20 Songs in September

  1. Lights Out Asia – All These Worlds Are Yours
  2. State Azure – Returning
  3. Rudy Adrian – Subterranean
  4. Grains of Sound – The Way In to the Way Out (Out Mix)
  5. Jamin Wynans – Numbers
  6. Need A Name – Circles Over Circles
  7. Donato Dozzy – Vaporware 1
  8. Loscil – Angel of List
  9. Loscil – Fromme
  10. James Murray – Greenlands
  11. Ólafur Arnalds ~ Lag Fyrir Ömmu
  12. Jóhann Jóhannsson – They Being Dead Yet Speaketh
  13. A Produce & Loren Nerell – Intangible
  14. Miami 1984 – MN84 Theme
  15. Williamette – Echo Park
  16. Field Rotation – Lichtermeer
  17. Aspen – Are You That Retail Snob?
  18. Celer – Untitled 10
  19. Beautumn – Everfields
  20. Relay & Front – Let Go
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    23. September 2015 by admin
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20 Songs in August

A small selection of my favourite tracks I’ve discovered this month.

  1. But it was all of us – Saltland
  2. Mottomo Kodokuna Basho – Cyber-Zen Sound Engine
  3. Blackjack Afternoon – Collin Thomas
  4. Escape (music from the 21st century) – Michael Garrison
  5. If I could possibly tell the difference I wouldn’t care anyway – Benoit Pioulard
  6. Nine Doors Breathing Space – Steve Tibbetts
  7. Sketch 1 – Tim Hecker
  8. A Feeling of being Closer – Antonymnes
  9. The Tributary(for voices lost) – Kyle Bobby Dunn
  10. Night Blossoms Written In Sanskrit – The North Sea & Rameses III
  11. Listen he who ventures – Popol Vuh (with Klaus Wiese)
  12. This Time And Space – Kit Watkins
  13. Almost Overlooked – John Foxx & Harold Budd
  14. Oceans of Heavens – Craig Padilla, Zero Ohms
  15. Pillars of Creation – Palancar
  16. Gravity – Abstract Aprils
  17. Home – usr; sbin
  18. A Human Being Is A Human Dreaming – Maiya Hersey
  19. Lights of a Tired City – Ben Woods
  20. Keine Angst – Bersarinn Quartet
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23. August 2015 by admin
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20 Songs in July

A small selection of my favourite tracks I’ve discovered this month. Want to make this a regular thing.

  1. After the Rain – Porya Hatami
  2. Silent Running(carbonator remix) – Carbon Based Lifeforms
  3. Responder – Palmer Station – Assembler
  4. Thaw – Taylor Dupree
  5. Bloom – Lorenzo Montana
  6. Showers of Lilac – tonepoet
  7. Nascent Light – Experiments in Silence
  8. Things Unknown – Function and Vatican Shadow
  9. Finally Night (Original mix) – SandStars
  10. Baptisia – Massergy
  11. Holy Groundb – Halftribe
  12. Resurface – Evan Marc + Steve Hillage
  13. Rainy Day – Ruben Garcia
  14. Ground Zero – Tom Heasley
  15. No Word From Above – Ben Woods
  16. Silence Speaks in Shadows – Paul Vnuk
  17. MULM: MØRKE
  18. ‘Further Away’ – The Sight Below
  19. SS1.2 Unit Circle – Loscil
  20. Stillpoint – Purl
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24. July 2015 by admin
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Top 100 Movies

First draft of my Top 100 Movies.

This was put together late last night so I’m sure I’ve missed very obvious ones.

What ones do you like/hate? Think I’m missing some? Post it in the Comments below : )

Update: Amazing response on Facebook & Twitter. I think I may work on a Top 250 now : )

