tag:davidholmes.net,2013:/posts David Holmes 2013-10-08T16:41:59Z David Holmes tag:davidholmes.net,2013:Post/370412 2012-11-18T04:24:00Z 2013-10-08T16:41:50Z Olympic Voices Project

During the summer of 2012 I was invited to participate in Providence Row's Olympic Voices project, exploring homelessness and social issues around the London Olympics. People with experience of homelessness and members of the local community worked closely with producer Shiraz Bayjoo to create documentary videos, stories and photographic works portraying a unique historical viewpoint of the Games.

Rich Mix Exhibition

The summation of this collaboration is on display at the Rich Mix gallery in London, from Wed 14 November - Wed 28 November.

The free exhibition features a timeline of diaries, images, testimonials, and videos from project participants, plus contributions from members of the Crisis Skylight photography group. It is also part of the 2012 international photography festival Photomonth East London.

Reaching The Tipping Point

Below is my short photo-story charting significant events during the Cultural Olympiad period 2008-2012, titled ‘Reaching The Tipping Point’. The piano soundtrack is by Alex Due, you can discover more of his CC-licensed compositions via his SoundCloud channel.

Also there are some images from my photographic series documenting the ‘Passion and Performance’ seen on London’s streets during the Olympics. You can view more of these images with titles and annotations via this online gallery.

The works reflect upon the build up to social change and the actual point of transition - the moment of truth. They also present a lighthearted and multi-layered view of the phrase tipping point. With any image try asking yourself: ‘Is there a tipping point here?’ or ‘Is there a deeper truth to be understood here?’

Reaching The Tipping Point by David Holmes from David Holmes on Vimeo.

Background to photography

The London Olympics and Paralympics presented a range of photographic opportunities and viewpoints to explore. From changes in the environment cosmetically such as advertising, lighting, signs and symbols, to the way people behaved and interacted in public spaces.

An unprecedented amount of events were taking place all over London, many of which were available free of charge to the general public. They included sporting occasions, art and culture exhibitions, street and theatre performances. Generally these activities conjured an atmosphere of good humour and togetherness often referred to as the feel good factor or people power.

Go to full gallery at Minus.com

I regularly journeyed from east London to the South Bank to photograph the people and attractions there. Using public transport from my home to Tower Bridge and then by foot across the Thames, I would travel up the riverbank through Southwark to Lambeth and the Westminster Bridge. Between both crossing points there was much to see and enjoy by way of public shows and entertainment.

I’m reminded of the parallels between a similar journey taken by Londoners some four hundred years earlier. People in Shakespeare’s time would have travelled across London Bridge to the Globe playhouse and nearby bear-baiting arena for entertainment. The bridge may well have been adorned with the remnants of another popular spectacle, that of public executions. These attractions were interconnected and in competition with one another. Incidentally many of Shakespeare's plays were originally staged at the Curtain theatre in London’s East End.

Including the South Bank, I chose to photograph activities taking place in other popular locations across London such as Canary Wharf, Greenwich, Hyde Park, Kensington, and Soho. As expected, digital photography was commonplace during London 2012, as was the sharing of images via the Internet on social media platforms. The ubiquity of image devices made taking pictures quite an open and casual affair, more so than was usual in these locations and public spaces generally.

Due to the large scale of these special olympic events I sensed a positive change in the mood of the public on the streets. I wondered if anything significant would come of this change in terms of something lasting, productive and beneficial. Perhaps a tipping point. Because of the immense organisational obstacles I felt people must have learned much about the nature of cooperation and that this would be to the common good. It was clear that the Games and any direct legacy would prove historically enlightening to later generations.

Finally

Big thanks to OV producer Shiraz Bayjoo, all the dedicated project participants, the helpful staff at Providence Row and sponsors Reed Smith. Also to Crisis creative arts manager - Paula Lonergan.

Olympicvoices.co.uk

Related Reading

Malcolm Gladwell's book about the tipping point phenomenon is a popular read and his 2006 article from the New Yorker 'Million Dollar Murray' sheds light on 'why problems like homelessness may be easier to solve than to manage'.

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tag:davidholmes.net,2013:Post/370489 2012-02-24T05:56:00Z 2013-10-08T16:41:51Z 'Art in Crisis' Exhibition

Over 50 artists are showing their artworks in a new exhibition starting today at the homeless charity Crisis's Bermondsey Project Space, London. It coincides with shocking news of a 23% rise in official figures for rough sleeping indicating the tip of a deep and growing homelessness problem throughout the UK.

The 'Art in Crisis' exhibition showcases art created by talented Crisis Skylight members - people that have been affected by homelessness, and artists campaigning to raise awareness of issues connected to homelessness. 

For the first time this special exhibition brings together a wide range of original artworks including paintings, photographs, puppets, and sculptures. Most of the works are for sale and all proceeds go directly to the artist.

I have 26 photographic images on display taken from my VAA Project, shown recently for the 'Collective Exchange' exhibition at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. Some of the images appear below, they feature architectural landmarks around London's Canary Wharf, Isle of Dogs, and the London Eye. For many people, these iconic structures represent the boundaries of an impenetrable alien world they find themselves within but not really a part of - the inescapable intangible.

Also, long-term Crisis volunteer and photographer Mark Burton is showing a selection of large scale photographic portraits. Mark was given permission to photograph 'Guests and Volunteers' inside the Crisis Rough Sleepers’ Centre in London, which operates over the Christmas period.

