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Prelude

Author: joe

Saturday, 06 May, 2006 - 22:55

I've just started a new web site called Don Chihuahua, which will eventually explain itself, but suffice to say for now that it is about performing music, and is as much fictional as it is factual. Today, I thought I'd officially launch, with a recording dedicated to my father, whose birthday would have been today.

Listen: Bach - Prelude mp3

Duration: 2:30; Size: 2MB

Categories: don chihuahua, music, dad, recording, podcast, J.S. Bach, guitar,
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Listening and hearing

Author: joe

Friday, 07 April, 2006 - 09:53

This year's Reith lectures which began broadcasting on Radio 4 this morning are delivered by Daniel Barenboim, composer, and address the fact that western culture today is a visual culture - and what we are missing out on by allowing our ears to be aneasthetised to music.

It's absolutely fascinating, and extremely enjoyable to hear him bat away condescending and stupid questions from people like David Mellor. He also talks about the idea of conscious naivete - that state a musician is in when the discipline of the instrument and the knowledge of a piece of music is subsumed, and the performance of the music can become truly possible.

I wonder if it is at all possible to achieve that kind of 'performance' in a visual medium - what could it mean? How does a visual artist 'perform' at all? When you play music, and forget what your fingers are doing, and feel only the music coming out, you can say you are performing. Can a visual artist ever say the same?

Whatever the case, the Reith lectures are unfailingly brilliant - last year's lectures about the progress of technology were fascinating - and marred only by the fact that the BBC insist on having Sue fucking Lawley chair them.

Categories: music, sound, culture, lecture, bbc,
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UK Summer Soundseeing

Author: joe

Sunday, 16 October, 2005 - 23:55

What I did this summer - UK Summer Soundseeing podcast

Been a long break from podcasting, so we make up for it with a hour-long UK soundseeing special. Climbing waterfalls in Welsh valleys, folk music in Penzance, what there isn't to do in Lincolnshire when you're young, and why public art isn't very public...

Some links from the show:



Menticulture's UK Summer Soundseeing Podcast mp3

Duration: 59:26; Size: 28MB

Categories: podcast, soundseeing, uk, summer, art, folk music,
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The Wedding Song

Author: joe

Wednesday, 29 June, 2005 - 18:45

Chris and George got married and Cath sang at the wedding and I accompanied on guitar, and Iron and Wine wrote the song and Cath replaced the words with her own, and we changed the name from 'Naked as we Came' to 'Happily we Came', and then we recorded it and put it on a CD for Chris and George, and then we made this podcast:

The Wedding Song mp3

Duration: 12:56; Size: 12MB

Categories: podcast, music, wedding song,
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