Making stuff with Grid Music

I was playing with Grid Music this morning and what a great app it is. I’ll put up a little track I made soon.

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Inception: The Soundtrack

I am somewhat obsessed at the moment by Inception. The film, the app, and now I’ve bought the soundtrack too, which is a very good one by Hans Zimmer. But in some ways it just isn’t as good as using the Inception app, which is a much more immersive experience.

Increasingly I find that I prefer reactive and generative music to linear music or recorded music. I think also that it’ll be a prompt for finally getting into doing some RJDJ scene work and Pd building.

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Yello: The Eye

I’ve only listened to this album a couple of times now, but it is great. I’ve been a fan of Yello since I was at school and a Swiss friend introduced me to them. But in recent years I haven’t kept up with they work. So buying this CD was great to hear what they’ve been up to.

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WOMAD: A Musical Buffet

My last post was about going to WOMAD, and since then I’ve been thinking about why I like festivals so much, especially ones like WOMAD, in fact, especially WOMAD.

A lot of UK festivals are just too big for me. I like smaller festivals like WOMAD where I can wander around easily and go from one stage to another quite quickly. That’s one of the things I love about festivals I can check out lots of different acts during the course of a day and stay for 5 minutes or watch the whole show.

It is like a kind of musical buffet where I sample some things and don’t get on with them, and others I have to eat the lot. If you know what I mean.

In some ways this goes against what I’d said before about listening and consuming music. I guess that this buffet approach to must is further along the consumer path then the dedicated listen. However, in many ways it is different from that argument.

I always enjoy coming away from WOMAD with a few new things to listen to, and this year they were.

I really enjoyed these three for very different reasons. They were the best bits of my buffet!

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Homeland

I’ve been a fan of Laurie Anderson for as long as I can remember now so I was so pleased to finally get my physical copy of Homeland together with a signed 12″ of ‘Only an Expert’.

Homeland is a great album. I remember seeing Laurie Anderson perform it at the Barbican a couple of years ago. What an amazing show that was.

One of the things that I really enjoy about her music and especially her lyrics is the way she sees things from a very different perspective to the everyday. It’s more than just a step back and look at things with fresh eyes, it’s more of a step back and to one side and repeat for quite a while. If that makes sense.

Getting a different perspective is so important. I constantly find myself bombarded with news and opinion from every direction, be it the internet, TV, radio, print. Sometimes in the midst of all those competing opinions it is hard to find your own perspective, your own voice. Listening to Laurie Anderson reminds me that it is still there.