Team

Along with all the artists involved I'd like to thank the following people for their hard work in making this exhibition flow:

Crisis Creative Arts Manager - Paula Lonergan

Art Technician & Web Developer - Taidgh Corcoran

Exhibition Designer - Richard Knowles Mortar&Pestle Studio 

Exhibition Details

Situated on the ground floor, the spacious warehouse gallery provides multiple exhibit spaces, a seating area and essential public amenities. There is a flight of stairs leading up to the main entrance. The multi-disciplinary exhibition runs from 24 Feb - 4 Mar, 2012. Admission is free.

Open Thursdays to Sundays 1 - 6pm or by appointment. Telephone: 020 7036 241

Venue: Bermondsey Project Space Unit 7, 46 Willow Walk, Bermondsey, SE1 5SF, London

Bermondsey Project Space (Facebook) - includes map.

Campaign to Help the Homeless

If you would like to help people affected by homelessness Crisis offers a variety of ways to do it. You can join artists like Ed Sheeran and show your support for the current Crisis campaign 'No One Turned Away' by signing the simple online petition. Every signature makes a difference.

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tag:davidholmes.net,2013:Post/370518 2012-02-09T08:17:00Z 2013-10-08T16:41:51Z 'Collective Exchange' - A Collaborative Art Exhibition

Since October 2011, myself and four other artists have been taking part in a London based collaborative art project called 'Collective Exchange'. Working with University of the Arts London and national homeless charity Crisis Skylight, we have been given an opportunity to develop our critical thinking and artistic practice through the process of researching and developing new artwork.

The results of this collaboration form the Collective Exchange Exhibition which goes on view in the entrance gallery at Central Saint Martins Back Hill Site from Friday 10-17 February, 2012 during normal daytime opening hours.

The Preview and Artists’ Talks will be held on Thursday 9 February 6-8pm and admission is free on all days.

The full address is: Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London, 10 Back Hill, London EC1R 5LQ. 

Visualizing Ambiguity in Architecture

My contribution is photographic and explores themes of ambiguity in architecture. Most of the digital images combine long exposure times with compound camera movements to generate new forms, colours, and textures. Here are 10 of the 26 images I have on display as prints and digital media. There's further information about the images on my Behance Project Page 

Special thanks to the following people for their expertise, enthusiasm and continued support.

Project Tutors: Caroline Stevenson, Shiraz Bayjoo

Crisis Creative Arts Manager: Paula Lonergan

Art Technician: James Thomas

Exhibiting Artists

‘Collective Exchange’ refers to the conversations between the artists and tutors over the past few months that have inspired new ideas and helped their work to evolve. The artists are:

Stewart Ewin

Tom Hair

David Holmes

Conleth Moran

David Stark

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tag:davidholmes.net,2013:Post/370584 2012-01-15T19:23:00Z 2013-10-08T16:41:52Z SOPA & PIPA Information Tools

SOPA / PIPA Slideshow and Resource Toolkit
I've created a Slidestaxx presentation for information about the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) in the US. Focusing on the current debate, opposing arguments, security and technical concerns, the package offers a resource toolkit for anyone interested in learning about the issues involved. Featuring content from prominent commentators, online awareness campaigns and a range of Internet protest tools. Links to both Acts are included.
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tag:davidholmes.net,2013:Post/370641 2012-01-04T08:23:54Z 2013-10-08T16:41:52Z Infographic and Guide to The World of Online Music

An informative snapshot of the Internet music business, comprised of data taken from several research sources in recent times. Via Grovo.com

Grovo’s Online Music Guide offers a way for viewers to learn how to discover, listen to, buy and share music online.

 

 

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tag:davidholmes.net,2013:Post/370730 2011-09-13T13:53:00Z 2013-10-08T16:41:53Z 'Lab Day LIVE' Report

Last week I was invited to Ogilvy's music and brands event ‘Lab Day Live’. I outlined the event in my previous post and here I'd like to mention a little about the success of the day and my observations.

Taking place in Ogilvy's Canary Wharf offices in the heart of London's banking and media district, the scene was set in an area symbolic of regeneration and financial strength. Private music festivals are rare in this part of town. 

For most musicians trying to scrape a living from the troubled music business, the invitation to arrive for work at 9.00am to the grand entrance of a Canary Wharf establishment, must have seemed about as far removed from reality as it gets. Of course musicians are used to playing in wildly exotic locations, quite often removed from reality, so this was not about to faze the Lab Day performers.

Subjectively the experience was slightly surreal and possibly what a lucid dream episode of Mad Men might feel like. Imagine 15 bands turning up to play loud sets of music on stages in open plan offices, full of Ogilvy employees, perched merrily if not bemusedly in front of their large Mac monitors.

Add to this hundreds of guests wandering from office to office, audio visual crews and equipment, food, drink, live Internet streaming, a cast of 30 music business exhibitors scattered at various locations, and you get the big picture. This took some planning and from my point of view as a guest it all appeared to run pretty smoothly. Although I hear neighbours Barclays bank complained about the noise.That’s impressive!

No doubt the uniqueness of the experience was carefully factored into Ogilvy's planning. The flair of the team to initiate such an occasion shows serious commitment to their vision of connecting brands with music. As the David Ogilvy quote high on one of the lobby walls states boldly:
"Look for people who aim for the remarkable, who will not settle for the routine"

The Morning Talks
 
The first half of the day was devoted to a series of talks from a range of music industry figures. The 9th floor conference room with it's lofty views over the East End, carpeted in the agency's signature colour red, soon became full and there was a buzz of anticipation in the air.

