Saturday, 31 October 2009

Sunday, 20 September 2009

YAIC panelist and Habbo‘s UK country manager Oisin Lunny answers a few questions on Habbo, the music industry‘s challenges and his tour with U2...

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Oisin LunnyHow can you describe Habbo, in a nutshell?
Habbo is a virtual world and social networking environment for teenagers. It's an online hangout where teens can meet up, play games and develop their self-expression.

The core of the Habbo experience is the virtual world or virtual “hotel”, Habbo Hotel. Millions of teenagers meet each other every day in Habbo’s cafés, clubs, at the pool area or in the millions of private rooms created by the Habbos themselves. Currently there are over 60 million user-generated rooms in the different Habbo communities.

What are the key factors behind its success?
Habbo is all about self-expression, it provides teens with a safe environment in which to express themselves creatively. The key to Habbo is social interactivity: meeting other Habbos and having fun together.

What makes it different to other, similar, online environments?
The level of self-expression in Habbo is what sets it apart form other virtual worlds. The Habbo community is always packed with fun events whether it is seasonal events (Christmas, Summer etc.), competitions, celebrity visits etc. In addition to the actual virtual world, all community members have their own Habbo home pages where they can present their virtual life in Habbo. The personal pages are naturally highly customizable and can be used for sharing content, forming different kinds of groups etc. Habbo pages are tightly linked to the virtual world: you can, for example, access users’ own rooms with a click of a button as well as include friend lists and game scores from the community. Habbos can also join different kinds of groups and make group pages for themselves and their friends.

What is your specific role?
As Country Manager I’m responsible for the managing the UK team, the P&L, and day to day operations in the UK. I’m also responsible for strategic marketing partnerships and helping to bring exclusive content in-world such as music and movie celebrities for meet and greets.

What lessons can musicians/music industry learn from a project like Habbo?
Entering a virtual world is all about engagement, it gives acts a chance to speak to their fans in real time and promote their music to a captive teenage audience. Whereas traditional advertising was merely talking at teens, Habbo allows acts to have a deep conversation with their fans and to gauge their feedback on their latest tracks.

What will you be talking about at YAIC?
I will be talking about the Habbo approach to our community, how we listen to and engage with millions of teens, and how we facilitate their activity and creativity. I will also speak about the business models behind Habbo which delivered over €50m in turnover last year.

You work as a musician yourself, is that right?
Indeed, I've worked in the music business for over 20 years. I still have a keen interest in writing and producing music and also DJing from time to time. Having a creative sideline is a good compliment to working in technology, and keeps you energized about both music and technology!

You toured with U2? You must have some great anecdotes!
I was in a band called Marxman on the Talkin' Loud label and we had a LOT of fun doing U2 support gigs like Roundhay Park in Leeds UK (audience of 190,000) and also my hometown of Dublin. Bono is perhaps the king of anecdotes, none of which I can repeat ;-) Around the same time we did Europe with Depeche Mode on the Songs of Faith and Devotion tour, that was an entirely different kettle of fish, full of all night parties and even more unrepeatable anecdotes.

Can you describe your work as Lifeblood?
Lifeblood Productions "Music For All Media" is my own production company for projects such as film and TV music and also remixes, more info can be found at

Will you be talking about Lifeblood also at YAIC?
I think the aspects of music production I could talk about will be more than familiar to the YAIC attendees, so will keep the presentation on Habbo, new technology opportunities and best practice. Having said that, if anyone wants to know more I would be happy to speak after the presentation.

What are the five main challenges facing the music industry in 2009?
* Teenagers have more interest in engaging with music than ever, and more means of doing so, but in the large part, very little interest in actually buying music in the traditional manner
* The quantity of music content / sites can be overwhelming - so peer recommendation and community is vital - music blogs are a fascinating example of technology facilitating the sheer love of music, but frustratingly these are not monetized
* Industry heavy-handedness with file sharing creates a negative relationship with music lovers - a lose-lose situation. Spotify is a glimpse of the win-win alternative.
* As the industry struggles to maintain existing business models and increasingly niche distribution infrastructure, adoption of new business models can be slow, and can happen too late to make a difference, sadly.
* As Tim O'Reilly wrote in 2002 "Obscurity is a far greater threat to authors and creative artists than piracy" - in 2009 this could equally apply to the labels themselves.

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Wednesday, 9 September 2009

September 09 Podcast

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. . : : A R o o f W i t h A V i e w : : . .

A most beautiful view

Dear friends, family, and friends of friends....

Time is once again in short supply, so here's a few I made earlier,
if you like, please do buy or Spotify the originals.

sailing by night

:: Mix 1 ::

1. Tomorrow Never Knows / Junior Parker
2. The Winner Is / Danna - DeVotchKa
3. The Keeper Of Secrets / Luke Slott
4. Human / Sol Seppy
5. Body Talk (Part 2) / Wheat
6. Soldier On / Midnight Well
7. Flume / Bon Iver
8. Easier / Grizzly Bear
9. Bye / Elliott Smith
10. Foreshadowed / Harold Budd & Brian Eno
11. Cinematic Orchestra / Evolutions II (remix)
12. I Was Young And Needed The Money / Cut Copy
13. Red On Chrome / Jimmy Behan
14. Missing Link / Stratus
15. Supervitesse Expansemix / Mahogany with Ulrich Schnauss
16. The White Flash (Ft. Thom Yorke) / Modeselektor
17. Archangel / Burial
18. Hold On (Strange Version) / Smith & Mighty
19. Higher Love / Depeche Mode
20 . NYC / Interpol Download MP3

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:: Mix 2 ::

