Moving…

Not that you can really tell, but the site has now switched hosting providers. The new host offers ‘unlimited’ storage, so I’m hoping to get a bit more music up here soon.

It’s been a long time…

After a long (long, long) while I’ve started doing a bit of music again. Initially re-inspired by Robert Hayler (over at Radio Free Midwich), I’m almost up and running again.

Anyway, two tracks over at SoundCloud:

  • Laid Waste the first ‘new’ track – overdubbed guitars and synth textures;
  • Bass/exp something long and rambling (20 minutes) – completely live, created using a bass guitar, drum machines and a little something I knocked up in Reaktor

Enjoy!

Getting rid of stuff…

Back in 1985, I graduated from buying comics to buying music papers such as the NME. Being someone who (seemingly) can’t throw anything away, I gradually accumulated quite a pile of them until – in 1993 or so – I moved on again (this time to ‘The Wire’ magazine).

Some years ago, my parents moved house and asked me to collect together my stuff since they didn’t want to store it in their new house; fair enough. Of course, in all of that stuff was my collection of NMEs, Melody Makers, and Sounds.

Now the time has come, and I need the space. Several large boxes of papers – which I doubt I will ever look at again – need to go somewhere. I am very reluctant to simply throw them in the recycling (besides which the collectors would probably get hernias), but it seems that nobody actually wants to give me any money for them (I personally believe that they have a value, but perhaps I’m looking through rose-tinted specs).

Anyway:

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Or contact me through the website…!

Apologies…

Sorry to anyone who tried to view this site (or email me) between July 1st and 3rd – I had missed the email telling me my hosting account had expired. It’s fixed now (well, I can post this at least).

Sorry for the inconvenience! Please resend any emails – they will have bounced.

Goodbye Kodachrome. So badly reported!

Monday saw a press release from Kodak announcing that the iconic Kodachrome film is to be discontinued.

Ok, it’s a sad announcement (some people swear by its colour reproduction and its archival qualities), but I take umbrage at the way in which it has been reported!

If you watch the TV reports or read the news articles, the death of Kodachrome has almost universally been attributed to ‘the increase of digital photography’. This is not so.

There are still film products available – heck, even Kodak are introducing new stocks – and film photography seems to be making something of a resurgence in recent times. The reason that Kodachrome is being discontinued must surely be because of its archaic processing requirements.

Since the introduction of Kodachrome, other colour processes have come along (and in some cases disappeared again), which offer simpler processing – E6 processing (the standard slide-film process) can even be done at home. With only one plant in the world still processing Kodachrome (Dwaynes in the US), it was surely only a matter of time before this announcement took place.

So:

  • Digital did not kill Kodachrome;
  • Other film is still available – colour and B&W;
  • Film cameras are still being made;

This is not the end of film photography…