Apart from a few of the long-time music biz professionals I had no idea who all these people were. The multitasking couple sitting next to me were constantly thumbing their respective smartphones and many were vocal in their contributions during moments of audience participation. The talks moved swiftly with panels and individual speakers stating their case for why music is important to brands in the digital age. The audience seemed keen to absorb what was on offer and the speakers were received appreciatively.

Here are some of the key issues that were expanded upon with links to further information. I've grouped the 'messages' under general headings and the order in which they are listed flows chronologically to give some sense of timing. A complete list of speakers is available at the Lab Day LIVE website.

For a visual representation of the key points take a look at David Coxon's infographic: Lab Day Live visualized

You can also view an online version of Julian Treasure’s opening address on: The 4 ways sound affects us

Speakers to Brands
  • Marketing agencies are desperate for engagement and the music industry is desperate for revenue (sales have dropped)
  • Generally music is a universal resource
  • There is huge growth in the semi-pro content creation market
  • It’s important to create communities that allow consumers to participate and connect with the brand
  • Advertisers can look to collaborations to drive consumer behaviour
  • Songs can be used as ‘media channels’ to capture consumer engagement
  • Record companies can look to break bands via advertisers
  • A desired shift to “Stepping back from celebrity and into the song”
  • Digital content curation is producing valuable collections that can engage fans
See Rock’s Backpages for an example of how to build engagement through the curation of music journalism articles.

Live Events
  • Brands need to create more ‘experience’ in order for consumers to remember the brand association to particular events and products
  • brands should make innovative use of technology systems for live events (text messaging, geolocation, etc.)
  • Brands can control engagement by creating their own events
See Eskimo Live for more about Experiential Marketing

Content Creation & Marketing Campaigns
  • Brands need to enter the space in a credible way to win the respect of the music audience
  • Create content such as webisodes that feature musicians and musical collaborations
  • Content can be distributed via popular social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube
  • Commitment is required from brands and bands to build momentum
  • Brands can stage on-location events in unique, meaningful, sometimes secret locations
  • Generating brand content creates a ‘hook’ to help book more established artists
  • Brands can make genuine unconditional offers of products to help a band’s career
See Ford - Bands In Transit for an example of a brand music campaign.

Music Industry State of Play
  • UK music industry revenues fell by 4.8 percent to £3.8bn in 2010, down £189m.
  • The music industry needs more supply
  • Festivals are driving live music more than any other venue type (up by 20%), with increasing capacity and ticket prices
  • UK is outperforming USA in music exports by a factor of 3
  • Sync income has grown by 10% since 2008
  • Consumers now spend more money on games than music
  • Albums can be used as a promotional tool to sell games
  • Bands may be developed primarily to promote brands and exist only because of the brand
  • Tourism is a big potential area of revenue (Air flights, package deals, events)
  • Music can be treated as a service and used to sell products
For more on on the state of the music industry see Economic Insight - PRS for Music

Internet Music
  • Last.fm has ‘scrobbled’ 57 billion pieces of musical data
  • Data is the currency and the audience expect their data to come back to them
  • Think about the audience needs
  • Super-fans and artists create an identity together
  • Use crowdsourcing to build engagement
  • Let the fans and bands take control
  • Find an artist/community and see what their metrics reveal, in terms of marketing products
Examples Last.fm, Chill.com and Turntable.fm (US only)

Artistic Enterprises
  • Immersive soundscaping can be used to change crowd behaviour
  • SoundCloud becoming more engaged with artist enterprise
  • Art concepts can be used on products
  • Artists still need support like record labels used to
For more on immersive soundscaping and sound design see Illustrious

Record Labels
  • Music Industry asks brands: Embrace us
  • Music industry has changed beyond all recognition
  • WMG are focused on developing serious artists careers, long term
  • Synchronisation is growing, labels and publishers have put in a lot of energy
  • WMG want to integrate brands into the music industry, looking for partners
  • Music rights difficult to navigate, previous price points were incorrect
  • Creative process can be supplied by labels working directly with agencies at the creative level
Social Music Apps
  • Spotify says you need two things a)The Content (millions of songs) b) Good user experience (i.e. Apple)
  • Brands/music needs to be everywhere in order to be relevant to consumers (portable devices, appliances, cars, etc)
  • You have to be better than piracy, hence freemium model
  • You can only make music social if you have a free tier
  • Pinpoint music for campaigns based on demographics
  • Analyze from top down; Social engagement to personal engagement
  • 3 methods: Crowdsourcing individual reviews, surveying social interactions, identifying and testing top genres
  • Track highest volume of conversation
  • Socialization more important in Germany, hence digital landscape important to understand
  • Electronic music interaction is high in Germany
  • Search engines required to find and license music
  • Use systems to find out what resonates most
See Libspotify for information about Spotify’s API for third party developers, an example of a ubiquitous, freemium, social music application.

Sound Branding
  • Consensual contracts: Brands beware of jumping ship from one creator to another, the music business can track you
  • Minimum cost of copyright infringement £50,000 (cost of license)
  • You need a consistent branding strategy that enables consumer understanding when you bend the rules
  • Understand the context and how music is used in different ways from say, apps to live events
  • The brevity of a sonic signature is crucial e.g. at the top of an ad before people decide to skip
  • Brand and sound ‘fit’ is vital
  • When music ‘fits’, brand propensity to buy goes up by around 25%
  • Music in ads can change people’s purchasing behaviour e.g. from French wine to German Wine
  • It takes about 2 years for the brand sound to be understood by the consumer
  • In 5 years time sound will be recognised as a major part of the marketing investment
For more on ‘sound branding’ see Soundlounge

My Thoughts

Firstly this was a direct plea from the music industry for brands to: "Embrace us" and to "consider us in your marketing plans".

