Vibe Tracks – The Calvin Harris/Zedd Of The YouTube Audio Library

Dance music has been something I’ve had a love/hate relationship with for a long time.  I listen to a little of everything music-wise, but sometimes dance music can’t make up its mind as to whether it’s real songs or just some nerd blooping around with a synthesizer.  😛  Any “5 word song” would be a good example, and by that I mean someone sings a single line of lyrics then bleep bleep bleep bloop bloop bloop for twice as long afterwards.  😀

I’ve mostly known Calvin Harris and Zedd as crossing the line from bleep bleep bleep bloop bloop bloop to land on some pop stations, so it’s only fitting that some artist eventually come to the YouTube Audio Library as YTAL’s music selection has expanded and matured.  That artist is Vibe Tracks.  🙂

I initially first encountered Vibe Tracks in 2015 via their Beat Your Competition track, which reminded me of Calvin Harris’ Thinking About You.

If bleeps, bloops, dubstep, and robot sounds are more your thing, there’s Take You.

Not to be confused with Take You Home Tonight, which sounds like it’s begging for some romantic lyrics…  😀

“Girl… I love you…  it’s true…  wanna take you home tonight…”  😀  Maybe those are really the lyrics but they were never put into the track?  LOL.  Anyhoo.

Foundation is a more mellow four-on-the-floor track that goes well in the background of many YouTube videos at some low percent to not overpower the video.

Universal always reminded me of a Katy Perry song for some reason…  😀

… while Nice To You reminded me of 90s songs like TLC’s No Scrubs, probably due to the drum machine, a staple of 90s pop when hip hop affected some of the mainstream…  😀

The crossover into R&B though is massive in tracks like Heart Break, as is some bass.  😀

With more recent WWMJs though, Vibe Tracks songs have shown up with stuff like I Love You, which reminds me of some more recent Top 40 stuff with drum machines…

Most recently though we have tracks related to The Incredible i7 Dellasaurus, like You Like It, the opener from that episode, and my answer to Green Ham going gangsta with the opener to The Incredible i5 Dell.

Likewise with Zoom at the very beginning of the video, though the instrument set is a lot more basic techno that I’ve heard before… 😀

At the end was Alternate, my answer to Green Ham’s Wii Sports track at the end of his video, except without people joking in the comments about “huh huh Wii Sports music.”  Does remind me a bit of Cazzette though.  😀

My favorite thusfar though is Sugar, a strong contender for a main theme if I want to even continue having main themes from here on out.  This sort of stuff is why I don’t have a problem with blippy bleepy electronic music.  😀

In a sense one could say Vibe Tracks is like Silent Partner in terms of how I keep returning to their stuff on the YTAL for background music, and folks like it too, as evidenced by all those times I hear, “DUDE!!!  WHAT SONG IS THAT!!!” in the comments.  Maybe some of those folks’ll stop by the blog to get their answer…  🙂


MyDecadeTV – One Heck Of A YouTube Aggregator

I’ve had lots of sobering thoughts lately about the up-and-coming generation that’s turning 18 after this Semper Reformanda 2017 year is in the history books.  Next year in 2018 we’ll have people turning 18 who were born in the year 2000, that have absolutely none of their lives in a part of history other than The New Millennium.  Besides the usual creeping decrepitude getting old stuff and possibility that someone who’s a teenager now had their childhood get wrecked by The Great Recession, if I transpose how my life has been onto that of someone born in 2000, things become a real eye-opener really quickly.

My earliest childhood memories start popping up in my mid single digits between when I was 5 and 7 years old.  For someone born in 2000, this means the following things have been a thing all their lives as far back as they can remember:

  • eTail instead of Retail being a viable way to buy things.
  • YouTube.
  • MP3 players and digital music.
  • Smartphones.
  • The whole mobile revolution.
  • Broadband Internet, depending on where they grew up.
  • The XBox 360 as their first console.
  • Dual core processors in computers.
  • The Intel Core series chips.

YouTube in particular is of note here.  In the early days of YouTube I and other YouTubers talked about how we “stopped watching TV and started watching YouTube.”  The rise of video-on-demand is entirely a thing with this generation, such that channel surfing may not be what it once was in previous generations.

