(title photograph by pheobe riley law)

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

little parcels

Pheobe riley Law 

so amazing to watch Pheobe's work develop. 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Thursday, March 30, 2017

transferring some minidiscs and listening to recordings of me and owl (g, the love of my life who left some years ago now). I'm sharing this here because this has brought a smile to my face during a complicated time;

this one is hysterical at this point. A real ‘Father Ted’ moment;
owl: ‘look at those wing mirrors. They’re tiny. It’s incredible’
me: (laughing) ‘The aren’t, they’re just far away’

not sure what the heck is going on on this recording ! something about a balloon, scissors and….ah, its an attempt to do the voice thing with helium.
me: ‘it could be poisonous’
owl: ‘it’s alright, it’s a romeo & juliet thing’

Sunday, February 19, 2017

this weekend in Hull, East Yorkshire there has been, at long last, a celebration of Basil Kirchin - who lived in the city. His story is both fascinating & complex (someone really needs to write a book !). As well as his influence and work with jazz, library music and soundtracks, in my opinion, Kirchin is a shockingly overlooked link in the development of sound art here in the UK, through his work with found sound. So, here are some links for where you can find some of his music - lots is still unavailable / unreleased, but for now....

starting with his days with his father's big band:

double cd available here:

and also available as a 50p download from Trunk records here:

rare single from Basil and the Bandits (from a soundtrack) - 50p download:

download for 50p of Kirchin's cult soundtrack:

London in the raw - another cult classic to download for 50p:

described by Eno as part of Kirchin's work that influenced his exploration of ambient music, Quantum is a must - again, 50p !

two mini-albums full of examples of Kirchin's mind running at full steam - again 50p to download

finished the dat before Kirchin passed away and including 'e & me' - his tribute to his wife, this is another must have for 50p (the guilt of paying only 50p for music this good and this important costs a but more though)

1979 oddity of post punk funk (50p download)

various artists compilation for £3.99 and including 'I start counting' - a classic Kirchin song, sung by the session drummers daughter

then there are various library music lp's that are out of print, hard to find and usually pricey - one can hear them on youtube and, if one wants, various blogs might have a cheeky download or two:

and then there's the two 'worlds within worlds' albums - long out of print and ultra rare:

+ in the realms of the net you can dig around and find some rarer extracts of the various soundtracks he composed music for - enjoy the search !

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Monday, December 19, 2016

Monday, October 10, 2016

Mary Ellen Solt

to see you                                                 

I know again
I won’t know

  to begin

Eva Hesse continues to bring pleasure

Wednesday, September 28, 2016


as readers of this blog know it started as a way to document some of the everyday joys my daughter, Pheobe, and I discovered. Its fair to say that there have been periods of regular posts and times when the pace of life meant gaps between posts were stretched out.

the thing is, i'm just back from helping Pheobe move to University

I think surreal is the word I would currently use for how, no matter how lengthy and involved preparations for and thoughts about this shift in our lives, this all feels. Daily routines still exist in ones mind of course, roads to running practice or back and forth between my home and Pheobe's mothers house seem to look different despite their familiarity, the atmosphere in each room at home seems stuck somehow - waiting for all of its essential elements.

I am immensely proud of Pheobe and I share in her excitement for the course (fine art) and can only imagine all the adventures she will have meeting new friends and settling in. I look forward, always, to seeing or hearing about each step of her journey

Its ok that we both miss each other a lot, that we feel tearful quite a lot and its ok that it will take us both time to understand it all.

I currently have no real idea what the other parts of my life mean. That might sound dramatic but I think (?) it must be quite normal. Being a parent to Pheobe has been the most important, wonderful (by a very long way) part of my life in a very direct way for 19 years and so now that that role is shifting in terms of the shape of its daily expression the other aspects of life that should simply come forward and re-position themselves seem even smaller. Being a parent is, quite simply, an immensely powerful, warm, loving experience. It changes you and it changes how you experience the world. Any change in it, large or small, has the ability to spin you around - often in very good ways and sometimes in ways that leave you dizzy and unsure of your footing.

i'm not sure what form this blog will take now. For some time its been more general - posts about music, art or film that we have found and it might continue that way. It might also, sometimes, reflect on this new shape to life.

I think, for now, i'll just say thank you for the first 19 years of you Pheobe - you are an inspiration and a deep joy

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

this evening I made time to look properly at the 'Eames - beautiful details' book. Both it and the 6 dvd box set of their films are recommended....

the book also reminded me of Ray Eames career as a fine artist (though I tend to view all of her & indeed Charles' work as 'art' full stop anyway)

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Thursday, April 21, 2016

the bauhaus ballet

Saturday, April 16, 2016

pheobe riley law
six questions # 5: ellen welsh 
six questions # 6: wilma vissers 
six questions # 7: cathy van eck 
six questions # 8: liz orton 
acoustic cameras
onchi koshiyo
eileen gray
hugo simbergin
jessica dismorr
josef breitenbach
pollen 1837
ten thai artists 

japanese book covers 
marcel-louis baugniet 

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Saturday, December 26, 2015

small moments of xmas season so far....

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Saturday, November 21, 2015

browsing the Eva Hesse archives (again)