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May 16, 2008

The whole album and nothing but the album

This afternoon I was reflecting on the idea that thanks to the ipod my usual listening pattern is to shuffle tracks rather than listen to a specific album.

This was whilst listening to a single album in its entirety – a rare event. The reason for this was that the album was The Boatman’s Call by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. This is one of those albums that is stronger when you listen to all the tracks together. It has a mood that builds and builds with each track and there is a clear narrative through the album.

So which other albums demand that you listen to them whole as the artist intended? Which albums should you not shuffle?

I was thinking along the lines of:

- Pink Floyd: The Wall – just does not make sense to play this out of order
- Divine Comedy: A Short Album about Love – a story which it doesn’t pay to muck about with
- Air: Moon Safari – not a narrative as such but a mood thing
- Talking Heads: True Stories – again, a great narrative album. Probably helped by being a film
- Three Feet High and Rising: De La Soul – because there are so many ideas that cross song to song.

Over to you…


February 07, 2008

iPod Touch impressions

So, I recently got my hands on an iPod touch and have spent a bit of time trying out various things, and to be honest it ’s quickly become very useful.

First up it has to be said that the interface is lovely and the screen is pretty awesome – especially for video.

Where it has been of most immediate value is in email. As long as I have a wireless connection I can pick up email, which is very handy. A blackberry seems rather dull in comparison.

More interesting is the way you can integrate it with web based apps to do useful things. The best example so far has been to use docs.google to store papers and other documents so that rather than cart stuff around I have a whole archive of papers available where I can get a connection . When Google add edit and create functions it will be even better.

I am writing this on it now – which goes to show how well it works with Warwick’s web systems. I’ve also edited sitebuilder pages using it. The keyboard works well, but bluetooth could make this even easier.

The absence of a flash player remains a major headache, but so far so useful.


February 14, 2007

Proof the iPod has a sense of humour #2

This morning the iPod played a piece from Handel’s Messiah – “He was despised and rejected by men” – and followed it up with Depeche Mode “Personal Jesus”

Well, I found it funny.


October 16, 2006

My iPod is freaking me out!

There was an article in the Guardian recently about whether the iPod shuffle feature was really as randomn as was suggested. The article discussed concerns that shuffle was a nefarious strategy for making you listen to apple friendly music – boo hiss.

However, today my iPod really scared me. Here’s why:

Last night I caught a bit of 100 best albums on Channel 4. I watched a few and noted during the Velvet Underground entry that I really ought to listen to that album again.

Today on the way to and from work my iPod served up 5 Velvet Underground tracks.

I have 2500 songs on my iPod.

I have 1 Velvet Underground album.

That album has 11 tracks on it.

In the last 3 months I have had 1 track from that album on shuffle.

I swear that device can read my mind – it know’s my desires and responds to my whim. How else can you explain the fact that it plays 5 tracks from an album I was thinking about some 8 hours earlier.

It’s scary – really really scary!


April 10, 2006

Do you own a video iPod (or similar?)

I see a lot of iPods and other players around campus. As producer of Warwick Podcasts I would be interested to know how many people have video versions of these. We could quite easily start producing video content as well, but is the effort worth it?

So the question is – do you own a Video iPod (or psp, or other mobile video device)?

or

Are you likely to buy one in the next 6 months/year?

BTW - There is no prize attached to this question!


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