Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Merry Christmas



A few weeks ago I ordered a cheap Steadicam, the days have past and I still not go round to use it properly. Of course, christmas day was the ideal time to use it.
So here is a piece of video I put together on christmas day. I hope you enjoy it.

I'm hoping to write a blog entry about my christmas holiday as well, so look out for that soon.

Hope you all had a wonderful christmas and a great new years!

M x

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Matt Cardle wins Xfactor 2010









Congratulations 
Matt Cardle!
Well done, I generally think your actually quite decent. You have great character and come across as a genuine guy!
I reckon in the next few years you will become a decent singer song writer. But I do hope the recording company don’t ruin your image and create you into another forgettable artist.
Well done, and good luck with your future Matt
M x 

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

iTunes Quiz


iTunes
Open your iTunes and fill this survey out, no matter how embarrassing.
Sort by time.
Shortest song: These New Puritans - 4 (0:08)
Longest song: The Black Keys - 240 Years Before Your Time (34:22)
Sort by album.
First album: The Academy Is… - Almost Here
Last Album: !!! - Strange Weather, Isn’t It?
Top five most played songs:
  1. Evening / Morning - Bombay Bicycle Club (78 plays)
  2. Magnet - Bombay Bicycle Club (74 plays)
  3. Cancel On Me - Bombay Bicycle Club (66 plays)
  4. Dust On The Ground - Bombay Bicycle Club (64 plays)
  5. Always Like This - Bombay Bicycle Club (61 plays)

    you can see what my favourite band has been for a while!  
First song that comes up on Shuffle: The Wombats - Backfire At The Disco
Search the following and state how many songs come up:
  • Death: 54
  • Life: 108
  • Love: 258 
  • You: 691
  • Sex: 43
M X 

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

1st December!

Of course today means it is 25 glorious days before christmas, meaning I have to get my but into gear and start my christmas shopping. However, the more important news is that I have completed one strong month in the #beardoff.

But what is this beard off you may be asking, well I'll tell you...

It is a little competition that has been put together by a Youtuber under the name of ckXcore (http://youtube.com/ckxcore)
The competition consists of around 15 people participating on growing the best beard for 2 months.

My beard growing has been pretty successful for the first month. I've managed to keep a rather neat beard which has resulted in a few compliments from some people, for instance my hairdresser today.

So the competition has another month to go right up to New Years day on the 1st January. Judging by the size of my beard so far its going to be mammoth and horrible when the two months are up.

I'm just looking forward to my mums reaction when I go home for Christmas holiday in the next few weeks. She's yet to know of this #beardoff. Its going to be a ineresting reaction to say the least.


Watch my latest video where I mentioned this competition.


M x

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Meet The Parents, E4

Over the last few weeks I've paid attention to the marketing campaign for the new E4 show 'Meet The Parents'. My expectations from these advertisements have been positive, I had the idea in my mind that this show will be highly amusing to watch on a chilled Thursday night.

The advertisements briefly explain how the show is constructed; there is a set of family members who are actors, and there is a victim who comes into the household unaware of the actors, and a series of comical actions from the actors are played around the victim.

Tonight I have finally find the time to sit down and watch the show. And from the outset I was quickly disappointed with how the show is actually produced.

My thoughts from the advert were that the program would consist of a guy coming into this household (as explained) and live there for a while for perhaps a month. And the episodes will sum up each week to  viewers the amusing and subtle practical jokes being played on to the victim.

However, this was not the case. The show is based on a guy coming into the household and given just 5 hours to survive. If he does, then himself and girlfriend win a holiday. I don't think the idea of turning the program into a game show works all that well.
The comical task being pounced on him are really extravagant and makes me wonder how thick the 'contestant' must be to carry out these tasks whilst his girlfriend looks on with a straight face and clear not fit in what so ever with her fake family of actors.

Basically I think the show is a complete shambles, and would be far more enjoyable watch if it was based around the idea of Big Brother where actors surrounding one chosen person for a longer period of time than just 5 hours. And of the course the comical task were far less extravagant.

But thats just my opinion, take it or leave it.

M x

The Lion King musical [REVIEW]

On the 13th November I was lucky enough to go and watch the musical 'The Lion King' for a very late birthday present for my dad. Before the arrival of this day my expectations were sky high for this musical as everyone who I had spoken to before the day would smile and say how much they loved the musical as soon as the words 'I'm going to see the Lion King' left my mouth. So I was entering  through the theatre doors and sitting in my seat expecting to see something truly amazing - And I was not wrong to think this.

Everyone had been telling how fantastic the costumes were and I couldn't wait to see how good these were. This statement was shown in all its glory from the opening scene to the musical. Every animal you could possibly think of living in an animal kingdom took to the stage made from various organic material were draped over the cast members whilst they sang the first song to the musical. The sight was truly breath taking as some of  the cast memebers walked down the isles behind us and onto the stage. One animal caught my attention due to the shear size of the costume was a huge elephant appearing from the rear doors to the theatre. This elephant could have easily been at least 20 feet tall.

