The Busy Trap

8 July 2012

This rings so true (or at least it would if I had time to read it…).

Further reading:

Sex, data and rock and roll

It’s not all sex, drugs and rock and roll this music lark, you know. I’m not sure exactly which of those it replaces - pessimistically probably both the first two - but if you’re talking music in 2014 there’s also data to think about as well.

I’m typically not fond of...

Different Slices Of Sky

So, in shock news it turns out the album is going extinct.

That’s a shame isn’t it?

I’m not what the exact protocol is in this sort of situation; do we need to start a kickstarter or something? I mean, there’s quite a few albums I was looking forward to. Why...

Scratching The Itch

I don’t think there are many people that know that once, what seems like an age ago, I did a computer science degree. At that point in time I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how to get into music – my teenage band failing dismally to even...

Indie Schmindie

I’ve been thinking about the concept of indie record labels all week after an article on the Guardian about everyone’s favourite currency-related rapper 50 Cent signing to “independent distributor Caroline”. Now for those that don’t keep up to speed with the coming and goings of the many, many major...

X Meets Y

I hate writing about music.

Chiefly I, myself, take great displeasure in writing about the stuff, but then also quite frankly – and with no disrespect to anyone reading who does write about it – I am no fan of any writing about music.

I mean, what is it good for?

Permit me...

Music apps – beyond the hype

6 March 2012

I’ll be talking about the Adele mobile app at this tonight – hopefully should be a pretty interesting event.

Further reading:

Sex, data and rock and roll

It’s not all sex, drugs and rock and roll this music lark, you know. I’m not sure exactly which of those it replaces - pessimistically probably both the first two - but if you’re talking music in 2014 there’s also data to think about as well.

I’m typically not fond of...

Different Slices Of Sky

So, in shock news it turns out the album is going extinct.

That’s a shame isn’t it?

I’m not what the exact protocol is in this sort of situation; do we need to start a kickstarter or something? I mean, there’s quite a few albums I was looking forward to. Why...

Scratching The Itch

I don’t think there are many people that know that once, what seems like an age ago, I did a computer science degree. At that point in time I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how to get into music – my teenage band failing dismally to even...

Indie Schmindie

I’ve been thinking about the concept of indie record labels all week after an article on the Guardian about everyone’s favourite currency-related rapper 50 Cent signing to “independent distributor Caroline”. Now for those that don’t keep up to speed with the coming and goings of the many, many major...

X Meets Y

I hate writing about music.

Chiefly I, myself, take great displeasure in writing about the stuff, but then also quite frankly – and with no disrespect to anyone reading who does write about it – I am no fan of any writing about music.

I mean, what is it good for?

Permit me...

Jack White - Love Interruption

31 January 2012

Firstly: new Jack White solo record! I am a massive White Stripes fan, so this is a Very Good Thing. Also, we made a widget for it that spins at 45rpm:

I’m not sure if I’ve really mentioned the widgets we’ve developed and have been using since last August – they’re quite nifty, if I do say so myself. They’re HTML5-based and work on iPhones, iPads and other mobile devices; they get detected by the lovely HypeMachine so they show up when bloggers post about them; they’re completely fluid (using both media queries and a dab of JS) so they should work at any size; and lastly you can use them as little iOS web apps (if you have a data connection) – try saving this page to your home screen for example.

Further reading:

Sex, data and rock and roll

It’s not all sex, drugs and rock and roll this music lark, you know. I’m not sure exactly which of those it replaces - pessimistically probably both the first two - but if you’re talking music in 2014 there’s also data to think about as well.

I’m typically not fond of...

Different Slices Of Sky

So, in shock news it turns out the album is going extinct.

That’s a shame isn’t it?

I’m not what the exact protocol is in this sort of situation; do we need to start a kickstarter or something? I mean, there’s quite a few albums I was looking forward to. Why...

Scratching The Itch

I don’t think there are many people that know that once, what seems like an age ago, I did a computer science degree. At that point in time I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how to get into music – my teenage band failing dismally to even...

Indie Schmindie

I’ve been thinking about the concept of indie record labels all week after an article on the Guardian about everyone’s favourite currency-related rapper 50 Cent signing to “independent distributor Caroline”. Now for those that don’t keep up to speed with the coming and goings of the many, many major...

X Meets Y

I hate writing about music.

Chiefly I, myself, take great displeasure in writing about the stuff, but then also quite frankly – and with no disrespect to anyone reading who does write about it – I am no fan of any writing about music.

I mean, what is it good for?

Permit me...

Google Fuses Google+ Into Search

11 January 2012

It seems like there’s an ever growing opportunity for someone to come in and do search much better then Google does it, stripping it back to basics and focusing on the quality of results (which are appalling for so many search types – anything product focused just leads to page upon page of retailer sites, for example).

I think the attempt to (badly) add social features to all of their platforms could be the undoing of Google.

