Thursday, November 29, 2012
There are a lot of things I could be writing about on this blog, only for lack of time. And one of them is food. Sometimes I think there are two types of people in this world... those who love cooking and those who think it is a chore. I am glad that early on in my life I took the positive path and decided to have as much fun making a meal as I do eating it. This doesn't mean that every day I cook a gourmet feast, though every now and then I have the chance to come close.
You can't get real Thai food in Ireland. In fact, I think it's getting almost impossible to get real Thai food anywhere. I can recall with clarity when the restaurants in Toronto -- one of the great food capitals of the world -- figured out how to dumb down the ingredients for white folk. (Not my words, but a paraphrase of what a cook actually told me -- though I don't think they said "dumb down".)
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
This Saturday, 24 November, St. Anne's Church in Shandon, Cork is the place to be for SONIC VIGIL 7, six hours of music and sound experimentation beginning at 3pm. Presented by the Guesthouse and curated by Mick O'Shea and Danny McCarthy, this year's festival highlights the Quiet Music Ensemble, who have commissioned a number of new pieces especially for the event. One of these, "Agentia", is by yours truly. Other guests include Karen Power, Paul Hegarty, Tony Langlois, Harry Moore & Katie O'Looney... a cornucopia of Ireland's finest. (See the poster for all the rest.)
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Things don't get much better on the musical front than they do this Saturday in Limerick. Thanks to some very enthusiastic local supporters, we get to hear over 20 acts on four stages, all for one low price... which goes to the Red Ribbon campaign anyway. So, no excuses!
Besides, I will be appearing live, playing actual music in an actual band (definitions of both terms remaining suitably flexible) for the first time in... oh, maybe forever. Details follow.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
As an artist I believe in the unexplained, the unexpected, and the irrational. I pursue all of these with the scientist's rigour, the philosopher's logic, and as much generosity as possible. And sometimes I get gifted with something in return. Often not, but sometimes.
This article is about a CD you can't buy. But it has already arrived at your door if you were one of the sixteen contributors. (If not, read on to find out how to hear it.) Apparently it is called 1 Minute Autohypnosis Sex War Noise Faith White Truth Light Europe Death Seed Red Net. It comes in a transparent sleeve, adorned with mailing addresses and a bonus credit card with which can use to purchase karma, or perhaps faith, or maybe noise.
My track "Freeze-Thaw" is the sixteenth and final one-minute long selection on this mini CD. The project is idiosyncratic and intense. Missing 15 Minutes was compelled to conduct an interview with instigator Pedro Bericat. It's short and appropriately cryptic. (All spellings and typography preserved as received.)
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