Funky Rocktronic Dance Music

Funky Rocktronic Dance Music By Dress Code

Dress Code

Dress Code , a one man project of Derek Holley from Dayton, Ohio, has released a new track,” Break It Down “, and it will be featured in the upcoming indiefilm, “Limbo”, scheduled for release in early 2006. The track will also be included on an upcoming CD compilation, “HammerHouse of Dance” from Home City Records of London , England. An MP3 of this track is currently for sale at Home City’s onlinestore. “Dress Code is a hot mix of breaks, electro, and soulfulhouse-style dance music, cut with rock, funk and hip hop influences,” writes.

Derek Holley grew up during Dayton’s rich funk music scene. Add that to years of playing in various rock bands, along with an interest in electronic and dance music, and you have a style for both the rock and club scenes. He co-founded Dress Code in the early 90’s as a duo and as a “musical experiment” with a style combining dance, pop, funk, and rock influences. Dress Code later released their US debut, “About Time”. Music from “AboutTime” has been featured on various MTV, VH1, and independent film projects. Now Dress Code has returned-not as a duo, but as a “virtual band” with Derek writing, performing, and producing new material in a harder style than the duo version’s debut, combining throbbing bass lines, pure rock power chords with a hip-hop delivery and banging electronic/dance beats. His self-released CD, “Sonic Boom EP” has had postive reviews and featured on web radio.

“What made me want to do music is because I thought it was fun,” Derek says. “It started out as a hobby, but I got more serious about it and began to learn different instruments. I started out on the drums and went to guitar and bass, and later I got my first multitrack machine and began to produce my own demos.”

Influenced by the likes of Prince, Jimi Hendrix, P-Funk, Kraftwerk, Nine Inch Nails, Public Enemy, Prodigy, CrystalMethod, Tom Morello and DJ Shadow, Derek sees his music as an eclectic mix of influences he calls “funkyrocktronicdancemusic”. “It’s funky dance music with rock attitude. I’ve played shows with other dance music artists and I’ve also opened for rock bands. To me it’s all about the energy of the music and performance,” Derek explains. He mixes live instruments withelectronic production, and make dance music with various rock,funk, and hip-hop influences.

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Paramount Pictures To Purchase DreamWorks SKG

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 (December 12, 2005)

Paramount Pictures, a unit of Viacom Inc., has signed a definitive agreement to acquire DreamWorks SKG for $1.6 billion in cash and assumption of debt.  The deal brings Paramount key assets, including:

•           All of DreamWorks’ current projects in development;

•           An ongoing production partnership with Steven Spielberg and David Geffen;

•           An exclusive, worldwide distribution agreement with DreamWorks Animation (NYSE: DWA) beginning in 2006;

•           DreamWorks’ live-action library;

•           DreamWorks’ television division and its properties; and,

•           Exclusive rights to future DreamWorks Animation characters in TV shows.

The announcement was made today by Brad Grey, Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures.

Paramount also indicated that it is in advanced discussions with identified investors to sell DreamWorks’ film library, promptly after closing.  Paramount would continue to have distribution rights to the film library.

Agreement to Accelerate Turnaround and Growth at Paramount

The acquisition of DreamWorks dramatically accelerates the turnaround of Paramount.

Full Story HERE.

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Y.ah.oo! +

After seeing how nice and good Flickr is, Yahoo! acquired it. Now the same has happened with – the social bookmarking online system. + Yahoo!
Announcing this officially Joshua Schachter from says:

We’re proud to announce that has joined the Yahoo! family.  Together we’ll continue to improve how people discover, remember and share on the Internet, with a big emphasis on the power of community.  We’re excited to be working with the Yahoo! Search team – they definitely get social systems and their potential to change the web. (We’re also excited to be joining our fraternal twin Flickr!)

We want to thank everyone who has helped us along the way – our employees, our great investors and advisors, and especially our users.  We still want to get your feedback, and we look forward to bringing you new features and more servers in the future.

I look forward to continuing my vision of social and community memory, and taking it to the next level with the community and Yahoo!

And this is also confirmed by Yahoo! in the post Great Tastes That Go Great Together at the YSearchBlog.

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FireFox 1.5 on the loose!

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Firefox 1.5

Firefox 1.5 has been realeased finally! Go get it from

The award-winning Web browser just got better. It’s free and easy to try. Join the millions of people worldwide enjoying a better Web experience.

Loads of new features and functionality added. They claim that it has a “New automatic update system makes Firefox an install once and forget it application for all types of Web users’

New and Improved Features

Firefox 1.5 has been enhanced in several key areas:

User Experience

  • New “drag and drop” feature for tabbed browsing helps to better organize page viewing.
  • Improved pop-up blocker screens users from more unwanted pop-up ads.
  • New reference search engine is now included in the integrated Search box.
  • Improved Live Bookmarks feature enables easier discovery of and subscription to RSS feeds.
  • Improved Options interface makes it easier to adjust browser settings.

Security and Privacy

  • New Automatic Update system alerts users and prompts them to act when security and functionality updates become available, allowing users to have the most up-to-date browser at any time. With Automatic Updates, Firefox 1.5 is ready for even the newest Web surfer or computer user, because it essentially makes Firefox an “install once and forget it? application. Firefox takes care of security updates for you.
  • New Clear Private Data tool simplifies maintaining privacy. Users can clear all private information, such as history and form entries, via one easily accessible settings window.

