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Apr 18

VxM Videogames Podcast – E32 – Reduced to Clear

You have to be a REAL man to work down the sushi mines…

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Rob, Tom, Ant and PJ wade through a deluge of Borderlands news and lament their collective financial woes.

 

 

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VxM Videogames Podcast – E32

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Rob Gisbey.

Rob Gisbey is a games journalist and music production graduate from Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. To listen to his acoustic demoread his articles and listen to the VxM Videogames Podcast head to his blog.

 

Apr 07

Avante Garde – Dance East

Avant Garde Dance are a dance company based in London created and led by Tony Adigun. The company look at dance and music at its core, trying to find new and ag1different ways of exploring these mediums. On their website it says: ‘We are intrigued by a sense of difference and rebellion against what other people are doing and we celebrate individuality and uniqueness.’ Their choreography is a very unique mixture of contemporary and street dance, and they are well known and respected among the dance community performing in places nationally and internationally such as Latitude Festival, British Dance Edition 2012, Brighton Dome, Barcelona Festival and Madison Square Gardens, New York.

I went to watch their performance of their latest tour ‘The Black Album’ at Dance East, Ipswich on the 4th of April. The Black Album is influenced by a concept album where three different sections all merge into one. Avant Garde means ‘new and experimental ideas and methods in art, music or literature’ and I think this is a perfect summary of the performance.

In ‘Omega’, the first section, the style was very contemporary and expressive. I feel there was more of a story and characters in this section. The dance was very raw and not coordinated which helped express the music in its simplest form. There was also a range of genre from dark to electronic to chill out and then rock, but the ag2transition was so smooth you hardly notice. Lighting was also simplistic but well thought out, there were five dancers and there were five spotlights made to look like light shining through a window so you felt the characters were completely isolated from each other and they could tell you the story of their personal struggle.

Then came ‘Classic Break’ which was my favourite part. This was break dance choreography to classical music of composers such as Mozart and Beethoven. When you first hear it you might think it wouldn’t work but it merged together so well. It was surprising how easily the dancers could switch from technical ballet to street dance. There was also a humour element adding even more to this unlikely combination. It was incredible to watch and I only wish they had attempted to twist it the other way round, with ballet to street music, which I’m sure they could achieve having pulled this off!

ag3Dark Matter was the final section where the dancers from the past two sections came together for a contemporary style similar to the first section. This part used more props than the first such as masks. It was again so surprising to see the extended talent of these dancers and the very different styles of dance they could seamlessly switch between.

Overall, I really enjoyed the performance. It was so different from anything I’ve ever seen and it so interesting to watch an album rather than just listen to it. This was a completely unique concept, which was so engrossing that you don’t even notice the time going by.

Melanie Ashton

Apr 04

VxM Videogames Podcast – E31 – Sexy Janeway

It’s Janeway… or NO way!

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Rob, Tom, Ant & PJ travel from Brighton to Banchory and breakdown Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus.

 

 

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VxM Videogames Podcast – E31

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Rob Gisbey.

Rob Gisbey is a games journalist and music production graduate from Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. To listen to his acoustic demoread his articles and listen to the VxM Videogames Podcast head to his blog.

Mar 25

An Update From IO Radio

It has now been 5 months since IO Radio launched and it has gone from strength to strength. With over 60 DJs on the schedule and new arrivals coming every week for IMG_8433radio training IO Radio has quickly asserted itself as the place to come for young people wanting experience in the media industry and a way of expressing the diverse voice of youth. A thriving and creative community has developed and continues to grow inside and out of the live broadcasting studio. Having honed their craft our variety of DJs are challenging themselves to produce increasingly professional sounding shows; including live interviews and discussions, unplugged music, quality mixes of music and beyond. And with greater professionalism has come greater enjoyment. We are getting great feedback from the DJs regarding the opportunity the station has given them. More and more young people are also getting involved with the social media and administrative aspects of the station and a journalism team is gradually growing in number. The station has definitely stuck to its original ethos reaching out to the colleges, schools and other groups and allowing them involvement in this audio project.

And there have been a couple of IO Radio events at the Cock & Pye in Ipswich bringing attention to some superb local music acts including The Shedcases, James Nunn, Two-Can, Rayon Nelson and Beard FX. We even had special guest Tom Hingley, former lead singer of Inspiral Carpets, bless the pub with his experienced and mature sound.