Economically this makes sense in the light of data from a recent PRS for Music press release:
  • Total business-to-business licensing revenues from PRS for Music, PPL and activities such as sync licensing and artist endorsement grew 2.2%
  • Advertising and sponsorship (including live music sponsorship, event creation, artist endorsement, digital, TV and advertising support) grew 4.2% on 2009 to £94m
Clearly B2B and licensing revenues are key growth areas. This includes music in computer games, films and TV.

However with brands creating their own digital content the boundaries between brand, record label and publisher are becoming blurred, effectively a brand could be all three. The same applies to games developers. The music industry recognizes this and is inviting brands to partner with music companies that can offer specialised creative services and resources.

Key to this strategy is metrics. Advertisers need to pinpoint their target audience and measure the market potential. Until now music has always been a last minute add-on for advertisers, frequently decided upon just days before project completion. Now with the development of Internet music apps and digitized services, music companies can provide valuable data that previously was missing. It's now possible to target the right song for the right demographics. This is a potential game changer.  

But still it's a complicated scenario and much work will need to be done to make these 'partnerships' realistic. Lets remember artists, writers, management, record labels, and publishers will all have their views on working with brands.

Essentially the music industry is diversifying as conventional revenue streams are falling. It's interesting to note the mention of other big areas of revenue such as tourism, considering we're at the end of the festival 'season', now expanded from May to October, and festivals show large growth throughout Europe. Again brands figure strongly in live events.  


The Music
 (my life as a lab rat for the day)

My analogy of a lab rat is apt. During the course of the afternoon I found myself scuttling the Ogilvy warren, in pursuit of the next fix to be found on one of the three stages located in different parts of the building.  

Given the circumstances, some of the musicians may have felt apprehensive, however on the day all nine of the acts I saw performed well and appeared to enjoy it. These were showcase performances lasting around 30 minutes each. Some of the bands like Wolf Gang rearranged their sets to accommodate the venue, providing a more 'acoustic' style of performance.

There was a special intimacy between the artists and audience intensified by the working environment. It’s easy to become a fan when you feel a direct connection to music in this way and I can honestly say I enjoyed every performance. It was a great opportunity to discover new music up close and in the flesh.

Listen
There are some live audio recordings over at Felt Music on Awdio from acts Digitonal, Kidda, and Wolf Gang. You can also check out the video wall to see what some of the artists had to say about Lab Day. During performances the live stream received 15,000 hits from 86 countries. Live video footage of artists taken from all three stages is available to stream via the Lab Day website (link at top of post).

And Finally 

Shortly after watching the final band of the day Tribes, who were great, it was time to leave. In the lift on my way down to earth I had a few moments to reflect on a quite other-worldly experience. On my way I bumped into some of the guys from Boy Mandeville and Digitonal before saying my farewells and venturing into the drizzly world outside. Ah, another day at the office. Canary Wharf won't feel the same for me, for a while, I think.

My thanks to the Ogilvy team for a special and enlightening day!

Twitter Buzz Tracking 

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tag:davidholmes.net,2013:Post/370768 2011-09-05T13:34:00Z 2013-10-08T16:41:54Z Ogilvy Hosts Music & Brands Event 'Lab Day LIVE'

International advertising and marketing agency Ogilvy Group UK are staging a one-day event called Lab Day LIVE designed to engage both the advertising and music communities. On the 9th September Ogilvy's offices in London's Canary Wharf will play host to a music industry conference and live music festival.

It promises to be an informative and entertaining occasion focusing on the latest digital media opportunities mutually available to brands and the music business. The morning conference panels and talks will feature key figures from Last.fm. Spotify, PRS and other leading music organizations (List of speakers). During the afternoon live music performances from name and up-coming acts will take place across three stages (see below).

Entitled: Making music matter as much to brands as it does to consumers

The event is part of Ogilvy’s on-going drive to help clients and their brands navigate the rapidly changing landscape of the music industry in the digital age.

In this video clip Lab Day organizer Tara Austin talks about her role in making music a more central part of the creative process at Ogilvy. To see what other members of the team are saying take a look at the Video Wall.

The Rules of Engagement

Ogilvy are looking to the music industry for innovative ideas on how brands can use music to to build engagement with their audience. Earlier in the year, at MIDEM 2011, they made a stirring appeal for music publishers to "‘look beyond the cheque' and contribute more than just a piece of audio to an advertising campaign" emphasising Ogilvy's vision to "create added value: value for our brands and, ultimately, value for the artist whose music our campaigns promote". 

I'll be attending the event and listening closely to what's being said about sonic branding and new ideas for using music to create a 'brand sound'. I'm also looking forward to learning more about the power of sound and music when applied to areas such as 'retail soundscapes' and how we can be informed by hard data.

As a long-time advocate of Open Media licensing tools, when and where appropriate, I'll be hoping to see more open and collaborative business frameworks designed to minimize the friction permeating traditional licensing models. Many Internet audio and video platforms have already successfully integrated Creative Commons licensing making it easy for people to share, remix and reuse media legally, notably SoundCloud and YouTube (list of corporate support).

Creative Commons has always been about promoting creativity and the power of openness to build communities based on shared ideas. Unfortunately the established licensing system, especially with regards to CC licenses in Europe, makes widespread media sharing difficult, thereby blocking the most valuable thing which is attention. Hopefully the wider debate around open and closed systems will eventually lead to innovation that fosters audience attention, participation, and better user experiences in the digital music space.

