Monday, July 07, 2014

Exeter Together - Video From 16th November 2013

After 8 months I finally got my video of Exeter Together Festival edited more or less the way I wanted it! I had poor quality original footage produced from taking my Android tablet out of my pocket every now and then and holding it up to capture a bit of video here and there.Then I had the headache of trying to convert the formats and use freeware editing programmes to make a finished video. Youtube video editor initially wouldn't let me do it there because the street festival had some copyrighted music on the soundtrack. Eventually, when I had removed the offending bits of audio I processed the very bad video quality to be a bit more watchable I was able to use the Youtube editor to get the finished result. It is finished at long last! Exeter Together demonstration/street festival against the EDL, against racism, against xenophobia.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Call Me Mister Smith

Years ago if I became unemployed the people at the unemployment office used to call me Mister Smith. That was good. That was polite. That was civilised. 

Then, in more recent years, they invented a thing called "The Work Programme" and so, when I became unemployed again, they sent me to the "Work Programme" and I found that people I had never met before were calling me by my first name - just as if they had known me for years and were related to me or something. 

I felt I had been demoted down to a second-class citizen and had my "Mister" ripped away from my name. 

The people at the "Work Programme" affected to not understand what was so important about the "Mister". 
Here's a poem by Langston Hughes which may help to clarify this:

In Explanation of Our Times 
by Langston Hughes

"The folks with no titles in front of their names
all over the world
are raring up and talking back
to the folks called Mister.
You say you thought everybody was called Mister?
No, son, not everybody.
In Dixie, often they won’t call Negroes Mister.
In China before what happened
They had no intention of calling coolies Mister.
Dixie to Singapore, Cape Town to Hong Kong
the Misters won’t call lots of other folks Mister.
They call them, Hey George!
Here, Sallie!
Listen, Coolie!
Hurry up, Boy!
And things like that.
George Sallie Coolie Boy gets tired sometimes.
So all over the world today
folks with not even Mister in front of their names
are raring up and talking back
to those called Mister.
From Harlem past Hong Kong talking back.
Shut up, says Gerald L.K. Smith.
Shut up, says the Governor of South Carolina.
Shut up, says the Governor of Singapore.
Shut up, says Strydom.
Hell no shut up! say the people
with no titles in front of their names.
Hell no! It’s time to talk back now!
History says it’s time,
And the radio, too, foggy with propaganda
that says a mouthful
and don’t mean half it says—
but is true anyhow:
LIBERTY!
FREEDOM!
DEMOCRACY!
True anyhow no matter how many
Liars use those words.
The people with no titles in front of their names
hear these words and shout them back
at the Misters, Lords, Generals, Viceroys,
Governors of South Carolina, Gerald L. K. Strydoms.
Shut up, people!
Shut up! Shut up!
Shut up, George!
Shut up, Sallie!
Shut up, Coolie!
Shut up, Indian!
Shut up, Boy!
George Sallie Coolie Indian Boy
black brown yellow bent down working
earning riches for the whole world
with no title in front of name
just man woman tired says:
No shut up!
Hell no shut up!
So naturally there’s trouble
in these our times
because of people with no titles
in front of their names."

Thursday, June 12, 2014

A Corporate Hell at This Year's Glastonbury Festival

A corporate hell at this year's Glastonbury Festival. Installations and encompassing dystopian planned experiences. If the embedded video doesn't play go to this link: http://gu.com/p/3q2c5

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Art Moving On

Yikes! Really nasty, scary art. But clever though. I think we'll be seeing more of these type of installations.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Facebook and Soundcloud

Spending more time on Facebook and Soundcloud than anywhere else on the web these days.

Peter Smith | 

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Friday, December 20, 2013

A Study of the Ageing Process

Two pictures of me when I was in my 40s compared with two pictures now that I'm 60:

In my 40s (1993):
In my 40s (1995) with bleached hair:


At 60 (2013):




Sunday, December 01, 2013

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Natural Voice Versus Autotune Voice

Me singing Elvis Costello's "Alison" in a natural acapella version: The same recording, but this time with autotune added:

Friday, November 15, 2013

After the Disco (Preview)

Thanks to Rachel S. who alerted me to this other great video from Broken Bells:

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Broken Bells - Holding on for Life

Listen to this. It's great. This song comes from Broken Bells forthcoming album "After the Disco" which will be out in January:
Broken Bells - Holding On for Life on MUZU.TV.

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Paxman Brand Debate

Weird controversy at the moment over Jeremy Paxman's remarks in the Radio Times. Weird because anyone who had been paying attention would already know that Paxman's opinions are rubbish. A few years ago Jeremy Paxman hosted a TV debate about animal experiments. Being the buffoon that he is Paxman began the debate by declaring that nobody denies that such experiments were necessary and so, in his opinion, the debate was about the details of how the experiments were done. Absolutely ridiculous. If it were true that nobody disputed whether the experiments were necessary then animal experimentation wouldn't be the controversial issue that it is and wouldn't have been the subject of a TV debate in the first place. I've been "sick of" Paxman's "tawdry pretences" since then...

A Couple of SoundArt Experiments

A couple of little experiments I recorded on an Android tablet and then added backing via UJAM:


Monday, November 04, 2013

Swedish Pop

BBC Podcast: "Swedish Pop" Today 4/11/13: Swedish Pop Mon, 4 Nov 13 Duration: 5 mins Available: 7 days remaining It is a little known fact that Sweden has an extraordinary record of writing hit pop songs for international stars, including Lady Gaga and Justin Beiber. The BBC's Europe correspondent Chris Morris reports. http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/radio4/today/today_20131104-0914a.mp3

Three versions of the same recording.

An audio triptych:

Firstly: The natural version. Recorded on Android.

Secondly: The same as the acoustic recording but this time with an enormous amount of plate reverb added in Audacity

Thirdly: The same but this time filtered through the Paulstretch effect in Audacity:

Thursday, October 31, 2013

William Burroughs - Secret Message

I turned on automatic captions for this video. The idea is that a computer algorithm listens to William Burroughs' words and generates the text below the video image. In this case the automatic text says: "well seals I'm not asking if I had the words of advice for you and me visual symbol admonitions he never remembers a run for and there are five or is this a lot of long hello israel's taste as a moral went into the job hillary rodham clinton's normal relations five oh and here is in writing status four and what she had not on the and have a vacuum advan exposed to someone's back do as there is a lost dog for a class mom aborted press political action committees are listening last year there were a van designed last year andrew and system seymour desert regards extra the ceremony home hello there slowly tuesdays and then there is also a state police say oregon land lauren progress yellow melvin everything there words and then they will do that homes in the face that throwing themselves at everyone of the night england villa louis venue miller toned romance for me danielle rivera said division in the media as above the moon's kit hedonism very warm transformed and everybody denise brown parallels there is last november and i'm sorry" Try it yourself. Start the video and click on "CC" in the bottom righthand corner of the screen to switch on automatic captions.

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