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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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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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Tracks in light – Tangerine Dream and Risky Business (1983)w/ Philip Glass and Raymond Scott

I’ve touched before on the use of electronic music in film soundtrack, something which at its best generates a sense of possibility for feeling and experiencing that takes the mergent synthesis (moving images and sound) to a different kind of place. Of course this can be said for all the best productions in this area […]

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Neon Now

Images of the city cycle One of the unanticipated impacts of Covid and lockdown has been to change the relationship with the spaces of the cities where many of us live. Like so many people, when Covid first hit and the UK went into lockdown in March for the next few months I was stuck […]

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Escalations of the abstract (The Prisoner 1967) Part 2

‘Realising that you are the dream figure in another person’s dream, that is self awareness…’ Timothy Levitch (Waking Life). * Part 1 The final episode ‘Fall Out’ – is where transformation through abstraction in the Prisoner becomes most vital. It would appear very much as if the techniques and approaches of Surrealism are at work, […]

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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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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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Things that dreams are made of… Norman Wisdom?

When I heard this song recently at a venue, I was absolutely mesmerised by the main refrain. It’s one of those things that has a personal dimension which you know is also connected to a cultural force or instance (like a song and a particular time, the feeling of its uses and what it evokes). […]

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Transforming the seen and unseen – Pic Pic, Sapphire and Steel, Magritte

Recently, this amazing cartoon was put my way by Barrow Wheelders. …and life is good again. Although I dose up a good amount with anime, its always a shock to come across something that simply makes play to an extraordinary degree, across its worlds of composition (and something completely unsullied by the depth of cynicism […]