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When I was a kid there was nothing better than managing to catch a glimpse of a Beastie Boy video. Everything about them was so f***ing cool. Effortless style and confidence in what they were doing. I just want to know what happened to this kind of act? How come it doesn’t exist anymore?

I’ve just been researching their music for a video we’re shooting for one of my shows and I came across some great old vids, so wanted to share with anybody that happens to read my blog!


I am a life long MJ fan. Still very saddened by the loss of such an influential artist to not only the world, but on a very personal level, myself. Being a child of the 80’s I very much caught the MJ bug from as early as I can remember, watching his videos and listening to his music until I knew every nuance of every line of every song and dance move. I was so truly affected by everything he did, that it genuinely inspired me to do what I do today; which is make TV programmes with what I hope is the same quest for entertainment and energy that he had.

There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t miss him, and miss the fact that I’ll never get to see what he might have done over the next many years. He was an icon. He  still is an icon. I can’t wait to have kids and hopefully pass on that same pure joy and excitement that watching MJ perform had for me. He was one in a million.

Here he is at his ultimate best. Moonwalkers – Smooth Criminal. I still catch my self holding my breath and twitching on the beat with his every move. He may be gone, but somewhere in me, he is still very much alive.

Sorry for this slightly personal rant. It may come across corny and it may seem a tad embarrassing to read… But it’s my blog, so deal with it 😉

You can never have enough Hall & Oats in your life.

I love this music video that Mark Webb shot during filming of ‘(500) Days Of Summer’. What a great way to promote the film whilst obviously having a ball making it!

How great is this?! I’ve always been intrigued to see how music can be expressed in all shapes and forms. Multiplatform music collaboration is something I have kept a keen eye on over the years and as a musician myself I love the idea that via the internet I could one day jam with my brother over 100 miles away without any real latency issues.

That dream is of course pretty much here. Below are a few links that show that the issues that have held collaboration back are being resolved at a rapid pace.

What I really want to know is, how long before I could potentially win the chance to perform with a musical legend from the comfort of my living room, whilst simultaneously broadcast live on TV?! I want to be able to perform live with musicians all over the world for Live Aid 2009!

eJamming – This is collaborative software that lets you jam and record a song with somebody anywhere in the world at the same time. Here is a blurb from Techcrunch:

“…allows musicians located anywhere to get together for jam sessions. Your drummer’s in New York, lead guitar is in India, your bass player is somewhere else, and you’re on keyboard. No problem. eJamming lets you jam anyway. And you can talk to the other musicians via a VOIP feature.”

Riffworks – This a audio recording tool with some great collaboration abilities.

“RiffLink Online Jamming
Record and collaborate with musicians from all over the world using the RiffLink interface integrated into RiffWorks. Any musician can join your session and work with you at the same time on the same song. There’s even a built-in chat client.

Thanks to loop recording, RiffWorks has no latency or distance problems like some other online music collaboration programs. Each RiffWorks layer is instantly streamed to other current users as well as saved on the server for users who wish to contribute later. There’s nothing like it!”

Ninjam – It’s probably best to read this post in regards to what Ninjam is. In a nutshell it is an online real time collaborative music software that has a unique way of dealing with the latency issue.

“Ninjam has come up with a unique solution to circumvent this issue.
Ninjam leverages the problem itself to turn it to its own favor.
By making latency much longer than it really is, NINJAM creates the opportunity to create something that would have appeared otherwise impossible.

The latency in Ninjam is measured in measures, and the Ninjam client records and streams synchronized intervals of music between participants.
Just as the interval finishes recording, it begins playing on everyone else’s client. So when you play through an interval, you’re playing along with the previous interval of everybody else, and they’re playing along with your previous interval.

If this sounds pretty bizarre, it sort of is, until you get used to it, then it becomes pretty natural.” – A collaborative community for making, collaborating and sharing music. This isn’t a realtime jamming platform, but a place to create and collaborate on a track by track basis.

Kompoz – Here is another community where you can upload, share and then collaborate on music you have created.