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David Sylvian as a Philosopher

David Sylvian as Philosopher
David Sylvian as Philosopher

I got this book a week ago and as it’s so short I’ll probably read it very soon. I’m looking forward to it to see just what kind of arguments are made for this. We’ll see.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Listening to David Sylvian’s music … Manafon

David Sylvian, Manafon
David Sylvian, Manafon

Another problematic album to listen to, but it’s actually very good when you give it a chance and listen to it with focus and care it is well worth it. There’s a huge amount of depth and beauty in these songs. There’s always something new to find in each one, but it does require patience and that’s not always easy. Neither are these pieces, but just because they’re not easy does not mean that they’re not good. They are.