1. Melody (Extrait de Melody Nelson) / Serge Gainsbourg
2. Your Sweet Love / Lee Hazlewood
3. As Long As I've Got You / The Charmels
4. Fridays Child / Them
5. Break Of Dawn & Fly / J.K. & Co.
6. Korea (Dialogue) / Steve Buscemi and Bronson Dudley
7. Earth Moon And Stars / The Starseeds
8. Just My Soul Responding / Smokey Robinson
9. The World We Live In / The Politicians
10. No No No / Dawn Penn
11. My People...Hold On / Eddie Kendricks
12. Free Radicals (A Hallucination Of The Christmas Skeleton Pleading With A Suicide Bomber) / The Flaming Lips
13. Belisama (2e partie) / Belisama
14. The Fly High (Remix) / Fin
15. Freak Out Requiem III / Amon Düül
16. Inside Out / American Gypsy
17. Friends & Countrymen / Wild Bunch
18. Hung Upside Down / Buffalo Springfield
19. Dark Days / DJ Shadow
20. Tulsa Rags / Steward Copeland

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:: Mix 3 ::

1. Melody Day (FourTet Remix) / Caribou featuring Luke Lalonde, Adem & One Little Plane
2. Week-End Du Ski (extract) / Jean-Michel Bernard (The Science Of Sleep OST)
3. Hurdy Gurdy Man / Donovan
4. Hippie, Hippie, Hourrah / Jacques Dutronc
5 . Mr. Farmer / The Seeds
6. Would You Believe What I Say / The Unit
7. Louie Louie / Richard Berry & The Pharaohs
8. Drifting / Claude Huey
9. I Walked Away / Bobby Paris
10. Subway Joe / Joe Bataan
11. One Way Out / Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
12. The Key To My Happiness / The Charades
13. Locked In A Room / The Poets
14. In Love / Tony Galla & The Rising Sons
15. Theres A Ghost In My House / R. Dean Taylor
16. Out Of Our Tree (The Wailers) / The Wailers
17. Starlett Johannson (Connan & The Moccasins Remix) / The Teenagers
18. Program / Silver Apples
19. See Emily Play / Pink Floyd
20. Besasha / Kareem Isaaq & Middle Eastern Rock
21. I Wanna Be Your Dog / The Stooges
22. Golden Frost / The Brian Jonestown Massacre
23. Bubble Burst / Beyond The Wizards Sleeve
24. I'm A Gamekeeper / Thee Headcoats Sect
25. Judy Is A Punk (Original Demo '75) / The Ramones
26. Never Understand / The Jesus and Mary Chain
27. Feelin' / The LA's

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* Come and say hi *

I'll be playing records and the like at Bestival this weekend.
Expect bump and grind dance music from the 1940's onwards
at The Nighcap Club,Time For Tease Arena.
Midnight Friday, Saturday and Sunday
more info / booking here


I'll also be giving a presentation at this years IMX
You Are In Control conference, Reykjavík, where the theme is:
"The Digital Revolution Shakes the Creative Industries
What's to be Gained, Lost or Learned"
more info here


* and finally *

"I, like the view, start in the middle and spread out in all directions;

the beginning is too long ago and the end is too far away:

start now . . ."



Love always,

Oisin x



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I, like the view.....


If you enjoy the music featured in these promotional mixes please visit a local record shop, somewhere, or iTunes/eMusic
or Amazon/Beatport/Boomkat/LostTunes to download the original tracks and support the artists and labels making it, or maybe you could
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Monday, 27 July 2009

Midsummer Podcasts 2008 - repost

. : H a p p y S u m m e r S o l s t i c e : .

. . : : t o c e l e b r a t e , s o m e m u s i c : : . .

Hove Lawns

Dear friends, family, and friends of friends,

Wishing you happiness and everything your heart desires this Summer Solstice.

Enjoy the music.

:: 1 ::

Darryl Hall - The Farther Away I Am
Low - Laser Beam
Jim White - Jailbird
The Sumner Brothers - Pain
Bon Iver - re: Stacks
King Creosote - Nothing Compares To You
Goldfrapp - Not Over Yet
Stephen Stills - Singin Call
The Miserable Rich - Pisshead
Ted Barnes - Caught Out
Satyajit Ray - Charu's Theme
Blonde On Blonde - All Day And All Night
The Millenium - Karmic Dream Sequence Number One
Tom Scott - Today
Bill Wendry - A Wristwatch Band
The Superimposers - Autumn Falls (Instrumental)
Jazziac Sunflowers - Your Eyes Of Love
Roxanne - Roxanne's Suite
Hollace Metzger - Just The Right Volume (extract)
Loose Ends - Feel The Vibe
FC Kahuna - Hayling
The Shortwave Set - The Downer Song
Ashley Slater - Req's Sunshine
Santogold - Your Voice
Earl Zinger - Song 2
The Congos - The Wrong Thing
Marcia Griffiths - Feel Like Jumping
Dillinger - Cocaine In My Brain

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:: 2 ::

Tom Waits - "35 Summers" from Rumble Fish
Jeffree - Mr Fix It
Bettye Lavette - Hey Love
Cannonball Adderly - Capricorn
Gospel Artistics - No Not One
Belita Woods - My Magic Corner
Spaghetti Head - Funky Axe
Funk bootleg
Freddie McCoy - Gimme Some
Aretha Franklin - I Can’t See Myself Leaving You
Paulette Reaves - Let Me Wrap You In My Love
Funk bootleg
Clarence Reid - Till I Get My Share
Eddie Bo - If It's Good For You (It's Good For You)
The Turtles - I'm Chief Kamanawanalea (We're The Royal Macadamia Nuts)
Brenda George - I Can't Stand It (I Can't Take No More)
Bobby Bland - Gotta Get To Know You
Mongo Santamaria - Cold Sweat
Ronnie Cook & The Gaylads - Googoo Mutt
Howlin' Wolf - Smokestack Lightnin'
Little Richard - Directly From My Heart
The Millenium - Prelude
Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley
Marco Di Marco - Take Off
Mandrill - Fat City Strut
Van Der Graaf Generator - Theme One

