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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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‘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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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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Wilden Times – A song

By way of Jay Griffiths, Wes Anderson, Rosie Swale Pope I’ve been working on an album of songs under the name Solar Violet for a number of years and the sound element has been finished for a good while now. While the album has been mastered by the peerless James Dunn of Cafe Oto, there […]

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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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‘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 […]

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A bridge to Lorca (w/ Waking Life, Jodorowsky and Dylan Thomas)

I love Lorca. I first found him through Linklater’s amazing Waking Life, where those haunting words rang like a clarion. ‘The living iguanas will bite those who do not dream…’ I had to know more, and soon found Bly‘s beautiful transation of the poem ‘The City that does not sleep’ (Brooklyn Bridge Nocturne) when the […]