Forest Pitch – Video Diary 1

March 30th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

So, two days ago I signed a lease which officially begins the Forest Pitch process for real. Also visited the site to see how things are going. Coincidentally, the final turf for the pitch at the Olympic Stadium in London was laid yesterday….

Forest Pitch – Video Diary 1 from Craig Coulthard on Vimeo.

Fellini’s ROMA

March 15th, 2011 § 2 comments § permalink

I watched this last night, and it’s patchy but interesting – this is my favourite part though.

Federico Fellini “ROMA” (1972)

Forest Pitch Website Live

March 9th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Here is the new website for my Forest Pitch project, things are beginning to happen…..design by the 2 group

Milton Glaser Lecture

March 8th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Here is an interesting lecture by Milton Glaser (designer of the “I (heart) NYC” logo) put together by Creative Mornings. Also, above is a rather wonderful record sleeve design by Glaser for Barry Miles‘ record “Barry Miles” (1969)

Fante Asafo Flags

March 5th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

A friend recently forwarded me a link to Fante Asafo flags. These are flags made by military “companies” in Ghana since at least the 17th century and represented different areas and communities. They usually had their own “shrines” as well where people would gather. The companies were represented by names, numbers and symbols, all of which could be shown on the flags they would make. Sometimes they would illustrate proverbs or motto’s. After the British conquest of 1896, some of the flags started to incorporate Union flags, or at least versions of it. Anyway, yesterday I saw a programme called “Hidden Treasures of African Art” presented by Griff Rhys Jones. It’s pretty good, and he talks (amongst other things) about Fante Asafo flags, and the brilliantly personalised coffins of Ghana. He also ruminates on “authentic” african art. There is a roaring trade in “fake” flags and masks etc, I couldn’t care less if they are real or fake (here’s an article about fake fante flags), but these flags are wonderful things. It did make me think a bit about inspiration though. Sometimes, you find something interesting and you don’t want anyone else to know. I felt this way when seeing this programme, I have known about the coffins for a wee while and was disappointed when I first saw them in the programme. Then I thought, fuck it – I am not the creator here, how on earth can I feel anything about the greater exposure of another’s art? I think there are some interesting questions to be asked about the nature of inspirations – a friend asked me recently about this blog and said “aren’t you worried about giving away your inspirations?” – the answer is, no. I only put up what I want, and regardless, anything I produce will always be a recycling of the world around me, but put through the filter of my mind. No one else would come to exactly the same conclusions and why should artists exist in a mysterious, private coded world? Anyway, I’m rambling, here’s a link to the programme, and some images of the flags. (photos copyright Tim Hamill, www.hamillgallery.com also see Adire African Textiles)

Oh Mary Don’t You Weep

March 5th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

SLAVE SONG | GOSPEL SONG | COP SONG | FOLK SONG | BOSS SONG | NEWS SONG | CHANGED SONG | ADVERT SONG

Oh Mary, don’t you weep, don’t you mourn Oh Mary, don’t you weep, don’t you mourn.

Pharoah’s army got drownded Oh Mary don’t you weep.

If I could I surely would Stand on the rock where Moses stood.

Mary wore three links of chain Every link was Jesus’ name.

One of these nights about 12 o’ clock This old worlds going to reel and rock.

God told Moses what to do To lead the Hebrew children through.

Moses stood on the red sea shore Smotin’ the water with a two by four.

God gave Moses the rainbow sign No more water, but fire next time.

Mary wore three links of chain Every link was freedoms name.

The very moment I thought I was lost The dungeon shook and the chains fell off.

I may be right and I may be wrong I know you’re gonna miss me when I am gone.

Pharoah’s army got drownded Oh Mary don’t you weep.



Mosaic Music 2 – March 2011 – The Draw

March 1st, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Here is the draw for March’s Mosaic Music…

THE PARAMETERS ARE:
1. Between 3 & 4 minutes long
2. between 90 & 100 BPM
3. Genre Influences: MAMBO & LATIN JAZZ
4. 4 x instruments – Piano/Keyboards, woodwind, strings, synthesiser
5. Key of C Major
6. 2 Vocals (if desired)
7. Lyrics from a Film
8. Other instructions: “Use unqualified people”, “Accept advice” & “Discover the recipes you are using and abandon them”

Good luck!

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