As the curtain dropped after this first act, the theatre arrupted with applause and you could sense the anticipation of what was going to appear next infront of our eyes was felt around the whole theatre.

The rest of the musical did not dissapoint one bit. Every scene was beautifully constructed, the dances incorporated with the songs were fantastic. The cast members would practically float across the stage whilst singing their lines. Another costume really grabbed my attention was several cast members dressed as antelopes. They would effectively gallop across the stage with large constructions of antelopes on their arms and with the cast members motions the constructions actually looked as if a group of antelopes were galloping across the stage.

I could go on for many more paragraphs explaining why this musical was so good. But I think you just have to witness the musical for yourself to understand what I am trying to explain.
Every cast member played their part perfectly and all the costumes just looked wonderful moving around the large stage in front of us. The two children playing young 'Simba' and 'Nala' were great, their singing sounded perfect together. I'm sure their parents would be ever so proud of them.

I think I shall stop boring you now with how good this musical was. I shall let you swith to another website now and order your tickets to the next showing of The Lion King. Because I know I shall be doing the same right after I click send.

M x

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Wednesday, 20 October 2010

NME cool list 2010

This is of course NME's cool list for 2010. Personally I don't think its a great list.

Let me know who you think should of been in there, or you would take out! 
I really don't understand how Laura Marling got to No.1...
1. Laura Marling
2. Janelle Monae
3. Kanye West
4. Beth Consentino, Best Coast
5. Romy Madley Croft, The XX
6. Paul Weller
7. Jonathan Pierce, The Drums
8. Jack Barnett, These New Puritans
9. Carl Barât
10. Darwin Deez
11. Marcus Mumford, Mumford & Sons
12. Simon Neil, Biffy Clyro
13. Hayden Thorpe, Wild Beasts
14. Zola Jesus
15. Robyn
16. Yannis Philippakis, Foals
17. James Murphy, LCD Soundsystem
18. Theo Hutchcraft, Hurts
19. Kele Okereke
20. Ritzy Bryan, The Joy Formidable
21. Jay-Z
22. Jack Steadman, Bombay Bicycle Club
23. Dee Dee, Dum Dum Girls
34. Marina Diamandis, Marina & The Diamonds
35. Jonathan Everything
26. Giggs
27. Jenny Lee Lindberg, War Paint
28. Jamie Reynolds, Klaxons
29. Skream
30. Nicky Wire, Manic Street Preachers
31. Akiko Matsuura, The Big Pink/Comanechi
32. Dan Devine, Flats
33. Willow Smith
34. MNDR
35. Win Butler, Arcade Fire
36. Gerard Way, My Chemical Romance
37. Alex Hewlett, Egyptian Hip Hop
38. Lee Spielman, Trash Talk
39. Orlando Weeks, The Maccabees
40. Ariel Pink
41. Ethan Kath, Crystal Castles
42. Nicki Minaj
43. Honor Titus, Cerebal Ballzy
44. Andrew VanWyngarden, MGMT
45. Jack Donoghue, Salem
46. Dave Sitek, TV On The Radio
47. Alexis, Sleigh Bells
48. Plan B
49. Katy B
50. Lady Gaga
51. Josh Homme
52. Tim Harrington, Les Savy Fav
53. LoneLady
54. Julian Casablancas
55. Rose Elinor Dougall
56. Gucci Mane
57. Daniel Blumberg, Yuck
58. Jack White
59. Cee-Lo Green
60. Eva Spence, Rolo Tomassi
61. Ryan Olson, Gayngs
62. Glasser
63. Ernest Greene, Washed Out
64. Tom Hudson, Pulled Apart By Horses
65. Elizabeth Sankey, Summer Camp
66. Cher Lloyd off X Factor
67. Avi Zahner-Isenberg, Avi Buffalo
68. Nathan Williams, Wavves
69. Matt Bellamy, Muse
70. Soulja Boy
71. Bradford Cox, Deerhunter
72. James Blake
73. Caitlin Rose
74. Lewis Bowman, Chapel Club
75. Rivers Cuomo

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Three Mifi [REVIEW]


Recently I was introduced to Threes new mobile broadband device - Mifi. And was given a trial run for a few weeks. I've always heard of the mobile broadband devices you can get that plug into your USB slot in a laptop for traveling. But yet to hear about this concept for mobiles devices, as well as laptops. 
So to say the least, I was very interested in trying the product.

Most days I have a long commute on the bus to work, so this was of course my first point of call for testing the device. I charged it up the night before, and I was on my way the next morning.

Straight away I was impressed with the device, it was light weight, meaning I could keep it in my pocket, and simply forget about it being there. Whilst the device gave me full Wifi signal the whole time on my 25/35min bus journey.

