It would seem that MPAA CEO Chris Dodd has completely lost the plot. According to a very angry letter from Senator Dodd, protests against SOPA are ‘pranks’ and websites supporting the Anti-SOPA campaign are doing it “to further their corporate interests”. This would imply the creative commons world, Wikipedia et al, are a bunch of corporate whores who have nothing better to do then take part in a day of worldwide hoodwinking. Did congress change the calendar too, is it April 1st?
Same same but different
The uberlord of the mighty MPAA often pulls ‘facts’ and figures out of the air to prove a point. In fairness he’s not the only one at it, members of the RIAA must have attended the same propaganda management courses as the MPAA drones. They often use their own fabricated facts & figures to mesmerize the masses with their war on music. Chris states that he is diligently “protecting American jobs from foreign criminals”. To make matters worse, the formidable lobbying organization known as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce says pirate sites “threaten more than 19 million American jobs”.
Chief Entertainments Officer
Giving credit where credit is due, at least Chris and co are providing lighthearted entertainment during these dark times. The following video sums up the views of the MPAA, RIAA, US Chamber of Commerce and most US presidential candidates. Enjoy.
Added by: Invisible Agent | 18th January 2012 1 Comment
Happy New Year. I’ve blended 75 minutes of ambient soundscapes peppered with glitches and bleeps for your listening pleasure.
It’s an exciting month as I’ll be uploading a new, more beat orientated mix in the next two weeks and of couse more reviews on the way too. I have great news about new artists that will appear on Invisible Agent in 2012, stay tuned for more updates about upcoming Invisible Agent EPs.
Meander through space and time and you’ll arrive at a live electronics playground provided by Closer Contact & Meteer on the amazing BFW netlabel. Once again I can’t get enough from Cut Records, this time Bryn Thomas features along side regulars such as Ambienteer. All the output on FeedbackLoop is a must have for any music collection. Blearmoon and Elias Merino are new discoveries and I’ll certainly be following up on any other releases they have.
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Talented and dedicated musicians want you to enjoy their fantastic music, please share the love and check out each artist at their website below and give them the support they deserve. All the tracks are Netaudio and some are Creative commons. Happy listening.
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There was much interest in the Ambient and more laid back releases I mentioned in my previous post. To balance things out and to satisfy the friendly requests I’ve decided to share some beat orientated recommendations. I post links and recommendations more frequently on Twitter, so come on by and say hello. Enjoy these fantastic Netlabel releases and support the artists if possible.
Thefft – The primer EP – Cut Records
The crew at Cut run a tight ship. Their attention and love for high quality releases is unyielding. In their latest low frequency salvo, Thefft delivers a unique dubbed out tech groover peppered with synths. As samples shots and broken beats mutate, this 3 track EP almost has an early 90′s warehouse feel. As with all releases on Cut, it’s hard to pigeon hole this EP, even after several listens it’s still hard to figure out if the beats are about to drop to more a languid level or become delirious. A sure player for the headphones or in a DJ set, tasty morsels once again from Cut. Download the release now.
Marcoerre – When i’m away – Unfoundsound
The third release on unfoundsound by Italian producer Marcoerre. When I’m away’ EP is an easy going minimal Techno number. Spacious and dreamy layers are inter-fused with old school analogue drum hits. Purposeful pattern changes and synth sweeps keep the listener mesmerized. Perfect for attention with a set of headphones or on a very large club sound system. Recommended. Download the release here.
It’s been a bit quiet on the web front as I’ve been rearranging my music studio. I’ll be back in to the swing of things again soon. There is an upcoming AgentCast mix for December, so stay tuned. It’s been a while since I wrote a Netlabel review, I promise more are on the way. I’ve decided to highlight 4 releases that need your attention and should certainly be in your music collection.
Netlabel releases that are essential for your music collection
Ketsa – 11.11 Vol 1 and 11.11 Vol 11 (2 X LP)
Ketsa (Dominic Giam) is an extremely talented and prolific artist. Based in London, Dominic hails from the free party scene and is an experienced musician and DJ. With several vinyl and a whole range of digital releases he has crafted himself a unique and beautiful sound. His latest release 11.11 Vol1 is on BFW Recordings and is available for free here. Layers of intricate melodies and samples glide you gently through a fresh and positively charged journey.
