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1  General / The Forum / Re: Ableton Live Workshop / Wed 10th Oct @ The Full Moon on: October 09, 2012, 22:59:00
I have some experience and have been making music most of my life but I'm looking to really expand my ableton skills; is this suitable for computer-literate near beginners or more of a thing for experienced people sharing?

We usually have a nice mix of complete beginners and people who've been doing it for years and years.  The best part is the general knowledge share and getting to meet likeminded people.  Come along!
2  General / The Forum / Re: GAMERS! on: June 05, 2012, 13:29:54
Are those two current generation?

The Last of Us is all running realtime on PS3.  I don't think they announced any platforms for Watchdogs.
3  General / The Forum / Re: GAMERS! on: June 05, 2012, 12:25:51
Couple of standouts so far at E3 this year I reckon:

The Last of Us
<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/8ZYkj0glnqs" target="_blank">https://www.youtube.com/v/8ZYkj0glnqs</a>

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/Nwm46hiFNBQ" target="_blank">https://www.youtube.com/v/Nwm46hiFNBQ</a>
4  General / The Forum / Re: GAMERS! on: June 02, 2012, 08:40:52
Another big release by GoG.com

Wing Commander Series and Ultima series


Can anyone tell me, which is the best Ultima? I think it's 7, I think I keep on hearing great things about it, but can't remember

7: part 2: Serpent Isle is the best one, but part 1 is great too and worth playing first.  Forget those that came after.  It went downhill very very quickly.  Those that came before are good but their age really shows.  The Ultima 7 games though are timeless.

Both the Underworld games are great too.
5  General / The Forum / Re: Ableton Knowledge Share Workshop @ Full Moon // Wed 15th Feb on: February 14, 2012, 01:56:14
Is it worth coming to this without a laptop?  I can't tell how practical/hands-on this is generally.  Don't fancy lugging a big iMac down to the pub Smiley
6  General / The Forum / Re: 2 Many Dj's & Very Special Guests @ Motion, Sat 27th Aug #WIN TICKETS on: August 26, 2011, 19:22:30
Anyone know the set times for this?
7  General / The Forum / Re: bodes left as shrines on Everest on: August 18, 2011, 08:18:22
Of course it's real, what are you struggling with?

I'm sure they're trying to start a project with Sherpa's to clear the dead bodies and rubbish from the mountain.

I think I read a few years ago that a group of climbers that had summited Everest a load of times each did do an expedition with the sole aim of giving some of the bodies proper burials.  There's been quite a few controversies over the years about teams that have encountered other climbers in trouble and just left them to die rather than abandon their attempt to try and help them:

8  General / The Forum / Re: Last-minute AV poll - vote here! on: May 05, 2011, 20:38:22
The "yes" guys didn't want two alternatives on the ballot, splitting their already potentially weak vote between two "change" options and leaving all "AFRAID OF CHANGE" support on one option.

Of course using AV for the referendum would solve this issue Smiley
9  General / The Forum / Re: can anyone get a glasto ticket using their industry contacts - any price on: February 26, 2011, 14:27:18
I know its a massive long shot, but its my recently widowed mum's 60th birthday soon and I want to do something special for her. She's never been to glasto but would love it. Not being the most organised old dear she hasn't registered and didn't get a ticket last year. I'm pretty sure the answer is tough tittie, but Im wondering if any of u superstar djs know a way round this and can help me out. I'm willing to fork out some cash if need be, but I don't want to leave it til the April lottery when the resale happens. Not sure if that's an option anyway as she hasn't registered, innit. Help me hijack, ur my only hope...

Not too late to register for the resales:
10  General / The Forum / Re: mind blown!!! on: February 20, 2011, 11:57:33

At 0:45 it looks like the water going behind the column doesn't quite match up with that coming out on the other side so I expect that's where the break is,so everything to the left of it actually is above the wheel, but everything to the right of it is actually off in the distance.
11  General / The Forum / Re: Missing person - Joanna Yeates on: January 22, 2011, 15:00:31
really horrid that he now thinks it was "help me" he must be feeling proper guilty now. eek! Sad

That's something that worries me.  I live on a road that is on the way home for a lot of people (mainly students) coming back from a night out in town.  From closing time onwards there are constantly (and I mean constantly) women shrieking and screaming outside.  Sometimes it is things like screaming for help.  Whenever I look out the window or go and investigate it has always, without fail, been people messing around with their mates.  It's got to the point where I just ignore it now unless it obviously sounds like someone in distress.

