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Lessons in listening

June 13, 2007

Possibly the most inspirational part of my trip to Aberdeen was the opportunity to sit in on a small workshop on improvisation that Keith Rowe gave for a small group of (mainly quite young) musicians. At the risk of paraphrasing his words, the main thrust of what Keith tried to get across to the group […]

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New beginnings and fulfilled ambitions

June 9, 2007

Well the last week has been a big one for me in many ways. I finally handed in my notice at my overpowering, exhausting job in the week and was immediately placed on gardening leave until the middle of August. Gardening leave, for those unaware is when you are sent home to see out your […]

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Another 3AM moment

May 20, 2007

I’m not sure if it was something to do with the three quarters of a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc I drank last night, or more likely the chicken fajitas I cooked and devoured quite late in the evening, but at 3AM this morning I was sat bolt upright in bed, in something of a daze […]

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How was your week?

May 19, 2007

Its been a pretty frustrating one here. Hopeful leads to resolve my stressful work situation have been painfully slow in coming to fruition, Julie has spent much of the week at the hospital as a close relative of hers is critically ill, and my Grandmother is in the process of being assessed as being incapable […]

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Bloggin’ all over the world (and I like it, I like it…)

May 2, 2007

The blog seems to be the internet age’s eqivalent to the good old fanzine. Whilst I do actually miss the craft and creativity involved in cutting, pasting, photocopying and stapling ‘zines in the past, the speed that blogs allow you to spread your thoughts around the world is scarily fast. Gone are the days of […]

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Spot the difference

April 29, 2007

Following a difficult week I took the rare opportunity provided Saturday evening by a for once peaceful Pinnell Towers to switch off my phone, and with it the rest of the world and spend some time alone, slouched on the sofa with a chilled bottle of chardonnay, a good book and three different versions of […]

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Wise after the event

April 24, 2007

I turned in my review of the i and e festival for ParisTransatlantic at the weekend after my usual struggle to get the thing finished. As I mentioned somewhere below my experience of the first night of music was affected by exhaustion, and so I listened back to some nice quality recordings of the shows […]

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Mass Consumption

April 23, 2007

I’ve had a pretty depressing, stressful last few days, work as ever the culprit. Often when in low spirits I fall back upon music to keep going, and that’s what I’ve done over the last week, and one new arrival here in particular has been played over and over. I’ve been a fan of Klaus […]

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(When you wake) You’re still in a dream

April 17, 2007

So as you’ve all read me wittering on here before, I work long hours. This leaves me in a perpetual state of tiredness, sometimes so exhausted I struggle to stay awake when I want to, and live half of my waking life in some sort of tiredness induced haze. So, having got all of your […]

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Old Friends

April 13, 2007

When you try and keep up with the continual stream of new releases that come out in any one area of music you are bound to find that you have more music than time to listen. This is very much the case for me. However over Easter I managed to get four days together when […]

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Nono Nono Nono Nono Nono Nono, there’s no limits…

April 10, 2007

Whilst I’ve dabbled with modern composition for years, with Feldman in particular being a long term passion, its only really over the last eighteen months that I have really begun to delve into comtemporary composition with real verve. The work of Italian composer Luigi Nono has been amongst the music that has really captured my […]

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CDs Acquired

April 9, 2007

This thread will list the CD acquisitions I make as the year goes along, It begins in April 2007. This really isn’t here for any silly purpose of displaying my spending power, merely to list things for my own reference, and should anyone want opinions on anything listed here just ask. April 2007 Fergus Kelly […]

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Concerts attended 2007

April 9, 2007

This post is just a nerdy list, but its really there for my own reference purposes. A list of the shows I’ve attended in 2007 that I will update as the weeks go by. January 6th, Sound323 Basement, London. Mark Wastell and Joachim Nordwall Henrik Rylander January 13th, the Flea Pit, London. Traw with Rhodri […]

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Irish Highs

February 8, 2007

So a few days off work and a good time had. I booked this week off of work months ago, and very good fortune meant that several gigs fell together at the same time. At the weekend then, I flew over to Dublin on a cheap flight to catch a concert of The Sealed Knot […]

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