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it is now my duty to completely drain you

So, I’ve discovered something interesting: the more I blog, the less I get done – less music, less work, less everything. Gathering my thoughts together seems to blow them away in a gust of initial enthusiasm. However, the new Community website will be up soon, and I’m going to be trying pretty hard to contribute to that. It looks mad, I can’t wait for it to drop.

If you don’t follow me on the twitter or the soundcloud, check out a new one here . I’ll be explaining the motivation behind it on Thursday night. What’s that you say? Thursday night? Yes indeed:

shiiiiiiiiit, I’m playing a show. I know, I know, I said that I’d be putting a stop to this sort of thing, but I couldn’t say no to Able, it’s his birthday. Also he gave me a really good slot for a weeknight gig, 9.30-10pm I think. I’ll be debuting some material there, stuff not on the internet anywhere, so if you want to hear it, you’ll have to come along. It’s cheap, plus there’s still time to catch Autechre afterwards.

So yeah, I’ve been fucking busy, actually achieving shit. Looks like Suicide will be ready to go before the end of June, which is ace. Going to be starting that off with a big promo/dj/radio/label spamout, so hit me up if you want a copy. It’ll weigh in at extended EP length – an extended extended player, if you will. Eight tracks so far.

Anyway, back to it.

Wait, no – if you dig heavy dnb, check out this mix by Zardonic on DOA. It’s heavy as fuck, don’t say I didn’t warn you. Starts off with a bit of hardcore, but skip ahead to about 8:45, and things start getting a bit more brisk.

NOW, back to it.

Filed under: gigs, life, suicide EP, work

i don’t mean to stare

k so I might have been lying when I said I wouldn’t have time to post again. I’m trying to post at least four times a week to this thing to keep myself on track, and god damn it I’m not going to let work get in the way.

Super Boring Project 2 – The Reckoning is going quite well **touch wood**. Future Hugo is not going to be very happy with the way I’ve hacked in some of the changes, but it’s a time sensitive project that will be great to have off my mind when I’m getting onto a plane on Wednesday night. Also, it’s not been that super boring, which was a surprise to say the least.

I’ve just finished loading my Ableton set file with some new stuff. I’m not sure how it’s gonna go, but there’s only one way to find out really. Hope the kids like it. Also, if you listen carefully, you’ll be able to spot how much I am loving Mobb Deep at the moment. It’s a little embarrassing actually.

Ok, I think I’ve managed to put together a suitably random mix for going on the radio in Melbourne. Hopefully the dude is still keen, because more radio is more … good. The mix features Venetian Snares, Mobb Deep, an old Chemical Brothers track, and some other totally-ill-fitting shit. I enjoy making little mixes. I don’t know what other people think of them, because I get a lot of shit for my taste in music, mostly because I own a lot of Luther Vandross and George Benson. I don’t care what you say, Luther was a fucking musical genius. Also, get ready for some motherfucking Lionel Richie:

Classic tune.

I’ve stopped thinking about the whole EP/album thing for the moment. It’s so cheap for me to go over east, seeing as it’s just me and a laptop, so I’ve come to the conclusion that it’d be pointless to try to rush something out just for the sake of it. When I finish off a release, I can just go back (and in fact I plan to go back at least two more times this year).

Anyway, I’ve finished my work for the evening, so I think I’m going to play some TF2, and get to my book early. YAY I LOVE BEING OLD NOW

Filed under: tours, work

i need you back, oh baby baby

So it turns out I haven’t been off caffeine totally; I’ve been drinking green jasmine tea, which has some caffeine in it. When I found out this morning, I felt quite stupid. The thing is, I’m not going to worry too much about it. I’ve been feeling heaps better, sleeping much more heavily, and I’m able to concentrate for more than three seconds on things. I’ve also made some new beats which I think are amongst my best work, so that’s an unexpected positive.

It’s my two year anniversary at iiNet today. Well, actually it would have been yesterday, but yeah. It doesn’t sound like much of an achievement, but it’s actually the longest I’ve ever worked for the same company. I’ve also not been going out of my mind in those two years, which has been pleasant.

Conrad is getting very close to 10,000 videos, he’ll undoubtedly hit it this week sometime:

I am wondering if the 10k mark would warrant a shandy.

Filed under: conrad, life, work

stomach acid worms that dance in sugared sludge

Super busy at work at the moment but thought I’d take fifteen minutes before lunch to clear my head and bash out a post before attacking the next big bug.

In the last few weeks, we’ve instituted “tie day” at work on Thursdays. There’s only a couple of us doing it, but I’ve been enjoying it. It started when a co-worker (not a cow-orker, there’s a difference) was lamenting the fact that he couldn’t wear his new tie to work, because he felt like it’d be weird if he was the only one wearing such a thing.

For those who don’t know me personally, I work at a large Perth-based ISP, which prides itself on being a bit different, a bit more casual than the two big players in the current market. Thus, we’re not required to fully suit up to come to work, which is a blessing – we can come in pants and a branded polo shirt, or tidy jeans and a collared shirt, something like that. When we moved to the new office, they tightened up the dress code a little bit, but after a couple of months, it’s back to being pretty slack. However, I’ve started wearing pants and collared shirts every day, in an effort to try to separate “work mode” from “relaxation mode” a bit more. If I’m at my desk in blue jeans and a polo shirt, it feels like I could be at home; LCD screens, keyboard and mouse, internet, doing some code, listening to music.. it’s all too familiar. I made the switch to dressing up a bit more after Christmas, and I think it’s been helping.

Anyway, tie day. At first, I thought it’d be a one off, just to see how it went – and to make sure my mate didn’t feel like too much of a black sheep, heh. I’ve had to wear ties to work every day before, and it wasn’t great, mostly because I was too poor to buy decent shirts and ties. I’ve got some nice shirts now though, and a few wearable ties. I’ve lost my Led Zeppelin tie though; bugger. The test run went well, and we decided to have ‘tied up Thursday’ every week (and you can thank Swee for the name).

It’s got me thinking. We’ve freely made the choice to wear ties to work, and made a bit of a running joke out of it; but it’s certainly made me think about the increasing corporatisation of our workplace. We’re not exactly an evil corporation yet, but I know that since I started working here about two years ago, the atmosphere has definitely changed. Less focus on innovation, more results-oriented decision making. Less small-team unity, more pressure from executives to reach unattainable targets. I realise that this is just business logic coming to home to roost (as it probably should in a publicly listed company) but it doesn’t really foster a positive environment for developers who are supposed to be designing optimal systems, not just ones that will do the job.

I still enjoy my job, and love working with most of the people I work with, many of whom have become close friends, which I realise is a rare thing. I also really actually believe in the brand that I work for. I don’t want to lose that. It’s just sad to see cold management actively working towards pushing away the most talented minds in the company by stifling the pride they need to feel in their work.

god damn, how did I get onto that..

Filed under: life, work

wait, what?

I'm putting together a new album. I'm also writing about it! hooray. shit is going to be cash.

archives, innit

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