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Nostalgia is typing everything exactly as you see it printed

Sunday, February 14th, 2016

Usborne computing have released two new books for children to learn about computers and programming (they are Key Stage 1 level, if that means anything to you). ‘Lift The Flap Computers and Coding‘ and ‘Coding For Beginners Using Scratch‘ may be popular in school libraries in the next year or two, but it’s what Usborne released for free download next to these titles that excites me.

The full range of their early 1980s Computer Guides… some of the books that started me programming on the ZX Spectrum. Including the classic ‘Computer Spacegames‘, which was the first of the guidebooks I remember.

The full collection is here. A more civilised  time with better artwork and lots of ‘guess a number’ apps!

The SXSW Music Sampler for 2014 is now available

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Over on SXSW Baby!, the annual 80 track sampler of the SXSW Music Festival has just been posted. Covering a wide range of musical styles, sounds, genres, and performers all playing in Austin this week and next, it brings together YouTube videos, Soundcloud clips, and other media in one handy file for you to unzip and pop on your current ‘device with an MP3 player’.

DOWNLOAD the SXSW Baby! “Best of SXSW 2014″ sampler link (314 Mb)

I wanted to create some great moments when listening to the songs, to have the music flow into each other, to have sequences that would allow you to both dip in and out of the sampler, or stick it on a five hour playlist (which should just about reach from the TSA screening at your local airport to the reception desk of your hotel – or twice through if you’re flying from Europe).

If the eighty tracks feels too much for you, then you can break it down to eight ten-track playlists.

  • Welcome to SXSW (Tracks 1-10)
  • The Second Bite Sounds Just As Nice (Tracks 11-20)
  • Chill Out And Kick Back (Tracks 21-30)
  • The Music Of America (Tracks 31-40)
  • Foot On The Amplifier (Tracks 41-50)
  • The Wonderful World of Music (Tracks 51-60)
  • Turn On The Electrics (Tracks 61-70)
  • We Hope It Never Ends (Tracks 71-80)

If you’re not sure, here’s the deal. Listen to the first ten tracks. I’m confident that not only will this give you a great hit of SXSW Music, but you’ll want to listen to the rest of the sampler.

Oh and our 2014 performers in full?

Adam Arcuragi, Ages and Agesm Air Traffic Controller, American Authors, The Apache Relay, Band of Skulls, Barcelona, Basia Bulat, The Belle Brigade, Black Books, Blacklist Royals, Boy & Bear, Bring Me The Horizon, Caroline Rose, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Cello Fury, Charli XCX, The Crookes, David Ramirez, The Devil Makes Three, East Cameron Folkcore, Elle King, Ezra Furman, Gabby Young and Other Animals, Good for Grapes, The Griswolds, Heymoonshaker, Hollis Brown, Honeyblood, Hozier, Hunter Hunted, James Bay, Jeetta, Judith Hill, July Talk, Kashmere Stage Band, Katie Herzig, Kill it Kid, Kongos, Kyle Andrews, Leif Vollebeck, Lincoln Durham, Lions in the Street, Little Daylight, London Grammar, The Lonely Wild, Los Lonely Boys, Magic Man, Mandolin Orange, Matrimony, Mia Dyson, Mighty Oaks, MisterWivers, Moon Taxi, Neulore, Nonono, Only Real, Pockets, Poolside, Quiet Company, Saintseneca, San Fermin, Shelby Earl, Skream, Sleeping At Your Door, Social Studies, Streets of Laredo, The Strypes, Talib Kweli, Timber Timbre, Tinariwen, Tom Easton, Typhoon, The Unlikley Candidates, Vnace Joy, Wardell, The Whigs, Wild Party, and The Wilderness of Manitoba.

Some festive music? Here’s this year’s Christmas Rocktacular!

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

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Every year I look out some great Christmas music online, avoiding the big name artists and million sellers you can hear on the radio and TV. They all feature in the ‘Christmas Rocktacular’ podcast which you can stream online, or download for free. Here’s this year’s festive collection.

