June 7, 2010

Well, my site and essay have been submitted, so for me semester 1 is complete!

If anyone wants to, please check out my site.

It came out about equal to my expectations, with some pros, some cons. Overall I’m satisfied with it & have achieved what I set out to do.

Anyhow, in the words of Thurston Moore, “Take it sleazy”- hope you all have a productive and fun break (students and tutors alike).


Private Copying Levy

June 2, 2010

Something we know very little of in Australia as we don’t have one.In research for another subject I was suprised to find that in the late 80’s, as a reaction to the cassette boom, Australia, Europe, Canada & USA all passed private copying levies. UK were about to but backflipped at the last minute, while Australia passed a levy but then scrubbed the last only months later in the Australian Tape Manufacturers Association Ltd v Commonwealth case.

Europe & Canada have managed to keep theirs in place and have updated it so people now pay levies on computers, CDRs, external hard drives, usb drives, blank cassettes and other items which are collected by the regional APRA equivalents and distributed among artists.

Would be too little too late for us to follow their lead now really, interesting nonetheless.

Check out further details at the WIKI.

Sony Design Classics – The Walkman

June 1, 2010

Check out this old BBC documentary on the Sony Walkman. Some great discussion on it’s marketing & design as well as it’s massive impact on music, society and the individual. In fact, T3 magazine recently declared it the most important music technology innovation of the last 50 years.

Sorry but they have disabled embedding on the youtube links. Check out parts one, two and three.


May 25, 2010

It’s not really class related, but I’m going to China in our winter break & getting super excited. Late last night we did some research on where to go / what to do & we decided we’re going to climb this mountain ‘Hua Shan’ near Xi’an. Can’t wait, good reason to hit the gym over the next month!

Some Simple Interactive Ideas

May 18, 2010

A collection of interactive mini sites by Hans Riechel. Check them out here.

I Got Mail

May 16, 2010

My gear buying this semester is getting a little out of hand! Collection is approaching it’s Nyquist limit. Today, from Japan, arrived a 1981 Yamaha CS-10. Wooo.

Status Update

May 10, 2010

Just finished recording most of the audio for my website, now I just need to edit it.

Looking at six pages total, landing page, concept introduction page & then four pages branching from that. Four content pages will be ‘Kitchen’, ‘Bathroom’, ‘Studio’ & ‘Bedroom’.

Not much more to say on the matter for now…


May 4, 2010

Got one of these this week, pretty happy with it. Very cool bass, 3VCO all analog. Getting a little overloaded on rack modules i need to make some room!


May 3, 2010

I finally locked in the concept I will be pursuing for the rest of this course.

Check it out here.

I Got Mail

April 18, 2010

Got this in the mail today!

Roland SH-101, creamy analog goodness, imported by me from Japan.