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So last week two of videos popped up in my YouTube Recommendations and they were all talking about the same thing Blocking/Blockers on YouTube (the video’s will be embedded at the button of the post). First of all I should that Blockers are the people who request that video is taken down by YouTube in the case of Copyright Infringement. So these Music Educators namely Adam Neely, Rick Beato and Paul Davids have all had videos taken down for Copyright Infringement in recent months. However, their use of these copyrights is perfectly legal as they are using the Copyrighted music is for Educational purposes. In Adam Neely’s case he wasn’t even playing the music mentioned in anyway shape or form his video was taken down because he discussed the music in question. In fact, he had deliberately not included the music due to having been blocked in the past.

Paul Davids case was almost as frustrating as he had again tried what he could to avoid getting blocked and still been blocked because one of his videos featured two seconds of a classic riff. Rick Beato has experienced Blocking on many occasions in the past and come to accept that he may gets Blocked so he expects it and accepts he won’t make money via YouTube. However, he is also getting frustrated that he recently had a video Blocked due to a passing mention of a famous guitarist.

So I’m sure you see that the problem is that the Blockers are Blocking everything without even considering it’s usage and in some cases whether or the video in fact features their music. Rick Beato makes a good point in his video as he believes that other the Artists/Bands involved are getting bad advice or the Publisher acting on their behalf isn’t considering the content of actual video and just blanket Blocking. He also theorizes that many of Bands/Artists doing the Blocking are older artists and that they are out of touch and missing out on potential earnings from the exposure the videos would give them.

If that wasn’t already feeling unfair the next part really is, there is no way to appeal the Blocking via YouTube. This seems like a massive oversight YouTube’s part there have been plenty of successful legal cases down the years where someone has proved they haven’t broken Copyright law because of using the Copyrighted Music for educational purposes. Why can’t the likes of Beato, Neely and Davids appeal on these grounds? While were at it your allowed to use Copyrighted Music if it’s for comedic purposes so should be able to appeal on those grounds too? If a aging musician or out of touch publisher chooses to turn down the opportunity to reach a young audience that wants to learn and may discover their music in that process that’s up to them. But there seems to no excuse for YouTube and/or Publishers to work out an Appeals process so that when Blocking occurs and isn’t just to can be put right.

Let me know your thoughts and feelings on Blocking in the Comments below.

So last week I saw this Tweet from Geoff Barrow (founder and drummer in both Portishead and Beak>)

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Schools never take a career in music seriously <br>The problem is without music lessons children will never know what it’s like to play music <a href=”https://t.co/z2CM68yH26″>https://t.co/z2CM68yH26</a></p>&mdash; Geoff Barrow (@jetfury) <a href=”https://twitter.com/jetfury/status/1112990666064347138?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>April 2, 2019</a></blockquote>

This led me to this Tweet:

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>This is deeply sad and economically illiterate. The UK generates £8M an hour through the creative industries. We NEED our children to see creativity as important.</p>&mdash; Ann Cleeves (@AnnCleeves) <a href=”https://twitter.com/AnnCleeves/status/1113006570202427393?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>April 2, 2019</a></blockquote>

Reading such a dismissive reaction from a headmaster made me angry but then it have that counter with the fact that the in UK with generate 8m an hour through the creative industries blew my mind. I knew that creative industries generated a lot more cash than politicians and decision makers like to let on but that is a massive amount of money. Imagine how much the creative industries would generate if music and other creative industries education was properly funded. But this one of my key frustrations with the UK it’s not a innovative and forward looking country and is getting left in the dust by the US, Germany, Japan and no doubt many more countries. I recognize that there successful individuals and companies within the UK but it could be so much better. It all starts with education and access and while I understand (and agree) that this section of education isn’t the most in need of attention it is probably the one that would benefit the most from more investment and open minded and forward thinking teachers delivering it.

It’s been my belief that education in the UK needs massive reform and we seemed to taking steps in the right direction during Gordon Brown’s brief tenure as Prime Minister of course all that has been washed away by over a decade of a Conservative government in power. I still hold on to the hope that a day will come when decision makers will look at what is being achieved in countries leading in education and the creative industries and apply their techniques and structures. However, we’re currently some way off an individual lead education system that isn’t about creating compliant workers who can pass test.

Please let me know your thoughts on education and the creative industries in the UK (and in your country if your aren’t from the UK) in the Comments below.


