Audio

The Sunday Song!

The new-look blog is taking it out of me. It’s a lot of work keeping it fresh every damn day. Sunday is therefore the new Friday today, and you’re getting a song, but it’s a good one. Some years back two plays about London’s club scene played off against each other. One was ‘Taboo’ with […]

The Saturday Song

It used to be the Friday Song, but this is an easy way for me to cover part of the weekend because I’m proofing at the moment and it’s very time consuming. And I do like a good ear-worm while I’m working. This week I’m still playing Mexican music at home, and was enchanted by […]

The Perfect Cocktail: Words, Music & Images

I play music while I work, to the point where I suspect I can’t work without it. First, its cadences seem to help the rhythm of language. Second, it masks my tinnitus. Lyrics tend to interfere, and I’ve often found them an annoyance. So, it seems, do other people; the lyricists of ‘La La Land’ […]

The Friday Song

Back to more serious matters tomorrow, but the sun’s out today and I think we’ve earned a song. Oh God, you think, he’s on about lyrics again. It’s a writers’ thing. I’m not in love with flowery 19th cent. poetry but I love clever wordplay. Last night I saw Dominic Cooke’s production of ‘Follies’ at the […]

The Voice I’ve Never Heard

I know his name, I know his voice, but I’ve not listened to him. Tim Goodman is the other ‘me’. He’s the audio narrator of the Bryant & May novels. His dulcet tones recently won him another top industry award for audiobook reading when he claimed his third Audiofile Earfones award for Outstanding Narration. Everyone says […]

Genre-Blenders

I’ve championed Pogo here often for his brilliant blends of cinema and sound, scratch-cut into mash-ups that create new music, a form of creative recycling that’s genuinely innovative. But there are many other types of genre-blending that can be found on online sites, and they’re moving in on the mainstream. DJ Zebra is a French […]

The Best Album You’ll Never Hear

If you think that minimalism is a sort of modern classical version of roadworks, you’re sometimes right. There are composers and bands like those of Steve Reich, Wim Mertens, Sigur Ros and Michael Nyman who can turn these strange repetitive loops into the music of the urban 21st century, and others like Popul Vuh and […]

Farewell To A Hero

We can be heroes just for one day? He was that for much, much longer – someone who was always there, and he’s died too young. The spot in Heddon Street where he was photographed for this album sleeve now has a plaque – and here’s a remix from the title track of a lesser-known […]

Listen To A 1960s Wonderland

  With the 150 year anniversary of ‘Alice In Wonderland’ there’s been a lot of renewed interest in Lewis Carroll’s nonsense book this year. ‘wonder.land’ at the National Theatre is the latest updated incarnation of the Alice story, although – like the rest of the National’s winter season – it has proved a less than […]

What A Bullfight Sounds Like

In the back-alleys of my overstuffed iTunes files I recently found all my old voice memos, from a rainstorm in Sri Lanka to kodo drummers in Japan, and this, matador Padilla’s return to the bullring after being gored through the eyeball, complete with cheers and a brass band. If you audio-scripted it you’d be accused […]