** 2002-2015 - Wishing I'd never started doing this in the first place, and had a proper life instead... **

I can be contacted by email if you type 'soundhog' followed by '@gmail' and then '.com'...
I actually have a Twitter account - I don't 'say' a lot, though...

Listen to some of my mixes in one handy place : Mixcloud
Listen to some of my tracks in another place : hearthis.at
Watch my videos, don't leave any comments : YouTube
'Like this', ignore my postings, 'unlike this' : Facebook (artist page)
Spam me about your m@$hups, bitch about me when I delete you : Facebook (personal)
The proper high art stuff - The Freelance Hairdresser page : Soundcloud

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Don't let the changes / a-get y'down / man...

...as Donovan sang in 1970.

Okay, well I've found an alternative place to host my more 'legally-dubious' productions.  I've no idea how long it'll last, as people seem to be flocking to it in the wake of S*undcl*ud's sudden get-tough policies.  But for the meantime, you can find stuff like the Steve Miller remix (hi Richard!), Traffic/Zep, the McCartney remixes and others there.  I may re-upload things like Mansun/Marvin, Beatles/Zeppelin and Edwyn/Goldfrapp as well.  Downloads are available for the moment, it would seem.

So, you'll be wanting the link?  Okay - https://hearthis.at/soundhog/   Let me know if I've missed out anything important.

In other news, the much-worried about live debut of my synthpop project 'Loose Capacitor' did indeed pass off without too many incidents the other week.  I was helped out by my friend David Harper and his Micromoog on bassline duties, while I concentrated on pressing the right lead keys and making sure the ReVox tape machine didn't go haywire.  Everyone on the night was excellent, especially The Twelve Hour Foundation, Revbjelde and Robin Lee.  I may do more music in this mould, should anyone give a stuff.  Video evidence follows below.

I may write more before Xmas.  I may not.  Toodle-pip for now.

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Normal service will (maybe) be resumed...?

Just in case anyone was wondering (and just in case anyone still reads this blog, which is unlikely as I can't be bothered updating it recently).  Soundcloud's recent failure to strike a deal with PRS in the UK (and probably other performing rights organisations elsewhere) has resulted in them suddenly 'caring' about people's copyright, and as such they've started letting automated content matching systems run riot over people's uploads.  They'd done this a bit in the past, but now have decided to implement a 'three strikes' policy, which applies to new uploads as well as stuff which has been online for years.  They recently deleted a 'bootleg' track of mine (despite it being uploaded with the permission of one of the artists involved - hardly worth contesting under the circumstances) and made the first strike.  Two and I can't upload anymore, three and my account gets nuked. 

So reluctantly I've removed a lot of my stuff (Traffic/Led Zep, the Steve Miller extended mix etc.) from Soundcloud.  I might look for an alternative means of making them available, hopefully without resorting to YouTube, but don't hold your breath as it's not a priority for me at the moment.  I hope you downloaded them all already, 'cos you can't now.  Something tells me SC are unwittingly (or maybe unavoidably) plotting their own demise here, big style.  Fuck 'em.

In other news, I feature on a new CD alongside some other rather excellent talents.  I contributed two pieces under my 'Loose Capacitor' alias, and you can hear them (and maybe even download/buy the ludicrously cheap CD) here: http://buriedtreasure.bandcamp.com/album/the-delaware-road  There's also a live show on Saturday 14th November at South Street Arts Centre in Reading (UK), where I will be performing the two tracks live, with help from a friend and a ReVox tape recorder.  This will be the first time I've played anything in public other than a record/CD player.  It could be interesting.  http://readingarts.com/southstreet/event.asp?id=SX8C71-A7826C72  Tickets on the door or in advance - do come if you can. 

That's about it, probably for 2015.  A great end to it all, eh?  Wankers...