Mixing lice and noise.

Another lazy weekend, another chance to sit in the sunshine and do some remixing.

This time, the victim subject of my sonic tomfoolery is Stephin Merritt, the singer/songwriter also known as The Magnetic Fields and his strange little song, The Meaning of Lice, which I mashed together with an Art of Noise percussion sample

Here are the lyrics;

Lice, lice, divine device
Miscellaneous
Ticks, ticks, and magic tricks
Subcutaneous
Fleas, fleas, STDs
All of Egypt on their knees
Lice, lice in paradise,
A necessary heresy.

Our god would want their sod
To turn to pestilence
Strange angels so unjust
To peasants in their tents
Murder, rust bringer
Of each leech and skin stinger
Lice, lice in paradise
Religion ain’t philosophy

Lice, lice, divine device
Miscellaneous
Ticks, ticks, and magic tricks
Subcutaneous
Fleas, fleas, STDs
All of Egypt on their knees
Lice, lice in paradise
A necessary heresy

…and here is my mix, along with the supremely gloopy video I made to accompany it.

I give you, The Art Of Lice.

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Cosmic Photo prompt.

K’lee is setting the theme for this week’s K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge and he has picked another slightly enigmatic prompt for you to play with; Pieces of a dream, in black and white.

So if you think you can come up with something suitably dreamy and monochromatic, why not join us on Monday and get involved.

It’s easy when you know how…

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To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, add a pingback to this post (or to K’lee’s) and don’t forget to tag your post #CosPhoChal.

Alternatively, add a link to your blog in the comments of either mine or K’lee’s post and we’ll come and check out your entry.

Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages 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.

#CosPhoChal

K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge: Race day special.

This week’s scorching hot edition of K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge was brought to you by my prompt; The need for speed.

Now, I rarely pick a challenge’s theme based on a predetermined idea, I usually just post the first thing that pops into my head and try to find inspiration from that. But I already knew I was going to have a specific photo-opportunity at the weekend, so I kind of cheated. Plus it ties in nicely with Lewis Hamilton’s valiant, if unsuccessful, fight-back in the British Grand Prix yesterday.

It was worth it, though, as you’ll see in a moment.

First, a little preamble.

Two years ago, Audrey and I went to the small village of George Nympton, on the edge of Exmoor National Park, one slightly drizzly July Saturday afternoon, for their annual fete and live-action recreation of ’70s kids TV favourite, Wacky Races.

If you are somehow unaware of this televisual classic, here’s the intro…

…so that you can compare and contrast, later.

Anyway, back to the same Saturday afternoon, but fast forward to 2018 and add blazing, tarmac-melting heat. Both Audrey and Rhonda joined me for this year’s festivities and the same mix of entertainment was on offer as I remember from last time; a mouth-watering hog roast for lunch, a stroll around the stalls, (getting there early paid off and I bagged a few CDs and a DVD box-set)

…a small dog show, with views across the beautiful, rolling hills of the Devon countryside…

…live music…

…and of course, the racing itself.

The road into the village is on a very steep hill, with a sharp, almost 90° corner half way down, where the road becomes slightly less steep for a long straight run to the finish line outside the church.

Since this is the only road through the village, organisers have to use walkie-talkies to coordinate traffic control for each race, but the four homemade vehicles and their intrepid riders all got their moments of glory in the sun eventually.

There were two of a more traditional go-cart design…

…along with this little guy and his Battle Bus

…who I missed as he crossed the line on his second run, but you’ll see him in action soon, as I did catch all the action on video.

Last, but certainly not least, was Audrey’s undoubted favourite; the fabulous Scooby Doo Mystery Machine, complete with costumed team and smoke effects, which was the overall winner of the time trial, not surprising when you see how fast it came down that hill.

The racers were towed up the hill by quad bike…

…then a few minutes later, this happened:

Check out the clip, it’s only one minute long, then show us what you did to get up to speed with the challenge this week.

K’lee’s post zooms past, HERE, check it out.

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To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, add a pingback to this post (or to K’lee’s) and don’t forget to tag your post #CosPhoChal.

Alternatively, add a link to your blog in the comments of either mine or K’lee’s post and we’ll come and check out your entry.

Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages 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.

#CosPhoChal

Cosmic Photo prompt.

This week, it’s my turn to set the theme for K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge and, unusually for me, I do so with a particular subject in mind.

You’ll see what I mean on Monday, when we meet back here with photos that capture; The need for speed.

See y’all then, have a good weekend.

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To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, add a pingback to this post (or to K’lee’s) and don’t forget to tag your post #CosPhoChal.

Alternatively, add a link to your blog in the comments of either mine or K’lee’s post and we’ll come and check out your entry.

Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages 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.

#CosPhoChal

One liner Wednesday: Alternative dictionary.

Just squeaking in under the wire for One liner Wednesday this week, due to preparing this massive stack of documents…

…which Rhonda and I (well, mostly Rhonda) have been collating over the past week, ready to send to the solicitor, who will then submit our visa application appeal for Home Office judicial review.

So cross your fingers, please and thank you.

Anyway, on with today’s new entry in the alternative dictionary, a bit of a groaner, I’m afraid;

“Goatee” – Part of an Indian golf course.

#1linerWeds

Pingback to Linda G Hill.

K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge.

Monday morning means K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge, with the prompt this week chosen by K’lee; Free like a bird.

Well, I sat in the garden most of the day yesterday, but the local bird population was less than cooperative. However, there was one garden resident who I did manage to capture, so here is my selection; Free as a…squirrel.

I spotted the little grey critter on the fence…

…then he spotted me…

…which seemed to startle him into action…

…and he was gone.

As for the birds, here are a few from the archives.

See just how high K’lee soars with his post, HERE, it’s spectacular.

Now you can show us your flights of photographic fancy.

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To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, add a pingback to this post (or to K’lee’s) and don’t forget to tag your post #CosPhoChal.
Alternatively, add a link to your blog in the comments of either mine or K’lee’s post and we’ll come and check out your entry.

Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages 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.

#CosPhoChal

Cosmic Photo prompt.

K’lee was a trifle late with his prompt this week, but here it is, just in time to provide inspiration for Monday’s edition of K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge.

He chose to let you be; Free like a bird, however you decide to interpret that.

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To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, add a pingback to this post (or to K’lee’s) and don’t forget to tag your post #CosPhoChal.

Alternatively, add a link to your blog in the comments of either mine or K’lee’s post and we’ll come and check out your entry.

Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages 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.

#CosPhoChal

Return of DJ Nobody.

To help take my mind off the stress and turmoil of the past few weeks, I’ve been mucking around with audio-visual gadgets again, to bring you two additions to my ever-expanding collection of psychedelic remix videos.

The first frenetic explosion of sound and colour is an unlikely collision between African rhythms and Balearic beats, mixing The Sahara All-Stars with Beat Connection, resulting in Take Your Balearic Trunk Soul Rhythm

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Secondly, a more subtle reworking of a song by electronic music innovator and producer, Imogen Heap, the lovely Glittering Cloud, unimaginatively renamed by me as Stuttering Cloud.

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