IO also liaises with local celebrities, such as local duo De’Vide performed at one of our promotional events in Ipswich! In return they pulled in a massive a crowd!
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Jade May-jean Peters, Ipswich’s most recent contestant on The Voice was invited to IO Radio to talk about the competition and her music!
Musical artist Lion-I’s music is regularly played as part of the IO Radio Playlist supporting independent artists and bands!

1404758_571582579575824_714479796_oBut IO Radio has by no means been restricted to Ipswich, Suffolk or even the UK. Our sister station in Belgium was welcomed into IO Headquarters and took over the week daily morning show ‘What Trends’ with an incredible Halloween Spooktacular consisting of rapping, horror stories, and highly produced audio packages which also involved some of the IO volunteers. And now we are engaged in a long term show exchange with IO showcasing some of the best Belgium radio shows you will hear whilst our amazing DJs shows are sent to Villa Bota/Project Wolf to be played overseas.

And so what of the future? IO Radio wants to continue bringing opportunity to young people regardless of their personal situation. It is a long-term project centred IMG_8427around the ideas of community, media and youth and the only way this is to be developed further is by having more people getting involved. It is an opportunity to shape your future, the first step of a ladder that hopes to mould every young person into individual success stories. We also have an exciting project directly involving Ipswich’s music scene which will be unleashed onto the public in the future. You will no doubt be hearing more about this in the coming months.

If you want to get involved with IO Radio then please email info@ioradio.co.uk and why not check out facebook.com/ioradiouk and @ioradiouk on twitter.

Written By Ben Driver

Mar 20

VxM Videogames Podcast – E30 – Tiger Wrestling

BIG WALLOPING THRUSTS… that is all…

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Rob, Tom, Ant and PJ go hands on with the Oculus Rift and recount their experience at the BAFTAs.

 

 

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Mar 10

Refugee Boy Review

Refugee Boy at The Wolsey Theatre, 6th March 2014

Ben Driver

Witnessing the story of ‘’Refugee Boy’’ was an intense, sublime and exquisite experience. The performance adapted from Benjamin Zephaniah’s novel (Lemn Sissay and Gail Mcintyre to thank for the on stage transformation) was brought to life by the great talent of the actors and actresses. The story follows a young boy, Alem, who is taken out of his homeland of Africa by his father to escape a bitter and violent dispute between the countries of Ethiopia and Eritrea. Both nations claim ownership over a certain area along the border which has forced the people of both nations to choose which side they belong. A decision which for this family is almost impossible to make as Alem’s father is Ethiopian and his mother Eritrean.

Whilst in a B&B in England Alem remarks that this is the best holiday he has ever had, one of many fleeting moments of innocence. But this joy is abruptly shattered as Alem wakes up one day to find his father gone, leaving just a note. In that note he shares that he must go back to Africa to protect his mother. The letter reads that if the violence ends he can return to his family or if it becomes too dangerous they will both come to England. But this is no reassurance for Alem who has effectively been abandoned. From B&B to children’s home and eventually a foster home via court appearances Alem meets a vast array of characters; Mustapha who although intimidating at first becomes his best friend, Sweeney a hyped-up boy with violent tendencies who in one scene threatens Alem with a knife, and later on warns Alem not to use his methods. There is then Ruth, Alem’s foster sister who carries a lot of pain and in an attempt to hide this is short tempered and malicious. Though Ruth never exclaims her pain to Alem as the story develops a trust grows between them and it is both touching and genuine. It was amazing to see that by looking at just one or two characters the human condition was dissected in so much detail. Humans are complex and this was portrayed brilliantly as something that is within us all and which isn’t necessarily difficult to understand so long as we listen and trust one another.

The story of Alem in England is interspersed with snippets of the conflict in Africa which is harrowing to watch and revisited by the nightmares which Alem battles with. A major turning point in the production comes with the arrival of another letter to Alem. It speaks of his mother’s murder. Though we know nothing about the mother we feel it is a great loss through Alem’s pain. This event brings the father back to England, though it causes more problems than solutions. They are both denied asylum in England, bringing tensions to a new high. Ruth, Mustapha and Alem organise a protest for the sake of peace and justice, backed by the school Alem has been attending. His father was initially not in support of this fight. The peaceful protest scene is inspiring but ultimately tragic. As Alem talks of his experiences in Africa and England it cuts to another scene. His father is walking with a protest leaflet in hand. He is suddenly faced with an African man who was the cause of so much pain and violence back in their homeland; being part of a group that terrorised the family and which no doubt killed the mother. Alem asks for his father to come up and talk to the supporting crowds. But he is lying on the ground, face down after being stabbed and with such intensity that we assume his breath has been taken from him. The play ends with an unhealthy dose of uncertainty; not knowing if Alem would now have a right to stay in the country, not knowing the true extent of the violence in Africa, not knowing if the man who stabbed Alem’s father will come after him, or whether any form of justice or peace is reached.