Soon as I realised the device was giving me Wifi signal, I straight away tested out some apps on my iPhone. I  have recently got hold of the BBC News 24 app (where you can watch live stream of the channel). However this option is only available on Wifi. So of course I thought 'is this really going to happen?'
Without any trouble I was instantly watching live coverage of BBC News 24 stream straight onto my iPhone whilst traveling on my bus journey. This impressed me greatly.

Because I was getting my internet through Wifi I could turn the 3G off and enjoy the luxury of a longer battery life, which I thought was a great added bonus. Then, I realised if I had the iPhone 4, then the task of using 'Facetime' on the move would be a reality (as its only available on Wifi). Which in my opinion would be hilarious on a commute.

Throughout the day the device worked perfectly, and the battery life lasted a good day and a half. However this was from minimal use from the device.

Few days later, I went ahead and tested the device at my university. I wanted to do this because my university is a rather dead space for phone signal as well as 3G.
To my surprise this device again worked perfectly throughout the day. Of course there were a few places where the signal was rather weak.

But the most thing that impressed me, was the speed of the device. I'll be honest I wasn't sure on the speed of broadband I was getting with this device, but it was still impressive....

I would highly recommend this product to someone who commutes to places daily, and hates the struggle of receiving 3G in sometimes, and wishes they had Wifi instead to control their battery life on their smartphone. Also for people who need to use the internet on their laptops whilst communting. Because this device can connect up to 5 devices!
So you could have your smartphone, laptop and any other devices that needs to suck up some Wifi... iPad?

Great product!

4/5

M x

Friday, 8 October 2010

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Thought

So I've seen a few more followers have appeared on my blog. I think I may start this thing up properly again.

What do you think?

M x

Friday, 20 August 2010

Apologies + Goodbye

I do apologies for not posting anything on this blog for a very long time!

However, I turned towards a new blogging a site - Tumblr!

I have created myself an account, and I'm going to post my blogs on there from now on!

So all of you who have been reading my entries on here, why not hop over to Tumblr and follow me on there;

http://matthewhoare.tumblr.com

Thanks,

M x

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Credit, credit, credit!


In my last post I spoke about how my overdraft had been canceled, meaning my account was ridiculous overdrawn meaning I could not spend a penny.
I can now happily say my account is now sorted. My overdraft is back, the account is restored to how it was, and I can now start spending again (wisely of course)

The procedure was remarkably easily to achieve, I simply walked into my back waited (which seemed like a century). Eventually got seated with the lady who appealed for the over draft the week before. She said it was now accepted and simply clicked a few buttons, and as if by magic, the overdraft was back on my account.

Now, I am very pleased its back on, but did the process really require me to go into the bank myself? I believe this process could have easily been done over the phone...I guess it will put the employees in the bank out of work if it was all done on the phone.

Whilst I was there, I made a big step in my life and applied and was accepted for a credit card. I know, its a dangerous thing to have. However, I believe my money handling is in good order and I can control myself to not use the credit card on stupid purchases. Its only there for emergences.
For now I will be using the card to pay for my rent over the next two months. The credit will easily be paid off once I start university again In September as my student loans will be going back into my bank, so that money will easily help pay off the credit.

I'm looking forward to having the loans back again, it always puts me at rest. Because I'm forever worrying about my money, making sure I always have enough to keep me going.

M x

Monday, 12 July 2010

Rant!


I have been a customer with Santander practically all my life, and for the majority of this time I've had no problems with the bank. Up until now. 

From starting my second year at university I applied for an overdraft which was accepted, and helped me out greatly during my summer break when I was working for free on work placements. I of course dipped into the overdraft heavily in order to survive and pay for rent. 

Now times are even more harder this summer break, so I went ahead and applied to get my overdraft extended in order to pay rent. Unfortunately the overdraft was declined, and now for some reason my whole overdraft has been cancelled, leaving me overdrawn by a considerable amount. 

The is very infuriating as I can't be dealing with this sort of hassle right now. I went into to my local branch to find out my overdraft had been taken off by the staff simply saying "You don't have an overdraft" which of course my response was "er, yes I do, i've had one for over a year now...!"
She carried on telling me I don't have one. However she was kind enough to help me out and appeal for my declined extension. 

After going home and phoning up Santander, and getting transfered which seemed like all over the car department. With some people claiming they can't deal with my request even though I was transfered to this person from someone else claiming they would be able to help. 
I was eventually given the final conclusion that they believed I was not a student no more.

I am now patiently waiting for the bank to sort out this mess and get my overdraft back. I imagine I will be charged for being overdrawn, however I hope I can appeal for this as well, and not have to be charged. As I'm sure thats not right to simply delete my overdraft leaving me ridiculously overdrawn!

I think after this is settled I shall look into a different bank,
Any suggestions?

M x 

Monday, 5 July 2010

Employment feels great!



A few weeks ago after great deal of searching I finally snapped myself a job with the company Picture-Pal. My duty is a photographer (which is great for my interest) and I work in the club, Oceana in Kingston Upon Thames. The role is simple; I make my way around the club for a few hours, ask to take photographs of people, take a great photo of them and ask if they would like to purchase the photograph to take home with them at the end of the night.

