Archive for November, 2012

Digital Curation (access exercise)

I’m currently doing a Digital Curation course with Jon Ippolito at the University of Maine. For this week’s assignment he has asked us to find and add a legally shareable image to our own blog, following a specific technique illustrated in a video tutorial. I searched for Malta music on Google and filtered the results through ‘advanced search’ to show only image that are “free to use of share”. As I expected, there weren’t many images returned in this search. The results returned went down to “about 58″ from “40,900,000″ returned on the unfiltered search.

Here’s the picture I selected:

HMV sign in Valletta

PHOTO CAPTION: HMV Sign by John Haslam taken in Valletta, Malta on Dec 3, 2008. Some rights reserved

The next part of the assignment has us picking a media file and embed a Creative Commons license next to it. Given that I’ve just finished producing this week’s edition of my weekly podcast, which is always released under a CC license, I’ve picked this audio file to embed here.

Creative Commons License
Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast by Toni Sant is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.


Roam

Show notes for the 321st Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

StalkoSimone
Alternative folk darlings Stalko are poised to release an album called Grandiloquence. The launch gig will take place at the legenary Orpheum Theatre in Gzira, where Black Sabbath gave their only ever concert in Malta about 15 years ago. I may have the good fortune of attending this show at the Orpheum, and if I do you can rest assured that I’ll be featuring another track from this album in an upcoming edition of the MMI podcast just so I can tell you all about it.

ChessStorm
This young Maltese singer’s star has been on the ascent ever for a good couple of years. She has come a long way since leaving Malta and taking up residence in the UK. She has just released an EP called Babygirl, which captures where she has managed to get in the brief period since she set out to make a name for herself. The songs on Babygirl are an excellent showcase for her vocal range and while good in its own right serves as a mere indication of the heights she may still get to in the coming years. As you would expect, the EP is among my nominations for the MMI 2012 Listeners’ Picks poll, which is now open for your votes via Facebook.

The SuburbaniteMonsters
I never really expected Robert Pisani to sing but he has just recorded an album of short songs he has co-written with Ian Schranz and Lincoln Spiteri where he does just that. The Field Guide to The Suburbanite is set to be officially launched in 2013 so it has not been included in the MMI 2012 Listeners’ Picks poll.

Aces ShadeRise
Following up hot on the heels of the their debut release The Story in My Mind Billy Lee returns with Aces Shade and this song that seems to be the typical sound they have selected for themselves. I must say that this type of raw rock has become rather rare these days, especially with all the advances of home recording. However, there’s something appealing to old time rock lovers in the sound of Aces Shade. It’s not for everyone, of course, but if they go on this way they will undoubtedly attract a core base of loyal fans, even if not necessarily a very large one. They will certainly be lining up to vote for them on the MMI 2012 Listeners’ Picks poll, as their debut single is among the songs nominated this year.

HuskoSmash
Karl Tabone is better known on the DJ circuit as Husko. The EP Banger is his debut release. I’m please to say that I have included it on the MMI 2012 Listeners’ Picks poll. So, if techno is the sort of thing you like perhaps you’ll consider voting for him this year. Voting is open until the end of the year.

The RSS feed for the Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast is available here or you can simply click here to subscribe directly with iTunes. You can also follow each new episode through the MMI Podcast: Facebook Fan Page or on MySpace. If you have no idea what any of this means, just enjoy listening to the podcast on the player right below this text.


Souvenir

Show notes for the 320th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

Bridget BoneDealer of Love
After what can only really be described as a brief period of activity, Bridget Bone are to be no more. This is their final release. It finds them in top form as they prepare to break up. I’d love to hear more but since Maltese bands rarely have publicists they’re rather cryptic in their communications. My only hope is that the Bridget Bone story, from beginning to end, will eventually be revealed in its entirety on the Malta Music Memory Project pages. I will miss their fresh and clean sound, but I’m sure that some of the members will individually go on to do even greater things in years to come.

