Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

Bloggled
October 22, 2010

Just got round to sorting out my website and pulling all the different aspects of me online into one manageable chain of links. www.Nice-Cuppa-Tea.co.uk is now the starting place to access my Blog (Which is the blog I will be using now), Portfolio, CV, etc. So whats new? Well I have finally got a proper desk sorted where my mini mac can sit along with its two screens and my Ubuntu PC, so basically a proper workstation so I can get back into the game.

Please excuse my website for a while, the portfolio section I want to do in Flash so it may take a while before you see anything. On the technology front I was glad to catch Apple’s latest keynote yesterday, the introduction of iLife 11 seems amazing, they demonstrated changes they have made to iPhoto, iMovie and most impressively GarageBand. With the latest update your band can have no Rhythm what so ever and still create perfect tracks!

iPod Docks – Free your tunes?
April 8, 2008

Recently a couple of my close friends got themselves a brand new iPod each, a 160gb Video and an 8gb Valentines Day pink Nano. Two new iPod speaker docks emerged a couple of weeks later, a JBL top of the range model and a cheap and cheerful model from HMV.

The majority of the time I use my iPod is through my Amplifier and speakers making the usability of the iPod the same as on the move, speaker docks weren’t as widely available when I got my 3rd generation. Anyway I brought my iPod together with the JBL dock and was faced with the task of finding the right dock inset to fit my ‘old’ iPod into the dock. The dock came with 7-10 different pieces of plastic for each iPod to fit into it – accept 3rd generation and older iPods. I thought, no matter, i’ll plug it in via the aux-in socket and cable provided, but the cable head didn’t fit in the gap in the casing before the socket itself. Eventually I discovered the 5th generation piece of plastic fitted my iPod and everything worked fine, but I find myself asking why this dock made specifically for iPod doesn’t fit all iPod’s, whats the point?

I recently have been in the Lake District and the log cabin we hired up there had a small stereo with ‘USB integration’ When we plugged an iPod in the standard I’ve-been-plugged-in screen appeared on the iPod ‘Do not disconnect’ rendering the controls for the iPod useless. The stereo recognized a device and decided to completely ignore ID3 tags and play all the 01 tracks on the iPod, then all the 02 tracks etc. This meant it was impossible to listen to an album in order, not to mention see what artist/album/track you were playing.

So my question is what was wrong with the standard we had pre-iPod? Aux-in and RCA cables never fail, you have full control over what your playing and all you need is a cheap cable. But going back to speaker docks, I can sort of see the point of them for rooms like the kitchen where your hi-fi can’t be heard, but a cheap stereo with an aux-in socket, a radio and a CD player gives you much more musical options than an expensive iPod speaker dock.

Upcoming iPhone
October 22, 2007

So finally Apple have put together all our pocket devices and come up with the music, video, phone call receiving iPhone. For the first time today I actually looked at the technical specifications and was confused to see they only offer an 8 gigabyte model. Now my 3rd Generation iPod is four years old now and that has a 20gb capacity which is no longer enough. After having a go on the stripped down iPhone, the iTouch, I fail to see how this is Apples next step, the wi-fi internet seemed like alot of effort to use and of course is restrictive to what content on the web you can view. The phone side of things I am yet to experience, but I assume the address book will be as functional and easy to use as Apple suggest. Last week Apple boss Steve Jobs announced outside developers will be encouraged to design add-on software for the iPhone.

End of summer update
September 29, 2007

Sorry for the long time no post. It was my birthday on the 15th of the month and I spent it with my flat mates at End of the Road Festival which is a completely non commercial music festival held at the Larmer Tree Gardens on the Wiltshire – North Dorset border. It was without doubt the best festival I have been to, there was such a friendly atomsphere, bands that weren’t full of themselves and we weren’t constantly bombarded with mobile phone adverts. The highlights for me of the festival were , Darren Hayman, Herman Dune, Misty’s Big Adventure & The Bees.

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This is a photo of the Main Stage or Garden stage with I’m From Barcelona playing, they were okay but basically a poor mans Flaming Lips.

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This was Herman Dune’s second set in The Local tent which wrapped the festival up. Check out my YouTube page to see some little snippets of video.