A rather wonderful sound installation called ‘Phantom Railings’ by an organization called Public Interventions on Malet Street on the wall of a small (private) park. The railings here (like many other sites) were removed during the Second World War to be melted down and re-used as guns or tanks…can anyone confirm that lots were dumped in the North Sea as they were the wrong sort of iron? Anyway, electronic eyes track passing pedestrians sounding out the absent railings as if they were being hit by a stick – so passers-by can make a mix by walking back and forth along the pavement. Seeing the Vimeo films on the website almost spoil the accident of finding this…but as Kurt Vonnegut used to say: ‘So it goes’.





Leafing through Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (as you do) my eye was caught by the word ‘gramophone’.

‘4.014                        A gramophone record, the musical idea, the written notes, and the soundwaves, all stand to one another in the same internal relation of depicting that holds between language and the world.

They are all constructed according to a common logical pattern.’

Fair enough.



A complaint: at Cafe Oto this week for two nights to hear the Marc Ribot Trio (with Henry Grimes and Chad Taylor). These were fantastic gigs full of inventiveness, virtuosity, attack and a bunch of other superlatives. There was both wonderful ensemble playing and great solos from all the musicians. I am for enthusiasm and I believe it is important that audiences convey their enthusiasm to the performers when the music has finished. Oto till now has been (mostly?) free of that old convention of applause for solos but on Tuesday and Wednesday nights I was thrust back into jazz club days where the flow of musical invention and development was interrupted by a lot of clatter from the audience. Neither ‘so it goes’ nor ‘fair enough’ apply in this situation.

2 thoughts on “Unrelated

  1. re applause @ Oto Tuesday;I agree, I felt the applause after Henry Grimes played upfront was too ready, and thus risked being patronising, though of course it’s difficult for us all (especially the young, clever, and attractive ones like you and me) to cope with and know what to do in the presence of difference and the possibility of disability… so out in that uncomfortable zone…

  2. Respectful silences of a few seconds duration at the ends of pieces prior to applause are always appreciated and are respectful to the music and musicians – in last night’s Moholo Moholo Quartet concert at the same venue the audience allowed those brief spells of meditation and contemplation that the music deserves before the audience launched in to the more familiar signifiers of appreciation.

    I would, however, urge the banning by venues of the use of texting and the reading of mobile devices and smartphones DURING performances. It is so disrespectful to the performers and distracting for the audience. Photography and recording on smartphones, iPads etc falls in to similar category.

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