  1. The Iron Giant
  2. Shawshank Redemption
  3. Dead Man’s Shoes
  4. City of God
  5. Old Boy
  6. Let the Right One In
  7. The Lord of the Rings – Fellowship of the Ring
  8. Badlands
  9. Once Upon a Time in the West
  10. In a Better World
  11. Paris, Texas
  12. The Good, the Bad & the Ugly
  13. Psycho
  14. Requiem for a Dream
  15. Lives of Others
  16. The Matrix
  17. No Country for Old Men
  18. The Secret in Their Eyes
  19. Whale Rider
  20. Sling Blade
  21. The Fountain
  22. Stand by Me
  23. Misery
  24. The Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  25. Norwegian Ninja
  26. Planes, Trains & Automobiles
  27. In Bruges
  28. Tucker & Dale vs Evil
  29. The Guard
  30. Amores Perros
  31. Blazing Saddles
  32. Airplane
  33. The Plague Dogs
  34. The Breakfast Club
  35. Neds
  36. Fight Club
  37. 2001
  38. Seven Psychopaths
  39. 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out A Window And Disappeared
  40. Little Children
  41. Mesrine
  42. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  43. The Hunt
  44. Wild Tales
  45. We’re The Millers
  46. Victoria
  47. Se7en
  48. Pan’s Labrynth
  49. Ponyo
  50. There Will be Blood
  51. Amelie
  52. Fargo
  53. Mother
  54. La Haine
  55. Moon
  56. Vanishing Point
  57. Stroszek
  58. The Wrong Man
  59. Chopper
  60. Lantana
  61. Chungking Express
  62. Everything is Illuminated
  63. Memories of Murder
  64. Welcome to the Dollhouse
  65. El Bola
  66. Blade Runner
  67. The Big Lebowski
  68. Duel
  69. Howl’s Moving Castle
  70. Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
  71. Samsara
  72. Dumb & Dumber
  73. They Live
  74. Thin Red Line
  75. Goodbye Lenin
  76. A Prophet
  77. Napoleon Dynamite
  78. Micmacs
  79. Paul
  80. The Cable Guy
  81. Son of Saul
  82. Interstate 60
  83. The Tin Drum
  84. Animal Kingdom
  85. Four Lions
  86. My Neighbour Totoro
  87. Happy Go Lucky
  88. Blues Brothers
  89. Office Space
  90. Little Miss Sunshine
  91. Angel-A
  92. Dirty Harry
  93. The Counterfeiters
  94. Taxi Driver
  95. Into the Wild
  96. Fistful of Dynamite
  97. Shaun of the Dead
  98. Mystic River
  99. Zodiac
  100. Home Alone
  101. Kenny
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08. July 2015 by admin
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50 favourite FutureSequence tracks

For a while now I’ve seen FutureSequence release their Sequence compilations but never made the time to listen – despite the big names in each compilation. Now I have, and it was worth the wait 🙂

Listed below are just some of my favourites:

  1. Ghost and Tape – Return
  2. Endless Melancholy – Amber
  3. Dag Rosenqvist – And we let go because we must
  4. Siavash Amini – The Rivers Stood Still
  5. Zenjungle – Tre Passi
  6. Mendel Kaelen – Śūñayaca-tāla
  7. Monadh – Kodama
  8. Funeral Fireworks – Waste The Light
  9. Alex Kozobolis & Harry Edwards – Dogmatise
  10. Andagainandagain – Oo
  11. Maiya Hershey – A Human Being is a Human Dreaming
  12. Monadh – Kawa
  13. Siavash Amini – A Mist of Grey Light
  14. Guy Birkin – Tintinnabuli Mathematica 12d
  15. Threethings – Arkhangelsk
  16. Jffstnhs – There’s hope for them yet
  17. Alex Kozobolis – I Promise
  18. Ed Hamilton – Put An End To Your Worries
  19. Both Turning – Be Honest
  20. OH-EX-OH – The Last Days
  21. Tone Color – In Place of Luck
  22. A pond begging you to leap – Celeste’s Fall
  23. Heinali – Clouds
  24. Bengalfuel – Still Standing
  25. Talvihorros – The Two Great Lights
  26. Three Things – Light Stops
  27. The Oo-ray – Barriers
  28. Broken Chip – Wave Like Structure
  29. Navigator – Drawing Mountains
  30. Otologist – Pines for Platinums
  31. Neue – Pluto
  32. Black Elk – Myst
  33. Wil Bolton – Umbra
  34. Hakobune – I
  35. Yakobfinga – In a Birdless Dawn
  36. Nanga Parbat Pilgrimage – Silbersattel
  37. Voder – Gramophone Lullaby
  38. Stray Theories – Everyone Falls
  39. Ekca Liena – We Are Drowning Flight
  40. IXE-13 – You Die You Dead
  41. James Murray – Floods
  42. Dalot – Haiku 10
  43. Endote – Lovest
  44. I’ve Lost – A Study In Departure
  45. Specta Ciera – Sleepy Tea
  46. Rafael Anton Irisarri – Milano
  47. Gimu – The Purification
  48. Birds of Passage & Leonardo Rosado – We’ll Always Have Paris
  49. Ekca Liena – Mattie Devore
  50. Sun Glitters – Sing

 

I think I’ll need to grab the `Touched` compilations next!

Do you like FutureSequence? What other big compilations would you recommend? Leave comments below 🙂

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19. February 2015 by admin
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Day 34 : Mount Cook (aka There & Back Again)

Late late night last night and an early early start – this’ll be interesting 😀

I’ve reached the last full day of my New Zealand adventure. Mount Cook is today’s destination. I hear it’s one of the major highlights of the South Island & thanks to Andy driving me to Queenstown I had a few hours left on my InterCity Flexipass to blow on the trip!! 😀

Couldn’t have got a better day to end things with too. Slight chill in the air but perfect blue skies and the scenery en route to Cook is probably some of the best I’ve seen so far!

Who remembers ‘Shrek the Sheep’?
Well he lived between Queenstown & Mt Cook which was a cool little nugget of info I didn’t know.

Mount Cook was probably the best way to sign off this holiday. Again I won’t be doing it any justice with mere words so here’s some stunning photos I took.

Next time I come to New Zealand I think I’ll stay here for a week 🙂

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I caught up with Phillip for the last time before making sure I was all set for the trip back home. What a laugh he is! Always smiling – love it!!

