Monthly Archives: October 2009

MySpace CALL OUT


So much debate about MySpace at the moment. . .

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This is a CALL OUT for your thoughts on “Online Worlds”. Tell us what do you think?

[ Click here – Survey ]

My inane curiosity needs you to contribute toward this – which is also an AdSchool assignment. Get it off your chest and help by sharing (if possible please fwd this survey to any teenagers). Once it is finished I will share a presentation of results here on my slide share.

[ Go for it – pls help by doing this 2-min survey ]

Incidentally, we have also completed extensive qualitative research [in-depth interviews] and therefore if you are interested in more infomation on this subject then let me know via email here and I will look into it for you.

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CULTURE CLUB MIX FIX – 001 ‘Still Going’


“Still Going” is the combination of two NYC dance music leaders.

I rummaged through scores of music mixes and challenged my exquisite taste in the last month to bring you the first Culture Club Mix Fix. This mix is definitely all about up time. Bit dubious? Totally fine if you are. I suggest to try this booty-shaker as you are dressing up before hitting celebration-central. You may even pick up a new move or two.

Still Going_Culture Club

“Still Going” is the combination of two NYC dance music leaders – Eric “Dunks” Duncan of Rub ‘n’ Tug and Olivier Spencer of Manthraxx and Mr. Negative. Spencer and Duncan met many years ago at the now infamous Rui’s Loft, where Duncan spun legendary sweaty late night parties as one half of the New York DJ duo Rub ‘n’ Tug. Rub ‘n’ Tug began to take off, and Duncan was soon DJing around the world, releasing mix CDs on Eskimo, Fabric, and aNYthing Records, and remixes for LCD Soundsystem, Coldplay, Roxy Music, and the Beastie Boys.

Both Spencer and Duncan are part of edit supergroup How & Why alongside Rong co-founder Jason Drummond (AKA DJ Spun), and as one part of House Of House, Liv is responsible for the end of the night disco-house bomb “Rushing To Paradise.”

‘Still Going’ featured as mix #172 on Resident Adviser (RA), September 14th 2009. It is 84Mb and goes for about 1 hour and 10 minutes. Dare I say it is surprisingly impressive for an RA Podcast. I found it by default after listening to 1x Laurent Garnier [RA Mix #107] – downloaded a year ago.

You can score the ‘Still Going’ mix by clicking here [for a limited time]

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Snow Crash Launch at Power House


Snow Crash by HARRIET BIRKS (Video Animation)

‘Snow Crash’ is a virtual landscape that draws on the aesthetics of early flight simulators and low-fi computer graphics. It embraces a finite world of reduced planes akin to sci-fi concepts of the ‘metaverse’ in Neal Stephenson’s ‘Snow Crash’ or the ‘Autoverse’ in Greg Egan’s ‘Permutation City’.

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The world we live in is becoming more networked through technology with the likes of Google Earth, online games and social networks (to name a few). However this world [created by Harriet Birks] exists in a beautiful emptiness that is outside the mainstream networks. This space can also be described as the relics of civilisation situated it in the distant future.

Not a tricky concept to wrap your head around, however if you can get your head around the last sentence then you should be experiencing a paradox. And if you are lucky to have a sense of humour then you may also be swimming in a parody. If you get both then you should call your mum and tell her you’re going on a date with me.

Snow Crash by HARRIET BIRKS (Video Animation)

WHAT: Launch Event, Saturday 10 October, 3 – 5 pm
WHEN: 10 October – 6 November, 2009
WHERE: beta_space, Cyberworlds Gallery, Level 1, Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo
MORE: http://betaspace.net.au
CURATOR: Julia Burns
RSVP: cultureclub@miteshsolanki.com.au

The audio track crackles with static interference suggesting possible radio transmissions from unseen origins. Pulsing black spheres and clusters of quartz crystals float eerily in the sky.

In a simultaneous glance back at the past and its post-apocalyptic narratives of the future, it provokes questions about our current direction and our changing technological landscape.

Harriet Birks is an Audio Visual artist and a lecturer of animation at COFA, UNSW.

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