MTFBerlin – Our biggest Music Tech Fest yet!

A wonderful documentary to reflect on an immense achievement.

15th Apr
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Good Golly Pedagogy – Session 3 – Saving Lives With Media

How can we use creative media to raise awareness of preventative healthcare?

03rd Feb
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Good Golly Pedagogy – Session 2 – Finding Meaning

With project ideas forming, we look to add an important new layer...

23rd Jan
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Level UP: Dante Cert lv2! So. Many. TOOOLS!!!

Completed my Dante Level 2, showing me there is so much more to networked audio

20th Jan
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Good Golly Pedagogy – Session 1 – Idea Generation

We officially kicked off our first project planning session towards our PBL module...

17th Jan
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Good Golly Pedagogy – Teaching PBL in Media Education

The start of a series on pedagogy in media education

15th Jan
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New Toy Alert: Unity Audio Rock and Boulder Monitors

We finally got our monitor upgrade! And they are amazing

20th Nov
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Are we losing touch with sound? The growing trend of non-tactile controllers

Are we being distracted by too many screens and GUIs?

02nd Sep
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#MTFBerlin – Welcome to the Event Horizon

Black holes are curious things...

03rd Jun
MTFBerlin Main Stage

Bespoke Beats and the Rise of the Musical Hacker

Preparing for #MTFBerlin. Writing for Audio Media.

08th Feb
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Bodleian Libraries host Ada Lovelace mini-hack for kids

On Saturday 5 December, the Bodleian Libraries hosted a mini-hackathon for kids....

06th Feb
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#MTFScandi – A flashback to Umeå

Several months ago, we had a fantastic time bringing Music Tech Fest to Northern Sweden

02nd Nov
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Rolling Jigs – Bodhran with Audio Reactive Visuals

More Bodhran experiments with added Visuals

11th Oct
Rolling Jigs – Bodhran with Audio Reactive Visuals

For Your Reference: A Guide to Monitors and Headphones

This month I was able to contribute to a great guide to Monitoring and Headphones

27th Sep
Monitors and Headphones Guide

Breathing Drums – Reactive Bodhran Experiment

After a great weekend at Music Tech Fest Central, I began working...

25th Sep
Breating Drums - Reactive Bodhran Experiment

#MTFCentral – Music Tech Fest in Ljubljana

It's always great when a plan comes together, and #MTFCentral really came together.

23rd Sep
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Heil PR40 – My New “Multi-Purpose” Mic

Lately I've been looking for a decent all-round, multi-purpose microphone for close source applications.

28th Jun
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Beats SUCK at being headphones, but it’s not what you’re buying – it’s what you’re buying into

Beats are a fashion item, nothing more.

25th Jun
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You might think Taylor Swift is a hero, but there maybe something more worrying going on…

Following on from last week's post ...

23rd Jun
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Apple Music, Tidal and the waves of hate still crashing in for streaming

When tech companies abuse music, please don't be shocked

15th Jun
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#MTFScandi Picks – Novalia

Novalia's Creator Kit is a platform that allows you to easily put tech in the hands of some of the best and most imaginative thinkers

11th Jun
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#MTFScandi – Music Tech Fest Under The Midnight Sun

Music Tech Fest comes to its new hometown - Umeå!

10th Jun
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Back in the Studio with Ran

This week marks a return to working with singer Anouk de Groot...

26th Jan
Anouk and Max in the Oxford studios

Music Tech Fest: The Community with a Festival

#MTFLondon brings together the best of music, technology and academic thinking.

14th Sep
Kids on stage at MTF

Going Indie: Why your local record store might save your music career

The independent record store is in the midst of a fantastic revival, and it might save your career

24th Jul
Local acts performing at Truck Records, Oxford

Review: Audient ASP880 Mic Preamps

I recently reviewed the fantastic Audient ID22 interface and talked about how...

23rd Jul
Audient ASP880 in the Neve 88D

Going Indie: Don’t delay – release your music NOW!

Going Indie is a series of blog posts dedicated to the independent music scene.

22nd Jul
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Recording: Faceometer – Why Wait For Failure?

An insight into recording the Faceometer album

15th May
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New Kit Alert: Audient iD22

Well... new'ish kit alert, but I've finally found some time to chat about it.

13th May
iD22 unboxed

Mastering: Eden Shadow – Phases

A prog rock album I recently mastered...

13th Feb
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Gamestick, Leap Motion and the issues with early tech adoption

Where is the content? SHOW ME THE CONTENT!!

03rd Nov
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Virgin host “Disruptors” and Will.I.Am hangs out with ‘geeks’

Break down and reflection on this heated discussion on the relationship of music and tech

29th Oct
Virgin Disruptors Live Debate

DIY 1176: The build begins

On Wednesday, I found out how addictive building these projects can be....

07th Sep
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DIY 1176: More Bits Arrive!

The project is truly underway with the arrival of about 90% of...

04th Sep
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NEW KIT ALERT – CAD VX2 Microphone

I’ve FINALLY got my hands on one of these monsters! I’ve always...

