You will have by now noticed that they are archived in reverse order, most recent first! Interesting to see that SOME things never change though. I still spent an awful amount of time getting my hands dirty with HTML, in order to make the 'Space more habitable. And of course, SHELFY was always losing the passwords to his websites... (and after all that nostalgic digging, I still haven't found a digital copy of "THE PEDESTAL". I was hoping to present some excerpts to the public to celebrate Shakespeare's birthday, but the moment has passed...)
Subject : Six Songs!?
Posted Date: : 22 Nov 2007, 10:43
"Viz zis SIX SONGS, Monsieur MySpace, you are spoiling us!" - Thank you to my friend THE DARKENING SCALE for drawing my attention to this exciting new phenomenon. I have [re]posted "SATIE DRIFT" on the player - that seemed to go down well last time! During the meanwhilst, over at RABBIT SHOW REJECT, there should be interesting new developments afoot, any time soon... STOP PRESS... Well, there SHOULD have been 'interesting new developments afoot'. Having declared that he was bored with his page, I had intended to help Shelfy (RABBIT SHOW REJECT) give his MySpace a total makeover. But, as you will see above, he has put the kibosh on THAT little plan. He lost all his passwords and invalidated the e-mail address that would have enabled me to retrieve them, so it is now impossible for either of us to do anything to the page except just let it lie...
Subject : That elusive creature, the External Lynx
Posted Date: : 19 Oct 2007, 22:33
My online diary, for many months OFFline because I didn't have a functioning internet connection of my own (it's a long story) is now ONline again. Click on the link in the "About" box. Thank you to the fella that sent THIS link on their bulletin posting recently (I think it was the loop-y MATT STEVENS). I've been wanting to embed this somewhere for a while - 'cos it's ruddy superb... ENJOY!
SORRY FOLKS, VIDEO CLIP NO LONGER AVAILABLE
(It was a Zappa video, by the way) Does any American 'friend' recognize the source of this clip? Is it "Saturday Night Live"? It definitely dates from late 1976, featuring as it does the full "Zappa In New York" band, so it would probably be around the time that John Belushi appeared with them doing his BE-BOP SAMURAI routine? Incidentally MATT STEVENS also posted an almost-DEFINITIVE essay (by Barry Cleveland, "Guitar Player" magazine) on the art of 'LIVE LOOPING' on one of his bulletins... a MUST-READ if you get the chance.
Subject : TFTWE: The Missing Episodes
Posted Date: : 15 Oct 2007, 09:09
...in the event, (RABBIT SHOW REJECT) Shelfy recorded quite a lot of voicover material for the "Tales From The Winged Eyeball" project, much of which never got used for the 'album'. The same is very much true of the backing music. I churned out hours of the stuff. But I've already got bored with that. So, I'm thinking, why not pick a few more unused recititive items from the stock of CD-Rs and wrap some NEW music around it?! Taking advantage of the fact that, if one pretends to be interested in the Intel-sponsored MySpaceSearchForASuperStarThingummy competition, one gets an extra fifth slot on one's music player, I've now upchucked a total of three new pieces, embedding the Shelfwords in strrrraaaaaannnnngggge new settings.
Subject : Nostalgia? Is that anything like neuralgia?
Posted Date: : 21 Sep 2007, 03:34
So, another week, another new pile of old toot... today, I bring you three OLD THINGS from the last decade of the last century, spiffed up for the new-fangled digital medium and your listening pleasure:-
THE BUDGIE (PART 1): (November 1995) Another "episode" from the "ballet" "suite" of that ilk. This is the full-blown 'chorale' section, with a touching libretto by the RABBIT SHOW REJECT's The Entire Top Shelf.
THE BIG OL' ADAGIO: (September 1990) This is but a mere smidgeon of a much longer (twenty-odd minutes) piece, very much in a neo-classical, slow-proggy, major-to-minor key sort of vain. In fact this mostly-improvised piece had the working title of "Frank Bridge Joins The Tangs".
THE NEW TURTLES: (November 1996) aka "All This Should Have Walls", a totally bonkers piece from when I was going through my "Jazz From Hell" phase.
The sound quality, variable as it is, is due to its origins on good old-fashioned analogue tape (What is this 'tape' of which I speak? Ask a grown up!) Enjoy!
PS... My remix/reconstruction of RENALDO & THE LOAF's "Absence" is now [on the Flash MP3 Player] over at THE MUSIC IS TABOO, the page dedicated to remixes and cover versions of RATL songs.
Subject : Having a bit of a clearout.
Posted Date: : 07 Sep 2007, 12:37
I've been having a bit of a tidy-up on this here page, as you can probably see.
