An update from me on the game I’m currently producing: Papa Sangre 2
A little video I cut for friends who run Scaresville - the Suffolk scare event at Kentwell Hall. Happy Halloween!
On Monday I went to the Sony Radio Academy awards where David Rodigan won the Gold award for Best Specialist Music Programme for his BBC Radio 2 series which I co-produced last summer. The award was presented to us by…Trevor Nelson, whose Radio 2 show I also produce.
Somethin’ Else has just taken over production of the Economist Audio Edition - every single article in the weekly paper read out word-for-word. It’s available to subscribers on the Economist website and through the iOS app. As I ran the original pilots, I’m now looking after the launch and delivery of the project.
It’s a huge operation, creating eight hours of audio per week, using six voiceovers (with three recording simultaneously at any one time), nine producers, and a number of other production staff. We have ten hours to deliver it each week, so every Thursday the basement at Somethin’ Else is a hive of activity. We receive the pages as they go to press on a Thursday morning, and the audio is live on the site by 9pm that night.
We also produce the Editor’s Highlights podcast, a selection of the best bits from every week’s Edition. It’s available to subscribers and non-subscribers alike - so you can get your fill if you’re not ready to take the eight hour plunge!
Somethin’ Else’s ‘music tech club’ recently got homework - a CD of samples to make into a tune.
Here’s my rough-and-ready attempt. It needs a lot of EQing. Made on Ableton 8. Enjoy.
To celebrate Aretha Franklin’s 70th Birthday we turned the whole of Trevor Nelson’s Radio 2 Soul Show over to the listeners to pick their favourite Aretha tunes.
It turns out they have impeccable taste - who knew! - making for an hour of first class music. Check it out on the BBC iPlayer.
To mark the occasion Team Trevor opted for matching outfits…
(Most of) the Green family syndicate inspects (lack of) progress on Botanic (AKA The Bodger)’s partial refurbishment. Rather than starting to rebuild the interior we ended up ripping more out…
Fans/future guests of Bodger watch this space, she will ride again! (hopefully in early May)
Here’s a mix for y’all - a selection of the (mostly quite old) tunes I’ve been liking lately…
This year marks our 11th year working with The BRIT Awards, and as if to celebrate, they’ve asked us to look after their Digital Strategy. We’re now responsible for all the digital content for the music event, including running its Social Media accounts, and updating, redesigning and rebuilding the website - which has just gone fully-live.
On top of that, we’ve got our video and radio crews preparing to head down at the event at the O2 in February, to provide all the backstage video footage for the website, and syndicate BRITs radio content across the UK and the world.
The iOS game I produced (via Somethin’ Else) for the Tate Modern - Race Against Time - is available in iOS App Stores worldwide NOW!
You play as a wily chameleon, travelling through the history of modern art in order to defeat evil Dr Greyscale’s plan to remove all the colour from the world. As you race through time from 1890 back to the present day, the background, platforms and enemies change to reflect major art movements and works from the last 121 years of modern art - as does the (specially created) music. And if you play the game AT the Tate you can activate ‘turbo mode’, supercharging your jump and unlocking a mighty tongue-attack for zapping baddies.
If you’re in the UK, download Race Against Time here.
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