The job is great fun, and I have found it very easy to fit in and build my confidence to ask practically every person I walk past if they would like a photograph. I would say around 80% of the time people agree and have their photo taken.

I have been to this club many times as it is a only a quick bus ride from my house in Twickenham. Of course everytime I've been to this club I've been nice and drunk .

Therefore having to work in this club instead and be sober each time every week gives me a new experience inside. Firstly being sober gives me the great opportunity to watch what people get up to in the club, for instance; Its good fun to see the guys (or sometimes girls) trying their hardest to give it their best moves on the dance-floor.
Then there's the strange sites when you see some odd couples who can't help but just think 'How on earth are they together?'. For example the couples where the man is extremely tall, and the girl is the complete opposite and tiny, it just looks so odd. Along with the odd looking couples you of course get the couples who are having a bad night and they are having an argument in the corner, or you see the boyfriend trying to comfort his girlfriend which ends up getting nowhere. Its gratefully entertaining to witness when I'm having a little break from taking photographs.  
The best site in the club though is the regulars, I've already clocked a few people who go to this club every single Saturday. I've yet to find them in the club wearing an outfit I recognise from a previous night, I look to this night so I can tell them. 'Hey! You do know you wore that outfit last week...!' 

At the moment I'm only working 1 day a week, therefore the money isn't helping me out too well. However on Wednesday 7th July I have an interview for Superdry. I have my fingers crossed this will go well, as I will then have shifts at this retail store during the week, giving a nice contribution at the end of each month. 

I shall let you know how that interview turns out. 

M x 


Thursday, 1 July 2010




Today I listened to Kanye Wests new track 'Power' and I was surprisingly very impressed!

I've always been a fan of him and have always accepted his change in sounds between albums in a good way. However his previous album '808s and Heartbreak' was personally not my favourite!

Which leads me to this track which has impressed me' straight away!

I just hope when the album is released the rest of the tracks live up to 'Power'

Give the track a search on YouTube and let me know what you think.

M x

Friday, 18 June 2010

All this time and nothing to do with it!

Last night I attended a meet up at STA Travel over in Victoria, which consisted a selection of travels brought together by the team over at STATravelBuzz, the evening was known as the #STAMasterclass, and focused on traveling around South America. 

I have never given traveling a real thought, however I have now finished my second year at university meaning I have a lot of time off before I start my final year in September. 
After chatting to a few interesting people which resulting in proving the phrase "its a small world" does exist. I realised this time I have a  lot of free time that needs to be used up wisely and I should grab to this  opportunity given to me and explore some places. 

In particular I've always wanted to explore around American, simply because I love the country and would easily move over to live there after graduating. In particular I want to go back to the city that never sleeps.. AKA New York. 

I have been pointed in the direction to the site Couch Surfing due to me having a next to nothing budget due to being the typical student. 

So in the next few weeks I shall look into this site properly to see if there any genuine opportunities for me out there in New York. Perhaps I may stay out there for only a month or so. Which will be fine, as this would be the perfect quick and easy getaway for me. I would go out there to engage in some culture, take some photographs, or even make some good friends as I would again love to live in New York some day for a year or so. 

Let me know if you have any plans for the summer. Any exciting plans for traveling, or looking into a small getaway like myself?

M x 

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

iNQ Chat 3G [REVIEW]


During my time at the Isle Of Wight Festival I was asked from 3Mobilebuzz to take along the iNQ Chat 3G on Three to give the mobile a real test run of its functionality. Throughout the whole weekend the phone held up extremely well and managed to do exactly what I wanted it for, however there was of course some high and low points.

As a typical guy I tend to not read instructions and simply dive in at the deep in with new products and work them out myself from the ground up. Due to my learning capabilities of new technology fast and efficiently, there was no change with this phone.

As soon as I took the phone out the box and switched it on, I quickly understood the functions the phone had to offer. Straight off I was impressed with the full keyboard on the phone, however it took me a while to realise you can use a key on the phone to use symbols, due to this key not be clear in its function. Maybe if it had the same icon as a shift key on a regular keyboard. However this icon is already used as the Caps Lock. Once I understood where this shift key was, I was away typing out text messages and Tweeting, quick and efficiently as if using a typical PC keyboard.

The signal on this phone was excellent I never seemed to loose signal throughout my time at the festival, which I did found surprising due to us being a wide open field practically in the middle of no where. On top of this I never had problem finding 3G with the device, it always seem to pick up the signal to access Twitter and Facebook.

However there was a downside, even when I did have good signal and 3G I found the phone seemed to function rather slow during certain tasks, for instance refreshing Twitter or Facebook, and posting comments etc. Further still the most surprising was the simple task of typing out a text message I found the mobile seemed to have a lot of lag when typing fast on the efficient keyboard. I would type out my message and wait which seemed like forever for the text to catch up on the screen with my typing.