Further reading:

Sex, data and rock and roll

It’s not all sex, drugs and rock and roll this music lark, you know. I’m not sure exactly which of those it replaces - pessimistically probably both the first two - but if you’re talking music in 2014 there’s also data to think about as well.

I’m typically not fond of...

Different Slices Of Sky

So, in shock news it turns out the album is going extinct.

That’s a shame isn’t it?

I’m not what the exact protocol is in this sort of situation; do we need to start a kickstarter or something? I mean, there’s quite a few albums I was looking forward to. Why...

Scratching The Itch

I don’t think there are many people that know that once, what seems like an age ago, I did a computer science degree. At that point in time I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how to get into music – my teenage band failing dismally to even...

Indie Schmindie

I’ve been thinking about the concept of indie record labels all week after an article on the Guardian about everyone’s favourite currency-related rapper 50 Cent signing to “independent distributor Caroline”. Now for those that don’t keep up to speed with the coming and goings of the many, many major...

X Meets Y

I hate writing about music.

Chiefly I, myself, take great displeasure in writing about the stuff, but then also quite frankly – and with no disrespect to anyone reading who does write about it – I am no fan of any writing about music.

I mean, what is it good for?

Permit me...

Willis Earl Beal - Evening's Kiss

11 January 2012

I love this really quite a lot. Reminds me in a strange way of early White Stripes; obviously not in terms of the music, but in terms of atmosphere.

Further reading:

Sex, data and rock and roll

It’s not all sex, drugs and rock and roll this music lark, you know. I’m not sure exactly which of those it replaces - pessimistically probably both the first two - but if you’re talking music in 2014 there’s also data to think about as well.

I’m typically not fond of...

Different Slices Of Sky

So, in shock news it turns out the album is going extinct.

That’s a shame isn’t it?

I’m not what the exact protocol is in this sort of situation; do we need to start a kickstarter or something? I mean, there’s quite a few albums I was looking forward to. Why...

Scratching The Itch

I don’t think there are many people that know that once, what seems like an age ago, I did a computer science degree. At that point in time I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how to get into music – my teenage band failing dismally to even...

Indie Schmindie

I’ve been thinking about the concept of indie record labels all week after an article on the Guardian about everyone’s favourite currency-related rapper 50 Cent signing to “independent distributor Caroline”. Now for those that don’t keep up to speed with the coming and goings of the many, many major...

X Meets Y

I hate writing about music.

Chiefly I, myself, take great displeasure in writing about the stuff, but then also quite frankly – and with no disrespect to anyone reading who does write about it – I am no fan of any writing about music.

I mean, what is it good for?

Permit me...

How does a Pitchfork review affect an album's popularity?

8 December 2011

In short: they don’t (although you need more data for a less flippant conclusion). Also: yay for graphs!

Further reading:

Sex, data and rock and roll

It’s not all sex, drugs and rock and roll this music lark, you know. I’m not sure exactly which of those it replaces - pessimistically probably both the first two - but if you’re talking music in 2014 there’s also data to think about as well.

I’m typically not fond of...

Different Slices Of Sky

So, in shock news it turns out the album is going extinct.

That’s a shame isn’t it?

I’m not what the exact protocol is in this sort of situation; do we need to start a kickstarter or something? I mean, there’s quite a few albums I was looking forward to. Why...

Scratching The Itch

I don’t think there are many people that know that once, what seems like an age ago, I did a computer science degree. At that point in time I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how to get into music – my teenage band failing dismally to even...

Indie Schmindie

I’ve been thinking about the concept of indie record labels all week after an article on the Guardian about everyone’s favourite currency-related rapper 50 Cent signing to “independent distributor Caroline”. Now for those that don’t keep up to speed with the coming and goings of the many, many major...

X Meets Y

I hate writing about music.

Chiefly I, myself, take great displeasure in writing about the stuff, but then also quite frankly – and with no disrespect to anyone reading who does write about it – I am no fan of any writing about music.

I mean, what is it good for?

Permit me...

Early Results: Social News and the Open Graph

30 November 2011

I’ve seen a lot of criticism (a lot of which is pretty spot on) of some of the news publications and their integration with Facebook using the new Open Graph APIs, as typically they hijack links posted by other people to Facebook and funnel them into a custom app, and also auto-share things to the FB ticker.

These criticisms are almost universally directed at Facebook, but as this post shows it’s the publishers that should be getting the flack; yes, potentially Facebook could potentially place more restrictions on what the APIs can do, but almost all of the issues are on the publishers end.

Further reading:

Sex, data and rock and roll

It’s not all sex, drugs and rock and roll this music lark, you know. I’m not sure exactly which of those it replaces - pessimistically probably both the first two - but if you’re talking music in 2014 there’s also data to think about as well.

I’m typically not fond of...

Different Slices Of Sky

So, in shock news it turns out the album is going extinct.

That’s a shame isn’t it?

I’m not what the exact protocol is in this sort of situation; do we need to start a kickstarter or something? I mean, there’s quite a few albums I was looking forward to. Why...

