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Tuesday 30th June

June 30, 2009

Well I have spent a thoughtful, very pleasant (despite the heat) day lazing in the garden reading and running the battery down on my iPod. I’ve also been thinking a bit about the concert I saw last night and the environment it took place in. I attended Café Oto to witness what was maybe the […]

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Monday 29th June

June 30, 2009

I’m just back from another hot and sweaty evening in London and my third visit to Café Oto in four days. I’m pretty tired now at 2.30AM so I’m not going to attempt to write up the concert tonight, but I will tomorrow, along with a CD review or two as well, all being well. […]

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Sunday 28th June

June 29, 2009

Another hot stuffy day with quite a bit of it sat on ridiculously hot and overcrowded trains and buses as I headed up to Cafe Oto again, this time to catch Tetsuya Umeda play solo and with Benedict Drew.  There was also a third set involving Drew and a number of other musicians whose names […]

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Saturday 27th June

June 28, 2009

So how many improv  groups are there out there that can boast two members called Phil, two called Ben, a Jonathan, a John and a Jane and still have room for six others? So yes last night I made a hellish, hurried journey in ridiculously hot weather to catch the latest installment of Mark Wastell’s […]

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Friday 26th June

June 27, 2009

Well as has become the norm for me, I don’t intend to write much now as I have just got back from London where I saw the  eleven-piece version of Mark Wastell’s The Seen group plus Patrick Farmer and Rob Curgenven in duo. I won’t talk about the music tonight, but I did enjoy the […]

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Thursday 25th June

June 26, 2009

Mortality and how it effects musicians was very much on my mind today after I spent quite a lot of time with some of Derek Bailey’s last recorded music that has just been released. One of the items I enjoyed was a short (twenty-three minute) very poignant film of Derek playing in 2004. I went […]

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Wednesday 24th June

June 25, 2009

Another tedious, demoralising day, but I am home now and not at work tomorrow so the really ghastly Spanish wine I have here tonight tastes slightly sweeter for that news. A couple more pointers towards more free downloads first tonight- Paul Abbott, Benedict Drew and Seymour Wright have added some more updates to their ongoing Flat […]

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Tuesday 23rd June

June 24, 2009

An exhausting day today. Its 1AM and I only got in from work half an hour ago, so please excuse the brief post tonight. One piece of good news (for me anyway) is that I have managed to manufacture myself a holiday from work next week so I can catch up on most things I […]

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Monday 22nd June

June 23, 2009

For the vast majority of readers here that are not from South Yorkshire, Midhopestones is pronounced Mid-urp-sterns (or something equally indecipherable 😉 ) It is a village near Sheffield within which lies a church used by Simon Reynell to record the quintet of Rhodri Davies, Michel Doneda, Louisa Martin, Phil Minton and Lee Patterson in […]

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Sunday 21st June

June 21, 2009

After a week when I have felt quite low, tired, unwell and capable of upsetting anyone and everyone I come in contact with I managed something quite satisfying this evening by finally (first time in about a year I think) getting every CD here up onto the relevant shelves they belong on. There remains one […]

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Saturday 20th June

June 20, 2009

Sorry for last night’s brief grumpy post. I didn’t enjoy the journey to London and back much last night, mainly because I was very tired after five straight days of work, leading me to feel pretty unwell by the time I got home. I’m not feeling so bright today either so it took a lot […]

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Friday 19th June

June 20, 2009

Very tired tonight and not in the mood to post much sorry. I made the trip into London straight from work again to catch the first night of the Cut ‘n Splice event and I really probably shouldn’t have, a case of biting off a little more than I could chew I think. As it […]

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Thursday 18th June

June 19, 2009

Well I made myself chuckle quite a bit walking to work today. I have had a lot of bad luck with portable Apple gadgets of late. After smashing the screen of my iPhone a week ago and having to get it replaced I stupidly left a bag containing my aged iPod on Oxford Station on […]

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Wednesday 17th June

June 18, 2009

As I mentioned at some point over the last few days, there is suddenly another influx of potentially great CDs here that have all landed on me in a short period of time. There are six (yes, six!) new Another Timbre releases, including the four CDr discs that portray music recorded over a couple of […]