 

Event Info & Live Stream

Website

 Full details and live streaming of acts from the 3 music stages on the day can be found at http://www.labdaylive.co.uk/

Twitter

You can follow updates using the hashtag #labdaylive plus there's further tweet analysis, tracking and visualization via my channel at The Archivist

 

Acts

Alexis Ffrench

http://www.alexisffrenchmusic.com/

http://twitter.com/#!/AlexisFfrench

Aloe Blacc

http://aloeblacc.com/

http://twitter.com/#!/aloeblacc

Boy Mandeville

http://twitter.com/#!/boymanband

http://www.youtube.com/user/boymandeville

Charlie Simpson

http://charliesimpsonmusic.com/

http://twitter.com/#!/charliesimo

Delays

http://www.thedelays.co.uk/

http://twitter.com/#!/delays

Digitonal

http://www.digitonal.com/

http://twitter.com/#!/digitonal

Kidda

http://kiddamusic.com/

http://twitter.com/#!/iamkidda

Kinura

http://www.kinura.com/

http://twitter.com/#!/kinura

Laki Mera

http://www.facebook.com/lakimeramusic

http://twitter.com/#!/LakiMeraMusic

Newton Faulkner

http://www.newtonfaulkner.com/

http://twitter.com/#!/newtonfaulkner

Pete and The Pirates

http://www.peteandthepirates.co.uk/

https://twitter.com/#!/PetePirates

Sophie Ellis-Bextor

http://www.sophieellisbextor.net/

http://twitter.com/#!/sophieeb

To Kill a King

http://www.tokillaking.co.uk/

http://twitter.com/#!/ToKillAKingUK

Tribes

http://tribesband.com/

http://twitter.com/#!/tribesband

Wolf Gang

http://www.wolf-gang.co.uk/

http://twitter.com/#!/wolfgang

 

Media

Some of the performers appearing on the day

Digitonal

The Beating of Her Heart by digitonal


 

 

 

About Ogilvy

Wikipedia

Ogilvy & Mather are an International advertising, marketing and public relations agency founded in 1948.

YouTube

Visit the Ogilvy Museum on YouTube  to watch some of their classic ads, dating back to the 1950s. For more recent developments there's the Ogilvyvids Channel

Twitter 

Ogilvy Group Comms @OgilvyLondon for news and observations from the comms team at Ogilvy Group UK.

OGILVY @OGILVY their global staff blog aggregator.

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tag:davidholmes.net,2013:Post/370834 2011-08-10T06:49:00Z 2013-10-08T16:41:55Z Ambient Classical Music by Clem Leek

Latest tracks by Clem Leek

Clem Leek is a musician, composer and sound artist based in the UK. He creates modern classical ambient music which has been released on several independent labels.

Clem's works are subtle and dreamlike, using pianos, guitars, ethereal pads, field recordings, and other solo instruments. His SoundCloud stream features beautifully balanced compositions that perfectly compliment those special moments of solitude and creative isolation. These tracks will take you to a calm place and leave you floating in suspended animation.

You can discover more about Clem and his music via MySpace and Twitter

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tag:davidholmes.net,2013:Post/370874 2011-07-28T00:27:00Z 2013-10-08T16:41:55Z Luna by Sergio Altamura

A haunting composition played to perfection by Italian artist Sergio Altamura, guitar and loop machine. From his first solo album "Blu" produced by William Ackerman in 2004, available at http://www.candyrat.com

More info can be found via his website: http://www.sergioaltamura.com/ and his Facebook community page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sergio-Altamura/47899619071

Fans of solo guitar music can listen to more gems like this via the CandyRat YouTube Channel and there's a selection of favourite Solo Acoustic Instrumental Videos on this PLAYLIST

 

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tag:davidholmes.net,2013:Post/370926 2011-07-25T08:33:00Z 2013-10-08T16:41:56Z Passenger - Audiovisual Collaboration by Julien Mier & Daan Kars

"Passenger" is a 28 minute audiovisual work created by musician Julien Mier and VJ Daan Kars. Featuring vocals by Zefora, with violin and contrabass recordings by Myrthe van de Weetering (see website for links to all artists).

Passenger tells the story of the liquid matter transforming into the physical in which humanity is able to manifest itself. As time passes by the physical is bound to disintegrate. We are all passengers in time.

The piece glides seamlessly through nine compositions starting gently and progressing rhythmically as scenes shift between organic natural environments and man-made ones. The effect is to transport you as a passenger through discreet moments of natural calm and bursts of urban motion. Shimmering windows of fragmented worldly images slide across the surface of a constantly reconstructing musical undercurrent. The fluid themes, punctuated by electronic pulses and pauses, form into recognisable patterns and momentary pools of clarity, that are quickly carried away again in the creative stream.

This is the first release on the new Born Digital netlabel, which is part of the Born Digital electronic art assembly and production house based in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Complete free download available from the Internet Archive under CC license.

Via Invisible Agent

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tag:davidholmes.net,2013:Post/370974 2011-07-10T02:23:00Z 2013-10-08T16:41:56Z Shuush Offers a Balance Between High and Low Frequency Tweeters

Shuush is a web-based Twitter client that allows you to focus attention on the people that tweet less frequently.

Twitter users are assigned a frequency level of 1-11, calculated as a function of how many tweets per day each user has averaged since joining.

A simple on/off switch allows you to flip between normal and amplified views, the latter giving a visual boost in text size to those infrequent but valuable tweets that often get lost in the firehose. The updates of less active tweeters are scaled up whilst more active tweeters are scaled down, making it easy to retrospectively scan the tweetstream of people you are following for those rarer communications.

