Life Online Gallery launch

Given what I do, I was delighted to be asked to play at the launch of the Life Online Gallery at the National Media Museum. I’ve never had to follow on from Richard Branson before, and not sure I’ll ever have to again!

What started out as a request to play an hours set became a 4 hour marathon as I walked through the door. Thankfully, when your content streams live from the internet, you don’t need to worry about not having enough to play. So I took the audience on a right roller-coaster of a ride through all manner of genres and internet nonsense. As I was playing on a specially erected giant screen in the foyer half the time I didn’t notice that I had several stories of audience looking down from the several floors of balconies above. It was only as folk I’d not seen in the foyer complimented on the set on their way out that I realised.

My favourite mash of the night has to be a 3 way combo of Peter Simon recounting tales of a his Dickensian childhood, whilst staring at Cyriak mutant teddies stomping along to the Tedddy Bears Picnic tune. Bless them, the good folk at the national Media Museum were good enough to call me their resident VJ. I should use that in my PR material!

peter simon


The resurrection of YourTubes

Thats right folks, YourTubes is back. And this time its in that city centre, in the lovely new Melbourne Street Studios, who assure me that their internet connection is GREAT.

You have probably worked out that the intermitant  connection at Seven meant that enjoyable though it was for me to walk to and from a gig, it wasn’t the best venue for a night featuring online videos.

I’m afraid there is a small fee this time round, but the good news is we’ve embraced this technology lark and you can book online.

The night will follow the established format, crowd sourcing sessions featuring snippets of interesting information interspersed with amusing clips of cats falling off cushions, finished off with a live mix from yours truly.

There will be a bar. It starts at 8pm and it will be lots of fun, as well as being the future of entertainment unfolding before your very eyes.

Watch that Sound

Its been a long time, I shouldn’t have left you…. No apologies, but a brief explanation: I got a hectic new job and for a good while my employers were blocking access to YouTube! Can you imagine the distress that caused?! However, rest assured, I have far from given up the on jockeying the Tubes. I’ve been assiduously gathering content at every given opportunity, just never get time to post the results up here due to dayjob pressures.

Whilst mining the ether I have struck a rich seam of electro revivalism, which is I guess a good way of describing the entire canon of av remixes, but in particular I’m taking about funky soul gems given a 21st century polish by one Bobby C Sound. I must confess, his is not a name I’d come across before, hailing as he does from the state of Colorado in the Good Ol’, but I was certianly mightly pleased to make his acquaintance.

Lets begin the introductions with his Soul Food Fight remix. Its got all the elements that get me hot under the collar, great beats, a deep retro vibe sampling Louis Jordan and visuals crafted from an old cartoon. 

If you’re liking that, you’ll love the next offering, this time working much the same vibe and sampling soul legend Ray Charles. Keen readers may recall me banging on about Diplos Gold Digger some time ago, and I think it’s fair to say that Mr Sound is rather familiar with it. But hey, who ever said great art needed to be based on original ideas, certainly not me!

Right then, must crack on. Cant promise that I’ll keep up with the levels of posting seen during the redundancy years, but I can promise that I’m still here, unearthing online audio visual delights for your desktop delectation. Plus I’ll be hitting the big screens again later in the year, so stay tuuuuuuuuuned…


Dont miss DJ Woody’s “Turntables in Technicolour”

Legendary turntable bother from the wrong side o’ the Pennines, DJ Woody, is bringing his astounding live AV show “Turntables in Technicolour” to Leeds next Friday 2nd. Do. Not. Miss. This.

Its not often Leeds gets lit up by the greats of the audio visual world, so its definitely worth dropping that xmas shopping and getting yourself along to the funkadelic new Sedgewick Avenue bar on Merrion Street to take in the spectacle. Best of all, it’s free!

What can we say about Woody. Well I’ve said a bit about him before. He’s yet another of those beat juggling scratchmasters who’s made the progression from records to audio visuals. See also DJ Food, DJ Cheeba and DJ Yoda. What makes the progression so common is the heavy use of samples in turntable culture. Its a natural step to go from dropping a vocal sample nicked from Pulp Fiction to dropping the sample in entirety. Although I couldn’t claim to be part of turntable culture myself, I have to doff my cap to it’s influence. In particular its the use of samples that drove me to AV mixing. Listening to mix tapes I would imagine the flickering footage that had disappeared from audio samples. Over time I developed a passion for spicing back together the audio and visual.