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:: 3 ::

Headcleaner - Bootleg Beatpusher
The Flies - I'm Not Your Steppin' Stone
Tintern Abbey - Vaccum Cleaner
The Gods - Hey Bulldog
Thee Milkshakes - I Need No-one
The Vibrations - Cause You're Mine
Tintern Abbey - Beeside
Garland Green - Angel Baby
The Firestones - Buy Now And Pay Later
The Blue Notes - Hot Chills & Cold Thrills
Stemmons Express - Woman, Lover, Theif
Ohio Players - Love Slipped Through My Fingers
Honeybees - Let's Get Back Together
Lost Soul - Secret Of Mine
Major Lance - It's The Beat
Billy Butler - Right Track
Bob & Earl - Ooh Honey Baby
The Steinways - You've Been Leading Me On
Frank Wilson - Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)
Just Brothers - Carlena
The Showstoppers - Ain't Nothin' But A House Party
Major Lance - You Don't Want Me No More
The Checkmates Ltd - Kissing Her And Crying For You
Odds & Ends - Yesterday My Love
Ivorys - Please Stay
Gladys Knight & The Pips - Stop And Get A Hold Of Myself
Marge Dobson - Be Your Baby
Dana Valery - You Don't Know Where Your Interest Lies
Ella Fitzgerald - Get Ready
Mongo Santamaria - We Got Latin Soul
Lou Courtney - Me And You Doin The Boogaloo
The Tymes - What Would I Do
Herb Ward - Honest To Goodness
Ritchie Adams - I Can't Escape From You
Sherrys - Put Your Arms Around Me
Just Borthers - Sliced Tomatoes
Firstborn - The Mood Club
Little Richard - I Don't Want To Discuss It
Willie Kendrick - Change Your Ways
Luther Ingram - If It's All The Same To You Babe
Oisin Lunny - Theme for a Northern Soul
Jimmy Mack - My World Is On Fire
Herbert Hunter - I Was Born To Love You
Spyder Turner - I Can't Make It Anymore
Chuck Woods - Seven Days Too Long
L. Allen - Can We Talk It Over
Marie Knight - That's No Way To Treat A Girl
Tobi Legend - Time Will Pass You By
Nobody But Me - The Human Beinz
Compass - Her Sadness Primer
Tomorrow - Why
Foo Fighters - Everlong
Firstborn featuring
Bennan Murphy - Home Movie

Download part three



. . : : and finally : : . .


Some words from "The Sheltering Sky" by Paul Bowles:

"Because we don't know when we will die, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well,
yet everything happens only a certain number of times, and a very small number, really.

How many more times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood,
some afternoon that's so deeply a part of your being
that you can't even conceive of your life without it?

Perhaps four or five times more, perhaps not even that.

How many more times will you watch the full moon rise?

Perhaps twenty. And yet it all seems limitless."


Love always,

Oisin x

Brighton Pier at Dawn


If you enjoy the music featured in these promotional mixes please
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the original tracks and support the artists and labels making it :)

Saturday, 20 June 2009

Midsummer Revisited

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. . : : M I D S U M M E R R E V I S I T E D : : . .

* * *

Dear friends, family, and friends of friends....

A selection of music to celebrate the night thats in it, originally posted 2007.

Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, have a wonderful Midsummer.

* * *

:: 1 ::

1. Incidental / Ted Barnes 1:24
2. All the Trees of the Field / Sufjan Stephens 4:14
3. Song To The Siren / Tim Buckley 3:29
4. Man Of The World / Fleetwood Mac 2:49
5. Trashing Things / The Notwist 3:25
6. Skakka / Amina 4:13
7. Clap Hands / Tom Waits 3:48
8. Slump / Monotape 3:41
9. "The Calm Before" / E.A.R. 3:48
10. Pencil Stick / Clogs 6:07
11. Hemipode / Amina 4:29
12. I'm Very Sad / Clogs 6:36
13. Over The Ocean / Low 3:49
14. And So Begins The Task / Manassas 3:56
15. 'Til I Die / The Beach Boys 2:44
16. In Dark Trees / Brian Eno 2:30
17. Hasty Boom Alert / Mu-sic 5:14
18. Credo / Firstborn featuring Bennan Murphy

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:: 2 ::

1. Some Velvet Morning / Hazlewood & Sinatra 3:35
2. Sad Song / Lou Reed 6:58
3. Pictures Of Matchstick Men / Status Quo 3:11
4. Mic Check / Cornelius 3:03
5. Requiem Pour Un Con / Serge Gainsbourg 2:17
6. As Serious As Your Life / Four Tet 4:48
7. Come Clean / Jeru The Damaga 4:57
8. Dwyck / Gangstar 4:03
9. Soul Vibrations / Dorothy Ashby 3:07
10. General Confessional / Electric Prunes 4:15
11. Skylights / Freddy Fresh 3:25
12. On / The Delays 2:59
13. Neptune City / Death In Vegas 4:51
14. These Are The Ghosts / A Band Of Bees 3:09
15. Weed Bus / The Stairs 2:17
16. Piss Factory / Patti Smith 5:03
17. Come To My Senses / M. Craft 4:38
18. Jacknuggeted / Manitoba 3:31
19. Playhouses / TV On the Radio 5:15

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:: 3 ::