This is a really useful tool, for dialling down the level of frequent updates and surfacing the missed messages, to achieve the balance that Twitter currently lacks. It would be great to have a way of doing this with hashtags too.

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tag:davidholmes.net,2013:Post/371035 2010-08-30T00:54:00Z 2013-10-08T16:41:57Z Arms and Sleepers - The Architekt (Video)

Official video for the "The Architekt" by US band Arms and Sleepers. Directed by DJ and filmmaker Ben Andrews.

Max Lewis and Mirza Rami formed the band in 2006 and have gone on to create several albums/EPs of beautifully crafted ambient/trip-hop music.

The duo have started a new project called In The Empire Of Builders:

The sole purpose of this project/organization will be to raise money through various programs for groups and individuals in need of aid (financial or otherwise)... Our first fundraising campaign is called MUSIC AGAINST HUNGER, with the goal of raising $10,000 through various music events and projects.

For ways to participate and learn more please read.

http://wearearmsandsleepers.blogspot.com/

http://www.facebook.com/armsandsleepers

http://twitter.com/armsandsleepers

http://www.youtube.com/user/armsandsleepers

Arms and Sleepers on Spotify.

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tag:davidholmes.net,2013:Post/371062 2009-12-25T23:53:00Z 2013-10-08T16:41:58Z 'Upular' - Movie Mashup Track by Pogo

'Upular' - a new mashup track from Australian electronic music artist Pogo, composed using chords, bass notes and vocal samples from the Disney Pixar film 'Up'. More Pogo video tracks via http://www.youtube.com/user/Fagottron

Merry Christmas!

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tag:davidholmes.net,2013:Post/371084 2009-12-07T06:49:00Z 2013-10-08T16:41:58Z Split LP by Sleepmakeswaves and Tangled Thoughts of Leaving

This 'Split LP' is a five track, instrumental post-rock release from Australian bands Sleepmakeswaves (Sydney) and Tangled Thoughts of Leaving (Perth).

Available free at http://www.archive.org/details/LostChildren077
Stream MP3 via M3U http://www.archive.org/stream/LostChildren077

Via the excellent Lost Children net label (CC licensed instrumental, experimental, post-rock bands) see:

Main website: http://lostchildrennetlabel.com/
Listen/downloads: http://www.archive.org/details/lost_children

'Keep Your Splendid Silent Sun' 06:19 - Sleepmakeswaves

'We Sing The Body Electric' 05:23 - Sleepmakeswaves

'This Is How We Remember (Secret Robot)' 06:49 - Sleepmakeswaves

'A Vexing Predicament' 03:22 - Tangled Thoughts of Leaving

'The World Is A Deaf Machine' 15:13 - Tangled Thoughts of Leaving

Although both bands are musically quite different the respective recordings are nicely balanced and complementary. Each offering anthemic and emotive excursions into experimental rock landscapes, with gutsy guitars churning out crunching metal mantras over driving drum and bass rhythms. Epic themes are entwined with more delicate piano and guitar melodies, ranging through ethereal ambient spaces, jazz inspired improvisations and dynamic freeform passages exploding with tribal energies. The track titles are interesting and evocative too.

The album is a teaser for each bands' earlier works and upcoming 2010 full length releases, below are links to their websites and social networks where you'll find gigs and lots of great music to explore: 

Sleepmakeswaves
http://www.sleepmakeswaves.com/
http://www.last.fm/music/Sleepmakeswaves

Tangled Thoughts of Leaving
http://www.myspace.com/ttol
http://www.last.fm/music/Tangled+Thoughts+of+Leaving/

Split Artwork

Wikipedia list of post-rock bands
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tag:davidholmes.net,2013:Post/371098 2009-11-29T03:34:00Z 2013-10-08T16:41:58Z Tweet Cloud for @DavidHolmes

Tweet Cloud is an online service that lets you generate a customizable word cloud from your tweet archive. Log in using your Twitter account to create and save multiple word clouds at an address like http://tweetcloud.icodeforlove.com/DavidHolmes - Clicking the image above will take you to the saved cloud page. Each page has a date stamp at the time of creation. 

You can also view clouds by people you follow that also use Tweet Cloud, via the Friends link once logged in (top right). Recently created Tweet Clouds are shown on the homepage, which is useful for discovering people with similar interests.

Note that upon generation a tweet is automatically posted in your tweetstream along the lines of: " I just generated my #TweetCloud out of a year of my tweets - http://w33.us/1ta" or whatever the period it is you choose ie. a day, a week, a month, 3 months, 6 months, a year. You're also given a choice of small, medium, large or HUGE cloud sizes. 

Coded by: Chad Scira aka tumblr.icodeforlove.com
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tag:davidholmes.net,2013:Post/371114 2009-11-19T00:17:00Z 2013-10-08T16:41:58Z Mumford & Sons - Winter Winds (Video)

The official video for "Wiinter Winds" the new single by London folk quartet Mumford & Sons, from their debut album "Sigh No More" released on 5th October 2009 (iTunes album downloads)

Band Website

Spotify: Mumford & Sons

Wikipedia: Mumford & Sons

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tag:davidholmes.net,2013:Post/371132 2009-11-10T02:33:33Z 2013-10-08T16:41:58Z Sycamore Cowboys (Little Jimmy Scott vs Portishead)

"Sycamore Cowboys" - a mashup by Colatron for the Mashed in Plastic project. Merging Little Jimmy Scott: "Sycamore Trees" (from the Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me soundtrack) and Portishead: "Cowboys"

Video by The Reborn Identity - more MiP videos available via the Vimeo Channel and YouTube Channel

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tag:davidholmes.net,2013:Post/371139 2009-10-24T03:20:00Z 2013-10-08T16:41:58Z Songs from the Bar of Lost Souls

Songs from the Bar of Lost Souls is a 5 track EP by independent UK band Hope and Social. The tracks were written, recorded and mixed in 5 days and created as part of the imitating the dog theatre piece Tales from the Bar of Lost Souls. Available as digital download for whatever you want to pay.

