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The tortured soul of the apathetic reviewer

June 27, 2007

My first post for a couple of days, been busy elsewhere, initially shifting the mother of all hangovers Monday morning, and then driving off to visit my grandmother in her new nursing home (not a nice experience) and stopping off to take in Stonehenge enroute (a great experience). Unfortunately I didn’t think to take my […]

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10 Things I realised this last week…

June 24, 2007

1. I rather like Béla Tarr’s films. 2. I don’t like sake, (at least not the cheap sake Julie and I picked up in the week) 3. I couldn’t ever write CD reviews to deadlines for a living. 4. You just can’t grill asparagus (Correction at Robert’s request: Asparagus refuses to let ME grill it […]

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A few of my favourite strings

June 24, 2007

Down the years Mark Wastell, proprietor of the world’s greatest record shop Sound323 has made a lot of CD recommendations to me. I go to bed with the words “Oh that one is essential, trust me” (You’ll have to imagine your own Essex boy accent haunting my sleep, but if I am honest he very […]

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Wear your art on your sleeve…

June 22, 2007

In the past I’ve gotten myself into trouble with a small portion of the online music communities when I’ve mentioned my love of CD packaging. Designing a nice sleeve and making a CD release into a desirable product is of course a terrible thing to do that places the label owner on a par with […]

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Early summer fireworks and the art of bat detecting.

June 21, 2007

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That old question…

June 20, 2007

In the I Hate Music forum the other day, a listener that I respect the opionion of (and I believe reads this here blog) posted something that made me stop and think. Someone had solicited opinions on Vorhernach the recent album by Axel Dörner and Toshimaru Nakamura on the Ftarri label, to which he responded […]

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Music held up to the light

June 18, 2007

I’ve been thinking more about the notion of listening to music properly. By properly I don’t mean separating myself off in some hermetically sealed chamber with an amazing hi-fi system, but actually giving the music my attention, allowing myself to try and be ‘present’ with the music, become involved with it in a more focussed […]

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Listening for England

June 17, 2007

The best thing about being free throughout the day is the opportunity to spend some quality time listening with care to music. The pile of stuff here that I’ve not played at all remains pretty high, and the list of CDs that I’ve given no more than a cursory spin twice as high again, so […]

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Variations on a theme

June 15, 2007

This fell through my letterbox this morning, a cut price 6CD set of Shostakovich’s String Quartets performed by The Borodin Quartet. I know next to nothing about Shostakovich, and like most of my explorations into clasical music over the last year or so its a purchase that was guided by the opinion of someone I […]

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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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Thistle be a good title for a post…

June 13, 2007

Well I had a great couple of days up in Scotland. I’m sure you don’t need me to say how much I enjoyed Keith Rowe’s solo set as that was always inevitable. He played for around forty minutes and produced a powerful brooding performance that he announced immediately afterwards to have been heavily informed by […]

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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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..waiting for the gift of sound and vision

June 2, 2007

A short report on a concert that happened last Monday, a while ago now at the start of a hectic week that included a lot of bother from work as well as the adrenalin rush and necessary hard work that a new Cathnor Recordings release brings, but a big enough speactacle of a show that […]

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