General chit chat and witterings

Dark Compass 1000

Dark Compass is the longest running Music Podcast in the UK and today Ro is celebrating his 1,000th episode. Go and have a listen people!


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Part One, broadcast on Hard Rock Hell Radio 12th February 2021

  1. Stony Sleep – Khartoum 0:00
  2. Junius – Betray The Grave 5:47
  3. The Joy Formidable – Austere 10:11
  4. Wolves Like Us– Deathless 15:37
  5. Illuminatus – Wargasm 18:13
  6. House of Hamill – Heart Shaped Box 23:29
  7. Honningbarna – dødtid 27:50
  8. Kvelertak – Kvelertak 33:50
  9. Fozzy – Judas 37:32
  10. Cellar Darling – The Prophets Song 43:24
  11. Cubic Space Division – X-Axis 51:07
  12. Stark Effect – Bunny Rabbit, Satan, Cheese and Milk 59:43

Part Two, the extended bit.

  1. Kill Dorothy – Crazy Like Me 1:02:02
  2. Daniel Land & The Modern Painters – Within the Boundaries 1:07:53
  3. Our Lunar Activities – It Comes in Waves 1:15:17
  4. Ventenner – Anamnesis 1:23:31
  5. Cold in Berlin – The Bell 1:27:48
  6. Smoke Fairies – She Sells Sanctuary 1:34:35
  7. Chance– Man on A Mission 1:38:33
  8. Artemis – Sync of Swim 1:44:49
  9. Jade Leary – Fossildawn 1:50:38
  10. My Toys Like Me – Bats 1:57:24
  11. School of Seven Bells – My Cabal 2:06:18
  12. Tweaker – Linoleum (Feat. David Sylvian) 2:13:56
  13. Public Service Broadcasting – New Dimension in Sound 2:18:26
  14. The Steals – All Coming Back 2:22:25
Dark Compass 10002021-02-15T21:29:47+00:00

Yaybahar by Görkem Şen

Yaybahar by Görkem Şen from Olgu Demir on Vimeo. Creative Commons License: by-nc-nd

I saw this online and was amazed by this crazy instrument.

Yaybahar is an electric-free, totally acoustic instrument designed by Gorkem Sen. The vibrations from the strings are transmitted via the coiled springs to the frame drums. These vibrations are turned into sound by the membranes which echo back and forth on the coiled springs. This results in an unique listening experience with an hypnotic surround sound.

What you hear in this performance is captured in realtime without any additional effects and with no post audio processing.

For contact: [email protected]


Instrument: Yaybahar
Performence: Görkem Şen
Video: Levent Bozkurt
Video Editing: Olgu Demir
Sound Mix: Mert Aksuna
Place: Alişler Yurdu


Yaybahar by Görkem Şen2018-04-20T12:44:49+00:00

Taking a break for a while

Time for a break I’m taking a break from the podcasts for a while. There’s a lot of stuff going on here at Podcasting Towers and I need time to focus on non-podcasting things.

Back soon, OK?


Taking a break for a while2018-04-20T12:44:49+00:00

Mevio finally goes dark

It was on January 2012 that the warning bell started sounding that all was not well at Mevio. Yesterday I got a final email telling me that was finally shutting down on the 16th April. Hardly a surprise. What took them so long?

In a week when the BBC was reminiscing about the first 10 years of podcasting, including interviews with Adam Curry, it seems rather ironic this is the week his creation is about to close.

Mevio divided the idealists and rewarded a few. It had high hopes and desperate lows.  It was inspiring and then it was disappointing. At least it tried to be different, and I enjoyed being part of the team for a while.


Mevio finally goes dark2018-04-20T12:45:04+00:00

How To Be A Podcaster

It’s been a long time since I tuned into a really NEW podcast. Some podcasters have found that setting up a podcast can be stressful, and requires time and money. Well hopefully with a little advice you may want to start your own. When I started in January 2006 I thought I might be able to keep it up for a few months. Well that was over 7 years and there’s no stopping me yet!

Of course, my speciality is music, but there are hundreds of different podcasts out there, that cover various topics including education, business, sports, entertainment, as well as music. Consider poker, for example. You may be a huge poker fan and you usually spend a lot of time researching online for the latest news and updates on your favorite players. To save you some time, you can now subscribe to poker-related podcast such as The Poker Show with Jesse May.

The Poker ShowThis live show is sponsored by partypoker and features discussions, debates, and interviews with some of the best online poker players today including Phil Ivey and Phil Hellmuth. Listening to some tips and advice from the pros can help you improve your game. Of course, it is also important to play all the time so you can learn new strategies and practice what you have learned. Luckily most of the internet poker providers nowadays offer non-stop poker action so you can play anytime you want.


If you are only interested in music, then subscribing to leading music podcast such as The Hype Machine Radio Podcast, as well as my own podcasts: PC Podcast, The Dub Zone, The Dub Step Zone and The Hip Hop Zone can keep you updated with the latest songs and albums.

My Podcasts

But what if you want to take the next level and become a podcaster? Then, let me give you some tips on how you set up your own podcast for free:

Produce Your Podcast
Before you open an account at a free podcast hosting site like PodOmatic and, start producing your content, since that usually takes a lot of time. Choose what topic to talk about or record the music that you are planning to share to your listeners. You can use any sound recording software like GarageBand and Audacity to create a podcast. Make sure to include intro and closing remarks in each podcast.Above all be passionate! Don’t worry about mistakes and mispronunciation. People like podcasts and podcasters because they are real, not over-rehearsed and sickly smooth.

Make a Podcast Account
After producing several audio contents, you can now look for the perfect podcast hosting site. It is best to start with a free account and there are now many choices online including Podbean, which is user-friendly as well.


