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  • ed hayes,

    Simon Schama's doco on Rothko (screened here recently)

    auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    I’ve asked The Audience for clarification on the rule quoted in the Herald story that “only unreleased songs are open to public voting and grants”.

    The definition of “released” seems a bit tricky. Do artists have to keep everything off Bandcamp? What about Soundcloud?

    Update: “Bandcamp’s ok. Commercially released tracks (iTunes & retail shops) aren’t eligible, or tracks that’ve already had funding.”

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 19019 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Demo graphics...
    The Audience has a confusing logo - what idea is driving it?
    Is that a bandwagon wheel, a tape reel, a pizza, a pie chart, a ruddy miscoloured lemon or a curious orange?
    Or is it a focus for crowd sourced push play or a radiating hub broadcasting to the inner circle...

    One assumes the voting is limited to one vote per user per song, and that users are tracked by email address or IP address so one person can't create multiple accounts to get extra votes.

    Still, good on 'em, a nice initiative, put all the released and unreleased artists in a big box and let them 'juke' it out...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5092 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    One assumes the voting is limited to one vote per user per song, and that users are tracked by email address or IP address so one person can't create multiple accounts to get extra votes.

    Creating mutiple accounts would be a bit of a pain, though. Probably easier to get your mum to vote for you.

    Still, good on 'em, a nice initiative, put all the released and unreleased artists in a big box and let them 'juke' it out...

    Boom! Good to see you're on form today Ian.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 19019 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Christ! It keeps coming!

    Opossom, the well groovy little combo formed by former Mint Chick Kody Nielsen and Bic Runga, has its debut album out on iTunes today.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 19019 posts Report Reply

  • Richard Stewart,

    Really irritating that you can't sign up without a social media account; the same with Spotify.

    Pt Chev • Since Feb 2012 • 51 posts Report Reply

  • Tim Michie, in reply to Richard Stewart,

    +1

    Auckward • Since Nov 2006 • 570 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Darlington,

    Now, don't be hating on the Tate Modern, it's a great place. Just the Turbine Room alone is pretty awe inspiring.

    Anyway, speaking of Diplo, here's all his "Diplo and Friends" Radio 1 shows, kindly posted up onto Mixcloud:

    http://www.mixcloud.com/DiploandFriends/

    Nelson • Since Nov 2006 • 892 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Peter Darlington,

    Now, don’t be hating on the Tate Modern, it’s a great place. Just the Turbine Room alone is pretty awe inspiring.

    Yeah, but I felt a bit colonised by much of the art.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 19019 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    Rothko, eh? The hotel I stayed in (The Nines) on my short visit to Portland OR earlier this year had an enormous Rothko in the lobby. I should have twigged it was going to be expensive accommodation--had to pay my university a whole bunch of $$$ as I over-spent my allowance.

    Re music--has anyone else heard of The Punch Brothers? They are really rather good.

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2327 posts Report Reply

  • Christopher Dempsey,

    Rothko? Brings to mind that fabulous play by ATC about an afternoon in the life of Rothko, with a guy sent to be his assistant. Memorably it featured a large canvas at the back of the stage that was maniacally painted towards the end of the play. The play was a delight and indicated the strength of ATC.

    Parnell / Tamaki-Auckland… • Since Sep 2008 • 642 posts Report Reply

  • TracyMac,

    THANK you, everyone, for the Rothko love. I will be perving at those links later. Seriously, the feeling I get in that room is pretty much what I imagine other people feel in church (which is the intention, I believe). The NGA in Canberra also has one, next to Pollock's Blue Poles, so I can get my modernist orgasms in one spot when I visit.

    As for Tate Modern, awesome space. ...Variable quality to the art. Last time I visited, there was some "work" that was about some nutcase cutting themselves, and featured video clips and the bloody detritus from the various cutting sessions (scalpels, gauze, etc). Absolutely NO warning as to the content of the "piece" before entering the room.

    I don't mind a bit of blood myself, but I want to choose the time and place I encounter it, thanks.

    And yay for the pointer to the music site. I'll be checking that out throughly too.

    Canberra, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 496 posts Report Reply

  • Greg Wood,

    Wow - theaudience is a nice thing. And that She's So Rad track is the best thing since sliced Cocteau Twins on toast.