Sonic Fiction is back!!!

Hello Sonic Fiction readers,

My name is Liam and I’m founder and main for Sonic Fiction. I know that the blog has been dormant since February 2017 and I haven’t posted regularly since the Summer of 2016 but that is about to change.

In fact, a lot about the blog is changing rather than being a critical music blog as it had future posts will be more about informal music debate, discussion and recommendations. Don’t worry if you’re someone who really enjoys the critcal music reviews and articles this will be coming back in a different format later in the year. I warn you however that anything critcal music wise is very much at the idea stage and I won’t have a chance to properly research and plan for it’s launch until later in the year.

In the meantime to celebrate Sonic Fiction’s relaunch I will be posting something to the blog everyday for a month (ending on the 6th May) and I hope this new direction and content will be enjoyed by all readers of the site. Planned posts include a Best Releases of the Year…so far (this will be at least 2 parts maybe more and posted once weekly until all the posts are published), Discovery of the Week (I’m hoping this will become a regular feature) and Music Question(s) (on a Sunday) – where I will post Rough Trade Shops question for that week and we can discuss and debate it in the Comments.

Keep an eye out for new posts on the site or via my Twitter.

Let me know what you think of the new Sonic Fiction in the Comments.

Wow, 2010 was quite a year for music and Sonic Fiction, personally I think it was a really great year for music of all types and blog managed to grow massively in the second half the year when we doubled our views from the first half of the year. Thanks to anyone who has taken a look, enjoyed and commented on our pieces. I have to say though that in some ways the end of the year was frustrating reading end of year polls and finding tons of reviews of albums I hadn’t listened to in my bookmarks. Still I’ve decided not to stress about as even some of my favourite journalists haven’t found the time to listen to everything.

In 2011 we hope that Sonic Fiction can continue to grow both in terms of quality of writing and views. We aim to continually improve but want to make this a more conscious effort from now on. We’ve launched a Twitter account which will enable us to link readers to articles, albums, playlists etc and provide the real interactivity that we want with Sonic Fiction. I think that when we started the blog, we were just relived that it was (finally) up and running but as time has gone on a set of aims has emerged. We really want to start debates about the points that we are making and we hope that with the help of Twitter and even better writing we can do so. If anyone has any suggestions of further ways we can encourage this please let us know. We also have a new bi-monthly column launching in February (when we’ll be one year old) that will reassess the perceived reputation of artist(s), a period of their career or a genre, we don’t have a title but if anyone has a suggestion just Twitter it or put it in the comments section.

Ok, so looking forward into the New Year here’s list of the various cultural happenings we are looking forward to this year:


There’s a trio of returning post-punk legends (two of them this month) in the shape of Gang of Four’s (first album in almost 16 years) ‘Content’, Wire release new album ‘Red Barked Tree’ and The Pop Group return with a new album later in the year, which will possibly feature The Bug, Keith Levene (ex Clash and Public Ltd guitarist), Micheal Rother (Neu!), Richard H. Kirk (Cabaret Voltaire) and DJ Assault or not.

There’s ‘Violet Cries’ the debut album by spooky, folky goth types Esben and The Witch, a band I saw a lot of potential in last year but failed to mention.

The explosive agit-prop of Asian Dub Foundation is always welcome in my flat and on the evidence of the title track so will new album ‘A History of Now’ out 7th February.

A week later Mogwai’s fearsome noise will pollute speakers the world over with new album ‘Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will’.

I always get excited about new PJ Harvey album but haven’t even listened to one since ‘Tales from the City, Tales from the Sea’, so we’ll have to see if ‘Let England Shake’ changes that.

There’s also the much anticipated collaboration/remix album by Gil-Scott Heron ‘We’re New Here’, though the description I read on FACT doesn’t fill me with confidence.

The Knife have hinted via their newsletter of new material emerging sometime in 2011 and in other Scandinavian news, Bjork has said that new music will be “ready in a few months”.

Finally Primal Scream celebrate the 20th anniversary of ‘Screamdelica’ with a tour and impressive looking 6 disc box set on March 7th. There will also be smaller edition more info as I get it.

New band tips

  • OoOOo – self titled debut E.P. was one of the top releases of 2010, next release much anticipated.

  • Balam Acab – debut E.P. ‘See Birds’ was one of the top releases of 2010, to be issued on CD in February.

