by Garethin General, Music, Politics1 commentstags: gareth thomas, gay, Media, Music, rage against the machine, rugby, sport, stuff, tinues, wales, x-factor
Sometimes there doesn’t seem to be enough good news around at Christmastimes… Don’t know why – (maybe it’s because we tend to try and happy ourselves up for the occasion and the world doesn’t stand a chance of living up to that), but there just doesn’t. And that’s broadly been so this year too – ongoing whitewashy shambles of an Iraq inquiry, total cop-out and big finger to the planet from Copenhagen – but at least today has flagged up two stories that have really genuinely made me incredibly happy. The first is pretty obvious – Rage Against The Machine taking the Xmas number 1 slot from some vanilla X-Factor prettyboy singing some crappy banality at the order of his master.Thank Fuck, quite frankly. Brilliant news.The X-Factor may be enjoyed by millions but that doesn’t make it good of course (and it isn’t good – it’s fucking evil) – and contrary to the bafflingly poor thinking of some absurdly biased BBC newsreader/interviewers over the past days, it does NOT set up winners in long and glittering and important careers; so far they’ve been largely shortlived. For which one can only be thankful given the tripe, pap and worthless formulaic shite […]
by Garethin Music0 commentstags: Music, smallcreep, stuff, the rain dogs
I’ve been working on the music again. Sadly not prepped enough to get on with the actual *proper* Smallcreep work, but still just fitting in sessions to better acquaint myself with Logic 8.And today that’s resulted in another piece that I’m happy enough to put out for general consumption. It’s a seven minute piano improvisation (with just a couple of overdubs of pre-delayed note washes to fill it out) that’s just very very peaceful; very typical of my improv work really; recorded in almost total darkness, just me playing against the silence – and probably something that might appeal to anyone who likes folks such as Lyle Mays, Keith Jarrett or Mark Hollis. As with the previous tune it’s been given a name derived from the superb Brian Eno / Phil Schmidt tool “Oblique Strategies”, which I’ve had a history of using on many projects – from design to music to writing. The piece is called “trust in the you of now” and you can download it here… Enjoy.
by Garethin Music0 commentstags: keith johnson, London, Media, Music, music form the worm farm, stuff, Technology
As the “Music From The Worm Farm” project I did the website for nears its end, I should point out the forthcoming live performance of the project’s output.The performance is at 7 pm on Thursday the 19th of March at the Science Museum’s Dana Centre in South Kensington, London. Tickets are free, and a free CD of work from the residency will be given away.Click here for full information on the evet…And click here for the ‘Performance” info page on the Worm Music website.Ongoing notes form composer Keith Johnson can be found here on the Worm Music blog.
by Garethin Music0 commentstags: design, keith johnson, music from the worm farm, stuff, Technology
I’ve just finished designing a website for composer Keith Johnson for the fascinating “Music From The Worm Farm” project, a six month residency on a R&D project in the MRC Cell Biology Unit at University College London and funded by the Wellcome Trust.The project aims to explore “the deep questions at the heart of both our interests are those that concern the brain and the body, what we think and what we do, and the mysterious middle ground between them.” The main website is here… and its ongoing journal/blog is here… The project culminates in live performances of the work that comes out of the residency next year. What I’ve heard so far sounds terrific…
by Garethin Music0 commentstags: El Canto Del Loco, Music, puede ser, spain, stuff, video
If there’s one thing that’s guaranteed to get me out of bad moods, downers, sulks, being filled with hate at Turner Prize hopefuls (see earlier post), stuff like that… then it’s watching this video.It’s by a favourite band of mine called El Canto Del Loco (or ECDL for short) who hail from Madrid. They are awesome in general, but the video for this song has to be one of my favourite things about them (although it’s by no means new).It’s a great song – “Puede Ser” – and the video is a masterclass in style.Shot wide in clean black and white, hugely minimalist – featuring Dani, David, Chema and Jandro and very little else apart from some wandering, nicely paced camera work, a couple of props and some cheeky bits of typography.Simple, elegant and utterly beautiful; it always makes anything seem a little better. You can find plenty of their videos on Youtube – including on their own ‘channel’ page, and they also have some on their ‘group’ page on Facebook.If you enjoy those then you should consider the 3 DVD box set “Episodio I” – which contains a bunch of promos, a documentary and a live performance.(*And most importantly […]