Fortunately for the youngsters and whippersnappers who want to experience what channel surfing was like in the days when VCRs were the sum total of your video on demand options, there’s MyDecadeTV:

Basically this site is a giant aggregator of YouTube videos of content from the 70s, 80s, and 90s, set up to run like a virtual television back in those decades.  It’s actually a really neat project that’s piggybacking on YouTubers uploading their VHS tapes and turning the site into “The World’s VCR.”  🙂

The only real drawback here is that your channel surfing silently counts as part of your viewing history so consider using a different browser or something as this’ll mess with your recommended videos on your front page.  😀

Nonetheless though, it took a bit of a jolt to get me to realize that the experience of poking around looking for something to watch with no Netflix to go binge-watch might be something worth preserving in a historical project like this…  🙂

This is cool.  🙂  Pick a virtual TV, turn the TV on, flip channels or years, and experience what Video Entertainment was like in the bad old days before Netflix.  😀

By the way, I recommend using the full screen options and dropping your speakers down to midrange-only and stereo if you have a sound system.  🙂


BBishopPCM tried baking some bread, and the results…  are probably still better than if I tried baking my own bread.  😀

I saw this back when it first came out in February 2017, and I still find it hilarious, though the whole “using a pretzel recipe to bake bread” thing still has me wondering if that’s why it messed up like it did…  😀

Yeah yeah I know I know.  Don’t knock it ’til ya try it, so this’ll be it from me on this matter.  🙂  After all, he was the one making the references to drywall, and putting a power drill to the darn thing…  😀

LinusThumbJokes – Round 2 :-D

“…and now, Ladies and Gentlemen, the ultimate demonstration of what NOT to do with a laptop.”  😀

“Dude!  This phone is so light it floats!!!”  😀

Even the most successful of big time Tech YouTubers can get caught sleeping on the job.  😀

“Awww yeah.  Got mah ‘puter.  Got mah hot dawgs.  We be livin’ it up y’all!”  😀

Cure your receding hairline the easy way with Microsoft Paint!!!  😀

When you spend all your money on gaming PCs they’d better be so awesome that you don’t need to spend any money on actual lights for your gaming room!  😀

“Dude!  I just needed twenty bucks for gas and it spat out this thing instead!”

…because why should Apple have all the fun making computers that look like “waste receptacles?”  😀

“G Skill made a swank keyboard that looks like beer before I spill my beer into it!  Nerd up nerd up nerd up!  Woo woo woo woo woo!!!”  😀

Statement Regarding The Incident Involving Linus Media On April 19th, 2017

The dust has settled from the little run-in with LinusTechTips earlier this week.  Here’s the remaining loose ends from folks’ response to it, neatly tied up in a blog entry, because my channel has spent enough time on this matter and this situation will not hijack it further.

What Linus did was fair use, and what I did was fair use.  I embedded his videos to make fun of the thumbnails – he panned over my blog in a video that is most likely the closest thing to a rant on this matter that we’ll see from him.  If anything, my fair use was better than his fair use, because whereas he gave me absolutely zero credit or links back to my blog entry from his video when this article was written, people could watch his videos with the goofy thumbnails from my blog entry, and other entries with his content embedded or linked.

As a result of this, my doomsday situation involving a bunch of LinusTechTrolls blowing up in my face similar to what happened when I dared to say Noctua fans weren’t always the best thing to get… didn’t happen.  The net result was a bump in views on the blog entry that was panned over – some of which could have come from my own audience because I had publicized this by then.  😛

This does speak to a lot of YouTube’s issues though, such as the archipelago effect where fear cripples creators from even mentioning each other in anything other than official collabs that are few and far between, a sharp departure from the early years of YouTube vlogging and video responses where it was like social media with crappy webcams unless folks like myself wanted to break the mold and try making something more creative.  🙂  YouTube is a cold hard place, and Google’s persistent tinkering with things that aren’t broken while stuff that is broken remains untouched hasn’t helped matters any.

I was ready to be in touch with his business and MCN if any of my digital presences or otherwise suffered adverse effects as a result of this incident, but more important than Linus having to not accidentally redbutton me was what would cause such tenacity in the first place.  Based on the behavior he exhibited in his pseudo-rant I’m thinking Linus is frustrated with his demographics similar to some of what I’ve run into recently.

Linus’ audience has traditionally been more of a minefield to someone like me than other large tech channels.  The toxicity isn’t on par with something like IrateGamer or ReviewTechUSA, but it was his audience that I was warned about in terms of “don’t go to Linus’ forums if you don’t like Noctua – you will get steamrolled” and things like that.  I don’t get these same warnings for other tech fanbases, even Tek Syndicate before the breakup.  For some reason, LinusTechTips has been a stone’s throw from that stuff moreso than other groups.

Some of this boils down to not all channel growth is good.  From a demographics perspective, channel growth isn’t good when you end up with bad people watching your videos.  In the case of my channel I’ve watched tech videos flatline and die routinely instead of actually getting a fair shot on YouTube.  Further investigation revealed that they were getting adblocked to death.  I actually dared to bring up the issue and people fired back with a boatload of prissy entitled millennial drama.  If Linus did the same thing he’d end up with the same result but with bigger numbers.  I don’t expect him to though – he wouldn’t put  his business on the line for that.

Regardless, once again, demographics is a question that public-facing anything has to answer.  Who do you want to attract?  Who do you want to repulse?  If you won’t answer those two questions then circumstance will answer it for you and you may not like the answer.  😦