I'd hate to think that one day something bad really might happen and I'll ignore it though, but I can definitely see why this guy didn't investigate any further.
12  General / The Forum / Re: Some weird mass animal deaths going on in the States right now... on: January 06, 2011, 03:00:02
Time travellers arriving*... Wonder what they're here to observe?   BRRRAAAAP OMG Death Star!!!11

13  General / The Forum / Re: Facebook statuses from the retards from school who are on your facebook on: December 23, 2010, 13:15:45
I only have occasional minor football-rage racism from old school people on mine

14  General / The Forum / Re: saving accounts on: December 07, 2010, 11:31:40
the price of silver has been artificially kept low by the americans for decades by 10 fold.. there is currently a shortage of silver, its being used faster than it can be mined, and demand is rising with technological applications for it and need for its clinical properties. in theory it should be at the same price as gold right now..  the exponential boom is beginning so now is a good time definitely to put it all in. maybe by next xmas once you quadruple your investment be safe yeah but do some basic research and you will see how much of an opportunity it is.

I might have to do a bit of research into this - could be worth a punt.  How do you actually go about buying it?
15  General / The Forum / Re: WIKI LEAKS - AMAZOR !!!!!!!!!111111111111 on: December 07, 2010, 11:20:28
Who believes for a second this 'rape allegation' is anything but a way for him to fall into american hands and then never see the light of day.

Could well be, but they've got to be worried about the encrypted insurance file he put out a while back.  Supposedly it contains stuff that is a lot more damaging than anything being released, including names and details of spies, sources, etc.

If he goes down or 'disappears' he's supposed to have put mechanisms in place to make sure that the decryption password goes public.

Interesting times.    BRRRAAAAP
16  General / The Forum / Re: Place your bets! It's the Grand National tomorrow! on: April 10, 2010, 12:59:38
I've gone for:

Big Fella Thanks @10/1 to win
Flintoff @50/1 each way
Maljimar @40/1 each way
17  General / The Forum / Re: Post your MixCloud page! on: March 30, 2010, 09:25:54
Just signed up for this and uploaded a mix.

18  General / The Forum / Re: Oh hai Mark! on: March 07, 2010, 12:58:57
This is clearly the best scene:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/7S9Ew3TIeVQ&amp;hl=en_GB&amp;fs=1&amp" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/7S9Ew3TIeVQ&amp;hl=en_GB&amp;fs=1&amp;</a>
19  Food for your Ears / Hijackers' Tunes and Mixes / Re: Sir Ruff 80s Mix Vol. V (the end!) on: February 27, 2010, 17:24:07
Hi dudes,

Back with another 80s mix; this is the last!  After five mixes, and some 65+ songs, I think I've pretty much hit the bottom of the barrel in terms of quality, predominantly synth-driven 80s classics, so it's time to call it quits... it's been fun!  Anyways, enough eulogizing-enjoy the hits!

I am so on this!  Even if you've finished with the 80s I hope that there is still more to come!  How about some 90-93 mixes?
20  General / The Forum / Re: GAMERS! on: February 21, 2010, 21:56:40
I don't know if anyone here is particularly interested in the behind the scenes, but my colleague Andy who's been in the games industry since pretty much the very start is doing a talk for the British Computer Society on Tuesday about how games are made.  He's roped me into presenting part of it on different examples of modern games and talking about what it's like going in to a a big game studio at crunch time.

"Once the realm of hobbyists, the games industry has become far more serious in recent years and is now bigger than Hollywood.

For a new generation, games have become more than a source of entertainment extending the range of social networks and providing education in a structured environment.

The games industry provides a structured career path for those who wish to make it their life. Artists and programmers, producers and designers are all needed to help create the magic.

This talk will be about the skills required to work in the games industry, and some examples of what we do here in Bristol to support the industry around the world."


21  General / The Forum / Re: Massive Attack on: February 10, 2010, 17:23:42
As I mentioned earlier, look out for the Gui Boratto remix of Paradise Circus.  Love

Was just about to post about this.

