Archive for April, 2010


A Rocker’s Guide to Phuket

Fans of rock music will certainly not be disappointed with a trip to Phuket. The island has a vibrant live-music scene that covers most of the bases, from jazz through to good old rock n roll. If you’d rather mosh to rock than bop to dance beats, there are a few clubs and pubs you ought to know about.

Although it’s something of a clich?n the island, Rock City on the beach road in Patong is an established rock club that caters to a primarily tourist clientele. As soon as you see the enormous gorilla above the entrance, you know you’re in for a treat, and Rock City delivers.

Rock City is a fun kind of place with bands comprising of locals, Aussies, Swedes, Filipinos and so on. There are usually three or four bands on per night and each has a different style and character. You won’t hear any original songs at this Phuket club, but you will be able to dance away to the links of Bon Jovi, Metallica, ACDC and Guns n Roses, as well as a few more-modern bands.

As if one Rock City in Patong wasn’t enough, there is now a second venue at the top of Soi Bangla, on the opposite from the beach. It’s much the same as the original Rock City, but the acoustics are a little bit different. Expect to drink and dance until about 2 am.

Although it’s primarily a jazz club, Karma Lounge in Kata is a fun live-music venue where the music sometimes drifts into rock. The vibes are always positive at this Phuket club and people get down until the early hours of the morning.

Of course, no trip to Phuket would be complete without sampling the local rock scene. Although there aren’t many bands in Phuket penning and playing their own songs, there are a lot of decent cover bands playing in local clubs.

9 Richter in Phuket Town is a good place to catch Thai live music. The venue also hosts special events with famous stars from the Thai rock and indie scenes.

Also in Phuket Town is Blue Marina, at the TK Hotel. This is an exciting club popular with young people in Phuket. The music is always fast and fun, plus Blue Marina also hosts special events with popular bands.

The majority of Phuket’s rock clubs can be found in Patong. It usually takes a little stroll around the area to find somewhere playing live music. The quality of the bands varies considerably and there is an unhealthy obsession with the likes of Bon Jovi, but it’s all in the holiday spirit and the drink are cheap and even the Thais seem to have a good time.

Rock on, brothers and sisters.

Gen Wright


Where can i find the best wedding / live bands in surrey or home counties?

Milli Vanilli!!!


Jamband for Groovy Rhythms With Jay Trainer Band

Jamband is the term used to refer to musical groups that do live performances and create albums that speak about fan culture. This kind of group originated back in the 1960s, and it was the popular Grateful Dead who started it all. From then on, jamband continued its mark by coming up with similar bands such as the Phish in the 1990s.

But there are reports establishing the use of the term jamband as early as 1937 with the band Coleman Hawkins and His All Star Jam Band. Musicians during this time included the term jam band in the glossary of dance orchestra, which simply means an improvisation of music. There is no written music, and playing is more on improvising an existing tune or melody, which is usually over extended.

Jamband Features

What you usually see in jamband performances are extended musical improvisation, which means there are a lot of jamming in the middle of a song. The songs created make up long sets of chord patterns that can make a listener move in a rhythmic mood. The first ever jamband, Grateful Dead, was known for their psychedelic rock music. Over the years, the term jamband do not only refer to rock music, but it included, jazz fusion, progressive bluegrass, and funk tunes. The term has also expanded their music to include groups that play folk music, country music, electronica, world music, and blues.

Jamband Today

When the music of Grateful Dead, who had huge fans and followers, began to lay low, the Phish jamband inherited not only their music but the community of followers as well. Phish was later on described as the breathing and cultural phenomena that had hippies for fans following them across the country. Today, jamband is the term used for all music influenced by Grateful Dead and related bands, which includes the music played by the Jay Trainer Band.

Jay Trainer

In today’s generation, Jay Trainer is the popular jamband performer. Putting in use the traditional rock tunes in his music, he is admired for incorporating tones, which can be smooth and quiet and then burst to a loud tune at anytime. He has mastery in several aspects of the rock music, which gives him an advantage especially in the Bay Area scene. People who want to listen to stark lyricism coupled with thick, creative guitar riffs will definitely go for the Jay Trainer Band.