1. Beggin' (Pilooski Edit) / Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons 5:34
2. Moonlight, Music & You / Laura Greene 2:31
3. Love That Never Grows Old / Jackey Beaver 2:47
4. Now That I Found You Baby / Mirettes 2:44
5. If You Ask Me (Because I Love You) / Jerry Williams 2:44
6. That's The Same Thing / The Masquaders 2:32
7. She'll Come Running Back / Mel Brit 2:19
8. Heartache Souvenirs / William Powell 2:20
9. I Was Born To Love You / Herbert Hunter 2:27
10. Lover / De Lite 2:05
11. I'm Comun' Home In The Morn'un / Pride, Lou 3:00
12. Psyche-Soulla-Funkadelic / The Politicians 3:47
13. Your Autumn Of Tomorrow / The Crow 2:31
14. There Was A Time / Gene Chandler 3:30
15. Hippy, Skippy, Moon Street / The Moon People 2:40
16. Use It Before You Lose It / Bobby Valentín 3:01
17. Have Love Will Travel / The Sonics 2:39
18. Don't Look Back / The Remains 2:42
19. Trick Bag / Artesians 3:13
20. Louie Louie / The Sonics 2:56
21. Trouble Up The Road / Jackie Brenston 2:12
22. I Can't Believe What You Say / Ike & Tina Turner 1:58
23. Open My Eyes / The Nazz 2:45
24. Black And White Town / Doves 4:15

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:: 4 ::

1. Someone Great / LCD Soundsystem 6:25
2. BEAT / Justice 4:51
3. Dance / Earth People 4:16
4. Take Me Away / True Faith 5:58
5. Home / Motorbass 7:13
6. Sleep Deprivation / Simian Mobile Disco 4:59
7. Smile (Remix) / Cosmo Vitelli 6:10
8. Bring It On (Teenage Bad Girl Remix) / Goose 5:02
9. Electronic Battle Weapon 9 / Chemical Brothers 6:52
10. Le Disko (Boys Noize Dub) / Shiny Toy Guns 5:57
11. Move My Body - Only4Erol Mix / Tiga 5:08
12. DANCE (MSTRKRFT Remix) / Justice 4:37
13. Strings Of Life (Danny Krivit) / Soul Central 4:13
14. Le Disko (Ferry Corsten Mix) / Shiny Toy Guns 6:09
15. Trash / The Whip 6:22
16. Testarossa - SebstiAn Remix / Kavinsky 4:58
17. Phantom (Faex Re-Edit) / Justice 5:27
18. Sharpen The Knives (Edit) / Phones 3:29
19. Cocotte - Hystereo Rebrand / Teenage Bad Girl 8:44
20. Bucky Done Gun / M.I.A. 3:47
21. Freak / LFO 5:07
22. I Know You Got Soul (Acen) / Eric B. & Rakim 3:30

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and finally....

William Butler Yeats

"Your eyes that once were never weary of mine
Are bowed in sorrow under pendulous lids,
Because our love is waning."
And then She:
"Although our love is waning, let us stand
By the lone border of the lake once more,
Together in that hour of gentleness
When the poor tired child, passion, falls asleep.
How far away the stars seem, and how far
Is our first kiss, and ah, how old my heart!"
Pensive they paced along the faded leaves,
While slowly he whose hand held hers replied:
"Passion has often worn our wandering hearts."
The woods were round them, and the yellow leaves
Fell like faint meteors in the gloom, and once
A rabbit old and lame limped down the path;
Autumn was over him: and now they stood
On the lone border of the lake once more:
Turning, he saw that she had thrust dead leaves
Gathered in silence, dewy as her eyes,
In bosom and hair.
"Ah, do not mourn," he said,
"That we are tired, for other loves await us;
Hate on and love through unrepining hours.
Before us lies eternity; our souls
Are love, and a continual farewell."


Love always,

Oisin x



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If you enjoy the music featured in these promotional mixes please visit a local record shop, somewhere,
or iTunes/eMusic or Amazon/Beatport/Boomkat/LostTunes to download the original tracks and support the artists and labels making it,
or maybe you could find them on the excellent Spotify application.

If you are a copyright owner, and would any of these audio snippets removed, just let me know...

Sunday, 31 May 2009

Cirque du Cabaret

Cirque du Cabaret

BUTTON FACTORY, Dublin 06.06.09

Ladies & Gentlemen,the time has come for the biggest circus burlesque show ever to happen in Ireland - Join us for this unbelievable show Saturday 6th June.

One of our favourite sons has returned as we welcome Dusty Limits, Miss Roxy Rhinestone & the stunning Empress Stah. Many more acts to be announced.

The grand prize on the night will be for a stay in The Morgan Hotel with cocktails! How nice.

Tickets Here

See you all in the Button Factory on June 6th

Doors at 7.30pm

With a super after party in The Morgan Hotel and Ukiyo, Exchequer St D2

Sunday, 3 May 2009

Pale Blue Dot

Video adaptation of Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space, written by Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan from Irish musician Ice Core Scientist - wonderful.

City of God’s Son - free download

Interesting Project....City of Gods Son is "an experimental movie for the blind/hip-hop opera" starring Nas, Jay Z, Ghostface, Biggie Smalls, Raekwon, Samuel Jackson, Delroy Lindo, and Laurence Fishburne. Download it for FREE from

Some words from the director...

"City of God’s Son (COGS) is all-things: an epic, a musical, a soundscape, a movie for the blind, an art installation, and a coming of age story. Through its blend of multiple media and art genres, COGS explores new grounds for unconventional storytelling and ultimately gives rise to the world’s first “Beat Cinematic”. I arrived at this term by combining various mediums including 3D audio, original music production, sound design, and dialogue samples. Using some of hip-hop and film’s greatest talents, I wanted to create my own cross-medium ensemble cast and out of many mediums create something epic and new. Hip-hop is the perfect choice for this because, like this project, it is a genre created using only the resources available and re-contextualizing them to create something bold and innovative.

