Melodic Randomiser: Isolation radio, day five.

Hello again, I hope the beginning of a new week in this surreal new existence finds you all healthy and relatively unaffected by the craziness of our collective situation.

But just in case the cabin fever is starting to bite and you’re in the mood for musical respite, the Melodic Randomiser is here to distract you from reality for a few harmonious moments. So sit back and take in today’s triumphant triumvirate of top tunage, courtesy of the Isolation radio show.

A good honest slab of rock ‘n’ roll to start you off with, from George Thorogood and the DestroyersAnthology album, here’s a live recording of “Who Do You Love?”

Difficult to think of a way to get further away from that, stylistically speaking, other than by playing the next randomly selected song; everyone’s favourite pasty-faced, robotic electro-goth, Gary Numan and 1980’s “We Are Glass”, from a remastered edition of his third consecutive UK number one album, Telekon.

And for the last in today’s grab bag of audio excellence, we go even further back in time, to a 1974 record from a band led by Wakefield’s finest guitarist, Bill Nelson. His gratifyingly eclectic career is one I have followed with growing interest, ever since first hearing this band as a teenager; the continuously reinventing prog/glam/new wave experiment that was Be-bop Deluxe.

So lay back, close your eyes and experience the grandiose theatrical sweep of “Darkness (L’Immoraliste)”

That’s it for today, more tomorrow. Until then, look after yourselves and each other and keep the faith, we’ll get through this.

Peace

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The Cosmic Photo Challenge.

It’s another lovely day at the end of the world and here we are again, documenting it all with pictures in The Cosmic Photo Challenge.

I asked you to Pick a colour on Friday as a theme for today’s challenge, which I did…

…even though most of my three photos are different colours entirely.

Audrey and I went out for our government-allocated, daily hour of exercise on Saturday, which was when it occurred to me as it does every year, that yellow really is the accent colour of Spring, (yes, I know we’re officially in summertime now) so that’s the colour I picked.

I captured a bank packed with primroses, a picture postcard country cottage with bright yellow paintwork and a rather lovely panoramic shot including “a host of golden daffodils”, as Wordsworth would no doubt have described it.

It was only when I came to post them that I realised what a small percentage of my chosen images were actually yellow. Still I stand by my choices, but see what you think, did I meet the brief?

Which hues did you choose?

Let’s see your weekend homework, it’s easy to do…

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To get involved with the challenge; check out the Cosmic Photo Prompt each Friday, then post a photo (or photos) on your blog the following Monday, with a pingback link to my Monday post.

Tag your posts with #CosPhoChal.

Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages, animation, gifs, or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, (in fact, they’re actively encouraged!) so get creative and turn your photos into artworks for the Cosmic Photo Challenge.

Melodic Randomiser: Isolation radio, day four.

Ok, I think you’ve got the idea now, so without further ado here are the next three offerings from the Melodic Randomiser to soundtrack your secluded Sunday.

Firstly, Cage the Elephant, with “Black Widow” from their Melophobia album…

…after which we are treated to the sample-pilfering delights of The Avalanches and the lead single from Wildflower, the joyously upbeat “Frankie Sinatra”.

And we round the fourth foray into the playback pick ‘n’ mix which is the Isolation radio show, with the late, great Tom Petty.

Here’s a song from an album which is high up on my list of all time favourites, Full Moon Fever, “A Mind With a Heart of its Own”.

Keep on keeping on and I’ll return tomorrow with more random choices from the next jukebox shuffle session.

Peace

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Melodic Randomiser: Isolation radio, day three.

The third trio of tunes on the reinvigorated Melodic Randomiser kicks off with some space rock/jazz fusion and the title track from Mercury Prize nominated album, Channel the Spirits, by The Comet is Coming

…dovetailing rather nicely with a song from a solo album called Fun in Space, by Queen drummer Roger Taylor; here’s “Good Times are Now”.

I can’t think of even a tenuous connection to the final tune today, so I’ll just tell you that it’s “Crocodile” by UK dance music heavyweights, Underworld, from the album Oblivion With Bells.

Until tomorrow, stay safe, stay home and be excellent to each other.

Peace.

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Melodic Randomiser: Isolation radio, day two.

