And new things coming from Mr Arthur then!

It’s good to hear that Neil Arthur is doing even more music. Hot on the heals of the latest Blancmange album ‘Commuter 23’ (I’m still listening to it and thinking about how I feel about it), he’s into a new musical exploit called ‘Near Future’. I just missed out on getting a signed CD of their first single, which was annoying. Never mind. I’ll have to wait for it to come out later in the month.

Whatever happened to Ian Craig Marsh?

I’ve been a fan of Heaven 17 for years and years, and I’ve really enjoyed their recent shows but it does make me think of a few things, one of which is, whatever happened to Ian Craig Marsh? He was a big part of Heaven 17 and of course The Human League before that, but now, according to Wikipedia, he’s a music teacher. No more information than that.

That’s fine, but a shame for fans on H17.

School of Noise at the Festival of Imagination last month

I’ve talked about the school of noise before. What they do is incredible, and the two videos above just show a little of what they can achieve in getting kids to experiment with sound.

It was an absolute pleasure to work with them at the Festival of Imagination a couple of weeks ago, and if you ever get the chance to see them in action I’d recommend taking a look.

If you want to know more about them, check out their site schoolofnoise.com, and also the PalmSounds page about them here.

SoundLab wins Best SEND Resource at the Music Teacher Awards for Excellence

I posted a lot of detail about this over at PalmSounds, and if you’re really interested then please do go and take a look over there, there’s plenty of information there. But I just wanted to add the photos here and say how important this is to me, and how great it is to be a part of this team.

A signed copy of Steve Jansen’s ‘Slope’

I already have this album, I got it when it first came out, but when I heard that Steve Jansen was selling off the last remaining stock and signing them I thought I ought to buy it again. It’s always lovely to have a signed copy of things and this album especially so.

I hope he releases some more stuff from Bandcamp in the not too distant future.