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‘Don’t think Moog!’

What an amazing episode of the old children’s programme Willo the Wisp from the beginning of the 80’s. Moog the (proto-/semi-/pseudo-) dog arrives at abstract thought for the first time and then discovers humour in the same vein before being trapped by the nasty Televisual-witch Evil Edna, who amazingly convinces him to trap himself in […]

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‘Your head will collapse But there’s nothing in it And you’ll ask yourself…’

Pixies changed things, when they came along.  I recently put together a playlist for a friend and it’s been amazing to be immersed once again with their spectacularly punchy, brilliantly melodic music that edges between pop and harsh, screeching theatre of experience. They’re also credited with bringing loud-quiet-loud approach to playing live which among other […]

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Leaving and Returning

  While walking through the desert of London’s interstitial spaces at night and troubled by something I had encountered, I found myself composing a response to Laurie Anderson’s wonderful track Walking and Falling.   We had forgotten you, And we had dreamed you, but we couldn’t remember you, We had forgotten you, And we had […]

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From the lightning side… (part 3)

Female singers in the warping planes of tone Part 2 (and Part 1) Playlist link The idea of a playlist can take on different forms, although I feel the most important thing is simply to remember that each song is an open door and at a different cast or angle of the day or night, […]

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Senyawa at Cafe Oto

I was extremely fortunate to be able to catch Indonesian duo Senyawa recently at Café Oto. It’s rare to hear things this good. The story of originating elements in their sound appears to have been a kind of break-out towards avant garde and experimental music while maintaining a strong feeling for the tranditional, folk forms […]

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From the lightning side… (part 2)

Part 1 The album Broadcast and Focus Group Investigate Witch Cults of the Radio Age gives us sounds which are warped and blended to form songs and other mysterious, evaporated fictions arriving as if by faded and semi-arcane means of transmission.  It grasps at the outermost of our shared senses and memories of magical stories […]

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From the lightning side…

Female singers in the warping planes of tone (Part 1) (note about Youtube*) Originally, this was going to be posted as a playlist with a few additional notes, but as a task it quickly took on its own dimension – involving questions that arise from listening to the songs of some extraordinary female singers from […]

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Five visual productions

Here are some works I produced for an exhibition in 2014 at the Wentrup Gallery in Berlin by the artist Florian Meisenberg.  I provided 30 pieces in all, which were printed in the gallery as part of a show reflecting a creative diversity and intertextuality of the digital age and the internet.       […]

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Robotic Zero; the freed space of unperson in the first instalment of Mr. Robot

Having just recently caught up with Mr Robot season one (twice) am struck by the extraordinary edges that the story potentially gives us.  The first thing to say is how well cast and acted it is, there are recurrently some excellent performances, none more so than Rami Malek as Elliot Alderson, whose face is a […]

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Stasis-breaking in transformative motion; Datamoshing

I became interested in the practise of Datamoshing a few years ago when it was drawn to my attention by a friend. There’s been an abiding and arguably necessary tradition of artists, technicians and others exploring a medium to the point of its own exploratory deconstruction (William Basinksi and his corroded audiotape pieces is an […]

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music the virtual eco system

Recently discovered the electronic artist patten, not sure how well known he is, though he has some stuff out on Warp records/ My first encounter reminded me of a kind of scenario where on a cool summer evening, I am out on a street and hear two house parties happening simulatenously where I am situated […]