Planetary Unfoldings

A musical extravaganza by bitfield and DJ The Major, featuring Harold Budd, John Adams, Jon Hopkins, Michael Stearns, Brian Eno, Eric Whitacre, M83, Vangelis, Marconi Union, John Murphy, Sigur Rós, and Jonny Greenwood.

bitfield - Live in Cornwall

Well I had an interesting visit to Cornwall, characterised by failures of phone line, internet access, electricity, car battery, and my back, but I did manage to make some ambient techno music, which I attach for your listening enjoyment.

Kill your TV

I watch a powerful amount of crap on the TV, it has to be said. I’m determined to raise the quality bar and reduce the number of shows I watch to only the very best, primo fino alla fine that the medium has to offer. After all, I have a lot else to occupy my time what with Go, reading a cube-shaped book about Dickens, and living the simple, ascetic, minimalist life of a Taoist monk, if it was a Taoist monk that eats a lot of crisps.

So here is my list of allowable shows. Some of them I have already seen but it would be better to watch them again, than to waste my golden autumn years watching lesser forms of entertainmint.

Quality drama

  • Six Feet Under
  • The Sopranos
  • Breaking Bad
  • The Wire
  • Deadwood
  • The Tudors
  • Lost
  • Sherlock
  • Game of Thrones
  • Jonathan Creek
  • Hustle
  • Generation Kill

Classic comedy

  • The Simpsons
  • King of the Hill
  • Seinfeld
  • Frasier
  • Black Books
  • Spaced
  • Father Ted
  • Blackadder
  • Yes Minister

Also

  • Quality documentaries, especially about massive engineering, or space. Or massive space engineering which would be the best.
  • QI which is basically like an evening with me, only with less surprising facts and not as funny jokes.
  • Lavish costume dramas (especially Dickens adaptations.)

I obviously had to eliminate a lot of quite good things in my pursuit of the greatest and most culturally significant TV shows of all time. Basically if we were sending a space probe out to contact alien civilisations, and we put a DVD on board, it is the type of thing that would go on that DVD.

You may disagree with the contents of this list - indeed, you certainly will - and of course you are entitled to your wrong views. Comment if you think I have missed out on something fantastic, because obviously I will never be watching any new shows again, as the list has closed and will remain as it is, for ever. [Updated April 2013]

Jesus Is Fucking Metal

This is a track by a lacklustre band that I used to be in called Duncan Idaho. If you get the reference, great; if not, you should probably read more.

We were inspired by inner rage to create this jam, which I named after a Penny Arcade comic (above).

Matt

This is a picture of my friend Matt relaxing in his charmingly-appointed living room.