20-04-07

Experi-mentality

What a fascinating weeks it have been. Even during my free days, femke found me studying, discussing, trying out and getting a grip on new media. From understanding the strategic directions in radio to gaming, from freetv to pay-tv, from new web to renewed web. Besides that, the cultural, usage and media differences between the Benelux, the Nordics, Eastern Europe or Greece are fascinating.

 

This week it is the yearly mipcom and milia fair, and not unsurprisingly the focus was very much on new media. There was a lot of talks about technology, but even more how to bring great content in an intriguing way. Or how to convince viewers to become users, and vice versa. Yep, everyone wants “viewsers”.

 

I had some good discussions, with all kind of persons. Thanks to the one guys I had a discussion with Joseph Jaffe – who wrote an interesting book named “life after the 30 second spot”. I don’t necessarily agree with all he says – and I actually think he doesn’t either - but he has some interesting views. But Cannes saw the arrival of Joost, Bablegum and other P2P platforms, Endemol, Fremantle and BBC presented interactive and digital formats and concepts – and some doubt arose related to the relevance of IPTV. Last year a hype, this year nearly a footnote. Good to see that Belgium does great – I once spent a lof (A LOT) of time to launch BelgacomTV, a bit unfortunate their speech got cancelled this week.

 

Everyone is embracing the digital world. Finally.

 

And one interesting and recurring notion: experimenting is back in town, and that’s a great ignite for innovation!

 

bart

03-04-07

Zita Swoon in Amsterdam

Sunday April 1 - Zita Swoon conquered the Paradiso in Amsterdam. Even if the sound wasn’t perfect – the show swings, moves, rock and all in a funky way. World music at its best, hell – it got even me dancing for about 2 hours. Ever since Moondog Jr I’m a fan.

 

The day before I had started by bike in Brussels to get to Amsterdam in 2 days, but fortunately I felt quickly that I didn’t have more that 150km in my legs. Wind fully ahead for about 250km is too much for me. I know pretty much my limits, and even if I decide to surpass them now and then, but this was too much. Fortunately I felt it after 60km, but had some road ahead back then. Wind in the back, it went a lot easier. Eric however did it – an admiring “chapeau”.

 

After the concert a drink with the band and some friends, and yes: Stef Kamil is a really cool guy, and he has an amazing memory… damn. The next day the entire band had a lunch at fifteen in Amsterdam just next to the SBS offices. I like fifteen and it’s concept a lot! Fortunately the food was great (or all my future recommendations would be bading in skepticism) – and our discussions went from cycling to art to music to Amsterdam and Brussels and Antwerp to Roskilde to … It was clear however that I was the only one at table who had worked already for half a day J Femmie wasn’t there though, so were going to see them at motel moziek in Rotterdam as well.

 

Anyway – Zita Swoon concert, go see as it wasn’t a one shot here in Amsterdamthe AB in Brussels seemed just as great. And if you want to have a taste of it, go to the (btw fantastic!) fabchannel.com site and play around.

 

bart