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Thursday, 31 March 2005
1. What could be good about this?
2. What's not perfect, yet?
3. Who can help?
4. How can I have some fun with this?
5. What can be learnt from the whole thing?
This approach is really powerful. It draws on the learning to be found in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP). I'm reading a fascinating book about this at the moment called "NLP Solutions" by Sue Knight.
I have tried it a couple of times. Taking each question in turn, and in order, I found that they create real actions that lift me out of the tendency to become negative.
Tuesday, 29 March 2005
One that I have really enjoyed listening to whilst working is a music one called Brainwashed. You can link to it here. Each episode is about an hour long, and comes out weekly. Music featured is on the fringes of music - one week they featured industrial music of the early 90s - Cabaret Voltaire, Thomas Leer etc. The latest issue features music from United Dairies - home of Nurse with Wound amongst others. If this sort of music is your thing, it's well worth a listen. Readers of The Wire magazine would really like it.
Monday, 28 March 2005
I thought I would return the compliment and post a poem to the Desmond Sword blog as a comment. I've copied it here too:
Yes is an s
flickers on down inside
the right-sided find
when the green blade
which rasps loudly
has passed downto beyond where
all that has clasped
and let go
yes is an s
the menace of a huge open space
repressed and defaced
will open and re-appear
put it down
don’t let it in
shed some light now
just for spite now
playful but bitter
couldn’t tell who hit her
or when the game is ended
the reaction hoped and
a piece of the action.
Sunday, 27 March 2005
Friday, 25 March 2005
Sometimes they are just a feeling of presence within the room - at other times they are a vivid person who I can actually see. Often they come to me with a message or suggestion.
I enjoy receiving these intuitions, and look forward to receiving more. I am contemplating moving forwards to reiki master some point soon. We shall see.
It is part of the inner working, trying to understand the meaning beneath everything. The biggest journey we take in our lives is the journey within...
Wednesday, 23 March 2005
from the viewpoint
you get a view of the estuary
for a penny in the slot of this telescope
light draws pencils in the landscape
and pokes the sun in the eye
it escapes into another moment of uncertainty
where lines of edges have scolded me
blue light reflects my eyes within a glance
a second's image focused then lost
edges cut through moist thickened air
watching coastline like a novel with no ending
it is a sense where trees in sand look like
something from another time another climate
and being part of changing elements is being
someone else's clothes turning inside out
but then land and sea never could agree
choosing erosion, not combination.
Tuesday, 22 March 2005
Stefan is one of a large number of people who have been looking at this weblog because they were searching for information about Freud and da Vinci. I seem to have come up high in the google search ratings on this one, thanks to the earlier post which I made when I read the book.
Friday, 18 March 2005
Re: Flickr magic email
Originally uploaded by Stuart Eglin.
Here is a photo I took a couple of months ago. It was taken in some wild terrain near where I live. It's a tree in mid-winter - and the bark just looks like an eye!
I'm experimenting with Flickr. If it's as easy as it seems to be, there'll be a lot more images on this weblog soon.
Thursday, 17 March 2005
Wednesday, 16 March 2005
From a period of pain, stasis and freezing.
Music accumulating, gathering for listening. Music for inspiration.
A choice for a working: for a certain mood or mode -
1) David Sylvian - Blemish
[a soundtrack from the beyond the realms of pain and falling apart. Still difficult to listen to after so many plays, but compulsive all the same.]
2) David Sylvian - The Good Son vs The Only Daughter
[remixes of the 'blemish' album. A heap of remixers take the basic materials and do something diverse and splendid with it. New stuff, new thoughts, new sounds and ideas.]
3) Sigur Ros - Ba Ba Ti Ki Di Do
[an EP from this Icelandic band, the soundtrack to work by the choreographer Merce Cunningham. Three pieces with sounds from everywhere, even a music box. A journey of uncertainty.]
4) Terje Rypdal - Varder: Live at Molde Festival 2004
[avant jazz guitarist meets heavy metal. Rypdal makes yet another trip into classical music and comes back with something huge. Not heard this yet - looking forward to it.]
