DS106 Dancing Jim Assignment

Dancing Jim All Over the World Assignment

Like the elusive Pimpernell, dancing Jim may crop up anywhere at any time thanks to J Johnston’s assignment. Due to popular demand from #byzantiumbooks, there was only one thing to possibly do with the static Tabloid cover.

The only way this could be better is if Jim was dancing on the cover photo! Great job!









So here you are. [Method – template of Jim downloaded from 106, Fireworks file created and saved as an animated gif first (I keep forgetting that), and the Tabloid cover copied across 10 frames to match Jim’s grooving. Publish. Have lols].



Animated gif of Stan’s Shimmy with Sound

DS106 YEY Thanks John Johnson!

Following on from my previous post about the Newport Jazz Festival (on right now in Newport US, and I’m NOT there, and that just isn’t fair), I decided to celebrate with a delightful shimmy by Stan Getz at the start of his “The Dolphin” recording. Of course I cheated by creating a Flash animation with sound.

But now, there is a new improved version with stain removers. Thanks to the genius of John’s coding, eejots like me can now animate gifs to sound!! This way, the music only plays when you CLICK ON THE IMAGE. (Check out John’s blog for the coding).

[Method – MPEG streamclip to produce PNG files. Open files in Fireworks. Add 24 STATES to image 1 (and then copy forward and backward sequence into the empty states). Choose a frame rate for a most delicious shimmy. Select LOOP. Export Wizard for ANIMATED GIF and nearly 1 MG of loveliness].





Stan’s Shimmy in Honour of Newport Jazz

DS106 Not-really-an-assignment

Those clever folks at DS106 are putting sounds to their animated gifs now. And aside from that  I can hardly believe that one year ago today I was at the Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island. An absolute dream and mind blowing experience, and endless list of great jazz names.

In celebration!

In celebration of the fact, and also to celebrate one of the most fantastic saxophone players of all time – Stan Getz – here is Stan in a delicious cardigan doing a delicious shimmy at the start of “The Dolphin”.

[Method – video was extracted into MPEG Streamclip and trimmed. PNG Images put into Flash. Groovy music by Barry Manilow trimmed in Garageband and imported into Flash. OK. OK. I know that I can’t really put animated gifs to music, but maybe one day).



Newport Jazz Festival 2012

 Dr John, Newport Jazz 2012. Photo by me!

For more photos, go to my Picassa gallery.



Gnational Anthem Daily Create TDC569

DS106 Video yourself singing a verse of your national anthem as fast as you can.

I was informed by reliable sources, reliably, in a reliable manner, that our English National Anthem was indeed a mediaeval tune originally played on lutes and sackbuts. After an in depth and precise programme of research I can confirm that my reliable source was unreliable, and the anthem was originally indeed based on an old English knees-up.

I can also confirm when looking up sackbut on the internet, one has to be exceeding careful.

I therefore decided to take our dear anthem back to its roots and to explore its heritage. I think you will agree that the counterpunctual electro-plated harmonies in the rhythmic sections really bring out the nuances of the tune.

This recording features:

Banjo ukelele (not any old common old uke)
B flat melody spoons
The old Joanna