Looking aside from this the mobile is great, and functions well (when the device decides to not function slowly). The design of the phone impressed me a lot, with the deep red cover on the back and the red keys, it gives off a nice modern design and feel to the phone. One extra function in particular impressed me was having status updates from Facebook show up on my home screen, It was a good idea to quickly catch up with your Facebook friends from simply unlocking the phone. However I thought this was the culprit for slowing down the phone.

I would give the phone 4/5, It works perfectly, however I do like a phone to respond quickly and efficiently. This may just be my opinion, mobiles should really work well with the user and respond efficiently giving a good experience every time.

M x

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Have you seen Gary?

In 2008 I was luckily enough to snap up a ticket to attend the Reading Festival, this was my first festival and it was such a good experience throughout the whole weekend, making me want to go again the following year. However due to money problems (typical student) this was not the case, resulting in me watching the highlights on TV with a depressed look on my face. Therefore this year I was determined to attend a festival, and after some hunting around, the decision was to grab tickets to the Isle Of Wight festival, with a few friends from university. This decision was spot on resulting in another enjoyable time at a festival.

Albeit there was less bands playing on the line up compared to Reading Festival, meaning there was less bands I really wanted to see. Looking past this I still had a great time due to the general festival atmosphere.  Just the same as Reading there was a lot of people who make festivals that extra bit of a 'different' experience.

For instance, around the campsites there are always a lot of expected drinking, fun and games happening. Added to this you get lines/quotes which just happen out of no where. For instance this year, if anyone shouted out the name "GARY" everyone around you and further afield would repeat you and also shout "GARY" eventually if it worked well enough the whole campsite would be shouting the name for about 10 - 20 seconds. The inside joke being we were all looking for the same man. I found this great every time it happened, even though it kept happening it never got boring. The joke went so far that you would walk past people and ask whether they have found Gary.

I wont go into how good the band performances were, because I'm sure you have seen some highlights on the not even half decent broadcasters that is ITV2. However I will say my highlight to the weekend was Jay Z's performance. Personally I thought his show was outstanding, you could tell anyone there at the time would appreciated the show, even if they didn't follow the music. I knew he would put a show for the crowd, the outcome happened to be far higher than my expectations.

The festival as a whole was fantastic, and I think it couldn't be compared to my experience to Reading Festival due to there being a different crowd. Generally there seemed to be more families and older people, resulting in a more relaxed atmosphere. Of course you still found the youngster off his head on cider around 12pm.

I would give the festival 8/10 and advise anyone who wants to go to a festival and has never been to one to certainly give Isle Of Wight festival a consideration. However be prepared to spend a long time leaving the Island on the Monday (if you choose to leave this day) the large crowds leaving all at once to get on the ferries takes up a lot of time.

M x

[11 - 11] Is the audience for popular music created by the music industry?



When a boy band such as Boyzone enter the music industry and produce a Number 1 single, the industry occasionally sets trends by bringing out similar boy bands, Westlife. Theodor Adorno suggests that recordings generally sound the same. Which I personally disagree with, however you can argue Boyzone and Westlife do sound similar.
As a consumer your in control through choosing singles you buy with preference, the music industry cannot force people to listen to certain music. On the other hand the music industry can over publicise through playing a chosen song on TV or Radio regularly.
Technology is developing and consumers now have more control over the music industry. When an album is successful from artists the record companies attempt to sell something similar to the previous album, while the consumer expects something different. They can go and search for what they want, which can sometimes lead to illegal downloading.

[8 - 11] Can popular music achieve genuine political change?


There are countless examples over the years of how music has tried to change the world politics. Live aids music concert is undoubtedly the most famous example of music being involved in an attempt to change world politics. It was a very successful campaign and since the 1980s there are now people in third world countries who may not have be alive today if the event did not happen.
This happened because the event raised awareness around the world of what terrible things are happening in third world countries, resulting in people wanting to help. This proves music can achieve genuine political change.
Live aid got one of the highest viewing figures in television in history, billions of people watched it worldwide, and it helped the problem. This was achieved through a concert of music, therefore music can make a difference in the world and influence politics to make change.

[9 - 11] Are blackness and whiteness useful concepts in the study of popular music?



The concepts of blackness and whiteness in popular music is useful, as these concepts allow a starting point for theorists and other people when identifying of where music into categories. However when looking deeper into the categories of music, it is actually linked to class and location, not simply dividing between black and white artists.
On top of this the line of blackness and whiteness in music can be blurred with white and black artists covering each others music. “Pop music has always depended upon the interaction between white and black traditions” (Hatch 1987)
The issues of studying popular music are made easier when categorising music into blackness and whiteness. However you can argue this categorising could maybe classed link to stereotyping music. Consumers aren’t always the same race as the music performers. Concepts are put in place as guidelines to help address underlying issues within types of music.

[7 - 11] Does the emergence of the digital download signal the end for the music industry?