Jay Trainer grew up in San Francisco, California and has been an avid listener of classic rock and soul music. It was during his adolescent years when he was finally influenced by the music he constantly listened to and soon started a jamband. From doing shows throughout the country together with his college band, he soon settled and established himself in his homegrown state where he is getting more successful.

Jamband Site

If you are a jamband fanatic, then there is one website suited for you. For the latest news on jamband, log on to Jay Trainer Band’s site. Get high on new albums that give the traditional funk, rock, and blues music a twist to come up with a modern classic tune. Go through the performance schedules of great jamband artists and catch them when they are near your place. Get to know your favorite Jay Trainer Band and be updated on his whereabouts.

Vikram Kumar


A Good Name For A Coffee Shop That Gets Live Indie Bands To Play?

Well, i have a project, and i need to make a dream business. That would obviously be a coffee shop with local bands play at. The place includes:
–>Live Bands (probably any branch of rock.)
–>Coffee (duh!), and other similar beverages
–>Baked Goods
–>Comfy Seats and Tables ;P

It has a welcoming atmosphere and a retro vintage vibe. Any ideas on what i can name it?

live coffee buzz?
hot beanz?
buns n`bands


Trivium and Slipknot – Their Part in Rock Music Industry

Trivium and Slipknot are new age heavy metal bands who have made their own indelible footprints in the rock music field. Unique music styles set them apart from other heavy metal exponents.

Slipknot was formed in the state of Iowa in 1995 and the band came to international limelight with its first album, the Mate.Feed.Kill.Repeat, in 1996. The theme of the songs depicted anger and frustration. It became an immediate hit as it empathized with the mindset of younger generation. New music styles combined with newer and forceful themes provided for the instant success of the album.

If the first album gave visibility to the band, the second one, titled Slipknot itself, put the band in the stratosphere. It was released in 1999 and was marketed nationally and internationally by Roadrunner Records, the music record giant of our times. The album acquired platinum status too. Vol 3 (The Sublimal Verses) came out as the third album from Slipknot and sales were highly satisfactory. The fourth album, produced in 2005 and came under the name 9.0 Live, is the last offering from Slipknot. Now the band is releasing the next album, which, it seems from promotional releases, is one step ahead of its older releases in uniqueness. Here, melody is mated to heavy metal to form a heady mix.

The band takes great pains to make their albums worthy to its name. The huge gaps between different releases help increase content quality and also customer curiosity. The marketing relationship between the band and Roadrunner Records still stand. The band was earlier known as The Pale Ones, Meld and Pyg System before assuming the current name.

Trivium albums are second to none in the heavy metal music arena. The band, based in Orlando, Florida is sometimes referred to as the king of heavy metal. They have released four albums so far, in addition to ten single songs and several music videos. The first album was a demo record, recorded and released in 2003. The second title produced in 2004, Ascendancy, put the band amongst the top players in the field. Some songs in the album got into chart toppers list too, and the music industry honchos were very forthcoming in their praise to the band.

The album was re-released in 2006 after adding four more records to the already popular numbers. The last album from Trivium stables came out in October 2008 by the name Shogun, has earned a lot of interest, and sales volumes are also great.

Rock Music industry has become richer with the conception of such bands like Trivium and Slipknot. They have given an additional means of entertainment to the masses yearning for something new and varied. The huge fan following of these bands make sure that newer avenues of heavy metal music still exist to be explored and brought out.

Roberta Groche


Music Review of Tonight by Franz Ferdinand

“Franz Ferdinand” are a four-piece Scottish indie rock band hailed from Glasgow, Scotland. They are frontman Alex Kapranos (Vocals and Guitar), Nick McCarthy (Guitar, Keyboards and Backing Vocals), Bob Hardy (Bass) and Paul Thomson (Drums). Their music genres include indie rock, post-punk revival and dance rock. Franz Ferdinand derived their name from historical figure Archduke Franz Ferdinand.

Franz Ferdinand are back after a four-year wait. With their third full-length Tonight, i would say this album is worth the wait! They’re back with broader musical scope, they’re experimenting music and they’re having fun! Franz Ferdinand is back to rock us!

