Posts Tagged ‘archive’

Musical Time Capsules

Monday, February 26th, 2018

What happens when you try to power up and look at the contents of your seventeen year old iPod? James Bareham fights Firewire cables, antiquity, and Thunderbolt dongles to find out. And the results? not just a bit of digital archaeology but a look back into the mind of his younger self:

Though my Apple music devices changed over time, growing slimmer and more powerful with every iteration, much of the music on them remained the same. Seventeen years is a long time in both the worlds of music and technology, but not everything dates in the same way. Though today I am listening to a lot of new music from the likes of Adele, Alabama Shakes, Kaki King, Lana Del Ray, Philip Glass, Michael Kiwanuka, Chvrches, and Gary Clark Jr., looking back through the playlists on my first and oldest iPod I was struck by the fact that some of the music from 2001 and 2002 seemed far more dated than some of the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s.

As I mentioned earlier, most of the music and the artists from that period are still in my playlists: Abba is as vibrant and fun as the day it was written (#notatallsorrysojustdealwithit); Rush may have retired from playing live and recording new material, but I am still listening to their enormous back catalog; Radiohead continue to make angst the most powerfully powerful creative force in the universe; Oasis and Blur (both of whom are surprisingly missing from my iPod, but I was definitely listening to them back in 2002) are a link to my London past; and David Bowie’s final album Blackstar proved that the world is a less interesting place since his untimely death in January 2016.

The Verge.

This year’s XOXO vides are appearing online

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Not all at once, but XOXO’s YouTube channel is slowly being populated with the talks from last month’s festival. I took a lot away from a number of talks (as well as meeting a lot of old and new friends), so do go and explore over the weekend.

When Washington Beat The Giants

Monday, October 6th, 2014

You might recall I mentioned digitising media archives last week? Here’s a great example of why preservation is vitally important, as the Library of Congress discovers footage of a baseball game from 1924 – the only clip in existence of  the Washington Senators beating the Giants in an extra-innigs victory in the postseaon.

Oh the irony…

The horror of digitizing the BBC archive

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

When you’re converting tapes, you’re aware that this might be their last chance

A somewhat scary look at the process of digitizing the BBC film archives… Why scary? When you consider the cultural history in these tapes, if the tape is chewed up while being scanned, if it sticks on a roller, that’s game over, and something else is lost.

The ‘lost’ right to delete your content

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Of course, the forced replacement of “delete” with “archiving” is presented as benevolent. Yet, if it were truly benevolent, we’d not have the right to lose forever taken from us. It would be offered as a choice. Of course, given that choice, we might well just do that and delete and that would spoil the wishes of the Timeline paranoids – their paranoia based on a fear of gaps, of holes and of empty spaces they do not own and control.

Paul Levy, on an issue he marks as “an over-dramatic sounding article about what, at first glance, might look to be a fairly insignificant and harmless phenomenon.” Dramatic? Yes. Insignificant? No.

The Final Edinburgh Fringe Preview of 2009

Friday, July 31st, 2009

…because it all kicks off next week! Press launches, preview shows, a million people with five billion flyers descending on Edinburgh, and in the middle of it all, one lone podcaster making a difference and capturing the heat of the moment and sending it out to the world.

(That would be me, by the way).

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Though you might not guess from the mainstream media, the Fringe is not just about the big names coming up from London and doing a little bit of theatre to ‘experiment’’, and nor is it about landing a guest spot on a topical panel quiz show on BBC 3 or Dave. No it’s about the love of performing, taking risks and brining something new to the game.

One team that did this, back in 2007 were Claire Harvey and Edward Wren and their first play, The Ordinaries. As the Fringe gets ready to start, it’s worth remembering the smaller shows on the Fringe, and that they generally are where the hidden gems are.

The Best of the Fringe Podcast, 2009 Edition #5

Claire Harvey and Edward Wren
The Ordinaries… in an Awkward Silence

First broadcast August 11th 2007.

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Showcasing The Best Of The Fringe Podcasts During July

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

With just over a month to go until the 2009 Edinburgh Festival Fringe starts (official dates this year are 7th August to the 31st August), and I’ll be helming the BAFTA nominated Edinburgh Fringe Podcast for the fifth year, bringing you the daily show from the Arts Capital of the world.

During July in the run up to the Fringe, the Fringe Podcast is going to look back at some of the many classic interviews from the archives. Every Friday for the next five weeks, I’ll introduce one of the many guests we’ve had on the show as an appetiser for the marathon that is the Fringe!

The first Best of the Fringe Podcasts will be posted tomorrow lunchtime (Friday 3rd July). To make sure you never miss a podcast, you can subscribe to the Fringe Podcast in iTunes, or copy the RSS File into your favourite RSS application.

And if you have a favourite interview from the past you want to hear, let me know!

What Will MP’s Do With Their Blogs and Websites During a General Election

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

A number of MP’s are blogging, and quite rightly so – it’s a great way to get a connection back to your constituents without anyone getting in the way (the Press, the Whips Office, or your local constituency party), but it carries a danger that could bite some users in the tail. Let me show the problem.

It looks like Kerry McCarthy ( has a problem, while Mark Lazarowicz ( doesn’t. Those using Twitter may also have the same problem. Andy Reed (@andyreedmp) has it, but Jo Swinson (@joswinson) doesn’t

Spotted it yet?

It’s the “MP” bit. You see, once a general election is called, part of the deal is that any Members of Parliament looses their status, and can no longer be called, filed, stamped, indexed or deep linked using the MP moniker.

I wonder just how well these Web 2.0 Engaged MP’s are ready to change their websites, templates, links, references and archived history in their online world? Or are their IT people ready to bill them for a lot of overtime?

An Archive Isn’t Enough – Sometimes You Need A Map

Friday, August 29th, 2008

Most people are aware of the need to back up their data in case their computer is lost or damaged, but there is something else to consider with all your creative work. It’s all well and good backing it up and putting it safely in storage, but you need to be able to get it out again at a moment’s notice. Two recent blog posts, based around US politics and photography, reminded me of this.

But what posts they were, and how they sparked a conversation, will be found over on my post at the Creative Choices site.