As I mentioned earlier, I thought the album was probably going to be a grower.  Well - it's starting to grow on me already.  Gui Boratto remix of Paradise Circus is easily the standout track now though.  Love
22  General / The Forum / Re: Massive Attack on: February 09, 2010, 21:36:26
I'm not instantly in love with it like I was with Mezzanine, but I don't instantly hate it like with 100th Window.

I think it might turn out to be a grower, so I'll give it a decent chance.  Favourite track at the moment is Girl I Love You.
23  General / The Forum / Re: Are there any funny female comedians? on: January 25, 2010, 08:48:32
Also Nina Conti is quite funny too.

Nina Conti is brilliant, but I think the reason is because she plays up the expectation that as a female she'll be rubbish.

The first time I saw her, I found myself thinking "she's pretty rubbish, but her monkey is hilarious" before realising how utterly stupid that was (She does a ventriloquist act with a male monkey puppet).

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/NL7O9O3M1pI&amp;hl=en_GB&amp;fs=1&amp" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/NL7O9O3M1pI&amp;hl=en_GB&amp;fs=1&amp;</a>
24  General / The Forum / Re: Avatar on: January 12, 2010, 23:50:06
In a strange way, yeah

blue chick is utterly sexy  Love

9 foot tall, blue skinned, catlike featured women with tails ftw. Heart
25  General / The Forum / Re: Biscuit fallen into tea drama.. on: January 10, 2010, 17:43:35
Biscuit sludge is the new K.

I'm addicted.

Never stir - just wait for the pleasant surprise when you reach the end.

 Script Script Script Script

When it drips down slowly, all the better when theres a little bit of sugar down there with it  Slayer

The question is though, do you leave the little bit that inevitably sticks to the bottom and won't pour out, or do grab a teaspoon to make sure you don't miss out on any?
26  General / The Forum / Re: Biscuit fallen into tea drama.. on: January 10, 2010, 17:34:09
I think your next course of action depends largely on the type of biscuit it was. Rich tea? Screw that motherfucker and make a fresh cup. Chocolate digestive? Stir that shit up and enjoy the new biscuity/chocolatey/tea hybrid beverage you have just created.

I wouldn't even discriminate based on biscuit.  Stir it up and enjoy, regardless.  It gives it a nice texture.  You are correct though that mixing up with chocolate digestive provides a good cup.  Double choc-chip cookies even better.

I think that crumbling up a double choc-chip cookie and adding at the same point as milk could yield amazing results.  Perhaps, if you were feeling really experimental you could add a bit of Ready Brek as well to make a nice thick tea/chocolate soup concoction.  I've not tried that one myself but I'd be interested to hear the results if anyone else gave it a go.
27  General / The Forum / Re: anyone want to work on this with me? on: January 04, 2010, 02:59:34
looking for someone whos interested in working on this chilled dubstep track with me, its only a rough idea at the moment

I like it.  What sort of collaboration did you have in mind?
28  General / The Forum / Re: the best set ever? on: December 16, 2009, 18:42:05
My favourite is still Dexter from DMC2000.  It may not be the best technically, but it's the most fun.  Can't find it on youtube though Sad.
29  General / The Forum / Re: Upload your Soundcloud tracks - December on: December 16, 2009, 01:41:42
Have'nt posted any music for a while so here's one I've been messing around with lately.
<a href="http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fsoundcloud.com%2Fdj-rogue%2Funtitled-dub" target="_blank">http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fsoundcloud.com%2Fdj-rogue%2Funtitled-dub</a>

Nice.  Love it when the beat kicks in at 1:23.  The bassline sounded weird when it first comes in, but it soon comes together nicely.  Two Thumbs

Looking forward to playing this on my monitors tomorrow rather than laptop speakers.
30  General / The Forum / Re: Upload your Soundcloud tracks - December on: December 13, 2009, 15:44:51

 Two Thumbs Enjoyed this, tabla drums worked well through it

Stuck this in the Tunes and Mixes a week ago but will re post it here Smiley

<a href="http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer.swf/track=4138351585/size=venti/bgcol=FFFFFF/linkcol=4285BB/" target="_blank">http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer.swf/track=4138351585/size=venti/bgcol=FFFFFF/linkcol=4285BB/</a>

beautiful tune, really nice fusion

 Script feeling this a lot!

Really really really nice.  Two Thumbs

Last one from me this month, I promise.

Straight up dancefloor banger.  Vocoders and 303s aplenty.  Cheesy vocal sample courtesy of some text to speech software.