In February 2010 since the iTunes music store first launch in 2003 10 billion downloads had been bought. This gives the impression digital download market is not the end of the music industry. Music industry must take notice of the digital download, as a majority of music devices like iPod’s are entirely digital.

Digital downloads are simply more convenient to the consumer, uploading the tracks straight to their MP3 players. Giving them large amount of tracks on the go.
January 2009 saw record labels agree with iTunes to remove DRM. Making downloading appealing to consumers, now being able to download a track and not have the restrictions they once had.

iTunes provide a better alternative to illegal downloads. Consumers are choosing to pay for the tracks they download. Meaning digital downloads are helping the dying music industry evolve with technology more specifically the internet which is the future for music.

[10 - 11] NME Review


On the shelf you can see NME are including the latest next big thing in their issue. You may not know the band yet you still go on and pick up the magazine due to the colourful front cover grabs your attention.
First page includes a band index, letting you know they are dedicated to the bands. Turn to the page of the band you have recently falling in love with, and read up on what they have been up to.

Reviews look reassembly short. However the use of language can be heavily description, resulting in the reviews being quite difficult to reach an outcome.

NME is packed with latest band news, to an outsider it could be difficult to buy, the bands featured are not always known in the mainstream. People may think you would have to be in the know to pick up this magazine, as the articles are written with the assumption you already know them, and whatever they say goes.

[5 - 11] Is popular music a mass produced commodity of a genuine art form?


Art: "The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power"

When applying this definition to popular music it is not an art form.

The majority of “artists” of popular music don’t write the meaningful lyrics, come up with the dances routines (if applicable) or the riffs to the music.

The only creative skill of art to the performances is their ability to stand on stage and deliver the lyrics to the audience. Their songs have been created for them. They are merely part of the product of the song.

I believe when the performer creates the lyrics, choreography and music it is then to be classed as art.
This is rare to happen, which confirms the genuine art form because of it being so rare to witness.

[6 - 11] What is world music?



In my opinion ‘World Music’ describes a type of music genre which ‘belongs’ to a certain country or its origin of where the music started. For example Ireland with Irish folk music, and further a field to Aboriginal music in Australia. If you were to categorize these genre as a whole you would class them ‘World Music’ and you tend to take these genres of music exclusive to their part of the world.

However the modern day term can be used in a less forgiving way.
Take HMV for example they would include music from all different genres around the world in their store. Therefore there is going to be genres that do not sell as well as other genres from places such as America and England.
HMV decide to place these genres all together in a ‘World Music’ category so they condense and allow more space for popular music.

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Jumping the gun!


A few months back, I finally upgraded my contract with Orange to the iPhone 3GS. I was more than happy to finally get my hands on the product, and I have loved it ever since.
Upon purchasing the phone I knew the rumors about the new iPhone 4.. or some people back then were calling it the iPhone 4G... but I thought nothing of it!
Now last night the iPhone 4 was finally announced, even though we knew all about it a month or so earlier after that employee left if in a pub/bar (we all know the story)

At first I still thought the phone was not that much of a jump from my 3GS. However after giving the phone a more detail look, I am starting to regret not waiting for this one to be released giving myself the option to chose whether to pay the extra money or stick with the 3GS.

The things that most impressed me was the well needed improvement to the camera now being able to produce 5 mega pixel images and with a flash which has been needed since the first phone back in June 2007.
Then another feature which convinced me further was the capability of filming HD video (well 720p or something, which is still fantastic for a mobile!). This will be perfect for capturing these moments, or beneficial to the new wave of Vlogging which is happening where YouTubers are simply uploading their content straight from their iPhones.

The video calling, or 'Facetime' did not bother me too much. however after realising how many other phones on the market have this "gimmick"this of course is the way we are heading towards in the future. However only being able to use the video calling through Wifi is bit of a set back in my eyes.

To sum up after looking into detail what the iPhone 4 has to offer is outstanding, I still believe the 3GS perfect for a smart phone. As it still has an outstanding display for text and images, but of course once I witness the iPhones 4's display I will of course be convinced to get my hands on the iPhone 4 as I am one of the many people who are the 'purchase anything made by Apple kinda guy'


Therefore I am now looking around to see how much I can sell my 3GS for and see whether an upgrade is available, I am sure this will not be possible as I had the same problem after purchasing the new Macbook 13" last year, which then got discontinued and turned into Macbook Pro 13" base model, trying to upgrade was not possible which has ever since pissed me off.

I'm just hoping I can simply purchase the iPhone 4 handset on its own, after selling my iPhone 3GS.

Let me know what you think, are you going to be first in line to purchase the new phone!?

M x

Sunday, 6 June 2010

[4 - 11] How useful is a production of culture perspective in understanding the birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll?


Numerous facts and myths have explained the birth of rock and roll during the 1950s.






In particular Richard Peterson’s discussion explains how the economy, cultural and social, and technology factors produced the platform for the birth of something new.