There's a raw and live sound to these tracks that makes you feel like you're in the same room as the band, sharing something honest and real. You can see how this fast recording method works via their YouTube Channel.

Band member Rich Huxley shares his insights on what true independence can do for a band's career in a recent post on the Creative Deconstruction website titled The Declarations of Independents. The article provides information about the social strategies, ideas and tools used by the band to connect with fans, both online and off.

Social Connections

http://band.to/hopeandsocial - Hope and Social Page address on Facebook

Tweets - Twitter search for all band member messages.

http://www.myspace.com/hopeandsocial

http://www.last.fm/music/Hope+and+Social

For more music and info check out the links at the top of this post.

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tag:davidholmes.net,2013:Post/371172 2009-09-28T20:57:59Z 2013-10-08T16:41:59Z FeedUps - Web Startups and Apps Aggregator

FeedUps is an online feed aggregator for news about Web 2.0 tools and services. It provides a one-stop resource for quickly scanning 18 popular sites focusing on Web startups and applications.

There's also a Yahoo Pipes Mashup for startup news available as an RSS Feed via http://feeds.feedburner.com/feedups
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tag:davidholmes.net,2013:Post/371177 2009-09-16T21:08:00Z 2013-10-08T16:41:59Z Birdsong

Inspired by a photograph of birds perched on the wires of a street light, journalist and musician Jarbas Agnelli decided to write a song using the relative proximity of the birds as notes on a stave. "Birds on the Wires" is his musical interpretation of the picture. He says "Inspiration can come from anywhere, but we must be alert". You can follow Jarbas at http://twitter.com/jarbas_agnelli 

The video has received widespread attention, appearing on popular websites like Laughing Squid, Wired, and Gizmodo. Jarbas's friend, Sean Crownover (Candlegravity) from Tokyo, has also posted a version on his FaceBook page (player bottom left).

Link to original newspaper article (Portuguese)

Musical Data

I'm reminded of David Cope's ideas on the concept of musical recombinancy. In his "Experiments in Musical Intelligence" he argues that:

"...recombinancy appears everywhere as a natural evolutionary and creative process. All the great books in the English language, for example, are constructed from recombinations of the twenty-six letters of the alphabet. Similarly, most of the great works of Western art music exist as recombinations of the twelve pitches of the equal-tempered scale and their octave equivalents. The secret lies not in the invention of new letters or notes but in the subtlety and elegance of their recombination."

These "hidden structures" are present all around us, at the very core of sound creation in the natural world. For more on exploring the hidden data in nature see Evan Grant: Making sound visible through cymatics (YouTube video)

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tag:davidholmes.net,2013:Post/370063 2009-09-14T02:57:22Z 2013-10-08T16:41:45Z Carbon.to - CO2 Awareness Tool

An online CO2 converter built by David Kjelkerud, Henrik Berggren and Jorge Zapico at Ecomo09, an environmental hacking day in London. It is designed to help you more easily understand what a kilogram of CO2 really means.

You can convert CO2 amounts to other units such as bottles of beer or compare different emissions for instance how many apples are equivalent to a litre of milk. The data used is mostly localized to Sweden.

David and Henrick also built http://citysounds.fm/ the web app that lets you listen to the latest music from cities around the world.

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tag:davidholmes.net,2013:Post/370115 2009-09-05T01:32:00Z 2013-10-08T16:41:45Z Hard Believer by First Aid Kit

Swedish folk/indie duo First Aid Kit release their new songs "Hard Believer" and "Waltz for Richard" on October 5th via http://www.wichita-recordings.com/ - If you like the song above you can vote for it to appear on the official BBC 6 Music Playlist through Steve Lamacq's Rebel Playlist, the vote closes at midnight on Sunday 6th. 

Sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg come from Enskede near Stockholm. They have a loyal following of fans built through their personalised and direct style of social media marketing. An example is their use of Twitter to invite cover song requests which they publish online as video performances (First Aid Kit Sessions). The request form is at http://thisisfirstaidkit.com/your-requests/ the tweetstream is http://twitter.com/faksessions and the videos are shared via http://www.youtube.com/jagadambarecords

In fact it was their video cover of the Fleet Foxes "Tiger Mountain Peasant Song" that attracted worldwide attention in 2008 (currently at 790,987 views).

The girls will be touring the UK with Fanfarlo during September/October. You can get tour details and purchase tickets via their website or Music Glue (includes exclusive free tracks). They have also announced tour dates for The United States of America in October, see their MySpace for further info.

Web Connections

http://thisisfirstaidkit.com/

http://www.facebook.com/firstaidkitofficial

http://www.myspace.com/thisisfirstaidkit

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tag:davidholmes.net,2013:Post/370173 2009-09-05T00:31:44Z 2013-10-08T16:41:46Z Photo Manipulation, Mystery and Imagination
Brilliant Examples Of Photo Manipulation Art
View more presentations from Ali Tamay.

