Mosaic Music 1 (Feb 2011) – Results

February 28th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Well here are the results of the inaugural Mosaic Music. 5 entries is 4 more than I was expecting, so its a good start in terms of numbers, and a few folk have said they will try to do it in March. Anyway, below is the soundcloud player thing that I’ve put together. Thanks to Pablo, Michael, Olly, Casey and Hugo. DJ Full Moon – Lacan by Mosaic Music
Son of Portslade – Mosaic 1 (Tabacco) by Mosaic Music
Craig Coulthard – A Generous Joy by Mosaic Music
Honeyfuzz – The Couriers by Mosaic Music
Hugo de Verteuil – Moderato Cantabile by Mosaic Music
1. Under 1 minute
2. Between 150 & 160 bpm
3. Inspiring genres – Therapy, Krautrock, Big Beat
4. Instruments – 3 x Brass, 1 x Synth, 1 x Other (plus percussion etc)
5. The key of ‘C’
6. 4 x vocals (if you want)
7. Lyrics from a book
8. Other instructions – “Emphasise the flaws” & “Accretion”

1. DJ Full Moon “Lacan” – So, this is from DJ Full Moon (aka Pablo and Michael) and is named after the French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan and although the lyrics are not directly from any of his writings “baby won’t you lay down on the chaise longue” are words I hope Lacan would have said more than once.

2. Son of Portslade “Mosaic 1 (Tabacco)” – Olly’s lyrics here come from Jeremy Narby’s book “The Cosmic Serpents”

3. Craig Coulthard “A Generous Joy” – I apologise, mine’s is over 1 minute long, but they are only guidelines after all…the lyrics to this come from 2 seperate poems (in the same book) by Sorley Maclean.

4. Honeyfuzz “The Couriers” – This comes from Casey, just before midnight on the last day of February. The lyrics come from a book of poems called “Ariel” by Sylvia Plath.

5. Hugo de Verteuil “Moderato Cantabile” – Hugo has gone all analog and recorded his originally on 4 track. The lyrics (moderato cantabile) are the title of a novel by Marguerite Duras. It was also made into a film (see below).

I hope you enjoy these tracks, and please do send something in next time – I’ll be putting up a video of the March draw soon. Just for your own interest, here’s a couple of video’s related to some of the lyrical content for the above tracks. Cheers!





“MODERATO CANTABILE” – directed by Peter Brook (this version is French with Russian dubbing….)

Alain Resnais & Chris Marker “Les Statues meurent aussi” (Statues also die) 1953

February 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

This is brilliant for a number of reasons, not least the music. If you want subtitles, you can get them by clicking “cc” on the bottom of each player.

ALAIN RESNAIS & CHRIS MARKER “Les Statues meurent aussi” (1953)

Margaret Tait – “A Portrait of Ga” (1955) & “A Portrait of Hugh MacDairmid” (1964) & Monty Python “McTeagle”

February 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Two short portrait films by the Scottish poet and film-maker Margaret Tait.
“A Portrait of Ga” (1955)

I can’t embed this unfortunately, but follow this link to watch it on youtube.

“Hugh MacDairmid – A Portrait by Margaret Tait” (1964)


Ben Rivers

February 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

While driving towards Killin, through the deep dark forest, Owen told me of the artist Ben Rivers. Here you can see one of his films, “Origin of the Species” (2008). Rivers has just completed 4 new films under the collective title of “Slow Action” which are currently on show at Matt’s Gallery in London (Guardian article about Rivers here). You can watch 3 of the 4 films here, the final one will be available on 4th March. All four of these films were made on/about islands, firstly Lanzarote, then Tuvalu, the incredible abandoned island city of Gunkan in Japan, and finally Somerset (not yet an island). Watch them, they are good. But first watch this:

Ben Rivers “Origin of the Species” (2008)

Harun Farocki – Comparison via a Third – CCA Glasgow

February 26th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Ok, this is not a review. I have a few posts I want to write about artists films, and while I was thinking about this, I happened to be in Glasgow all day yesterday and saw this show at the CCA. I thought I had never heard of Harun Farocki, but I had read about him and seen a couple of his films before. There are three main films showing, all of them are great, particularly “Immersion” (2009) which documents a rather frightening form of psychological therapy for American soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress. If you get the opportunity, please go see this show, its on until the 3rd of March. As usual, it’s quite difficult to see any of his films online (even on his own website) and there are few of any real quality on youtube etc, anyway in the meantime, here are a couple. The second in particular is of relevance at the moment, as it reflects on television/camera coverage of the revolution in Romania as it happened after the fall of Caucescu – it is an incredible film.

HARUN FAROCKI – “Inextinguishable Fire” (1969) – apparently Farocki’s first film

HARUN FAROCKI – “Videogramme einer Revolution” (1992) (part 1 of 8, all on youtube)

Tentipi Weekend Part 3

February 26th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

This are all from Doune Castle, where Monty Python filmed some of The Holy Grail.

Tentipi Weekend Part 2

February 22nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Tentipi Weekend Part 1

February 21st, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

The weekend past I spent 2 nights in a wigwam/tipi near Comrie with some good friends. Funtimes. Marshmallow magic. Castles. Curry. Stove toasties. Here’s part 1 of some photos to prove it was real.myspace graphic at Gickr
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Mosaic Music 1 – Feb 2011 update

February 15th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Hello all,
just a reminder for you to send me your tracks by the end of February. I have received one finished track already and it is worryingly good….
I am also looking for suggestions for March’s parameters – ie this month we had:
1. Track Length
2. Track Speed
3. Genres
4. Instruments
5. Key of track
6. Number of vocals
7. Lyrics source
8. Other instructions (Oblique Strategies)

So any other suggestions would be welcomed…..
I look forward to hearing more efforts (and writing one my self…)

Jonathan Meades – Off Kilter Episode 3

February 8th, 2011 § 2 comments § permalink

Here is the final part of “Off Kilter” – this time Jonathan travels around the “stadiums” of some of Scotland’s smaller football teams (and a visit to the pineapple building). If you have enjoyed watching these, please go and watch more of Meades’ work, Magnetic North, Further Abroad, Abroad Again, Jerry Building, Joe Building – they are all brilliant in their own ways.


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