Win fFlat5 Aria One Earphones & Chapter Two Headphones

fFLAT5 headphones Chapter Two & Aria OneJapanese fFLAT5 arrives in the UK, bringing bespoke new headphones to the audio market.

Engineered with a patented material, which provides premium design and quality, the fFLAT5 mission is to bring true music back to life through a new range of music accessories.

Aria One marks a significant breakthrough for fFLAT5 on Bluetooth technology. The advanced Surround Antenna design ensures twin pieces of earphone can be connected seamlessly via Bluetooth. Aria One also comes with a power case with three full cycles of battery charge allowing more than ten hours of continuous music playback.

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Free Competition to win fFlat5 Aria One Earphones & Chapter Two Headphones

Just answer this simple question:

How many hours of continuous music playback do the Aria One bluetooth earphones offer?

a) 5
b) 10
c) 24

Submit your entries to with the subject line: ‘fFlat5 Comp’ (other subject lines will not be entered) with your full name, address & contact number.

This competition ends on 31st December, 2016.

The editor will randomly select one winner from the correct answers. The editor’s choice is final.

Win a WOWee ONE Speaker – free competition

WOWee ONE portable bass speaker
WOWee ONE portable bass speaker

WOWee ONE (Bass portable speaker, best product ever sold on British Airways) have just released their newest speaker, the SLIM WOWee ONE for the UK only.

The mobile bass speaker can be connected via a USB to listen to music on on your mobile phone, laptop or mp3 player.

The WOWee ONE is a compact portable speaker that delivers incredible quality sound, including low-end bass frequencies and handles a dynamic range of signal inputs. Compatible with iPod, iPad, iPhone, and mobile phones. Includes built in rechargeable battery.


Free to Enter Competition to win a WOWee One Bass Speaker

To enter all you need to do is answer the following easy question:

Q: What is the name of the latest WOWee portable speaker?

Submit your entries to with the subject line: ‘WOWee Music’ (other subject lines will not be entered) with your full name, address & contact number.

This Buzzin Music Competition ends on 10 January, 2012.

The editor will randomly choose one winner from the correct answers. The editor’s choice is final.


What is your guitar of choice?

At the age of 13 I first heard The Sex Pistols and pretty soon after had bought my first guitar. I remember it clearly, a black Les Paul copy that looked better than it sounded as it was forever going out of tune.

There’s nothing more exciting than the first time you plug a guitar into an amplifier and manage to string a few chords together, enough for someone to recognise a tune.  The quality beginners guitars has most definitely improved over the past 30 years and you can buy a Fender Strat complete with a practise amp, lead a plectrum for around £199.  These guitars are suitable for beginners but beware, they are replicas of the Fender guitars that famous guitarists use, and which you will want to end up with, if you catch the guitar-playing bug.

My two teenage sons have recently shown an interest in learning to playing guitar and this makes an ideal Christmas or birthday present without spending too much on something that may turn out to be a fad.

Over years I have owned some lovely guitars including a black and white Rickenbacker 330 as used by Paul Weller in The Jam and a tangerine Gretsch 6120 which I fell in love with after seeing Edwyn Collins play in a promotional video.  I also used to play live with my brothers’ rare and weird shaped Ovation electric guitar.  I used to think it cool that Robert Smith used the same guitar during his short stint with Siouxsie & the Banshees in the mid-1980’s.  But then someone told me Noddy Holder of Slade also played one!

A couple of years ago I had the fortune to play Ronnie Lane’s custom-built Zemaitis Resonator guitar, the one he used to play the all-time classic Ooh La La for The Faces. Unfortunately, I’m still not that good.  But I am hoping my sons will get hooked on playing guitar and if they do, like me and everyone else I know who plays, will eventually want to buy a better quality guitar, whether it be a top of the range new guitar like a Fender or  PRS.  Their choice, like mine will depend as much on the look they want to achieve and the choice of their favourite artists, as much as the actual sound of the guitar.

Fender guitars are one of the most common and iconic guitars used by musicians from all genres over the years including the likes of Johnny Greenwood of Radiohead, David Gilmour (Pink Floyd), Pete Townsend (The Who), Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley; while legendary guitarist Carlos Santana, Ace from Skunk Anansie, Nils Lofgren from Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band and Axl Rose use PRS guitars.

Sounds Good Music sell amps, effects pedals and leads as well as instruments.  Top of the range guitars can be several thousand pounds, but there’s nothing quite like the feeling of putting on a guitar and turning the volume up to eleven!

What is your guitar of choice?



The Perfect Buzz Buzz Buzz Guitar Distortion

If you are a regular reader you will be aware there is a new wave of great bands referencing various indie pop groups from the early to mid 1980s.  This era was best captured by a free NME cassette called C86.

Scottish bands like The Pastels and The Jesus & Mary Chain influenced a generation of floppy fringes and sugar-coated pop songs that in many cases took their influence equally from 1960’s surf or garage pop and blended it with buzz-saw guitars and angst of 1970’s punk.

The Beach Boys are often cited as a main influence but merge that with the bubblegum punk pop of The Ramones and you have a recipe for bands like The Shop Assistants, The Pastels, Talulah Gosh and the early recordings of My Bloody Valentine and Primal Scream.

The Jesus & Mary Chain were similar in their influences and if you fight your way through the wall of noise, ingeniously created in the studio by layers of feedback, you will hear two or three minute pop songs more akin to The Beach Boys than the Sex Pistols or Velvet Underground.  Early Jesus & Mary Chain live performances were great.  Short performances awash with uncontrollable feedback and distortion, but with the release of their second album they had dropped the uncontrollable feedback and just kept the distorted buzz-saw guitar sound.

With the advent of technology it now appears obligatory for all guitarists, even unsigned local bands, to play live with a row of pedals helping them to change from one sound to another at the off/on click of a switch.  This is nothing new.  In the 1980’s I would use several pedals to alter the sound of my guitar including flanger and chorus.  But the right sounding buzz-saw distortion was effected by the volume of my amp.  But even that can now be remedied with the award-winning THD Hot Plate, the world’s most popular power attenuator. This clever little box lets you get your amp full of distortion at any volume.

Listening to The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart I love that twee indie pop song sound with its constant buzz-saw guitar noise underbelly.  Travel back 25 years and you will hear that same gritty distorted guitar sound from The Shop Assistants; and 10 years further and you have The Ramones.

Joey, Johnny and Dee Dee may have left the building but the sound they created lives on!