  • Factory Floor – this industrial dance outfit’s early singles impressed, an album is being recorded.

  • Dels – Big Dada’s new hip-hop hope delivers debut album produced by Joe Goddard (Hot Chip) early in 2011.

  • Laurel Halo – made waves all over the internet last year and seems to have the talent to back up the hype!!

  • Yanqui – I was very impressed by this post-rock bands self titled debut E.P. and think there’s real potential for development into something bigger and better.

  • The Samps – another impressive self titled debut E.P. from these sample lovin’ duo, kind of like a sampled based Chin Chin cheesy yet irresistible.

  • Games – this Oneohtrix Point Never side project launched with their debut release ‘We Can Play’ on the super hip Hippos In Tanks late last year and it was packed with great tunes that promises their debut album might just be as good as Oneohtrix’s own material.

  • Blondes – synth based Brooklyn duo who after the success of their ‘Touched’ E.P. should release a debut full length that takes their ‘bedroom space disco’ sound even further out.

  • Win Win – a three way collaborative project comprising XXXchange (Spank Rock), Chris Delvin (of Baltimore DJ duo Delvin and Darko) and visual artist Ghostdad. Their self titled album is out on Vice on 15th February and features Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Naeem (Spank Rock) and Lizzie Bougatsos (Gang Gang Dance).

  • Floating Points Ensemble – the side project of producer Floating Points have already received critical acclaim for their spat of electronic jazz infected 2010 releases, a debut album on Ninja Tune awaits in 2011.

  • Holy Other – The haunting track ‘Yr Love’ leads to a potential album this year. The electronic music producer’s blend of gauzy vocals, 808 claps and swampy delays creates a highly emotional feel, which hopefully will materialise as a complete release.

  • White Car – Having released two EP’s last year this exciting industrial dance duo are currently putting the finishing touches to a début album to be released later this year.

  • Suuns (pronounced ‘Soons’) – This band’s début album ‘Zeroes QC’ manages the ineviable task of  combining post-punk and post-rock influences into a cohesive, tuneful and confident and all without sounding like overblown and bloated rock.

  • Breton – This South London have been saddled with the unfortunate description of ‘post-punk dubstep’ but don’t let that put you off. It’s true that they combine influences from those genres but a quick visit to their MySpace will show that they transcend these distinct sounds to make their unique style. With only one 12″ the potential is definitely there and only time will tell if it can blossom further.

Albums we hope finally see the light of day in 2011

Missy Elliott’s long anticipated ‘The Block Party’, the second Madvillain album, the new Mouse on Mars album; a new album by audio-visual dons Coldcut is due and The Avalanches much, much, much anticipated follow to ‘Since I Left You’, yes I believe this is coming soon.

Spotify playlist:

Preview of 2011


Wire – ‘Red Barked Tree’ (Pink Flag) 10th January

Wire return with their 12th album (and first without guitarist Bruce Gilbert), the bands own description makes it sound like business as usual but this no bad thing!!

Deerhoof – ‘Deerhoof vs Evil’ (Polyvinyl) 25th January

American indie-rockers return with their 11th album, following on from their great contribution to Tradi-Mods vs. Rockers: Alternative Takes on Congotronics’ late last year. You can hear tracks from the album via Soundcloud now and in each week leading up to release.

Gang of Four – ‘Content’ (Groneland) 25th January

Post-punk legends return with their first new album since reforming in 2004. Heavily published by the bands fund raising efforts which included giving away vials of blood to fans with the album. Should be interesting as the two tracks I’ve heard so far have gone from great to so-so.

Talib Kweli – ‘Gutter Rainbows’ (Talibra) 25th January

Talib’s first independent release after the fall out from ‘Eardrum’ lead to leaving Warner Bros. early signs are good and come in the form of the Ski Beatz produced ‘Cold Rain’. You can hear the track and read more details here.

Esben and the Witch – ‘Violet Cries’ (Beggars Banquet) 31st January

Quietly gathering support from The Quietus to the Guardian through last year and expected to produce one of the debuts of the year. Will their folky gothic pop live up to the hype?

I hope to have some more music, plus television and film recommendations next month.

Coming up in January we have a piece on slow music (more interesting than that sounds), the return of Music Is Improper with the second part of its history of techno and ‘Doolittle’ by the Pixies is this month Classic’s Critiqued.

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