Mar 07

VxM Videogames Podcast – E29 – Robots, Pirates & Farmers

Sooo much listener feedback this fortnight…

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Rob, Ant and PJ prepare for Titanfall whilst attempting to distinguish the difference between pirates and farmers.

 

 

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VxM Videogames Podcast – E29

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Rob Gisbey.

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Mar 04

The 56th Grammy Awards – Performance Highlights

The first few months of a new year are a busy time for all celebrities. It’s award season. I always look forward to these award shows, in particular the performances. I love seeing all the big and up and coming artists, everyone just puts so much effort into it and over the years there are definitely ones that stick in your mind. Being a lover of music, the Brits and the Grammys are my two favourites. This year, for me the Grammys was the best of the lot.

A much anticipated performance was Katy Perry’s of her new single ‘Dark Horse’. I always find that when it comes to singing live, Katy is all about visuals and set.1 The vocals side of things has less of a focus and this was no exception. The theme was very dark fairy tale, think Snow White and the Huntsman. The set was enchanting with dark lighting and winding trees, Katy wore a purple hooded cloak which she took off to reveal a black bralet and purple skirt. It was definitely what I would picture when listening to the song and the visual effects were really impressive. I really like the song itself, it’s much more urban 2than we’re used to from Katy but it works. The only thing I would say is that she tried too hard to incorporate dance which was a bit too complicated to match her level of performance and vocals. This looked a bit awkward, but good on her for trying to break away from her sugary sweet normality.

Pink’s performance of Try/Just Give Me a Reason was so visually perfect. The first half of her performing ‘Try’ started off with some acrobatics on a rope above the 3audience. Somehow she managed to maintain the vocals throughout, even whilst flipping through the air, which is something very few people would be able to do! She then landed onto the stage and performed an interpretive dance very similar to the one in the music video, which she is notorious for. Then Nate Ruess joined her on stage to perform ‘Just Give Me a Reason’. Pink showed us her full vocal potential, hitting some incredible notes with power especially for someone who was dangling from a rope not 3 minutes earlier! Nate Ruess, however, started off good but I think he may have been intimidated by Pink because he hit 4some very cringe-worthy notes which were way off key. This was a shame because Nate usually has such an interesting voice which is completely different from anything you’ve heard. Overall, Pink was amazing but I think she would have been even better solo. Nate kind of killed the power she could have brought to the performance.

Taylor Swift also took the stage with an acoustic version of ‘All Too Well’ where she accompanied herself on the piano. This is my favourite performance I’ve ever 5seen from her, it was filled with emotion. She really put her heart and soul into it and it showed. The acoustics meant that we could really appreciate her vocals and the little details she put in. It was so simplistic and pure, the lyrics of the song are adorable and relatable as with many of her other songs. She really played around with her pitch and it worked so well. I really liked seeing this vulnerable side of her for a change and I hope she continues that passion in her other performances.

My, and seemingly the audience’s, favourite performance of the night was Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons mash-up of ‘MAAD City/Radioactive’. Before I hadn’t really listened to either of these artists but this performance made me want to. I think I most liked this because of the fact it was purely focused on the music and not all about flashy sets and costumes. The whole set was very minimalistic, but you could feel the passion from both of them. The songs actually fit together really well, both being from very different areas of music it worked! You could hardly notice when the songs merged together, which is all good news for a mash-up. Celebrities 6such as Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, Jay Z and Robin Thicke were all completely enjoying it. The atmosphere must have been incredible, you could see the audience totally absorbed into the music, which is something to be appreciated because it is a difficult thing to pull off with these artists who are all from completely different genres.

These are just a few of the amazing talent throughout the night, the 56th Grammys was definitely one of the best. If you haven’t already seen it I would 100% recommend giving at least the performances a watch on YouTube! I’m looking forward to next year’s already!

Feb 26

Valentines Photo Competition

Valentine special: What or who do you like??!

Post a picture on our VXM page @villacrossmedia with #VXMpic

Win a quality print of your photo and a spot at our VXM exhibition on the 2nd of April!

Deadline: 28/02/2014 12pm

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