The thing that gives Woody has a bit of an edge on his compadres is that he trained as a graphic designer, giving him an intuitive understanding of visuals that isn’t shared by everyone ploughing the same furrow… *ahem* yoda *ahem*

To whet your appetite, lets look at a couple of bits of footage of the B Wooder at work. Here’s a taster of his showcase set from the 2010 DMC championship… 

And here he is serving up choice cuts to soundtrack “Local Legend” by Seek the Northerner, a tale familiar to anyone who grew up within spitting distance of the wrong side of the tracks…


… a fearless pioneer… a modern day Jimmy Savile

The sad news about Sir Jim’ll dying reminded me that only the week before I had emailed someone saying “I’m a fearless pioneer, a modern day Jimmy Saville”. You’ve doubtless heard Sir Jim’s claim to have been the first person to put two record decks together and invent DJ’ing. He also claims to be the inventor of the disco, being the first person to organise a dance with records instead of live bands. I feel much the same about YouTube mixing. Before I start waxing lyrical, lets hear what the man himself has to say…

The way talks about replacing bands with records is how I feel about taking internet videos off the desktop and projecting them into entirely different situations. His notion of having a pair of decks to cue up the next track is exactly what I’m doing when I mix videos together. I am that impatient listener in a hurry to get onto the next record/video, it’s hard wired. Show me a video, no matter what the content, and I’m immediately thinking about how it could relate to any of the 5000 odd other videos I’ve seen. Making connections and crafting mixes and mashups on the fly is why one of my sets is an entirely different experience to watching videos one by one without the contextual benefits of pro and epilogue.

Whilst reminiscing on the life of Sir Jim’ll, with the help of the internet ether I came across this tribute crafted from his intro’s. I was particularly looking for the scene where he switches off the ToTP lights at the end of the series, as it would make an ideal set closer. But watching the rest of his segments I was struck that I could craft a set based round his intros. I wouldn’t always stick to playing the band he’s introducing, though half the time you can’t really tell who he is introducing, and the other half I could quite happily play. Canned Heat? Wombles? The Specials? Just yer average ineaux experience…

Putting Brother ineaux to bed

Light Night seems light years ago now, but due to some massive upheavals at ineaux towers I’ve not had chance for my customary review of proceedings. So here goes…

Setup seemed to take an age, the best part of 2 days on and off. In the process I got soaked to the skin several times and thought I’d broken one of the fancy (read expensive) projectors I’d hired, but it was well worth it and not just for the end result. Leeds Uni amazingly trusted me with keys to their roof and tower, meaning I was free to come and go as I pleased and enjoy the amazing views as I did so. I was even treated to a double, at times treble, rainbow whilst up there.

If you’re interested in the technical details, in essence there were 2 projectors projecting a double width extended desktop. The visuals were running through vj software Resolume, which allowed me to move the head side to side, and trigger a short video loop in response to my voice. That was how the lip synching worked. Audio was transmitted to a series of radios, plugged into some modified megaphones for those authentic authoritarian instructions.

What was it all about? The central premise was an imagined capitalist dystopia, where consumption and conformity rules were enforced by men from the Ministry, with Brother ineaux as their mouthpiece. Simples! There were also nods to Shepherd Faireys Obey project, in which he imagined Andre the Giant as a counter-cultural Big Brother. Hence the scrolling OBEY sign, which was also ideal for setup and testing.

On the night it all worked a treat and I had some great feedback. I’d not practised my rants, just working out the basic concepts of what I wanted to say, and then going for it freeform on the night. I think I got better as I went on.

Unfortunately I think that as the night went on the radio reception slipped a little so it became increasingly unclear what I was saying, but then again some folk thought that added to the appeal of it.

Then a strange thing happened. Around 10pm it was like someone flicked a switch and the self obsessed, destructive, conformist society I’d been parodying came to life before my eyes. This was personified in the fact that some really drunk idiots, flyering for the Quilted Lhama underneath one of the megaphones decided to have a pop at it. After much trying they eventually managed to climb up and pull down the radio, though not without some difficulty as the whole thing was cable tied to the sign on the lamp-post. Massively pissed off I sought out the Night Porter, who I needed to let me out of the building, stormed down and demanded the radio back whilst giving them a piece of my mind. They were too drunk to care. I retired to my lofty viewpoint, and Brother ineaux had a change of heart, a proper road to Damascus conversion! So strange how life imitated art. In the end, I just let the OBEY sign scroll for a while, and nipped up to the roof for a satisfying smoke whilst basking in the glory of it all.

