The Convoy of No Consequence

You might have heard about it. You might not have! Some people went on a bit of a bike ride – I wasn’t able to participate as I was busy making it to work in record time thanks to all the clear roads. People we probably know have done a video and Rafe sang the…

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beacon flew pretty damn high

Yesterday I hit the road with James – destination The Metro Theatre, Sydney – in order to attend the James Blake gig. Turned out to be a well coordinated and well timed trip, transport and accommodation coming together without a hitch even though we did have to navigate the most horrendous car-park on earth. Now…

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The Friends of Huong Phuong Orphanage

Events, or accounts of events, often drive my focus. I’ve always said context is important. With it you can better understand the human values at play in a given circumstance. When I heard about an orphanage for disabled kids in central Vietnam and the story behind it the thought “Must help…!” was evoked. Not that…

Two music facts

We have an old 45 that has on it Prince’s work that was rereleased for Tim Burton’s Batman. I used to listen to it as a kid. Didn’t like it all that much, really. Born in 1985 I missed out on the Prince thing and have always wondered how exactly he became associated with the…

If rain drops were made of chocolate

I know a lot of teachers. A number of my friends are teachers, I have family who are or have been teachers. I know people training to be teachers. A hugely honorable vocation, teaching forms the cosmic line between humanity and animalism. It provides a positive, powered, position to push back against the things that…

Items of Interest

An older album by Solar Fields recently popped up on my radar. Used as the soundtrack for the new game Capsized, ‘Movements’ is good news. Released in 2009 it sits right next to Solar Field’s soundtrack composed for EA’s Mirror’s Edge. I’ve had the Mirror’s Edge soundtrack for ages now but only recently played the…

Dive, dive, dive!

I don’t know when deciding to go back to the pool during the colder months of the year was a good idea. It may never have been, but I’m glad I had it. Heading back to the AIS made me realise how many hours I’d spent there in the past. Despite the time elapsed the…

Experimental Canberra

It went under my radar but following a link from a forum (as often happens) lead me to ‘New Weird Australia‘, a promoter of eclectic Australian electronic music. Part netlabel, podcast, community, online space thing, it’s got some great material. Of interest to me was The Sound of Young Canberra, a compilation of, well, sounds…

Content factories

It’s full steam ahead over at elroyonline. He’d resolved to produce a regular podcast dealing with TV and movie culture, purchased a lot of nice audio equipment, then went ahead and did it. Remote Viewing, which previously existed as an animated short, now comes to you weekly in audio form. Man, these people consume a…

You’re going to need a permit for that, Miss.

Quarantine isn’t easy. That said, in Australia we’ve got the benefit of being girt by sea! Preserving the status quo is that much easier because of that fact, to be sure. Sea isn’t the only vector, though. The flying machines we’ve got now – for the public that is – almost fly faster than the…

Provisional Authority

My fingers are pretty sore, the blisters have finally popped. Ended up on a lovely 12 string Maton not too long ago, as well as a bass hooked up to a make of rig i’ve actually had the pleasure of playing around with before. They almost make the same level of sound! You’ve noticed the…

Poimanency

Things move fast when they want to! I went from being a contractor to permanent full-time at least 12 months ahead of perceived ‘schedule’. Most of the elements, the puzzle pieces if you will, fell into place outside my area of influence. But I’m sure it helped that I like my job and made a…

Winter’s coming

It’s a bit cold tonight. I’ve mentioned it before but I need to show you again how much more awesome my ‘standard’ Mac weather widget is than yours! Thanks @elroyonline!