Delicious Tonight kicks off with the ever sexy “Ulysses”. Alex’s voice is sexy in a steady pace. The opening drum beats is very catchy, you would fall in love with this track once the music starts. Franz Ferdinand started off taking little steps with Alex’s improved vocals. I have never heard Alex singing in such way, Ulysses is sexy and sweaty. The music itself has shown Franz Ferdinand’s desire to add in some new aspects into their sound. “Come on let’s get high, come on let’s get high…” Franz Ferdinand has got to be the sexiest band on the dance floor!

“Turn It On” is another track that continues to make the ladies on the dance floor asking for more. The bass and guitar on this track are too irresistible. In the chorus, the backing vocals really complement Alex’s singing. Alex will go, “Although I know you turn it on yeah…” The rest of Franz Ferdinand will go “Turn it on…” Just amazing to hear Franz Ferdinand do that! Turn It On is like a dance club anthem where it never fails to get the crowd moving their body in a sense of appreciation of the music by Franz Ferdinand. Turn it on now with Franz Ferdinand!

“No You Girls” has some repetitive catchy guitar and bass hooks. The music throughout No You Girls is just simply awesome. The lyrics are smartly crafted as well, “Kiss me where your eye won’t meet me, meet me where your mind won’t kiss me…” The chorus also brings us another mesmerizing moment. It’s anthemic, sexy and catchy. The handclaps, guitar, organ and team-vocals are the climax here. “You girls never know, oh no, you girls’ll never know, no you girls never know, how you make a boy feel…” It’s loud and danceable! Dancing to a rock tune really requires lot of energy!

“Send Him Away” is soft danceable rock track where you would see Alex takes on a softer vocals approach. On every album of Franz Ferdinand, there would be songs that slow the tempo down, in other words, let our ears take a short rest from all the hype going on throughout the album. Send Him Away managed to do just that. I find it sweet and cute with the guitar that has a slight country element in it. In the last 1:12 minutes, Alex just sings, “Oh, can’t you let me stay tonight…” until it fades while the guitar just does the opposite as it gets louder near the end.

“Twilight Omens” starts off with scary-like string instrument that sounds like a banjo. It sort of brings back the atmosphere of those classical horror movies. Overall Twilight Omens brings you back to the 60s/70s. The way Franz Ferdinand sing throughout this track reflect the old days as well. A journey back to the past perhaps. Only this time, they do it with the influence of electronic music. Rocking old times!

“Bite Hard” begins slowly with the piano-playing and Alex’s breathy vocals. Once it reaches the right pace, the guitar, bass and drums just come in and it would surely wake you up instantly! In between, i like the organ that plays along, it just happens to be at the right place at the right time to make Bite Hard sounds more complete. The music also has a very heavy bass line that is so suitable on the dance floor. Nearing the end, Franz Ferdinand just keep getting louder, “Well I never, well I never, well I never know… I just had to taste their honey…” I think i’m getting up and dance!

“What She Came For” is also another track that contains heavy bass line, but this time is on mid-tempo pace. There are also some electronic elements in this track which Franz Ferdinand use throughout Tonight. At times, without the vocals of Alex, i find What She Came For cute and cheeky. The chorus hits a high with the group vocals of “Wow, look out, know what she came for. Know what she came for. No question, no doubt. Wow, look out, know what she came for…” And the background music, if you listen carefully, there’s a faint organ-playing. What She Came For also features Rosie Wilson on the vocals contribution part. Towards the end, Franz Ferdinand just go for the maximum volume and rock it hard with the guitars. I absolutely fancy this crazily cheeky yet rockable track.

“Live Alone” sort of reminds me of “You’re The Reason I’m Leaving” from “You Could Have It So Much Better”. At times, Gwen Stefani’s “What You’re Waiting For” just crosses my mind. Franz Ferdinand’s usage of synthesizers is very significant in this track as well. The guitar just comes in on and off as to follow the beat and rhythm of this track. And again, Live Alone is being sung in a way that’ll bring you back to the 60s/70s. The good old days are just getting popular nowadays. “You know that i’ll be here, i’ll be here wishing i could be there…” Nice paradox.

