I always had this idea that I could set up a website which allowed you to run your own radio station. You would be given fake credits that allowed you to purchase stuff for your programming such as weather reports, on the hour announcements, news, travel information etc… and also allowed you to pay for the music tracks you play… al with virtual currency. You would offset your expenses by allowing real adverts to be played on your radio station. This would earn you more credits to spend on music. The whole thing would be a fun toy as well as a great way for the user to enjoy lots of music for free. Behind the scenes is where the magic would happen as these advertisers of yours would be paint real money to have their adverts listen too, the only difference is that they would only pay based on the listenership of that radio station (i.e. 1p/pp) This money would be used to go directly to the artists whose music appear (1p/pp). All relative – money per person listing to advert/track. The website would make money from handling this currency which, with a good following on the internet, could generate millions of pounds daily just in Britain alone!
www.radionomy.com has got half that idea. It allows you to set up your own online radio stations for free! You are free to use their 80,000 track catalogue and can drop in your jingles. They could improve it by adding features such as weather etc as I mentioned previously, but it’s early days for this site. Their interface, though rigid, is quite well thought out both functionally and ergonomically. It’s protocol is thorough which you will realise is essential if you are going to run a radio station that ultimately broadcast online 24/7.
Have entertained the notion recently that the Twilight would look like a pavilion and it and the Rubicon rollercoaster, essential parts of the film, would be on a rotting pier rather than on the edge of a cliff. Radical I know. To help illustrate this I’ve done a rough mock up of what I mean. The Rubicon is at the back of the pier with the end part missing as per accident in 1973. The pavilion is a basic 3d model I’m working on based on the original pavilion at Victoria Pier in Colwyn Bay which itself was destroyed by fire in 1922 (the actual pier still stands but sadly has fallen into ruin). The pier structure used in this composite is a photo I took of the pleasure pier at Eastbourne. Click on the picture to enlarge.
Let me know what you think and whether the new look Twilight could be the way forward. Is it spooky or dangerous enough? Does it make you want to know it’s story, especially the collapsed roller coaster at the end? Feel free to add comments below. More composites to come!
We have recently had a heatwave in London and along with the great weather comes other extremes, namely thunderstorms. Having not posted much of late, I thought I’d try and win favour back from my readers with a freebie. Here is a royalty free clip (not for resale) of it raining heavily to add to your sound library. Wow I hear you cry, but that’s not all! At 31 secs into the clip there is also a cracking piece of thunder (literally)! It happened right above my head and I thought the distortion would be too great, but it’s actually turned out nice. Download file here
Happy New Year, but also Happy Anniversary. Yes can you believe it, 2013 marks the 10th anniversary of Tranquility Base Presents. To mark this milestone, I’ve put together a short film documenting the slow but steady evolution of this, my film making website! From the first ever shots with a webcam up to todays experiments with computer graphics and post production and the bits in between! Plus some previously unseen footage (lucky you!) I’d like to dedicate this film to all those who have got involved with the projects! Enjoy and Happy 2013!