Friday, July 31, 2009

Lightbulbs

Very soon traditional light bulbs will be illegal and no longer sold in favor of the low energy lights. This is not exactly breaking news as this was under discussion in EU back in 2007, it is only now that by September 1:st it will start to become a reality. It is interesting how quiet it has been on the topic considering how big a change this is. It is only now in the last couple of weeks that the news magazines have started to bring it up.

I think the goal by reducing the energy consumption for lighting by up to 60 percent (supposed to be equivalent to save 30 million tons of CO2) in the EU is honorable. How EU intend us to reach this coal is another matter. In a traditional political fashion the easy way out is to make something illegal and in this case it is the traditional light bulbs.

This is supposed to (and will) make the sales of low energy lights grow and thus reduce the energy consumption for lighting.

What I find to be food for thought is this:
  • I don't buy the CO2 scam, we keep pouring out toxins into our waters and environments but worry about CO2? Yes we need to mind about our environment but is this really where to start? A politician started this and I think he has a very suiting last name, you know who he is.
  • How much more CO2 is produced by manufacturing low energy lights compared to the traditional ones?
  • Why does EU want us to use low energy lights that are containing mercury? Is that environment friendly?
  • The handling of broken low energy lights are to be treated as toxic waste, how much will this handling cost and how much pollution does that handling generate in terms of CO2 emissions?
  • When a low energy light that is warm breaks, it spreads toxic mercy gas into the room.
  • When a cold low energy light breaks it can leave small droplets of mercury that are more or less impossible to remove or find. You are supposed to wipe the surface and put the wipe into a jar, seal it and dispose of at a recycling plant for toxic waste indicating that there could be traces of toxic in the jar.
  • A low energy light takes time to become fully bright, while warming up they also use more electricity. Installing this type of lighting in short time appliances like bathrooms is far from ideal.
  • Low energy lights are about 3,5 times more expensive than traditional bulbs. They are supposed to last longer but that is not completely true. Some do, some don't.
  • Alternative LED low energy lights are even more expensive, and still needs development. How much has the EU encouraged this alternative during the last 2 years?
On the bright side (phun intended), if we can increase energy efficiency by saving up to 20% of the energy consumption in EU that is good of course. What I don't get is the forced recommendation to use toxic alternatives, It doesn't add up.

Reference articles
Traditional lightbulbs banned by EU - 10.11.2008
EU leaders to make Europe change lightbulbs - 09.03.2007
Merkel eyes 'very difficult' talks on energy liberalisation - 13.02.2007

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Electronic Music Podasts

Discovering great electronic music is still, in my opinion, a challenge as it appears to be a bit of an underground movement. About a year ago I discovered bleepshow that is produced and hosted by Pete Cooper in the UK. To me bleepshow is THE electronic music podcast because it is regularly produced, features so much great music and it is well produced.

If you are open to discover some new talent in electronic music then I can really recommend to tune in to bleepshow.

Pete has also featured my tracks from time to time and each time I am honored to be part of the show!

Below is a list of bleepshow episodes that features my recent tracks or remixes:
Show #420 - Into the Sun featuring Pixieguts - July 24:th
Show #422 - Lazy - July 29
Show #424 - Traffic - upcoming
Show #428 - Voide Remix - Just A Little Bit More by eQo - Upcoming


Pixicast and the Palace Network
Last year I joined the Palace Network on Ning, little did I know at the time that I was to host the Pixicast Podcast a couple of months later. The Palace Network is a listener and musician music community with focus in independent electronic music from around the globe. I have met some really great artists there, made new friends and participated in music collaboration projects.

The founder of the network is Pixieguts and the network was originally created on Last.fm. New members, listeners or artists, are always welcome!

The Pixicast Podcast was created to spread the word about new talented electronic music artists around the world and the first episode was released in January 2009. I took the initiative together with Pixieguts to put together the podcast and it seems our efforts are starting to pay off. Pixicast is growing in popularity and it is great fun to produce each episode while discovering so much new excellent music.

We are currently preparing for episode number four of Pixicast that will be ready soon. While you wait you can always listen to the previous episodes on Podomatic.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Music and Magic

The last couple of weeks have been quite intense as I have been preparing for the Lazy single release. With that now out of my hands, as the CD was shipped to manufacturing today, I have spent the last days working on four of the tracks from the upcoming Voide album. There is no release date set yet and I am in no hurry due to the recent release and the fact that Humachine has only been out since January. It is possible that the new album will be ready by New Year.

When I work on my albums I most of the time keep a theme in the back of my head. Electronic music in general have a tendency bring up topics of man/machine and their relationships. Marc Tater has noticed this as well in his reviews of my music. The main reason for this I think is that it goes well with this type of music, but I also think it tends to be individuals who are intellectual that use this theme as it is a bit mystic and intriguing.

I don't think I will abandon the man/machine theme, I rather want to expand the boundaries of it. Tracks on the new Voide album will represent my strive towards this expansion. As I type this there are 7 tracks ready and 3 of these are known already. I am working on a number of new tracks for the album as well, I don't know yet how many of them that will make it. As is normal some tracks will get discarded in the process. I am hoping to have at least one more track with a female vocalist on the album to balance it, especially since I like to use vocoders and I recently added a new one to my arsenal of plug-ins.

Magic
Yes I like to read and I read a lot from many different genres. I just finished a series of eleven books by Terry Goodkind that liked so much that I want to mention it here. The Sword of Truth Series is fantasy at it's best. The books feature many complicated and well developed characters, a well built, have a captivating story and the books are incredibly well written (I found two spelling mistakes in 11 books). These are page turners for sure, you will loose sleep!

One of the challenges I had when reading the series was to figure out the reading order, so here is the reading list to help you out:
  1. Wizard's first Rule: Sword of Truth
  2. Stone of Tears
  3. Blood of the Fold
  4. Temple of the Winds
  5. Soul of the Fire
  6. Faith of the Fallen
  7. The pillars of Creation
  8. Naked Empire
  9. Chainfire
  10. Phantom
  11. Confessor

Debt of Bones is a prequel novel that I recommend reading after you have read at least a couple of the books. It is also worth mentioning that even if you are reluctant to read Fantasy, I really recommend these books. Yes there are Fantasy books that are bad, these books are not among them.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Lazy #1

I just found out that Lazy is currently #1 at SoundClick.com in Electronica! =)

Voide blog moves


Welcome to the new Voide blog. I decided to move my blog from MySpace (well, the blog is going to stay there but this will be the main blog for Voide from now on). Blogger have a better toolset and system so I'll try it out and see how it works out. With this move I also decided to widen the scope of the blog from previously having been solely focused on my music I will now expand it within the boundaries of the title.

I will continue to write about my music, and speaking of my music make sure that you check out the new single by Voide that is featuring three popular tracks.

These are the tracks
1. Lazy
2. Into the Sun featuring Pixieguts

3. Traffic

Lazy is THE perfect track for relaxing and taking time to enjoy life. If you are going to listen to ONE track today make sure that it is Lazy. If you are going to listen to several tracks today, make sure that at least ONE of them is Lazy!

If you have an account on Last.fm then you can listen here: Last.fm

If you want to get a digital copy then visit any of these sites to get it NOW:
Voide Digital (BandCamp)
SoundClick

The hard copy CD version of the single is in production and will be available in August. iTunes, Amazon MP3 and others will feature the single late August 2009. The distributor for Voide is CDBABY.

/Dave of Voide