Inspired by Tom Coombs’s recent “Have you seen…?” post, here are some of the things I’ve been banging on about recently over a double espresso. First… Last.fm
Last.fm plays you music while you’re online. It can create your own personalised radio station based the music you like, using its audioscrobbler music recommendation system. Connect it to iTunes to learn what you’re in to. Or just go to the site and type in the name of a band you like and start listening.
Click the heart symbol in the music player to “Love this track” and your radio station gets ever more tailored to you.
Starting life in East London in 2002, Last.fm has really come in to its own with the proliferation of broadband and now mobile broadband. In 2007 Last.fm was bought by CBS.
Every track you play will tell your Last.fm profile something about what you like. It can connect you to other people who like what you like – and recommend songs from their music collections and yours too.
And finally if, like me, you like to sing along from time to time, check out Lyrics Muse – which combines Last.fm with a lyrics wiki to display the lyrics of the song you’re listening to in real time. And as the source is a wiki, if you think the lyrics displayed are wrong, you can always go and correct them.
On three sultry nights in July, the sepulchral vault of Peckham’s underground venue The Sassoon Gallery will reverberate to the eerily melancholic strains of the infamous Gas Organ.
The Brain-child of founding collaborators Lou Smith and Rufus Burdett, the Gas Organ is a fabulous musical instrument, able to play itself, or be controlled or played remotely.
Constructed from freely available plumbing, electrical and laboratory components, the Gas Organ is a fusion of Art, Science and Engineering, beautiful in its clinical appearance and mesmerising in its auditory effect. Witnesses of the event have their credulity challenged as they view the ephemeral chaotic turbulence of a flame producing such incredible range and depth of sound; how can a science lab experiment evoke such an emotional response as this? I am watching this, but I don’t believe it.
Pazzazz Music is led by professional performers and educators from the UK’s top arts establishments. Pazzazz Music is the only music club for these ages of 4 to 7 that embraces conventional music training but also uses the children’s creativity as a core educational principle.
During each 6 week course the children will produce and perform a composition that will be recorded onto their own CD! Within the composition process we address the fundamental skills, essential for their future music education.
The classes are open access, anyone interested is welcome to attend, regardless of any previous musical training.
Taster sessions in Dulwich at 1pm-3pm on Saturday 4th Feb, and Greenwich at 1pm-3pm on Saturday 11th Feb.
Hothouse Flowers – Home
Probably more famous for their 1980s hit “Don’t Go” from a different album. “I can see clearly now” and “Movies”, two tracks back to back in the middle of this album take me back to my days at Southampton University in 1988-1990.