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b&g menufirstly – just to clarify (seeing as many many people have been misled by the name) – it’s a web series; about a delusional chef (Jason Gàsh. that’s “gahhhsh” not gash) who opens a roadside cafe (a.k.a. a hatch in his caravan) attempting to run it as a high class establishment. his sous-chef is an aspiring grime MC with similar delusions of grandeur. there’s an awkward, unresolved love triangle and a visiting lorry spotter  – retired, aspergic (in this case – obliviously over enthusiastic) and American.

ok, so anyway it’s basically where i’ve been hiding all November –

a friend, Adam Mondon, came up with the original idea in October and since then a small team of us have spent countless hours locked in small rooms – script-writing, auditioning, rehearsing, scouring eBay for cheap caravans and stalking potential lay-bys on google maps.

In fact the pilot episode has just been released so rather than word it all up i’ll just embed it here.. see you in 10

a big part of the last month was spent working out what to do for theme music for the show.. i contemplated composing something classical sounding and interspersing it with some grimier undertones, dub beats etc but in the end though that might have been a bit obvious .. i decided to go for something a bit more subtle, something more closely related to Jason’s delusional and pretentious character. namely: a pseudo-operatic Italian 3 part vocal harmony that would sound fairly aristocratic/pretentious until closer inspection revealed the true and ridiculous nature of it’s lyrics ;]

         dal freddo di un frigo si trova formaggio trascurato 
         [in the cold of a fridge lies neglected cheese]
         e dal bordo della strada la salsiccia urla di aiuto!
         [..and by the side of the street the sausage cries for help]
         ma chi li aiutera? ma chi li aiutera? 
         [but who will help them? but who will help them?]
 
         salvatore di cucine, redentore di ristoranti
         [saviour of kitchens, redeemer of restaurants]
         protettore delle uve, eroe archetipico 
         [protector of grapes, archetypal hero]
         l’uomo chiamato Gàsh, l’uomo chiamato Gàsh
         [the man named Gàsh, the man named Gàsh]
 

I was also responsible for recording the sound on set + designing the website, menu (a haute cuisine take on stereotypical roadside food)  and poster (featuring by a beautiful illustration by Karla Alcázar)

B&G POSTER FINAL 2

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this is a poster i made for the upcoming Because The Night Tour; a national tour comprising the brilliant Emily & The Woods, Hot Feet, Pete Roe and Sam Brookes.. try to get to one of the venues if you can x

BCTN tour

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an exciting new band- TWNS (collaboration between members of Hello Mexico + Kyte) – are using some of my photography for their artwork.. love this track and can’t wait to hear more x

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two of my photos have been used by Wooden Arms for some new EPs of theirs. which is nice. their music is also very nice. have a listen_

this is a poster i made for an event in London. you should go.

going blog-crazy tonight. just realised how long it’s been since i posted anything.

i recently did the artwork (photography / typography) for Sam Brookes’ single – Glasshouse.. currently available as an exclusive free download via Helium records’ site, it’s a stunning track .. go get it. now :]

here’s a 2 minute short i made recently. it was meant to be an exercise in designing sound for non-narrative film.

 

the footage was intended to look at the interplay / conflict between light and darkness, literally and metaphorically .. the footage was shot in my room and in a local graveyard during the snow at the beginning of February.. i based the structure of the film and it’s content on this quote from John’s gospel_

“the light shines in the darkness but the darkness has not understood it”

the sound was intended to mirror the visuals, i went for a mixture of lighter / organic / minimally processed sounds with some much heavier / digital / distorted / dark noises .. the sounds were created using (not simultaneously) street noise, water, an empty bathtub, an extractor fan, my mouth, a speaker, leaves / branches. oh, and a piano..

here’s a long exposure photo i took of the film playing on a projector screen after it’s production_

today i experienced one of the most eye-opening, disturbing, life-affirming and depressing films i’ve seen..

Ray Kurzweil is a modern day genius/techno-prophet – inventor of many many things technological and proponent of the exponential increase in the integration of human intelligence with artificial intelligence.. basically, what he sees as the inevitable fusion of man and machine.

Barry Ptolemy’s Transcendent Man, a feature length documentary, centers around Kurzweil’s reluctance to accept the inevitability of death and the existential implications of the potential integration of artificial intelligence to the human body he speaks of – to prolong, or ultimately, render obsolete, our own mortality..

The film expands on Ray’s worldview by providing intimate insights into both his technological accomplishments and the adolescent experiences which have undeniably shaped his inventions and thought processes, in particular – the loss of his father to heart disease at a young age. What’s so inspiring and moving about the film is seeing Kurzweil’s zest for life, his commitment to health and wellbeing, his yearning for eternity – the subject matter very quickly transcends technological advancement and cuts into the core of what it means to be human; what it means to live..

Ptolemy does a spectacular job of impartially balancing the scientific with the spiritual and (quite rightly) intertwining the two – Kurzweil’s technoprophecies are criticised, destructively and constructively, by fellow scientists and contemporary thinkers..

Ray’s utopian fantasies are counterbalanced by dystopian nightmares and every now and then a patch of middle ground speaks up and reassures the viewer.. It’s a genuinely fascinating film, the content of which i’d argue every human alive right now should be aware of.

On a personal note – i struggled massively with some of Kurzweil’s ideas. I mean – what he ultimately hints at at is the artificial perfection of our flawed “old software” – our genetic makeup – in doing so – pointing to the deification of the human race – a species capable of omnipotence, omniscience, omnipresence..  one of his final quotes in the film was – “does God exist? not yet” //

I’m just as up for immortality as the next guy, i do believe that we’re hard-wired to crave it (and it’s source) but i don’t know, i’m just not that up for sharing my soul on some pseudo-celestial facebook and being perpetually reincarnated as a PC,

ok, maybe as a mac.

no.

;]

“he has set eternity in the heart of mankind” Ecclesiastes 3:11

oh.. and here are some photo collages i did after the film ..

was at a launch party for a new section of a gallery on the edge of Norwich on Saturday night.. the party was cool but the snow stole the show. this is a photo i took on the night, it was then edited by a friend (the very talented Rob Simonsen) who then passed it back to me for some further remixing_

 

i recorded this EP back in December 2011 in south London .. an American friend inspired me to compose some stuff for snow and that’s what this is – a collection of 3 improvised pieces of music designed to synchronise your ears with the weather you’re currently experiencing (if you live in the UK, or anywhere else that’s snowing)

> FREE download .. PLEASE share if you like it .. and enjoy <

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