5) Robert Fripp String Quintet - Kan-non Power
[prog rock meets baroque! From soundscapes for the yearning of the soul, to the precision of Bach.]
6) John Paul Jones - Steel your thunder
[live album from former bass player with Led Zeppelin, taking in ambient and soundscape. Is the guitarist Fripp?]
7) Bjork - Medulla
[back to Iceland for new adventures in low fi and voice. Human Beatbox for the 21st century. Robert Wyatt brings sensibility and melody, Bjork finds her soul resonating. No-one anywhere near where she is.]
8) Matching Mole - Matching Mole
[early Robert Wyatt, post-Soft Machine. Out of work jazz musician does pop music. Is 'O Caroline' the most beautiful love song you ever heard?]
9) Can - Future Days
[kraut rock does funk music way ahead of its time. It took until 2005 for the world to catch up with these people...]
10) Brian Eno / Jah Wobble - Spinner
[been looking for this album for years. Deleting stuff is so infuriating. Heard a couple of tracks, love it. Wobble as the William Blake of our century. Restless traveller.]
11) Harold Budd - Avalon Sutra
[what do you mean, it's his last album? Retiring? What a way to go! The perfection of ambient, depth and beauty.]
...and we take the 11 discs (12 if you count Budd as 2xCDs) on a trip through the imaginary day, to a serene place...
Tuesday, 15 March 2005
This quote resonates with me, because I am just lifting out of the winter blues and trying to get the productivity levels up. Time for some ambitious goals.
Paul is a solicitor, so his comments about tackling bullying are really interesting. He reveals how he was bullied at school, and talks about that, and then offers clear advice to parents to support children who are being bullied. This is a serious issue, well worth the time he spends on it. He helps with the real issue of making something happen when parents can often feel powerless to help.
Monday, 14 March 2005
I was incredibly impressed. Now I need to think what the next move should be. I'm not convinced that I should join the drama group just yet - I have no experience. I think I need to find a workshop or something where I can gain some skills first. I also have been thinking for a while about getting some time with a voice coach to learn how to breathe properly and project my voice.
Comments are welcome - I'm going to do something - I just need to be clear about the next step.
Meanwhile - I haven't forgotten podcasting. I've just been overwhelmed with other things. I'm still listening to Richard Vobes and Paul Nicholls regularly and gleaning ideas from a host of others too. I'm a few days away from jumping in at the deep end and having a go...
Friday, 11 March 2005
Words drip down like stains
drip down like stains on the side of the soul
when the meaning that you sent was clear as hearts
and all that was spent
Don’t remember everything then – that’s all at sight
and I will regret from the moment my mouth opens
best left aside, underneath and always
that’s the best I can offer
A single rose, a symbol of the shows
the every expression that I ever gave to you
or made for you, then leapt over rushes and bushes
like some kleptomaniac crunch of a shower.
flow out like spit down the chin
the sin I’m in, the skin I’m in
Everything speaks to me like the
genuflections of reflections in the glass
of my mind, your kind should stop
being sharp to mine
Then the words, the often heard
in each moment that I offered
would be as clear as the hurting
now it’s all forgotten.
Thursday, 10 March 2005
... trying out ideas, mulling over different techniques, listening to others for inspiration (positive and negative). No point in repeating or copying what is already there. Need to do something different.
Using sounds, using words, effects, not just an audio blog.
... soon, yes, soon.
Wednesday, 9 March 2005
Over the last week I have been looking at a couple of sites that support this. Torrent Spy provides links to a wide range of material including music files, tv, movies, games, software etc. I hunted through a lot of this material. Most of the material on this site is copyrighted and available through official sources. I'm not sure that it should be made available for download.
Another site, Easytree, hosts the sharing of live concerts and officially unavailable material. This is a completely different concept. It's unlikely that one would download a concert and not bother with the studio albums. It's an environmnent to experiment with material before buying CDs, and it's a place for collectors to get material that is difficult to get hold of.
Over the last week, I have managed to get hold of a host of material by Brian Eno, recordings that are not commercially available. They include music from deleted games, and from art installations. I've heard some amazing music.
