Track length and popularity
October 23rd, 2010 :
I noticed that my most popular track, Monostril, is also my longest. My shortest track, Salt, is my least popular.
I was curious to see if the length of my tracks correlated to their popularity.
I plotted a graph.
Now available on iTunes
April 25th, 2010 : You can now buy Oddskool music from iTunes!
Now available on Amazon
April 25th, 2010 : You can now buy Oddskool music at Amazon!
Now available on Juno Download
April 25th, 2010 : Juno Download are now stocking Oddskool music to buy.
Now available on DjTunes
April 25th, 2010 : DjTunes are now selling music by Oddskool.
Cygnet Wallop goes out for digital distribution!
March 1st, 2010 : Test Pilot Music Ltd. have come forward to make the recent BitBasic and Oddskool EP "Cygnet Wallop" available through official digital channels such as Amazon and iTunes.
Datazzolla: Datassette and Astor Piazzolla
June 25th, 2009 :
There occurred a fortuitous press-play-on-two-MP3-players-at-once incident. Two tracks were hurled together: Datassette's Gangleopods and Astor Piazzolla's Tristezas de un Doble A. Since the accordion has a rather fundamental sawtooth-like tone, they clicked like a dolphin.
You can hear the outcome here: Datazzolla MP3
Played On BBC Radio 1
November 17th, 2008 :
Rob Da Bank plays a mix of music from Swn festival including the track "Diet Hogan" by Oddskool.
You can download the mix in full here.
"Just brilliant electronica" - Rob Da Bank, Radio 1
Oddskool & BitBasic CDs now available!
October 15th, 2008 : Available now from our shop: Official CDs of Oddskool & BitBasic's EP "Cygnet Wallop".
Oddskool CDs now available!
October 14th, 2008 : Available now from our shop: Official CDs of Oddskool's album "Two Ways To Listen".
Imminent release from Oddskool and BitBasic!
June 22nd, 2008 : Over a year ago (!) I announced that I would be working with the esteemed BitBasic to release a collaborative EP.
Today's news is that it's finished! We've mastered the music, completed the artwork, selected the track names, and will be submitting it to our labels to get it released to you REAL SOON NOW.
Until I can announce the URL, I strongly recommend you take a listen to BitBasic's own solo album "Grating Rainbows", released on the Monotonik label.
Download it FREE here.
Oddskool Collaboration with BitBasic
June 10th, 2007 :
Oddskool has been collaborating with an artist called BitBasic over the past few months. Today we completed our first song (you can hear a promo clip here) and we have two more in the pipeline. We're planning to get a four track EP out ASAP so keep your eyes out for announcements.
BitBasic (www.bitbasic.co.uk) is a UK electronic musician who also records under the name 'Lime' and can be heard on Spoo Music's 'Spoon Music Volume 1' compilation.
Peer review - Access Tonal Communications
March 14th, 2007 : Received a mini-review of Oddskool's latest track from Access Tonal Communications: "Oddskool....absolutaly charming! funky, upbeat, lively.... great programming.... cheeky melody, friendly aliens!........my head danced throughout this track....love it! Access Tonal Communications
Peer review - Twisted By Design
CD sales replaced by MP3 downloads from Warp's bleep.com
September 26th, 2006 :
We are sorry to announce that CD sales are currently not possible due to a relocation of Oddskool's parent label. Fortunately, Warp Records are stepping in to offer high-quality MP3s for download from their online digital music store 'bleep.com'. The MP3s are very high quality variable bit rate files and are entirely free from DRM.
We hope to be able to offer CDs again soon so be sure to subscribe to Oddskool news to be notified when this happens.
Merchandise: Free Oddskool fridge magnets
September 6th, 2006 : Available now free of charge: Oddskool fridge magnets. 14cm x 11cm and full colour, featuring the artwork from the recent album "Two Ways to Listen".
Apply by email to the address on the contact page.
Strictly limited supply. First come first served.
August 30th, 2006 : I got an email from someone who'd bought the Oddskool album 'Two Ways To Listen' describing each of their favourite tracks:
Ko Chang and Splang
"Crowded alien urban poky"
"Futuristic. A musical landscape is created by layers of volume and qualities of sound to give depth, evoking foreground and background. I liked the stereo effects at the end"
"This wants to be coreographed, lots of interesting movement. I heard Michael Nyman's first attempt at electronic music (with contemporary dancers) and I think yours is better than his"
"Menacing. If I were to put this on in the car I would drive dangerously"
"Complex and quirky"
"Inaccessible, hard to connect with. Like a hologram but every time you move you head back it's subtly different from before"
"Nice textural contrasts, pleasing"
"Replication, mutation, contortion"
"Bloaty and gross"
The Treacle Mines
"Perky, I'm getting umpa lumpas"
Played on Czech Radio
July 28th, 2006 : 'Micro Jackson' played by Radio Wave on 'Cesky Rozhlas'.
