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Feb. 6th, 2010 | 12:46 am

Hey guys, amazingly I still have an LJ which is a bit of a surprise considering my attention span is barely enough for twitter.

So to the point

I started a creative commons digital download store called Binary Releases and we are looking to expand our artist and label base over the next few months in a big way.


We give away heaps of free music from a few tracks a release to whole albums as full 320K mp3s
We have a standardised pricing structure over the whole store
We charge $1AUS for individual tracks $4AUS for an EP and $10AUS for an album.
We run a full A&R process to make sure everything on the site is of top quality
We return around 70% of each sale to independent artists themselves
We have a number of forums and community functions for users and the artists

In the long term I am looking to expand the store and the community with the aim of using creative commons to share, remix, rework and create new concepts and ideas. To do this we need members though.
Members get access to free tracks on each release as well as bonus material posted in the forums.

So if your looking to get your music out there shoot us an e-mail to a&r at binaryreleases dot com. We don't care what kind of music you make as long as its good and you want to get it out there.

Also if you can please mention us in a tweet or on facebook or in your posts that would be great, signing up is free and there is already a heap of free downloads available through the site.



omg I have an LJ

Oct. 12th, 2009 | 10:41 pm

If you have 00-10 ... write [I'm a goody-goody]
If you have 11-20 ... write [I'm still a goody-goody]
If you have 21-30 ... write [I'm average]
If you have 31-40 ... write [I'm a bad kid]
If you have 41-50 ... write [I'm a very bad influence]
If you have 51-60 ... write [I'm a horrible person]
If you have 61-70 ... write [I should be in jail]
If you have 71-80 ... write [I should be dead]
If you have 81-90 ... write [I got a ticket to Hell]

Result: 74 [I should be dead] LOL

[x] smoked
[x] consumed alcohol
[x] slept in the same bed with someone of the opposite sex
[x] slept in the same bed with someone of the same sex
[x] kissed someone of the same sex
[x] had sex
[x] had someone in your room other than family
[x] watched porn
[x] bought porn
[x] tried drugs


[x] taken painkillers
[ ] taken someone else's prescription medicine
[x] lied to your parents
[x] lied to a friend
[ ] sneaked out of the house
[x] done something illegal
[x] felt hurt
[x] hurt someone
[x] wished someone to die
[x] seen someone die


[x] missed curfew
[x] stayed out all night
[x] eaten a carton of ice cream by yourself
[x] been to a therapist
[ ] received a ticket
[ ] been to rehab
[x] dyed your hair
[ ] been in an accident
[x] been to a club
[x] been to a bar


[x] been to a wild party
[ ] been to a Mardi Gras parade
[x] drank more than three alcoholic beverages in a night
[ ] had a spring break in Florida
[x] sniffed anything
[x] wore black nail polish
[x] wore arm bands
[x] wore t-shirts with band names
[x] listened to rap
[ ] owned a 50 Cent CD


[x] dressed gothic
[X] dressed girly
[x] dressed punk
[x] dressed grunge
[x] stole something
[x] been too drunk to remember anything
[x] blacked out
[ ] fainted
[ ] had a crush on a neighbor


[x] had a crush on a friend
[x] been to a concert
[x] dry-humped someone; been dry humped
[x] been called a slut
[x] called someone a slut
[ ] installed speakers in a car
[x] broken a mirror
[x] showered at someone of the opposites sex's house
[x] brushed your teeth with someone else's toothbrush


[ ] considered Ludacris your favorite rapper
[x] seen an R-rated movie
[x] cruised the mall
[ ] skipped school
[x] had surgery
[x] had an injury
[ ] gone to court
[ ] walked out of a restaurant without paying/tipping
[x] caught something on fire
[ ] lied about your age


[x] owned/rented an apartment/house
[ ] broke the law in the police's presence
[x] made out with someone who had a GF/BF
[ ] got in trouble with the police
[x] talked to a stranger
[x] hugged a stranger
[x] kissed a stranger
[x] rode in the car with a stranger
[x] been harassed
[x] been verbally harassed


[x] met face-to-face with someone you met online
[x] stayed online for 5+ hours straight
[ ] talked on the phone for more than 4 hours straight
[x] watched TV for 5 hours straight
[x] been to a fair
[x] been called a bad influence
[ ] drank and drove
[x] prank-called someone
[x] laid on a couch with someone of the opposite sex
[ ] cheated on a test


Well I would vote for this guy

May. 13th, 2009 | 09:54 pm

Originally published at Project 2357. You can comment here or there.

seriously I would

The Budget always brings out the best in people

May. 13th, 2009 | 04:45 pm

Originally published at Project 2357. You can comment here or there.

