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Future fluencies – Yoyoka Soma, Rage Against the Machine

Encountering the videos (mostly drum covers) from gregarious 10 year old Yoyoka Soma has definitely been one of the turn ups of lockdown for me, especially as it is often a treat to read comments from middle aged drummers agog at her displays. What they seem particularly struck by aside from her obvious technical prowess […]

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Escalations of the abstract (The Prisoner 1967)

heightened role of abstraction in Patrick McGoohan’s mind bending and untimely 60’s TV series In terms of its narrative across the 17 episode run first transmitted in 1967, The Prisoner pitches us immediately into one scenario; containment in the mysterious and treacherous Village. A secret and unknown prison of location where the inmates are interred […]

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BLU ART

I was lucky enough to have this shared with me today by Folders Arrangements. Its a 2015 mural ‘Spirale‘ from Italian street artist Blu in an area; Ponte Mammolo in Rome. An Italian street artist living in Bologna who began and flourished initially with a group of other street artists, beginning around the turn of […]

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Shawn Smith (October 28, 1965 – April 3, 2019)

As I do not generally keep up with music news, it came as some surprise to learn that Shawn Smith singer with bands such as Satchel, Pigeonhed and Brad (as well as a solo artist) had died 11 months ago. I first became aware through listening to ‘Shame’ by Brad, a 1993 album from a […]

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Atoms of Escape, Drones of Realisation – Steve Reich

’18 Musicians’ and facets of the music of Steve Reich I realised a new version of the album Music for 18 Musicians had been released on vinyl in December! A live recording from Tokyo in 2008 and despite one or two minor sonic hiccups, it is a fabulous release, prompting intensive re-listenings and this piece […]

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do war machines dream of magnetic sheep?

Apparently so. This advertisement for visiting the HMS Belfast in London recently took me by surprise. Is this a controversial image? Or to find it that way an overreaction? Both? I couldn’t help but think immediately of part of the Holy Mountain (clip further down) – Jodorowsky’s 1973 film masterpiece (one of a few). Please […]

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Other Places Here – Wayward Pines (2015) and Twin Peaks

Perspectival beyonds to the social reality image in Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks and Wayward Pines. Wayward Pines is a US television drama that ran over two seasons in 2015-16, adapted from the series of books by US novelist Blake Crouch. The original plan was for the programme to have one season (understandable given the effectiveness […]

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French Wilds – The Cevenne

‘We’d been walking in the woods, with a real bounce to our step, in these most beautiful of days, with the light catching every breath and drifting cell of woodland being… We are entranced by the gentle strobing of the light between the trees, its funny so we laugh, the sound echoes in the trees, […]

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Dream the path – Ursula K. Le Guin

When Ursula Le Guin died in January last year, it felt like we’d lost a true storyteller-dreamer, someone who’d given us worlds and transformative ideas and situations, who’d contextualised and touched upon forms of the unknown through the building of stories only even one of which was the spell-blinding 1976 book ‘The Word for World […]

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Homing of voice – Greta Thunberg (w/Bjork, Le Guin, Russell)

glimpses of the lucid-young in the spun-out disaster world of adultism Occasionally there emerges through the celebrity-scape someone who can display outer edge qualities of inspiration and it feels that way somewhat with Greta Thunberg. Its been difficult not to admire her poise and resolve from everything that I’ve seen and read, a reminder of […]

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On Vanishing Land – To materialise

Hyperdub sub-label Flatlines to release Fisher and Barton’s Audio essay / sonic fiction I’ve mentioned On Vanishing Land a few times, not least recently in the piece that began with Will Abberley’s BBC Radio 3 documentary about the eerie, which features excerpts from the 45 minute sound work. Originally staged as an exhibition at the […]

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Beyond symptoms of rebellion – A Black Flag film and Nirvana at the horizon

Watching this really wonderful documentary on the US harcore punk rock co-progenitors, By Any Means: A Brief History of Black Flag. A charming and well told story, mostly as a documentary film about the band, while also being about the attempt by its film maker Aaron Michael Thomas to make a documentary film – about […]

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eerie calls the future

Last month here in the UK, BBC Radio 3 broadcast a feature documentary on the subject of the eerie by ‘New Generation thinker’ Will Abberley and produced by Sarah Cuddon. Sunday Feature: Into the Eerie (no embed) If you can get this, its worth a listen. While not going into or consistently following the deeper […]

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Super Fa Realities

A return to some SFA lyrics and riding an unicorn Its been easy over the years to return to the work of the Welsh music trailblazers Super Furry Animals and love it. Although for a while (as with many of the 90’s bands I was in love with) I felt they might have lost something […]

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‘return is the movement of way…’ again

It seems the old archive link to David Hinton’s translation of the Tao Te Ching has finally been gobbled up. As I’ve indicated earlier, I think it is worth having a copy of this, for its lineaments of thinking that use a poetisized rendering of meanings to cut through to intensely formed spaces of abstraction […]