Scratching The Itch

I don’t think there are many people that know that once, what seems like an age ago, I did a computer science degree. At that point in time I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how to get into music – my teenage band failing dismally to even...

Indie Schmindie

I’ve been thinking about the concept of indie record labels all week after an article on the Guardian about everyone’s favourite currency-related rapper 50 Cent signing to “independent distributor Caroline”. Now for those that don’t keep up to speed with the coming and goings of the many, many major...

X Meets Y

I hate writing about music.

Chiefly I, myself, take great displeasure in writing about the stuff, but then also quite frankly – and with no disrespect to anyone reading who does write about it – I am no fan of any writing about music.

I mean, what is it good for?

Permit me...

Announcing Little Printer and BERG Cloud

30 November 2011

This is just a little bit magical. There’s something incredibly compelling about a device that takes the modern internet – Foursquare checkins and all – and makes it something physical.

Also, the design and accompanying video are perfect:

Further reading:

Sex, data and rock and roll

It’s not all sex, drugs and rock and roll this music lark, you know. I’m not sure exactly which of those it replaces - pessimistically probably both the first two - but if you’re talking music in 2014 there’s also data to think about as well.

I’m typically not fond of...

Different Slices Of Sky

So, in shock news it turns out the album is going extinct.

That’s a shame isn’t it?

I’m not what the exact protocol is in this sort of situation; do we need to start a kickstarter or something? I mean, there’s quite a few albums I was looking forward to. Why...

Scratching The Itch

I don’t think there are many people that know that once, what seems like an age ago, I did a computer science degree. At that point in time I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how to get into music – my teenage band failing dismally to even...

Indie Schmindie

I’ve been thinking about the concept of indie record labels all week after an article on the Guardian about everyone’s favourite currency-related rapper 50 Cent signing to “independent distributor Caroline”. Now for those that don’t keep up to speed with the coming and goings of the many, many major...

X Meets Y

I hate writing about music.

Chiefly I, myself, take great displeasure in writing about the stuff, but then also quite frankly – and with no disrespect to anyone reading who does write about it – I am no fan of any writing about music.

I mean, what is it good for?

Permit me...

The Wired.co.uk Podcast 52

21 November 2011

At about 31mins in you can hear me talk a little bit about music apps (and it turns out I don’t at all sound like I think I do).

Further reading:

Sex, data and rock and roll

It’s not all sex, drugs and rock and roll this music lark, you know. I’m not sure exactly which of those it replaces - pessimistically probably both the first two - but if you’re talking music in 2014 there’s also data to think about as well.

I’m typically not fond of...

Different Slices Of Sky

So, in shock news it turns out the album is going extinct.

That’s a shame isn’t it?

I’m not what the exact protocol is in this sort of situation; do we need to start a kickstarter or something? I mean, there’s quite a few albums I was looking forward to. Why...

Scratching The Itch

I don’t think there are many people that know that once, what seems like an age ago, I did a computer science degree. At that point in time I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how to get into music – my teenage band failing dismally to even...

Indie Schmindie

I’ve been thinking about the concept of indie record labels all week after an article on the Guardian about everyone’s favourite currency-related rapper 50 Cent signing to “independent distributor Caroline”. Now for those that don’t keep up to speed with the coming and goings of the many, many major...

X Meets Y

I hate writing about music.

Chiefly I, myself, take great displeasure in writing about the stuff, but then also quite frankly – and with no disrespect to anyone reading who does write about it – I am no fan of any writing about music.

I mean, what is it good for?

Permit me...

Responsive Advertising

15 November 2011

Really great post on the pitfalls of integrating advertising in responsive sites. Seems like this could well take a lot of time to fix properly – most sites just don’t have the leverage with their advertising provider to be able to shift their advertising around.

Further reading:

Sex, data and rock and roll

It’s not all sex, drugs and rock and roll this music lark, you know. I’m not sure exactly which of those it replaces - pessimistically probably both the first two - but if you’re talking music in 2014 there’s also data to think about as well.

I’m typically not fond of...

Different Slices Of Sky

So, in shock news it turns out the album is going extinct.

That’s a shame isn’t it?

I’m not what the exact protocol is in this sort of situation; do we need to start a kickstarter or something? I mean, there’s quite a few albums I was looking forward to. Why...

Scratching The Itch

I don’t think there are many people that know that once, what seems like an age ago, I did a computer science degree. At that point in time I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how to get into music – my teenage band failing dismally to even...

Indie Schmindie

I’ve been thinking about the concept of indie record labels all week after an article on the Guardian about everyone’s favourite currency-related rapper 50 Cent signing to “independent distributor Caroline”. Now for those that don’t keep up to speed with the coming and goings of the many, many major...

X Meets Y

I hate writing about music.

Chiefly I, myself, take great displeasure in writing about the stuff, but then also quite frankly – and with no disrespect to anyone reading who does write about it – I am no fan of any writing about music.

I mean, what is it good for?

Permit me...