Tuesday, 22 January 2013

The Paddy Wagon and I.



Met up with Tom Porter to have my portrait taken the other afternoon, being back on the drag strip felt good, expect more FBRC when the strip thaws...

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

More mixing.

Refined it a bit/still messed up some bits a bit.

Sunday, 6 January 2013

The North.





Visited my G-Ma in the East Ridings of Yorkshire; the 9 hours on the train up was soothed slightly by sitting next to my beautiful new field pack though. The accommodation was quite different from my last trip away. At some point the change in location gave me a cold, but that meant I got to keep a bag of Fisherman's Friends in my pocket, so I was never alone. Lucy May lives on the other side of the river from Granny so I went around the Ouse to hers one afternoon and played on the farm/went out in Hull. 

Sunday, 30 December 2012

Capital.



Stayed at: The Hoxton; CitizenM.

Went to: Royal Observatory Greenwich - Astronomy Photographer of the year 2012; Tate Modern - A Bigger Splash; Royal Academy - Mariko Mori Rebirth; Every EE shop in central.

Ate at: The Yard; Borough Market; Nandos; Flatplanet.

Had: A wonderful time.

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

BETA.

Been busy relearning the mothertongue. Quite happy with the look of the thing, but the feel needs work. Going to (as time permits...) rebuild it with dynamic pages using PHP I think. And add better (text-ier) content, obvs. Check it out at www.fivebelow.co.uk.

Sunday, 2 December 2012

From the booth.

Trying to get into the habit of recording more often. Gets pretty garage-y at the end.

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Jupiter & the moon.

As seen from the balcony at PCQ Heights.

Saturday, 10 November 2012

UNTITLED Speaks.

At Thursday teatime I tagged along with EW to the second UNTITLED Speaks discusion/debate. The topic at the table was 'Reality'. When it comes to art and art theory, I'm pretty uneducated so I was expecting to mainly be sat quietly trying not to fidget too much. Turns out it was great; a stimulating discourse in universal maxims and theories - nothing too art-centric - with just enough cut-and-thrust and point/counterpoint to be exciting and relevant. PLUS it was a great excuse for me to spend time in Espressini and admire the brand that Rupert and Joe are building... usually pretty tricky as I don't drink hot drinks.*

The next talk is at the same time, same place (18:30/Thursday/Espressini) and I plan on finding out the topic when I arrive,** though I'm sure it'll get announced before-hand.

Good work and thank you for holding court so ably, UNTITLED.

*They had Luscombe's Sicilian Lemonade though, which is like crack to me.

**Similar to my experience with lectures at university.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Sorry.

Sorry that I've been away for so long. I've been very busy, but I'm back again. Not really much less busy, but back blogging again. Spent all evening with an eye on the LIVE US elections, it's been pretty politically charged down here and I'll be glad when Obama's announced the victor tomorrow morning (GMT). Here's just a couple of  the things I've been busy with:

#1. LAYING BAIT - Been luring in suckas.



#2. RIDING BIKES. - Been doing a lot of riding, both home on my road weapon and away on a borrowed hybrid.
#3. &P&B. - The bar's been busy. Like really, really busy. Beginning to ease off now for the term as loans start to stretch thin (more time to blog!)

#4. KEEPING IT PLAIN & SIMPLE. - At times I've had to take it back to the old school. I fell in love with a Nokia 100 while I was waiting for my broken iphone to be replaced. That thing does mother fucking CALLS.

#5. PARTY PLANNING. - The whole gang came together to throw a killer halloween party. The whole gang except for me, actually. I ended up doing pleasingly little in the way of organising or fretting, which was ace. Thanks guys.
It's good to be back.

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

The Review.

Over summer I've spent some time getting to know my Vestax VCI-400 EGE. Never able to practice as much as I'd like, while I waited patiently for my USPS package I wondered if it was worth the cost and effort of switching over from my sturdy, reliable Kontrol S4 to one of only a handful of LTD EDTN midi controllers in the country. To get the most out of my new toy I'd have to learn how to make my own midi mappings and commit to spending some more time behind the platters. 

The first thing you notice out of the box is: it's made out of metal. Which is fucking cool. It's metal all over, so it's heavy. You could prop a fire-door open with it. Everything on it feels well built. No play in the knobs, no wobble on the platters, it feels great under hand.

The second thing you notice is that none of the buttons have any labels on them. Well, they do... but in small, dark grey lettering on a matte black background. So effectively none of the buttons have any labels on them. Which is cool. Makes it look like you must really know what you're doing when you're playing. Which nowadays I almost do.

Unlike the S4, which plugs in and works from the get-go, the EGE needed a little bedding in. The default mapping, as endorsed by Ean Golden, didn't quite fit my style of DJing, which isn't especially controllerism-centric and I knew fairly early on that I would want my own, unique map. After staying up all night after work teaching myself the basics of midi coding, I set about making my own. It was dog-shit. Licking my wounds I decided to reverse engineer the FlashFlooder edit of the Ean Golden mapping and customise it to my needs. Much better, if still a little crashy. After a few more late nights fettling, I finally came up with a stable (and good) mapping; and I've been making tweaks and refinements to it ever since.

Through a combination of learning to midi-map and having a control surface at my fingertips that does exactly what I want, I'm getting a lot more in terms of enjoyment and performance out of my DJing.

I am very happy with my new toy. 5 stars.

Monday, 17 September 2012

No wristbands this year.

They're SO 2011/12. Doing something slightly different instead. Above is design #1 of 3. Once again, thank you very much Trin Mitchell.

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Ti.

#1. Ti; #2. GEARS; #3. Already planning next summer's tour de proven├žal France.

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

BIKE CLUB*

Lock up your daughters Cinellis & Bianchis, there's a new club in town; BIKE CLUB! We cruise around drinking #beer and shooting the shit, yapping junk while we ride around. It's ace. This eve Trin drew the above, club just got legit. 


*FBRC is in hibernation, waiting for term to restart.

Monday, 23 July 2012

Bottle cage.

Waiting on an under-saddle adaptor but until it arrives, low-centre-of-gravity is how I'm rolling.

This is my Falmouth.

This is my home. Stole back into harbour in the sun's evening glow; never have I seen her so beautiful. Got a chance to use Yeah Buoy's nav lights for the first time, made me want to sit up late under lamp-light with loved ones. Soon summer, soon.

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Tight-lines/chains.


Falmouth shined today. Ernie, Gregor and I bust out to Old Wall and amongst the mackerel a couple of basking sharks showed up, it was pretty cool seeing such a big fish. The mackerel didn't seem bothered them. When we were back ashore we grabbed a few craft beers and cruised around in the evening sun on bikes. It was great. Just ordered a beer-bottle cage. Social cruises in Fal is the new thing.

Sunday, 8 July 2012