There are three easy steps to podcasting with Podbean: record, publish, and share (via Facebook, Twitter, or iTunes). One of the most popular podcast hosting sites nowadays is Soundcloud, which you can also use for free, but there are limitations to your usage.

Post Show on iTunes
Since not all podcasting hosts have an option where you can share your shows via iTunes then you have to do it manually. Just go to iTunes Store then click on podcast where you will see a menu column in the top right-hand corner. Click “submit a podcast” then you can now share the URL of your podcast feed. Now you are officially a podcaster. The rest is history: history of your own chosing!

Whatever you do, please drop me an email and tell me about your new podcast!

How To Be A Podcaster2018-04-20T12:45:25+00:00

Tom Hoyle’s Photo Marathon

Tom Hoyle, listener to The Dub Step Zone, and amazing photographer has just completed a 366 day photographic marathon. He created and posted a photograph every day for the past year. It’s sometimes been a struggle, as anyone who’s ever tried a long-term challenge will tell you, but the results are awesome.

Big credit to Tom for completing it.  Go and checkout his album on Google+. You’ll even see “Bass Face” the photograph he gifted me for DSZ#49.

Tom Hoyle’s Photo Marathon2018-04-20T12:45:34+00:00

The YouTube Zone

One of the strong recommendations from The Great Escape conference sessions last week was that music podcasts should be uploaded to YouTube, because it’s the second biggest search engine, after Google.  So I’m experimenting with a couple of episodes of DSZ, TDZ and H2Z.  Check them out and please tell me what you think!

The YouTube Zone2016-10-14T09:27:01+00:00

Nordic Giants On The March

Checkout this video from Bighton-based duo, Nordic Giants. I saw them at The Great Escape Festival and I want to see them again soon.  The video tells a bit of the band’s story, but you really need to see them live to fully appreciate the concept.

Nordic Giants On The March2016-10-14T09:27:01+00:00

European Podcast Award 2011: Let the judging begin!

Important day today. Got my login details as a Judge for the European Podcast Awards for 2011.  As winner of the “Personality” section for 2010, I know how this can affect the impact your podcast makes. I have to do this right.

I have 16 podcasts to listen to (4 shortlisted in each category of Personality, Business, Non-Profit and Professional) and make my recommendations, along with the other judges from such places as soundcloud and audioboo, as well as other podcasters.

Wish me luck!

European Podcast Award 2011: Let the judging begin!2018-04-20T12:45:50+00:00

My Top Albums Of 2011

There were some amazing albums released in 2011, but here are the top 10 of my favourites for the year. If you want to hear some of the tracks then checkout the podcasts over the year. Checkout the links and pick up this great music!

1. Racing With The Sun, by Chinese Man.

2. Barbary Lion, by Secret Archives of the Vatican.

3. Artists Against Apartheid vol1, by Various Artists.

4. Octopus IV Azekka, by Various Artists.

5. Blow Dubs (EP), by Dub One!

6. Remembrence Dubs, by Mikus.

7. Only In Dreams, by Dum Dum Girls.

8. Renegade Remixes , by Dubmatix meets Nate Wize.

9. Ernest, by Volfoniq.

10. Dust Particles, Volume One, by Various Artists.

My Top Albums Of 20112018-04-20T12:45:51+00:00

Moving Hosting

I know some of you have experienced less than excellent response from my websites and over the past few weeks.  I have noticed this and have been trying to improve the performance with a number of cacheing, minify, and a variety of other tools, with some limited success.  However the fact remains the site is unusable around the time the US wakes up.  As a significant proportion of my listeners are in the US, this is just not good enough, and who wants to download albums from a netlabel who’s website does not respond?

So it’s out with the old (GoDaddy) and in with the new ( I shall be using the Christmas/New Year season to build up new sites at the new location and then migrate the domains over.  As ever, I hope this will be a seemless transition, but you just never can tell what might happen.

Is there anything you’d particularly like to see/don’t want to see, at the new site?  Wish me luck!  [email protected].

Moving Hosting2018-04-20T12:45:52+00:00

Made in The UK 131 – 4th Aniversary Show

Made in The UK is now 4 years old. In celebration Rowley talked to the current collaborators and got them to chose a track they liked that was played by another host on MIUK.  Three other hosts liked tracks I’d played on the show, so have a listen…..

The Clockwork Quartet: The Doctors Wife, London
Heifervescent: Figure 8, Stockport
The Pocket Gods: This is now, St Albans
Orkestra Del Sol: This is Honkstep, Edinburgh
Matt Stevens: Ghost, London
Jon Gomm: Passionflower, Leeds
The Vaselines: Sex With An Ex, Glasgow
In Isolation: Virus, Nottingham
Strait Laces: Where The Wolf Roam, Belfast

MIUK will be taking a break until the new year, see you then.

Made in The UK 131 – 4th Aniversary Show2018-04-20T12:45:53+00:00


I’m not American, but the UK government does have the nasty habit of repeating the same mistakes as the US.  Blocking sites on the internet is against freedom. It’s the sort of thing that “repressive” regimes do.

Remember the Arab spring, when it was “oppressive” to shut down the mobile phone networks, when protesters vented their rage in Egypt? Remember the British MPs who advocated the Blackberry messaging network should be shut down during the UK riots in August?Do they know what duplicity means?

Freedom of speech is a given requirement of democracy. Shutting down access to sites is just another form of Orwellian doublethink. If you can, do something. Go to and tell them to stop.



Mixclouds Update

The december mix in my Mixcloud selection is now available.  Here’s the complete collection so far….

Mixclouds Update2018-04-20T12:45:53+00:00
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