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Posted: November 19th, 2006, by Marceline Smith

What with the rise of YouTube and “the download generation”, everyone is now rushing to offer as much multimedia content as our brains can handle. Two of Scotland’s festivals have put this idea to good use, making available all kinds of video, audio and photography on their websites.

Instal has been sadly under-covered on diskant this year (I didn’t make it along in the end) but if you wished you were there, you practically can be thanks to Instal Live, a new section of the website where attendees are encouraged to upload their photos, videos and comments on the sets. As well as this, there are free MP3 downloads of all the sets from this year including Keiji Haino & Tony Conrad, Sachiko, Tetsuya Umeda, Blood Stereo & Ludo Mich and literally loads more. There’s more content promised soon including stuff from Resonance FM so it will quite likely take you until Instal 07 to work your way through this lot.

Triptych are a little less giving as most of the music is in streamable form only but it’s still a good introduction to the breadth of artists that make up the Triptych line-up. There are also full live sets to listen to in the Triptych Player from the likes of Kieran Hebden & Steve Reid, Jamie Lidell, Candi Staton and Boom Bip. Newly added are some of the short films about the festival by aspiring film-makers which we got a sneak preview of at the GFT a few weeks back. There’s a fairly basic overview of the festival by Roseanne Davidson and a clever, glitchy A-Z by Jonno but everyone’s highlight was My New Job by Jorn Utkilen of Schneider TM, a witty and hilariously deadpan film of his rise to Triptych fame as a pop star complete with fish slice guitar and backing group of cuddly toys. Well worth a watch.

THOSE AT WORK BEWARE – the Triptych site will launch with sound on.

Marceline Smith

Marceline is the fierce, terrifying force behind diskant.net, laughing with disdain as she fires sharpened blades of sarcasm in all directions. Based in Scotland, her lexicon consists of words such as 'jings', 'aboot' and 'aye': our trained voice analysts are yet to decipher some of the relentless stream of genius uttered on a twenty-four hour basis. Marceline's hobbies include working too much and going out in bad weather.


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