The power went out halfway during the NDTV special on the so called “remix” scene India featuring all the usual suspects – Bappi Lahiri, Harry Anand, Khayyam, Luke Kenny, Sony/BMG head, Akbar Sami, the scantily clad babe who is featured in every other “remix” video and some other dudes who really did’nt matter.
When will one billion Indians and news anchors get enlightened on the fact that what they refer to as a “remix” is actually a “cover”???? This is like the Hacker Vs Cracker mis-education of the masses.
A remix is an alternate mix of a song different from the original version, made using the techniques of audio editing. It may incorporate elements of dance music. It is often used to create an upbeat version of a song for playing by disc jockeys in nightclubs.
In pop music a cover version is a new rendition of a previously recorded song. Pop musicians may play covers as a tribute to the original performer or group, to win audiences who like to hear a familiar song, to increase their chance of success by using a proven hit or to gain credibility by its comparison with the original song. They may also do it simply because they enjoy playing it.
Anyway, I don’t see whats the big deal about remixing – its not like the original composers were exactly saints you know!!! As I see it, the Indian Copyright law does not require you to pay royalties or give credit to the original producers of the track which is older that 2 years and that is what is making the old timers see red. These guys are not hot anymore – every penny counts in their old age! Rather than lobby for a change in the copyright act, they would rather make a hue and cry on television. Duh!
One thing which I do agree with is the quality of the remixes. God are they awful or what???? There is more to a “remix” than just add a house or a hip-hop beat to “insert your favorite old time Hindi song here”. The formula sells well, Joe Ramaswamy is quite content with it, keeps the record companies happy, keeps the wheels of the industry spinning. If it ain’t broken don’t fix it I guess!
While on the subject of remixes, try the Essential Mix from BBC Radio1 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/dance/essentialmix/ – the worlds biggest DJs, the worlds biggest mixes. The Evil 9 (damn I need their mixes on CD) mix should be available for a few more hours till Desyn Masiello takes over live from Miami WMC.
No matter how sleepy or tired one is, there is always time to do one last thing. The last thing for today would be the daily cvs up for e17 and friends. Nothing new to report on am afraid, e17 is on a feature freeze but… www.lude.net/edocs/ has some interesting tidbits on setting up e17.
Finally a better populated iBar and engage.
Not a nice way to start a holiday, but looks like today is going to be all hard work today. The hardest part is working from home, away from the comforts of office.
Next weekend is a trip down home to Cochin with friends from office – Friday trip down the backwaters, Saturday India/Pak match and Sunday Fort Cochin and other funky areas. It will be the first time I will be seeing my own backyard!
Back to work now…..
Did another trip to Chennai last weekend to narrow down on my speaker search. Apart from the brands I listened to last time, this time I also had Boston Acoustics and B&W Speakers.
B&W Speakers 600 Series 3
Classic British speakers with perfect detail and clarity. Ideal for clean instrumental music especially Jazz, classic rock etc (none of which I listen to right now). I had big hopes that the B&W would be the perfect replacement for my pair of Bose 301s. After listening to it, I should be ready for this clean a sound when am 40.
These speakers are OK. Very muddy at high volumes. The bass guitar lines simply disappeared at higher than room level volumes. Besides, for the price they were quoting, it is so not worth it.
I was particularly impressed by the sound pressure levels by these guys. But after round 2 of listening tests, I think I’l pass.
Klipsch Synergy Series
Klipsch has really spoilt my ears now. The horn tweeters on these monsters filled up the room with enough sound to make it feel like an arena. This went really well with the drums of Sepultura, the acids n breaks from the Chemical Brothers and also the ambient.
Klipsch Reference Series
Klipsch Synergy Series
The tiny powered sub from Rel complemented the Klipsch remarkably well by filling up the void at the lowest end of the spectrum with bass that kills!
So far I have narrowed down to either the Klipsch Reference series or the Klipsch Synergy Series paired with a big boom Rel.
Overall, it was a good trip to Chennai though I narrowly missed the train. Forgot my tickets and had to go back to pick it up. Fortunately, the train was late by 5 minutes to get to Cantonment Station.
Anyone remember the old ECE bulb add where every one tells Nasrani(?) to buy a bulb???
As for me, I got Gkrellm to pester me for appointments and TODO using the following plugins. No need for ugly full screen GTK apps or full fledged desktop environments for doing this!