BFM #184

Here we go then, the first show recorded simultaneously over Mogulus and streamed to, well, no one 😉 I had a change of plans this morning, so had to get everything set for a certain time this morning. The video is embedded in this very post*, so you can have a look at the show or goto the channel and click on the on demand option to have a look any time.

Right, now on to the show itself. The live/video recording aspect of it did throw me off a little to start with, but I managed to get comfortable with it towards the end of the show. I’ve been emailing a few of the bands we used to play to gauge their interested in getting involved in the live stuff and, so far, it’s been very well received.

If you are involved in/or know of a band that would be interested in doing something for the show, please send them my way. I’m seriously thinking of getting some HD footage of sessions recorded and broadcast on the channel/shows so it’d be good to get some help on that front.

So, a few more tracks for you today with a distinctly rocky feel. I had a lot of fun with today’s show, and you can really see that if you take a look at the video of it. If enough people want it, I might make a video feed that will feature a lot of the stuff from Mogulus and Qik.


Comments, as always, are appreciated and encouraged. You can do it via email, skype – eluk_2005 or on Twitter. Hope you enjoy, I’ll be back for another one on Thursday 😉

*Video to come later, I need to take a look at ways of embedding in to the site.

Testing it Live on Thursday

I’ve been playing around with Mogulus since Sunday evening and have to say I’m impressed (thanks Dean ;)). The test channel is running constantly at the right hand side of this site, and I’ll continue to play with it over the next couple of days before going live on Thursday night at 7:30pm GMT to record the next show (don’t worry if you can’t make it live, the whole thing will be recorded and put out on the feed).

Now I’m not saying that I’m doing anything that hasn’t been done before, but as someone who did a good few live Shoutcast shows a couple of years ago, this seems like the next step. Will it work? I hope so, the potential for incorporating stuff via Qik when I’m out and about is a massive one for me as well as being able to interact live.

You can take a look at the test channel here. It’s only playing Podfest footage at the moment, but I’m hoping to get some more stuff in there soon.

Better get my make up done!

Podcastall Thoughts

Last night I took part in a live ustream broadcast with Paul Nicholls and about 10 others. It was extremely enjoyable and really hit home how much I loved doing my shoutcast streams a few years ago.

A lot of people have said that podcasters are just wannabe Radio DJs. This might be true, but I know I’d rather be able to talk to a few mates and play some music that I like than be told to choose from a playlist and feign excitement as another mindnumbing competition is announced.

At the end of the show last night, Paul tweeted about getting a few people together on a rota basis to do what he was doing each week.

This got me thinking; we could take the people interested in broadcasting their own shows and create a Ustream channel that has different hosts on each week. It’s nothing groundbreaking, but it would be good to take the live format and use a network of viewers/listeners to get everything out there.

A portion of this was braindumped at 2am this morning, so it might not make too much sense. Just thought I’d get it out there.

Introducing BrumGigs

A little experiment from me this fine Friday night; BrumGigs. Nothing too complicated, just a Twitter account that I use to promote gigs in and around Birmingham and the Black Country.

A lot of these feeds are often automated, but for breaking from the norm I’m going to be manually scouring the internetz a couple of times every day to bring you the best that our music scene has to offer.

If you’re in a band and have a gig you’d like to promote, use the hashtag #brumgigs and we’ll get it out there for you.

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BFM #183

Six songs from all over the world in the first show back for me as host of BFM. Four years ago this week I somehow got the first show up on the ‘net and since then have played out hundreds of different artists from around the world.

It’s great to be back after so long, but do let me know what you think 😉



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Back to the good old days

Over the past few days I’ve been playing around with a few bits of AV that I think have made me realise that PCDC isn’t the way forward for me. It’s time to wheel out the old dinosaur that is bitjobs for the masses! and bring it back for good.

It might just be a coincidence, but it’s exactly four years tomorrow since I first started podcasting with a mammoth 90 minute show (!).  Thankfully as the shows increased in numbers, the length went down to a more manageable 30-45 minutes per show.

I’m not expecting to return to the glory days of loads of show related emails, but it will be good to use the followers I have on Twitter to get the shows heard and shared with others. BFM Daily was one of the most popular incarnations of the show; 15 minutes of independent music, minimal chatter and released everyday. It took a hell of a lot to get a show out everyday, but it was damn fun and they were some of the best shows I’ve produced.

So, here we go. It’s going to be slow to start with, but I will be devoting as much time as I can in between work and spending time with the kids and, with a bit of luck we’ll get back to the good old days of regular shows, a large-ish audience and a lot of quality music.

Facebook: It’s not you, it’s me

Facebook unveiled a new layout today. It took a while to filter through to us in the UK, but when it did a lot of my contacts on there and on Twitter told everyone how much they hated it.

If Facebook can’t afford to buy Twitter, why do they think turning it into a clone will help? It now looks as though everything else that we use Facebook for (friends, wall posts, SuperPokes etc) have been pushed to one side and it’s all about the status updates.

There are now only two things that I’ll use Facebook for; poking friends and staying connected with my extended family around the world. At least until they join Twitter, that is