“Can’t Stop Feeling” is funnily good! The music in this track is really catchy, especially the instrument that sounds like a bass or maybe a synthesizers, and the beats that sound like a djembe’s which creates an atmosphere of African music. The music is funnily catchy and the moment you hear it, you can’t help but smile faintly. The singing of Can’t Stop Feeling is similarly catchy too. I like the part where Alex goes, “And you leave me here on my own, yeah you leave me here on the floor, you can’t feel it, and you can’t feel it… Anymore…” Just can’t stop listening to Can’t Stop Feeling.

“Lucid Dreams” sounds like a pure electronic track, which differs greatly from the non-album version. Franz Ferdinand are creating a new sound for themselves with Lucid Dreams here and it clocks in at over seven minutes long. From what i listen here, it’s clearly a remixed version of the non-album version. It goes directly to the chorus and climax without the normal build-up. The second half is pure music with heavy electronic elements and some guitar-playing. Franz Ferdinand are reborn again here.

In “Dream Again”, is a ballad that sees Franz Ferdinand have it soft and slow. At times, Alex can be heard singing in a robotic and echoic voice, “I live to dream again…” If you listen carefully, there’s no guitar in this track, just some beats created by synthesizers. Dream Again will take some time for you to grow into it, even if you’re not into it, you’d still appreciate Dream Again. Sweet and lovely track here.

Franz Ferdinand end Tonight with the acoustic “Katherine Kiss Me”. Alex sings with his heart here. He can be heard singing and strumming his guitar away. During the break, the piano comes in at the perfect time to complement Katherine Kiss Me. This track has the story-telling quality where you can clearly hear the voice of Alex as he sings and then you can figure out the meaning of this song. Franz Ferdinand present it with style and manage to close the chapter of Tonight on a soft note.

Rating: Tonight proved that Franz Ferdinand are exploring new musical elements rather than sticking back to their normal indie rock and post-punk revival. This time, Franz Ferdinand added electronic and slight african influences into their third full-length album. It’s always good to know that one of your favourite indie artists/bands are trying or creating something new and fresh. Franz Ferdinand have this ability to make new sound and at the same time, sounding the same. When it comes to creating catchy and danceable melody, Franz Ferdinand are always a force to be reckoned with. They are evolving with every album, and yet still manage to maintain their catchy trademark. If you’re a fan of Franz Ferdinand, you’ll be glad that you have included the right band into your all time favourite bands list. If not, you better be one now! Another achievement by Franz Ferdinand, 7.8 out of 10.

Stand-Out Tracks (My Picks): Ulysses, Turn It On, No You Girls, Send Him Away, Bite Hard, What She Came For, Can’t Stop Feeling and Katherine Kiss Me.

Darren Tan

Darren Tan


10 Ways to Get Inside His Head


“Never frown, because you never know when someone is falling in love with your smile.”


Many women make the mistake of thinking that if a guy finds them attractive, they are on the path to a relationship. Even though they understand that the path may be full of twists and turns, still they believe that attracting the male is the first step. It is not the first step. Attracting the male is the first step to hooking up. When a man finds you attractive, he wants to touch what he sees. That’s it. If the attraction is mutual, you may go for the hookup. Afterwards, what you’ve got is a notch on your bedpost, a hookup with a cute guy. You do not have the beginnings of a relationship.

So what is the first step to a relationship? The first step is getting inside his head. He needs to think about you. He needs to wonder about you. He needs to be intrigued, and he needs to feel an impulse or urge to connect with you. That can happen with or without a hookup, before or after.

An interesting thing I have found in my research is that while most girls experience difficulty in getting guys to commit, there are some young women who complain that every guy they hook up with wants more from them. They are looking for casual hookups and don’t want a relationship. Naturally, that makes them irresistible bait. Of course it’s human nature to want what we can’t have easily. To paraphrase Woody Allen, we don’t want to belong to any club that will have us as a member.

If not wanting a relationship is the best way of being offered one, then what should you do if you want one? What can you do to be successful?

