Songs slowed 800%

Say what you want about Justin Bieber and his song U Smile – most people won’t say much – but slow it down 800% and you get some ambient magic. That’s what Shamantis has done and I think he’s about to unleash a new trend in music:
J. BIEBZ – U SMILE 800% SLOWER by Shamantis

Published in: on August 18, 2010 at 1:44 pm Comments Off on Songs slowed 800%

Thoughts on making it in music

I was writing an email to comosper David Norland who did the amazing sountrack to a great documentary – Anvil, the story of Anvil which you can hear on the audio link on his site. I was thinking about marketing music and how a composer could make a name for himself and that got me thinking about this amazing video by another ver talented musician called John Boswell.

What if scientists could sing?

What you’re about to see is amazingly poetic and beautiful – thanks to the wonders of Autotune (the technology that most popstars use to shift their voice when they sing out of key) you’re about to see boring physics lectures turned into something amazingly poetic.

John Boswell of Symphony of Science made this song featuring Carl Sagan, Richard Feynman, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Bill Nye.

Popstars should be banned from using autotune leaving autotune to the people who really do have something to say:

I was so impressed with this video that I donated to John via his website – he sent a charming email reply telling me that it takes about a week to make the magic happen once he has all the video clips he needs to make a song.

Published in: on February 4, 2010 at 8:48 am Comments Off on Thoughts on making it in music

Michael Jackson A Capella

So let’s say you’re a singer – you could audition for *insert your country* Idol and become part of a media circus and possibly, just possibly win or at best end up with more friends on your facebook account – OR – you could so something clever. Real clever, like Sam Tsui did with his buddy, Kurt Schneider.

Sam and Kurt arranged a medley of Michael Jackson songs a capella style and Sam sung all the parts – that’s pretty cool. Then they shot a video of Sam singing all the parts at the same time:

This has only just hit YouTube and has already been seen 540,000 TIMES. It will be interesting to see the stats in a few weeks once this video has truly gone viral.

But my point is that for singers, or anyone else really, walking the path of the masses generally means you still become part of the mass – do something to stand out. Make it different, unique and amazing!

Published in: on September 14, 2009 at 10:10 pm Comments Off on Michael Jackson A Capella

500 Sodas

What this guy doesn’t know about soda isn’t worth knowing. The best bit is he owns a store that sells nothing but sodas – 500 different types of sodas no less. I’m not saying his store is a recipe for millionairedom but it is sure interesting and when you watch this video you can tell he’s passionate about soda – I like the cucumber soda and the fresh pressed rose petal soda from Romania. His insights into business are equally as fascinating as his knowledge of soda:

Visit the Galco’s Soda website. Oh yes, I’m BACK!

Published in: on September 7, 2009 at 1:36 pm Comments Off on 500 Sodas

Bobby Flynn

My wife loves her Australian Idol and it usually leaves me a bit dry because all the acts try to sound like the singers they try to emulate. Then out of the background I hear Bobby Flynn – this guy is great because he’s different.

Here’s the song that he wrote that I first heard and got him into the show:

Now I love a good cover song, especially one that has been reworked in some way that stands apart from the original. So when Bobby sang ‘When the war is over’ by Cold Chisel I was hoping there was going to be some magic there… and there was:

So simple… just a guitar that is basically doing variations on this:
+———————-+———————+
+———————-+———————+
+——-1—2—-1–+——-1—2—-1-+
+—-2—-2—-2—+—-2—-2—-2—+
+———————-+———————+
+–0——————+-0——————+
When the war is over got to start

+———————-+———————+
+———————-+———————+
+——-1—2—-1–+——-1—2—-1-+
+—-2—-2—-2—+—-2—-2—-2—+
+-0——————-+-0——————+
+———————–+———————+
again…..

Nothing complex… just different.

What I don’t understand is why these artists don’t get their music on mp3 before the show or at least have a website… because I’d by Bobby Flynn’s album right now, there’s $30 burning a hole in my pocket for this album whether he wins or loses.

