Thinking about a sound diary

When I was listening to some of my older field recordings I remembered that I’d tried to do a daily recording a couple of years ago. It didn’t last very long sadly. It was a difficult trying to find something every day that was going to be interesting, but it was a good discipline to try for.

I don’t think that I’d be able to maintain a daily field recording diary in 2016, but perhaps weekly might be more achievable? I’ll try it out and see.

Short Trips, The Black Dog

The Black Dog
The Black Dog

I was skeptical about this audiobook as I thought it would just be too short get a real story going. However, I was pleasantly surprised. Even though it was short, only 35 minutes long, it was great. A good, self contained Doctor Who story. Well narrated by Louise Jameson too.

So I might need to look into a few more of these short trips stories now.

Seeing Star Wars The Force Awakens (no spoilers)

Well at last I went to see the new Star Wars film. I went to the iMax at the Science Museum, which is a brilliant place to see the film and a lovely venue all in all.

In some ways I was quite nervous. The original films were a big part of my growing up. The three ‘newer’, or ‘rubbish’ films were such a disappointment that I don’t really count them as Star Wars films at all. So I was worried that it wouldn’t meet expectations. However, it did. I really enjoyed it.

I won’t mention anything about the plot here or give anything away. I think that’s quite an unpleasant thing to do, especially to fans. But it really is a great reboot of the franchise, and a good signal that it’s back on the right track now. I’m glad it’s back.

Attempting to listen to the Wire’s top 50 albums of 2015

I sort of do this every year, or at least try to anyway. It has become a little ritual with me. I leaf through the Wire’s top 50 to see how many (if any) of these albums I’ve heard and then try and find them all on Spotify so I can listen to them. Of course not all of them are ever on Spotify so it isn’t really a comprehensive system, but it does most of the job, and that’s ok.

This year is no different. I’ve actively listened to just a handful of these albums in the Wire’s top 50, and only own 1 of them I think. So I’ve added the lot, or at least the lot I can find, into a playlist and I’ll attempt to listen to the lot. Probably next year I’m thinking.

That’s the plan. That’s been the plan for a few years now, and it seems to work.

PalmSounds has a new logo, on Twitter anyway

New PalmSounds Logo
New PalmSounds Logo

I’m very pleased with it, and so far, it seems to have gone down very well indeed. I hope you like it. You can see what I’m doing on Twitter (with PalmSounds that is), here.

UPDATE: Looking at this live on the site, this logo really suits the theme here. It fits so well! I only just noticed.

Big Finish’s Christmas offers are good but …

So far, and we’re on day 5 of 12 I presume, I’ve either already got them or I’ve not wanted them. So they’ve not been the best of offers from my perspective, although I’m sure that they’re very good for other people. Just not me.

Of course, the current humble bundle for Big Finish (Worlds of Doctor Who) is very good, and I’m hoping that tomorrow they’ll add even more books to it. As for Big Finish’s own offers, I’m hoping that the next few will be a little more appealing to me. We’ll see what happens tomorrow.