More than just a remix or mash-up, COGS comments on the icon of the gangster, the media obsession with this character, and its function within hip hop culture. Homage to arguably hip hop's most culturally potent era, COGS explores the mythology behind musical icons and gangster film icons alike, and creates a world in which the two co-exist. COGS ties these together by playing off of the listener's familiarities of these genres and re-contextualizing them within a coming of age crime drama set in a mythical jungle metropolis.

The story explores the relationship between father and son and the struggle to define themselves in a world where their futures appear economically preordained. COGS riffs on the icon and myth of the gangster used generously throughout the history of hip-hop and American pop culture. The story embraces both the dichotomy of such societal reverence and media obsession with the moral quandary such a lifestyle calls into question. By using some of the genre’s most influential artists and manipulating them into characters that humanize and at times contradict their media persona, COGS aims to dissect concepts of machismo and push the envelope for using music as a more directly narrative medium. It also interweaves many classic crime film samples into the sound design and score of the piece, melding together the world of film with music into a new format of visceral soundscape. And in all of this there is the unique invention of self-proclamation; artists labeling themselves, touting beefs with other artists, and challenging the status quo.

This project is inspired by the many nights I spent roaming the city late at night as a graffiti artist as a kid, often just listening to my walkman. I was always inspired by the transformation of space at night versus daytime and how music and graffiti connected the two worlds. It is with this in mind that I am trying to connect the mythical city in COGS to the musical and cinematic memories in the listener’s mind. By playing with the listener's psychological and nostalgic associations with verses from well-known songs and dialogue from films, COGS creates its own mythology threaded together and playing off of familiar stories and plotlines and in effect sampling the listeners memories of music and film to create a new cross medium narrative.

At that time (mid 90’s), before reality TV, before hip-hop became THE commercial music format, the culture and its marquee artists were larger than life characters. Through this project I seek to ressurect some of that mythology by reinserting the very personas these artists promote to sell records, and putting them in a more human and vulnerable coming of age crime saga where they are now young men looking up to the gangster icon characters played by their father figures (Sam Jackson, Delroy Lindo). It has been said that film is the manipulation of space, and music the manipulation of time. Thus COGS is a manipulation of the deleted scene, the unreleased song, the space in between image and sound that connects the two.

Many of the beats I produced for this project have a layered meaning to them; the sample, the arrangements, the artist on the song, the verse, the placement within the story, the tone, all of these factors play into a larger dialogue, cultural commentary and narrative function. The function of this project is to change the function of music today from a disposable single based format to a longer form experience that may require several listens to fully digest, much how one would watch a film. It is with this ear for detail that I first heard Joe Bataan's music (which was used as background music in a skit on The Fugees The Score album) and sought it out. So I wanted to flip the function, instead of Nas rhyming over a Joe Bataan sample, I wanted Joe Bataan to tell a story over a reinterpreted Nas record, and create a dynamic soundscape that has its own cultural/historical meaning behind it completely unique of the original song’s tone or message, and connecting the past to the future, all within an epic greek tragedy.

Being primarily a visual artist for most of my life, it always struck me that there was always some kind of disconnect in what vision I had in my head, and the process of how that translates to the canvas. I always appreciated the process of creating that image and the execution, but I always found that there was no such thing as the exact image in your head being on canvas, in fact, I found that most of the strongest points in creating work were in the unintentional mistakes that pushed the piece in another direction. While the interpretation and process of that thought may prove successful in the creative process, what about that thought in its original form? It is with this in mind that COGS aims to create within the listeners head their own completely original visual interpretation based on a combination of visual associations with films and their own personal association to rap verses they recognize. Through visceral sound, created through an intricate mix of sampled sounds, sound bites, and rap verses, one can create something completely unique in their own mind made from something created out of thousands of appropriated sources.

Saturday, 2 May 2009

Tuneraker - Saturday DJ Mix

Another great mix from Christian Lorenz at Tuneraker...

"My mixer is fried but I just had to get these tunes out there. So expect a bit of roughness amid this otherwise pretty solid selection for a Saturday afternoon. You can download the mix here for free. The mix will be available for a limited period of time.only.

The mix kicks off very chilled with an unusually little ambient tune by Zomby, the Don of wonky Dubstep beats, before launching into Laurie Anderson's 1981 ambient classic 'O Superman'.

You get to hear the lost 1977 German Disco killer 'Love Machine' followed by a Reggae cover of Led Zeppelin's 'Whole Lotta Love'. Keeping it fresh, you'll hear the much talked about Aeroplanes mix of 'Paris' by indie band Friendly Fires and Various Production's ultra cool remix of Adele's 'Chasing Pavements'.

A flashback to the old skool is Zinc's '128 Trek' which devastates the dance floor today as it did back in '99. Japanese artist Akira Kiteshi's 'Pinball' is fresh off the press and completely barking - sounds like Kiteshi San plonked a microphone into the innards of a pinball machine.

How do you top that? Well, we can and the beats get faster and housier for a while before the Latin flavoured Factory sound of Quando Quango brings you gently down to earth with 'Love Tempo', a proper pre-Rave Hacienda classic.

As a closer, you'll get a mad Italian drummer, some Carl Craig magic and finally some cheeky Swedes' doing wonders with an old Marvin Gaye tune.

For promotional use only - This is a promotional DJ mix. If you like the music, please seek out the original versions which are available on vinyl from your local record store or, in some cases, as MP3s or Flacs from reputable online retailers.

Support your local record store!