Performance and Accessibility

  • Improved performance with a next-generation rendering and layout engine that speeds navigation between previously viewed Web pages through intelligent caching and displays complex Web pages more accurately.
  • New capabilities contributed by IBM that make it easier for the aged or mobility and sight-impaired to navigate the Web. The browser can now be used with technology that reads Web content aloud; allow users to navigate with keystrokes rather than mouseclicks; and reduce the tabbing required to navigate documents such as spreadsheets.


  • The browser remains easy to use, in part by not loading it down with a “jack of all trades, master of none? approach to features and functionality. Instead, Firefox integrates the most used technologies into the browser itself, while allowing users to add specific functionality through third-party extensions to the browser.
  • Developers have already created more than 700 extensions for Firefox, with many more expected in the weeks following today’s release.

Support for Firefox 1.5 from Yahoo! and Google…

Full Story HERE

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CHOGM: Opening Ceremony

Stage Manager Fired for ‘unacceptable’ Behaviour

Dancer Fiona Mc Keown gracing the stage of the Mediterranen Conference Centre,
where she will perform the role of Calypso during the show at the opening ceremony.
Picture: Darrin Zammit Lupi.

Stage designer Jonathan Park who was engaged by Welcomevents for the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, was fired on the spot yesterday after he engaged in what has been described as “unacceptable” behaviour.

Mr Park has been at the forefront of innovative show design and creative direction for over 25 years, working for the likes of Pink Floyd, the Rolling Stones, U2 and George Michael.

He was one of the few foreigners on the team behind next Friday’s spectacle for Queen Elizabeth II, a host of heads of government and other dignitaries.

Yesterday, Mr Park objected to being frisked by security personnel on entering the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta.

In defiance, he proceeded to remove some of his clothes in the presence of the security officials.

Welcomevents chairman Lou Bondi categorically stated that Mr Park’s behaviour was “not acceptable” and that “we had no difficulty whatsoever to take the decision and fire him on the spot”.

Mr Park was banned from the hall and dismissed from the project as soon as Welcomevents were informed by the police of what had happened.

At the launch of the event some weeks ago, the experience and track record of Mr Park had been lauded. But yesterday, organisers said his absence would not be felt.

“This will in no way affect the show,” Mr Bondi stressed, adding that he was “just” the stage director and had no major role to play. He was not even present at a press conference held earlier on in the morning, which included the entire team behind the event, Mr Bondi pointed out. He expressed no regret – just an element of disappointment. “I would never have expected someone who has worked in this industry for so long to do something like that!”

Earlier on in the day, a sneak preview of the CHOGM opening ceremony was presented at the MCC, which was already buzzing with the activity of the Commonwealth People’s Forum.

While delegates were getting organised at the entrance to the conference centre, behind closed doors the theatre was experiencing a taste of the spectacle.

The stage – a sort of pond that was constructed in “record time” according to the organisers – has been set up in the stalls, replacing the chairs, while other complex machinery and lighting have been installed to create the water curtains and other visual effects.

“It is not a show, but a machine that we are producing, and everything has to work to plan,” said Mr Bondi.

“My problem is that that there are no problems,” he said, expressing his confidence. “Everything is in place, so now I can start worrying about the things I may not have foreseen.”

The on-the-spot firing of the stage director was probably one of those “unforeseen” situations, but Mr Bondi appeared not to be fazed.

He said he was proud that the team putting up the show was predominantly Maltese – even more predominantly than he knew at that stage.

The CHOGM opening ceremony was awaited by everyone and had received lots of publicity, said head of logistics Alan Camilleri.

That is why the organisers were going into minute detail, following all the necessary protocol orders of the Commonwealth and adhering to rigorous, “military” timings.

Apart from the heads of government, around 100 government ministers, including the Maltese ministers, would be present at the event.

Changes in delegations, which were still occurring, meant changes in protocol orders, Mr Camilleri continued.

Even the flags forming the backdrop have not been placed randomly, but are in alphabetical order, according to the official title of the country, he said.

Four foreign TV networks have expressed an interest to broadcast the event live, and others would be encouraged to do so, Mr Camilleri continued.

The multi-media show, which tells Malta’s story, is divided into 12 scenes, performed by a total of 31 dancers, including popular Italian TV dancer Kledi, in a choreography by Felix Busuttil, Justin Roy Barker, Vivienne Fielding Refalo and Kristina Schranz.

The Yada dancers are wearing costumes by Beatrix designers Charles and Ron. They are performing to instrumental music composed by Philip Vella, part of which includes extracts from nine Maltese poems.

Dancer Fiona Mc Keown, in her role as Calypso, yesterday offered a taste of the show, which involves complex and innovative water curtains and on which images and lights are projected.

The show is open to the public on Saturday and Sunday at 8 p.m. Around 400 tickets are left because they were limited due to the fact that one-third of the seating was taken out to fit the stage.

From The Times of Malta by Fiona Galea Debono

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Barrel Distortion

Barrel Distortion

Our Exquisite Organisation are going to play at Naasha’s on the 11th of November ’05. Expect a hard and pumping night with us 4 sound manipulators, covering from raw breakbeat and electro breaks upto Drum ‘n’ Bass, with afterhours soaked up in dub (4:00 +). Come to dance, else stay at home and wait for our mixes to get online and then stream/download them for you to contemplate what you have missed…


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