Just in case you've got no idea what it is that I'm actually halfway through, allow me to explain. On the 1st January this year I began the arduous task of writing and recording one new song every week for a whole year, releasing each new song as a free download here at Aidy.com every Friday. Song 26 has now been and gone, and I haven't missed a single week yet, so I'm extremely pleased with myself! The original motive for starting the project has started to blur slightly and I'm now not sure if I'm doing as some kind of creative challenge, a marketing ploy or possibly as obsessive, compulsive endeavor, recently it feels a lot like the latter. The lyrics have got weirder and weirder along with the titles themselves, but none the less I've made it through fifty percent of the project and I'm still motivated enough to see the whole thing through to the bitter end. It's not always pretty, and I've definitely put out a few tracks I'm not that keen on, but on the whole I'm really happy with what I've achieved and I've added some great new songs to my repertoire, which I wouldn't have written had it not been for the project. I'd liken the whole thing to a weekly comic strip like Dilbert, the content's always there waiting for you, it's not always Shakespeare but it's entertaining, quirky and every so often you might just find something that strikes a chord.
I felt extremely privileged earlier this week when I received a call from the wonderful Tom Simkins at BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, asking if I’d like to come on air for a second time to chat about the end of the Song A Week project. We were on Sue Marchant’s Big Night In this time around, where we enjoyed an informal chat in which my drummer Paul Richards got compared to a Springer Spaniel and we even got to play a few songs live in the studio.
I have some bad news, and some good news! Bad news is that Spooky Doo has been cancelled this Saturday, so apologies for anyone that was intending to come along to see us play. We were really looking forward to it, but due to unforeseen circumstances it’s no longer happening :-( Okay, good news! We're still very eager to perform this Saturday and so we're going to try something a bit different! We'll be playing from a top secret location in Cambridge and broadcasting the whole thing live on the internet at:
This is going to take place at 8:00PM (UK Time) Saturday 30th October 2010.
The location is quite small but we may be-able to accommodate a few people, so if anyone wants to physically be there then drop me an email, and I’ll see what I can do. Once again, I’d like to apologise for the cancellation but we hope you’ll join us online this Saturday.
A friend of mine recently mentioned to me that it'd be cool if there was some way of listening to the Song A Week project as a playlist, rather than by having to click on each little play button one by one, which makes sense since there are now 34 songs as I write this. So I now have a newly created SoundCloud play list, which I'll try to keep up to date as the project progresses! Check it out!
Okay, so a couple of weeks ago I watched the incredibly entertaining King of Kong documentary for the first time, after being recommended it by a friend. If you’ve never seen it, I’d highly recommend checking it out. It basically charts the progress of Steve Wiebe, who’s desperately trying to become the world greatest Donkey Kong player.
The whole thing got me thinking about my good friend Andrew Hodge and the fact that he often claims to be the world’s second greatest player of Super Mario Kart on the SNES, apparently he did an online search for the fastest lap times on Rainbow Road (The most difficult Mario Kart track) and he was about a second slower than the fastest lap time ever recorded. Now, King of Kong heavily featured the website Twin Galaxies, who are the official score keepers for all things video game related are even recognised by The Guinness Book of World Records, so I logged on and looked up the fastest lap time for Rainbow Road, and told Hodge. Turns out that Hodge is quicker! Several seconds quicker in fact! You can check out the video of Hodge smashing the world record here, and in dedication of this momentous achievement I’ve written a song in his honour simply titled Hodge Plays Mario Kart.
Recently, at the Aidy.com headquarters in Cambridge, a lively debate broke out over whether or not the 3.5” floppy disk was truly dead as a data storage format. Over the last few years it’s definitely taken a beating, starting with the first Apple Macs to be released without a floppy drive. Dell followed suit, then one by one the major high street names such as PC World and Staples stopped selling the ‘once revolutionary’ format.
With a total storage capacity of 1.44Mb its hard to see how such a medium could find a place in today’s world of memory sticks, DVDs, CDs and external hard drives. Yet none of these formats seem to have the charm and aesthetic appeal of the traditional floppy disk. We watched over the years as this format changed in size both physically, and in capacity until it blossomed into the 3.5” disk that we grew to know and love. It seemed there was nothing that could beat that feeling of cracking open a brand new box of Maxell’s and lovingly labelling each and every one with the labels that had been thoughtfully provided. So what happens now? Do we let this monumental medium fade into technological obscurity? No! We here at Aidy.com are not prepared to see the 3.5” floppy go silently into the night. We feel we’ve found a way to breathe new life into the flagging format and today we’ll be releasing ‘3 Monkeys’ as a limited edition single on this very format! By getting the MP3 bit-rate right down we’ve managed to fit the entire song on one disk. Only 100 are to be produced but we really do feel like we’re starting a revolution and can see many other bands and artists following in our footsteps. In fact we whole-heartedly encourage other bands to do the same!