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Posted by Chris on February 11, 2010 at 11:54 am  

I have. been on a bit of a blog purge recently. i have 8 feeds left in the thing that reads. these are 2 of them:

Adam Curtis

Adam Curtis is a british documentary maker whose films tackle his high concept obsessions with power, rationality, identity and cold war psychology. all of his films are on archive where you can stream and download them. of the more recent ones, the trap deals with the political use of the idea of freedom and the power of nightmares deals with terrorism. both are brilliant, but i’ve just been pouring over the mayfair set which charts the rise to dominance of the free market in britain and america. Curtis is a fantastic storyteller, you often hear him directing interviews from behind the camera and he is not shy to contextualise things with amusing tangential details. episode 3 of the mayfair set about the insanity of wall street in the 80s is a case in point (no spoilers here).

most of Curtis’ documentaries were made for the bbc, whose archives of footage are one of his main sets of source material. now he blogs (and embeds archive footage from and) for the bbc too. he’s been writing about afghanistan’s history with the west. it‘s good – you should read it.

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montage of images of musician Ahmad Zahir.

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the second blog is

A Journey Round My Skull

A Journey Round My Skull is curated from america but takes in design and illustration from around the world. there’s a heavy focus on book covers and children’s illustrations. frequently amazing. here’s a sample:

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Takeo Takai’s birds (this image 1974)

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Carlo Farneti, illustrations for Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal, published 1935

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Peter Barker-Mill, wood-engraving for A Voyage round the World by Sparrman, 1944

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Long Neck Deer by Djamsheed Sepahi , illustrated by Yoota Azargeen (from a third post of illustrations from Iranian childrens’ books)

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Russian elementary school textbook on The Miracle of Life, 1992

posting sneeze

Posted by Chris on November 5, 2009 at 1:28 pm  

forgive the fractured nature of this post – it’s a bit of a digest/clearout/enema………


friendsound recently posted most of the chain reaction back catalogue. the links are here. and here’s a track from the ‘…complied’ record from 1998 and another from Fluxion’s Vibrant Froms 2 (2000).

Ridis – Foto

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Fluxion – Bipolar Defect

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if i wasn’t on the wrong side of russia, i’d be going to the plateaux festival in Poland. 30euro fro 4 days of audio/visual performance from 19-22nd november. many are playing including ghostly international, SND, byetone, fennesz, simon scott and lawrence english, and specific audio-visual works presentations include mark fell (stream an excerpt of his ‘attack on silence’ here), Claudia D’Alonzo (review of Quando l’occhio trema. (When the eye shakes) can be found here) & RÜTS (trailer for MeaKusma embedded below)

RÜTS DVD Trailer – meakusma 2009 from meakusma on Vimeo.

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YT has had a record out for too long to call it new. before we reach another calendar and it becomes old here’s a (auto)tune from it, full record to download here.

yt – champion sound (f million stylez, blackout JA & mr williamz prod curtis lynch)

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elsewhere leaving records offer a tape of jamaican radio from septermber 1988. much digital. post here.

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the lickets (whose website is a lot) have been sending stuff for a bit now. it’s taken me a while to turn it around but here’s a track from their album ‘they turned our desert into fire’.

The Lickets – Endless Migration

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and on a similarly folked route here’s a version of ‘hares on the mountain by shirley collins accompanied on guitar by davy graham. you can hear a version with just shirley and a banjo here.

Shirley Collins & Davy Graham – Hares On The Mountain

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various verandas

Posted by Chris on February 7, 2009 at 8:05 am  

several things to draw attention to…

I wish I could be here this weekend. the excellent audio poverty blog is a good compensation. they link to a fine moondog documentary.

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phil links to a radio programme broadcast in the 70s and 80s, archived online, called Ode to Gravity. programmes with Pauline Oliveros, Bob Cobbing, John Cage, Luc Ferrari, Brian Eno, Joanna Brouk

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geko jones, the muddy radio and tropical squelch. a nice selection of percussion and electronics. audio. list.

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the sea and sky in aberdeen.

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linkdump irregular

Posted by Chris on December 10, 2008 at 9:02 am  

amazing, prolific blog to the old skool. past posts include one on DJ Focus and one on Enya hardcore remixes.

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Anglophone blogging on the situation in Greece ahead of today’s general strike… neo-fascist groups are being armed by and acting in collusion with riot police.

elsewhere a translation of the communique issued from the occupied universities in athens and thessaloniki.

also bilingual (and image-driven) information here.

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mixdump

Posted by Chris on May 31, 2008 at 1:32 pm  

PS

someone blogged it. let’s blog it again.

several heavyweight mixes raise their heads.

ripley’s latest is a killer. every thing done correct.

still tropical, vamanos brings the broad-bass blogariddims.

i think they call this momentum… you can’t argue with momentum. and the mix is full of dense open space and awesome refixes. boima’s baobab. great cover. samples here.

kingdom also has a great mix up via dot.alt – old skool stabs will grow and grow.

and little lambs eat ivy

Posted by Chris on March 14, 2008 at 3:05 pm  

linkdump and seafront

Tokyo dubstep from the BTC night gets upped here. including a quarta330 live set on 2 game boys. (via).

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across the divide, somewhere at the other end of spring, the postcards are reclining. news breaks on the shore.

fennesz – on a desolate shore a shadow passes by 320k 18.8mb – info

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carte postale ancienne de bretagne

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