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Saturday 28th February

February 28, 2009

Ugh. really tough day at work today, so I have a throbbing headache tonight. My head means I’m just not in the mood for any challenging music this evening, so a CD of Benjamin Britten’s cello suites performed by Mstislav Rostropovich is playing very very quietly behind me. I’m sure there could be readers out […]

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Friday 27th February

February 28, 2009

What on earth can I possibly say about a new disc of John Tilbury playing Morton Feldman? The two disc set of John playing Triadic Memories along with the short companion piece by Howard Skempton Notti stallate a vagli recorded in London last year has just been released on the Italian label Atopos. Everything else […]

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Thursday 26th February

February 27, 2009

I need to sleep. Feels like I’ve been awake forever. I went to bed about 1.30AM last night and then was back on a train into London at 7AM, so I had about four hours sleep in the last twenty-four. I finished in London much earlier than expected, and as I didn’t need to go […]

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Wednesday 25th February

February 26, 2009

Wow, that was good. Even though I had to go to Basingstoke to see the concert tonight it was a fantastic experience. (For anyone that doesn’t know the place, Basingstoke is like Slough without the charm. For anyone that doesn’t know Slough its where the original UK series of The Office was set) I am working […]

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Tuesday 24th February

February 25, 2009

Today was an unusual day in that I didn’t actually listen to that much music. Early this morning I began a piece of work I should have started long ago- transcribing three and a half hours of audio interview I did with John Wall last year into a first draft text, a piece of work that has […]

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Monday 23rd February

February 24, 2009

Well I only managed to get around to listening to two of the discs I hoped to play last night, the Fuhler/Bennink/de Joode disc from 2002 and the Andrea Polli disc of field recordings from Antarctica. If you asked someone that knew my taste well which of those two CDs I would prefer to listen […]

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Sunday 22nd February

February 23, 2009

A short second post of the day then. (Well you’ve already had one! Brian Olewnick doesn’t write this frequently you know ;)) I worked for five hours early this morning. Today was the the third of ten straight days I’ll be at work so expect a few more tired posts over the forthcoming days dear […]

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Thoughts on running a label

February 22, 2009

A week or so back in the comments of one of my daily posts Graham suggested there should be more talk about my involvement with the music through my Cathnor label, and specifically threw a few questions in the air. Although they probably weren’t meant to be answered literally I’m going to try and do […]

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Saturday 21st February

February 22, 2009

Last night I mentioned that over the past eighteen months or so I have to some degree reopened my ears to all kinds of improvised music again. That might be a slight exaggeration. I still have the same musical preferences but I have removed the idiotic blinkers that had caused me to reject out of […]

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Friday 20th February

February 21, 2009

So last night’s concert then. I really enjoyed myself by the way. No matter what the music was like it was good to spend a little time with nice people again. Not that I don’t work with nice people or have a nice girlfriend etc… but there is a connection between people interested in this […]

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Thursday 19th February

February 20, 2009

Tonight’s post is a bit of an experiment in that I’m writing it on my way home from London via the WordPress for iPhone application. As I mentioned yesterday I’ve been in London for the Small but perfectly formed concert but I’m not going to attempt to write any kind of review of it this […]

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Wednesday 18th February

February 18, 2009

Busy busy busy… I went to bed at 1.30AM last night after posting here, fell asleep halfway through the Michael Pisaro / Barry Chabala piece Unter Eichen (sorry guys) then was up again at 7.30AM working on Cathnor duties, went to the shop, the post office and the dry cleaners, came home, ate something briefly, […]

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Tuesday 17th February

February 17, 2009

Exhausted again tonight. Another long day. Last night before bed I listened to a CD kindly sent to me by someone at the Glasgow based Iorram label called Próximo. It is a disc containing two duo tracks, each featuring a laptop musician named Nick Fells, his collaborators being Neil Davidson (acoustic guitar) on the first piece […]

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Tastes of things to come

February 17, 2009

Because people seem interested… 😉 There’s an eight minute fragment from the ever forthcoming (hopefully before the summer is over) Keith Rowe release on Cathnor called A Response to Treatise on a compilation called Spectra released by the Quiet Design label. You can hear an even smaller fragment of the fragment at their site. Also, […]

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Monday 16th February

February 17, 2009

So another day another dollar. Or another pound at least though the way things are going there won’t be much to choose between them before too much longer. Today was somewhat unremarkable. I left for work early, but I did listen to some music while I was in the bath this morning, Dan Warburton’s new […]

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Sunday 15th February

February 16, 2009

For those that doubted my ability to keep this blog going on a daily basis, here’s my second post of the day 😉 Tonight I have been listening to the eighth, and last disc in the set of CDrs named Wiring my ear to the ground released on a “to order” only basis by the […]