The other great find was 6 sets of music from Terje Rypdal. I was aware that he had produced quite a body of classical music (see this list), as well as the jazz which he is better known for. But getting hold of it is very difficult. ECM records have released a couple of albums, but most of it is not available. It's brilliant to find a way to hear this music - which is wonderful.
Thanks to the uploader for sharing this music.
The Easytree site claims that it tries to ensure that material is not shared where artists object. If this is achieved, I think that sites like this are a brilliant way to encourage broader listening, and to support the serious music fan.
One word of warning - Easytree has a maximum of 100,000 members. So you may have to keep visiting until membership is available. Inactive accounts do get cancelled, so it shouldn't take too long.
Monday, 7 March 2005
I really enjoyed reading this book. Douglas used a game to devise the input lines which give the inspiration to the poems in the first section. He chose a set of random lines (with the help of a die) from a book and then used these to start the poems which were written quickly over a month. The poetry in the collection is marvellously challenging. Douglas really tears apart the language and reconstructs it. One is taken one a journey through the roots, parts and segments of words -really getting inside the language which he uses.
This poetry is probably the closest I have seen to e e cummings without descending into pastiche. Douglas takes the experimental approaches of cummings and makes the interpretation totally his own.
One is left with the feeling that every part of the syllable, the word, the line and the spacing is so carefully thought through. This is a poet totally in command of the language he works with.
These are not just poems that play with language though - they also work hard with emotions, and depict events and narrative.
All in all, a read worth making!
The project '50 Books in 2005', is a little behind schedule. But not irretrievable.
Sunday, 6 March 2005
Do one or two things really well!!
That focuses right in on one of the things I have real challenge with. Even at the best of times, it is a real effort to sustain focus on one thing for very long. I always have a huge list of other things which I am really keen to do.
Dave admits that he too is not exactly brilliant at this. He sets it out as a "do what I say, not what I do" item. Well, I too can realise that the focus on one or two things really does make a huge difference. People who I know who are really obsessed about a small number of things achieve incredible things.
But then I do admire the polymaths in the world – those people who excel in a wide number of areas, who dabble in all sorts of things out of interest. Look at Leonardo da Vinci.
So, just maybe the world needs a mix of specialists and polymaths.
Thursday, 3 March 2005
Well the bad news is this. Peter says in his latest catalogue that he plans to close down the business later this year. That will leave a big hole in the poetry world in the UK. I will be very sad to see him go - and will miss browsing through his catalogues and picking a handful of books every couple of months.
I'm not ignoring the fact that running a business like his must take an enormous amount of time and effort.
But his efforts will be really missed.
I'd encourage any of you who read this blog to listen to Richard's show. I rate his and PodcastPaul as the best shows I have listened to so far.
Richard wants to hear my show to see what he thinks of it! I'll have to get on and record one then.
Wednesday, 2 March 2005
It's important at times like these to work on the basis that things happen for a reason, even if it is not clear at the time. So, although the decisions being made around me look like they are sliding away from what I am trying to make happen, just maybe it will all make sense in the long term.
I can but hope.
P.S. Sorry to speak in code. People get sacked for being too specific about their employers in blogs, you know!
Tuesday, 1 March 2005
Today I downloaded the new version of iPodder (2.0) which seems to have fixed some downloading problems which I was experiencing. I emailed Andrew Grumet from the Development Team of iPodder this morning, and was really impressed to receive a reply within a couple of hours. That's excellent customer service! Problems are fixed, and podcast downloads are happening again.
As I type this I am listening to the latest edition of the Brainwashed Podcast which is a weekly podcast of music associated with brainwashed. Last week's hour long programme comprised music from the UK Industrial Records label - Cabaret Voltaire, Robert Rental & Thomas Leer, Throbbing Gristle etc. Music from the early 80s with an alienated feel to it - in keeping with the times as i remember. This week's programme is based on the theme of 'time' and features a diverse mix of found sound, ambient, electronica and funk.
Well, earlier today I took the experiments a stage further and recorded Test Podcast One - ten seconds of voice and background music. So, I have got that far with this experiment. I'll keep you posted....