New site for drummers

I managed to scrape some time together recently, so I’ve created a drum video site.

Basically, I was bored of trawling through youTube looking for videos I knew to exist, I just wanted them in one place.

I built this in a couple of hours (and spent a few more populating it) using Drupal 6.

It’s basically a youTube directory – nothing’s actually hosted there, just pointing to decent videos. i’ve indexed them by artist, and also cross referenced solos/vs duets, whether they’re playing with a band etc..

It’s not (you can’t upload vids) and not drummerworld (I’m not actually creating any content), just an edited directory. A couple of others and I will be adding to it
gradually as time goes on..

It’s done purely for my own joy. If you like it, or have any suggestions, do let me know.

See: released

For those of you in the music world, chances are most of you have heard about the Holywell Music room in Oxford. It is the oldest purpose built concert hall in England.

As with all decent concert venues, they need a bit of love and care every now and then – enter the Holywell Music Room Rennovation Appeal –

Go visit and see what they’re trying to achieve!

Jailbreaking Ipod touch 16GB

I’ve been playing with the idea of jailbreaking (that is, hacking to run whatever applications you see fit) on my 16GB ipod for a while now; I did try it a few weeks back, but the whole process was quite inelegant, and didn’t 100% work.

With the older methods, I used to get a sort of negative screen when the device came out of autolock, and the whole thing became essentially unusable until you powered off and on again. I put it down to a slight hardware revision (as this was a slightly newer 16GB model) which must have been causing the issue, as a friends slightly older, but otherwise identical ipod had no issues.

Enter ZiPhone. This piece of software really is impressive. Unlocked/Jailbroken ipod within about a minute, and with one click.

No “remember to turn autolock off before you downgrade to 1.1.1” etc type warnings. Great stuff.

Pandora to stop UK streaming

This just sent from Pandora HQ:

“As you probably know, in July of 2007 we had to block usage of Pandora outside the U.S. because of the lack of a viable license structure for Internet radio streaming in other countries. It was a terrible day. We did however hold out some hope that a solution might exist for the UK, so we left it unblocked as we worked diligently with the rights organizations to negotiate an economically workable license fee. After over a year of trying, this has proved impossible. Both the PPL (which represents the record labels) and the MCPS/PRS Alliance (which represents music publishers) have demanded per track performance minima rates which are far too high to allow ad supported radio to operate and so, hugely disappointing and depressing to us as it is, we have to block the last territory outside of the US.

Based upon the IP address from which you recently visited Pandora, it appears that you are listening from the UK. If you are, in fact, listening from the US, please contact Pandora Support:

It continues to astound me and the rest of the team here that the industry is not working more constructively to support the growth of services that introduce listeners to new music and that are totally supportive of paying fair royalties to the creators of music. I don’t often say such things, but the course being charted by the labels and publishers and their representative organizations is nothing short of disastrous for artists whom they purport to represent – and by that I mean both well known and indie artists. The only consequence of failing to support companies like Pandora that are attempting to build a sustainable radio business for the future will be the continued explosion of piracy, the continued constriction of opportunities for working musicians, and a worsening drought of new music for fans. As a former working musician myself, I find it very troubling.

We have been told to sign these totally unworkable license rates or switch off, non-negotiable…so that is what we are doing. Streaming illegally is just not in our DNA, and we have to take the threats of legal action seriously. Lest you think this is solely an international problem, you should know that we are also fighting for our survival here in the US, in the face of a crushing increase in web radio royalty rates, which if left unchanged, would mean the end of Pandora.

We know what an epicenter of musical creativity and fan support the UK has always been, which makes the prospect of not being able to launch there and having to block our first listeners all the more upsetting for us.

We know there is a lot of support from listeners and artists in the UK for Pandora and remain hopeful that at some point we’ll get beyond this. We’re going to keep fighting for a fair and workable rate structure that will allow us to bring Pandora back to you. We’ll be sure to let you know if Pandora becomes available in the UK. There may well come a day when we need to make a direct appeal for your support to move for governmental intervention as we have in the US. In the meantime, we have no choice but to turn off service to the UK.

Pandora will stop streaming to the UK as of January 15th, 2008.

Again, on behalf of all of us at Pandora, I’m very, very sorry.

-Tim Westergren
(Pandora founder)”

Ralph Allwood

Ralph’s site has had a bit of clean up – see

It features a more extensive discography, and is generally easier to read.

Kirsten Johnson

Kirsten Johnson’s website has been re-released.

“Kirsten Johnson’s recordings and performances have delighted listeners around the world. She has performed in Austria, the Czech Republic, Italy, Japan and throughout the United States and United Kingdom. Her CDs have been given airplay on BBC Radio 3, on public radio stations across the U.S., and on radio stations in many European countries. In the UK she has performed in the Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Room, the Royal Academy of Music, the Holywell Music Room, Oxford, and the Austrian Institute, London.”

Oxford Lieder redesigned and re-released

Can you tell I’ve been busy? now has lots of new little things on it, but mainly the work has been moving everything to a “proper” database, and making everything a little more pretty.

This year’s festival line up looks good too! redesigned

Munkey’s new website is now up! There will be some gig videos posted soon, but I just had to get the new look up – marshall-amp-tastic!

Clive Driskill-Smith plays Guilmant: Scherzo Symphonique

This was done as another experiment using the Sony HDR HC7E: This is one run through, with a few extra shots – a total of about 9 minutes of footage to do a 7 minute piece!