Played on Resonance104.4FM
July 3rd, 2006 : 'Pepper' played by Frequenzen on Resonance104.4FM.
Played on BBC radio
June 25th, 2006 : 'Micro Jackson' played by Adam Walton on BBC Radio Wales
Oddskool photos from Plummet published
June 20th, 2006 : Photos from Plummet in Bristol posted in the images section.
Album "Two Ways to Listen" released today!
June 19th, 2006 : Buy Oddskool's album 'Two Ways to Listen' today from machine records: link
Album "Two Ways to Listen" available for pre-order.
June 15th, 2006 : Pre-order Oddskool's album 'Two Ways to Listen' in the shop. It is due for release on the 19th June 2006.
Live appearance in Bristol
June 15th, 2006 : Oddskool plays live at PLUMMET (Timbuk2, 22 Small St, Bristol. Open: 10pm-3am. ï¿½5 on the door. View map.)
Blogged by BBC radio's Adam Walton
May 7th, 2006 : "I stole into Clwb Ifor Bach to enjoy one of Machine Records Terminal nights. In light of the next morning's responsibilities, I should have left earlier, and maybe the fifth pint of Guinness was a mistake, but the music, and the experience, was well worth the risk. Oddskool was dynamic and spontaneously and a world away from any musical performance I have ever seen before. He had his PC with him and was shaking a mouse - I think - as if his entire digital life depended on it. Crazy, wonderful shit." - Adam Walton's Blog, BBC Radio.
Played on BBC radio
April 27th, 2006 : "Ko Chang and Splang" played on Huw Stephen's OneMusic show.
Album "Two Ways to Listen" pre-release promos in the wild!
April 27th, 2006 : The first pre-release promo copies of Oddskool's album "Two Ways to Listen" have been sold at TERMINAL (Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff).
Live appearance with Warp Records
April 27th, 2006 : Oddskool plays at TERMINAL (Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff) alongside Chris Clark, Yellowtone and Moq.
Peer review - Orcop
April 8th, 2006 : "Micro Jackson, quality title, quality tune!" - Orcop
Played on BBC radio
April 8th, 2006 : 'Micro Jackson' played by Adam Walton on BBC Radio Wales
Peer review - Michael J Rocks
Headlining live appearance
February 23rd, 2006 : Oddskool headlines 'TERMINAL 2nd Birthday' (Clwb Ifor Bach, Womanby St, Cardiff) alongside Orcop and Fumezombie.
Debut album finished
February 22nd, 2006 : Oddskool's new album 'Two Ways To Listen' is finished and awaiting duplication by the label.
Festive 50: Ranked #18
December 22nd, 2005 : Ranked #18 in the Audiosport Festive Fifty. "Toby Newman is Oddskool. Hij bracht dit jaar enkele fijne singles uit op Machine-Records uit Wales, een goed (net)label met goede releases. Wellicht komend jaar meer van Oddskool (een volwaardige cd?)"
Translation: "Toby Newman is Oddskool. This year he brought out some fine singles on Machine Records, a good (net)label from Wales with good releases. Possibly more from Oddskool over the coming year (a full cd?)." - audiosport
Played on BBC radio
December 18th, 2005 : 'Monostril' played by Adam Walton on BBC Radio Wales
Peer review: Datassette
December 8th, 2005 : "I like it. Reminds me of some of the more advanced XM chiptunes, only done with modern production techniques. And done bloody well too!" - Datassette (J M Davies)
Free music download
December 5th, 2005 : Free ODDSKOOL download single released : 'Monostril'. Download MP3
Played on Radio 1
Played on BBC radio
November 6th, 2005 : 'Monostril' played by Adam Walton on Radio Wales
October 20th, 2005 : Oddskool plays live at TERMINAL (Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff) alongside John Barnes, Fumezombie, and Lifting Gear Engineer.
June 16th, 2005 : 16 June 2005: Oddskool plays live at TERMINAL (BSB, Cardiff) alongside John Barnes, Redfalls, and Arcangle
January 20th, 2005 : Oddskool plays live at TERMINAL (BSB, Cardiff) alongside Orcop and Dieselfitter.