    (Humbug moment: voting for a song without having signed in takes me all the way through the registration process with the tune happily playing in the background but on confirmation spits me back onto the home page with no easy way to re-find the track I was liking. It's the teeny things...).

    Now back in Aucktown • Since Dec 2006 • 76 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    This has been popular on Facebook today. A musical politician.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 2122 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg, in reply to Greg Wood,

    It's the teeny things...

    Yeah, but it will get there. I think the concept - and 99% of the execution - is pretty amazing and money well spent.

    As I tweeted, I would've done anything (almost) for a site like that when I was first putting out records (not that we had 'sites' of course).

    I got some odd pleasure when I was the first person to Like The Audience on FB a few weeks back - and that She's So Rad choon got my instant vote too. Their album hasn't left the stack beside the CD player for since it arrived.

    I'm going to be extra cheeky and plug my new music-obsessive blog too. I know the world probably didn't need yet another anal trainspottery music site but it now has one. A couple of guest posts are on their way too.

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3209 posts Report Reply

  • tarlen, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    One assumes the voting is limited to one vote per user per song, and that users are tracked by email address or IP address so one person can't create multiple accounts to get extra votes.

    One vote per user per song PER DAY. So if there's a song you like, go back and vote again tomorrow. :-)

    There are no IP address limitations, as that is problematic these days - large companies can have 100's of people sharing a single address as far as the rest of the internet is concerned.

    Email is limited only in that you can't have the same email address on multiple accounts.

    Every system that allows online votes suffers from similar issues with people creating multiple accounts to vote for things multiple times, but the votes are all recorded, so we can see if any suspicious patterns appear, and can remove any dodgy votes if the need arises.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2010 • 19 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Simon Grigg,

    music-obsessive blog

    Oh God, I thought, another one. Dylan's bloody brass buttons clinky-chinking on some authentic and unlistenable dog of an album and so on and on. I'm wrong. Your music blog is seriously fucking interesting, and I say that as a female with far too many music bores in my past. Tech question: how can I watch that Reggae Britannia without chomping the broadband allowance?

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2613 posts Report Reply

  • Jeremy Eade,

    In the spirit of rock n roll.

    " Students occupy Queen Street".

    I thought the herald said we weren't protesting?

    auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 1112 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg,

    Thank you for that - but trust me I suffer from that urge to obsess about some perhaps best forgotten fifth form memory that nobody else quite gets too.

    Fortunately I'm married to a brutally honest quality controller.

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3209 posts Report Reply

  • Bruce Wurr,

    Russell did you ever get to the Hayward? They don't have a set collection per se, just exhibitions (usually one free, one paying), but it's certainly my favourite.....mind you I am completely biased towards the entire southbank area!

    London • Since Dec 2006 • 89 posts Report Reply

  • Biobbs,

    Well, somebody has to do it:

    The River Mouth, Denmark • Since Jan 2011 • 107 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Hebe,

    Tech question: how can I watch that Reggae Britannia without chomping the broadband allowance?

    Get a new ISP? Snap Internet recently upgraded our 105GB cap to 550GB a month. It's basically the same as having no cap.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 19019 posts Report Reply

  • andin, in reply to Simon Grigg,

    I'm going to be extra cheeky

    Bugger me I think I could get lost in there.
    fucking brill!
    Makes me glad I was never a Black Sabbath obsessive too.
    On my next move, soon now, I will investigate ISP's
    Do Snap cover Kawakawa?

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1234 posts Report Reply

  • Kimberley Verburg,

    Have just spent so much time trying to get round the "requires Flash to play music in your current browser" objection that I didn't have time to listen to more than Loui the Zu's cracking track. (Stop gap solution: use Safari ) Very keen to hear the rest.

    Also, I'm not feeling it for Rothko. You've been so enthusiastic about that room in the Tate Modern that I thought I'd give it another go, but nothing. The recent Yayoi Kusama exhibition was fantastic though.

    Leiden • Since Jun 2007 • 25 posts Report Reply

  • Scott Chris, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    The Audience has a confusing logo - what idea is driving it?
    Is that a bandwagon wheel, a tape reel, a pizza, a pie chart, a ruddy miscoloured lemon or a curious orange?

    It's an allegorical grapefruit. Each of the nine segments represents a different phase of the listening experience from first hearing to overexposure.

    Duh.

    Auckland • Since Feb 2012 • 167 posts Report Reply

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