Tomorrow I grab a lunchtime flight back up to Auckland then at night I travel on to Shanghai then London followed by a cracking little 4am train ride back to Carlisle where the journey began over a month ago.

I’ve got heaps of photos and videos from the last month so I’ll try cobble together a brief 1-2 minute YouTube thing from it all over the next couple of months.

Thanks to everyone who joined me on my travels here. Writing these little blog posts has been a great way to keep a track of everything I’ve done – I’ve also got credit card receipts for that 😀

Maybe it’s inspired you to visit this beautiful country some day – any questions you have or feedback at all I’d love to hear it 🙂

COMPETITION TIME :

What was the name of the crossing on the North Island that broke poor Michael?

Fire in your answers below and I’ll pick a winner at random 🙂 The winner wins a little slice of New Zealand. Mystery Prize klaxon!!!

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30. May 2014 by admin
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Day 33 : Happy Birthday, Mum!

Happy Birthday, Mum! Fear not, I’m getting your pressies today!! 😀

The plan was to go on a little boat cruise at night around Queenstown – get some nice photographs of the street lights reflecting on the water – but sadly with the poor weather it was cancelled 🙁

So instead I spent the day grabbing final pressies for friends and family.

At night I caught up with Steph and grabbed a drink from the bar, Xtreme. It was the last day I got to see Steph as she’s away to Dunedin in the morning and I’m off to Mt. Cook. She’s been a great brief companion and another buddy for life I think – some of the lines she came out with at times were priceless!! 🙂

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29. May 2014 by admin
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Day 32 : Queenstown

Today turned out to be one of the best days yet. Weather wise it was stellar so Steph and I decided to take a little stroll along the lake front and enjoy the view from that side of Queenstown.

Shortly after setting off a chap approached us brandishing ‘Free Ice Skating’ vouchers!! We were there within minutes! Practically had the place to ourselves too – total riot & thoroughly chuffed we didn’t fall once 😀

Later on we continued our walk along the lake. At one stretch of the road, in the space of about five minutes, we saw 1) a stray dog proper eye-balling a startled tourist from down the street – real Mexican stand-off material 2) another man casually walking his pet and 3) a tree swing that I couldn’t resist taking a crack at – I’m binning those shoes post haste!

We seem to have this impressive skill of bumping into the weird and wonderful wherever we go.

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Later, we grabbed an Indian meal (<3 Bombay Aloo!!) and a cheeky trip to Fergbaker before heading back to the backpackers for more Connect 4 😀

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28. May 2014 by admin
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Day 31 : Queenstown Return

Today I said my goodbyes to Yu Hei, Phillip & Wanaka and headed back to Queenstown where I plan to stay for the rest of the hols.

I’ll definitely make more time for Wanaka when I come back to New Zealand – I don’t think I could ever tire of that lakefront, the landscape and the walks. I should probably take up snowboarding too to make the most of all the snow there!! 🙂

I got into Queenstown early evening & caught up with Franz Josef buddy, Steph who wanted to see the new X-Men movie.

Afters we grabbed a Fergburger & devoured it back at the hostel before the quiz. Oh and the quiz didn’t end well 😀 Anyone with a bit of experience of Michael and quizzes knows just how seriously I take them as well 😉

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27. May 2014 by admin
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Day 30 : Mount Iron

Snow! Everywhere!!!!
Today started with my Japanese buddy Yu Hei opening the curtains & quietly singing ‘Let it go!’ from Disney’s “Frozen” movie. I buckled massively. Just knew it would be another great day after that & it didn’t disappoint.

Yu Hei was a pretty awesome character. He came over from Japan a few months earlier and earns a little bit here & there by cleaning houses around Wanaka. His English isn’t great (my Japanese is worse!) so he has a cute board he holds up to prospective clients. Here he is photobombing the landscape 😀

I got chatting to a German fella last night – his humour and command of English was absolutely brilliant – we got on great and decided the next day to do some hill-walking. Much for the banter as the stunning views we’d get!

I’d heard great things about Roy’s Peak but the snow was too thick and I didn’t want to risk certain death this close to home – so we opted for the more sedate and still picturesque Mount Iron.

Iron was a really easy climb and the views of the snow-capped hills and mountains were just perfect. Again, I’ll try not to ramble and just let you enjoy the pics 😀

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Phillip and I got on superbly – he was hitting me with film and TV recommendations from every angle and just generally keeping me in stitches. Been so fortunate along the way that I’ve been a magnet for very funny and interesting people.

After descending Mount Iron we visited the brilliant, Puzzling World. This was crazy. Take a look at their website – a little like Camera Obscura in Edinburgh – illusions everywhere! And the Maze. Oh God, the Maze! Me & Phillip reached all four corners quite quickly but then took another 45 minutes to find the exit :-O

Later that day, we grabbed a burger and sat down to watch the ‘Nazis from the Moon’ genre classic, “Iron Sky”. It was a riot 😀

Bit of sleep then I’m off back to Queenstown for the final few days of my adventure here 🙂

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26. May 2014 by admin
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