Brain Diet – October 2017

Inspired by Kottke – here’s a snapshot of the media that is currently feeding me:

  • Four Tet / New Energy (Listen : Spotify) – eclectic, worldly electronica that is simultaneously soothing and twitchy.  Highlight, Two Thousand and Seventeen.
  • Halt and Catch Fire (Watch : Amazon TV) – I loved series 1 and 2,  am now catching up on Series 3 where the characters are busy inventing the internet.  Possibly the best thing on TV since Mad Men.
  • Olivia Belli / Max Richter: Piano Works (Listen : Spotify) – simple piano versions of Richters works. Minimal, beautiful and spacious music. 
  • Jeanne Bliss / Chief Customer Officer 2.0 (Read : Amazon) – great read with some excellent insights into the customer office role.  Five solid principles to bring the customer life in your organisation.
  • Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross / The Vietnam War Original Score (Listen : Spotify) – I haven’t seen this PBS series yet (on the BBC iplayer), but if the OST is anything to go by, it should be excellent. 
  • Electric Dreams (Watch : Channel 4 TV) – Ten part series of short films inspired by Philip K Dick, great cast and some excellent screenwriting make this a good weekly watch.
  • Matt Watkinson / The Grid (Read: Amazon) – interesting approach to thinking about how a business runs, the moving parts that impact each other and help you make decisions.
  • Adam Buxton Podcast (Listen : Web) – always a funny, and interesting listen. Recent highlight is the Johnny Marr edition with great insights into the creative process.

 

Heavy Rotation – Sept 2017

Inspired by Kottke, I thought I’d share a few things in my current rotation on Spotify:

Top 10 of 2016 – Music

Whilst 2016 wasn’t a great year for many things, there was some amazing music about.

Here are my top ten albums of the year, in no specific order:

 

  • Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
  • Lisa Hannigan – At Swim
  • Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree
  • Kate Tempest – Let them eat chaos
  • Joep Beving – Solipsism
  • Keaton Henson – Kindly Now
  • Olafur Arnalds – Island Songs
  • James Blake – The Colour in Anything
  • Rokkurro – I Annan Heim
  • Tricky – Skilled Mechanics

Memories

I was listening to some music yesterday which reminded me heavily of listening to electronic music back in my early teen bedroom at home.  I had an Alba music system, and a small stack of vinyl.  I was in a transition from the ‘pop’ music of my childhood, into discovering something new.  Gary Numan, John Foxx and Kraftwerk were becoming the music of choice for this teenager from the suburbs of London.

I tried to remember what came before. Further back than the music I chose.

I remember strangely silent Sunday afternoons, when my parents might sleep in front of the TV. A heavy silence that seemed to last forever until early evening TV took over.  I remember the music from an 8-track player in my Dads car.  Stevie Wonder, ELO and maybe Abba.  I remember the noise of a house party at home with family and friends dancing around the hi-fi system we had, Carl Douglas and Motown.

So many influences. So many memories.