Comic Con 2014 London – animated gif of 100 cosplay faces

Yesterday went to London with my daughter and two friends – all dressed up for Comic Con 2014 London. Great time and this is my tribute to all those who put the effort in.
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“Love is Broken” live performance at the Treehouse last Wednesday

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Live performance of Self-Destruct by Phoenix-Flare

Live performance by Chris Bird & James Bragg. Sounds from the mighty Prophet 12, the Nord Stage2 & beats from The Tempest.

Turn up the synths loud and let The Prophet (12) speak!

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Improvised looping on the Prophet 12

Been enjoying doing some improvsed looping on the Prophet 12. Starting to get a sweet range of sounds from it. All my own patches now. Using a TC Electronics looper pedal.

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Fathers Day Animation

My daughter has made me an animation for Fathers Day – very sweet. This is what my cat gets up to when I’m not in my music studio.

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The Rise and Fall of Minecraft – Episode 1

Episode 1

Minecraft is a virtual world invented by Notch. You can load it on a computer, start a new world which can be in survival or creative mode. In creative mode you have mostly unlimited resources and can’t die. This mode is fine for building beautiful houses and fancy technology but survival is probably more interesting for this essay. There is no aim as such with this game except for what take in yourself, which I find quite fascinating.

You start with nothing in a beautiful wild world and have to survive the first night as zombies, spiders and skeletons try to kill you – you must make a shelter before night falls to keep yourself safe. You can cut down trees, you can dig up dirt and rock. You can build with what you’ve collected.
You could use a stick and some spider web to make a fishing rod and catch some fish to eat. You could make a bow and arrow and hunt for pigs. Kill a skeleton, wave a bone at a wolf and you gain a loyal dog who will follow you and attack your enemies. Find a flint and you can start a fire. Find some coal and iron ore and make yourself a metal sword. Catch some pigs, round them up with fences and double gates, breed baby pigs to save going out hunting or start growing a wheat field.

Over the summer holidays my 12 year old son Hooty and 10 year old daughter Sasha progressed by themselves from Primitive man to Stone Age, Iron Age and by the end were making electric lighting using redstone wires with switches. Pistons, trap doors, canons & beautiful architecture.

A fascinating run through human history except each player was alone in their world – await the next installment!


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Tuesday Morning Ipad Jam

A Tuesday morning Jam using the ipad app korg Polysix. This is a great emulation of the classic synth from 1981. Enjoy the sound.


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Phoenix-Flare playing Westbury Tavern Thursday 13th December 2012

I have a few days off work getting the tracks ready for Thursday night. About 9pm at the Westbury Tavern. Join us for some electro-pleasure. Charlie Groves & Anthony Jones with their wonderful harmonizing will be playing before and after us.

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New Phoenix-Flare song played live “Love is Broken”

Live video Sunday afternoon at home of our latest track “Love is Broken”
Already got some great response for the song on youtube like “Dang, this is good music!”

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Improvisation for Indian Harmonium

This is my new Indian Harmonium bought for £65 from an asian lady in Horfield. It’s got a lovely sound and is fun to play. As you have to pump it to make a sound, you get a real feel of creating the music – more than with other keyboards

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