Becky Adams

Posted by PH on August 12, 2014
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Another Private View this week, this time at the newly-refurbished Penarth Pier Pavilion. Becky Adams produces beautiful and painstakingly crafted miniatures steeped in sepia-tinged nostalgia. The very personal world they evoke has a warmth and sly humour that is entirely disarming. Lovely.

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Composition Studies Vol. 1

Posted by PH on August 05, 2014
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Last year I taught a module on the MA Creative Sound Production course at UWTSD. As part of the module students had to compose a short piece each week: I did one as well, money where your mouth is and all that…

This album is the result. An unusual experience insofar as:

  • All the tracks were done to some outside brief. I didn’t choose to do any of them.
  • All the tracks were done very quickly (usually in a couple of evenings).
  • These were the first tracks I’d produced in nearly 10 years. I was on a steep learning curve myself.

Hugely enjoyable and very satisfying in an odd, oblique, way that even now I can’t quite pin down.

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[You can track back on the blog—or search—and find posts describing the methods used to produce each of the tracks. If you're interested.]

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Dario Argento - An Eye For Horror

Posted by PH on August 01, 2014
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In The Ocean

Posted by PH on July 31, 2014
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H. P. Lovecraft

Posted by PH on July 31, 2014
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Lisa Krigel

Posted by PH on July 15, 2014
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This last Friday we were invited to a private view at Craft in the Bay to see (mainly) the Guest Maker show by ceramicist Lisa Krigel. Inspired in part by the documentary photography of Bernd and Hilla Becher, the work evokes a Bauhaus-like aesthetic without being in any way derivative. Beautiful and, yes, fully functional.

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Shawn Achor

Posted by PH on July 22, 2013
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[Via The G-Man]

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Quote of the Month

Posted by PH on July 22, 2013
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Our imaginations, haunted by the old archetypes, have remained far behind the sophistication of the machines. The various attempts to integrate modern science into new myths remain inadequate. Meanwhile abstraction has invaded all the arts, contemporary architecture in particular. Pure plasticity, inanimate and storyless, soothes the eye. Elsewhere other fragmentary beauties can be found — while the promised land of new syntheses continually recedes into the distance. Everyone wavers between the emotionally still-alive past and the already dead future.

A mental disease has swept the planet: banalization. Everyone is hypnotized by production and conveniences — sewage systems, elevators, bathrooms, washing machines. This state of affairs, arising out of a struggle against poverty, has overshot its ultimate goal—the liberation of humanity from material cares—and become an omnipresent obsessive image. Presented with the alternative of love or a garbage disposal unit, young people of all countries have chosen the garbage disposal unit.

Ivan Chtcheglov

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Quote of the Month

Posted by PH on July 22, 2013
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Our struggle is to open every moment and fill it with an activity that does not contribute to the reproduction of capital. Stop making capitalism and do something else, something sensible, something beautiful and enjoyable. Stop creating the system that is destroying us. We only live once, why use our time to destroy our own existence? Surely we can do something better with our lives. Revolution is not about destroying capitalism, but about refusing to create it.

John Holloway

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Quote of the Month

Posted by PH on July 20, 2013
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Our language is in a state of vast humiliation, it no longer describes the world in which we live. It describes a world that’s not here any more.

Godfrey Reggio

You have to be writing for the future, not the present. If you aren’t writing for what’s going to happen, you’re too late.

Philip Glass

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