His discussion has strengths and weaknesses due to certain parts not being addressed. For instance his technology factors do not go into the development of the electric guitar of amplification.

He does not go on to explain why rock and roll was successful.
There was not just rock and roll during the 50s. Jazz, blues and hillbilly emerged during this time. This gives the question. Why weren’t these genres the something new?

In my opinion Peterson’s discussion effectively explains how rock and roll became the something new.
However the discussion would improve if there was reasons addressing why it was successful.

Perhaps he wasn’t interested in the music he was addressing.

Thursday, 3 June 2010

The Startover - 'Worst Case Scenario'

A finished project I started a while back last year. I hope you enjoy! 
Feedback is more than welcome! 



M x

Sunday, 30 May 2010

[3 - 11] Is it reasonable to consider that rock music is gendered male?



Rock music you listen to is dominated with males. However on the rare occasions you hear a band which includes a female. All these occasions the female included is the the lead singer, or other cases backing singers. When you hear a band consisting of females playing the instruments you tend to take it on board as a novelty or gimmick.


This is due to a number of reasons; Instruments tend to be associated with genders. For instance the guitar associated with males, and a flute or piano associated with females. This happens because its the way we are brought up into society.


“lead guitarists are made, not born. The reason for women’s absence are entirely social” (Bayton, 1997)


Females are simply not brought up to be playing the electric guitar, whereas males are. If females pick up the guitar they’re known as “One of the Boys” and not taking seriously.

Saturday, 22 May 2010

The Future



Today I had an extremely long day working at Twickenham Stadium, In total I have worked 12hrs, and I will be doing the exact same tomorrow, all because I am desperate for money! During my long day of working there, my mind (as always) wondered and got me thinking about the future and other things.

I have recently finished my 2nd year of university with a great sense of relief, along with the sense of wanting to just graduate and earn myself a living with a respectable career. To be frank, I'm slowly getting fed up on completing essays. During this mind wondering, I was standing thinking how mad it is for me to work there. It really is not a type of job I am looking for (even if the pay is good). I of course don't plan to work there for the rest of my life. However there are people who have indeed worked there for many years, so I am praying this wont happen.

During this mental thinking came around, I was in the players tunnel seeing the rugby players run around. When I look over and see a guy walk out of the massage room. I recognised this guy, not personally just from around my university. From my own conclusion I thought he must have graduated recently and this is his first 'real' job. At this point the light bulb went off and I realised it is worth it to be doing my degree, and I will now work my but off during my 3rd year to give me the grade I deserve to get myself my dream job... and I can't wait!

Heres to the future!

M x

Thursday, 20 May 2010

[2 - 11] Can popular music ever really be unplugged?



The term “unplugged” literally means to disconnect from all source of electricity. In able for an artist to produce unplugged music they would have play the instruments without the aid of amplifiers and sing without the use of a microphone. Which is difficult for popular music of the 21st century,
'without electronic technology, popular music in the 21st century is unthinkable' (P. Theberge)

If the artist were to perform with the correct procedures to class the music as unplugged, the performance would have to be only for a small audience in order to make the audience hear the music.

Having this music heard by such a small group of people means this is not technically “popular music”. In order for the artist to become popular they would need the aid of technology, ie. Recording the song, to reach wider a audience. Which of course does not make the performance unplugged.

Monday, 17 May 2010

[1 - 11] What is popular music?


Popular music in some respect can be referred to music that is popular and current in the chart's. Being purchased and listened to by the mainstream consumer. However popular music doesn't have to be stuck in that bracket of the mainstream music scene.

Popular music can be broken down into practically any music genre, artist or band. Whatever music that has been produced and released to the public. Has a following of people who enjoy the music can be classed as popular music in that certain bracket of music genre.

For instance Opera music can be classed as popular music. Even though this genre of music isn’t releasing hit singles in the top 40 chart, making it un-popular to the mainstream consumers.
It is still popular to people to who actually listen to Opera music, therefore making this genre of music popular in that section of consumers.

Thursday, 13 May 2010

"And now the end is near, And so I face the final curtain"


On Monday I reached the light at the end of that very long tunnel and finished my second year at university. It brought on two feelings; The great feeling when a whole load comes off your mind, and you can finally relax. The second was the sense of scare, realising how quick this year has gone by. To think how quick my final year will be, when I exit university and enter the unknown territory of the working world.

That last few months have been rather stressful, due to the amount of work load I had to complete in such a tight schedule, but I've done it, and it feels great. I speak quite a bit about my university work on my blog, and I never have the time to share some of the work with you. After finishing this year I thought this is the time for me to finally do it.

One module I studied was to do with Music Technology and Culture. One of the assignments was to post a weekly blog entry, obviously this task was great as I have my own blog already. Each week I had to answer a question related to the lecture in no more than 150 words, the whole assignment was quite fun as some of the questions were interesting. Therefore I think I shall use this blog and post these entries every few days, In total there are 10. It should be quite interesting If you decide to post your own comments to the questions I answer as they're are quite open for discucssion.

