Lately, I’ve Been Thinking it’s a New Age

Can you hear me?

The Rain is Falling.

Lately, I’ve been thinking…..

It’s a New Age.

New Age

These are some of the lyrics from “New Age”, by Australian singer/songwriter “Rob V.” I knew Rob’s music through a family connection (we’re sort of related) and was interested to hear his new album “Illusions” when it was released in late 2020. A lockdown album, written and produced in a remote setting in Western Australia.

Rob’s from Australia. He has been been a touring musician for over 20 years, known predominately for his guitar work with 43Cambridge & lead vocals/guitar in Dig The Dust. Although he has 6 original albums under his belt, the album ‘Illusions’ is his debut solo release.

Having remixed a song by a band in Australia (Ivory Towers by Deep Fried Dub) amongst the many other official remixes I’ve done – I thought that one or two songs on “Illusions” were sonically similar to the “Mistrust” swirly, downtempo sound, and would maybe suit a “Mistrust remix”.

I contacted Rob about the idea of a remix, and we first began shooting ideas via email mid-year in 2021 and it was obvious to both of us that this was a good fit. Rob.V was keen for me to take the reigns and creatively take it to another place. I worked on the track for probably longer than I normally do on a remix, and couldn’t quiet get my ideas to fit. However, in late September, it all seemed to fit together. The result has led to what can be described by what Rob calls a “cool British dub/reggae/downbeat spin on the original moody lockdown track”.

Worldwide Release!

“Rob V – New Age (Mistrust Remix)” will have a worldwide release on November 19, 2021, on all major download platforms.

You can hear a preview of “New Age (Mistrust Remix)” – and see a promo video – at the top of this page or via my Youtube channel or watch on Rob’s channel too.

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Ultravox covers competition

I’ve recently submitted a remix for the Ultravox Covers Competition on the official Ultravox website. Here’s a link to all of the tracks that were submitted, so have a listen to all of them – some good tunes from all the entrants. If you’re an Ultravox fan or a fan of 80s music in general, you’ll probably recognise most of them. “Vienna” is amongst the 80+ tracks. Have a listen and download some of the tracks – you’ll be surprised at how good they are….

Here’s the remix I did:

Ultravox – I Remember (gimme the money mix) – TB/mistrust remix

Here are all of the entries….

Ultravox.org.uk – Media Archive : 2009 – October 10th.

 

 

Stop: Windows misery strikes again

Tree Swirl, by Paul Harrison
Tree Swirl, by Paul Harrison, aged 15

Windows never ceases to amaze me. It’s like the be-all and end-all to the world of computing. It’s like gateway to a parallel universe, that will only let you in if you meet a million and one criteria, all encrypted in hexadecimal code. BSOD (Blue Screen of Death), followed by STOP: 0x0000007B. What’s that supposed to mean, then? Run Chdsk /F or something – that’ll get you a ticket to ride the rollercoaster again. I feel like the world’s a blur when this happens……

As you’ve probably worked out by now, my laptop with all my Acid Pro files, VST plugins, and all my work projects, died on me. Or rather, Windows XP Pro died on me. It’s a 2 year-old HP/Compaq NC6400, which has been running very slowly for about 5 or 6 weeks but has been more reliable than my old desktop. Should have backed everything up, but there’s probably 20 gigs’ worth of files on there, but you wonder about viruses and spyware being passed on. Took ages to load up last week, then on Friday evening: STOP: 0x0000007B. Couldn’t run Chkdsk because I couldn’t get into Windows, so that’s not much use. So much for Windows.

Lots of trawling on the internet later, a Linux Rescue disk came to my aid – System Rescue, with TestDisk on it. It told me that all the contents of the drive where safe, and not corrupted. Runs from RAM, not the HD. Thank heavens for that! How to get to them without a good knowledge of Linux. Ahaaa! Bypass Windows! Find a sneaky way past the guard dogs at the eternal gateway! Took the drive out of the laptop, plugged into a USB drive adapter connected to another PC, and hey presto! There were all my files, looking the same as ever and (hopefully) not corrupted. This little incident, along with many other run-ins I (and so many people I know) have had with Windows, makes me realise that I should either by a Mac and get some decent recording software, or install Linux on a laptop and make music the open-source way. Either way, I’m getting very tired of having to second-guess the system and waiting around for an error message to appear. I very nearly lost all of the Pitch Black remix stuff I’ve working on for months, just when I’m clear about finishing off.

If you’re a Mac or Linux user, please don’t laugh at me. I’ve seen the light and I’ll be converted soon….

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