This slideshow highlights some very artistic photographic manipulations. Press the play button to stream the photos with music soundtrack. 

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tag:davidholmes.net,2013:Post/370211 2009-09-01T16:05:00Z 2013-10-08T16:41:46Z Pogo Starts a Blog

Australian electronic music artist Pogo has started a blog at http://pogotracks.blogspot.com/ currently featuring an FAQ and a list of interviews. His unique sound comes from the sampling, sequencing and reimagining of popular childhood movies. Tracks are constructed using sounds lifted from movie scenes (sometimes entirely), drums, bass and percussion.

Melodies are formed using cut-up dialogues in a non-lexical vocal style; "There are no definitive lyrics to my tracks because I have never intended to form sentences with the samples I use."  The music is then synced to video cuts from the original movie to create a new mini-trailer. 

Pogo has a growing fan-base on YouTube where fresh uploads and the viral potential of video widgets quickly attract thousands of visitors. Creations such as Expialidocious have now reached far in excess of half a million views. You can browse the growing collection of mashups at http://www.youtube.com/user/Fagottron

Below is the recent video for his track 'Bangarang' composed of sounds from the classic Spielberg film 'Hook'

 

Update 13th Sept '09

'Bangarang' removed from YouTube - Pogo Blog visit the link for full explanation.

Today, Sony Pictures Entertainment claimed that 'Bangarang' is an infringement of copyright, and the video has been removed from YouTube. I suppose this had to happen eventually given the kind of world we live in. (September 10th 2009).

Unfortunately this is a common experience for remixers of controlled media, such are the constraints of heavily restricted copyrights. However you can still play and download the full track here (while it lasts!)

Related

A sonic guide to the history of cut-up music: DJ Food - Raiding the 20th Century - Words & Music Expansion

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tag:davidholmes.net,2013:Post/370251 2009-08-13T04:38:17Z 2013-10-08T16:41:47Z Apologies EP by Mosaik

 

Mosaik is the electronic music project of Stockholm based musician Jakob Svanholm. The Apologies EP features 7 instrumental tracks that combine melodic bass and synth sequences with delicate percussive rhythms. The sonic spaces are subtle and calming, with centered tonal themes, repeating motifs and ambient textures that conjure the emotions and imagination.

Originally released on Kahvi Collective in 2007: http://www.kahvi.org/139.php

MP3 and Flac versions now available under Creative Commons license at: http://mosaik.bandcamp.com

You can listen to some of Jakob's recent works in progress at: http://soundcloud.com/mosaik

See his website for discography and social connections: http://www.mosaik.se/

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tag:davidholmes.net,2013:Post/370289 2009-07-29T03:27:00Z 2013-10-08T16:41:47Z The Importance of Innovation for Future Economic Growth Worldwide
A New Ranking Of The Worlds Most Innovative Countries
Use the bottom right icon to view this document in full screen mode. The Slideshare page also has a Presentation Transcript and here's a PDF Version.
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tag:davidholmes.net,2013:Post/370350 2009-07-26T23:00:00Z 2013-10-08T16:41:49Z Tynt Tracer - Track Content Reuse and Generate Traffic

Tracer is a free online tool that tracks where your website content is reused and inserts an attribution link back to the original published source. It also provides analytics to help you understand and measure user engagement. You simply add a line of java script to your blog or website and whenever someone pastes your work to another webpage, Tracer automatically generates a return link including Creative Commons license details if applicable (full instructions are given). 

The following paragraph has been copied and pasted, showing the automatic attribution link at the bottom of the quote,

 

What does Tracer do?

Download Information Sheet

Download Information Sheet

Tracer tracks when users copy content from your web site and automatically adds a link back to the original page when your content is pasted. So, why do you need Tracer?

Tracer is a brand new way to:

  • Generate more visits and page views.
  • Get credit when content is copied from your site.
  • Measure and understand user engagement.
  • Improve your search engine ranking.

Read more:http://tracer.tynt.com/features-and-benefits-of-tracer#ixzz0MPL1rqSN
Under Creative Commons License:Attribution No Derivatives

 

Tracer is easy to implement and offers a convenient way to track user interaction and generate site traffic. Supports Blogger/Blogspot, Ning, Register.com, Typepad, WebsiteWorks.com, WordPress.

Via Creative Commons Weblog

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tag:davidholmes.net,2013:Post/370392 2009-07-19T14:24:00Z 2013-10-08T16:41:49Z Something Stupid This Way Comes (Garbage vs Barry Adamson)

Barry Adamson: "Something Wicked This Way Comes" (from Lost Highway)

Garbage: "Stupid Girl"

From the album Mashed in Plastic: http://www.mashedinplastic.co.uk

Mashup by G3RSt: http://www.g3rst.com

Video by The Reborn Identity: http://www.rebornidentity.com

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tag:davidholmes.net,2013:Post/370432 2009-07-19T14:18:00Z 2013-10-08T16:41:50Z Random Musicthoughts - Jean-Luc Godard
"It's not where you take things from - it's where you take them to."

http://musicthoughts.com/t/2357

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tag:davidholmes.net,2013:Post/370490 2009-07-16T06:59:00Z 2013-10-08T16:41:51Z A Mulist Widget for Twitter Trackers

A widgetized list of online tools for tracking Twitter apps, keywords, data, and users. These are mainly services that let you explore and monitor Twitter user details, stats and trends. There are also some resource hubs for general Twitter guidance and niche topics such as music.

Twitter Trackers muList widget

Here's a web page for the full list of Twitter Trackers and another for URL contributions. For more widget resources see my Widget Finder lens.

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