Producer and sound designer Paul Crocker (a.k.a. dustmotes) releases his 2nd EP entitled “None For The Crow”. Ambient soundscapes and hypnotic reverie are the order on this excellent EP. Full of serene ambient textures and guitar based resonances, this EP leaves you wanting for more. Check out the release on Dusted Wax
Ambienteer – Arromanches EP
James introduces new and different textures and techniques on all his releases, re-enforcing the fact he is a gifted and experienced experimental artist. The tracks on Arromanches are deep and rich. James transforms his experiences and emotions directly into engaging sounds on this fabulous EP.
Added by: Warren Daly | 22nd December 2011 5 Comments
If you’re in Phnom Penh on Saturday the 3rd of November, be sure to drop in to the ‘Do It All‘ Club on Street 174. The venue has been revamped with even more improvements to come. To celebrate they’re throwing a relaunch party, free entry, drinks & live performances.
Beats & bass with be served in healthy doses by Mekong Bass ‘Treediver’ and Warren Daly from Invisible Agent. This capable duo have already displayed their dance-floor filling skills at various venues around town. If you’re looking for non-commercial tunes ranging from dubstep, drum & bass to finer instrumental house then come on down, we’re gonna be partying late. If that wasn’t enough, Professor Kinski will be playing live, you may have already heard his Cambodian Space Project remixes. He’ll be keeping the bass low and funky with a wicked live performance. A perfect trio to ignite the party, we know you’ll be getting your wiggle on. Hope to see you there.
Added by: Invisible Agent | 30th November 2011 1 Comment
Chhan Dina painted live on a virtual painting wall that was made with seemingly obsolete equipment and a WiiRemote for less then $50 (US)
Warren Daly from Invisible Agent and Chhan Dina presented their virtual painting wall at TEDx in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Their presentation was entitled ‘The art of virtual obsolescence‘ and they displayed a working example of an interactive graffiti and painting wall constructed from recycled electronic equipment. You can read more about it here, a fully detailed document of how we built and used this technology will be available soon.
Think big and be creative
We want to encourage you to think big and breakdown the barriers restricting your creativity. It doesn’t have to be art, you can think creatively about everything you do in life.
So what’s stopping you?
We shared our experiences overcoming obstacles restricting us from creating digital art. We proved it is possible. All you need is a good idea, a little bit of research and help from your friends. Believe in yourself, you can do it.
Check out some fresh Netlabel goodness in this 14 track, 1 hour mix of bass heavy Dub, glitched out Electronica, Jazz and Hip Hop influenced breakbeat.
Excursions in to electronica
I was busy with various other projects in October. TEDx was the main focus of my attention, so I took some time off to reflect and build on my next live electronics project, hence the delay in getting this mix out in October. During this time I discovered some brilliant new Netlabels and very talented artists. Sweeping from Breakbeat, Ambient, minimal Techno and some more Jazz influenced gems.
Cut Records go from strength to strength with Bryn Thomas’s excellence ‘Feel for bumps’ EP. Once again we’re treated to the fantastic talents of Ghost Kid and his intriguing and well executed Electronica. Some conscious dub from the talented Dadub, all their tracks are phenomenal. Phillip Wilkerson winds things down with some washed out soundscapes, a kind of intermission before Ketsa has you feeling a little melancholic, during this time you should take a moment to reflect on the sheer quality of Netlabel and Creative Commons music. DML features in yet another mix of mine, I really wish I heard more from DML and of course the Grunfield netlabel, quality minimal Techno and Tech rollers. I await the next moves from all of these Netlabels.
Please remember, very talented musicians want you to enjoy their fantastic music, please share the love and check out each artist at their website below and give them the support they deserve. All the tracks are Netaudio and Creative commons. Happy listening.
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Founder Leonardo Rosado and artist Gacouganol continue their innovative quests to combine exciting new sounds, stunning visuals and poetry on their Netlabel FeedbackLoop. They truly are champions of Creative Commons and the Netlabel cause.
What’s so special about FeedbackLoop Label
Consistancy and quality are certainly traits I associate with FeedbackLoop label. They release intriguing CDr, digital downloads and beautiful digital postcards. They differentiate themselves even more by conjuring up inventive ways to captivate and fascinate their listeners using a myriad of mediums.
