I was very pleased to be asked to play at Splitting the Atom in Brighton on June 23rd at The Green Door Store. I do not play live much, and this is an area which I am sort of trying to address, but other things always seem to get in the way. Last year I played live twice and also performed four DJ sets, so not really a full diary there. So getting asked to play on the 23rd has got me quite excited. Not sure what time I am on, as soon as I get more details I will update this post. For more details please visit Club Zygotic on Facebook. Best I dust down the mixer and the synths and get them ready. The line up so far is AK/DK+ THE BAD BLACK DOTS(Drum Eyes/Crayola Lectern)+ AQUA DENTATA+ THESE FEATHERS HAVE PLUMES+ PHIL JULIAN/JOHN MACEDO+ HUH 5 PIN+ DALE CORNISH+ CASTLE FREAK+ LEGALLIENNE+ THEE BALD KNOBBERS+ KEITH SEATMAN+ Dj DYLAN NYOUKIS
30 years ago today the ZX Spectrum made its 1st appearance. After saving every penny I had, by June 1982 I had one. I also had the games Manic Miner, Jet Set Willy, The Hobbit and Death Race. The next 6 months of my unemployment sailed by. For more on the design and concept behind the ZX Spectrum go here. Happy Birthday Spectrum.
Every Friday and Sunday when I get the chance I try to catch Stuart Maconie's Freak Zone and Freakier Zone. What I like about the shows is that you can always hear something new or odd or just downright bloody interesting. Last weeks Freakier Zone was a perfect example. The show was all about Childrens Music. Stuart Maconie played music from the series Vision on, Children of the Stones, The Moomins Ivor The Engine and a collaboration between Moondog and Julie Andrews for the album Songs of Fun and Nonsense. If all that was not enough he played The Geometry of Circles, which was written for Sesame Street by Phillip Glass. The Geometry of Circles can be found on YouTube, but of course I have included it here.
After nearly a year of being available on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify. As from May 6th (or thereabouts) I will be moving my album Consistently Mediocre and Daydreams over to Bandcamp. My new album which I do hope to release later in the year will also be available from Bandcamp. Bandcamp link will be posted on all my sites and places after May 6th.
This wonderful old film was produced by The GPO Film unit in 1933. What is really interesting about this short film is that the Abstracts are credited to Lazlo Moholy-Nagy.
Moholy-Nagy was born in 1895 in Austria-Hungary (now The Republic of Hungary) and from 1923 to 1928 Moholy-Nagy taught and worked at The Bauhaus. In 1935 Moholy-Nagy moved to London and designed the sets for Producer Alexander Korda's film Things to Come. Alas these sets were never used. In the GPO film Unit's The Coming of the Dial we see that as soon as the films titles and the trumpet intro fade, a fine example of Moholy-Nagy's modernist abstract light scluptures start. For more info on the GPO film unit go here Also worth checking out is Len Lye's wonderful work for the GPO Film Unit Rainbow Dance and A Colour Box.