29th Aug
CAD VX2 Microphone

Building My First DIY Audio Compressor

I’ve finally made the leap into the addictive world of DIY audio....

29th Aug
Some of the lovely outboard

Event: DMUG Talk – 21st June

Next week I will be giving a talk at Oxford University’s DMUG...

14th Jun
Dean McCarthy Lecturing

Jane Blue and The Hunters – The North

  Next week will see the release of a project I’ve been...

16th May
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The 360 Deal – A Guide To Entering The Music Industry

360 words by 360 people for $3.60

05th Apr
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As His Master loses his Voice, can the Indie retailer rise again?

HMV’s decline into the hands of administrators should not be a shock to anybody...

15th Jan
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Bandcamp of the Day – Kiersten Holine

Yesteday, I stumbled across Kiersten Holine and she's awesome!

21st Sep
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Bandcamp of the Day – Caleb Groh

So I don't know a lot about Caleb Groh. What I do know is that he likes to hold bunnies...

20th Sep
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Bandcamp of the Day – Zachary Lucky

Today's Bandcamp choice comes courtesy of Saskatoon's Zachary Lucky.

19th Sep
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Bandcamp of the Day – Bryan John Appleby

John Appleby's album "Fire on the Vine" is just stunning...

18th Sep
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Bandcamp of the Day – Marissa Nadler

My #BandcampOfTheDay is the beautifully haunting music of Marissa Nadler.

17th Sep
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The Xbox Road Map – Why Microsoft needs the 720 in 2013

3D-TV, Smartglass, Kinect V2.0, Xbox Glasses and more...

16th Jun
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One small step for hands, one giant Leap for GUI’s

Leap Motion and the rise of touchless interfacing

28th May
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Effects of Technological Convergence and the comparable influence of Religion and the Music industry on Policy Making in Ireland.

20th May
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Celtic Tiger, Riverdance and the Export of Culture

20th May
Lost: Celtic Tiger

Creating Celtic Rock: Hybridity, globalisation and finding Ireland’s new musical voices

17th May
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What is Irishness? Shaping a cultural identity abroad through cultural activism and the diaspora

Ireland has a long history of emigration, with more than 70 million people around the world claiming Irish heritage. The debate over the effects of this diaspora on Irish identity stretches back many years and continues today...

17th May
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Nationalism, Catholicism and Constructing Cultural Identity

Highlighting how nationalism and catholicism came to lead a nation and Ireland’s current need for a new cultural leader.

16th May
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Production Lab – Hammerstep

Introduction My production lab project has taken a somewhat dramatic turn.

02nd Apr
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Analysing Cultural Identity

Ethnochoreology and its ties with popular music culture

17th Mar
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Some work, some play, but definitely not a dull month!!

This month may possibly turn out to be my busiest in the last twelve...

09th Mar
The Spooky EP

Musical Analysis: Bright Eyes – Landlocked Blues

09th Mar
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Stick, Twist of Fold? Will Xmas sales break the industry’s digital poker face?

24th Nov
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Are streaming services a false economy for distribution in the music industry?

21st Nov
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“Pass The Open Source” – Cooking up a storm or a recipe for disaster.

18th Nov
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EMI might have been sold, but there’s more hard work to be done…

14th Nov
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“I Produce, I Consume, therefore I am…” – The Complexity of Media Consumption, Predictability and Risk Assessment

10th Nov
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Will EMI survive after the wolves are finished?

This week’s Music Week article reminded me of the ongoing problems over at EMI...

03rd Nov
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Boinc in the Clouds – Spotify gets a new rival.

Discussing the impending arrival of new cloud and and online streaming service Boinc.

25th Oct
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Buying / Selling / Blocking Creativity: The Sampling – Music Industry Conundrum

Are the rules surrounding sampling and copyright actually helping or harming the music industry?

24th Oct
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Oxford’s Creative Cultural Industries and its Publishing Cluster.

Today, Oxford is a city for not only the classical arts but also the modern creative cultural industries such as game design, music, fashion and software engineering. But one of the greatest and oldest creative mechanisms in Oxford is its publishing sector.

21st Oct
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Every Cloud…

This week I have chosen Tim Ingham’s article on Google’s apparent plan to launch a digital music service set to rival Spotify, iTunes and similar services.

18th Oct
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Good News – Music not “Risky Business”!

Upon arriving at the Music Week website, I was greeted with a bit of a shock: “New report debunks idea that music is risky investment”.

11th Oct
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“It’s OK to Copy, right?”

Is the copyright system failing both the consumer and the creator?

08th Oct
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Cloud services and their effect on music production and collaboration

In the past year my own personal workflow has had a major upgrade: cloud computing...

04th Oct
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Can Facebook create a new social listening environment?

The implications of new integration between music distribution and social platforms

03rd Oct
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eBooks, DRM & a very sore neck…

Until today, I have always kept many of my books at work...

22nd Sep
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