The Beyond/Where the Giants Roam

Liking the new Thundercat LP, and my, hasn’t he collaborated with some greats: Herbie H, FlyLo and Miguel Attwood-Furgson, (quite a few of them are buddhists – just saying).

This track reminds me of the guitar riffs in Slint’s Spiderland:

Also love this track from the previous LP:



Alright

Gwarn Kendrick!



Orchestral arranging

I was recently commissioned to arrange 3 works for opera singers and Birmingham Sinfonia.

I really enjoyed the challenge. Here’s a wee snippet (not the best recording quality but you get an idea):



Good news news

For some time now, I’ve been really fed up with hearing about (mostly) bad news via the media, so typed ‘good news’ into my browser a few weeks back,

I came across this website, The Good News Network.

I like the following news stories:

1. Five Things We Need To Teach Our Girls About Female Friendships

2. Retiring Teacher Steals the Show With Hip-Hop Dance Moves, Teens Go Wild

3 . Although my roman catholic days ended with secondary education (I have BIG problems with the church’s views on homosexuality, abortion etc.), I found this news story quite moving. Watching the pope pull up in a rather humble blue ford focus, to bless a disabled woman tweaked the old heart strings. There was no media, no agenda to him stopping the car, I just saw a man using his position to genuinely care for people. That moved me.



Study Scores

Love that it’s easy to follow scores and listen to audio on youtube. It has been an amazing educational resource for my post-grad studies.

Here’s some of today’s listening:

Wojtek Blecharz — Small Talks

Claude Vivier – Zipangu

I like the use of texture and how there is also strong melodic content. I don’t get bars 39-39, they don’t sit right for me, but I find the piece interesting nontheless.



I’m So Glad You’re Dorothy

RIP Dilla.

Discovered Dilla’s gem via Jill Scott’s latest offering:

Drums are sampled from The Detroit Emeralds:



Mbongwana Star

“Mbongwana Star (‘Mbongwana’ meaning ‘change’) are a newly formed band from Kinshasa, Congo. Tired of the pre-conceptions around African music, they’re creating their own identity, fusing traditional Congolese rhythms with post punk and electronics. Full of energy and utterly original, here’s a brand new track from their forthcoming album.”

Liking the trippy psychedelic grooves. On the wish list.

It’s great to learn that Congolese musicians are fighting against ‘pre-conceptions’ about African music.

And what, with all the heinous activity happening out it’s great to hear such well crafted music. Enjoy!



Cardew

Connecting with this very much today!



Planet For Sale

Feeling the spacey chords, simple harmonies & goosebumps at the start.
I’d tailor the vocal line, some tuning issues. I like the low sustained notes sung at the beginning. Like the vibe though.



You are the protype

Outkast day!

“I hope that you’re the one
If not, you are the prototype
We’ll tiptoe to the sun
And do thangs I know you like”.

 

Yes Andre 3000!

Spacey

Addressed to Erkah Badu’s ma:

GhettoMusick:



Life After phase 1 of for-Wards

Phase 1 of for-wards is done. It’s lovely to have space to think about other things.

 

Love this:

and this, circular breathing whilst playing two saxes:



the politics of friendship

many hands make light work is a piece about sharing the load.

props to all musicians involved; loz, anton and james.
thanks to cheryl at grand union and the grubby mitts for asking me to be the support act.

for its first incarnation we did well in such a short space of time and yay we didn’t burn down minerva works!

thanks to photographer david rowan for some top photos!

 

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