Over the last year I’ve been trying to get in touch with people I’ve lost contact with for a number of years, in fact, some people who I haven’t been in touch with for a lot longer.
It was interesting to find that tracking people down was surprisingly easy. With sites like twitter and facebook you can find people very easily indeed. That was the simple part. The hard part was meeting, or in some cases not meeting, them again.
On the whole old friends were really happy to hear from me. However, after that it was a different story, and one that I’m not sure I really understand at all.
Having spent a lot of time listening to my old material it has made me wonder whether I should re-work some of it. The sad thing is that much of the material was recorded using a fairly beaten up old X15 four track recorder and included multiple tape bounces which never adds much but noise.
I’m sure I could do a better job now, but is it healthy to go backwards like that?
I’m not sure at the moment. It all needs a bit more thought.
I saw this small exhibition at the (always excellent) Horniman museum recently and found it fascinating so I thought I’d share it. It is on until the 27th of Feb if you want to see it. The details are here.
And so many of them only half completed. Going through all my old tapes uncovered so many unfinished pieces. Projects started either on my own or with friends that never got off the ground.
Listening to some of them brought back good memories. Listening to others made me wonder what the hell I was thinking when I record them, and others still I had no recollection of whatsoever.
Whilst in many ways it is interesting to hear all this stuff, I’ve dumped probably in the region of 70% of the material I’ve made over the years and I’m still not sure about some of the stuff I’ve kept.
It has made me want to take a few of these old projects forward again, and perhaps that’s a good thing. Time will tell. Hopefully in a few years when I’m going through a similar process of review I won’t have the same experience. Who knows?
I thought I’d posted about this before, and whilst clearing a load of magazines and paperwork I came across the programme.
I went to the Environmental fair at the end of August. I hadn’t been to it in a while, but it was just as good as I remembered. The fair is a relatively small event, but it is a local event and has a real character to it, which it hasn’t lost at all.
There were 3 stages and some really interesting acts played, from the larger traditional band type format, to solo musicians and people doing some fairly experimental stuff for a local event.
I was so glad that I went to this fair, it always feels good to support local events and the stages were all powered by solar energy too. I don’t think many events can make that claim.
I’ll have to make sure it is in my diary again for 2011.
I saw this band at Beyond the Border in the summer, and I really enjoyed them a lot. The guy playing the Mbira was a real character and really funny. He was also a great Mbira player amongst other instruments he played.
I wish I’d got their CD now.
More about beyond the border
Here are a few more posts about the Beyond the Border festival if you’re interested.
The last time I went to Beyond the Border I discovered these. That was back in 2014. I’ve waited two years to have the pleasure again, and it was worth the wait. I’d hoped that these would be available again at Beyond the Border, and they were, possibly one of the best foods I’ve ever…