Tuesday Tune: I can’t get the S.O.B. out of my head

This tune has totally earwigged me and so I’m going to give in and post this live version as my Tuesday Tune this week! It features a trumpet player and here on The Park we are always looking for trumpet inspiration for Nipper 1.0. Actually I have another for next week all ready to go.

I love this track, S.O.B., from Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats and this live version from Later with Jools last week is kicking. Having heard that name I have decided that Abigail is really going to have to come up with a name for her band ūüôā

C√©n √°it don chult√ļr sa r√© nua teicneola√≠ochta?

Ag taifead ag ceolchoirm

In this article for Beo! I write about the place of culture in the technological age. at the very botom you’ll find link to a previous blogpost that covers some of the same ground. I kick off here with a link to a great blog post by Aonghus √ď hAlmhain about developing programmers. I also write a little about the Stop SOPA Ireland campaign.

Cr√≠ochnaigh m√©¬†m‚Äôalt deiridh¬†ar thaobh¬†aibh√©ise de shaghas¬†inar chuir m√© t√ļs le ceist mh√≥r¬†i leith¬†oideachas na teicneola√≠ochta. Bh√≠ roinnt pl√© ansin idir m√© f√©in agus Aonghus i dtr√°chtaireachta√≠ leis an alt f√©in agus ar Twitter.¬†I ndeireadh b√°ire,¬†scaoil¬†Aonghus leis ar a bhlag f√©in inar mh√≠nigh s√© an sc√©al ar fad agus¬†a thuras¬†pearsanta isteach i saol an r√≠omhcl√°raitheora. Is¬†sp√©isi√ļil an l√©argas¬†√© agus¬†is fi√ļ a l√©amh.

Sa bhlag mh√≠r seo pl√©ann s√© na¬†bunclocha¬†at√° de dh√≠th chun r√≠omhcl√°raitheoir a th√≥g√°il. T√°im f√©in den tuairim gurb iad¬†foighde¬†agus stuacacht¬†na tr√©ithe is m√≥ at√° de dh√≠th ar r√≠omhchl√°raitheoir: foighde chun chur suas le cliaint¬†d√ļra¬†cos√ļil liomsa agus stuacacht chun lean√ļint leat i gcoinne¬†constaic√≠ loighice agus dothuisceana¬†a bh√≠onn, go minic,¬†f√©inchruthaithe.

Ach in ionad a bheith¬†ag scaoileadh f√ļm is tharam¬†anseo faoin¬†droch-chaoi¬†ina bhfuil oideachas na teicneola√≠ochta sa t√≠r seo, tharraing sc√©al eile mo sh√ļil le mh√≠ anuas:¬†is mise snag breac¬†na teicneola√≠ochta amach is amach! Is m√≥ constaic a pl√©adh sa nuacht teicneola√≠ochta le d√©ana√≠ √≥ shocraigh¬†roinnt comhlachta√≠ idirl√≠n¬†tabhairt faoi l√° l√°ndorcha¬†in ag√≥id ar SOPA. Rinne acht rialtas SAM¬†‚ÄúStop Online Piracy Act‚Ä̬†jab an-cheisteach de reachta√≠ocht¬†c√≥ipchirt¬†don idirl√≠on. Fuair an reachta√≠ocht seo an-chuid¬†taca√≠ochta¬†√≥ na foilsitheoir√≠ m√≥ra ceoil, scann√°in agus t√©acs ach is beag comhlacht idirl√≠n, ceolt√≥ir,¬†eala√≠ont√≥irn√≥ foilsitheoir beag a bh√≠ chomh t√≥gtha leis. Is f√©idir an sc√©al ar fad a l√©amh is a thuiscint tr√≠ SOPA a¬†chuardach¬†ar l√≠ne. An fhadhb is m√≥ a bh√≠ ag¬†lucht a fhreas√ļra¬†ina gcoinne n√° an tsl√≠ gur shocraigh¬†lucht a dhr√©achta¬†ar¬†chas√ļr a √ļs√°id in √°it an chleite.¬†A luaithe is¬†a bh√≠ √°bhar faoi ch√≥ipceart¬†scaipthe ar ghr√©as√°n¬†bh√≠ s√© i gceist an gr√©as√°n sin a ghearradh √≥n idirl√≠on tr√≠ iarraidh ar ISP a chuntas a dh√ļnadh agus tr√≠ stop a chur le su√≠omhanna eile, beag n√≥ m√≥r,¬†nascadh¬†leo.

