Auckland Music Update

I think I’m planning to write my own SPD-SX drum pad management software

UPDATE: I figured out how to dupe kits quickly. Just duplicate the .spd file in the kit folder. Make sure you rename it kitXXX.spd. Kit 1 is kit000.spd so subtract one from the filename.

Right click and dupe the file and rename

Right click and dupe the file and rename

Because Roland’s SPD-SX Wave Manager is so terrible.

It seems like the only thing it can do is:

  • load samples into it one at a time and they have to 16 bit 44 khz
  • clear pads one at a time

But you can’t do:

  • kit copy paste
  • clear all pads
  • exchange pads
  • setup kit chains

So here we go trying to reverse engineer the XML format by comparing how the unit changes the kit files! Hopefully I can find somebody to show me how to setup an open source software project.

SPD-SX File Format Analysis

SPD-SX File Format Analysis

Why do people illegally download music? Here’s one reason…

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PS: I’m about to launch the recorded music division of Tomachi Corp. Will be offering local bands that I like access to my Distrokid account to release their music on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Google Play, Beats, Deezer, Rdio, YouTube Music Key, Shazam and more… you’ll get 100% of your royalties less about $50 per year if you’re earning. If you’re not earning from the release, no fee.

Pre-Historic Archive of The Main Ingredient Show Discovered

I found this old recording of a radio show on bFM from 2002 on my old hard drives recently:

Main Ingredient (jazz funk show on bFM 4 August 2002) hosted by Sean by Tom Atkinson on Mixcloud


I don’t have the playlist for the show above but I do have these:

the main ingredient
95bFM 9-11.15pm 3rd June 2001
dj jubt – thanks to Styles Unique, Friday nights at Safari
Roberta Flack
Tryin’ times
Dale Jacobs & Cobra
Taiwan On
Will Powers
Adventures in Success (Dub Copy)
Wilson Pickett
Funky Situation
Bill Withers
Lonely Town (Live)
Johnny Hammond
Don’t let the system get you down
George & Gwen McCrae
The Rub
Art Ensemble of Chicago
Theme de Yoyo
Ugly Ego
Leroy Hutson
All because of you
Michael Vilner’s Incredible Bongo Band
Okay Dokey
Basin Street Blues
Lyndon David Hall
Sleeping with Victor (Spinna Remix)
Al Green
Free at last
Blackstar w/Ron Carter & John Patton
Money jungle
Gangstarr w/WC & Rakim
the Militia (remix)
Beatnuts w/BigPun
Off the books
Gil Scott Heron
Bollywood Breaks
Cosmic Flute
Marvin Gaye
Sanctified Lady
Millie Jackson
I can’t stop lovin’ you
Stevie Wonder
Too High
Eddie Russ
I heard that
Sara Jones
Your Revolution


the main ingredient
95bFM 9-11.20pm 10th June 2001
jubt, selecta sam guest cuts: submariner, lyrical lacing: hame
Island Suite
Kool & the Gang
North, South, East, West
Johnny Taylor
Disco Lady
Johnny Hammond
Why can’t we smile?
LeRoy Hutson
Gettin’ it on
LeRoy Hutson
Time brings on a change
Bobby Byrd
Back from the dead
Maceo & the Kings men
Ramsey Lewis
Love for a day
Alan Toussaint
Hohnny Geetor
Hard Head
George & Gwen McCrae
The Rub
Southern Girl
Donald Byrd
Think Twice
Soul Searchers
Funk 2 the folks
Sylk 130
Jimmy leans back
Quincy Jones feat Wah Wah Watson
Cry Baby
Down 4 the caz
Global Communication
the Groove
Love Catalysts
the Pros
J Rowlz
Great in caper
Basement Kemist
Sunshine Anderson
Heard it all before
Mi Sabrina Tequaner
Dennis Coffee
Gettin it on ’75
the main ingredient
95bFM 9-11.20pm 17th June 2001
dj jubt
El Chicano
Cantaloupe Island
Bonus track
Tree People
Herbie Mann
Can you dig it?
Moog Indigo
Billy Preston
Outta Space
Boz Scaggs
Why why
Look into the sky
Elvin Jones
Someone’s rockin’ my jazzboat
Pretty Purdie
Heavy Soul
Sunshine Band
Blackwater Gold
Get Down
Pete Rock
The Boss
We gotta stay together
Lucy Pearl
Without You (Jay Dee remix)
Fast Lane
Baby Doll
New Sector Movement
The future has never been closer
LeRoy Hutson
Gettin’ it on (theme from Jay Johnson)
Herbie Hancock
Palm Grease


