A tale of enthusiastic incompetence

Richard Pinnell is a grumpy old Englishman. He owns twenty times as much music as he has time to listen to, but for some strange reason this doesn’t stop him acquiring more. Although not a musician, he has undertaken various roles within the improvised and experimental music world, managing to do most of them to a remarkable standard of incompetence. He writes about music here, at occasional other online sites, and in print for The Wire magazine. He has also been known to contribute liner notes to CD releases.

This blog is designed to gather all of these strands together into one easily avoidable place. The Watchful Ear is the natural successor to Learning to listen, his previous blog. In January 2009 Richard made the slightly lunatic decision to post here every day, a practice he maintained for more than three years until common sense finally prevailed. Throughout 2015 the pressures of life limited the amount of writing Richard managed, but unfortunately this hiatus may prove to be temporary. Despite all of this writing it is rare that he does any of it in the third person. More naturally a visual artist, Richard also undertakes various design works, creating CD sleeves, concert posters and other visual ephemera for the experimental music world.

When not involved with music or working his backside off in his dayjob Richard is quite happy on a quiet night in with his long-suffering partner Julie, probably cooking something that indulges his odd preoccupation with far too many herbs, possibly on a far-flung Hebridean island and always with either a badly selected white wine or a large single malt to hand.

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