What makes you happy?

What makes YOU happy?

Based on the ’50 people, 1 question’ series. I was given the opportunity to go out and make a question/answer doc myself as part of my final assesment for my 2nd year documentary module.

Director – Amy Coyle

Cinematography – Kamil Krolak & Amy Coyle

Sound – Fintan Warfield

What Makes You Happy? from Amy Coyle on Vimeo.

 

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Sheer Desperation…

So for the last week i’ve been pretty desperate to get my hands on an Electric Picnic ticket. I think i’ve entered at least 5 competitions and probably begged as well. One of the competitions requested that I write a gig review but sadly I was too late to enter, so I thought I would post said review here, just for the craic…

No idea if i’ll be seeing you all at the Picnic tomorrow but sure fingers crossed! I do believe in magic, I do, I do!

‘The gig I would like to review is Reading Festival 2010. I know i’m late with my submission, but, I can only hope that you will take pity on a poor soul like me who, if she does make it to the picnic otherwise will have only 30 euro to feed herself with for the entire month of September. Where’s the love folks?

anyway, I could talk for hours and hours about all of the fantastic bands that I saw at this years Reading Festival.. ( Guns N’Roses, Queens of the Stoneage, Lostprophets, Gogol Bordello, LCD Soundsystem, Blood Red Shoes, Pulled Apart By Horses, Funeral Party, Beardyman, Swap-A-Rama, Hadouken!, Serj Tankian, The Maccabees, The Libertines, Arcade Fire, Blink 182, Weezer, Limp Bizkit, We Are Scientists, Foals, Los Campesinos!) But I’m only going to focus on one, and that band is Foals.

I always underestimated Foals. They were one of those Skins generation bands that everyone was raving about and frankly, at the risk of sounding like a hip, patronising, fool, ruined entirely. So, I listened to the likes of Cassius and Mathletics, and then promtly forgot all about them.

That is, until a great friend of mine insisted I listen to Total Life Forever. It was and still is honestly one of the greatest albums I’ve heard this year, if not ever, Also causing me to actually go back and take the time to listen to all those songs that I so quickly dismissed.

Anyway, onto the gig part.. So there I was, Sunday evening of Reading Festival. Smelly, broke, and separated from everyone I knew in an entirely different country to the one that I live in, and in a pretty crappy mood, when I decided to go see them in the NME tent on my own. I got there just in time for the opening of Cassius. I was frantically searching for someone that I might know and getting squashed and elbowed in the process, yet still managing to enjoy the music. When I couldn’t find any of my friends I decided to get out of the crowd and sit outside in front of the big screen and watch from there. There were tonnes of groups around me, the loner, watching a gig on my own. I decided to forget about this and enjoy the wonderful music that was reaching me instead. The sun was also setting at this time, so behind the giant screen showing me the gig in the tent next to me, there was the most beautiful red, orange and pink sunset happening in the background. I lost myself completely in the music at that gig, forgetting entirely why I was in a bad mood in the first place, not caring that I had lost my friends, that my phone was dead or that I stank and had no money left, this was enough for me. Honestly, if I could go back and live my life being in that state of mind, I would be the happiest person in existance.

By the time Spanish Sahara was played the tears came. I know I sound extremely gay, but I couldn’t help it. It was just honestly one of the best moments of the weekend, and of my life. I’m sure the people around me had their laughs (at me!) though! But I couldn’t care less because I got to see one of the best live acts I have ever seen.

I understand that the competition closed yesterday and I understand if this entry goes unnoticed, but if I don’t get to see Foals and relive that experience at Electric Picnic again this Friday then, I probably will live, but it won’t be much of an existance. Please take pity on me, I have thought of every possible option, including starvation, to get to Stradbally this weekend, and I don’t think any will work in my favour. And if not, thank you for taking the time to read this, and for letting me share one of the best moments of my life.’

America Really is the Home of Obesity.

Before I start rambling about todays chosen topics, a note:

So for once I really do have a valid excuse as to why I haven’t posted anything in a while. I’m just back from two weeks in America. Seriously jet lagged too, as gay as it sounds. Never thought I could sleep so much. Anyway, onto more interesting topics… I’m still not sure where I’m going with this blog. I don’t want it to turn into one of those blogs where people post pictures of themselves, clothes, and random googled images that they like the look of. While I do enjoy reading these from time to time, and don’t get me wrong I have several I am subscribed to via RSS Feed, I just don’t think that it’s very me. Continue reading

I would rather fight with you, than make love to anyone else.

I should really pay more attention to this. The fact that people are apparently still reading this despite the fact that I have been missing is sign enough. I don’t know what my excuse is really.. I’m doing nothing really except sleeping for a ridiculous amount of my days, and occasionally going out socializing, etc. Hm, maybe it’s that I feel I have nothing interesting to say. Irregardless, I promise to make a better effort at maintaining this. Continue reading

Music & Piracy in a New Generation.

This is something I wrote for a university essay last November, but I felt that since I blog about music from time to time, that I may as well post it!

Illegal downloading is a huge problem that threatens most of our creative industries in today’s society. Millions are lost everyday in the constant battle of Copyright vs. The Consumer. There are hundreds of ways in which to obtain such content illegally, making the practice almost impossible to defeat. In recent months there has been much in the headlines regarding all of the media and controversy surrounding the Swedish torrent sharing website, ‘The Pirate Bay’.

The Pirate Bay is a Swedish website that indexes and tracks BitTorrent (.torrent) files. It is ranked as the 107th most popular website in the world. (Alexa Internet – February 2009) According to the Los Angeles Times, The Pirate Bay is “one of the world’s largest facilitators of illegal downloading”, and “the most visible member of a burgeoning international anti-copyright or pro-piracy-movement”. (L.A. Times -2008-09-28) Initially established in November 2003 by the Swedish anti-copyright organisation Piratbyrån (The Piracy Bureau) the website is run as a separate organisation since October 2004. The website is run by Gottfrid Svartholm (anakata) and Fredrik Neij (TiAMO), who have both been charged with “assisting in making copyrighted content available” due to their involvement in The Pirate Bay.(‘The Pirate Bay’ – Wikipedia)

With ‘The Pirate Bay’ millions of users worldwide have availed of free music, movies, software, and anything else users have felt like posting on the website. The Pirate Bay’s claim is that it cannot be held responsible for what users post and that they do not host any content, they merely provide links to said material. Supposedly making them innocent. Continue reading