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Netabel Tracker #12: FeedbackLoop Label

feedbackloop netlabelFounder 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.

Warren DalyAdded by: Warren Daly | 27th October 2011 1 Comment

Win a copy of Bliss, a simple and accurate audio tagger and album artwork finder

bliss mp3 taggerDan 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.

Warren DalyAdded by: Warren Daly | 26th October 2011 3 Comments

Bliss: the music lovers personal assistant

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.

Invisible AgentAdded by: Invisible Agent | 21st October 2011 3 Comments

Virtual painting wall at TEDx Phnom Penh

What’s stopping you from being creative?

Warren Daly calibrating the LCD on an over head projector

Warren Daly - calibrating the LCD

Warren Daly from Invisible Agent and Chhan Dina presented at this years TEDx in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The event combined live speakers with TED video screenings and discussions on the 15th of October 2011. 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.

What is TEDx?

At a TEDx event, TEDTalks videos and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. This years event hosted 16 speakers covering topics such as global awareness, education, Khmer Unicode and more. There was live painting, spoken word and live music with participation from the audience. The event was streamed live on the web as part of the TEDx simulcast. Click here for more information regarding TEDx Phnom Penh.

Overcoming the barriers

Chhan Dina painting on the virtual canvas

Chhan Dina painting on a 2 meter wide digital canvas

Dina and Warren also encourage others to dream big and to overcome the barriers restricting their creativity. They shared experiences of how they overcame obstacles restricting them from creating digital art due to lack of access to resources. Chhan Dina painted live on a virtual painting wall that was made with seemingly obsolete equipment and a WiiRemote for less then $50 (US)

Build an interactive art projector using recycled equipment & a Wiimote

List of equipment

Full instructions including plans, photos and open source software coming soon!

The Team

Warren and Dina love to use their spare time teaching visual arts to underprivileged children and orphans in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. They are constantly dreaming of new and innovative ways to explore and create art and digital media.

Chhan Dina – Cambodia painter & sculptor

Chhan Dina, Cambodia painter & sculptorDina Chhan works in a range of media, including painting and sculpture. Themes of life, music and everyday activities have captured her imagination over the past ten years.

 

 

 

Warren Daly – musician & visual artist

Excursions into man-machine integration has launched Warren headlong into the world of dynamic, engaging live electronics. He is always conjuring up larger and more extravagant ideas, so keep your ears and eyes peeled.  

Invisible AgentAdded by: Invisible Agent | 16th October 2011 7 Comments

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