Down Once More (Part I):
<a href="http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fsoundcloud.com%2Fgregmantis%2Fdown-once-more-part-1" target="_blank">http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fsoundcloud.com%2Fgregmantis%2Fdown-once-more-part-1</a>
31  General / The Forum / Re: Upload your Soundcloud tracks - December on: December 12, 2009, 17:09:36
Here's one more from me.  This is "Theme from Ruined (Reprise)".  The actual "Theme from Ruined" is a breaks/house type thing that is based around the same melodic themes, but I haven't finished that yet.  Maybe in the January thread  Smiley

<a href="http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fsoundcloud.com%2Fgregmantis%2Fgreg-bedwell-theme-from-ruined-reprise" target="_blank">http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fsoundcloud.com%2Fgregmantis%2Fgreg-bedwell-theme-from-ruined-reprise</a>
32  General / The Forum / Re: RATM to fight X Factor winner for Christmas no. 1 on: December 12, 2009, 14:27:14
Oooo, the facebook group seems to have gone??

Apparently back again now.
33  General / The Forum / Re: Upload your Soundcloud tracks - December on: December 12, 2009, 14:05:46
dubstep track thats a work in progress

<a href="http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fsoundcloud.com%2Fgrahamacidic%2Fgraham-acidic-right-now" target="_blank">http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fsoundcloud.com%2Fgrahamacidic%2Fgraham-acidic-right-now</a>

I'm not a seasoned dubstepper, but I like this.  The one thing I'd say (appreciating that this is work in progress) is that the main bass loop starting at 1:09 sounds a bit lonely.  I reckon a counterpoint bass part an octave higher doing something simple like just repeating the root note during the rests on the main bassline might really help bring it out.  Might even work better if you save that for the second drop at 2:31.

Nice and heavy though.  Like it  Smiley
34  General / The Forum / Re: Upload your Soundcloud tracks - December on: December 12, 2009, 13:35:10
Here's an old old tune of mine that I originally did for the "Ready Steady PRODUCE" thread on here.  I don't think many people heard it at the time though, and I reckon it deserves better than that Smiley

<a href="http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fsoundcloud.com%2Fgregmantis%2Fready-steady" target="_blank">http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fsoundcloud.com%2Fgregmantis%2Fready-steady</a>

The more recent stuff is still not quite ready to come out of the studio, but I'll definitely post it in one of these the minute it is.
35  General / The Forum / Re: Eastenders Remix Competition!!!!!!!! on: December 11, 2009, 12:22:52
Here it is:
36  General / The Forum / Re: Festival Refreshment on: December 10, 2009, 00:42:50
At Glastonbury I'll usually buy a hot chocolate at 4am when it's freezing cold and I'm heading to my tent for some sleep, but only a proper one with cream, sprinkles, a flake, etc.  Occasionally I'll have a cup of tea with breakfast but only if it's cold/rainy.

Most places at festivals just do cheap, bog-standard tea/coffee/hot chocolate out of a tap and charge loads for it so I've learnt to avoid them.  I make a point of finding a decent place on the first day and then that'll usually get repeat business from me throughout the festival.

37  General / The Forum / Re: RATM to fight X Factor winner for Christmas no. 1 on: December 09, 2009, 20:01:06
Looks like they are just short of 500,000 members of the Facebook group.

I still can't see it happening, but I would love it if it did, just to see Fearne Cotton have to introduce it on Christmas Day Slayer

I think for 79p I might have to buy it next week (seeing as I don't actually own it, but love the track why not?)
38  General / The Forum / Re: Eastenders Remix Competition!!!!!!!! on: December 08, 2009, 03:23:11
I finally remembered to upload my remix, here:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/arjiYdbCR14&amp;hl=en_GB&amp;fs=1&amp" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/arjiYdbCR14&amp;hl=en_GB&amp;fs=1&amp;</a>

39  General / The Forum / Re: Sketchy Santas!!!!! on: December 07, 2009, 21:24:16
WTF is that?
40  General / The Forum / Re: Its the end of an era.... Teletext is no more! on: December 06, 2009, 23:05:03


 LIGHTAH! to Teletext...many wasted hours on that thing.


