long, meta, pretentious explanation of why this "place" is different Show more
This is an archipelago.
It's not one place but a series of islands of differing sizes and closeness. You've landed on the shores of one of them that you like and set up camp. You can always hear what your neighbours are talking about and you get parcels full of the messages sent out from neighbouring islands.
If it seems too quiet, you can venture out to look at some of the other islands. They each have their own unique culture. Some speak languages you don't understand; some speak your language but use it in ways you don't understand, yet. Some places they seem to talk of only machines, or politics, or music. In others they make art for their neighbours to enjoy. Some are ruled over by a laird, others are democracies. All islands display their rules clearly; most enforce them justly.
You're not tied to the island you're currently on. You could set up a home on another island, many other islands if you please. Perhaps here you will write poems, while over the horizon you will learn how to repair a broken computer. Argue vigourously on one island, return to another to enjoy the views of your neighbours' gardens.
All these places are accessible to you. You can befriend people on any island and receive visitors or not, as you choose.
This is our achipelago. It is Free and you are welcome.
Climate // Capital is now available for preorder! Four tracks of doom, noise rock, and post metal addressing the role of global capital in pushing vulnerable people and ecosystems to the brink of collapse.
Check it out:
This is wonderful. I'm lying on my sickbed and the rattly, rickety melodies these two are conjuring out of self-built and forgotten instruments feel like the inside of my codeine-raddled head, calling me back to human society.
Late Junction Sessions: Pierre Bastien and Aleks Kolkowski in session http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06qcsht
Special new article by @JubalBarca for World Pangolin Day, as his "An Unexpected Bestiary" series does an extra-length special just on pangolins, their folklore, and how to use them in creative settings:
Gone and done a dual power and set up an Extinction Rebellion chatroom on riot
Come join the discussion over at #extinctionrebellion:matrix.org
We'll try to keep it updated with as much XR-related news and events as possible, so we have an effective alternative to the proprietary Slack chats
(If the directory doesn't work, I'll shoot you an invite)
On 22nd February, two of my pieces will be sung at Evensong at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. One is my Nunc dimittis, the other is my setting of 'Christ has no body now on earth but ours' by Teresa d'Avila.
Music list available to download from https://www.chch.ox.ac.uk/cathedral-services-and-events/services-and-music-list
Sheet music for my pieces is available free online, thanks to my generous patrons.
Aaaaaaaaah it mostly worked?
First draft of woodblock printing plate of Holbein’s Totentanz. Unfortunately the stock I grabbed is too thin to run through the letterpress, so I’m going to mount it to some plywood and give it a run the next time I can, probably in early March during Spring break. I feel good about doing good this instead of studying for Monday’s midterm... mostly
self-promotion - free classical music concert (streaming it live) Show more
Happening today at 2pm.... my concert! If you can't be there, you can watch the live stream :) https://chiplayer.cloud.panopto.eu/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=cb3f5894-3d1b-4b35-a047-a9ef008df76f #livemusic #cello #music #concert
An easy way to circumvent GDPR and other region blockage is to use the wayback machine. Even if it doesn't have the link archived you can click "save this url in the wayback machine" and it gives you the current page, at the same time saving it, helping the archive.
At the same time let's admit caranddriver.com to the #GDPRHallOfShame
RIP Show more
Albert Finney, star of stage and screen and one of the great British actors of his generation, has died at the age of 82. RIP. https://www.apnews.com/d72299a7c1794831baed7ff55f092e5b
If you want to see how hot out of the gate he came into the world of movies, I highly recommend you check out Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960).
Support artists. Support migrants. Support activists.
Best of all, support a musician who put their body on the line to prevent a #deportation flight from the UK. One of the #Stansted15 has a nice line in moody #ambient #electronica; I'm listening to the featured EP and it's putting me on edge (in a good way). The RinseFM sets are a bit more chill.
#np #NowPlaying #NoBorders
Roses evolved 35 million years ago. We know because we've found fossils!
There are about 150 species of rose, growing all across the Northern Hemisphere, and humans have been growing them for about 5000 years. The practice probably started in Ancient China, before spreading to Ancient Persia, where damask roses were first bred – named after the city of Damascus in Syria.
The Persians also first developed methods for obtaining rose water and rose absolute, for flavourings and fragrances.
Geopolitics /news WTF BBC headline Show more
Seen on a news page of the BBC website; I think it refers to a historical documentary but still, seriously.
"Friendship" is an awfy funny way to spell "maintain alliance with country after the dictator you installed gets overthrown."
climate change politics Show more
I am very much enjoying Kate Aronoff taking a hammer & chisel to the Overton Window here:
"It’s time, however, to take this series of legal proceedings to the next level: we should try fossil-fuel executives for crimes against humanity."
I think citizen's arrests (like were tried on Tony Blair for a while) are a fruitful avenue of activism to explore in the UK.