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Mix: Firesnake – ‘ignite 2’

The latest mix from the studio is a follow-up to a mix from 2001. What with the focus on my Path of Souls output of late, it's time for a welcome return to my first love; progressive trance. Ignite 2 eases in with my own slowed down extended edit of Sasha's Pontiac melting into the club version to up the tempo. Take the first flight to beaty Balearica with the stunning I:Cube remix of Way Out West's Tuesday Maybe, before it gets spacey and trancelike, ending with a sun baked climax and guitar twist courtesy of the inventive Tycho. [soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/286819213" params="color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=true&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%" height="166" iframe="true" /] Tracklisting 01. Sasha…

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Mix: Balance Series: Firesnake

2013's musical output has been pretty strong across the board with lots of new forms and interpretations of themes re/surfacing, so it's no surprise to hear classic rave sounds bubbling back up into the æther. Altern8 are one of the yearly contenders to try smash the X-Factor out of the Christmas No.1 slot, Slipmatt is making an appearance at the O2 as part of The Prodigy's NYE celebrations, whilst Disclosure continue their meteoric rise with Nile Rodgers joining them to help spread classic house vibes into 2014. So with is mind I created this dj mix 'Dark FM', which I'm delighted to say was chosen…

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Design in the Music Industry

With the sad passing of legendary Hipgnosis designer Storm Thorgerson, we can use this moment to take stock of design's broader health within the music industry. Music and art go together hand in hand dancing through the decades, centuries even, sometimes being so intrinsic to one another that the results help spawn new genres and defining moments in pop culture at large. Presently there is a debate about just how influential or indeed important artwork and packaging is to the music industry, in an age of instant digital consumption and dwindling record label budgets.  I wrote my design degree dissertation on the role of design…

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Discover : Jeff Frost

Art? Check Time-Lapse Photography? Check Play on light? Check Nature? Check Dereliction? Check Atmosphere? Check Weird Sounds? Check NASA? Check So really I was always going to be drawn to this guys work; Jeff Frost, an artist who utilises all these skills in my latest big find. I stumbled across his new work 'Flawed Symmetry Of Prediction' by way of book printers Blurb, who helped him present his style for an ebook showcase of theirs to help promote the young publishing format. It is a truly haunting and unique visual journey While previously never thinking to use the technology to create such rich digital books,…

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Tourismo – A 21st Century window into the past present and future

    This year I had the chance to present an idea for a tourism mobile app service, as a finalist in the Banbury Innovation Awards. Now in it's sixth year this award helps propel new start-ups and businesses that may need guidance with patents, legal and financial support. The award ceremony took place a week after the original Dragon's Den style presentation, in front of a panel of 5 established business leaders. I'm glad to say I got out alive without any fire-based incidents. In this day and age one can take an educated glimpse of what's going to happen in the future, but…

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Retro Corner: ‘The Amen Break’ – 6 seconds that changed music

There are limited instances in musical history, where a small snippet of sound has influenced a whole new genre of music. Roll on back to 1969 and place yourself in the seat of Gregory C Coleman - the drummer in the jazz group The Winstons. As the solo drum breakdown of the track 'Amen Brother' kicks in ...... for a fleeting six seconds, you're giving birth to a future movement that in 20 years time, will be known as 'dance music'. The 'Amen Break' has been created. The Mixcloud feature below is a BBC Radio 1Xtra documentary which fantastically describes the story of this legendary…

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Discover: ‘RUXX’ Designer British Handbags & Rucksacks

What women would do for handbags... But what would women do for rucksacks? Those crusty and more often than not smelly articles of backwear, that conjour up long wet walks in the hills and a slightly leaky flask of weak lemon drink, have a bit of an image problem, especially with the ladies. So enter stage left RUXX, a small luxury bag company run by award winning photographer and fashion expert Sarah Ward-Hendry, based in Northamptonshire & Oxfordshire, England...not Italy. That's something that really matters for Sarah, who has built her reputation on the strength of keeping the business closer to home rather than farming…

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London 2012 Olympic Torch Design

So the process has begun. Away from all the behind-the-scenes preparations and frantic building of stadia, the scene is set for the public to get involved in the UK's first Olympics for many years. The traditional countdown begins with the Olympic Torch being lit by the suns rays in Olympia, Greece before embarking on a journey around the world (these days it's less) passing the fire between torch bearers and finally into the cauldron of the Olympic stadium, months later. This torch then is the first focus, the first illumination of the games that will get worldwide coverage. Designers proudly compete to get the once…

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Movie Barcode

Whoever came up with this idea is a person after my own heart; taking something otherwise complex and multi-layered, and literally laying it out bare, for all to see visually. Basically the people behind Movie Barcode have dissected the best and most interesting movies of all time and stitched a slice of each individual frame together, side by side, to show the film's inner visual soul. Early cinema is included, with silents and black & whites right next to the latest blockbusters like Inception or Black Swan. You can also purchase prints of these depictions which I'd say make a great gift for passionate film…

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Dali & Disney – ‘Destino’

For those of you like me, who weren't aware of it's existence, I've featured here the animated short from the surrealist painter Salvador Dali and his friend, a Mr Walt Disney. "In 1937, Salvador Dali wrote to his dear friend Andre Breton, founder of the surrealist art movement in Paris, and said, “I have come to America and I am in contact with three great American surrealists – the Marx Brothers, Cecil B. DeMille, and Walt Disney.” Breton envisioned Surrealism as an art form that would draw its content from the unexplored realm of the subconscious human mind, ferreting out unparalleled honesty and otherworldly images…

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