I created this service because I wanted something like it to exist. My favorite podcast, Hypercritical, ended in December 2012. Instead of giving it up, I decided to listen to it all over again from the beginning. 5by5 Time Machine helps with that by automatically providing me with new old episodes on a regular schedule.
This is awesome. I didn’t listen to Hypercritical from the beginning, but going through the back catalog in order seemed daunting. This is the perfect way to experience it all.
Some of you may have noticed that my music site has been untouched since mid-2011. What you may not have known is that the main reason for this is that I was locked out of my Bandcamp account and never got around to contacting their technical support about it. I finally took care of that yesterday, and my music site has finally gotten the overhaul it deserved to take it into 2013.
The logo and color scheme have been updated to match the appearance of my main site, and I’ve begun sorting through and re-categorizing some of my older music as well as uploading a couple of new tracks. Keep checking back, as I’m hoping that 2013 may mark some new beginnings when it comes to my music.
Back in October, my best friend Josef Kenny made a fantastic 8-bit version of “Plica Plica,” the Back to Work theme song. Josef and I tried to send this to Dan and Merlin, the hosts of Back to Work, a couple of times on Twitter, and I believe at least one of us used the 5by5 contact form to try and reach them with it as well. We never heard back.
I awoke this morning to find that some other individual did a similar 8-bit version of the theme, and it got played on the show.
Josef is not only an extraordinarily talented musician, but a huge fan of 5by5. He listens to every episode of every show on the network. He poured a lot of time and passion into this 8-bit version of the theme, and his attention to detail was spectacular. He and I both really hoped the 5by5 guys would take notice of this little piece of fan art dedicated to their show. We understood when they didn’t, but now someone else is getting the attention that Josef originally deserved.
I sent an email to Dan and Merlin about this via the 5by5 contact form. I’m very afraid that now Josef’s version will always be seen as the follow-up, rather than the original. No disrespect intended to the creator of the newer version, but I feel terrible that Josef’s efforts went totally unnoticed while someone else’s version got played on the show. I really hope someone takes notice of this, and Josef gets the recognition he deserves.
Regarding Josef’s 8-bit version of the Back to Work theme, I am extremely happy to say that I received an email this morning from Haddie Cooke, producer over at 5by5, informing me that Dan would play Josef’s version of the theme on today’s episode of The Frequency. I have a ton of respect for Dan, Haddie, and 5by5, and I had confidence that if the matter was brought to their attention, they would do something about it. My confidence was not misplaced, and Josef and I are elated. Thanks so much to Dan and Haddie for addressing this.
Bernard Horsfall was a pillar of my childhood. His face and voice are among the most instantly recognizable to me of any Doctor Who actor. By coincidence, I watched The Deadly Assassin last week with my family. A fitting tribute.