Catching up

First, a few changes/updates I’ve made to this blog:

– I’ve reverted to the “everything’s gone green” theme from last year (see why below).
– Most of my old songs and tunes are now available as free direct downloads in my Music page.
– I’ve reorganised my links on the blogroll-type list, and included some new friends.

Still more changes to be made though…

Too much time on Twitter recently has left me little time for my proper blog here on WordPress, and even less time for changing the homepage at I realised the other week that the link on the homepage still pointed to my blog entry about my Rude Mechanicals remix being released last October. I guess it was still relevant at the moment, but now it’s coming out on the Pitch Black remix CD at the end of April, I need to update it. Cue redesign in Dreamweaver! I’m trying to tie in the design of the homepage to my photo of Talacre Beach that people have commented on, along with this wordpress blog. Vincesapplemac (Vince Elgey), one of my twitter friends, keeps telling me to go the self-hosting route and install a blog so I can change the theme to something more individual than the themes.  Maybe he’s right, but I need to get organised first! In the meantime, I’ll probably add a couple of pages to mistrustmusic, including links to all my music.

Other recent news/updates

Henry in New Zealand, who is definitely my number one fan, is still plugging my Rude Mechanicals remix! Can’t thank him enough.

I’ve made quite a few new friends on Twitter – as I mentioned earlier, so hello to everyone on there. I’ve also invented  a couple of new categories  on there: #fickletwittering and #unfollowed. If you’re a twitterer, have a look for them to discover what they mean! If not, all will be explained in my next post on here. 

I’m going to see Ultravox in concert next week, and getting very excited about it! For those who don’t know them, they were big in the 1980s, and have just reformed for a one-off tour. I’ll hopefully be twittering from there and post some photos up in twitpic. The last time I saw Ultravox (in 1984), they were using a lot of pre-MIDI equipment, things like the ARP Odyssey and Yamaha CS80, so it will be interesting to see  how they recreate the songs using things like the MacBook Pro… (Follow them on Twitter!)

I’ve sent Animat some video clips I took of them performing the live score of Tuvalu in Leeds a few weeks ago. Some of the clips are very dark, but they may put some on Youtube

My songs on MusicFreedom have disappeared, in fact has disappeared!

Paul, my 16 y.o. stepson with Autism, is still out of school, however he’s visiting a special school for an hour or two twice a week, which is progress…

Really need to publish more updates on here!

By the way – the photo of the tree is one I took on my new Sony Ericsson phone.

Stephen Fry, blogging and musicians

Musicians and bands should take notice of Stephen Fry’s comments on BBC’s Analysis programme “Stephen Fry: The Internet and Me”. Fry points out that Twitter and its ilk have made it easy for celebs to bypass the press offices and gossip columnists, and tell the world what they’re doing as soon as it happens. Why though, are there not many bands and musicians on Twitter? Why aren’t there many bands from Manchester (UK) not tweeting that they’re doing a gig on Friday night? No DJs either, plugging their new set?

Mr Musician, it’s ok to have a Myspace page and add a new event, or go on Facebook and tell your followers when your CD is out, but do you use your Myspace blog to involve your fans (or potential fans) in your writing process, or post a comment on your FB wall to say you’ve finished another track? If you had a Twitter account, you could send update your fans on a regular basis: “someone from a record label was at the gig earlier tonight” – that sort of thing.

Surely you’re not waiting for manager to do it for you? If you’ve got a PR person, are they on Twitter, or Digg, or even blogging on your behalf? To me, a lot of bands – especially unsigned ones, are missing the boat. They’re not looking for new ways of promoting themselves. Yeah, they’re on Youtube, Bandcamp, Facebook, but everyone is. How many people read comments or blog posts on Myspace  these days? How do you know it’s not the record company’s PR department writing a post?

Think about Stephen Fry’s “Help, I’m stuck in a lift, but I’ve still got time to Twitter” tweet as an example of what I mean.  Stuff like Twitter just a great medium for keeping his fans and followers uptodate with what he’s doing: when his next TV programme is on, when he’s recording a podcast, and when he’s going to have a cup of tea. So many people, many of them are celebrities, have switched on to the self-publicity machine that is Twitter, especially in the UK. Jimmy Carr, Philip Schofield, Chris Moyles, Alan Carr – they may not be really famous and massive celebs, but they’ve all realised that their fans and potential fans read their Twitter posts. 

Mr Musician, Mr Band member, Mr DJ, Twitter et al let you build up your profile for your fans and let people know that you’re a real person, with real thoughts, not just a noise on a CD. Get Tweeting when you’ve finished a recording session, or when you’re getting a new guitar!

My daytime job is in e-learning in a further education college, and I’m amazed by the number of applications, websites, and other stuff I come across that could be used by bands to promote what they’re doing.

Don’t forget, this is just my opinion. If you want to know more about what I’m upto, why not follow me on Twitter!

Using Soundcloud in WordPress

If you’re a Soundcloud user and want to play your tracks in your blog, here’s how to do it:  Just copy the link location from the “download” button on your soundcloud player and paste it into your WordPress visual editor (not the code editor). You need to add the usual WP code to it so you get, eg:

[a u d i o]

Obviously, you’ll need no gaps in the word audio!

So it should look like this:

Publish your WP post and then view it. The standard WP flash player appears (the one with the speaker and the play icon).

You’d think that you would need a .mp3 extension, but you don’t! Also, you don’t get a Soundcloud player in your blog. Have a look here to see it in action properly:

It works!

Thanks to for hosting my tracks.


My blog has now moved to so please click the link to go there…

The world of mistrust music

Twitter ye not!

Looks like an overload at Twitter HQ! Far too many people using Twitter? Whatever it is, Twitter ain’t working. If you go on there’s a message saying:

Something is technically wrong.

Thanks for noticing—we’re going to fix it up and have things back to normal soon.

I hope it’s back up soon. I’ve started to get into now and have quite a few followers, so come on Twitter folk, get a move on….