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idiots in armchairs – mise en scene in music documentaries

I enjoy watching music documentaries. At MIFF this year I’ve just seen Muscle Shoals, about the studio in Alabama where a lot of great US music was recorded in the 1960s. The doco is notable for the number of interviewees who worked and recorded there – unlike many in the genre that can’t get the major stars to participate and which rely instead on second rate contributors – this features all the main participants.…

cultural highlights of New York City

In my two weeks in New York City I was fortunate to experience many cultural events.

Theatre

Our first event was Inflatable Frankenstein, experimental theatre from the group Radiohole. It was heavily technologically dependent, with live video projections of performer’s faces on the backs of their heads, brains being made from stage gloop and lots of other weirdness.…

a tale of two homages

I’ve been listening to several new albums by favourite artists in recent weeks. The Pet Shop Boys’ Elysium is fantastic. Bob Dylan’s Tempest is growing on me. Ian McCulloch’s Pro Patria Mori is an instant pleasure full of his characteristic melodies.…

Johnette Napolitano at the Spiegeltent

American musician Johnette Napolitano performed an inspiring, warm, funny and moving show at the Spiegeltent on Saturday night. I first saw her fronting Concrete Blonde in 1990, then solo in 2009, and with guitarist James Mankey as Concrete Blonde again for the Bloodletting 20 year anniversary tour in 2010.…

David Bowie’s rerecorded songs

One the of things that fascinates me about David Bowie is his practice of rerecording his own songs, often with very different arrangements. He’s done it throughout his career and seemingly for various reasons. Perhaps the most obvious reason is that he sometimes releases astonishing songs in relatively obscure or poorly promoted albums or soundtracks, which limits their potential audience.…

my first day in Melbourne

I was telling this story to a friend recently and she liked it, so I’ll share it with you. Before I permanently gave up the idea of being an academic, I was still writing papers and one happened to be seen by a ABC producer researching material for a science and technology chat show called Aftershock (156kb PDF).…