put on by mudlark of World of Love fame. Despite billing itself as a day of cross “disciplinary frolicking” and featuring designers, podcasts, discussions of narrative, iphone augmented paper games and Disco Snake ...read more
HTML 5 Audio Redux
HTML 5 multimedia
Always Watching The Watchers
Always Watching has been one of the most satisfying projects I’ve ever worked on. Using a commodity PC and the incredible Ableton Live ...read more
Battle of the Battle of the Bands
So, which band is the best and which battle of the bands is better? Early indications favour The Providence ...read more
An Open Source, Guitar Mounted, Multi Touch, Wireless, OSC Interface for Ableton Live
4 Robot Attacks!
100 robots vs 100 geeks
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100 Robots Vs 200 Zombies
Since moving to Brighton 18 months ago I’ve been pretty busy finding my feet, moving house twice, sorting out schools and setting up Linden Lab Brighton, so I haven’t had as much time to make music as I’d have liked. It hasn’t helped that my brother ...read more