Oh yes, thank God for youtube or you’d miss this stuff unless you were forced to watch Australian Idol by your wife.

Published in: on September 15, 2006 at 1:53 pm Comments Off on Bobby Flynn

Building TRUST instead of loyalty

I was thinking about branding and customer loyalty the other day. Hugh at gaping void pointed out that a brand wasn’t a thing it was a place… and that’s a pretty cool concept. But when it comes to business all we really want to do is get our customers to TRUST us… you don’t get loyalty without trust.

Kryptonite bike locks were a great example of a brand that had loyal customers buying their locks to keep their bikes safe. But when a video surfaced on the internet showing how to crack a kryptonite lock with a pen lid, people no longer trusted the kryptonite brand.

All that loyalty disappeared with a single video… you see, people TRUSTED kryptonite to keep their bikes safe.

People trust apple to make cool music players and laptops but when apple breaks that trust by DRMing music downloaded form its music store or their laptops overheat etc… then people lose their trust in Apple and start looking at someone else to trust.

You get the idea. A brand is a place people head to because they can TRUST the product or service.

McDonalds isn’t the greatest restaurant in the world but you can trust that the food will taste the same and the menu will be the same at any McDonalds around the world. And that’s why people go to McDonalds.

So when you’re building your brand you have to remember that all you’re doing is building trust. Don’t kid yourself that you’re building loyalty… you build loyalty with better products or services… you can try to buy loyalty with discounts, loyalty programs etc but that makes it easy for someone else to BUY your customers away from you.

Just some thoughts that might inspire a chapter in the book one day.

Published in: on September 7, 2006 at 2:34 pm Comments Off on Building TRUST instead of loyalty

Politcally incorrect alphabet

Here’s a great way to teach kids the alphabet… a lot more interesting than ‘A is for Apple’:

Interestingly, this alphabet has been doing the rounds on the internet and has been a fantastic way for Mark Jones to raise his profile.

See the full alphabet here (prepare to be shocked): Better Together .co.uk

Published in: on September 4, 2006 at 7:52 am Comments Off on Politcally incorrect alphabet

How to make banking fun

Curious Lucre has a fantastically funny collection and description of bank notes from around the world. Here’s how they describe the note above:

And so the collection begins: with one of the uglier bills on the planet. No one on Argentinian money seems happy to be there. They’d all prefer to be elsewhere – it’s as if this is an imposition on their busy life.

This fellow is obviously a sharp character, and pressed for time. What do you want? My head is vanishing into my torso. I have no time for you. Spend me. Be gone.

A bank or a money transfer operation like Western Union, could easily have created something fun and entertaining like Curious Lucre but the underlying premise to big business seems to be that you can’t be entertaining or fun.

If you were a hotel chain, you could blog about things like Hotel Surplus … a site that sells surplus hotel art and furniture etc. But, the core business of a bank or hotel is not to be fun, they don’t seem to want people to visit their sites because they offer fun or entertaining stuff… they only want you to do business with them or be gone.

I wonder how much traffic and potential customers these big businesses would get if they focussed a bit more on entertainment with their websites instead of bookings and interest rates?

Published in: on June 8, 2006 at 10:32 am Comments Off on How to make banking fun

turn old junk into art


There’s something to be said for the way we used to make things… mass productiong takes some of the LOVE out of the products we make. Luckily the folks at Lost Found Art collect old tools, toys etc and turn them into art installations.

Thinking outside of the box has created a real niche for these guys.

Published in: on May 26, 2006 at 12:30 am Comments Off on turn old junk into art

What every video store needs

The idea of owning a video store is to rent movies right? So why is it you don’t see video store websites that allow you to rate movies you’ve seen and then generate a list of videos you might like based on your ratings?

I guess it’s because most video store owners are in the business for the money rather than their passion for films. Anyhow, check out Criticker – Home of the TCI as an example of a terrific video recommendation engine. In just a few minutes I had a whole list of videos that I either wanted to see or had never heard of.

Published in: on April 30, 2006 at 3:54 pm Comments Off on What every video store needs
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