In √Čirinn

Ag taifead ag ceolchoirmShocraigh br√ļghr√ļpa √Čireannach¬†StopSOPAIreland¬†√ļs√°id a bhaint as an sp√©is idirn√°isi√ļinta seo i gc√ļrsa√≠ dl√≠, teicneola√≠ochta agus cearta chunfeachtas tr√°th√ļil a sheoladh¬†le haird a tharraingt¬†ar reachta√≠ocht at√° idir l√°imhe san Oireachtas faoi l√°thair. De r√©ir mo thuisceana, t√° deacracht¬†ag an¬†dream¬†seo leis an mbealach ina bhfuil an reachta√≠ocht seo √° acht√ļ chomh maith le h√°bhar an achta f√©in.¬†Is √© bun agus barr an sc√©il¬†n√° nach ionann m√ļnla gn√≥ na gcomhlachta√≠ ceoil, scann√°in, bogearra√≠ is leabhair (EMI srl.) at√° ‚Äúag cosaint a gc√≥ipceart‚ÄĚ agus comhshaoil r√©ad√ļil¬†an chult√ļir ch√©anna seo. N√≠l an t-airgead c√©anna le d√©anamh as an gcult√ļr seo a scaipeadh¬†a thuilleadh¬†agus t√° an dinosaur ag fulaingt,¬†ag casacht¬†is ag rith √≥n¬†scamall dubh¬†at√°¬†ag alpadh a dhomhain. N‚Äôfheadar c√©ard a bheas f√°gtha: c√ļpla puirtleog raithn√≠, crogall¬†agus armadillo? Ach f√°sfaidh bl√°thanna agus¬†feilec√°in, rud¬†n√°r mhair¬†faoi r√© na ndionos√°r.

Abigail Smith and Sue Rynhart play origial music by Irish composersAn¬†toradh¬†is m√≥ dar liom as an aird seo at√° ar SOPA agus reachta√≠ocht digiteach, idirl√≠n agus c√≥ipcirt n√° gur tharraing seo ceist na cruthaitheachta sa r√© dhigiteach¬†go l√°r an aonaigh¬†ar√≠s. N√≠ haon saineola√≠ dl√≠ m√© ach t√° deirfi√ļr agus tri√ļr dearth√°ir agam gur eala√≠ont√≥ir√≠ is ceolt√≥ir√≠ iad (Is mise caora b√°n na clainne ‚Äď iad si√ļd na cuilth√≠n√≠). T√° i measc mo chol ceathracha¬†dearth√≥ir¬†faisin, ceolt√≥ir eile, iriseoir,¬†grianghrafad√≥ir¬†(at√° p√≥sta le grianghrafad√≥ir): sin an-chuid daoine at√° ag brath ar chult√ļr agus ar a gcearta mar chruthaitheoir√≠ an chult√ļir sin le sn√°ith a choinne√°il faoin bhfiacail. Maith dom mar sin m√° bhraitheann t√ļ go bhfuilim rud beag¬†claonta¬†ar cheist an ch√≥ipchirt sa r√© dhigiteach.

N√≠l aon cheist¬†gur g√° le hathbhreathn√ļ ar dhlithe¬†c√≥ipchirt at√° de dh√≠th mar¬†nach n-oireann¬†dl√≠ anal√≥gach don r√© dhigiteach; dl√≠ a scr√≠obhadh in am an leabhair, na t√©ipe agus an¬†cheirn√≠n. Sa r√© √ļr seo, is f√©idir c√≥ip dhigiteach¬†fhoirfe¬†a dh√©anamh go s√≠ora√≠. Nuair is f√©idir √© sin a dh√©anamh,¬†druideann costas tairgeadh¬†an bhunruda i ngar do neamhn√≠. Conas gur f√©idir¬†luach a chur leis¬†an mbunrud mar sin? Ach f√≥s t√° costais ag baint le cruth√ļ cult√ļir: go bun√ļsach, caithfidh eala√≠ont√≥ir ithe agus ar thaobh eile an sc√©il,¬†is g√° foireann a √≠oc¬†i dtionscail idirn√°isi√ļnta an cheoil is na scann√°na√≠ochta.

Na Duartain in Aisce

Pret a mediatiserIs minic anois go mb√≠onn s√©¬†ind√©anta¬†c√≥ip a fh√°il go ‚Äėm√≠dhleathach‚Äô nuair nach f√©idir aon n√≠ a fh√°il go dleathach: f√©ach mar shampla an¬†clib¬†TV ar do chuid iTunes: n√≠l faic ann ach is f√©idir duartan a fh√°il den tsraith is nua√≠ ar teilif√≠s √°it ar bith ar domhan: n√° caill do¬†shobalchl√°r¬†Filip√≠neach¬†is ansa leat¬†ar√≠s go br√°ch! N√≥ an raibh t√ļ f√©in¬†chomh d√≠omach¬†is bh√≠ m√© f√©in faoi raon cl√°r a bh√≠ ar f√°il √≥ Netflix nuair a seoladh iad le r√≠-r√° m√≥r anseo le d√©ana√≠? Is cinnte go lu√≠onn bochtanas an rogha seo ag doras na gcomhlachta√≠ m√≥ra foilseach√°in agus rialtas na t√≠re seo mar nach f√©idir leo r√©iteach a shocr√ļ le leitheid√≠ iTunes, Netflix, Spotify srl. a ligfeadh d√≥ibh a gcatal√≥g a roinnt anseo. C√©ard √© an dara rogha mar sin? Fan go dt√≠ go bhfuil an t-√°bhar ar f√°il ar¬†DD¬†n√≥ ar DVD?

