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Ed Sheeran – You Need Me, I Dont Need You (Acoustic)

Ed Sheeran using a Lopping machine to make MUSIC!

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Go Longboard (2009 Skateboarding)

Go longboard.
Jut Chill out and watch this amazing Longboarding.

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Bournemouth’s electronic music scene.

In 2009, the sudden boom of electronic music in the UK, burst its way onto the Bournemouth nightlife scene. The electronic music genre consists of many subcategories, but the main ones that have been making a huge statement in the Bournemouth nightlife scene, are Drum and Bass, and Dubstep.

Netsky

These two completely different types of the electronic genre have proved to be not just a hit in Bournemouth at the moment, but have stormed the entire UK, and are making a huge influence elsewhere in the world also. The hugely student dominated population in Bournemouth allowed this style of music to make it into the mainstream clubs easily, and the students make up the biggest proportion of the clubbers that attend these, drum and bass/dubstep nights.

As Bournemouth is already teeming with clubs, it was just a case of choosing the right location for these events to be held at. The loud, deep wobbly bass of Dubstep, is clearly not everyones favourite choice, and the ‘excessive need for volume’ when listening to this music, means that the clubs used to hold these nights had to have good sound proofing, and of course…room to rave. The main venues used in Bournemouth to hold these nights are mainly : Dusk til Dawn, the Old Firestation, Orange Rooms and Ibar, and up until its recent closing, Empire.  The Old Firestation is the Student Union run club in Bournemouth, and up until 2009 was seen by many dance/electronic music fans as a place to avoid, because of the poor music selection.

However, with the sudden arrival of drum and bass /dubstep nights at the firestation, it has been drawing huge crowds that would not normally go there. These event nights include; Dubnium, Beat Redemption, Enter, and Drumfunk, which all bring their own flavour of the electronic music genre to Bournemouth. The popularity of these events has allowed the organisers to bring in some of the genres biggest labels, such as Shy FX, Nero, Netsky, Plastician, Jack Beats etc all of whom are huge names within the industry, making Bournemouth one of the best nights out.

By Robert Boyton

Life Stories with Christopher Sebastian Laver

Christopher Sebastian Laver, also known as; Lave/Laver, is a man regularly spotted around the Bournemouth coastline.

Laver is currently studying Communication and Media at Bournemouth University, and is currently in his second year.

Q: So Laver, hows this year coming on at University?

A: Saaafe Bruvvva!! Yeah its not going bad actually, I’ve managed to pass the majority of units this year, and at the moment I seem to picking up some quite good grades, so I’m very content with University at the moment.

Q: That’s good to hear. So was/is Bournemouth the place for you?

A: Definitely. I love Bournemouth. I was born and raised in Reading, which isn’t the nicest, with places like cemetery junction you never know what’s going to happen. I do love Reading though, there are some absolutely epic parts about it, including the Purple Turtle, my favourite bar in Reading.

Q: So what music are you into these days Laver? I’ve recently heard that you’ve started listening to a lot more R and B?

A: I’ve always been a punk man myself, and love bands such as Rancid and NOFX. Recently I’ve been listening to the likes of Usher and Ne-yo though, because I just love the smooth sounding rhythm that they produce, its much more classic than the sounds of Rancid, whose heavy drum bashing and bass playing has recently started to hurt my ears.

Q: That’s a shame. I didn’t think I would ever hear you say that. Westlife tickets are about to go on sale in 4 days, are you thinking of buying one?

A: YES! Im already on the reserve list, can’t wait to go and see them live. They are my favourite band, they’re all so good looking!

Laver has his own blog, which can be found here.

By Robert Boyton

Bountiful adventures in Brighton.

Recently I decided to take a trip to Brighton with my friends, to go and see a ska/reggae band called Slightly Stoopid . Being in Brighton, I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to take some photos of the beach , and the piers, in order to try and create some visually stimulating pictures.

I only had a 10 mega pixel camera on me at the time, so the photos are not of the highest quality.

Below is a picture of the old pier that was burnt down in Brighton several years ago.

Old Brighton Pier

In conjunction with this picture of the old pier, I also took one of the new pier, showing the contrast between the old and new piers.

