Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Early departure

Not a good way to start the day learning that the report of Poly Styrene's passing from the previous day was not a cruel rumour but confirmed to be true. Don't believe there are words to adequately express just how much of an impression Poly's voice and lyrics made on me. She will be sorely missed.

Live on ITV's Revolver (1978)

Translucence (1980)

Generation Indigo (2011)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Monday, April 25, 2011

Surprise! A weekend recap

Saturday: Had the weekend staple brekkie (beans on toast, coffee, and yogurt) and caught a few Doctor Who episodes during a marathon leading up to the new series in the evening. Left the house about half past four to pick up Ken and then set course for Terry's casa for some HIO recording action. After proceeding to do Ken's head in by playing the world's worst rendition of "Highway Star" during setup, we were treated to Terry's absolutely fab turkey burgers and beer. With dinner consumed, recording commenced, adding balloons, oven timer, and refrigerator door to the list (metaphorical, of course... unless Mr. Horn/Mr. Shimamoto/both keep a log regarding such matters) of objects played. After recording we watched a doco about the war in Afghanistan (Restrepo) and Suspiria (which was somewhat of a cross between Vangelis and an Italian ice cream) while Terry transferred the evening's audio and video evidence to his laptop, making me a copy to edit, mix, and remix. Then it was home again (after a return to Mr. Horn's for the bearded scribe's keys that were left behind), home again. Always a great day when it involves these guys... the ultimate mucking about crew! Read Ken's more detailed account here.

Sunday: Was able to catch a repeat of the Doctor Who series opener after arriving home from the HIO extravaganza. Had Easter lunch with my mother and family friend in the afternoon. Did laundry. That's about it, really.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Directorial debut of sorts

Finally partook in the 21st century activity of creating a video of epic amateurish proportions and uploading it onto YouTube. Consider yourself warned:

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


Remixed "Capt. Saddo and Twig" which is available for listening pleasure, displeasure, and/or apathy on Bandcamp. The original had too much low end mud and frying crackly high (technical jargon. Okay, it's not) for these ears after I gave them a proper rest, which I should had done in the first place. Will I ever learn...

Monday, April 18, 2011

Spot the common theme

Today consisted of a speeding ticket, drivers apparently possessed by a "divine wind", and a puncture on I-30 (all unrelated events, mind you). An uneventful day would had been preferable.

A/W "Harmony in My Head" (1979)

Sunday, April 17, 2011

How not to PR

Woke up Saturday morning with a tune in the ole noggin (and remnants of a dream in which Sean Connery and I had bits of us missing after an altercation with Klingon-esque aliens. No, not those "bits"... ), and proceeded to spend the next fourteen hours writing and recording a song which only consists of two chords. Pathetic. Topping it all off, to quote Ringo:

"I've got blisters on me fingers!"

Credit the fact that I've only picked up the guitar a couple of times in the last two and half years and the calluses on the fingertips have disappeared. That, and coupled with playing nearly eight hours straight (just to give a clue how mediocre my abilities on stringed instruments are), the digits on the left hand are a wee bit tender. Again, pathetic.

Overall, I am pleased with the final product... just the amount of effort far outweighed the result, me thinks.

After what could only be described as the most shit way to promote something, here it be.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Monday, April 11, 2011


This weekend: Concerto No. 8, Op. 117 (1957); Symphony No. 9, Op. 180 (1949-50); Artik, Op. 78 (1948); Anahid, Op. 57 #1 (1944-45); Elibris, Op. 50 (1944); Alleluia and Fugue, Op. 40b (1940).


Psalm and Fugue, Op. 40a (Performed by the South Carolina Senior Regional Orchestra at Cane Bay High School, 20 November 2010. Conductor: Neil Casey)

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Letters in the post... and a few links

The weekend recap...

Saturday: Went to Denton. Browsed at a couple of stores on the square. Met up with Ken and Terry at Recycled Books for a rummage through their inventory. Later we headed over to Mad World Records, then met up with Michael Briggs for lunch at Mr. Chopticks (which Mr. Horn found without incident unlike me, who managed to get lost even with directions in hand!). A pit stop at Sky Guitars for supplies before heading to Mr. Brigg's house to partake in the Violitionist Sessions. Three sets and a cup of coffee later, the HIO trio ended the day with couple of pints at Hooligan's and another stop at Recycled Books. I misplaced my truck (which Mr. Horn found without incident unlike me, who drove and parked the bloody thing!), found it, and went home. Overall, quite a good day. Read the bearded scribe's post for a more thorough and eloquent account of Saturday's events.

Sunday: Laundry, Peter Sellers, and PBS. A generalization? Sure, why not...

Friday, April 1, 2011


Listen and/or download the Phil Ford/JATSDFM album, Academician Drift in Fjords, for free from Bandcamp.