Ok, so I’ve listened to Playing the Schoolhouse now

David Sylvian's Playing the Schoolhouse - Inside
David Sylvian’s Playing the Schoolhouse – Inside

So I bought it, I’ve got it, I’ve listened to it. It’s about 15 minutes long, it’s only one track and that’s it.

So what did I think? Well it certainly isn’t the best thing by Mr Sylvian that I’ve heard. Calling it music might even be a stretch. I think it is more appropriate to say it is sound art. Treated as such I’m assuming that it may have been more interesting to watch it live than to hear it as a recording.

Having said that, there were moments where it was interesting. In some ways it isn’t too different from listening to “When Loud Weather Buffeted”, which I have enjoyed. All in all I can say that I’m glad that I got this on the second run from the label rather than trying to get hold of an 1st run copy from eBay, some of which were going for over £100.

Will I be listening to it a lot? No, I don’t think so, or at least I can’t see that happening.

I do hope that he does some more even slightly accessible music at some point soon. That would be most welcome. However, sadly, I think it is unlikely.

I can’t believe that the Kane Gang replied to me on Twitter 

I nearly missed it but found their tweet this morning letting me know that the song of theirs that I love so much “Crease in his hat” is on iTunes, and Amazon, and, after a tiny bit of looking, it’s on Spotify too. All of which is brilliant.

The best thing was that they got in touch with me at all. It reminds me of how different things are these days. There was a time when it was really difficult to get in touch with bands or musicians you liked. These days they get in touch with you!

David Sylvian’s “Playing the Schoolhouse”

David Sylvian's Playing the Schoolhouse - Front of tin
David Sylvian’s Playing the Schoolhouse – Front of tin
David Sylvian's Playing the Schoolhouse - Inside
David Sylvian’s Playing the Schoolhouse – Inside
David Sylvian's Playing the Schoolhouse - Back
David Sylvian’s Playing the Schoolhouse – Back

So I finally got myself a copy of this. Not on the first run. I missed that, and even though I did have a look on eBay for them I decided not to pay the huge prices there. Instead I got one on the second run, for just £8 in the end.

I haven’t heard good things about this. A lot of people seem to have been disappointed by it, but I’ll give it a listen and post again when I have.

The Kane Gang: Crease in his hat

I’ve just bought this old 80’s album on vinyl. I’m pretty sure that at one point I had a cassette of it, mainly for just one track, “Crease in his hat”. It isn’t the best song in the world, not by a long way, but it is a lovely song and I really enjoy it. However, it is almost impossible to find a digital version of this anywhere. Which is why I decided to go for a vinyl copy instead. Sadly it is a little scratched a poppy, but it’ll do. It may improve with cleaning up.

The song is just as I remember, and has exactly the same effect. Which is good, as sometimes when you go back to a track after a long time it isn’t the same, and in fact, the memory can be better than the reality, which can be disappointing. Not so here. It is as I remember it, and it is just as good. At least it is for me anyway.

The SoundLab Play Space Chat Zone

SoundLab Play Space Chat Zone
SoundLab Play Space Chat Zone

I love being involved in working with Heart n Soul on events like the Play Space. The downside for me is that I don’t get to be a visitor or an audience member at these events and I don’t get to participate in that way. It’s a shame as there’s always stuff going on that I miss, and with the Play Space there was huge amount that I missed.

One area I would’ve really like to have been at was the Chat Zone where Justin talked to some really interesting people on a range of topics around accessible music. I think it was recorded and I’d love to hear that recording if possible.

If I can get my hands on it I may even get it posted somewhere too.

UNIT has arrived

Big Finish - UNIT new series
Big Finish – UNIT new series

I checked back earlier on to see when this was first announced, and it was back in Feb this year, so I’ve been waiting for this a long time. I expect that I’m not the only one by a long way.

I’m so glad that Big Finish have brought back UNIT and given it a new lease of life. I’m really looking forward to it and I have high expectations to say the least. I hope that they’re met.

Anyway, I’m off to buy it now. As always, I’ll let you know what I think of it.

After listening to Survivors series 3

I have to say it was another good series. It moved the story on in a similar but slightly different direction to what’s gone before. I like that. If I have any complaints at all, and really, I don’t, it’s that I would’ve wanted something just a little more dramatic. It was good though.

I really like what Big Finish have done with it. Not just because I like the fact that Survivors is still going because of them, but because of the way they’ve put it together, keeping the feel of the original, and even some of the original cast, but expanding it and taking it in new and yet consistent directions.

I won’t give any spoilers though.