Laurie Anderson Song Conversation

It was with great excitement that I sat down in my seat to watch Laurie Anderson this year’s Brighton Festival director, perform Song Conversation at the Brighton Dome. The stage was lit with an ambient purple and the instruments stood waiting to be played.  Laurie and her fellow musician’s pianist Nik Bartsch and guitarist Eivind … Read more

On The Subject Of Noir – Dark Romanticism and the Dark Side of the Moon from Blake to Manga

Dark romanticism as an aesthetic trend in art and literature which delves into the darker side of human nature and the morally ambiguous has been popular since the age of enlightenment. The Spanish artist Goya explored the dark side of the human psyche with his drawings and paintings of witches and their unholy acts of … Read more

Vic Mars – The Land And The Garden. Psycho geography In Music And The Value Of Good Packaging.

All the doubtlessly tiresome ‘Dad’ stories that you may have heard about how, in the glory years of vinyl, we would recklessly purchase an album based entirely upon the merits of its sleeve art are scandalously true.  Band unknown, we heedlessly cast our pennies upon the record shop counter sure in the knowledge that ‘album … Read more

Murray Ballard – ‘On The Prospect of Immortality.’

I attended the book launch of Murray Ballards ‘On The Prospect of Immortality’ on 17th March at the Pheonix centre in Brighton intrigued to hear the motivations and inspiration for his work on cryogenics. Ballard and his publisher Gordon McDonald from Gost hosted a discussion explaining how the work came together and its journey from … Read more

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