Ach n√≠ ceist teicneola√≠ochta seo ar fad dar liom. Is g√° d√ļinn, in ionad l√©imt isteach ar an sc√©al, smaoineamh ar c√©ard t√° uainn.¬†T√° fonn orainn¬†√©isteacht le ceol, leabhair a l√©amh, breathn√ļ ar scann√°in agus bogearra√≠ √°isi√ļla a √ļs√°id. T√° a leith√©id ann agus t√° siad ar f√°il go dleathach. T√° roinnt den √°bhar seo agus lu√≠onn a gc√≥ipceart leis an duine a chruthaigh √© ach t√° cuid eile de agus is le comhlacht a lu√≠onn an c√≥ipceart. Is iadsan at√° ag seasamh an fh√≥id i leith a gc√≥ipceart ar son na gcruthaitheoir√≠ agus ar nd√≥igh, ar maithe le leas a bhaint as an gceart c√©anna sin.

Tionscal Faoi Stró

Dublin City Jazz OrchestraMar sin is ceist oideachais agus mor√°ltachta at√° ann dar liom M√° mh√ļintear go bhfuil luach ag baint le gach p√≠osa √°bhair a chrutha√≠tear. Ach an ionann an luach a chuirtear s√≠os do scann√°n nua Martin Scorsese agus c√©im√≠ scann√°in n√≥¬†saothar¬†Crash Ensemble agus buaiteoir X Factor? Gach seans nach gcuirfeadh formh√≥r m√≥r na ndaoine luach le haon cheann d√≠obh. Sna arg√≥int√≠ seo freisin, b√≠onn an¬†iomarca b√©ime¬†ar cheol: p√≠osa√≠ tr√≠ noim√©ad a d‚Äôfh√©adfadh, ar l√° maith, scr√≠obh i maidin amh√°in, in aon uair amh√°in. Ach t√°brada√≠l¬†ar si√ļl ar scann√°in, leabhair, bogearra√≠ agus ar chl√°racha teilif√≠se,¬†cnap√°in chult√ļir¬†a ghlacann na c√©adta uair an chloig ar na c√©adta daoine lena gcruth√ļ. Teipfidh ar an tionscadal seo munar f√©idir m√ļnla agus bealach nua a chruth√ļ chun¬†idirbheart an chult√ļir¬†a chur i gcr√≠ch.

Conas gur f√©idir a leitheid a mh√ļineadh agus c√© leis an ‚Äúcuraclam‚ÄĚ? Thuig Tim O Reilly an cheist nuair a d√ļirt ‚ÄúObscurity is the problem, not piracy‚ÄĚ. M√° t√° saothar √° ch√≥ipe√°il, √° √≠oslucht√ļ, go dleathach n√≥ m√≠dleathach t√° agat; is √© an fhadhb is m√≥ nuair¬†nach bhfuil t√≥ir ar¬†an saothar; nuair nach bhfuil s√© sa bhfaisean. Agus i gcomhth√©acs cult√ļr an X-Factor, nach leor luach teachtaireacht t√©acs ar do chuid saothar? Nach ‚Äúleo‚ÄĚ si√ļd a v√≥t√°il ar a son buaiteoir an chom√≥rtais?

N√≠ h√© seo an ch√©ad uair a scr√≠obh m√© faoi luach chult√ļir agus eala√≠ne agus t√°im cinnte go dtiocfaidh m√© ar ais chuige.

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My sister Abigail Smith has been nominated in Most Promising New Artist 2010 in the Meteor Music Awards. It would mean a LOT to her to do well in this competition so please take 10 seconds to vote for her.

You can find out more about Abigail on her MySpace including news of her upcoming gig as part of the Odessa Sessions on 18th February 2010. I hope to be there to celebrate my birthday but it all depends on whether Nipper 3.0 (Beta) decides to celebrates its birthday around that date too!

Over to Abigail singing Oh Sam in a video created by Adena Rice as part of the Hot Press/ Tisch School of Film award last year. Abigail told me that Sam represents inspiration in this song.

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Abigail is launching her first album on the 28th of August in the Cobalt Caf√©. Please join her and the band for an evening of music and celebrations. Doors open at 8.30pm. The Cobalt Caf√© is number 16 North Great Georges Street just around the corner from O’Connell Street. Admission is free and there is a full bar…

Albums will be for sale at the gig at EUR10.00 on the night. If you book online we will give you 10% off the cost of the album by way of thanks for helping us be organised. And of course you’re sure of entry on the night!

If you can’t make it on the night, you can download a copy of the album or just your favourite songs from Downloadmusic.ie. Buying music from Downloadmusic.ie is always a great idea as downloads from this site are included in the official Irish charts.

To give you a taste of what to expect on the night here’s a video I made a few months back at one of her gigs. This song is included on the album. Enjoy!

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