Under Your Christmas Tree, by Jericko Rose (Jericko Rose on Reverb Nation).
O Come All Ye Faithfull, by Geoff Smith (
Christmas In A Cup, by Erica Sunshine Lee (
Broke The Bank This Christmas, by Mitch Benn (
St. Benedicts Christmas Fayre, by Lisa Redford (
Space Christmas, by Shonen Knife (
Lonely Night (Silent Knight), by Rachel Bloom (
Some Christmas Huggin’ and a Kissin’, by Geoff Smith (

The cultural melting pot plays some music, on The Rock Show

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

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The SXSW Baby sampler album for SXSW Music 2013

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Here are 80 tracks from bands, singers, and performers at this year’s SXSW Music, curated by myself and the team at SXSW Baby.

DOWNLOAD the SXSW Baby! “Best of SXSW 2013″ sampler link (314 Mb)

A rather wintry Rock Show

Monday, January 21st, 2013

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Probably going to stay fortnightly with the Rock Shows for the near future. In this ep, music from The Funamentals, WolfWolf, Woodrow Gerber, Fear’s End, and And Other Things.

The first Rock Show podcast of 2013!

Saturday, January 5th, 2013

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Really short run time, but then some bands only need 150 seconds to tell their opus! With Braxton Hicks, Jesta, Jupiter in Velvet, All Mighty Whispers, and Turbo Shandy.

Trying to raise a flag against illegal music downloads

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

PRS in the UK want a "Traffic Lights" system of coloured flags in search engines to tell people when "…they are downloading content illegally".


Okay so how are you going to convince Bing to make this work. And Google. And IceRocket. And Yahoo. What about Reddit? It’s a very nice press release, but seem totally impractical. And what would "orange" mean? That it’s legal but as the artist is John Barrowman track you shouldn’t really bother?

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Semi Final 1 Commentary

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

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(Cross posted from ESC Insight)

For the third year, it’s a delight to present my alternative commentary tracks for the Eurovision Song Contest. You’ve lived with the ESC Insight podcasts not just from Dusseldorf, but in the run up to the contest, through the national finals, and from the "Post Eurovision Depression" summer last year.

So let’s start the end of our journey for the 2011 winner as we begun, together, online, and with the podcast. You can either start with your national broadcaster, or head to to watch the official stream (which is lacking a commentator).

As always, technical and legal reasons mean syncing up with the live broadcast without the help of the BBC Radio 2 production van mean you need to do a little bit of work, so grab the MP3, cue it up in your audio player of choice, be it portable on headphones, or on your PC. Feel free to start listening whenever you want, but starting as the show starts is fine.

I’ll remind you in the show, but when you hear a beep, you pause the track, watch the song performance, then start up the track again. Don’t stop for adverts or cutaways, just for the music.

The only potential gotcha is that with no opening ceremony or show, there’s no obvious starting point, so start the track, pause when I tell you and start up again when our hosts say "Let the Eurovision Song Contest begin!"

Enjoy! And you can still follow me real time on Twitter for updates direct from Dusseldorf and the Contest.

Eurovision 2011 Podcast: Semi Final 1 Commentary

Ewan Spence talks you though the first semi final of Eurovision. Press play before the show starts, and don’t forget to pause for the music when you hear the beep!

You can stay up to date with The ESC Insight Podcast by subscribing to the RSS feed for all the shows, or use iTunes to get the show automatically downloaded to your computer if you’re an Apple user.

From 1700 bands to just 80. Download my pick of the SXSW Music 2011 line-up

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

South by Southwest starts in just over a week (for Interactive and Film) and two weeks (for Music), and the excitement is building. Over at SXSW Baby! I’ve just posted details of our “Sampler” collection of the showcase bands at SXSW.

