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Thursday, 25 March 2004

Up a notch

Funny how starting a log again gets the musical interests moving again. It has been a great day for listening to music. I have been at home all day working hard, and accompanied by a soundtrack of:

- King Crimson: Lizard
- King Crimson: Lark’s Tongues in Aspic
- King Crimson: Starless and Bible Black
- Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan & Michael Brook: Night Song

I really like working through a particular artist’s music listening for development. The CDs I listened to by King Crimson are only a small part of the collection by them and their solo counterparts – but very enjoyable all the same!

Last night I was listening to Jan Garbarek’s album ‘Dis’ (ECM Records) which has the sounds of giant wind chimes on it – these were built and installed on a cliff top, then recorded. The sound is fantastic, and idea of an instrument that is played by the elements is wonderful. The rest of the music, played by Jan Garbarek and Ralph Towner is excellent too. Time for a bit of Garbarek indulgence too I think.

I had an interesting idea for taking forward ‘the alice conversations’ poetry sequence yesterday. I am going to search on google with the words of the title and then use the pages that I come up with as word sources for the poetry that I create. Interesting idea…

Wednesday, 24 March 2004


After a couple of months of frozen creativity, I am back. I have been struggling with writing three journals - this online one, a learning journal I keep for work, and a personal journal which fits in my pocket. I'm trying to think through ways of integrating these - so that the learning and imaginative thoughts can go hand in hand with the material I generate for this journal. Just needs a little more thought. In the meantime, I'm back to writing in here at least a couple of times a week.

What music have I been listening to whilst I've been away? Even that was a bit out on the edge - I've been listening to lots of obscure ambient and noise music, with a share of found sounds too. Then I have also been listening to plenty of Radiohead and the last few albums by jazz saxophonist Charles Lloyd.

My interest in Buddhism continues...and I am thinking of doing First Degree Reiki.

Oh, and my PhD thesis was submitted a couple of weeks ago - time to wait for the viva now...

Books - finished reading John O'Farrell's "The Best a Man can get" which was both hysterically funny, and painfully uncomfortable. A great read.

Well, it just took a few minutes and I'm back on line. I wish the redesign of the website was as straightforward. Can someone explain to me where I will find a free idiot's guide to Frontpage so that I don't keep pressing the wrong buttons and ending up with completely dysfunctional web pages? Please email me if you can help.