Saturday, 25 October 2014

Some new Developments [October 2014]

Flow 93-5 has shifted to a new format of throwbacks and new music, ending the dreaded Bell Media era once and for all. G98.7 owner, Fitzroy Gordon, has gotten the greenlight from the CRTC to launch a new television service targeting the Caribbean community. Finally, all anime (even Power Rangers) on YTV has moved to Teletoon, as part of YTV's more comedic shift in programing (I'm getting a nasty case of Deja vu). All in all, Fall 2014 is looking pretty good for specialty services.

In personal news, I'm still having doubts about making a new series after Reycralibur. Would you believe me if I told you that, after all this time, I only have two scenes done? If you can, then you'll understand why, if not retire from machinima (HELL NO!), I would like to focus on more short-form stuff. I actually got started on a new gag dub yesterday and I was planning to to start recording lines today. But first, I have to film something for Reycralibur, episode 12. Once I grab the Gamecube Adapter, I will definitely make more Brawl machinima. I've been itching to do so for a long time.

Question is, what am I gonna do now?

Sunday, 5 October 2014

October 2014 Update

I've officially begun work on Reycralibur, episode 12. Though, at this point, I'm fighting the urge to cancel the series altogether. With the release of the GameCube adapter edging closer and closer, I'm getting more and more anxious to just start a new series filmed in Brawl. The beauty of my next project is that it will be a non-serial series, much like Typhoon School was. It has no beginning or ending so it won't end on a cliffhanger due to laziness like so many other web serials (ie. Super Mario Bros. Z).

Thankfully, the end is near. Right now, I'm estimating three more episodes of Reycralibur are left. It'll be bittersweet that I bring this project to a close, SSB64 machinima feels like the one thing I'm actually good at. Of course, I won't stop making SSB64 machinima, but I am looking forward to trying my hand at something else. For now though, after Reycralibur, my sole focus is on Brawl machinima.

Speaking of which, I know I haven't started on The Abridged Knights of Brawl: Bjohn's Quest yet. I'll get around to that eventually.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Toronto's Music Radio (Aka, why I don't listen to Flow 93-5 anymore)

MuchMusic doesn't give a crap about Canada's music scene or music in general. If they do, it's probably to shill out that Top 40 bullcrap. AUX is more of a music channel than MuchMusic will ever be. Unfortunately, it's editorial staff is run by elitist hipsters who are more than happy to talk shit about mainstream music. Apparently, Canadian music journalists think Nickelback is still relevant. Next thing you know, they'll be making jokes about K-Fed and Blood on the Dance Floor. ...Exactly.

Unlike television, FM radio is a MuchBetter (pun intended) outlet for music, thanks to stations like Indie88 (CIND) and G98.7 (CKFG). Unfortunately, while it's more diverse than television, it still has it's share of problems. Chief on my list is Flow 93-5, aka CFXJ. Thanks to those scumbags at Bell Media, Flow has regressed from being the only urban station in Toronto to just being another Top 40 station.
Most damningly, when G98.7 first attempted to launch, Bell and host of other major media companies, even the flippin' CBC, got in their way! And to think, this was the same hurdle Flow had to deal with when they first launched. The reason why Flow and G98.7 existed to begin with? To play music other stations won't.

This is why Indie88 is so popular. It's one of the few music stations playing an underserved genre of music, much like The New Classical 96.3 FM (CFMZ) and JAZZ.FM91 (CJRT). ...Hey, CBC Radio 2, how ya doing? Anyway, it's a shame this principle hasn't been applied to other music stations. It's been a couple of months since Flow was mercifully auctioned off to NewCap radio, owners of Boom 97.3 (aka CHBM, a station for oldies), yet it's still as dreadful as it was under Bell Media's ownership. Apparently, the new owners would rather try to butt heads with Virgin Radio and Kiss then try something new.

Perhaps this is why 102.1 The Edge (that's CFNY for you, alternative fans), in the wake of the Dean Bundell incident and the return of Alan Cross, is switching up their setlist. To fans of CFNY, Indie88 is the modern day "Spirit of Radio", and The Edge recognizes that they now have an opportunity to remind people who the crap they are. Between that, G98.7 becoming Toronto's de facto urban station, Indie88 growing in listeners, and New Classical & Jazz succeeding where Radio 2 failed, It's no wonder why no one watches music on TV anymore.

Forget television, radio is where the real music is at.