1) I've removed the third party MySpace Editor's colour scheme and reverted to the default MySpace page style. A bit boring, I know, but on some computers, the page was taking longer and longer to load and part of the 'band profile' box was missing.
2) I've added an excitingly surreal new logo pic.
3) I've got rid of the World Map. It's innaccurate, meaningless and I don't have any friends who live in the Atlantic off the coast of Africa.
4) I've cleaned out my "Friends's Comments" message board. I agree with one of my Japanese friends who complains about people sending you enormous pictures more than 600 pixels wide - it spoils the look of the page by pushing the columns apart and off the screen in some cases. It also slows down page loading and scrolling on some computers. I won't post messages from people who use the "Comments" space to advertise their own gigs/recordings/downloads/pets' birthdays etc etc. The correct place for that is the BULLETIN BOARD. I've discarded many of the old messages except the ones that are amusing or have say nice things about ME.
Subject : A Bit Of Nostalgia For The Old Folks...
Posted Date: : 30 Aug 2007, 12:22
Wall-to-wall nostalgia on the old media player this week, with the arrival of yet another piece [re]constructed from archive performances from the last century. I've added a piece of HEAVY ELECTRONICA from 1990: all of the sounds you hear (apart from the piano) were generated on my trusty Commodore Amiga! "THE BUDGIE" was another in a the long series of high-fallutin' concepts that Shelfy [RABBIT SHOW REJECT] came up with, which I proceeded to do the music for, only for the completed project to remain in existence in the confines of Shelfy's head (There was an opera or two, a 'Shakespearean' play, a ballet, numerous novels-set-to-music, not to mention several video ideas). BUT NOW, THANKS TO MySPACE, THE MUSIC CAN LIVE ON ALONE...
Subject : Archive Fun
Posted Date: : 23 Aug 2007, 02:37
Further delving into the Mint Archives... Throughout the last century, SHELFY [RABBIT SHOW REJECT] and I lived and worked in a semi-abandoned [but supposedly still operational] VICARAGE. The huge and acoustically-challenging basement provided a very useful space for rehearsals and recordings of the spontaneous kind. An ongoing series of improvs throughout 1988 went under the banner of TEASET BODY REVUE. The improvs then formed the basis for some heavy heavy monster electro-acoustic cut 'n' paste work - one such example has just suddenly appeared on this here page...
Subject : Clabberashaan!
Posted Date: : 08 Aug 2007, 10:44
As suggested by TONY LEVIN, I like to 'rotate' my FRIEND SPACE so that it throws up interesting combinations. I keep my Top Friends list to eight because - well, it looks tidy! The top line is now more or less fixed - RABBIT SHOW REJECT has, of course been a 'friend' for twenty or more years before MySpace even existed and is my main musical collaborator! For reasons that should be obvious, I proudly wear my TEA APPRECIATION SOCIETY badge at the top of my Friend Space. JAMES JOYCE is there for reasons equally obvious to anyone looking at my page (or anyone who knows me at all), as are KING CRIMSON. The second line is the one I like to 'rotate'. Yesterday I decided to have a Japanese theme, listing admired artists from that far and fair land. Today has been a day for initiating collaborative projects. You may already know about ZEPHYR's reworking of one of Shelfy's (RABBIT SHOW REJECT) tracks, loosely based on the Johnson's Gridling Band classic "Larry The Haddock". I have submitted my own remix of HERSCHEL KRUSTOVSKY's singing bus-driver recording for consideration. ERIK SATIE is there because the RABBIT SHOW REJECT track "Pantomime Hearse" is based on one of his Gymnopedies (the piece "Satie Drift" which WAS on THIS page was, in turn, based on THAT track - are you following this, kiddies?). THE DARKENING SCALE is on the list because of something that I HOPE will be happening shortly (and because I like his music).
Subject : Insanity: A Doctor Writes
Posted Date: : 27 Jul 2007, 05:42
Saturday was A GOOD DAY. Not only did I buy a new Sony Walkman (yes I do still listen to discs!) and the team Astana got three of the top four positions in the time trials at the TOUR DE FRANCE, but I received a comment from one of my all-time jazzheroes DJANGO BATES. This seems to be a bit of a coup, given that DJ Ango makes it perfectly clear that he doesn't have a lot of time for all this MicePace doodah. He thinks we are quite insane. I shall wear this as a badge of honour.
