Procrastination

Mixed Media Monday

First of all, The Jazz Show went down a storm in my immediate circle; good feedback there. It was broadcast yesterday afternoon at 4pm – a return to form. I had been worried about playing music that was a bit more contemporary, up to date and…. well … not really the Jazz I love. I am a massive fan of the Progressive and Spiritual Jazz that was in London in the late sixties / early…

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Creativity

Andy Must Get Field Recording Again

Andy must get field recording again; it is important for him. Other than speaking about myself in the second and third person, I, Andy B*, have a fondness for Field Recording – I have had a few successes with it, being reviewed positively in The Wire. To motivate me, I set all sorts of schemes – this is one of them… iIt is a website called A Sound Map Of Harrogate. I collect the audio…

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Review (Of Sorts)

A Review: #OutThereTogether

Hi, I am Andy & I’d like to talk about Open Country and their show #OutThereTogether. Why? Because it is genius, that is why – but, first I have to state a case for it. I admit I am biased when it comes to ‘this sort of thing’ because I do ‘this sort of thing’ as a hobby. Yes, I stand in fields and woodlands to record the Dawn Chorus. The show in question broadcasts on…

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Creativity Food & Drink

Art + Beer At The Mercer

Well, I am fresh back from my third venture ‘out’ in four days – I am all the better for it. I attended the Women On Tap event, Art & Beer At The Mercer. What was it? It was an idea I had never really considered before – these gifted individuals were pairing beer with Artwork. Artwork that had been submitted to the Mercer for the Harrogate Open. Did it work, though? The idea was…

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Creativity

There Is An Ongoing Art Event @BiasHarrogate

Last night was such good fun. And, now I am the richer for friendship and I have bagged myself a print of a fantastic painting by John McClenaghen! I will try and gloss over the dismal failure we all face at the hands of Pound-Shop-Mosley and his Yahboo politics. Today only, I will be quiet and I am not going to rise to defend all of the people who he threatens, but, I will Lactose…

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Creativity Social

Saltaire

I thought I would write up a bit about what happened today — Kathryn has gone to bed and it is not yet time for me to hit the hay. It is times like these I feel a deep calm — a sense that all is well with the world — I have my meds to take and a restful night (hopefully) to look forward to. But, what did I do today? We went to Saltaire. Me and Kathryn went to…

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Creativity

We Visited A Luminarium

Me and Kathryn visited the Luminarium that was displayed as part of Harrogate International Festival. A Luminarium is a sculpture that you walk through to be moved to a sense of wonder by the colour and light. It was sort of somewhere between being in a womb or a cathedral. But fun. The luminaria was designed by company founder Alan Parkinson. They are inspired by natural forms, geometric solids, Islamic and Gothic architecture. Each new…

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Creativity

A Peasant’s View Of Art

Kathryn had the day off work today — so we decided to pop over to Leeds to take in some culture. The City centre Gallery had benefited from a refurb and we were pleased to see that Joseph Beuys was the artist featured in the ARTIST ROOMS in the gallery. Not that I knew much about him before I arrived. “Joseph Beuys (1921-1986) was one of the twentieth century’s most important and revolutionary cultural figures, who changed…

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The Art Of Pattern

Kathryn had the day off work today — so, I took time off from web design to “do something” with my wife. We decided to visit the local art gallery, The Mercer. There was a retrospective for a deceased artist, who I had not really heard of at all — to find out that it was a textile artist … well, I cannot name another textile artist … her name was Shiela Bownas. Shiela Bownas, I believe, was based…

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