Archive for August, 2015

Cool-laborations

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

How’s this for a sense of irony; some of my best events/work has been in collaboration with others, but paradoxically I don’t think I’m a natural collaborator.

This partly due to:

  • my being  (very) lazy
  • a (misguided/misjudged) sense of loyalty
  • being slightly suspicious of those trying to be (over) complimentary about me or my work
  • a possible (lack of) confidence thing

Now not only am I being asked by people to work with them, I’m being suggested names of those who may help me. This is a very strange situation.
Currently I’ve been invited to work on something with a fellow cloudcaster, Stephanie Byrne on Mixcloud.
She’s a very talented & prolific individual & I’ve finally broken a long-standing habit to collaborate with her, despite my warning her of my working foibles.

She’s also one of those people who genuinely doesn’t get quite how good she is. Don’t believe me? check some of these out

The Byrne-Haller Connection: Rainbow Wind by Stephanie Byrne on Mixcloud

Beat Contradictions by Stephanie Byrne on Mixcloud

Shake rattle and soul by Stephanie Byrne on Mixcloud

I was surprised to be asked, but her enthusiasm was infectious as well as inspiring
I’ve got a couple of things I’m working on, along with a third, which may be a little more involved.
I’ll let you know how it all goes

Sobering Thoughts……………..

Monday, August 24th, 2015

I still find it surprising, amazing & very sobering that the only time nuclear weapons have ever been used in anger was 70 years ago this year.

One survivor tells her story to the BBC – retold as an animation. You can see it here Hiroshima: Bun tells her story.

Whilst debate still rages about the ethics & decisions leading to the 2 bombs dropped on Japan in 1945 on Hiroshima & Nagasaki, and no doubt will continue to rage alongside questions such as if the offensive really shorten the war, one thing is certain; it ushered in a new age, changing the cultural military & political landscape forever.

Whilst modern weapons (including nuclear devices) are more efficient, more powerful & more numerous than those used 70 years ago, it’s still worth stopping to think and remind ourselves of the human cost of warfare as well as the folly in failing to address basic human values.

For My Wife…………….

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015

Funny how a piece of work you make so long ago seems to resonate with some people.
One of my last uploads ‘Heart & Soul (To My Dearest Wife)’, was an old mix CD I put together for The Wife years ago.

Recently she’s been having a bit of a tough time, so in my bumbling, male way, I did what I know best – uploaded it as a musical love letter.
I’ve had some really positive responses – Thank You.
I’ve told The Wife – she says thank you too.
All I will say is things are slowly looking brighter

Heart & Soul: To My (Dearest) Wife by Alph on Mixcloud

Wot I listened to……

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

Ronny Hammond has a disco workout (see here)

My man ‘Sav has another switch around in one of his latest opus

Krafty Kuts get busy behind the Iron Curtain.