1. Be complete.

One of the worst movie lines ever is in Jerry Maguire, when Tom Cruise tells Renee Zellweger, “You complete me.” Ew. I remember cringing at that. You do not need a guy to be complete. In fact, a guy cannot complete you. You must live your life right now, today, without a relationship. Live it the best you can. Be thankful for what you have. It’s OK to want a special relationship, but you don’t need it to be happy. You really don’t. If you think you need it, you won’t find it.

2. Display enormous self-confidence.

Your mantra: “I am the desired object.”  This is so important that if you don’t believe it, you need to fake it ’till you make it. No one can think you are fabulous unless you do. It always starts with you. When you know your own worth, it shows. And it sells. You know that you would be an awesome girlfriend. You know that you could make a guy really happy. Don’t ever forget that you are a catch! You are not right for every guy. Some guys won’t be interested. Your job is to be your best, most confident self to attract the guy who might be. If you don’t believe that you are pure fabulousness, you need to address that. Take action. What do you hate about yourself? Improve it. Talk to someone. Do something. Just getting moving will make you feel stronger and better. 

3. Be classy.

A 2008 Cosmopolitan survey showed that 67% of guys are most turned on by “the girl next door” look. The “sex bomb” look only appealed to 12%. Understand that you are beautiful in your natural state. Stop trying so hard to get the guys all hot and bothered. The only thing you’ll get out of that is a booty call. If you are lucky enough to have a great body, resist the temptation to display all of it at the same time. Focus on one asset at a time. Use makeup to enhance your looks, not give you the appearance of a heroin addict. I’m not telling you to go ahead and wear sweats; just be more subtle in your presentation. Guys like wholesome.

4. Have the right kind of expectations.

Expecting a guy to become your boyfriend is not strategic. Expecting a guy to like you a certain amount, or display a certain kind of affection, is not effective. On the other hand, expecting a guy to do what he says he is going to do is good strategy. Expecting him to show you some respect; that’s good too. Guys don’t want you demanding love from them. But they will totally get it if you demand respect for your feelings, your body and your time.

5. If he hasn’t committed, you’re a free agent.

Guys are amazed when I tell them that back in the day, when we dated in the traditional sense, it was totally legit to go out with one guy on a Friday night and make out (or more), and then do the same thing with someone else on Saturday. We were dating; dating was shopping. And the guy might be shopping around too. Nowadays, guys want to hook up without commitment, but they think it’s really shady if a girl is hooking up with someone else the same weekend. You have every right to be choosy. So shop around, and don’t take yourself off the market until a boy that you really like asks you to be his girlfriend.

6. Create a little mystery.

I always advise women to hold back 10%. Never give a guy 100% of yourself (even when you’re married!). In every relationship, there is a pursuer and a distancer. Don’t be the pursuer. Don’t wear your heart on your sleeve. Guys worry about the emotional neediness of women (with good reason, let’s face it). Fight that. Keep your feelings to yourself, or share them with your girls for now. Eagerness is repellent. Whininess is repulsive. He doesn’t want you to cling. He wants to pursue you. He wants to wonder what you think. So let him.

7. Slow down.

The best relationships happen between soulmates. You cannot become soulmates through sex. Through pillow talk, maybe, but not through sex. You stand a much better chance of becoming really close to a guy if you allow plenty of time and space for friendship. That means not having sex too soon. Sex can make friendship complicated. It’s much harder to go from sex to friendship, than from friendship to sex. Take time to get to know him. Make him spend time getting to know you. Guys appreciate a slow win.

8. Don’t overreact.

Don’t go all gloom and doom the minute he takes a step back. In Mars and Venus On a Date, John Gray talks about how guys are like rubber bands. They withdraw for a bit, and then they return. If he needs some distance, give it to him. When he comes back, welcome him. Chill out. If he doesn’t text you for three days, just live your life. If he thinks you’re going to give him a really hard time when he does get back in touch, then guess what? He won’t get back in touch. Guys hate drama. There are only so many long talks a guy is willing to have. So save your allotment of heart-to-hearts for the really important stuff.

