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Bumblebeez lose their gear – does anyone care?

By johnboy - 27 October 2008 32

The Canberra Times informs us that Chris Colonna of The Bumblebeez fame has had his Braidwood studio turned over including the computers with all the songs on them for his next album.

Bad enough for any artist, but in the electronic realm much of the work is the painstaking arrangement of effects in editing. You can’t steal a folk artist’s work but you very much can this stuff.

On the other hand it’s not like a thief can sell un-released Bumblebeez tracks for much so he’s hoping to get at least the hard drive returned.

Apparently this co-incides with their first Canberra performance since they controversially won the last proper TripleJ unearthed comp to be held in Canberra in long ago 2002.

Stonefest this weekend has been judged sufficiently grand for the band to make an appearance.

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Bumblebeez lose their gear – does anyone care?
tylersmayhem 3:21 pm 27 Oct 08

I’m not sure offsite would be a great option on Braidwood’s internet.

You can buy a whopping 1 Terabyte external drive for about $150 these days. Really not a decent excuse. I store all documents and photo’s (I’ve got heaps) both on my home PC, and a copy in a locked drawer at work. To think that a bands livelihood and future income was not backed up is astounding.

johnboy 2:45 pm 27 Oct 08

working audio files are REALLY big.

I’m not sure offsite would be a great option on Braidwood’s internet.

harvyk1 2:43 pm 27 Oct 08

Loose Brown said :

Be nice everyone – they could have had their stuff backed up on 100 hard drives at their studio. The issue is some b@stard has broken in and flogged the lot.

That’s why you do off-site backup. They could have arranged something over the web which is secure and would keep everything off site. So when all 100 of their HDD’s are stolen it won’t matter as the important stuff can be restored.

New Yeah 2:24 pm 27 Oct 08

How many JJJ unearthed acts are still kicking on six years down the track? Not too many I daresay.

Good on the Bumblebeez for making it this far. They have certainly made more of a name for themselves than Canberra’s previous winners did (Soulcrusher and Liquid).

Not that I’m putting Soulcrusher and Liquid down in anyway – I liked both of those bands – but they never went on to the dizzying heights of Killing Heidi or Grinspoon. Or get signed by Geffen.

justbands 2:09 pm 27 Oct 08

> Out of interest, what was controversial about their Unearthed win?

A lot of Canberra bands were peeved that an electronic, essentially non-gigging, not part of the scene artist won. Some people saw it as a bit of a kick in the teeth to Canberra music by Triple J…a joke even. Triple J support for them since has shown it was no joke, although there’s still a lot of lingering resentment to the ‘Beez over the win…not helped by having them never play here since.

Vic Bitterman 1:44 pm 27 Oct 08

All the more reason folks to have offsite backups.

For example, your precious family photos of the kids and what-not. Copy them to DVD, and then take copies of them and lock them up at your workplace. Should your house be robbed or burnt to the ground, your family memories should be safe at the other site.

Avy 1:12 pm 27 Oct 08

Out of interest, what was controversial about their Unearthed win?

niftydog 11:55 am 27 Oct 08

That sure sucks, and I would be devastated if someone stole my gear, but I’m finding it pretty hard to be sympathetic. (Did Steve Russell get an interview in the paper!?)

They managed to get dropped by Geffen (this is the same company that had patience enough for Nirvana!) They have yet to play a gig here in Canberra since winning Unearthed and it’s taken them 5 years to put out a debut album.

They squandered a great opportunity and some of the entrants of 2002 Unearthed have not forgiven them.

ONE OF the region’s most celebrated young musicians…

Mrs Krabapple: “Ha!”

Loose Brown 11:29 am 27 Oct 08

Be nice everyone – they could have had their stuff backed up on 100 hard drives at their studio. The issue is some b@stard has broken in and flogged the lot.

Pretty poor form if you ask me. Coming home to find your stuff gone (and in this case reportedly up to 1/2 a mill’s worth) takes a long time to get over.

Thumper 11:28 am 27 Oct 08

A melody stays in your head, electronic stuff would be a nightmare to reproduce.

New Yeah 11:26 am 27 Oct 08

Does this mean that the Bumblebeez will play a folk gig at UC?

fnaah 11:22 am 27 Oct 08

That sucks, but the sysadmin’s mantra bears repeating:

Data that isn’t backed up is data that you don’t care about losing.

johnboy 11:01 am 27 Oct 08

The words and the tune are in their heads and can, pretty much, be re-produced with any instrument.

But six months of loop fiddling only exists in the recording.

Overheard 10:56 am 27 Oct 08

“You can’t steal a folk artist’s work but you very much can this stuff.”

Er, beg pardon?!

tylersmayhem 10:38 am 27 Oct 08

No disk backup of their valuable recorded tracks? Good grief!

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