New Brighton Pier

In conjunction with some scenic photos, i also decided to play around with the camera, and try to test out its short range focus.

Brighton Views.

This image helps to show the contrast between the sea and the sky, however on a much sunnier day the reflection off of the sea would have helped to create more outstanding photos.

Whilst in Brighton, I also came across a man tight-rope walking whilst playing the violin, and had to snap up a picture of him!

Tight-rope walking, Violin playing man.

Remember be sure to check out my favourite picture blog: Yimmy Yayo.

By Robert Boyton

Timeline: The history of Dubstep.

Dubstep is a bass driven form of electronic music, seeking to incorporate elements of drum and bass with the South London based 2 step garage. It is a dark and grimey sound from of electronic music, with big wobbly bass lines and a dark atmosphere.

  • In 1992-2000 the sound of dubstep was first explored by the likes of Steve Gurley, and Oris Jay.
  • In 2002, the name dubstep was officially used as the name for the specific genre of music.
  • Throughout 2003, DJ Hatcha pioneered a new move in Dubstep, by exploring its dark, clipped, and minimal presence.
  • At the end of 2003, an event called Filthy dub was created, the first pure dubstep event, which saw the first performances from DJ’s such as Plastician, and Skream.
  • From 2005, the first radio DJ’s started to gain interest in the dubstep genre, and it began making a name for itself among the public.
  • In the summer of 2007, dubstep started to explode onto the scene, with the likes of Benga, Coki, and Burial all releasing dubstep albums.
  • 2009 saw dubstep gain greater worldwide appraisal, the use of drum and bass beats, and other electronic sounds throughout the tracks made the music highly popular amongst the rave scene.
  • The genre is expected to expand even further into 2010, with the like s of, the New York Times, and the The Sunday Times both revealing articles about this genre of music.
  • The recent Jakwob remixes of Ellie Goulding songs have been a huge hit in the UK, and are demonstrating the ability that dubstep has great potential to expand even further worldwide.
  • Dubstep has taken on many new forms recently, and its current sound is very dark and dirty. This is a recent dubstep release:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Waqn0jBG58

By Robert Boyton.

Critique of TimesOnline.Com

The Times Online website has many different functions that allow it to be a successful website:

  • Searchability – How easy is the website to find in a search engine?

The Times Online website has a high searchability, appearing at the top on the majority of search engines.

When Times is entered into most search engines, the Times Online website is the first one to appear at the top, hence showing the website has a high level of searchability.

  • Usability – Is it technically stable and are items quick to upload?

Times Online is a very stable website with all links loading correctly and efficiently, giving the website a high level of usability.

  • Navigation – Is the site easy to get around and full of useful links?

Most images allow the user to follow links to other pages and similar stories, and in collaboration with the clear headings and search bar, the Times Online website is very easy to navigate.

  • Design – How effective is the design of the website?

Times online is a well designed website, using the green/black/white colour scheme to make the website more eye catching and interesting.

  • Content – Is there a good selection of well-written stories, well signposted and using appropriate material?

The Times online website has a massive selection of well written stories, because of the fact that it is written by professional journalists.

There are a huge amount of current affairs articles, and many more niche topics that users are able to find and read about. The large amount of stories allows the user to choose what they wich to read with relative easiness.

  • Video and Audio – How is it used on the website?

The times online website has many videos that can be accessed through the website. The videos range from mass appeal videos about recent news, to more niche videos that people have made and uploaded to the times website.

The video and audio streaming capabilities on  the website, are very high, with high definition being an option for those with higher speed broadband, demonstrating how the Times Online website is technically up to date.

  • Interactivity – Can the user take part in polls, forums and comments?

The user is able to show their opinion of issues in the world on the times online website to a high degree. The times online website, contains a blogging section that allows for users to submit their own stories and leave their own comments on news articles throughout the website. In conjunction with this, there are also polls and forums that allow for the user to express their opinions quickly and succinctly. This allows for the user to develop their own user generated content, which will ensure that they can express their opinions on the website.

  • Overall

The Times online website is able to provide a smooth link form newspaper to internet, without creating hassle for the public. The website allows the user to be able to research news story lines in greater depth, as well as to explore them and provide their own feedback on stories and opinions of others.

By Rob Boyton