So I look forward to this outcome,

For now its time for me to start some celebrating the completion of my second year.

Bye for now.

M x

I found this from a typical surf round the web.

Short Neurological Test
Please do not use any cursor help.
1- Find the C below..
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO COOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOO

2- If you already found the C, now find the 6 below.

9999999999999999999 9999999999999999 9999999999999999 99
9999999999999999999 9999999999999999 9999999999999999 99
9999999999999999999 9999999999999999 9999999999999999 99
6999999999999999999 9999999999999999 9999999999999999 99
9999999999999999999 9999999999999999 9999999999999999 99
9999999999999999999 9999999999999999 9999999999999999 99

3 - Now find the N below. It's a little more difficult.

MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM MMMMMMMMMNMMMMMM MMM
MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM MMM
MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM MMM
MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM MMM
MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM MMM

This is NOT a joke. If you were able to pass these 3 tests, you can cancel your annual visit to your neurologist. Your brain is great and you're far from having a close relationship with Alzheimer.

Congratulations!

____________ _________ _________ _________ _________ _________ _________ _________ ____
part 2
eonvrye that can raed this rsaie your hnad.

To my 'selected' strange-minded friends:
If you can read the following paragraph, forward it on to your friends and the person that sent it to you with 'yes' in the subject line.
Only great minds can read this
This is weird, but interesting!

If you can raed this, you have a sgtrane mnid too

Can you raed this? Olny 55 plepoe out of 100 can.

I cdnuolt blveiee that I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd what I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mtaetr in what oerdr the ltteres in a word are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is that the frsit and last ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can still raed it whotuit a pboerlm. This is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the word as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? Yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt! If you can raed this forwrad it

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Such Tweet Sorrow


Recently I have been a little slap dash with my blog, due to my large work load hitting me at university. Which shall all be completely on the 5th May, can't wait for that day of course.

I thought I would use this post to inform you of a great project I have recently been informed of happening on Twitter.

The project is Such Tweet Sorrow which is being sponsored by 3 Mobile. The projects involves a selection of actors from the Shakespeare's Globe Company to Tweet out a modern version of the fantastic story of Romeo Juliet.

Everyday new tweets are added to the story which you can follow through with the hashtags of #suchtweetsorrow, If your feeling up for it you can also add to the story. For instance start rumors between the characters.

The project is going to last for 5 weeks, and so far its been a big hit. I've heard this is the first time this has ever happened on Twitter, so would be great to of course get involved, with maybe adding your own spin to the story.

If you want to follow up what has happened to the story far you can do so through visiting http://www.suchtweetsorrow.com

As well as this you can find a TV screen outside the Shakespeares Head in Canarby Street. This is a live feed of the Tweets, so you can walk by and watch the story unfold in real time. Genius!

I suggest you check out this original project.

M x

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

INQ Mini - Review


For the past week or so have been asked to use the new INQ Mini from 3 Mobile. To say the least I have been impressed and unimpressed with the phone.


The phone is small and lightweight which is always good for mobile phones for obvious reasons. However when it comes down to the function and the apps on the phones its lacks and brings down the phones over all outcome.

Facebook, Twitter, Skype and Msn Messenger are already installed into the small with their own app. However this apps are rather basic.
Facebook has the typical view of status updates, however the text format is not quite right in my opinion. Peoples names are in the same font style as the statuses. Therefore its hard to distinguish between the names and the actual statuses. Perhaps having names in bold would improve it. Maybe this is just me being picky.

The twitter app is again rather basic, although there is a good display of the peoples status updates and you get to see the photo of the person, where the facebook app doesn't include. However the app is let down when you can't look at your @ replies or look at your Direct Messages. Perhaps I didn't look properly but I couldn't find this function.

I only used these two apps on the phone as these are the apps on my personal phone I use most frequently, and to be honest I was not impressed with the both of them.

On the side of the phone there is a scroll function where you can scroll through your apps, which works well. You can use the scroll whilst in the apps to change between the tools and apps you looking for, which I thought was quite useful.
The actual menu screen itself is quite impressive, as they use some eye catching pictures for each menu icon which I thought was reassembly impressive. The style of the menu screen is also in key with the phone itself as the eye catching red just looks great on the back of the phone.

The overall outcome was rather a low note for me, I thought the phone was a bit slow with response even from the simplest task of going through the menu.

I think the phone is perhaps note aimed for my market as I prefer to have a phone with a big screen and fast performance for reading e-mails, using the internet on the go. Which works all perfectly well on my iPhone.
I think this phone is aimed at the younger teenage market, which I think this phone would be perfect for as its compact and lightweight therefore perfect for teenagers to catch up on the their friends when they are out and about.

I would give the phone 3/5
If the performance and the apps improved then I would think the phone would easily be a 5/5, being perfect for the teenage market.