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A New Week, A New Mix (Or Two)

Posted by | Posted in Monday Mornings, Tunes | Posted on 20-04-2009

Good moaning all!

I can’t believe it’s been more than a week since my last post. You can tell I’ve actually had things to do at work over the last few weeks as the number of blog posts has dropped.

Still, this weekend I managed to find time to record another mix. I’d been meaning to record another trance mix similar to This Is My Church, and as a friend asked me if I could record them a good upbeat trancer, I though I might as well record it now. So I formally announce my new mix This Is My Church Volume II.

As it happens, I also recorded another mix last weekend. I wanted to record a nice, mellow progressive trance set, because out of all the different styles I mix, I much prefer the progressive side of things. So if you’re interested, last week’s set (entitled “On The Horizon”) can be downloaded from here.

One thing I’ve noticed when I record a set is how reluctant I am to delete it, even if I mess it up royally. A case in point would be This Is My Church Volume II – I had to start over and record the set again three different times before I got the start right, and even though there are definitely a couple of places where the mixing isn’t brilliant, I’m reluctant to delete it and re-record it. It can make me annoyed at myself, but I don’t really get the time to re-record the sets, so I end up posting the sets on the net anyway, even if they’re not brilliant. Having said that, a lot of the time the mistakes are more noticable to me than anyone else.

Well, it’s Monday morning again. After having an awesomely sunny weekend, the weather started off quite miserable this morning, which doesn’t exactly help me to get out of bed on time. Another thing that doesn’t help is the fact that I was up until 1:30am this morning watching the X-Men films. I’d forgotten how much I liked them, and reminded me why I watch Heroes, although I’m surprised that people don’t make that comparison more often, as it’s pretty obvious that Heroes is basically X-Men without the Mavel name attached to it.

One thing it did do is spark my interest in the new X-Men film. Now, I’m not usually a fan of prequels, as they tend to signify the end of film-making for the sake of film-making, as show us all that films are made simply to make money. I thought the same thing about this prequel too, but after having watched X-Men: The Last Stand last night, I realised they did actually leave the ending open for another possible sequel. This suggests to me that they could, if they wanted to, make another sequel, but chose to make a prequel instead because people would want to see it more (read: it would make more money).

Another film I almost wet my pants over every time I see the trailer for is the new Star Trek film, Star Trek. Now, I try not to get my hopes up with films in case they disappoint (as they often do) and it means that if they’re any good I’m pleasently surprised. But this new Trek film is going to be awesome. It’s already hit a score of 8/10 on IMDB and so it’s looking quite good already. Not to mention the fact that J.J. Abrams is behind it, and seeing the success he’s had with Lost, Fringe, and Cloverfield, it looks good for the Star Trek franchise. Star Trek films have never been majorly brilliant as far as films go (with the odd exception) but having a different set of people behind the scenes should make for a refreshing change.

Time for a news roundup. The BBC is reporting that a popular search engine, Ask, has decided to bring back the toffee-nosed butler. Some people, as always, are saying that it’s just a PR stunt (and it probably is) but I have to say that a lot of people moaned when they ditched the butler in 2006. I don;t suppose the butler helps with search results exactly, but some people just like a cuddley face to look at… probably the same people who use IncrediMail and attach those ridiculous animated smilies to all of their emails.

Shocking though it is, the founders of The Pirate Bay have been found guilty of aiding file-sharing and been jailed for a year. You may remember that they were taken to court by major record companies and film studios because they started one of the most popular file-sharing websites in the world, despite it not actually hosting any copyrighted material itself. They can’t be held responsible for what their users do, and the technology (and it’s applications) are not illegal, so why should they be punished? I hope their appeal goes through.

Things are looking glum for UK hi-tech companies, apparently. I can’t see why, as technology companies often have fewer overheads than other industries. The credit crunch is certainly affecting everyone, regardless of what industry they’re in, but I don’t suppose tech companies would be any harder hit. However, there is far less vanture capital available for tech startups at the moment, so that might just be why.

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