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The Definition of Brilliance – Devon Rodriguez

The algorithm threw TikTok sensation Devon Rodriguez my way with this video and I found it an enjoyable and affecting watch. Partly what I found interesting was its proximity as an act to something most would find intrusive and disturbing, namely taking a photograph of someone; capturing their image in space. Yet for a few […]

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William Basinski live at the Barbican (June ’22)

(w/ Sigur Rós, Postminimalism) In March 2013, my friend Steve bought us tickets to see Sigur Rós play in London. They played a set that reached lofty if inconsistent heights – at times transporting with brilliant melodic force, aided by an ingenious and huge dual projection system involving two screens, one behind the band and […]

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Arts Decimation in UK Education

Just finished reading this piece in the Guardian about Sheffield Hallam University closing their English literature degree. This is just the latest in a line of such actions by Universities in the UK, as they conform with the dead-eyed prescriptions of this government that learning to think, to read and study and gain deeper understanding, […]

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‘I love you, I thank you and I hear you’ – Pauline Oliveros (and Daniel Weintraub)

Whilst researching for a piece, I came across the journey of this documentary about Pauline Oliveros (May 30, 1932 – November 24, 2016) which has been slowly fundraising and gestating into existence, directed by Daniel Weintraub. The quote above in title of this piece is something said by Steve Buscemi at the end of his […]

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Alien Past Inside the Present – Simon Stålenhag (w/ Nigel Kneale, Strugatsky Brothers)

The books, stories and images of Swedish artist Simon Stålenhag (b.1984) have certainly made an impact in the last decade, landing deep into the culture with their alluring and dreamy visions of retro-futural technologies in rural and other settings. What began as online paitings have subsequently found release in the form of books, a role […]

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Mark Lanegan (November 25, 1964 – February 22, 2022)

Mark Lanegan’s recent passing brought to mind the beautiful instrument of his voice, but also the thrill of reading his autobiography ‘Sing Backwards and Weep‘ (published in 2020) in which he takes us through an astonishing journey via a story of his life from his young and visceral rebelliousness through to his time in music […]

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Album – ‘blade of earth’ by Solar Violet

The above photo was how I started to record the album that would be finished recording 5 years later, and then finally mastered and ready some 8 years on (Bandcamp). I’d been making music in computer sequencing and recording programmes for years and just felt more and more that alongside the impact of difficulties in […]

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‘You only have a lifetime to escape…’ Barton and Fisher in online exhibition – Infinite Distance

https://infinitedistance.site/justin-barton-and-mark-fisher The release by Huperdub imprint Flat Lines of On Vanishing Land in 2019 marked a moment when the basic material of this extraordinary journey through sonic geo-connective intensities in sound and tale became routinely available. Giving the opportunity for the invaluable work in compositional re-attunement which Fisher and Barton had undertaken to disseminate that […]

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Album – ‘Near to nothing’ by Fear of Fluffing

Near to Nothing Bandcamp I’ve been playing with the Hackney based improvising group Fear of Fluffing for near enough 6 years. Here is a biography written for a live event in November that took place at Trowbridge Gardens Arts cafe. About FEAR OF FLUFFING:The Fear of Fluffing have been playing around East London(mostly) for over […]

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Advertising the enemy – South Park and installations of capitalism

So good to come across and read this piece in the Guardian that brings some focus to the phenomena of advertising as a causative element in the eco-emergency. It does this also as a general and high-level critique of the reality and impact of advertising from its concomitance as a core machine of capitalism to […]

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‘The songs became stories…’ – Slint and Breadcrumb Trail (2014) Post-rock, Velvet Underground

A documentary film in the course of it ‘documenting’ something can sometimes be a deeply problematic beast, in as much as it gives something a single narrative line (even while it may be conserving the multiple). In one sense it crystalises or settles a space of events and singularities that might include contrastings of seeing […]

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The Bass End of The Future – Desert and Nature in Villeneuve’s Dune

Partly what’s brilliant about Denis Villeneuve’s Dune is in how it takes human cultural artifacts and practises and bends them outwards to a space where their location as futural becomes entirely believable. What the film also has in its favour is that it has a fascinating clarity and purity in telling story in the most […]

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Beak> Inspired fiction, fiddling while the city burns, Miyazaki and Le Guin

A friend (R. Sutherland) mentioned this band he was due to see recently Beak〉and upon quick encounter it was immediately apparent to me that this is a high, high quality sonic outfit. The first track from them I came across was the sleekly brilliant ‘Oh Know’ (below), which also happens to have a fantastically discombobulating […]

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Mutations of Silence – the eerie electronic void in Maju

For seventeen years between 1990 and 2007 BBC Radio 3 had a very extraordinary show called Mixing It on air that was broadcast once a week and featured the most interesting music of the time which had an experimental bent. A poppier sound or edge was never unwelcome and yet routinely there was an edge […]

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Nomadic returns of Drum and Bass – Dom Whiting

Been really enjoying Dom Whiting’s mobile Drum and Bass sets recently, they’ve been catching fire on YT and are a rare treat. Dom is clearly riding a rising wave and its interesting that Drum and Bass is part of the equation. ‘This one’s a banger’ In part it helps to see where Drum and Bass […]