the main ingredient
95bFM 9-11.20pm 24 June 2001
funk summit. present: s. sam, j. average apologies: s. mariner
Isaac Hayes
A few more kisses to go
The real thing inside of me
Johnny Guitar Watson
If i had the power
Stevie Wonder
Lookin’ for another pure love
Crosby, Stills & Nash
Stevie Wonder
Do yourself a favour
Four Tops
Strung out on your love
Chaka Khan
Love has fallen on me
Donny Hathaway (live)
Voices inside (everything is everything)
Was it something that I said
Four Tops
Right on brother
The Meters
Love slip up on ya
Soul Train Gang
Soul Train ’75
The Isley Bros
The Heat is on
Smokey Robinson
Do like i do
Glass House
I cant be you
The Moments
Sweet sweet Lady
Ray, Goodman & Brown
Another Day
Minnie Riperton
Memory lane
Fast lane
Lonnie Liston Smith


the main ingredient
95bFM 9-11.10pm sunday 18 November 2001
present: j. average, d. sperber
marvin gaye
running from love (inst) version 2
gil scott-heron
don’t give up
marvin gaye
the world is rated X
everybody needs love
jimmy mcgriff
overweight sharkbait
johnny hammond
wild horses
johnny hammond
contact funk
earth wind fire
sunshine band
just a groove
weldon irvine
we gettin’ down
africa (acoustic)
marvin gaye
you’re the man (alternate version 1)
donald byrd
al green
your love is like the morning sun
terry callier
step into the light
carmen mccray
you are the sunshine of my life
de la soul
watch out
I’ve got so much on my mind
Fast lane
erik truffaz
sweet mercy
marvin gaye
inner city blues live
gil scott-heron
work for peace
al green
jesus is waiting
horst jankowski
LA Four


Westfest 2015 Videos of Faith No More mostly, also Judas Priest, Soundgarden

Here are all the clips I shot Westfest it was awesome. Best Faith No More show I’ve seen I reckon, and I’ve seen a few.

Play All Videos from VLC / iTunes Playlist.m3u

If the big link above doesn’t work try clicking on these, and/or right-click download and view in media player:

  Faith No More 2015-03-03 06.53.16.mp4 04-Mar-2015 07:05 139M
  Faith No More 2015-03-03 06.56.46.mp4 04-Mar-2015 07:02 100M
  Faith No More 2015-03-03 07.02.09.mp4 04-Mar-2015 06:59 122M
  Faith No More 2015-03-03 07.06.37.mp4 04-Mar-2015 06:57 103M
  Faith No More 2015-03-03 07.10.41.mp4 04-Mar-2015 06:55 90M
  Faith No More 2015-03-03 07.15.41.mp4 04-Mar-2015 06:53 83M
  Faith No More 2015-03-03 07.18.35.mp4 04-Mar-2015 06:50 71M
  Faith No More 2015-03-03 07.29.52.mp4 04-Mar-2015 06:51 107M
  Faith No More 2015-03-03 07.34.18.mp4 04-Mar-2015 06:47 112M
  Faith No More 2015-03-03 07.40.03.mp4 04-Mar-2015 06:47 132M
  Judas Preist 2015-03-03 04.53.48.mp4 04-Mar-2015 07:07 33M
  Judas Preist 2015-03-03 04.59.59.mp4 04-Mar-2015 07:10 130M
  Judas Preist 2015-03-03 05.32.55.mp4 04-Mar-2015 07:06 107M
  Judas Preist 2015-03-03 17.58.47.jpg 04-Mar-2015 07:06 362K
  Police Brutality 2015-03-03 08.08.43.mp4 04-Mar-2015 06:42 13M
  Soundgarden 2015-03-03 08.18.43.mp4 04-Mar-2015 06:42 34M
  Soundgarden 2015-03-03 09.06.29.mp4 04-Mar-2015 06:42 113M
  Soundgarden 2015-03-03 09.10.33.mp4 04-Mar-2015 06:40 89M
  Soundgarden 2015-03-03 22.06.30.jpg 04-Mar-2015 06:37 18K
  Westfest2012 Video Playlist.m3u 04-Mar-2015 21:25 2.4K



The Triptonites @ The Butter Factory, Whangarei

Rising once again from the chemical waste piles of Krypton, comes Kara Gordon, Ben Tapene, Moses Sulusi (filling in on bass for Ross) & Tom Atkinson in the new bands first ever show in Whangarei…

with support from Harvey Knows a Killer!

Guest vocals by Rachel Diamond

Also featuring burlesque performances!

