Monthly Archives: January 2011

Remembering Martyn Bennett

Martyn was an amazing musician. I only have one of his albums, but I I love some of the tracks on it, and it is very special indeed. Today in 2005 he died.

I didn’t know him. I only exchanged emails with him once but his music is and was amazing and unique.

If you want to know more about his work then look here.

Talking rubbish

ZX81 Museum

I used to have a ZX81 and I wish I hadn’t got rid of it now. What an amazing little computer, and how much you could do with 1k of memory!

I’m glad to see that the ZX81 museum is a really well curated little site. I found quite a lot of stuff on there that I’ve had in the past.

These days I only have a ZX81 emulator on my Android phone. I must do some more bits and pieces with that soon.

Listening to radio 4 in the morning

I listen to the radio each morning when I get up during the week, but not so much at the weekend. Today was a bit different though. I listened to BBC Radio 4 all morning and really enjoyed all the little magazine programmes.

It is nice to be both informed and amused during the course of your morning, and I’ve been both today. A really good start to my weekend.

Listening Day: Pop Song

Pop Song is an oddity. I got it on one of those tiny mini CDs you used to be able to get. It is an odd little song, and not, as it’s title suggests, very poppy at all.

However, it is a good song, and contains elements that suggest at some of the work that he went on to do. In some ways it seems to be a sort of experiment for him. Investigating sounds and textures and I like it for that as much as for the song itself.

Listening Day 16: Wave

Wave is a very dark song from a very dark album on the whole, and whilst I like the way it slowly and fluidly plays itself out it can be difficult to listen to. Not because it isn’t melodic, but because it lacks a sense of joy in some ways.

Yes, I think that’s what’s missing from it.

Listening Day 15: The World is Everything

This is actually not a track I particularly enjoy. It is ok, but certainly not one of the best and not a track I play often at all. Interesting to hear it though.

Listening Day 14: Transit

Venice is one of my favourite Fennesz albums, not least because of David Sylvia on Transit, which is a great song and a great collaboration between him and Fennesz.

I actually thought that Transit was more successful than their work together on the Manafon album.

A great listen, and I was glad to hear it again.

Flower

Just a nice picture I took quite a long time ago and I thought I’d share it with you.

Candle(s)

I took this a while ago, and I really like it, so I thought I’d share it with you.

No tape love for my TEAC :(

I sent this picture off to Tapedeck.org weeks if not months ago. Since then I’ve heard nothing at all. Which is a shame as they don’t have one of these on their site.

From discovery to defence

These days I seem to use music as way of keeping the world out when I’m on public transport, and I don’t think I’m alone in that use at all. Lots of mobile listening seems to seek to defend us against what’s around us, from having to be disturbed or distracted by our surroundings.

Personally I quite like the idea of music as a way of shielding yourself against the world, but I do remember a time when music was a way of discovering new things, new ideas and concepts rather than something to be hidden behind.

I wonder when I changed?

I nearly had it

A while back I nearly bought this car. It was a joy to look at but a nightmare to own. It had so many problems you could’ve written a book about it, so in many ways I’m glad I didn’t buy it, but I also really regret it too.

It would have been a brilliant car even though it would have been a money pit. Perhaps sometimes you should do things that you know are wrong or bad for you or whatever just because it might be fun. Sometimes maybe it is worth taking a risk just to do something for the sheer joy of it.

I regret not getting the car. I hope I won’t make the same mistake again, but I can’t be sure.

Weekends

Can be difficult times. Often too full, of things to do, of raised expectations, of a the need to get everything done.

On occasion though there is some time to stop and think and spend a little extra effort in not being too busy to think.

It is important. I think I need to take some pictures or something.

Listening Day 13: How Little We Need to be Happy (remix)

This is the remix version from ‘The Good Son vs. The Only Daughter’. I prefer this version to the original and I actually think it is a pretty amazing remix on the whole.

As it goes, the whole remix album is very impressive indeed and I tend to play it more than ‘Blemish’ itself, but then I’ve found this with a few albums in the last few years.

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