Monday, August 17, 2009

Pixicast Episode #4


Pixicast episode number four has just been published. During the last couple of weeks I and Pixieguts have been selecting tracks, contacting the artists, asking for permissions, arranging the playlist and preparing for the show. Episode four have a great selection of tracks from around the world, vocal electronica, IDM, post rock, trip-hop,alternative and related genres.

The tracklist:
01 TheTrees - Odd One Out (UK)
02 VFSix - Moscow (Russia)
03 Voodoo Economics - In the next place, cement will float like trees. (USA)
04 Re-Drum - Purple (France)
05 Serkan Süleymaniye - Pir (Turkey)
06 Autorotation - Ginger Pants (UK)
07 Vienna Psychoanalytical Society - There Is No Normal (Canada)
08 Fox Thomas - Dying (UK/Netherlands)
09 Jane Silence - Ache (USA/Greece)
10 Jennifer Delano - Amsterdam - Si Begg's Grumpy Old Dj Remix (Netherlands)
11 Cwtch - Fragility (Wales/Australia)
12 Max Waves - Double-U (t-phone mix) (Italy)
13 Baskyl - Mrs. Sibah Reign (Germany)
14 Distant Fires Burning - Messier 70 - NGC 6681 (Belgium)

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Enjoy and subscribe!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Gravel

7,5 metric tons of gravel is keeping me away from music at the moment. I decided it was time to do something about the driveway. When that is over and done with and if I am still standing I will return to produce episode four of Pixicast. The track list is ready, most of the artists have sent us (me and Pixieguts) additional info and facts for your enjoyment. I plan to record this episode sometime this week.

That is all for now..back to work :P

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

A friend tipped me about this blog post by Donald Melanson on a study performed LEDs and compact fluorescent lights. I am not surprised.

In my original post I also forgot to mention two other things:
Regular bulbs generate heat, lots of heat in fact. When lighting no longer generates the same amount of heat that need for heating is transferred elsewhere. So whatever heating source one is using, it will consume more energy to compensate for the reduced heating generated by replacing 'energy inefficient' light bulbs with alternative lighting.

The other thing I forgot to mention is that when you need to open the windows for 20-30 minutes in a country like Sweden during the winter season to get rid of(?) the toxic mercury gas from a broken hot low energy light, warming up the room again to normal temperature will consume a lot more energy for that one time re-heating than the low energy light has saved.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Preparing to be Lazy...

When Lazy was almost finished I got the idea for the cover with the teddy, a drink and the sunglasses. I knew I could not take a good enough photo myself so I turned to Are Eidet that designed the cover for the CD single Love that I made together with Suzie Electric. I asked Are if he was interested in helping me and allow me purchase some of his valuable time. I was lucky and Are agreed to help me out and I started to explain my idea.

Are got an early preview version of the track to get the mood that I was after, we discussed how to make the shot and quite quickly we was in agreement. I could not really help out much as there is an ocean dividing us. Are got the task to buy the props for the shot and make my crazy lazy idea reality. When I saw the pictures they were exactly they way I had imagined them!

When the shots were done the work started with designing the cover for the CD single and that included some more collaboration between us. Working with Are is always great fun and he is very professional, that was the main reason I turned to him for help again as I was so very pleased with the result for the Love CD single.

Now the that the single is finished both me and Are can go back to being Lazy =)

If you are ever looking for a photographer to help you out I can recommend Are. A visit to his photo gallery is also recommended!