Saturday Mix Tracklisting
May 2009 - For Promotion Only

1. Zomby 'Test Me For A Reason' (Hyperdub 2009)
2. Laurie Anderson 'O Superman' (Warner 1981)
3. Yello 'She's Got a Gun' (Do It 1981)
4. St. Germain 'Rose Rouge' (Blue Note 2000)
5. Kieran Hebden & Steve Reid '1st & 1st' (Domino 2008)
6. Supermax 'Love Machine' (WEA 1977)
7. The Dynamics 'Whole Lotta Love' (Groove Attack 2007)
8. JG 'Real Bad' (Bstrd Boots 2007)
9. Friendly Fires 'Paris (Aeroplane Mix)' (XL 2008, released 09)
10. Isolee 'Forever Lost (Glimmers Mix)' (Playhouse 2006)
11. Ilario Alicante 'Living Near Africa' (Cecille 2009)
12. Artificial Latvamaki 'Ratts Leaving The Sinking Ship' (Curle 2009)
13. TVO 'Dwyer (Bonus Beats)' (Stuff 2009)
14. Paikan & The Sadhus 'Dance Floor Fight' (Jazzman 2009)
15. Various Production 'Chasing Pavements' (Various 2009)
16. Zinc '128 Trek' (white label circa 1999)
17. Akira Kiteshi 'Pinball' (Black Acre 2009)
18. Unknown 'Greasy Mitts' (white label 2009)
19. Moves 'All Skate' (Dress 2 Sweat 2008)
20. Jean Philippe Aviance 'Useless' (Subversive promo circa 1998)
21. Thomas Bangalter & DJ Falcon 'So Much Love' (white label 2003)
22. Bob Sinclar 'Wonderful World (Dub)' (Yellow 2004)
23. Quando Quango 'Love Tempo' (Factory 1983)
24. Tullio De Piscopo 'Fastness' (Finders Keepers 2008)
25. Delia Gonzalez 'Relevee (Carl Craig Mix)' (DFA 2006)
26. 7 Samurai 'Marvin' (Gamm circa 2004)"

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Paul Murphy - Jazzing The Old Way

Another killer mix from Paul Murphy

"Back in the night in the day I used to play a lot of what were then seen as straight ahead Jazz records. Before the heady 1990's days of Acid Jazz, before the Jazz Not Jazz trips, and well before the Nu Jazz times too.

I usually played in dive bars below seedy hotels, old Victorian pubs still full of Withnail and I types, South American restaurants full of extras from Scarface and ex-strip bars. All very downbeat and sordid.

And, amazingly, people used to come down to these places and dance their asses off. Heady times!

What goes around, comes around, happily and now on my travels I'm playing these old sounds again. And people are still digging them.

You can download from here..Its a big file so its gonna take a bit of time..

Here are the tunes...


Jill Bolte Taylor: My stroke of insight

This bought a tear to my eye this morning, incredibly moving, wonderful...

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

The poetry of Michèle Vassal

I love this...... check out her work at


a pink moon is rising
and I am back
and your hair is the snaking bark of elder
and your skin is as sweet as spring's first milk
as it has always been
don't talk
let me unravel you
let me undo your storms
into soft ribbons of rain
let me
lick your blooded wounds
let me be
your quickening pulse
the shiver of your hand
on the curve of my back
let me be you
don't talk
I am back
     I am back
          to you
like the wave to the ocean
like the sap to the bud
like the flesh to the earth
I am back
risen from my bed
of stones and bones
risen from the blood soaked grass
risen from the ashes of gorse fires
I am back to you
back to stretch the shadows
and shatter the night
and spin the day green
don't talk
I am back

Michèle Vassal

"This is a very young poem, written last week during the full moon. I usually hesitate to put pieces that haven't rested a bit, but this one just burst out and it didn't feel right to keep it. Anam Cara means "Soul Friend" in Irish"

Saturday, 11 April 2009

Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable

Really, really worth reading....

"Round and round this goes, with the people committed to saving newspapers demanding to know 'If the old model is broken, what will work in its place?' To which the answer is: Nothing. Nothing will work. There is no general model for newspapers to replace the one the internet just broke."

Clay Shirkey, Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable

Wednesday, 1 April 2009


Loving this to bits!

Uploaded and tracklisted in minutes, very easy to use, smoooth interface.

Some nice mixes on there as well - recommended!

Friday, 20 March 2009


Originally posted Summer 2007

:: 1 ::

1. Prill / Relay 4:04
2. Filles du Vent / Maripol 0:39
3. Sunset / Decal 5:48
4. Crazy For You / Slowdive 6:03
5. Hey Mister (accapella) / Bennan Murphy 1:20
6. Un Reve / Celine (Ulrich Schnauss) 6:07
7. Glósóli / Sigur Rós 6:16
8. Holes / Mercury Rev 5:56
9. The Fridge / John Stammers 3:03
10. Magnolia / JJ Cale 3:25
11. Glass Harmonica / Ted Barnes 2:31
12. Dialogue / Jackson C. Frank (from Electroma) 3:20
13. Road / Nick Drake 2:02
14. She Sells Sanctuary / M. Craft 3:56
15. Pale Blue Dot / Ice Core Scientist (check out the video) 6:39
16. Number One Hifi Hair / Fonda 500 4:04
17. What's a Girl to Do? / Bat for Lashes 2:59
18. Baby, We'll Be Fine / The National 3:22
19. Jules Tune (unreleased preview) / Ted Barnes 2:39


:: 2 ::

1. Ain't Got Time Fa Nuthin' / The Futures 5:29
2. I'm Throught Trying to Prove My Love To You / Bobby Womack 3:52
3. My Fantasies / Love Unlimited Orchestra 4:05
4. Waterfalls / Margie Evans 4:03
5. Running / Baby Huey 3:38
6. Sunshine Of Your Love / Ella Fitzgerald 3:18
7. Unhooked Generation / Freda Payne 2:29
8. Down Here On The Ground / Grant Green & Dianne Reeves 4:37
9. They Live / The Nothing 3:08
10. Bela Lugosi's Dead / Bauhaus 9:34
11. Knocking version / Jacob Miller 3:07
12. Papa Was A Rolling Stone / Pioneers 4:50
13. If You Can't Give Her Love / Mary Wells 3:01
14. Life's No Fun Living In The Ghetto / Willie Hutch 3:39
15. Rock And Roll Doctor / Little Feat 2:59
16. Ching Ching / Ms. Jade, Nelly Furtado, Timberland 4:35
17. Crazy (Thugstep Remix) / Lumidee feat Pitbull 3:33
18. Ze Zam / Meyou 6:54
19. Ain't No Half Steppin' / Big Daddy Kane 5:22
20. Get It Together / Beastie Boys 4:06
21. Follow The Leader / Eric B & Rakim 5:20


