Monthly Archives: April 2012

Brighton Update – 17/04/2012

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Round and about London with Jack Durtnall

I have spent the last few days with Jack Durtnall going round London trying to find nice places to record. Here is a little collection of what we did. The promised videos are also on their way.

If you like what you hear ( I most certainly do ) please follow his Facebook page!

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Susie B at C4CC London

On the 11th April 2012, I met up with singer songwriter Susie B to record a few of her songs. We recorded in this great space in London called C4CC. It is a Center For Creative Collaboration and is an initiative from the University of London, the Central School of Speech and Drama, Goldsmiths, the Royall Holloway and Complexity Partners. Anyone is welcome to use the space for their creative collaborative project – all you need to do is submit a proposal. It is free and they are very helpful and flexible with times!

As a recording venue it isn’t ideal  because of a tube line running right next door! However, for the purposes of Record and Ride it was perfect! It reflected a true London environment.

The discovery of initiatives like C4CC made me reflect about collaboration. My chain of thoughts led me to think about how we create content nowadays:

The tools for creating content, like video and audio recordings, have become highly accesible. It has got to the point where an artist can do everything on his own with no need of true technical knowledge. A good example is that of a singer songwriter who can now write music, record it, produce and distribute it all on his own. Although I have nothing against this, I feel it drives creativity towards non-collaborative content. Which, again, I do not think is a bad thing but I think it makes it easy to miss out on the power and joys of collaboration.
What I find particularly interesting is how content creation fits in with internet. We now have a common platform with a huge scope for collaboration yet most of the content still seems to be centered round individuals. Or maybe the cheer act of using the medium itself is  more important than the actual content?

I don’t know (One thing I do know is that I like collaborate and would like to encourage you all do try it out!)! What do you think?

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Jack Durtnall in London – Episode 1

First of a three/four episodes series of Jack Durtnall playing around London.
This video was shot on Embankment bridge on the 10 April 2012 and features Jack’s song ‘Come to me’

If you like his music please go to his website and listen to more: facebook.com/jackdurtnall  And better, he is playing tonight at the Regal Room (above The Distiller’s pub) in London at 8pm. Come down and listen to him.

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London Update – 11.04.2012

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Wovercote bridge recording – 07/04/2012

On the 7th April a little icon to the top left side of this page said ( and is still saying ) “it all begins; here we go”. On that day I did the first of a series of recordings part of the Record and Ride project. The two first artists were Simon Batten and Rosie Caldecott.

We recorded under a bridge I’d spotted a few months ago which I  thought had interesting acoustic properties. When you shouted you had a series of very distinct echoes which slowly faded into a strange reverb. It sounded very much like a spring reverb! What I thought would be nice was that for the effect to be triggered you need to produce a sound above a certain volume. Thus, you could more or less control the effect to suit your music.
However, what I forgot to consider was that there was water under the bridge! From my first visit, I remembered that there was only a little trickle of water but last Saturday there was a full blown river! The water made a tremendous amount of noise which then echoed under the bridge.

Rosie and Simon had to do their best to compete with the water’s cacophony. Simon just about managed but unfortunately I miss judged my microphone positioning for Rosie making her recording unusable… Anyways, don’t miss out on her music: http://soundcloud.com/rosiecaldecott.

Enough said, here is the video from last Saturday:

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And so it starts!

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