Here's the all-time best ever teletext page (from the end of Digitiser  LIGHTAH! ):

41  General / The Forum / Re: Do you use last FM? on: December 03, 2009, 16:16:00
There's a Hijack Bristol group on there btw:
42  General / The Forum / Re: Do you use last FM? on: December 03, 2009, 11:46:31
Can someone shed a little light on how the benefits of Last.fm actually work? I've used it before for the radio stations (as a substitute for the now defunct-in-the-UK Pandora), but what is this scrobbling all about? I'm sure there's probably more I could get out of it that I'm not aware of.

Pretty much every track I've listened to on my computer for the last three or four years has been scrobbled onto lastFM, so it's got a pretty good idea of my taste in music now.  It then is able to cross reference my own taste with that of others, and see what other people with similar tastes to me are listening to that I haven't.  When I play my radio station it then plays that sort of stuff to me.

I've discovered so much good new music through it. Heart
43  General / The Forum / Re: On The Beales Of Steel - remix the Eastenders theme tune on: December 02, 2009, 19:42:14

It's taken from one of my favourite film soundtracks of all time:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/vQbd0t34WYY&amp;hl=en_GB&amp;fs=1&amp" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/vQbd0t34WYY&amp;hl=en_GB&amp;fs=1&amp;</a>

(Didn't know this thread existed when I posted Pat'n'Peg in the other one.)
44  General / The Forum / Re: vi on: December 02, 2009, 17:54:58
emacs is horrible.  It pretends to be a whole development environment but it's still just a horrible little terminal based text editor.

vi is just as horrible but doesn't pretend to be anything more than a text editor.  If I need to quickly edit a file over an ssh connection, then vi is fine.  All you need to know is, hit a and it works like a proper text editor.  Then when you are done editing your file, hit escape, then :wq.  Sorted.

If I need to do anything more than that I will use a proper text editor or IDE.  This isn't the 1970s any more.
45  General / The Forum / Re: Eastenders Remix Competition!!!!!!!! on: December 02, 2009, 00:31:13
I remember havinga breaky rmx of this idea about 10 years ago - had samples with Pat n Pegs shouting at eachother - pretty funny.

That'd be Pat and Peg by Osymyso:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/HELofmbpDM0&amp;hl=en_GB&amp;fs=1&amp" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/HELofmbpDM0&amp;hl=en_GB&amp;fs=1&amp;</a>
46  General / The Forum / Re: Eastenders Remix Competition!!!!!!!! on: November 27, 2009, 01:14:46
I've just entered Smiley

Steel drums, sitars and Erhus (basically crammed in as many instruments as would fit from Logic's world instruments Smiley ) over the top of some acid bass and 180bpm breaks.

No idea how it will do.  It's not awful but I bet there will be some better ones out there.  Might post it up once the competition is over.

Anyone else having a go?

47  General / The Forum / Re: Try this....really hard!! on: November 18, 2009, 01:06:24
I've now spent over an hour and a half staring at fish pixels.

I still don't see anything.

48  General / The Forum / Re: Free Will or Determinism? on: October 29, 2009, 09:09:41
As long as I've got the illusion of free will, that's good enough for me I think.

It may well be, that given the exact conditions of the universe at any point in history you could theoretically predict everything that would ever occur from subatomic quantum interactions to galaxies colliding, or which neurons are firing in any of our brains in any given moment.  If that's the case then it was inevitable from the very start of creation that I'd end up sitting here and writing this post - in which case I didn't really have any choice in the matter.  Even if I didn't have a choice, it feels like I did, and that will do.
49  General / The Forum / Re: General Prodigy shiznit on: October 21, 2009, 09:04:30
Invaders Must Die - Re-Amped

Free download from  http://www.theprodigy.com/

Okay, so he's basically just put a four on the floor beat over the top of it, but still...  Slayer
50  General / The Forum / Re: Uber sexy C++ thread on: October 15, 2009, 09:25:28
Real men write verilog

No.  Real men write C++ compilers.

<--- (C++ Compiler Optimiser Team Lead)  NERD ALERT!

I spent a good portion of my early career hand writing assembly language as compilers are never as 'efficient' as hand written code  Tongue

Used to be true.  Compilers are a lot better nowadays though and instruction sets are much more complicated so all the instructions have different latencies depending on which other instructions are nearby.  We still get the odd person wanting to hand craft their inner loops, but generally if they need to do that it's because we're missing a particular optimisation that they're relying on, so if they tell us we add it Smiley.
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