Get busy listenin’, or get busy dyin’

Here’s some stuff for your ears this Friday.

To be listened to all at the same time, or in any combination as you please.

Spacemen 3 – Dreamweapon, an evening of contemporary sitar music

Third Ear Band – I the Key

Theatre for Eternal Music – B flat dorian blues

Terry Riley – In C (it’s my ambition to perform this one day)

Sunn O))) – live (cos nothing says ‘weekend’ better than drone metal)

Early Kraftwerk on WDR TV, 1970

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Happy birthday, John Cage!

To celebrate, here are ten rules for teachers and students from John Cage and Sister Corita Kent.

We’re all teachers and/or student, and always will be, so apply these rules liberally (a transcription follows):

source: bavatuesdays.com

“Merce Cunningham Studio 55 Bethune Street NYC NY 10014

10 rules for students and teachers from John Cage

Rule 1: Find a place you trust, and then, try trusting it for awhile.

Rule 2: (General duties as a student)
Pull everything out of your teacher.
Pull everything out of your fellow students.

Rule 3: (General duties as a Teacher)
Pull everything out of your students.

Rule 4: Consider everything an experiment.

Rule 5: Be Self Disciplined, This means finding someone wise or smart and choosing to follow them. To be disciplined is to follow in a better way.

Rule 6: Follow the leader. Nothing is a mistake. There is no win and no fail. There is only make.

Rule 7: The only rule is work. If you work it will lead to something. t is the people who do all the work all the time who eventually catch onto things. You can fool the fans — but not the players.

Rule 8: Do not try to create and analyze at the same time. They are different processes.

Rule 9: Be happy whenever you can manage it. Enjoy yourself. It is lighter than you think.

Rule 10: We are breaking all the rules, even our own rules and how do we do that? By leaving plenty of room for “x” qualities.

Helpful hints:
Always be around.
Come or go to everything,
Always go to classes.
Read everything you can get your hands on.
Look at ??? carefully and often.
SAVE EVERYTHING. It may come in handy later.”

Angry Violist at Wysing Arts Festival

Hello campers

This Saturday I was happy to be part of the Bad Timing stall at this year’s Wysing SPACE-TIME festival of art and music.

Bad Timing is a Cambridge-based gig promoter focusing on “experimental, electronic, noise, lofi, radiophonics, diy, weird pop, randomness. experiments and inventions from the underground” and I was pleased as punch to be counted amongst their number.

Our stall showcased DIY and handmade screenprints, badges, vinyl and tapes from deep in the Cambridgeshire underground. Thank you to everyone who came by and said hello.

In other news, I am deeeeeelighted to say that I will be tabling at this year’s Leeds Zine Fair on 4th November 2012. I can’t wait!