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went to Germany in late September to check out Photokina 2012.. Whilst staying in Cologne i met up with a new friend who let me into an old church (St Michael- Brüsseler Platz) to play a grand piano he’d hired for some festivals he was organising; It was a massive honour, and probably the highlight of my visit, to play in the same venue as Hauschka, Nils Frahm and many other greats of the post/contemporary classical scene –

just before we left i played two improvised tracks and recorded them on my iPhone (didn’t think to take my mic on holiday. idiot.) I named the tracks after two people i met that week, a homage to two stories i was given the privilege of having the briefest of cameos in_

[ the EP is available for free download here ] 

Für Dietmar – 
Dietmar is a full time social worker who somehow finds time to put on some fantastic shows and musical experiences for the people of his city. It was inspiring to meet someone so deeply involved with music,  purely for their love of it.

Für Laura – 
Laura is a 6 year old girl who stays with her dad on alternate weeks; she runs around, occasionally dropping the tennis ball she bounces around her father’s apartment.

[ the EP is available for free download here ] 

i hate not being in control of things (i’ve been trying my best to restrain my inner arse on this course so far and instead attempt to allow a more Kofi Annan like diplomatic persona to prevail.. basically, as long as Kofi keeps his trousers up we’ll all be fine) .. [i mean – just to clarify, i don’t like being in control of people – just myself and my surroundings, as far as possible] 

i actually *really* like working with people but not necessarily when it comes to creative stuff. Unless i pick my collaborators or have some significant chunk of say in the matter i *always* prefer working alone .. so the idea of getting chucked into a group of 6 unknown people with potentially completely different: outlooks on cinema, expectations of the course, personalities etc etc was about 3% exciting : 97% unappealing  .. but 100% necessary ..

i’m not sure entirely whether i want any part in the film industry (or any industry for that matter), but i fully acknowledge that this is a collaborative industry and in order to be trained for a role within a collaborative industry you need to be able to compromise..

there are potentially many sides to this multi-faceted (and subsequently, I’d imagine – genetically corrupted and immuno-compromised) cat.. here are two of them, a good one and a bad one:

+ / compromise is an incredible attribute to possess.. the world would be a significantly better place to live if people could acknowledge that no human had a monopoly on opinion .. i guess that’s it, compromise elevates our own opinions of others’ opinions and diminishes our readiness to brand our own thoughts ‘facts

/ in the context of creativity compromise can be a very risky, perhaps even malevolent, thing – the word takes on a whole new form; complete with cape, manic laugh and oppressive demeanour .. it can cause originality, personality, individuality to be diluted to the point where their presence is negligible.. it’s how selling out occurs . and that is naughty and bad and wrong and sad and dark and mustn’t happen kidz..


middle ground, i like middle ground, fence-sitting, foot in/foot out type stuff .. life makes sense with balance:

maybe, just maybe, to compromise is to humbly admit the possibility of our own creative fallibility whilst somehow still preserving that which makes an idea un-compromisingly original and unique .. essentially- so that the art of compromise doesn’t lead to the compromise of art


i’m sick of the bloody word now.. i’ll compra ya faakin mise mate, as Kev [*] would say.. etc etc .. musings over .. here, as a visual distraction, is a completely unrelated photo i took of a tree and a puddle in some hills in Somerset a few years ago

in other news… tomorrow the incredibly originally named 2A productions begin shooting 80p (working title) – the story of a young nerdish boy whose plans to buy his own r/c helicopter are inadvertently thwarted by the government coincidentally rising the VAT rate on the day of his meticulously planned purchase ..

the project has actually been (for the most part) really good fun, it’s been good getting to know the team, bouncing ideas around>  i’m learning when to shut up and when to speak up and i think others are too, seems like a pretty healthy project so far.. we have (what i’d consider to be) a pretty cool idea, i just hope we can do it justice and produce a little film to be proud of .. typing of which..

must go to bed, i’m a logistical lynchpin in tomorrow’s master plan of action.. i have to pick up the kit and the crew and deliver us all to location .. my time keeping is shit + logistical lynchpins need their sleep.

aiiight. night x

[* Kev does not exist outside my head, he is my overly-stereotypical cockney alter ego]

i haven’t really had much to say since my posts last week, they covered a lot of underlying thought processes..

things to add briefly –

Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris was brilliant.. genuinely refreshing (amidst the darkness that cinema is currently engulfed by) to see something so able to engage the senses without assaulting them in the process.. it submerges the viewer in a meta-physical art-deco Parisian gin barrel of existential dilemma and nostalgic yearning, yet it does it so surreptitiously and effortlessly you barely notice how deep you’re going.. magic.

Allen relies solely on an incredibly original and captivating narrative to deliver his message and unpack his themes – which he does ridiculously well; no shock, gimmicks or pretence in sight. great film..

..i now also really want to live in paris in the 20s, sorry Woody, i learned nothing ;]

anyway.. here are some more shots of lines and shapes (+ a self portrait) from the grounds of UEA, my new architectural muse_

went on a little photo excursion last week across a small section of the West side (word) of Norwich followed by a spot of the North Norfolk coastline.. here’s what i saw: