Monday, February 19, 2007

Plus, tubular bells!

That is actually a complete misnomer because not only are there no tubular bells, there is no option to add any either. But it is Mike Oldfield we're talking about and I've always wanted to say that.

Bought Mr Oldfield's latest, Light & Shade, with my birthday money. Four of the tracks are available in, apparently, U-MYX format. This is nothing to do with rabbit diseases but is in fact (very limited) remixing software. The different tracks are broken down into segments and you can fade them in, out or completely shut them down as you wish. What you can't do is reorder them, or introduce new stuff - hence, no tubular bells. All in all a bit of a waste of time, but what the heck, it's a nice novelty.

If you really want to waste your time with a bit of remixing, try these guys. I once set our company's development programme back by a good 30 minutes by circulating this to the Strategic Technologies division.


  1. Hum sounds fun, if not rather limited. According to wikipedia:

    "Once a U-MYX has been uploaded the a microsite, a flash based streaming player is automatically generated a few minutes later which users can embed into their blog / webpage allowing others who don't have the U-MYX software to hear their mix."

    Come on then lets hear your remixes. By the way if you want to edit regular tracks audacity is quite good.

  2. Problem is, if you're not that familiar with the track in question, how will you know if it's me or Mike Oldfield who decreed (for example) that the guitar should cut in at 2.43?

    To be honest I've never really grasped the point of this remixing thing. He's a much better musician than I am, so if he says this is where the bass track goes, I'm not going to argue. I'm happy to sit back and listen, and trust him to return the favour by not rewriting my books for me.

    But will look at this audacity thing anyway ...

  3. Ooh... I'll have a look at that, something of a fan of tubular bells.

    Two slightly... distorted guitars!

  4. For me, Tubular Bells 2 joins that very restricted list of sequels that are as good as, if not better than the original. Tubular Bells 3 joins the much more open list of third parts whose creative energy could have been better spent on something original.


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