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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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‘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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‘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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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 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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Kung Fu (1972-75) – The impact so soft it impacts still

Why did the series do so well…? It was strange. This was a question talk show host Larry King once asked the actor David Carradine – star of the series Kung Fu, consisting of three seasons broadcast between 1972 and 1975, it had a pronounced impact and was an international success. The story of Kwai […]

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R.E.M. – Part 2 – trace of the wild Lens

An untimely river, ‘Near Wild Heaven’ and Synecdoche New York (2008) Part 1 For a number of years, I hadn’t listened to R.E.M. much if at all. I came across Stipe’s performance a few years ago on late night American TV in remembrance of David Bowie, a solo sung version (above) of ‘The Man Who […]

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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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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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‘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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cracked urban – past the gapped apparitions of our conurbation

It was relatively easy to be taken by these boardings, that conceal the functional brutality of urban building and which is in this case, subterrenean in nature. Traditionally these things have paid no heed to any visual or aesthetic considerations, but in recent years – constructors have begun to modulate their barriers to reflect different […]

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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 […]