:: 3 ::

1. Get Me Back On Time / Wilson Pickett 6:48
2. Hook And Sling (Pt 1) / Eddie Bo 2:41
3. Hector / Village Callers 2:39
4. Happy / The Bamboos 3:58
5. Hold On / Judy Freeman 2:32
6. Exus Trex / Luther Ingram 3:04
7. Lay This Burden Down / Mary Love 2:49
8. Soul Drummers / Ray Barretto 3:47
9. Keep Keeping On / N.F.Porter 2:56
10. Sliced Tomatoes / Just Brothers 2:23
11. Doing It Right / Go! Team 3:24
12. Hit & Run / Rose Batiste 2:18
13. Love You Baby / Lorraine Chandler 2:53
14. The Night / Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons 3:24
15. She Cracked (Demo) / The Modern Lovers 2:40
16. Hey Bastard / STP 1:10
17. Outside My Door / Can 4:12
18. Public Image / Public Image Ltd. 3:00
19. Not Over Yet / The Klaxons 3:42
20. Jimmy Jimmy / The Undertones 2:42
21. United States Of Whatever / Liam Lynch 2:07
22. Bullets / Editors 3:10


:: 4 ::

1. Once In A Lifetime / Talking Heads 4:23
2. A New Career In A New Town / David Bowie 2:55
3. Oscillations / Silver Apples 2:50
4. My Moon My Man (Boys Noize Remix) / Feist 6:40
5. Intro - Original Mix / Alan Braxe, Fred Falke 4:55
6. In Love With You / The Paradise 4:14
7. D.A.N.C.E (Braxe and Falke Remix) / Justice 5:05
8. Voodoo Ray / A Guy Called Gerald 3:40
9. Kelly / Van She 4:52
10. Crocodile - LP Version / Underworld 9:00
11. Cosmic Force (Francois Dubois Remix) / Andy Cato 7:46
12. Motorcycle / Gopher 6:47
13. Some Polyphony / Petter 7:58
14. Mandarine Girl / Booka Shade 8:04
15. Hypers
16. Let My Shoes Lead Me Forward (The Knife Remix) / Jenny Wilson 4:03
17. Sparks (Murk Downtown Miami Mix) / Röyksopp 8:28
18. Can You Feel It / Mr. Fingers 4:59
19. The Crack / Fin 10:17
20. In My Heart - Williams Remix / Moby 8:03
21. Hey Mister (accapella) / Bennan Murphy 1:20
22. Chime / Orbital 4:10


:: 5 ::

1. Film 2 / Grau Zone 3:38
2. Frau (Boys Noize Remix) / I Robots 5:06
3. Stonger (DIPLO WORK IS NEVER OVER) / Daft Punk 3:45
4. Ice Cream (Van She Tech Remix) / New Young Pony Club 6:08
5. We Are Rockstars / Does it offend you, yeah? 3:51
6. D.V.N.O. (LA Riots Bootleg) / Justice 4:35
7. Woman (Mstrkrft Remix) / Wolfmother 3:29
8. Acen - Dirty Raver / Acen 6:04
9. Why Not?! / Alter Ego 5:40
10. The Kitten (Detroits Deep Edit) / Dusty Kid 6:14
11. Trauermusik (Alter Ego Mix) / Partial Arts 7:17
12. It's The Beat / Simian Mobile Disco 3:22
13. Trashtalk (Hystereo Rebrand) / Tank Girl 6:27
14. Radio Caca 1 / The Jacksons 1:55
15. D.A.N.C.E (Live Version) / Justice 4:04
16. Going Nowhere (SebastiAn Remix) / Cut Copy 3:14
17. Lower State Of Consciousness (Justice Remix) / ZZT 5:26
18. Human After All (SebastiAn Remix) / Daft Punk 4:48
19. Dont Let The Man (Justice Remix) / Fatboy Slim 4:25
20. ReaKtor / AutoKratz 3:52
21. Dundun-Dun (MSTRKRFT Remix) / Para One 5:13
22. Simon Says (Hostage Remix) / Pharoahe Monch 5:03
23. Golden Skans To Interzone (So Me Remix) / Klaxons 3:36
24. Technologic / Daft Punk 4:44
25. Waters Of Nazareth / Justice 4:25
26. The Prime Time Of Your Life (Live Mix) / Daft Punk 5:27


:: ... ::

Added March 2009 - the Spotify version:

Oisin x

Monday, 9 March 2009

Recommended listening... YOU GOT GOOD TASTE

Hey listen up all you crazy petrol heads and Hot Rod hotties, heres TWO wild, psychotic Rock’n’Roll Podcasts from Mr A, The Crazy Barber. Hold on to your wig hat and get ready to boogaloo!