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Benedict Drew – A Folding Table

February 15, 2009

I’ve enjoyed this downloadable album so much over the past few days that I figured it warranted a post of its own and a more considered review. Fortunately Dan Warburton doesn’t read this blog, because if he did he’d be on my back for writing reviews here when I still owe him some for ParisTransatlantic. […]

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Saturday 14th February

February 15, 2009

I unexpectedly ended up working until very late tonight. So this post finds your brave blogger feeling very tired and ready for bed, but a strong coffee made with my new bean grinder (a Valentine’s present from a lovely woman) is keeping me going long enough to spew forth tonight’s post. A quick plug first […]

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Friday 13th February

February 14, 2009

OK so I’m predicatable. I really like Ben Drew’s A Folding Table release. Like he said I would. I’m not sure whether to be happy that I really like the music or peeved that I am that easy to read. Anyway I’ll try and write a little more in depth about it at some point […]

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Thursday 12th February

February 12, 2009

A tiring day today so excuse me if this post doesn’t end up as long as other recent ones. I’ll start tonight by sending another shameless plug in the direction of Ben Drew’s website to point to another free download album he has made available entitled (curiously) A Folding Table. I actually feel no shame […]

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Wednesday 11th February

February 11, 2009

You know, my biggest fear for writing this daily was of having something to write about each day, having enough new music to talk about. It seems that at least for the time being there is no danger of that situation happening, as music just keeps arriving here. Thanks to everyone that sends me their […]

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Tuesday 10th February

February 10, 2009

Over the last couple of weeks as I’ve been writing here daily I’ve noticed a change in my listening habits. Although what I write in these pages is generally pretty informal, poor quality, overly descriptive rubbish, (remember folks, its Brian’s fault) I do have to stop and think about what I am going to write […]

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Monday 9th February

February 9, 2009

Bleeeuuuurrggghh! I just walked home from work through a minor blizzard. Very late tonight, arriving home at 1AM covered in a layer of snow. The walk was great though, and the fact that I sit here now only just beginning to dry off was countered by the exhilarating experience of walking through clouds of snow […]

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Sunday 8th February

February 8, 2009

So last night I attended the Compost and Height first birthday gig, my first concert since the crazy week in November when I went to something like ten in seven days, including two that lasted the entire day. It was nice to be back amongst good, creative people again as much as anything. Sadly the […]

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Saturday 7th February

February 8, 2009

I made it to London tonight and saw three great sets of live music, though sadly I had to miss the fourth because of the idiocy of the First Great Western trains timetable. I’ll write something on the concert in the morning, but one thing that shocked me tonight was how many people I met […]

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Friday 6th February

February 7, 2009

Well I have a rare second weekend off of work in a row starting tomorrow, and oh boy am I glad we’ve got there. This was a tough week. The snow that began as a mildly fun novelty has become a treacherous pain in the backside as it snowed gain overnight and into this morning […]

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Thursday 5th February

February 6, 2009

Today was an eventful, hectic day. It snowed heavily overnight so when I left for work today it was about a foot deep. I left really early as I was using public transport, and as any UK resident knows a bit of snow can render the whole system useless in a trice. As it happens […]

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Wednesday 4th February

February 5, 2009

Sometimes its really nice to listen to something without any expectations, just to see what happens. Listening to a piece of music that I don’t know much about in advance can often be a hit or miss experience. When what you are about to listen to is eight discs long however the prospect of potantial […]

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Tuesday 4th February

February 4, 2009

It’ll probably be days like this that really test my resolve to keep this daily posting going. I got home from work tonight a little before 1AM, having left at 11AM and having struggled to get very far very easily because the UK public transport system grinds to a halt when a few flakes of […]

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Monday 2nd February

February 3, 2009

I have no doubt that there is considerable overlap between the hundred or so people that regularly visit these pages and the readership of Bagatellen, but just in case people hadn’t already seen it I thought I’d bring to your attentions a competition that Al has announced over there. Readers are asked to email in […]

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Sunday 1st February

February 2, 2009

Today the temperature fell below zero here and we had a sprinkling of snow, with more threatened for overnight. So no walking today. After Julie called to say she was off to her mother’s for the day I decided to spend it tidying up, hoovering, dusting, matching stray CDs to their sleeves etc, and with […]

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Saturday 31st January

February 1, 2009

This afternoon, tired of trying to listen to quiet music at home at the same time as having Bruce Springsteen albums blasted at me from a room on the other side of the house I took a long walk out into the countryside. I made the decision to leave my iPod at home so as […]

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