With 1700 performers, it’s a tough call for anyone to listen to them all, so we’ve put together a shorter collection of just 80 tracks that are our favourites. I know it says the “best” but it’s a personal best, so your enjoyment may vary. But to be honest I think there’ll be a lot in this collection for any music lover to enjoy.

There’s a wide range of genres in this mix, and I’ve spent some time putting them in a good playlist order that works either as a single 5 hour session of listening, or in batches of ten or so. I’ve even got some playlist names and breaks for you to split it up on your MP3 player.

  • Send a shiver down your spine (Tracks 1-10)
  • The Feminine Electric (Tracks 11-19)
  • Slow, Soaring and Seventies (Tracks 20-29)
  • The Fast and the Fury (Tracks 30-41)
  • Voices of the Generations (Tracks 42-51)
  • The Quirks of Nature (Tracks 52-59)
  • Digital Needs a B-Side (Tracks 60-69)
  • Assault on Precinct Midnight (Tracks 70–80)

So to sum up, it’s 80 bands from SXSW that have caught the ear of the SXSW Baby team, playlisted, and ready to drop into your player of choice. Oh and all the music was found from freely available sources online, they’ve just been put in one place and levelled for sound.

DOWNLOAD the SXSW Baby! “Best of SXSW 2011” sampler
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Thanks to Baby! writer Kevin from Operation Every Band for the long list and Simon at Outroversion for the original idea. And don’t forget to follow SXSW Baby on the web (or @sxswbaby) for a bundle of SXSW news, views, events, and a daily audio show of interviews and fun from Austin!

Bands featured:

Adam Arcuragi and the Lupine Choral Society, Agnes Obel, Alexander, An Horse, April Smith and the Great Picture Show, ARMS, Army Navy, Back and Forth, Brett Dennen, California Wives, Cast Spells, Choir of Young Believers, Chromeo, Darren Hanlon, Deer Tick, Delmore Pilcrow, Dessa, Doomtree, Dual Core, El Da Sensei, Emma Acs, Erza Furman and the Harpoons, Final Flash, Fitz and the Tantrums, French Horn Rebellion, Funeral Suites, Golden Bear, Ha Ha Tonks, Honey Honey, If Only, James Vincent McMurrow, Jenn Grant, Jesse Malin and the St Marks, John Grant (ft Midlakez), Josh Ritter, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, Lazerbeak, Locksley, Lord Huron, Macklemore (ft Fences), Marco Benevento, Matthew and the Atlas, Nicole Atkins, Noah and the Whale, Oh No Oh My, P.O.S., Portugal The Man, Rah Rah, Random Recipe, Ron Sexsmith, Rosie and Me, Ruby Jane, Sahara Smith, Scala and the Kolancy Brothers, Smile Smile, Spooky Folk, Sun Bears!, Thao with the Get Down Stay Down, The Civil Wars, The Crookes, The Epstein, The Jezabels, The Limousines, The Lonely Forest, The Naked and Famous, The O’s, The Rumour Said Fire, The Rural Alberta Advantage, The Spring Standards, The Submariners, Vetiver, Viper Creek Club, Wakey! Wakey!, Yellowbirds, and Zowie.

TPN Rock: The Rachael Sage Session

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

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One of the gigs I was most looking forward to during the recent Edinburgh Fringe was the short run show in the last week of Rachael Sage, an artist I was introduced to last year and have continued to bump into around the world. It says something when in front of a packed house the cry from the stage goes up “is that you? Did you bring me chocolate?”

Anyway Sage’s latest album, Delancey Street hit the UK stores last week, and that gives me the perfect reason to do one of the occasional “TPN Rock Sessions” with Rachael.

TPN Rock: The Rachael Sage Session

Ewan sits down with singer-songwriter Rachael Sage to talk about her new album Delancey Street, and play three tracks…

  • Hope’s Outpost.
  • Meet Me in Vegas.
  • There is Passion

More at and @RachaelSage.

