Below you will find links for the Babydoll “Assets”, as they call them in the trade. There’s acapella, drums, brass, synth, and all the stuff you could possibly need to make the awesomest remix known to man.
For those of you that use Logic, which as far as I know doesn’t seem to have a mathematical way of measuring a tempo, like the humble Acid Pro DAW, the tempo is 131.792. One three one point seven nine two! What a great tempo! Now, there’s no reason why you shoudn’t amp that to, say, 140. or even 180. Whatever you think is The Righteous Path. But it’s good to know where you starting from. If you don’t know where you’re from, how do you know where you’re at? Well, you look around you, don’t you. Yes you do.
But what will we WIN, I hear you cry. Well you win the RESPECT OF YOUR PEERS! But not only that (even though that is the greatest prize of all). I will be getting Stephen Hague to help me judge the entries, so you’ll win the ear of a master. And I, Akira The Don, will edit a remixed version of the world famous Babydoll video to accompany the winning remix, and I will post it on my Youtube channel, as a response to the original Babydoll video, putting it front of the eyeballs and ears of thousands of eager humans! I will also post it here, my various social networks, and to my not insubstantial mailing list. It will alsofeature on a forthcoming Akira The Don mixtape. and as a final little cherry on the pie, the winner will also get an Akira The Don T-shirt.
So, are you ready to remix brothers and sisters? You have until October 13th to complete your entry, and get it back to me.
AHAHAHAHAHA! FUNNY COS IT’S TRUE! I have done this many times, most recently the other week, when I rang Wade to ask him if I’d just left my sunglasses in his house. He spent 5 minutes searching the place before I realised they were on my HEAD. I then cycled home through a riot, stopping occasionally to say hi to fans and wellwishers.
What a beautiful world.
Speaking of Wade, he’s swinging by Don Studios today to work on some computer game character designs, a secret project with David Piper, AKA The Piper Machine, and to plot the sequel to Stunners 130.
This is my favourite jawn from Stunners 130 today:
Now, we have but a fortnight to make this sequel to Stunners 130, as Wade is heading back to LA. He got his visa! Amazing!
So that needs squeezing in, and properly. I still have this Manga Mixtape to finish – I have recorded eleven songs for the project, seven of which still need mixing, and I have two guest verses I wanna get down. My cut off date is next Wednesday, realistically. Meanwhile there is the Babydoll video to mix audio for, artwork for that and the Manga Mixtape, and a lot of logistical stuff and promotion tings to sort, as I don’t have PR anymore as the last lot were criminally shit. I need to get on with legal action on their negligent asses too. That or write a lengthy blog post detailing their vast awfulness, thus ruining their Google front-page. My SEO is strong. Word to Richard Timney.
But never mind that. Good stuff abounds. I am still juicing (no Larry David), Wacom have amazing new biro-digitiser coming out next month, and The Dream just dropped a free LP. AND!
I am bringing back the letters page! I noticed two things about my Gmail this morning: 1, all my mailing lists and notifications have been going into an unseen folder called BULK for the past month, which has left me with a vast amount of sorting to do if I am to keep up with my Follow Back Real People policy on Twitter…and 2, that I have a vast folder called LETTERS I’ve been putting, um, LETTERS into and meaning to do a LETTERS page.
Now, what the letters page was always missing, and will need if it is to become regular, is a TITLE. SO I hereby declare a mighty COMPETITION, in which I summon upon you to NAME THE LETTERS PAGE! The winner gets a LIFE EQUATION T-SHIRT!
Leave your entries in the comments, or on Facebook. Speaking of which, here are all the entries for yesterday’s caption contest. YOU ARE ALL WINNERS!
Yes, last week I decided on a whim to give one of my awesome new Living In The Future Snapback Trucker Caps to the human being who came up with the best use for one, other than wearing it. We had a mighty 41 entries, most of which were very bloody good, but there can, of course, be only one winner. And so, Zef and I just spent an hour going through each and every one to determine that winner. The process was scientific and righteous: Zef read the entries out over Skype, and me and his girlfriend Kelly gave our opinions. I wrote down the best ones on a piece of green paper, and we narrowed the seven best down to the eventual winner.
