Bloc 2012 has gone into administration: what this means for ticket holders

After the cancellation of the Bloc festival on Friday night, Baselogic have announced that they have gone into voluntary administration. Here we explain that means.

Bloc 2012 was a disaster, for organisers and fans alike. Music, party and travel plans were ruined for tens of thousands of people who had come from all over the world for the festival. These events have now taken an even darker turn with the organisers filing for bankruptcy.

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Drop It Like Its Bloc

Bloc 2012. By now, you’ll have heard that it was a disaster. Two of our members were there when it all went wrong: Phil and Rowan share their experience and thoughts on why it went wrong.

Bloc 2012, the most hyped festival in the UK this year, looked like it was going to be an amazing two days. Snoop Doggy Dogg, Orbital, Joker, Kode9, Four Tet, Flying Lotus, Amon Tobin (to name but a few) were all set to play over the weekend. So, feeling pretty hyped about it ourselves, we bought two weekend tickets. Little did we know what was about to happen: ticket breakdowns, poorly designed stages, massive queues and a police shutdown.

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2012: A Synth Odyssey…

We’re still putting the finishing touches on our brand spanking new site, so for the mean time, here’s a futuristic sci-fi inspired playlist we’ve cobbled together- so sit back, relax and let the music take you on a fantastic otherworldly voyage,,,

Regular service to resume shortly

we’re going on a break. it’s not you, it’s us.

For the next two weeks, we here at The Phonograph are going to be very busy. We are building ourselves a brand new website, writing the in-depth articles we’ve always wanted to do but never had the time, working with new writers and publishers, and making all those little changes which will make our site just that little bit better.

Yet, we’re not going to leave you bereft of quality (cough cough) blogging. No, Julian’s been off moonlighting this week writing for lovely folk over at Rock Paper Shotgun on the subject of transcribing games…say wah?

In it he says things like:

Gaming is one of the few media without an instructional notation. The other arts have tools to relate concepts into symbols that can be digested at a glance, allowing great detail to be condensed into a conventionalised code. Musicians use musical notation, movie makers – story boards, writers – short hand, linguists – phonetics, and so on. If musicians were stuck with the same methods we use – strategy guides, walkthroughs, and videos – each composition would be an interminably long tome that lost all immediacy and comprehension – “Pluck the G-string on the third fret, then immediately after the A-string on the fourth fret, pause, play the G string again”. The other arts developed their own notation systems, yet we haven’t. Why?

You can read the rest here.

It’s somewhat good stuff. But don’t just take out word for it, here’s what Kirk Hamilton wrote about it over at Kotaku:

At first blush, the article looks similar to the kinds of cool musical analyses that Dan Bruno sometimes does on his blog Cruise Elroy. But keep reading, and you’ll see that Benson is actually transcribing the game like it’s music, drawing on the work of minimalist composer Steve Reich to put Braid’s shifting, backtracking flow into context, building a modified type of music notation in order to express the events on the screen.

He then pushes beyond Braid to other platformers, wondering if we could form a universal form of music-notation… for all games.

So, we’ll be seeing you in two weeks. Till then, happy listening.

Hip-Hop: A force for evil?

In light of an upcoming barbican debate we ask what effect hip hop is having on society.

Next week sees a panel discussing the cultural merits (or demerits) of Hip Hop at London’s Barbican. Whilst it’ll likely be an interesting panel we couldn’t help but start throwing the question around between ourselves here at The Phonograph.

The three main criticisms Hip Hop, from a societal point of view, that we came up with were misogyny, a focus on the attainment of wealth, and its glorification of gang culture. It’s not easy to separate out these criticisms into clear cut categories because they quickly become entwined within the music.

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Football chants: you only sing when you’re winning

often lacking rhyme and reason, tom looks at the evolution of football chants. just in time for euro 2012 too.

Here it is again – that time of year when our sceptred isle places its hopes and dreams on 11 men, a piece of leather, and a coach who wouldn’t look out of place on the touchline of a pub league match…circa 1972. Lets be frank, for the average England fan, Euro 2012 promises to be a veritable orgy of, well… disappointment, shame, and failure. However, we thought it was the perfect time to take a closer look at the relationship music shares with the (not so) beautiful game, if only to take your mind off the horrors transpiring in eastern Europe this summer.

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Music defined

Forming a baseline definition, we tussle with what we believe music to be.

Never one to shy away from the big topics, today we’re going to define music. Many are likely to disagree with our definition. You may disagree with it. Frankly, amongst ourselves, the people writing for The Phonograph, we may disagree with elements of the whole. What we are aiming for here is broad strokes.

It doesn’t matter if we disagree; in fact, should you disagree with us we’d like to hear why because it is only through conflict that we can flesh out a solid theory. What is important is that we discuss it so that we can the look out from our conception of music to understand why things do and don’t fit within our definition. Continue reading

Eurovision 2012: a sign of the apocalypse?

always suspected Eurovision was the end of all things good and holy? Peter Kissick has done the research to prove it.

Robert Weinland – self-proclaimed prophet (as if there were any other kind) – has declared the end-of-the-world to be May 27

But is it possible that rather than being another deluding soul in the business of our imminent destruction, Weinland could actually be correct? And could it be more than coincidence that the date follows immediately on the spangly, sequined coat-tails of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest?

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Mashups, autotune, and the bedroom satirist

The past decade has seen the rise of the mashup and auditorial as a tool for satire. we take a look at its power.

Sunday Bloody Sunday. That’s how I remember George W. Bush. That’s not to negate his other actions in power, it’s not like I’ve forgotten the Iraq war, nor the Afghanistan war, nor that time he said he believed we could co-exist peacefully with fish; all of those stay fairly clear in the mind too. But it wasn’t until a video of him singing the Sunday Bloody Sunday came along in 2006 that I understood what he was about.

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