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Creative updates…

…Hallo Hallo…

I realise I’ve left this blog somewhat lonely for a time. Anyway without further ado (is it ever with further ado? Perhaps there are times when a further ado is precisely what is required…) here is an update of my various activities.

I have been writing more over the last year or so. More poetry/lyrics/songs etc. Some of this output has found its way into the lyrics and vocal recordings as part of my work with the electronic collaborations Echo Rescue and Points of Convergence. More material to come from both projects, including video work as soon as I work out how to use my iPhone properly…

Apart from that I am writing short stories.

I have also been trying my hand at some extra (extra as in background extra for film and TV, not just additional) work. As a way to earn a little extra cash and explore parts of Sydney I wouldn’t normally visit, being part of a ‘background’ cast is good fun. I have done a few small/student works to try out a bit of actual acting as well, and hope to do some more.

So, that’s what I’ve been doing. Back to work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stay Human – Out Now – Review

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My review of Michael Franti’s stirring documentary Stay Human is over at FilmInk. The film, out today (25 Jan) is a look at how to stay positive in an ever-changing and challenging world.

Points of Convergence new EP

A new EP by Points of Convergence is out now on Bandcamp.

Points of Convergence

Featuring my spoken word vocals alongside Metascrawl’s music, a lot of thought and time went into the preparation. We’re very pleased with the result.

You can hear and download Points of Convergence at Bandcamp.

Echo Rescue

Echo Rescue is a new music project from Alberto Martinez (synth/production/vocals) and myself (words/vocals).

We’ve done one live appearance here in Sydney so far and have another coming up next month. (Details soon).

Check out our first release and video here and have a listen to our Soundcloud.

 

 

Awakenings by metascrawl ft. Robert W. Monk

A new release by metascrawl featuring my words and vocals set with ambient/chiptune sounds is out now on Kaiseki Digital.

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Minute Bodies: The Intimate World of F. Percy Smith – DVD and BluRay out now

My review of the excellent Minute Bodies: The Intimate World of F. Percy Smith is over at Flickering Myth now… also below…

Minute Bodies

A meditative and blissfully soothing piece of art cinema, Minute Bodies: The Intimate World of F Percy Smith is a 55 minute tribute to the work of the pioneering microbiologist, inventor, artist and filmmaker. Released on dual format DVD and Blu-ray by the BFI, the release is essentially a Staples’s creatively selected montage of Smith’s defined and elegant films of flora and fauna. Making use of previously untested techniques of time-lapse, animation and micro-photographic elements, Smith was part artist and part scientist, constantly looking for new ways to describe the secrets of nature.

With the true commitment of a hobbyist (Smith initially developed his film techniques  part-time while working as a clerk), Smith found brilliant methods of showcasing the world just beyond our senses. The film, sharing that clarity and vision, beautifully brings about the energy and passion of his work. Graceful images of insects dancing and flying about alien seeming landscapes are wonderfully sound-tracked by the composers, and help to create a powerfully relaxing effect. This alien-ness is intensified by the fact that there are no human voices at all in the film and no narrative to bring context to what the audience is witnessing. Simply put, it is life. And as alien and dreamlike as it all is, there is always the knowledge that all of this is around us all off the time. Mesmerising stuff.

Special Features 

Eight short films from the Secrets of Nature series, made by both F. Percy Smith and his fellow filmmaker Mary Field.

Find more information on Minute Bodies at www.minutebodies.com

Temporal Fix – now available for free downloads…

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News from the ether:

All of our tracks are now perfectly free to download… give us a listen, download and share, share, share away…
https://soundcloud.com/temporal-fix/sets

A journey through poe-try and experimental pop awaits…

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Free From Feeling

Another new video for a Temporal Fix track.
Free From Feeling is basically about me and my health and the desire – that most of us have at some point or other –  to just leave everything behind…

Anyway, it’s here:

New Temporal Fix tracks…

After nearly 2 years of travelling around and about, I’m back in the UK, but my work with Temporal Fix is all set to continue. Here are two new tracks. ‘Let’s Get Paranoid‘ and Free From Feeling‘.  Have a listen. Make of it what thou wilt…

Temporal Fix – Heart Attack

A track from the first EP from my new recording (and live) words/music/sounds project Temporal Fix. Heads in the clouds…