Gaffertape it to my cat’s head and take an hilarious photo to upload here.
AHAHAHA! What a great and creative thing to do with a Living In The Future Snapback Trucker Cap! Brendon wins, but ONLY if he promises to keep to his word, and send us a photo of his cat with the Living In The Future Snapback Trucker Cap gaffer taped to his head. Because that’s why he’s won. WE WANT TO SEE THAT PICTURE. Zef especially likes the gaffertape angle. “He didn’t just say, ‘I will put the hat on my cat won’t he look cute’”, explains Zef. “He promised GAFFER TAPE, and that is amazing.”
Yes it is. Congratulations Brandon! You (and your cat) win the LIVING IN THE FUTURE SNAPBACK TRUCKER CAP! Send your address to akirathedon at gmail dot com and we’ll get it right out to you. And don’t forget to send us the photo!
A special HI5 to our VERY CLOSE runners up, in this order:
Raydome Rufio You could get the hat, a bottle of Rosé and a snare trap and use it to catch Scroobius Pip! A Pip trap!
Ahahaha! That would be amazing! What a beautiful mental image! He’d so fall for it too! In fact, I might try it myself!
Chris Ross Could line it with moss and hang it in the tree outside our house as a modern ready furnished nest to let !
Zef: “It’s future thinking. It’s eco friendly AND creative.”
Matt Hall To help relieve a pregnant lady needing a wee in the street in the absence of a policemans helmet. Helmets and policemen are so yesterday.
Zef: I like the idea of how long it would take. I mena, a hat is light. It could take days, if not weeks of beating. Just imaine!”
Personally, I liked the spelling. Anyway! Well done everybody! You are ALL WINNERS! Scroll down to see all the entires, I am sure you will be awed and inspired by the vast depths of creativity.
So. We shot the Babydoll video on Saturday. It was a beautiful experience, and I would like to extend a hearty HI5! to all who were involved. I don’t really want to say much else about it, or post photos, as I want you to go into the watching of it pure, as I did with the excellent and stunning Pedro Almodóvar movie The Skin I Live In which I saw the other day knowing NOTHING ABOUT IT IT WHATSOEVER. Even if I’d read the movie poster it would have spoiled a little of the experience. But if you are really intent, photos have started popping up around the interwebs.
In other news, I started a popular hashtag on twitter yesterday: #TOMWAITSMOVIES. I dropped a couple at 10:30am and it was still going at 18:30. There were some really good ones: “The Assassination Of The Coward Tom Waits By Tom Waits”, “Reservoir Rain Dogs”, that sort of thing. Ah, hashtags. The butterfly that flapped its wings and caused a tsunami. Well, the human that dropped a silly Tweet leading to a couple hunnerd other humans dropping silly tweets. Not quite The Glorious Revolution. But an interesting exercise in hive manipulation, nonetheless. I have been reading Jaron Lanier lately. he shares many of my concerns. I am going to write him a letter and see if he wants to make a song with me.
See that up there on top of my stockshelf? That’s my SPIDERPLANT. It was born from a tiny spiderbaby my pops gave me. Now it’s all grown, with many babies of its own. And I am GIVING FIVE AWAY!
Yes, you can have your very own Don Spiderbaby. And all you have to do is give some money to Somalia here, then send me some kind of proof, via email – akirathedon at gmail dot com, or my Twitter. 2 have gone already so be quick!
In other news, my new wife discovered The Pulling Power Of Comics yesterday, whilst reading Time And The Batman (one of our beautiful wedding gifts, shout out John Doran and Maria!) on the tube. “If only I’d known when I was single!” she squealed. “Practically the whole male population of the carriage was staring at me! And then they all started talking about comics and smiling at me! It’s like a man with a baby!”
Knowledge gleaned ladies. if you want to pull males on the tube, read a comic. EASY.
EDIT: Here’s me packaging up the first spiderbaby. GET IN!