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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: yaybaharcontact@gmail.com
yaybahar.com

Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/gorkemsen
Facebook: facebook.com/pages/Yaybahar/371861612976976?fref=ts
Youtube: youtu.be/45m0TkLpmQg

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

2014

By | 2016-10-14T09:25:08+00:00 November 18th, 2014|Witterings|0 Comments

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 Mevio.com 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.

 

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 Archive.org, 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.

Podbean

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!

By | 2016-10-14T09:26:14+00:00 May 7th, 2013|Witterings|0 Comments

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.

By | 2016-10-14T09:26:48+00:00 July 15th, 2012|Witterings|0 Comments

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!

By | 2016-10-14T09:27:22+00:00 January 12th, 2012|PC Podcast (PCP), Witterings|0 Comments

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.

By | 2016-10-14T09:27:25+00:00 January 1st, 2012|PC Podcast (PCP), Witterings|0 Comments
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