9. Don’t waste time.

Cultivate a reputation for being a woman who doesn’t waste precious time on fools. You are too good to get hung up on a boy who doesn’t like you. Every tear you cry for a jerk takes up valuable psychic energy and sets you back. If you are feeling crappy about some guy, you are not open to a new guy. You may think you are, but your emotional funk will be telegraphed to those around you in subtle ways. If things don’t go your way, go ahead and feel sorry for yourself for a day or two. Eat junk food, get wasted with the girls, whatever. Then pick yourself up and live your life. 

10. Cultivate a positive attitude in the meantime.

Here’s where I get all The Secret on you. You can be strong and independent, you can take no prisoners, you can even be a hardass without sending out negative vibes. You are open and friendly, you just aren’t cheap. You expect good things to happen to you. A bad attitude is self-fulfilling; if you believe that no one will want you, then no one will want you. I guarantee it. If you believe that you deserve to be loved and are willing to wait for that special guy, then you will find him. You won’t find him sitting in your room, though. The more interactions you have in your day, the greater your chances of encountering someone new. Go out. Psych yourself up as often as you need to, but keep on getting out there. Don’t give up. You can have what you want if you will believe in it.

Susan Walsh

Susan Walsh


How many songs do bands/singers usually perform live?

I know this is an unusual question, but how many songs do singers/bands/groups perform live? Like the Pussycat Dolls, The Saturdays, Mcfly, Paradiso Girls, etc. I know they all probably perform different amounts every time they perform , but could you give my an estimated number? Thank you in advance! :) How many songs does the main act perform in one night? and how many songs in all on tour?

That definitely depends on the size of the concert. If a band’s the main attraction, expect quite a few songs. This isn’t very common though.
From the ones I’ve been on (quite a few!), I’d say a good measurement is about 10-12 songs for medium-famous bands.


Why do bands suck when they play live?

Some bands just don’t do great live. My Chemical Romance is one of my favorite bands, but their live performances are not nearly as good as the recording…I love Paramore too, but the live performances are okay, but not great. Paramore sounds cool on their albums though. I know the problem is the singer in most cases of live bands. Why is it such a different experience? I know that they fix up mistakes in recording studios, but when they play live there shouldn’t be much of a difference.

As someone who does music production, a few ideas

A) Auto-tune, Compression, Filters, Sound/synth background effects/add-ins..and recordings done via multiple microphones with different 5+ band EQs for each mic are possible in studios. Often none of these set-ups is possible live, especially in a not-so-fancy venue.

B) Better acoustics in the studio vs. the live venue

C) Multiple recording takes in the studio (many bands I know of even record each riff separately)

D) Let’s get real…in recording studios the band pays a lot for recording time while in a live act one of the members may arrive, say, a bit drunk/drugged/hung-over or just honestly dog tired from a multiple-day long bus trip to your city.
Some musicians I’ve heard who are just as good live include Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Darius Rucker, and Carlos Santana. Sadly, with most "multi-platinum" artists, most of the polish is added by lots of studio work…it’s kind of like photo-shopping some pretty-good-looking woman’s pic to look dashingly super-model-ish.

Then again those are not huge/major groups (at least on the level of, say, Nickelback) but more self-sufficient and independent acts and, as such, their live and studio setups are much more alike than more major-label type artists. Plus they rely more on musical technique and less on fancy effects to back them up…so even if you gave them terribly crappy recording equipment you’d still find they retain much of their quality.


Peer to Peer File Sharing Software P2P

Peer-to-peer file sharing software p2p networks allow those that use them to use a file-sharing network to share files: in this case generally music, video and games files. This is done by connecting storage devices such as hard disks, USB memory and DVD disks between two or more computers and transferring selected files from one to another.

Although the vast majority of such peer to peer file sharing software p2p networks are true networks, offering connections directly from provider to user, it was not always that way. Some still contain elements of the old Napster client-server structure that ended in the old Napster dying because the network was destroyed when the central hub, the Napster server, was removed.