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Tuesday 16th June

June 16, 2009

So you have had two long reviews about music from me, please excuse a few moments of navel-gazing if you can. During the last weekend someone I respect the opinion of very very highly indeed spent quite a bit of time trying to convince me to stop writing this blog daily. Their argument was that […]

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Monday 15th June

June 16, 2009

and so to Friday then… I was up really early despite the late night before and headed into the city centre to make an appointment with one of the Apple Store’s “geniuses” to get my iPhone’s smashed screen sorted. It turned out that instead of a genius I was met by a bit of an […]

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Sunday 14th June

June 15, 2009

So the Unnamed Music Festival, its people, its places and its music. This may take more than one day to write about, but its 11PM right now as I begin and I will type until I am too tired to continue. That might not take too long however. To begin with, there was a lovely, […]

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Saturday 13th June

June 14, 2009

Leeds city centre on a Saturday night is dreadful. I’m not sure I have ever witnessed quite so many moronic people making quite so much moronic noise in such a small area. Ugh. I mention this because I am writing this via iPhone late in a hotel room in Leeds. There’s not a hope of […]

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Friday 12th June

June 13, 2009

I am back home for just about long enough to get some sleep and post briefly here before setting off again in the morning for Leeds. Two great days have been had, socially and musically. Café Oto felt like a home from home these last couple of days, with just so many wonderful people under […]

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Thursday 11th June

June 11, 2009

Well I am in London, in the rather nice little lounge area of the rather nice little guest house I am staying at for the night so as to avoid the transport chaos getting home tonight. it took an hour and a half to get here by bus this lunchtime, a journey that usually, by […]

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Wednesday 10th June

June 11, 2009

Well its nearly 2AM and I am only just starting tonight’s entry. Another late evening at work means another late night. Its quite ironic but when I cleared down the spam tonight caught in my exceedingly reliable comments filter there was four “comments” advertising cures for insomnia. I don’t actually have any problem sleeping once […]

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Tuesday 9th June

June 10, 2009

I won’t bore you with another story of my tough day tonight. You know how it goes by now… Just tomorrow to get through and then I have four days off, three of which will be spent at the Unnamed Music festival in London and Leeds. Sorry if I keep mentioning the festival, but it […]

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Monday 8th June

June 9, 2009

Another poor quality post tonight sorry, but I have to be honest, I have not listened to a moment of music all day. I left the house for work at 9AM, I returned at 1AM, and the time in between was spent pretty stressed as all kinds of calmaties prevailed. Some of the readers here […]

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Sunday 7th June

June 8, 2009

A productive day today for the first day in ages. Nice to finally get a few hours to call my own. As well as catching up on most of the emails and clearing up a load of Cathnor admin I have been working on a couple of sleeve designs and I also finally got around […]

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Saturday 6th June

June 7, 2009

A better day today, sorry for the depressing posts of late. This evening I watched a DVD, which regular readers will know I do rarely, but usually enjoy it when I do take the time. Today I watched 6 Films, a compilation disc of the work of Emily Richardson, a London based experimental film-maker. Not […]

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Friday 6th June

June 6, 2009

I am very glad this week, as far as work is concerned is over and I have two days off now. The week has been a complete blur, and outside of the dayjob I have got absolutely nothing done. There are 153 unanswered emails in my inbox, too many things I have promised to do […]

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Thursday 4th June

June 4, 2009

So some notes this evening on another Creative Sources release, this one recorded all the way back in 2003 and released not that long after, but it is a new one to me, having got somewhat lost in the Creative Sources deluge of releases. the release is named belvedere dans l’étendue (belvedere in the expanse) […]

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Wednesday 3rd June

June 3, 2009

Ugh. A very long day and a very late journey home after a tough, tough day at work. For reasons I won’t bore you with I spent a good while this evening in an engine plant room listening to large motors coughing and spluttering and failing to do what they were meant to do. This […]

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Tuesday 2nd June

June 3, 2009

So last night I rushed away from work and caught two overground and one underground train to be able to get to Goldsmiths College way down in New Cross, South London some two and a half hours later, but just in time to catch the start of the evening’s Interlace event in the college’s Great […]

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Monday 1st June

June 2, 2009

I’m just home from yet another concert, (I’m pleased to say I am getting to a good few this year) so as is rapidly becoming the tradition there is only a brief post from me tonight as it is very late and I need to sleep on what I’ve heard before writing the music up […]

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