An unmissable show of incomparable talent.

Tickets from the venue.
$15 pre sale
$20 door

8 Butter Factory Ln, Whangarei, 0110
09-430 0044

– See more at:

The Triptonites debut live show @ Tyler st Garage Thursday 15 May

Kara Gordon presents The Wreckage and The Triptonites with special guest Barnaby Weir

Official FB Event Page:

Thursday, May 15at 8:00pm – 12:00am

May 15 at 8:00pm to May 16 at 12:00am
Show Map
Tyler Street Garage
120 Quay Street, Britomart, Auckland, New Zealand 1010

The first time Kara Gordons two bands do a gig together the triptonites are piss taking ridiculous funk fusion, takin the piss out of all the funk reggae cliches yet killin it with Tom Atkinson drums Ben Tapene keys, wreckage is blues rock shred with a punch to the head with Kara James Gordon guitar and vocals, Dean Thebookie Blake drums and Ross LarsenBass, toured Europe England and opened for Slash.
Barnaby Weir is the singer guitarist, songwriter for the Black Seeds and Fly my pretties , The heavyweight king of funk and reggae in New Zealand 

How To Make Smart Playlists by Genre eg “Not Hip Hop”

I have a lot of Hip Hop in my iTunes library so I made this handy “not hip hop” smart playlist:

Not Hip Hop Smart Playlist

Not Hip Hop Smart Playlist


Basically you do a set of five “Genre is not” filters set to:

Hip Hop
Hip Hop/Rap

Works pretty good. :)


Los Jineteros playing at Ipanema for CUBA BRAZIL gig

I’m drumming for Los Jineteros this Saturday at a place called Ipanema, will be a live reggaeton style sound, I reckon we’ll be on around 10pm with the official start set at 9pm. Free entry!

 Saturday 9:00pm


Pacifico Beer and Ipanema present: CUBA BRAZIL! Perfect mix of the most musical, vibrant, sexy and strong Latin cultures. Perfect way to start the Kiwi summer! A night to celebrate, dance and have loads of fun.Featuring:LANKINO
Live Reggeaton band

Rock Funk Samba Rock.

Free Pacifico beer for the 20 first people!
4 pacifico beer for $25 all night
$10 door.

Facebook event page:

Foghorn playing at Devonport Food and Wine Festival today

My old jazz band Foghorn is doing a gig this weekend: 12:30pm-1:30pm both Saturday and Sunday at the Devonport Food and Wine Festival. Tickets are only about $30 per day so yeah check it!


11.00am – 12.00pm Club Manouche
12.30pm – 1.30pm Luke Thompson
2.00pm – 3.00pm Jamie McDell
3.30pm – 4.30pm Annabel Fay
5.00pm – 6.00pm Danny McCrum
11.00am – 12.00pm Mike Walker Trio
12.30pm – 1.30pm Foghorn
1.45pm – 2.15pm Andrew Clay
2.30pm – 4.00pm Motor City Family Funk
4.15pm – 4.45pm Andrew Clay
5.00pm – 6.00pm King Snake R&B Band


11.00am – 12.00pm Club Manouche
12.30pm – 1.30pm Paul Ubana
1.50pm – 2.30pm Shona Laing
3.00pm – 4.00pm Avalanche City
4.30pm – 6.00pm The Reputation
11.00am – 12.00pm Mike Walker Trio
12.30pm – 1.30pm Foghorn
1.45pm – 2.15pm Ewen Gilmore
2.30pm – 3.30pm The Baxters
3.45pm – 4.15pm Ewen Gilmore
4.30pm – 6.00pm One More Dollar


Videos o’ the moment


Mihirangi 2013 Summer Tour

I’m drumming for the first third of Mihirangi’s upcoming national tour, with Dylan Elise taking over for the final 2 thirds. Here are my dates:

Fri 28-Dec Waiheke Artworks Theatre
Sat 29-Dec Whangarei Tiki Tavern
Mon 31-Dec Coromandel PRANA FESTIVAL
Tues 1-Jan Coromandel- workshop PRANA FESTIVAL
Thur 3-Jan MT Maunagnui Brewers bar
Fri 4-Jan Taupo Vertigo
Sat 5-Jan Otrahonga The Big Apple
Sun 6-Jan Waihi Ti Tree café
Wed 9-Jan Raglan The Yot Club
Thur 10-Jan Rotorua The Shed
Fri 11-Jan Hamilton The Gravity Bar
Sat 12-Jan Auckland Galatos
Sun 13-Jan Matakana Ascention Estate


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