You probably haven’t seen the last of Brother ineaux, it was too much work for a single install. I reckon he would be ideal for issuing useful instructions to festival goers in the middle of the night, but until then, it’s back to the proper YouTube Jockey night job!

Here’s some video of the night, apologies for ruining some top quality footage (Thanks to Lisa Loco & Dave Lynch)…

And lifting the ineaux curtain, heres some raw behind the scenes footage in which you can hear the rants I was working up…

Who is Brother ineaux and does he really know best?

Brother ineaux is a playfully dystopian projection of multimedia artist Tim ineaux’s psyche. More commonly found mashing live streaming YouTube videos, Tim is putting his years of audio visual production to good use, by sticking a large talking head of Leeds most commanding building.

Brother ineaux will be instructing the massed citizenry in the the mores of the modern dystopia he envisages himself the leader of. This isn’t a reality TV show, you cannot talk back to Brother ineaux, he really does know best.

Frustratingly for the Brother, he can only control the areas he can see from his Parkinsons Building perch. Thus creating a series of Temporary Autonomous Zones ripe for creative exploitation. Expect guerilla kinematic happenings that puncture the subservient passivity espoused by Brother ineaux.

Brother ineaux will be issuing instructions to citizens on Woodhouse Lane from 6pm until midnight.

Even curtain welling Orwellian controllers like to kick back and sing along to the latest internet viral smash from time to time though…

What do you call 50% of a Your Tubes night?

I would imagine you can list off the top of your head the essential ingredients for a Your Tube event. Your list probably looks something like:

  • Computer, several of.
  • Projector, bright one.
  • Screen, amply sized.
  • Internet connection.

Can you guess what was missing from this list last Friday? Or do you hang on my every tweet, and consequently know that we spent the first hour and a half without the internets?

That’s right, to bring the event back into compliance with the Trade Descriptions Act, it should have been renamed You. Or possibly Me. Because that’s how it started out. Though I was lucky enough to have Dave Lynch along to provide moral support and beer.

Eventually the internet connection coughed and spluttered it’s way back to life a mere half way through the evening. The few audience members who had tried to stick it out had disappeared, leaving the pair of us with a massive PA & cinema screen to ourselves. So we had all the fun in a back to back megamix, remarkable for the fact that Dave held his own despite not being that familiar with the more nuanced contents of YouTube. He has been vj’ing for quite some time though, and knows a trick or three.

In the end we did gather a small crowd, who enjoyed what was going on, so that was nice. It’s just as well I’m about as laid back as they come, and with a good few years events experience under my belt, or it might have made for a rather stressful evening. Here’s the rather apt last track…


The big brother ineaux reveal…


I have been plotting an epic projection on the Leeds Uni Parkinson’s Building for several years.  The tower has long fascinated me due to it’s commanding position on the Leeds skyline, and in my warped mind it is crying out for a giant rotating Big Brother head, in the style of the original 1984 Apple Mac advert

I’ve been assembling my grand vision (ego trip?) for a while, posting snippets on Twitter, such as the components for the DIY radio controlled Public Address system I’m building (see below).  But now I’m ready for the big reveal, a fitting subject for my 100th posting.

The real life reveal will be on October 7th during Light Night, in an installation called “Brother ineaux knows best” which is my take on an all controlling dystopian Big Brother. Brother ineaux will be issuing instructions appropriate for a modern day dystopia to all citizens of Leodis who fall within his gaze, because of course, he knows best. However, there are plenty of places in the vicinity that Brother ineaux cant see, which will become Temporary Autonomous Zones for the night, hosting guerilla screenings & flashmobs. Stay tuned to my Twitter feed for the inside line on those. Whilst for the main installation and other mainstream fare, look out for all the info on the Light Night website and come along on the night.

Finally, a word of thanks to supporters of the project, including @automatton, @englandrp and @lumenarts. Plus a big thanks to Leeds University for providing legitimate access to their walls (don’t tell them I have lit them up guerilla fashion in the past…) and of course to Leeds City Council for putting on the whole Light Night shebang and for funding this installation.