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!
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.
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
Here’s 2 videos I made for a friends band The Vapour Trails. Duncan seems to like surfing and biplanes so I’ve mixed these images in. I put the jellyfish in as I love them and think they were a cool change for the loud bits!
Live performance of the Doctor Who Theme Tune on a MiniMoog Old School. The backing has been made using Stylus for drums, Arturia Minimoog for synths and Tardis samples off the internet. This has gone down excellently on youtube with lots of positive comments. It’s also crept into various Dr Who sites aound the world.
Cool gig yesterday with a dark basement atmosphere. The synth seminars went great. Guys were just attracted to the gadgets and wires. I really must set-up this Synth Freaks night in a bar. Where people could bring their synths and chill/jam/mess around.