Feedback Loop Netlabel seeks to release music from whatever genre so long as it challenges, is emotive and is of high standard. Feedback Loop releases both digital editions and limited hand-made physical editions under a creative commons license.
It’s all about the listeners pleasure
FeedbackLoop aim to create timeless pieces of art. This is instantly obvious if you check out any of their releases. While their catalog is not filling up as fast as other labels, their 19 current releases and 9 podcasts are all notable creations. Quality over quantity is their mantra. Their combinations of text, photography, artwork and soundscapes are breathtaking. Certainly a benchmark for artists and other labels to reference.
Prepare to be engaged
FeedbackLoop is one of my ‘go to’ labels when I am searching for engaging music to listen to and include in my Agentcasts. My previous podcasts have included tracks by Savaran and Leonardo Rosado. I always take time to reflect on their artwork and photography, you can see that love and attention went in to every detail.
They have a fantastic roster of artists, my best advise is to visit their site and enjoy everyone of their amazing creations. As always I wait in anticipation and excitement for their next release.
Added by: Warren Daly | 27th October 2011 1 Comment
Dan Gravell has given us an unlimited version of his excellent audio tagging and album artwork finder worth $50. To win this very useful and time saving software, all you have to do is answer one simple question.
When was the first Invisible Agent podcast made available for download?
Please answer in the comments box below. Bliss is licensed ‘per fix’. This means, for every fix Bliss makes to your music library, it costs you one ‘fix’. Right now, that only applies to each time album art is saved, resized or embedded. Bliss tells you how many fixes you have and how many you need to complete its work. If you win this ‘unlimited fixes’ version you’ll be able to fix your entire collection for life. Best of luck.
Thanks to Dan Gravell, creator of Bliss for his generosity.
Added by: Warren Daly | 26th October 2011 3 Comments
Are you still performing manual MP3 tagging? Want to know how to finally tame your music collection?
A few weeks ago I posted an article about ID3 tags and I recommended Easy Tag. Shortly afterwards I was contacted by Dan Gravell who was kind enough to give me a copy of Bliss. Bliss is software for tagging and organizing your music collection and it’s the best tagging software I’ve ever used.
A powerful application that saves you time
Bliss is an excellent innovation, a rule based service that allows for effortless tagging of large music collections. I highly recommend Bliss. Gone are the days of manually configuring and painstakingly tagging your music. It is simple to use but has a variety of brilliant features. Here is a summary:
Runs silently in the background – never again will you have to worry about tagging. Bliss automatically tags and organizes your files for you. Seeing is believing, this is one of the most powerful, time saving applications I’ve used in a long time
Works on Mac, Windows and Linux – finally a software development company that lives in the real world
Fast and easy to use – it uses very little memory and is fast and efficient
Web based interface – accessible from anywhere on your network, or even across the world
Stress testing Bliss
When you add or update music to your collection, Bliss automatically assesses the music against your rules, fixing what it can, and letting you know if it cannot. It can rename files, folders, assign the correct tags and even automatically embeds the proper album artwork. So lets see how Bliss handled some tests I threw at it, I was purposely trying to catch Bliss out:
Rarities: Added thousands of rare 1930′s Jazz and Swing – within seconds Bliss was automatically tagging and finding album art for rarities and collectors items
How does it cope with massive collections? I added 90,000 music files, spanning multiple genres and releases over the past 20 years. I’ve been struggling to tame these files for a long time. What I hadn’t completed in 3 years of constantly and meticulously working my way from folder to folder was sorted out by Bliss in an afternoon. I didn’t have to do anything! Now I know why they call it Bliss.
Accuracy: I dropped a bunch of creative commons music and some rare music from independent record labels. Bliss glided through them, place the correct album art, and even assigning the year and correcting the genre tag. Bliss nailed it every time.
Bliss: the music lovers personal assistant
It doesn’t matter what operating system you run or what your favorite media player is, if you love music you need Bliss. Bliss is one of the most powerful, time saving applications I’ve used in a long time. To learn more about features, read tutorials and testimonials click here. Happy listening.
Added by: Invisible Agent | 21st October 2011 3 Comments