It’s the second day of musical seclusion and the Melodic Randomiser has already given me a chance to play you one of my recent remixes; (an honest shuffle, I assure you) comprising the unlikely pairing of “Hits from the bong” by Cyprus Hill and “Pump up the Volume” by M.A.R.R.S.

Here is “Pump up the Bong”, I hope you enjoy it.

{Note: I know there are copyright issues with the YouTube link in some regions, if this affects your ability to view it, go HERE to listen or download for free}

Song two for today’s mini mixtape is one from my youth you almost certainly haven’t heard of; the title track of “Walking Into Mirrors” by the hugely unappreciated Johnny Warman. If you haven’t previously been aware of Mr Warman, I urge you to seek out his work, he has made some top tunes.

Thirdly, a fine example of electro goth rock from Danse Society and their 1983 hit “Heaven is Waiting”. Here’s a rare live video of them performing the song the year after release.

That’s it for today, join me again tomorrow for another brief glimpse into my musical history.
In the meantime, I’ll give Bill and Ted the final word…

Peace

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Cosmic photo prompt.

Welcome back to the prompt section of The Cosmic Photo Challenge, in which I shall provide your inspirational theme for Monday’s photographic extravaganza.

More and more of us are having to remain on our own properties at the moment, if not completely indoors, so I will continue to give you prompts with very broad ranges of subject matter. This week I’m asking you to be true to a hue and; Pick a colour.

Yes, you can post photos of whatever you damn well like, just as long as all of your contributions conform to the same spectral position.

Let’s say three images minimum this week, since we all have a bit more time on our hands. That gives you shades to play with, too, within your main colour choice.

So get playful with the pigmentation and creative with the colourisation for The Cosmic Photo Challenge, it’s a piece of cake when you know how…

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To get involved with the challenge; check out the Cosmic Photo Prompt each Friday, then post a photo (or photos) on your blog the following Monday, with a pingback link to my Monday post.

Tag your posts with #CosPhoChal.

Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages, animation, gifs, or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, (in fact, they’re actively encouraged!) so get creative and turn your photos into artworks for the Cosmic Photo Challenge.

Return of the Melodic Randomiser: Isolation radio.

If you have had the misfortune dedication and good taste to have been following my eclectic scribblings for a few years, you might remember a recurring strand called The Melodic Randomiser. This was a feature wherein I shuffled my extensive music collection to bring you unplanned playlists with, whenever possible, their accompanying videos.

Since we all have so much extra time on our hands at the moment, I thought it a good time to resurrect the Randomiser once more.

This time the medium is digital, the jukebox is my old phone with 3,419 tracks on its memory card and I am picking the first track by blind scrolling, followed by whatever the next two tracks Poweramp’s shuffle throws up each day.

Here goes…

…the first tune to stop under my prodding fingertip is a song from the self-titled 2019 album by International Teachers of Pop, (which owes no small debt to Trans Europe Express by Kraftwerk); here is “Age of the Train”.

Now, as Monty Python once memorably said, for something completely different, swapping electropop for the emo punk of My Chemical Romance and the short and to the point “Teenagers”, from their excellent album, The Black Parade.

Last, equally brief but most definitely not least, we have cultural magpie and all round musical genius, David Byrne and Talking Heads, with a track from their debut, Talking Heads ’77, an album I have owned on vinyl, cassette, CD and now mp3; “Who is it?”

I’ll be back tomorrow with more tunes to help soundtrack our communal enforced staycation, so until then, look after yourselves and each other.

Peace
dalecooper57

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The Cosmic Photo Challenge.

Sorry I’m late posting today’s installment of The Cosmic Photo Challenge, it must be the upcoming zombie apocalypse making me forgetful.

I gave you the prompt of Inside on Friday, since we’re all spending a lot of time involuntarily incarcerated at the moment, but I did manage to get out in the garden during yesterday’s sunny weather.

The inside of a fritillary, an obelisk covered in clematis, an internal view of a bamboo clump and the sky outside on the inside of my coffee cup…

Did you get out and about, or were you internalising at the weekend?

Let’s see what you captured.

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To get involved with the challenge; check out the Cosmic Photo Prompt each Friday, then post a photo (or photos) on your blog the following Monday, with a pingback link to my Monday post.

Tag your posts with #CosPhoChal.

Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages, animation, gifs, or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, (in fact, they’re actively encouraged!) so get creative and turn your photos into artworks for the Cosmic Photo Challenge.

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