The Australian Treasurer handed down the budget last night and in the usual "what did I get" response that followed I noticed something rather interesting. When ever someone from an older generation is talking to Gen Y about money and it's during good times they say "we wanted the best for your children" usuall proud as well in a way that makes them think that we should think to be grateful to them for in most cases probably very little. However when it's no longer boom times and things are heading up the creek we hear this one "toughen up, you've had it too easy, in my day..." I usually switch off at this point.

I just find it rather odd that we should be grateful for apparently living like greek gods at one momment and then told to toughen up by the same people who were meant to be responsible for preparing us for life. I think this may be a good indication that someone screwed up on the last part.

studio clean out time (also a good way to blow that 900 your about to get)

Apr. 21st, 2009 | 08:40 pm

I'm moving back south in a few months so it's time to look at cleaning out a few bits of kit I'm no longer using. The smaller stuff I am willing to post, the TLA and the Akai though are pickup only.

Everything is in working order and pretty scratch free. The rack gear will have some scratches on the tops and bottoms from pulling it in and out of racks but otherwise looks perfect.

info at dalebaldwin dot com if your interested

TLA 5052: Stereo Valve Processor

2 Channel Preamp, Compressor, Limiter, EQ that can be run as stereo or 2 individual channels

M Audio Firewire 410
4 in 10 out Firewire soundcard, works with both Mac and PC

AKAI S2000 Sampler
2 in 2 out Akai Sampler with system disc 2.0

Alesis MMT-8 x2
I have 2 of these and they are some of the coolest pieces of kit I have ever played with. If you want a sequencer for playing live this is what you want. Checkout the Orbital Live CD if you need proof.
$150 each

DBX 266xl 2 channel Compressor/Gate
Simple and easy to use compressor, usual good DBX reliability

Tapco Squeez SQ-2 Compressor Gate
Again another simple compressor, fun to overdrive with drums but then it is made by mackie so that's not really a surprise.

TASCAM 32 input patch bay
do I really need to describe this?

Line 6 Pod Pro
Rack Mounted Guitar processor, does amp, cabinet and stomp box modeling, also has a tuner which is useful for tuning old analog synth gear. I have run everything from guitars and bass through it to recorded flutes and organs.


Apr. 21st, 2009 | 02:40 pm

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I needed this album 4 years ago

Apr. 16th, 2009 | 10:41 pm

Originally published at Project 2357. You can comment here or there.

Growing up I was a huge Nine Inch Nails fan. Broken, the Downward Spiral and the Fragile were on constant rotation and their lyrics influenced everything that I have ever written both on paper and musically. I suppose the mix of slightly gothic and depressed, one person against the world industrial metal suited me perfectly being in a school of mostly new money rich kids addicted to Britney style pop and what ever punk band was doing the rounds on triple J (the only real alternative radio station in Australia). I remember taking tracks like wish and happiness in slavery and turning them into spoken word pieces for class. Which was great cause the sight of an angry 6 foot teenager with long hair, black clothes, spike collars and an immunity to anything remotely morbid scared the crap out of everyone including the teachers. It wasn't the best time of my life. I hated the school I was in, I hated the people that were there and I was still in a hell of a lot of pain from leaving Jakarta behind, in hindsight and having talked to trained professionals I was probably suffering some sort of post traumatic stress and even today I have trouble with the images I can't get out of my mind. In the end I moved schools and also of moved away from NIN to the Smashing Pumpkins and Something for Kate. I found some sort of happiness surrounded in the hell that was the boarding house I was in and NIN never seemed appropriate. To this day I don't think I have listened to the Downward Spiral or the Fragile in full since, it's just too depressing.

So snap forward to this week and I was looking for something new so I went and downloaded ghosts and the slip.

I don't think I have ever listened to an album from start to finish ever. I tend to focus on a few tracks and just expand from there. Well the first track I played was called Discipline. I can't stop listening to this track, other than the fact that it's absolutely brilliant it was like a punch in the face.

