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Press Pause Play

We exist in an ever changing media landscape, with the onset of the digital era some would say we are in the midst of one of the most exciting technical revolutions known to man. However there are those who would argue that this particular revolution has been detrimental to the quality of output especially within the creative industries. Personally I feel that we should embrace change and adapt accordingly, I mean without the digital revolution amongst other things this blog wouldn’t exist (some might say that would be a good thing) and I wouldn’t be able to share my ramblings with the world. Press Pause Play, a documentary released last year, offers opinions and educated arguments from prominent figures for both sides. If you haven’t seen it yet I’d suggest you give it a watch. Whatever your viewpoints on the subject are this film will at best make you question your stance or at worst offer up food for thought and provide material to lengthen the debate. You can stream it for free on Vimeo by following the link below or download it from their website http://www.presspauseplay.com/ Enjoy!

Zoe Ball Too High to Speak

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The entertainment industry is famous for its hedonistic lifestyles and subsequent debauchery so the recent admission by Zoe Ball that at the height of her radio career as the host of Radio 1’s breakfast show BBC bosses were worried about her mental health hardly comes as a surprise.

As she reflected on her state during a live broadcast the morning after her first meeting with husband Norman Cook in Ibiza she told a BBC 2 documentary team “I could hardly speak” and continued “As the show finished and my high from the night before started to fade, I looked around at the Radio 1 people and thought: I might get the sack.”

She realises now that “something had to give” remembering “turning up one day looking at the clock and trying to say ‘it’s ten past seven’ – and all the words came out in the wrong order.”

The comments merely confirm what party animals up and down the land already knew and loved about her, that regardless of her stature as a public face, she was and is just up for a good time. While these days she is teetotal the good times are still alive just in a different manner as she will soon be giving birth to her second child, congratulations.

Donk

The beautiful thing about music it gives you a way of expressing yourself in what ever fashion you see fit and no one will think any different of you, in fact in a lot of cases they’ll applaud your efforts to break loose. Whether your an artist or a fan when you enter that venue you are automatically granted a licence to go nuts, and no matter how misunderstood or strange the genre may seem to the masses when you attend an event you will be met with like minded souls who are ready to lose the plot alongside you.

Having been a part of the rave scene and done my fair share of reaching for the lights and gurning in darkened sweaty rooms I’m not unfamiliar with the pull and energy such such scene’s provide. Still there was a segment of dance music and culture that I just couldn’t understand or get with no matter how many attempts I made to appreciate it’s musical values and that was (at the time) hardstyle, Hard house, NRG, etc (all pretty much the same) now this statement I’ve just made may offend or annoy some people, that’s fine it’s my opinion and not meant to slate anyone that does enjoy that element of dance.

Now the afore mentioned scenes (hard dance basically) seem to have over the past few years, and I may be mistaken in saying this, taken a step back from the popularities they once enjoyed now resigned to less regular events for a gathering of die hards. Enter Donk, ultimately the reason for this article and the source of a lot of my amusement over the past month or so. Now many of you, especially those who reside in the southern regions of our fair land, might not be familiar with donk, and why should you be, I mean I wasn’t until recently.

It was while I was visiting a friend that I was first invited into the realm of the donk, sorry just got to take a minute as I do chuckle every time I type or think about the genre or name……………there we go I’ve collected myself. As it appears to me donk is basically hard house with rhyming, now I’m open to correction and might not be understanding the finer intricacies of what may be the next big thing to take over dance music an if that’s the case I apologise, but I tell it how I see it.

The scene, as portrayed by a recent documentary of the music, is reminiscent of the old rave days loaded with glow sticks, tracksuits, sweat and drugs, and one would ask what exactly are they doing differently, surely this is just an attempt to resurrect what once was? And with it only being popular in the North how long can interest be sustained? All these questions and more can be answered in the documentary I’ve linked to below, and let me assure you if you have any reservations the doccy is too funny. Love it or hate it, donk’s going to be around for a while yet. In case you have misinterpreted any of my wording, while I respect the artists and fans I’m afraid you wont be seeing me at a donk rave anytime soon, it’s far too much fun being a spectator looking in!

Documentary: http://www.vbs.tv/watch/music-world/donk

Just so you can get a feel for what to expect here’s a music video by one the scene’s leading groups ‘Blackout Crew’ and their genre hit ‘Put a donk on it’…………absolute jokes makes me chuckle every time, bound to brighten your day! 🙂

Typeface

Now I’m by no means a graphic designer nor have any desire to be, but I have over the years developed a respect for what they do day to day and more importantly the value of what they do. Essentially there are elements of graphic design within everything we come across on a daily basis whether it be the buildings we work in or the magazines we read or even small elements such as the logo on the pen we write with, it’s something we can’t avoid.

As with every industry there are elements and processes that, due to the digital era, are becoming redundant and need to be preserved. Within Graphic design it seems to be the art of printing, and more specifically typeface creation and printing that is facing extinction. Even with sparks of interest in finding out about the roots of their industry from the new breed of designers it’s heading along the same path (arguably) as vinyl is for DJ’s, loved by many but only used by a diminishing group of die hard fans. This makes institutions such as the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum in Two Rivers even more important in that it keeps these practices alive.

The film Typeface (for which you can view the trailer below) is a documentary following Greg Corrigan’s (museum director) efforts to keep the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum open not only for the ageing staff who continue to produce the hand crafted type sets but for the workshops that are hosted there every weekend and the graphic design community both locally and internationally, who without the expertise and traditions of such  institutions are in danger of losing touch with the fundamentals that made them what they are today.

Produced and Directed by Justine Nagan under the documentary powerhouse that is Kartemquin Films, this is a moving insight into an almost forgotten world. The film, and I quote, ‘will be of interest to art and graphic design enthusiasts, to teachers as an educational resource, and to anyone looking for a film about perseverance and preservation in the heart of America.’ Typeface is currently enjoying strong feedback on it’s tour of the film festival circuit so if you get a chance and this sort of thing interests you give it a look, their viewing schedule is listed on their website (which I have linked to below).

http://typeface.kartemquin.com/