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Blind Boys of Alabama

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I went to see the Blind Boys of Alabama last night. I’ve only seen them once before and it was an incredible experience and this time was just as good and in some ways better.

The energy that these guys have in their 70′s is amazing. I wish I had that now. But the truly amazing thing is their passion. A passion for their music and their faith that they share freely and joyously. It was a wonderful gig and great to talk to them briefly afterwards at their signing too.

I hope I get to see them again and I hope they just keep doing what they do.

The view from the train

I got these two shots from the train to Cardiff on Friday and I really like them both.

RJDJ Recording: Friday tube 5

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24 Jun 2011 05:28 PM” by Ashley Elsdon

SpaceBox by Enrique Erne Recorded from SpaceBox. Check out more recordings from SpaceBox…

RJDJ Recording: Friday tube 4

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24 Jun 2011 05:25 PM” by Ashley Elsdon

Atsuke by Frank Barknecht Recorded from Atsuke. Check out more recordings from Atsuke…

RJDJ Recording: Friday tube 3

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24 Jun 2011 05:22 PM” by Ashley Elsdon

A Tool Through Which To Experience The City by Oliver Blank Recorded from A Tool Through Which To Experience The City. Check out more recordings from A Tool Through Which To Experience The City…

RJDJ Recording: Friday tube 2

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24 Jun 2011 05:21 PM” by Ashley Elsdon

aware by Florian Waldner Recorded from aware. Check out more recordings from aware…

RJDJ Recording: Friday tube 1

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24 Jun 2011 05:19 PM” by Ashley Elsdon

Unowis by Florian Waldner Recorded from Unowis. Check out more recordings from Unowis…

RJDJ Recording: Morning 2

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24 Jun 2011 08:08 AM” by Ashley Elsdon

Start by Markus Brandt Recorded from Start. Check out more recordings from Start…

RJDJ Recording: Morning

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24 Jun 2011 08:03 AM” by Ashley Elsdon

Diving by Frank Barknecht Recorded from Diving. Check out more recordings from Diving…

A tale of two soundtracks

I’ve been meaning to post this for a little while. I recently bought 2 soundtrack albums. The first was for Tron Legacy, and the second was for The Forbidden Planet.

I enjoyed both of these electronic soundtracks but in very different ways. If you know The Forbidden Planet you’ll know that the soundtrack is very experimental, especially for when the film was made. The music is scary and sparse and at times difficult to listen to, but even so, I really love it.

The Tron legacy soundtrack is polished and well produced and in some ways very forgettable, but again, I really enjoy it.

I like soundtrack albums, but rarely because I like the film. I think that often they work well as an art form on their own, and I think that the Forbidden Planet soundtrack works very well on it’s own, although I know lots of people would find it unlistenable.

It also interested me that these were two soundtracks to science fiction films over 50 years apart, and even so the older of the two sounded far more futuristic. I wondered what that meant for how we view the future and what it means for us and what it represents.

I can see myself listening to both of these more and more, but for very different reasons.

RJDJ Recording: Coffee 3

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18 Jun 2011 03:31 PM” by Ashley Elsdon

Atsuke by Frank Barknecht Recorded from Atsuke. Check out more recordings from Atsuke…

RJDJ Recording: Coffee Noises 2

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18 Jun 2011 03:26 PM” by Ashley Elsdon

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The Brave One

I caught this film by chance the other day. It was one of those films that I’d been to see on DVD, but hadn’t got around to, so when it came on Film 4 I decided to watch it.

Jodie Foster is always good value in any film, but at the beginning I found this film quite pedestrian. It wasn’t that way all the way through though. I won’t spoil the film for you if you haven’t seen it, but it was really unexpected, and I was impressed with how it played out.

Worth seeing in my view.

RJDJ Recording: Coffee shop noise

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18 Jun 2011 03:25 PM” by Ashley Elsdon

Start by Markus Brandt Recorded from Start. Check out more recordings from Start…

RJDJ Recording: Stuff

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18 Jun 2011 12:00 PM” by Ashley Elsdon

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