An interview I conducted with drummer, bandleader and author Bill Bruford has today been published as a feature by the online Journal on the Art of Record Production (JARP) (you can read in for free at the site). As well … Continue reading Interview with Bill Bruford
I was watching David Cronenberg’s film Naked Lunch last night. I haven’t seen it since its cinema release back in the 1990s. I must confess I went to see it at the time for the wonderful Howard Shore/Ornette Coleman musical … Continue reading ‘The fetters of tormented mankind are made of red tape.’
DISCLAIMER: The following blog entry in no way condones the use of hallucinogens, or any other drugs for that matter (not even aspirin). It does however look at some interesting parallels between anecdotal accounts of the psychedelic experience and (to … Continue reading Just say Know
When I was studying composition at the Qld Conservatorium of Music in the late 1980s, all I ever heard about was “Brian Eno this,” and “Brian Eno that.” All of the students (and teachers for that matter) were so enamoured … Continue reading Why should Brian Eno have all the fun?
This is the second interactive tutorial regarding making your own conditionals in the Pure Data open-source programming platform. Click here to download this interactive tutorial. Please note, you’ll first need to have Pure Data (Pd) installed on your computer to … Continue reading Conditionals for Pure Data: Interactive tutorial 2: Using the ‘expr’ object.
Booteek amps are located in sunny Brisbane, Australia. I handcraft every amplifier and cabinet myself, one at a time, adopting time-honoured construction techniques and using only the best materials available today. Though inspired by classic tube combos I have known, … Continue reading Booteek Amps: Handmade by Marshall Heiser
Apter states that the individual may switch back and forth between the paratelic (playful) frame of mind or the telic (serious) in a process of mutually exclusive “psychological reversals,” much like that of a Gestalt figure-foreground perceptual switch. (Heiser, 2015, … Continue reading Work and Play: It’s just a frame of mind…and why it matters.
“I believe that art and design are poised to transform our economy in the 21st century like science and technology did in the last century” (Maeda, 2013, p. 2). STEM + Art = STEAM Former Rhode Island School of Design … Continue reading Think STEAM not STEM
Creativity-play scholar Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi likens cultures to games, stating that they differ only in terms of scale. Both present a framework made up of “more or less arbitrary goals and rules” designed to facilitate order with “a minimum doubts and … Continue reading The Forest and the Village: Between the Pairs of Opposites
I hope you enjoy this wonderful conversation between the very talented (and very funny) Kevin Pollack and the very talented (and, yes, very funny) Alan Arkin. I’ve been a huge Arkin fan ever since seeing “Catch 22” and “The Heart … Continue reading “I don’t want to see anything interesting and I don’t want to see anything creative.”