Tuesday, 28 September 2010

UK Music Tuesday: Magnetic Man At The Controls

Today the YouTube UK homepage has been turned over to Magnetic Man, the Dubstep collective that consists of three of the genre’s prime movers – Skream, Benga and Artwork. Their playlist is one of the most wide-ranging that UK Music Tuesday has showcased to date and is topped off with three brand new tracks from them, so prepare yourself for a musical adventure with the coolest thing to come out of Croydon since Saint Etienne.

As a genre, Dubstep has rapidly made inroads into the UK's musical consciousness, an incredible feat given that its roots only date back to 2003 and a recording studio over Croydon record shop Big Apple. The store was owned and run by Arthur Smith, who was using the studio to produce UK Garage (2-Step) and Techno tracks under the name Artwork. One of those tracks, "Red", contained all the DNA of Dubstep, strands that were picked up on and evolved by two of Big Apple's young regulars, Benga Adejumo and Oliver Jones (Skream).

The three artists enjoyed and continue to see phenomenal success with their solo recordings, but the Magnetic Man project has slightly different ambitions. "Dubstep is the biggest progression in music in the last five years," says Skream. "But too many people think that it's noisy, mid-range stuff. Magnetic Man is about a lot more than that, Magnetic Man is about proper songs, not just tracks or tunes." Their eponymous debut album, out on October 11, is testament to that ambition, and as part of today's takeover, Magnetic Man are premiereing three all-new recordings from the LP.

On which note, it is only appropriate to steer you towards Magnetic Man talking through their selections. Hold tight, because if you haven't been exposed to Dubstep before, you may be in for an aural surprise:

Here at UK Music Tuesday we were particularly impressed by the wide-ranging nature of today's curation, with references to the trio's real names, nods to their roots (and old friends) and pointers to new points of musical departure -- including artists like Ronald Jenkees, who are using YouTube to get their music and performances out to as wide an audience as possible. While that shouldn't come as a shock from three men who clearly spent their formative years flicking through vinyl and showcasing the results as DJs, that doesn't make it any less of a pleasure, so huge thanks to them for their efforts.

Have fun, enjoy the fruits of their labours, and see you next week, which is shaping up to be another exciting Guest Curation,

Jamie Dolling, YouTube UK, recently watched "Professor Green: Alive Till I'm Dead".

Monday, 20 September 2010

YouTube Play: 125-Video Shortlist Announced

The Guggenheim has spoken: the shortlist for YouTube Play. A Biennial of Creative Video will now go in front of the jury, and is available to view at youtube.com/play.

It has been a busy summer. More than 23,000 videos, from 91 countries, were submitted for YouTube Play, and the Guggenheim has picked 125 to make up the shortlist.

In there, you’ll find submissions from students, video artists, photographers, filmmakers, composers, videogame programmers, an American Women’s Chess Champion, a comedy improv group, a Swedish rock band, a South African hip-hop group, an Australian electronic music producer – and a lot more.

It’s now down to the YouTube Play jury to pick up to 20 videos for a special presentation at the Guggenheim Museum on October 21. Here is one of the jurors, Japanese artist Takashi Murakami, to explain why he thinks YouTube is important in the art world today:

The videos selected by the jury will be on view to the public from October 22 through 24 in the Tower 2 Gallery of the Guggenheim Museum in New York, at kiosks at the Guggenheim Museums in Bilbao, Berlin and Venice, and available to a worldwide audience on the YouTube Play channel.

Tom Pursey, Product Marketing Manager, recently watched “Luis.”

Friday, 17 September 2010

Grazia Magazine Preps You For London Fashion Week

The good, incredibly well-dressed people of Grazia Magazine curate the homepage today, preparing you for the onslaught of London Fashion Week with a quick look back at the New York shows and the first installment of the magazine’s new online component, Grazia TV.

For the past few seasons the Grazia channel has been home to exhaustive London Fashion Week coverage, following the magazine’s editorial staff as they boldly navigate the shows. Including everything from behind the scenes clips to front row line-ups to chats as they travel the city, their updates are an easy way to get the fashion news first.

If you're a fan of all things fashion, we recommend that you subscribe the Grazia channel. The magazine has big plans to involve style-obsessed YouTube users in future, and you could be one of the first to get involved.

Have fun -- and enjoy London Fashion Week.

Jamie Dolling, Community Editor, YouTube UK, recently watched "Sweat".

Monday, 6 September 2010

Explore The Life In A Day Video Gallery

On July 24, people around the world made history by capturing glimpses of their lives on camera and submitting the videos to Life in a Day, an experiment to create a documentary about a single day on Earth. In total, 80,000 videos were submitted from 197 countries, making this the world's largest user-generated film. Now, you can explore many of these videos in the gallery on the Life in a Day channel .

To make browsing easy, you can sort videos by geography, time of day, mood and more. The film's Academy Award-winning director, Kevin Macdonald, and his team are adding more videos to the Life in a Day gallery as they are reviewed, so check back soon for more content. You'll also find updates from Macdonald and editor Joe Walker as they lead a team of researchers in reviewing and cutting the footage down to the final feature-length film. Remember to subscribe to the channel for more news on the film's progress as Kevin and producer Ridley Scott gear up for the world premiere in January at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

Congratulations again to all of the participants. Thanks for making history.

Nate Weinstein, Entertainment Marketing, just watched Dancing Merengue Dog