I always start with the universe:

An organisation of regenerative principles freqently manifest as energy systems of which all our experiences, and possible experiences, are only local instance.

- Buckminster Fuller, I seem to be a verb, 1970

PS. I can't wait to find out what projects are involved in the Buckminster Fuller Challenge.


eternal sunset

"Eternal Sunset endeavours to ensure you can enjoy the sunset live from any location, at any time. As the sunset moves westward, Eternal Sunset continuously tunes into different webcams, chasing the sunset around the globe. This service is currently provided through the use of 268 west-facing webcams across 53 countries."


Polygon Show // Self stuff.

Polygon Show opens today, which coincides with me re-purchasing my web domain! Which can be found here. That is all.


1979 Kurokawa BD interview

Building Design have scanned in pages from their 1979 interview with the late Kurokawa. All three pages can be found here.

More recently, Charles Jencks has spoken about Kurokawa following his surprise death in October.

"He was a great Japanese original, in the same vein as film director Akira Kurosawa. He was both the man in a dark suit and a pop star, the first Japanese architectural superstar. He enjoyed company enormously. If he had an Achilles heel, it was that he was sometimes too promotional. But he also believed that celebrity should justify itself with good works and a philosophy."

That can be read in full here.


Peter Blake's studio.

Today, Hannah and I were lucky to have Peter Blake show us around his studio.

It was a treasure trove. He told us stories as we walked around his collection of found objects. He's currently working on more museum series, like this one.

Every corner of his studio-museum holds a story.

We cannot remember all we saw. Glimpses of our afternoon hold: a shelf full of elephants. Miniature chairs. Beatles signatures. Chee Chee the monkey's drawings. Damien Hirst's drawings. A ceramic conker. William Morris chairs in his library (that he wanted to look like a shed.) The boxer from Sergeant Pepper. Jack Potter's glorious taxidermy collection (that Hirst wanted to buy in its entirety for £1.000.000.) Tom Thumb's boots, clown shoes and Robin Hood's cap.

He showed us his work in progress, past prints, his early sculptures and stunning outsider art collection.

We were particularly captivated by the pornographic embroideries. Blake told us that he bought these in the 1950s from an ex-RAF fighter. After the war, embroidery was part of his therapy. He started off with a depiction of the Queen and quickly moved on to pin-ups. We were later shown 3 pieces commissioned by Blake, of Alice in Wonderland. They were ace.

Why does he like Alice in Wonderland so much? Someone asked that. He said: because, like the Wizard of Oz (his favourite film,) it's about a journey: you're not sure if it's a dream or if it's real. A tale about that transient journey into womanhood.

We left wanting to stay. At least for the night, hidden in a corner emulating a waxwork, of which he has a few. I could crouch behind Marilyn Monroe, I thought. A thoroughly rich archive, truly Victorian in spirit, and not an Ebay purchase in sight (Blake chooses to stay away from computers.)

RGB MusicLab

This application is ace beyond words. RGB MusicLab turns pixels into music. Any pixels! From Pollock to home-made illustrations, as can be seen below. Thank you, Kenji Kojima.


Cacao, Sonatas For Vhs

Our new release, available for download here. Recordings are from Melissi and Rotterdam, and samples from Schubert's last three piano sonatas (D958, D959 and D960.)


In Progress | LCC Interactive and Moving Image Interim Show

field recording with chris watson.

With a head torch and a bunch of bearded, bald men we set off on a circuit. From the Museum of Garden History, across Lambeth Bridge, to Big Ben, down Westminster Bridge and down the Thames Path.

Noted sounds: The traffic almost overwhelming the calm river. The chimes resonating at Midnight. The 24 hour hum of St. Thomas' hospital.

Despite all my previous excursions, having to keep still was hard. I learnt a lot from the others and interacted with inquisitive strangers on their behalf.

The next day Chris Watson told us about framing sounds: collecting atmospheres, habitats and featured sounds. Also, the importance of a good parabolic reflector: