Category Archives: Off-Topic

Video: Wonderful WiFi musical art gadget delights

Liking this video which shows us Yoshi Akai’s Wireless Catcher, a piece of techno art.

What it does:

This contraption has antennae on board which sense WiFi signals, and then alter the sounds being made by the analogue synthesiser that make up the rest of the device. Sounds alter on the basis of signal strength and direction.

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Crass Vocalist Steve Ignorant Announces ‘The Last Supper

Off-topic for us, but Crass is one of the most significant bands that convinced us that attempting to do things for yourself wasn’t just possible, but essential, to living a healthy existence – and now it seems a Steve Ignorant led version of the band are about to rip it up on a final tour, The Last Supper.

From the PR: “In 2007, Steve Ignorant gathered some friends together and put on two shows at Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London.  Called The Feeding Of 5000, the show was a celebration of the Crass album of the same name, which was performed in its entirety.

“It most certainly was not a Crass reunion, and never sought to be.

The Last Supper tour will “answer the calls that have come from around the globe in response to the Shepherd’s Bush gigs,” Ignorant explains. He’s going to focus on the period of the band’s work in which he feels Crass were at their strongest, most productive and most hopeful.

He’ll perform with Crass songs plus a few other favourites with a full band and promises some “rather special visuals”.

Having started in London in 2007, this new EXPANDED show will now visit other parts of the UK, Europe, Japan and the USA before a finale in London in 2011.

Known dates so far:

SEP 24 Bristol Academy
SEP 25 Birmingham Academy
OCT 1 Manchester Academy
OCT 2 Edinburgh Liquid Rooms

Tickets available now from and the usual suspects.

Fill your iPod, iPhone with free, fresh music from the world of Ancient Audio

If you are in the mood to fill your iPod/iPhone, or just want to wrap your ears around some unusual music, don’t want to spend any cash as you wait for payday at the end of the month, or are feverishly saving a few cents for an Apple tablet, then here’s a suggestion – take a trip inside the world of ancient audio…

Music has its own history. if you are interested in that history, then you may want to explore some of the sites now appearing on the ‘net which make digitised versions of 78rpm and cylinder recordings available to download.

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Amazon cut-price sale hits US and UK

This is a really good time to hit Amazon, with a slurry of discounts available now from the US and UK stores.

Amazon in the US and the UK launch their Christmas/Black Friday sales, offering a series of compelling discounts across multiple categories.

For example, in the UK, Amazon’s offering Fujifilm’s FinePix J30 digital camera for just £69.99, a £50 saving on the usual £119.99 price. That’s not the only deal, there’s hundreds like this as the shopping season looms.

In the US,Amazon’s Black Friday promises daily discounts on a slew of different products.

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