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The music of The Tomorrow People

Recently, I finally managed to get my hands on The Tomorrow People, a CD of music from the 1970s ITV programme. I’ve been meaning to buy it for years. The majority of the music on this CD is from a library album, ESL 104. This contained music by David Vorhaus, Nikki St George and Li […]

Time to take up music again?

I have recently been thinking about getting a new hobby. One option is to reignite my musical chops. I used to play musical instruments. But my history as a musician has been quite volatile. I played the piano and percussion instruments, and a brief flirtation with the guitar. But I gave them up just before […]

Snow

I was looking on YouTube for music by Daphne Oram, the pioneering electronic musician who invented the Oramics machine. What I found was this fabulous film called Snow. Daphne Oram contributed electronic effects to the music by Johnny Hawksworth. The film is by Geoffrey Jones. Here’s what the BFI has to say about it: Comprising […]

The fascination of train announcements

There is something quite fascinating about the announcements made on trains. Is there any form of public speaking that varies in quality more. Sometimes the announcements can be delivered in an unbelievably apathetic tone, like it’s the last thing the train guard ever wants to do. A lot of it just sounds plain rotten. Sometimes […]

Going iPodless — conclusion

Throughout the month of February, I planned to avoid using my iPod outdoors. Check out the first post for the reasons behind the experiment, and the second post for my thoughts after two weeks. My thoughts at the end of the month were not too different to the first two weeks. But the novelty had […]

The Belbury Tales

Twisted nostalgia. Spooky photographs of a fictitious town. Liner notes about the ploughman’s lunch. It could only be the new Belbury Poly album, The Belbury Tales. Purchase it from the ever-excellent Ghost Box.

Brilliant fan-made video: plyPhon

This is possibly my favourite fan-made video of all time, for plyPhon by Autechre. It is similar in concept to the official video for Gantz Graf, with the visuals synchronised to the music. Like Gantz Graf, this video made me hear parts of the music that I hadn’t heard before. It has transformed my perspective […]

The iPodless experiment — two weeks in

I am now two weeks into my experiment to avoid using my iPod outdoors. So I thought I would provide an update at the midway point. The first day went really well. It felt really odd at first, and it still does feel odd to leave the office for my lunchtime walk without my iPod […]

Jarvis Cocker — Mother, Brother, Lover

I don’t always get on well with song lyrics. All too often, the words to a song sound trite and naff. Their tendency to have to rhyme makes them seem absurd. Usually I find myself thinking, am I supposed to take these words seriously? That is probably one reason why I am normally drawn more towards […]