A lot of people won't know this but I'm an addict. From the end of 2004 through to about mid 2005 I developed a pretty serious addiction to Ecstasy, Cocaine and Speed. When I came down I often turned to alcohol to try and sleep and numb the cravings for more. The result of that was a dependency on alcohol, I was often drinking a full bottle of Jack Daniels in only a few days doing 5 to 10 shots a night. To this day I still can't drink responsibly. I have given in to the fact that I will always crave alcohol in the same way I will always crave the feeling that taking an ecstasy tablet or a line of speed will give me. My problem is that I always want more, it's not about one its about how many can I have. I can't just have one. While I still have a beer or two on some nights I always want more.

So as of today I have been clean off coke and speed for 4 years. It took me a lot longer to work out I didn't need the ecstasy and most days I still get the feeling that I want to take a pill or two. I went cold turkey off the whole lot, changed most of my friends, basically got fired from my old job for being an idiot and got away from the dealers I knew, most of them are now either in Jail or quite before they got busted.

I cleaned up and I got better. It took me a while to accept that I was an addict. It's not something that just goes off like a switch. I realized what I wanted I couldn't have and the result on me it was having. I realized the effect it was having on the people around me and I realized it had to stop. I'm not sure if it was the alcohol or a massive dosage of good TV but going cold turkey was a lot easier than I thought it would be. The fact that I was only addicted for a short amount of time (6 to Cool for others.

So what does this have to do with a Nine Inch Nails song? Well take a look at the lyrics below.

I need your discipline
I need your help
I need your discipline
You know once I start I cannot help myself

I came to the realization this week that I may never be free of my addiction. I am always going to want just one more, and one more after that. I think I am stronger than I was back then but it's still going to haunt me for a long time to come.

If none of this makes sense to you then that's understandable. Most people don't get it and have never experienced what addiction is. It isn't an easy concept to get your head around and a lot of addicts don't even know they are addicted. I was lucky compared to a lot of others and while I caused a lot of people a lot of pain I think I have done my best to make up for it. I give money each month to charity to help others in my position and would be willing to help anyone who needs help getting through their own addictions.

so if you have read this far, thank you and I hope you gleaned something from the chaos.

things that make you laugh and think

Apr. 12th, 2009 | 06:31 pm

I thought this wasa pure piece of comic genius that most guys myself included are probably too chicken to actually say to their partners. Either that or every female I know is going to hate me for posting this.

Kevin Rose talks to Trent Reznor about the Music Biz and how to freak out young indie bands

Apr. 11th, 2009 | 05:02 pm

Originally published at Project 2357. You can comment here or there.

Microsoft X Box live phone support makes 3 and tpg look good

Apr. 10th, 2009 | 08:36 pm

I didn't think it was possible but it turns out there is a company that has even worse phone support than 3 and TPG.

So I went to buy some xbox live points to get the GTA IV expansion tonight. Turns out Microsoft went to charge my credit card a few time to renew my xbox live account, something I hardly use and really couldn't care less about. Any way it failed a few times so Microsoft locked out my credit card.

At this point I would like to declare that I don't have another credit card or a debit card.

So I just spent an hour on the phone talking to three separate reps.

The first thing they told me was that to use my account again to buy points etc I have to pay off the balance of the account renew. I explained I don't want to renew my account, you haven't charged me for it, you blocked me from using the service and downgraded my account to a silver membership so I just asked them to cancel the transaction request and thus return the account balance to zero. Turns out their system can't do that. To cancel my account I have to pay the balance and then get them to refund that payment to my credit card. Not too happy about this and it's a tad inconvenient but what ever get to it.

Next problem. My credit card in their system is blocked, they can't reset it in anyway shape or form. They didn't know this when we started the conversation. We try to re enter credit card details etc at their end, through my xbox and through my online account details. The system won't accept them.

So my credit card is totally locked out. They ask me if I have another credit or debit card that I can use. I tell them I don't. So what do they told me to do next? If you guessed "can you get a friends credit or debit card and use that" you would be correct.

So at this point for me to have an xbox live account with that credit card and gamer tag I have to pay them money, get them to refund money and also get a new credit card to do so.

I'm currently looking around the ACCC site to find out if what they asked me to do was illegal.

Also it turns out their support is run by Samsung Telecommunications support in Austin Texas. I know this cause the hold message told me so. If any of those reps were situated in Austin texas I would be really really really surprised.

So thats been my night so far.