Subject : That darned HTML kerfuffle
Posted Date: : 17 Jul 2007, 00:10
As you can see, I've applied some of my HTML knowledge to this here site, with a bit of creative typography here and there and, of course, hyperlinks to RABBIT SHOW REJECT. What I STILL can't do is find somewhere to enter the code for changing the page background to a tasteful shade of blue. I have the code, I just don't know where to stick it (no rude responses please!) I tried out a couple of those third-party "Pimp Your MySpace" sites, but the results were somewhat lacking in subtlety. I made a mess of RABBIT SHOW REJECT's blog page when I tried to demonstrate how to insert hyperlinks (like so). The code appeared on his page incomplete; instead of the nice neat links there should have been, there was a string of gibberish. At first I blamed the MySpace text editor - you may have noticed that the Rich-Text version has been a bit ON/OFF lately. Then it twigged that this might be a security guard to stop you inserting malicious code on other people's webbos. You can only do these things to your OWN page... By the time you read this you will have noticed the tasteful new background colour scheme courtesy of THOMAS' MYSPACE EDITOR - The MySpace Editor That DOESN'T Get In Your Face!
Subject : Noo Toons
Posted Date: : 12 Jul 2007, 04:28
I've added the magnum opus from "No Wings... No Eyes..." (a collection of instrumental tunes recorded for "Tales From The Winged Eyeball", but not necessarily used) "VESTIGIAL RATOONS", as well as the "Eyeball" version of "The Unfeasible Guitar Part" known simply as "WASPS" and an exclusive Strumpfen remix of "NINETEEN DORIAN RACQUETS" (aka "He's Going Through His Dorian Mode... He Might Go Atonal In A Minute" - Thanks Rabbithole!). You will at various times notice some crossover between this page and the RABBIT SHOW REJECT one. That's because RSR and I have been collaborating on various projects for twenty five years now! RSR will tend to focus on the "Spoken Word With Musical Embellishments" side of things, whilst THE PEDANTIC PEDESTRIAN will concentrate mainly on the instrumental side of our oevre (ouvre? ouevre? how DO you spell hoover?)
Subject : Video Ahoy!
Posted Date: : 12 Jul 2007, 04:37
My low-budget CONCEPTIUM of what a trance video should look like, a 'readymade' accompaniment to RSR's "Nantucket Flea Ride", is now online over at the RABBIT SHOW REJECT profile doodah. It's 'readymade' in the sense that the "ZERO GRAVITY ZEBRA" animation was sitting around on my harddrive with nowhere to go and I added some groovy FX using software from the fabulous MAGIX concern (they get a 'Made with Magix' logo at the end of the clip)...
...right, that's my "GRUMPY OLD MEN" moment for today...
"CHANGE IS HARD"
This is a rather weaselly mission statement that seems to have originated 'ON THE COAST' (no offence meant to my Californian friends who AREN'T 'in the industry') but is slipping into every aspect of MODERN LIFE (which, as we now know, is RUBBISH). Media companies make amendments to their services in the name of "PROGRESS" and then, when their existing customers complain that it doesn't suit THEIR needs, they are answered with the stock phrase "CHANGE IS HARD", as if to suggest that it is the CUSTOMER who is WRONG for not 'GETTING WITH THE PROGRAM[ME]'.
MYSPACE are a pertinent example - they are determined that their 'NEW' flavour is the right way forward, regardless of what their members want. "We sympathise with your problem, but CHANGE IS HARD, you know?" is something that I read with annoying regularity on the so-called 'help' forums. Every time I see a website get a makeover nowadays, it has clearly been [re]designed to suit Windoze 8 or those little plastic lunchtrays that the young'ns are using to surf the web. The upshot being that, when viewed on more 'conventional' hardware, the aspect ratio is all wrong, element sizes are exaggeratedly large and, more often than not, the pages don't fit on the screen properly. As graphic design, it's a step backwards - but hey! that's progress! I also hear of RADIO STATIONS who have scrapped their analogue service entirely, meaning that a large part of their audience who might habitually listen to their shows in the car or on portable FM 'trannies' have been cut off without warning. "You want to continue listening? Go to our website or buy a new digital radio, it's YOUR fault for not having one..." Then there are the periodicals who are dumping their popular print editions, because online magazines are more 'cost effective'... or 'DAILY' newspapers that now only get published three days a week, because the owners prefer to put all their effort into the electronic edition...
I find this insidious culture of 'ENFORCED PROGRESS, WHETHER YOU ASKED FOR IT OR NOT' all rather sinister, and I'm seeing it more and more on both sides of the pond. When someone comes up with a reasonable idea, it doesn't take VERY long before the new entity then becomes the ONLY option available, rather than "here is a new alternative that you MIGHT prefer". It's disrespectful of the customer, but it's all about the bottom line, of course. At least the BBC gave us several years to get used to the idea of changing over to digital telly.