Radiance

Mixed live at Major Studios, East Finchley.

  1. [03:10] Ashra — Nightdust
  2. [06:15] Anomalous Disturbances — The Spirit Molecule
  3. [11:20] Jonn Serrie — The Last Secret
  4. [14:00] The KLFDream Time In Lake Jackson
  5. [15:55] Mathias Grassow — First Conference
  6. [17:45] David Parsons — Bathing Light
  7. [21:40] Jean-Michel Jarre — Oxygène Part 1
  8. [24:55] Chris Spheeris & Paul Voudouris — Prizm
  9. [29:45] Alio Die & Mathias Grassow — Augoeides
  10. [32:20] Mathias Grassow & Jim Cole — Fell Radiance
  11. [40:03] Brian Eno & Harold Budd — The Silver Ball

(click ‘Read more’ to listen more)

Radiance.mp3

See also DJ The Major’s edit.

Pocketses

My submission to everyday-carry.com, where people send in photos of their obsessive personal equipment. I am no less obsessive so here is the stuff that’s in my pocketses.

  1. Key-Bak Super 48 Heavy Duty retractable Kevlar key reel
  2. Leatherman Micra
  3. Fenix LD01 stainless steel limited edition
  4. Spyderco Grasshopper (UK carry legal)
  5. True Utility Firestash waterproof petrol lighter
  6. Boker Plus XS non-locking folder (UK carry legal)
  7. Fisher Space Pen
  8. Keys-Cut.com #121 pull-apart keyrings

When at work, I usually wear my Leatherman Wave in a Nite-Ize tool holster. When I’m off-duty, the Wave isn’t carry legal, hence the inclusion of the Spyderco and the Boker Plus XS. The latter is a slipjoint folder which can be opened one-handed, but doesn’t close easily, and has a large finger choil for security. It feels very solid. I prefer drop-point blades, but I’ve no complaints about this one.

The Micra is my favourite of the small Leatherman tools. Though the knife blade isn’t much good, the scissors are excellent. The only thing I really miss from this is a bottle opener, which the Style CS does have, but I prefer the Micra in every other respect.

The little pull-apart keyrings are nickel-plated brass and have a spring-loaded ball which locks the keyring closed until you press the release button. This keeps things really secure on your keyring, yet it’s very easy to detach them - easier than a carabiner or spring clip. My house keys and car keys (not shown) are on one of these. They’re great for things you don’t always carry, and which rotate on and off your keyring.

The Key-Bak key reel is massively solid, clips securely to your belt with a steel clip, and has a 900mm Kevlar cord with a spring retractor and a 14oz pull, so it can support heavy gear without unwinding. Made for the law enforcement and security market.

The Fenix LD01 needs no introduction and gives amazing light output from a single AAA battery.

Fever Dream

More music by early-to-mid-90s bitfield. I was quite pleased with this until I realized I’d basically written “Everybody’s Free (To Feel Good)” by Rozalla. Still, I wasn’t the only one.

I have a vague memory that I was sick at the time, hence the title.

Fever Dream.mp3

Local area

On a cheerful evening walk near my house.

The Pleiades

This was taken with my DSLR mounted on the telescope tube, and using the telescope’s motor drive to track the sky for a five minute exposure (click to embigulate). We have looked at the Pleiades before, but I’m quite pleased with this picture because it brings out some colours, and a tree in my garden managed to sneak into the frame. You can see that the tree blurs slightly as though it’s moving; actually, the tree stayed still, while the camera and the sky moved.

The Light

More music by my ambitronic alter ego, bitfield. This was made some time in the late 1990s, using a Yamaha QY-300 hardware sequencer (pictured). It was a nice machine which I kept for many years, and wrote a lot of music with. Including this piece, featuring steel drums, sitar, synth flute, Hammond organ, marimba, and General MIDI patch no. 124 (‘Birdsong’). I remember I made an interesting rhythm break (at 01:51) by double-tracking the drum loop and time-shifting it forward by one MIDI clock, creating a phased effect and a satisfyingly fat kick drum sound.

The Light (Jamaica Sunrise).mp3

Some birds enjoying lunch

I have set up a bird café in my garden, and I have already got some interesting diners. Here are some intrusively candid pictures of them (no release forms were signed).

Live in Cornwall 3

Recorded one stormy summer night at bitfield’s Cornish studios. Always use ambient techno with care, after first making sure it is the right music for you. May cause uplifting of the spirit.

  1. [00:00] Mathias Grassow — Blessings To The Spirits Of Lake Shin (Scottish Highlands)
  2. [01:19] View To The Future (Ulrich Schnauss) — Apotheosis
  3. [27:20] Markus Güntner — Wenn Musik Der Liebe Nahrung Ist
  4. [28:13] Machineries of Heaven (Rom di Prisco) — Blue Thursday (Reaktor Dub Mix)
  5. [31:55] Mathias Grassow — Individual Thought Patterns Part I
  6. [34:20] Herrmann & Kleine — Kickboard Girl
  7. [47:18] Jon Hopkins — Luna Moth
  8. [50:16] M83 — Raconte-Moi Une Histoire

You can find out more information about these artists by coming into my tiny record shop which only sells their records, and is in my imagination. Closed Wednesdays.

Live in Cornwall 3.m4a

No alarms and no surprises

I can’t remember where I first read about the wonderful idea of living without an alarm clock. I do remember the writer pointed out that most of us regularly don’t get enough sleep. This can make you as badly impaired as a drunk driver.

Bach - Prelude from the Cello Suite No. 1

If you listen quite carefully you can tell it is me playing the guitar. Because of the mistakes.

Bach - Cello Suite No.1 - Prelude.mp3