Tuesday, July 15, 2014

NiallSpence.com - Troubleshooting and Known Issues

Bugs and Known Issues

Internet Explorer and Firefox - Incorrect links boxes layout: I will solve this problem when I next get chance. Only a minor aesthetic issue.
Internet Explorer - Feature links at the bottom of the page don't load, load incorrectly or takes a long time to load. I'm still working on this feature so hopefully this problem will be solved soon. Until then this site feature works with either Firefox or Chrome.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Mid Term Report - 2014!


As it is half way through the year thought it would be a good time to round up everything that is new to niallspence.com so far this year.

The first half of 2014 has seen me produce 10 brand new mashups! And so far the most popular mashups have been this Eminem vs Fischerspooner effort and this quite lo-fo Beastie Boys vs Andrew W.K. mix. My personal favourite though is this CSS vs ODB mashup.

If you would like to hear all my mashups from 2014 checkout the YouTube video playlist below:

Download links for each of this year's mashups are coming soon but until then don't forget to download all my 2013 mashups right here.

As well as making new mashups I've been involved in other mashup related activity this year. This includes hosting the Kn0ck0ut plugin for DIY acapella creation and reposting a long-lost-classic Missy Elliot vs Nirvana mashup which had pretty much disappeared from the internet. Click the video below to listen:

Aside from producing new mashups my other main focus so far this year has been improving my website. If you are a regular visitor to the site you may have noticed a few changes over the last two months with developments like a new desktop homepage, improved navigation facilities and a sleeker looking layout which will hopefully make it easier for fans to hear my music and mashups (the mobile version of niallspence.com is halfway through a soon-to-be-completed transformation which will be launched soon).

As for the second half of the year my plan is to work on some new music, so be sure to checkout my soundcloud and if you subscribe/follow/like any of my social media accounts you will be first to hear any new music I release this year.

Thanks for reading and listening!

Monday, June 23, 2014

INFO: Creating DIY Acapellas and Instrumentals

If you want to create a mashup or remix of a track, but can't get hold of the official studio instrumental or acapella via the sources listed here, then there a number of ways to create DIY acapellas and instrumentals or obtain unofficial or alternative versions of instrumentals and acapellas. Read on for a list of the main ways this can be done but keep in mind that there is no guarantee that any of these methods will actually produce a quality acapella/instrumental of a particular song.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

INFO: Where To Find Official Instrumental and Acapella Tracks

Okay so lets say you want to find a download link for a studio instrumental or acapella version of a song, the first thing you probably want do is search for it using Google. However you will probably find that for many tracks it is not as simple as searching and finding a working download link to the official instrumental or acapella you need. If an official instrumental or acapella does not appear on the first few pages of search results, it is likely that it hasn't been made available to the public yet and it is possible it never will be.

However by knowing where most official instrumental and acapella tracks originate from, it may be possible for you to locate the track yourself. Read on for a list of ways you might get hold of an official instrumental or acapella track.

Friday, June 6, 2014

FREE DOWNLOAD: kn0ck0ut 0.8 - DIY Acapella Creation Software

Free Download of kn0ck0ut v0.8 by St3pan0va

Kn0ck0ut v0.8 is VST plugin which allows you to create a DIY acapella using your DAW by spectrally analysing the instrumental and original versions of a track.

This software is by St3pan0va but as their original host site for the free download has since disappeared, I have uploaded it via niallspence.com.

The software is totally free to download, and checkout the read me that comes with the zip download for more information about kn0ck0ut (pronounced knockout). Please note this download is fully legal as the software is distributed as freeware.

While the results using this plugin are far from perfect I decided it would be worth uploading knockout to the internet once more as it still garners interest on sites such as acapellas4u.co.uk.

Also if you run LV2 compatible software then there is a port of the kno0ck0ut plugin with improved performance available here.

Have fun creating acapellas and thanks for reading!


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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

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To search niallspence.com please use the search bar in the navigation bar at the top of the page. If you are browsing the mobile site the search feature is currently in development.

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Sunday, May 11, 2014


Thank You!

...for visiting my website; niallspence.com. I'd also like to say thanks for anyone who has taken the time to listen, share or click like on any of the mashups or music featured here.

Also thank you to friends and family who have listened to and offered me advice on music, mashups and the site.

I would also like to say thank you to anyone online who has given me feedback on my tracks or helped out in other ways as well. In particular those on soundcloud, twitter and also at mashstix.com.

Also can I say thank you to anyone who has shared images online under Creative Commons licences or similar. Without your efforts and talents this site would simply be an unappealing wall of text!

Site Credits

As of July 2014, niallspence.com was designed and brought together by me, with the use of various third party tools, as well as my own programming. I thought it would be cool to mention all the resources used in this site, in case anybody browsing would like to implement similar features on their own site/blog.

Credits for the photos used on this site are listed separately at the bottom of this page.

First off the site is a blogger blog. The URL niallspence.com simply redirects to this blog. The template is a standard template with a few HTML, CSS3 and javascript additions by me.

The image slider used on the homepage is the javascript image slider by menucool. To install it onto my site I followed the instructions given on this blog page and adapted the image slider to suit the site's requirements.

HTML, CSS and javascript knowledge was mainly gained from the w3cschools site. This is in addition to many other blogs, of which there are far too many to mention.

Google Chrome's developer features, including the 'inspect element' menu option, were vital for debugging and updating the site.

The social media follow buttons, and the share buttons on blog posts and other pages, are by addthis.

The niallspence.com search feature uses Google and was loosely based on processing.org's search feature.

Dropbox is used to store various files used on the site such as images and javascript. If you wish to use dropbox in a similar way you will need to learn how to create a 'public' dropbox folder.

The 'more from niallspence.com' links at the bottom of blog posts are automatically created using the nRelate related content plugin.

Features of the site which I designed and impleneted without the use of third party code include the static navigation bar, the homepage image links with captions, the redirect from niallspence.blogspot.co.uk to the static homepage and hiding page elements on the static homepage.

Music Credits

The music featured in my mashups is obviously owned by the copyright holder of each piece of music used, and by posting the mashups on a site such as YouTube any royalties generated from views of these videos will be distributed to the appropriate artists.

None of the mashups featured on this site are endorsed by the artists, and are all 100% unofficial.

Photography and Image Credits

All images used on the site are to the best of my knowledge used without infringing upon anyone's copyright. If you feel this site uses one of your photos without permission please contact me and I will resolve this matter as soon as possible.

None of the images of third parties used on the site are used for the purposes of advertising, they are simply simply used to illustrate the news features on the site.

Information on the licence types for each third party image that has been used on the site can be found here.

Full List of Third Party Photography and Image Credits

Friday, April 18, 2014

TUTORIAL: Making a Music Mashup Video

Have you ever tried to create a video for a music mashup or remix you have made? After trying to make one for the first time recently I have decided to share what I've learnt so far as there aren't really any tutorials dedicated to this subject online. The benefit of making a video for your mashup is that theoretically it will be more interesting to watch for your viewers than a simple 'still' video such as this.

Let me point out that this post is concerned with making a music mashup video, which involves is two or more songs mashed together like this. This post is not concerned with mashup videos like this, where the mashup is of two or more films or television programs that don't accompany a song.

Approach 1 - Use the official videos of the songs in the mashup.

In mashup music videos like this the video has been created by combining scenes from the original videos of the songs used in the mashup. To create a video like this you will need a video editing software application, your mashup audio file and digital file versions of any videos you wish to use in your mashup video. Once you have these things you can set about making your video.