Napster arose from its ashes as a regular paid service, but without its original pizzazz, and those software p2p systems that came after it had learned. They consisted of a more direct architecture whereby a direct route between the provider and client for the file was provided. If A wants a copy of a movie, game or music file, the P2P software provides a direct .link between A and all the peer to peer file sharing members that are online. The packets making up the file are downloaded simultaneously from all logged in members that have the file on their storage device (generally the hard disk or a partition of it). This connection can be between you and your neighbor, or the Queen of Sheba, provided she is live on the network.

You can have access to hard disks of every other member of your network that is online, and the download speed is determined directly to the speed of your internet connection, the software, the internet connection speed of the provider of the file and the number of other users using the network at the time of download, but can be exceptionally quick, particularly with paid, as opposed to free, software PSP services. Examples of such peer to peer file sharing software P2;Pervices are the open source Gnutella network, used by Limewire, Moviedownloads, and Bearshare, and the eDonkey network used by Kazaa and Overnet services. Another is BitTorrent, although that is a different type of system.

The base software P2P networks are open source, and hence free to use. However, the paid membership sites, that generally charge a one-time life membership fee, offer support, a better directory structure, faster downloading speed and many other benefits. These are real benefits, and one of t5he best is that the membership version is free of Spyware and adware that comes along with the free versions. Adware puts pop-ups on your screen related to your browsing habits, and sometimes you cannot remove these without switching off your computer. Spyware can read your keystrokes, and hence capture your banking and credit details: enough said!


The paid software p2p services are not paid networks, but provide access to the open source networks that is guaranteed free from viruses, adware and spyware, and monthly paid membership p2p services offer you unlimited downloads of music, games an movies. Although it is sill possible to download current hits, you should avoid that since it is illegal, and stick to those tracks in the public domain and not protected by copyright. In fact some current chart hits are already protected by software that stops you downloading them, but they are still very much in the minority.

Most peer to peer file sharing software p2p networks will inform you if you are trying to download a copyrighted file, and give the you opportunity to stop or to continue. However, you are still allowed by the software to download a Number One hit, although it would be wrong of you to do so. In fact it is possible for one member of a p2p service to purchase a top blockbuster movie online, and then allow it to be distributed to millions of others for no more than their initial membership fee: in other words, basically for nothing. Imagine what this would do to future and income of those working in the entertainment industry! However peer to peer file sharing software p2p can be used for the benefit of the industry if used as it was originally.

The original software p2p networks offered new singers, bands and movie makers the opportunity to showcase their work free of charge to the public. In this way they became known, and their work would slowly start to sell. As they became better known, they would gather a fan base, and eventually become stars in their own right. Many Indie bands started off that way without having to spend much money. They could get comments and valuable criticism, and find out how popular they were. Some could use that information to improve until they felt ready to launch commercial work. Computer games could be tested before going onto the market. Bugs could be fixed and the product perfected.

However, many selfish people are still ruining it for those that want to use these peer to peer file sharing software p2p services as they should properly be used. They copy movie hits and current music onto hard disk, and then onto portable disks for commercial sale. In fact the authorities should be tackling the big dogs - the pirate gangs that make millions through illegal movie and music downloads. But they do not - they prosecute kids that don’t know better or want to download a track to assess before buying the album, and fine their hard-working moms
That is not to say that downloading copyrighted material should be legal, but it would help if some proper ‘high profile’ prosecutions of professional pirates were made. That would be a more positive message to the ordinary person that they are doing wrong than just prosecuting a few kids and their moms.


Check your network for public domain material, or look for it online and search for it using your network search facility. You can also check out your favorite singer’s website, particularly new singers or bands, and ask what free downloads are available. Search for legitimate free movie downloads - you will be surprised at how many are available. You should also check out the copyright laws for your country. Copyright does not last for ever, and they go into the public domain after a period of time. After that they can be legally downloaded free of charge using p2p file sharing software.

New bands or singers can record their work, and open it for free download. Simply place it on your hard disk and advertise it - it’s better than YouTube because there is no time limit. When you consider the one-off payment, you actually pay very .little for the peer to peer file sharing software p2p network service of your choice, offering free music downloads, free movies, and free computer games. However, you are advised to use your p2p file sharing service within the terms of copyright law.

Peter Nisbet