Negative SpacesStanding
This is only the second offering from this new band and I’d say they’re a rather heavy weight challenger for this year’s newcomer accolades on the alternative local rock scene. This song packs a mighty punch and has a very catchy tune that may very well end up making them radio darlings on certain radio stations that play only a relatively narrow spectrum of music from Malta. Meanwhile you can most certainly vote for them, along with all the other songs featured on this week’s podcast and many more on the 2012 MMI Listners’ Picks poll on Facebook, which will be open until the end of 2012.

Mark Micallef & Simone GauciDestiny’s Call (Sarah’s Song)
Mark Micallef plays keyboards with Negative Spaces so it’s fitting to follow up their song with this one he released a few weeks earlier. Simone Gauci provides an apt female counterpoint to his raspy voice, while Peter Borg not only recorded and produced this recording but provides a scorching guitar solo. This song was created in memory of Sarah Agius shuffled off this mortal coil during a trip to Valencia, Spain with her parents last year. She was only 18. That’s sad.

Annalisa PsailaMelodija ta’ Ħajti
I first heard this song on YouTube by accident several weeks ago and since then it’s just stuck in my head. I really like Annalisa’s voice but there’s probably something haunting in Ray Agius’ music. In any case, here’s one earwig I’ll be glad to shake out but pleased to have come across this song. I feel that my life has been enriched knowing about the D.R.E.A.M.S. TV series. I’ve caught a good glimpse of it on YouTube, and I have to say that things have come a long way at the Sant Agatha Auditorium since my days as a student there over 30 years ago. I like this so much that I’ve even nominated the video on the 2012 MMI Listners’ Picks poll, and you can now vote for it on Facebook.

The RSS feed for the Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast is available here or you can simply click here to subscribe directly with iTunes. You can also follow each new episode through the MMI Podcast: Facebook Fan Page or on MySpace. If you have no idea what any of this means, just enjoy listening to the podcast on the player right below this text.


Skyfall

Show notes for the 319th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

Robert G feat. TobyOnly On His Way
Last spring, Robert Galea released this song written by Characters/Rifffs frontman Ray Mercieca. The style is very recognizable as Mercieca’s but somehow Robert G make his song sound mellower than it would sound performed by the songwriter. Now all that has been turned on its head with this remix by the ubiquitous Toby. I also think that the video is a good representation of the various elements that make up this song.

South Central (feat. Sean Smith) – Jaw Drop
Earlier this year, the Maltese hooded duo from Brighton released an EP entitled Pitfalls and Corridors. They’re now following it up with yet another EP called Hollywood. This is one of the four tracks on this new release, which is due to be released on Dim Mak Records on 13 November 2012. With contributions from Sean Smith and a nod to John Williams’ soundtrack for the Spielberg classic Jaws, this track should be a massive hit on the International electronic dance circuit.

AngelcryptEternal Conquest
This single was released just under a year ago and it was too late for me to include it among the 2011 nominations for MMI Listeners’ Top Picks. I’ve been meaning to include it on the podcast ever since, and I’ve finally managed to get around to it. Naturally, I’m including it on the list of nominations for the 2012 MMI Listeners’ Pick poll.

The High LonesomeI Won’t Hand My Head and Cry
Regular listeners of the MMI podcast should already be familiar with Melbourne-based Maltese singer-songwriter Andre Camilleri. He has now formed a new band with his long time partner Mark Nunis on keyboards, as well as Canberra vocalist Rose Headley and guitarist Nick Ardlie. Together they have record an acoustic album, which will be launched on 9 December 2012.

Victor ChetcutiNature’s Child
The final track on this week’s podcast is also from an overseas-based Maltese singer-songwriter. This time it’s Victor Chetcuti from the UK, who is the first of thirteen acts featured on the new album ROCKNA Live & Unplugged that has just been released through Michael Bugeja weekly radio show. The album is available as a free download through the M3P and a limited edition CD will also be available in the coming days on the Reciprocal Records label with support from Merc Clothing and Radio 101.

The RSS feed for the Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast is available here or you can simply click here to subscribe directly with iTunes. You can also follow each new episode through the MMI Podcast: Facebook Fan Page or on MySpace. If you have no idea what any of this means, just enjoy listening to the podcast on the player right below this text.


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