MC5 - Kick out the jams
The Sparkles - Hipsville 29 B.C.
The Sonics - Cinderella
Dean Carter - Jailhouse rock
The Mighty Hannibal - Big chief hug um an’ kiss um
Wally Lee & the Hi-Liters - Oh no Daddy-O
Laverne Baker - Voodoo voodoo
Ken Copeland - Fanny Brown
John Felice - Little Red Riding Hood
Mad Marge and the Stone Cutters - Monsters
Tiger Army - In the orchard
Wayne Hancock - Thunder storms and neon signs

The Reverend Horton Heat - Five-o-Ford
Nashville Pussy - Hot Rod
Johnny Fortune - Dragster
Charly Ryan - Hot Rod Race
Paul Westmoreland - Dig That Hot Rod
Tom Tall - Hot Rod Is Her Name
The Stripes - Hot Rod
The Collins Kids - Hot Rod
Brian Setzer - Who Would Love This Car But Me?
Rocky Davis - Hot Rod Baby
Charly Ryan - Hot Rod Lincoln
Nervous Norvus - Transfusion

Click here

Monday, 2 March 2009

Sunday, 1 March 2009

And the riverbank talks of the waters of March, It's the promise of life, it's the joy in your heart...

. : M a r c h 2 0 0 9 : .

. . : : t o c e l e b r a t e t h e a r r i v a l o f S p r i n g , s o m e M u s i c
: : . .

Sally Gap, Co Dublin

Dear friends, family, and friends of friends

The riverbank talks of the waters of March,
It's the promise of life, it's the joy in your heart

:: March 2009 ::

1 - Joao Gilberto, Stan Getz & Miucha - Aguas de Marco
2 - Allen Toussaint - Goin' Down
3 - Labi Siffre - I Got The...
4 - The Detroit Sex Machines - Rap It Together
5 - Gordon Staples & The String Thing - Strung Out
6 - Manual B. Holcolm - I Stayed Away Too Long
7 - Van Morrison - Goodbye Baby (Baby Goodbye)
8 - Spanky Wilson - Kissing My Love
9 - Judy Foster - Soul Girl
10 - Serge Gainsbourg - Bonnie and Clyde
11 - Rhetta Hughes - You're Doing It With Her
12 - Marva Whitney - This Girl's In Love With You
13 - The 9th Creation - Bubble Gum
14 - Beat Conductor - Chops and Thangs
15 - Block 16 - ...And Voodoo
16 - Speedometers - Two Beat Beast
17 - Labi Siffre - The Vulture
18 - Steve Hillage - U.F.O. Over Paris
19 - Gang Starr - Jazz Thing
20 - Handsome Boy Modeling School - Holy Calamity (Bear Witness II)
21 - Pete Rock & CL Smooth - The Main Ingredient
22 - Large Professor - For My People
23 - Dudley Perkins - Flowers
24 - Keith Murray - The Rhyme (The Slum Village Instrumental)
25 - The Science Of Sleep OST - If You Rescue Me
26 - Jill Scott - Golden (Original West Coast Mix)
27 - Barry Adamson - Something Wicked This Way Comes
28 - Sunshine Anderson - Heard It All Before
29 - Soul Fire Educational Vol. 1 (Drums) - Beat 7
30 - Johnny Hammond - Tell Me What to Do
31 - Kidda - Hey Y'All
32 - Charizma & Peanut Butter Wolf - Devotion '92
33 - Public Enemy - You're Gonna Get Yours (Dub/Terminator X Getaway Version)
34 - Public Enemy - You're Gonna Get Yours
35 - T La Rock - Breakin' Bells (Omar Santana Edit)
36 - T La Rock - Breakin' Bells
37 - Eric B. & Rakim - I Ain't No Joke
38 - Issac Hayes - Hung Up on my Baby
39 - Darrow Fletcher - The Rising Cost Of Love
40 - Ruby Andrews - You Made a Believer Out of Me
41 - Mary Love - Born To Live With Heartache
42 - Lyn Collins (aka The Female Preacher) - We Want To Parrty, Parrty, Parrty
43 - Pucho and the Latin Soul Brothers - Got Myself A Good Man
44 - Soil & "Pimp" Sessions - A.I.E. (check out the video here)

Download MP3




:: Recommended stuff ::

Paul "AfroArt" Murphy's Rhythm & Blues mixtape, a real treat!
Etta James, Johnnie Guitar Watson, Big Joe Turner, and much more!

* Tuneraker "Foolish" mixtape *
Tuneraker new podcast, limited downloads so be quick.
Yo' Majesty, Yacht, Goblin, Skream, Ragga Twins.... nice

* Clampdown take Shoreditch *
There's still time..... David Holmes, Johnny Moy, Arveene, Andy Bell
and more takover the Legion on the 6th March, see you there!


"Aguas de Marco"
Antonio Carlos Jobim

"A stick, a stone,
It's the end of the road,
It's the rest of a stump,
It's a little alone

It's a sliver of glass,
It is life, it's the sun,
It is night, it is death,
It's a trap, it's a gun

The oak when it blooms,
A fox in the brush,
A knot in the wood,
The song of a thrush

The wood of the wind,
A cliff, a fall,
A scratch, a lump,
It is nothing at all

It's the wind blowing free,
It's the end of the slope,
It's a beam, it's a void,
It's a hunch, it's a hope

And the river bank talks
of the waters of March,
It's the end of the strain,
The joy in your heart

The foot, the ground,
The flesh and the bone,
The beat of the road,
A slingshot's stone

A fish, a flash,
A silvery glow,
A fight, a bet,
The range of a bow

The bed of the well,
The end of the line,
The dismay in the face,
It's a loss, it's a find

A spear, a spike,
A point, a nail,
A drip, a drop,
The end of the tale

A truckload of bricks
in the soft morning light,
The shot of a gun
in the dead of the night

A mile, a must,
A thrust, a bump,
It's a girl, it's a rhyme,
It's a cold, it's the mumps

The plan of the house,
The body in bed,
And the car that got stuck,
It's the mud, it's the mud

Afloat, adrift,
A flight, a wing,
A hawk, a quail,
The promise of spring

And the riverbank talks
of the waters of March,
It's the promise of life
It's the joy in your heart"


. . : : and finally : : . .

"In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out.
It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being..."

Albert Schweitzer


Love always,

Oisin x



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