You can subscribe to TPN Rock in iTunes or any other RSS Reader so you’ll never miss a show. Feel free to leave your comments on this post or drop me an email ( if you have any suggestions for the show, or want to appear.

Your Eurovision Song Contest Score Cards

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

Just a few hours until the Eurovision Song Contest final, and as expected, everyone is searching online for some score cards to print out for the night. I could knock one up (as I do for Junior Eurovision) but there’s a much easier way. Go grab the one from the BBC Eurovision website

…and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter (@ewan) for live updates direct from the event!

Download your SXSW Music Highlights

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

While you could sit on the SXSW Music website and listen to all the bands there (or be pushed towards their MySpace pages), that’s a lot of music to listen to. With SXSW rapidly approaching you might not have the time to get through all the bands. But never fear, the web is here.

Simon D, on his Outroversion website, has went through the bands and culled out 85 tracks that he believes are the highlights of SXSW. Not only that, but he’s wrapped them all up in one archive file for you to download onto your MP3 player of choice:

Two things you should remember if you have the very gall to complain- 1. This took me ages 2. It’s just my opinion 3. If you don’t like it do it yourself… Ok 3 things!

If you like the musical stylings that I’ve offered over the past 1 year and 18 days then chances are you’ll like my selections. I’ve left off a few of the better known artists like Eisley, Boxer Rebellion, She Keeps Bees, etc.

More information on Simon’s selection here, or you can head straight for the archive file on Multiupload.

(Cross posted from the SXSW Baby blog).

This Weeks Almost Instrumental TPN Rock Show

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

It may only be two instrumentals, but that’s two more than the average show. But still when I find a good track, I’ve never let the conventions get in the way. So settle back for this week’s slice of the unsigned, unknown but unforgettable TPN Rock Show.

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Download My Commentary Track for Tonight’s Eurovision Song Contest

Saturday, May 16th, 2009

More temporal reporting from the modern Internet as I present my commentary for the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest final. It’s the Grand Final tonight, with 25 countries battling it out for the right to, well, host the contest next year.

As I’m still here, reporting on the Song Contest in Moscow, while watching the dress rehearsals I’ve recorded a commentary track for those who (a) are watching on the free internet stream at and have no commentator, or (b) who would like something a little bit different to the regular TV commentators.

Please note that the commentary is very much a neutral affair, with little bias towards any country and more factual and eyebrow raising humour than out and out bitching and catty calls about the songs.

After you grab the MP3 files, you need to start the track at the correct time. Start the MP3 before Eurovision starts, I’ll remind you of what I’m about to write.

After the introduction music and my first comments, you’ll hear a beep on the track. At that point press pause. When Dima Bilan stops singing “Believe” (last year’s winning track) and the audience begin to applaud, un-pause the track, and we’ll be away. My guess is that should have everyone synced up within one second.

Now for the rest of the show. Timing is a tricky one here, as the show is running to a timetable but could slip, so you have a choice of two tracks. Both should work, but choose the track that fits best with your watching habits.

Option One (Download MP3 by right clicking here)

A 105 minute long track that covers all the songs, with hopefully the right gaps between songs, adverts and visits to the green room. Once you’ve unpaused after the Dima Bilan stops singing “Believe”, leave your MP3 player running. The easier track to listen to, but more likely to slip out of sync

Option Two (Download MP3 by right clicking here)

After syncing at the end of Dima Bilan’s singing, after each of my introductions you’ll hear the same beep. That’s your cue to pause the MP3 and enjoy the song. Un-pause as the song ends, you’ll get my introduction, and then another beep. And so on through the contest. Note that you only pause at a beep, not a silence (so leave the track running through the commercial break and the two trips to the Green Room).

Whichever track you download, do let me know how you get on. I’ll be doing textual commentary on Twitter (which will be live!)  so follow @ewanspence for the full audio, text and pictorial commentary from 54th Eurovision Song Contest!

And once it’s all over, your feedback either in the comments or by email ( would be very much appreciated.