The Cosmic Photo Challenge.

Ok, so this is the “new normal” we’re going to have to get used to, is it?

Well, one thing hasn’t changed and that still means that every Monday on Return of the Internet Nobody, I do a little feature called The Cosmic Photo Challenge and you are all cordially invited to take part.

On Friday I left you a suggestion based on our recent collective incarceration; asking you to capture whatever your personal version is of; The world in lockdown.

I have collected together a few of the shots I took over the last few, surreal weeks, when it has been possible to capture our beautiful town and countryside in a uniquely unpopulated state.

It has also meant that I could take photos from places that are usually far less accessible. These first two were taken from the high River Torridge road bridge, looking both downstream towards Bideford and the mouth of the estuary…

…and inland towards Appledore, with its naval shipyard.

I was lucky enough to catch a good clear evening with no traffic and a full moon high tide, so I could quickly stop the car to jump out and snap these.

But although the weather was equally glorious a few days ago when I took some on Barnstaple square and the more modest (but ancient and far more attractive) “Long Bridge” over the River Taw in town, the tide was resolutely out.

I also had a bit of a play around with a shot of the Albert Memorial clock tower outside the museum and I’m rather pleased with the result of my meticulous fingertip erasing.

As the world returns to some semblance of its bustling self, it’s almost a shame to lose the tranquility and stillness which we humans so casually shatter with our busy lives.

It has been a rare and unusual privilege to witness my home in this more natural, unsullied state and it makes me appreciate it all the more, too.

How does your world look in these strange times?

It couldn’t be easier to take part, just follow these simple steps…

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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 fifty three.

Good morning and thank you for joining me on our final audio excursion into the unknown archives of the Melodic Randomiser, at least for the meantime.

So let’s get the last Isolation Radio show on the go, with a tune from proto-Underworld Welsh oddballs Freur and, purely by coincidence, my epic remix of the title track and only “hit” from their 1983 album, this is “Doot Doot”

To follow that, we take a hard left on the musical superhighway and catch up with another poor relation of a more famous band, Love and Rockets, who started out as Bauhaus. This is “Holiday on the Moon” from 1986’s Express album.

And the closing track for this, the last show in the series, comes to you from one of the more bonkers UK pop outfits of the ’80s, The KLF; whose rampant and chaotic career spawned some of the most recognisable walls of sound in dance music.

Thank you once again for listening and I’ll leave you with the 12″mix of the monumental “Last Train to Trancentral” from 1991’s The White Room.

Stay safe, look out for each other and don’t let the bastards grind you down.

Peace

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Melodic Randomiser: Isolation Radio, day fifty two.

Enough Isolation Radio shows to air one a week for a year!

Another milestone made possible by the musical oracle that is the Melodic Randomiser, which today brings you a trilogy of tunage that starts with…

The Cure and a song originally from their 1982 Pornography album, but shuffled to you here from the ’86 singles collection, Standing on a Beach; this is Laughing Bob and boys with “The Hanging Garden”

I doubt it’s every day that the world’s favourite goth cheerleaders find themselves in the company of upbeat New Orleans jazz, but today is that day. Because the next track is another from the soundtrack of Treme; this time the show’s main theme song by John Boutte (with the bonus of getting DoMaJe‘s theme from the wire, “Way Down in the Hole” thrown in for good measure)

Last in this week’s Saturday listicle is Mrs Musk, or Grimes to her fans (or possibly “X Æ A-12’s mum”) and a song from 2012’s Visions album; this is “Oblivion”

Join me tomorrow for the final Sunday Service in this current run, before the march towards the New Normal continues.

Have a lovely rest of the day, live long and spritzer.

Peace

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Cosmic Photo prompt.

Greetings, I hope your Friday is still going well and that you are prepared for this week’s prompt on The Cosmic Photo Challenge, which I have decided to give the theme of; The world in lockdown.

I know that a lot of you are probably still confined to your respective abodes for the moment, but we’re all being allowed to take at least some exercise, so I thought it would be a good opportunity to see how your corners of the world look during these strange days.

Whether it’s the view from your window, the ghost town-like high streets of your hometowns, or the wide open spaces of local parks; give us a flavour of the way social distancing has affected where you live.

I look forward to seeing what you bring to the table on Monday, enjoy your weekends and keep being excellent to each other.

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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 fifty one.

Time to ease yourselves into the weekend with the Isolation Radio show, bringing you all the crucial tunes the Melodic Randomiser has to spare on this sunny, Summer Friday afternoon.

We begin today’s micro countdown with more from Molly Hatchet and their blistering version of the Lynyrd Skynyrd classic, “Freebird”, from 1985’s “Double Trouble Live” album.

After which extreme riffery we have a touch of serenity from Beth Orton and the opening track to her Central Reservation album; this is “Stolen Car”

Where can we go from that unlikely segue? Well, into a song by the equally mis-matched, latex-clad, 80’s Swiss hair metal screamers, Krokus, that’s where. This is a track from their 1980 Metal Rendezvous album called “Heatstrokes”

That should set the tone for a decent Friday night so, whatever you’re up to this weekend, have a great time and stay safe, my friends.

Peace

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Melodic Randomiser: Isolation Radio, day fifty.

The Isolation Radio show hits the half century in style, as the Melodic Randomiser takes us one day closer to something approaching normality with today’s top three.

Starting with a fantastic track from Patti Smith‘s 1978 Easter album, this is the anthemic call to arms “Till Victory”

Thursday’s second tune is by David Bowie and comes from his album Heroes, released the year previously, this is “Joe the Lion”

We end this unlikely trio with a song from prog’s Mr Grumpy himself, Roger Waters; this is from his 2017 dystopian treatise on modern day civilisation, Is This the Life we Really Want? and it’s called “Wait for Her”

And on that cheery note, I’ll leave you until tomorrow, when I’ll bring you three more slices of musical ephemera to sort through.

Keep safe, stay happy, be good to each other.

Peace

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#1linerWeds*: Wednesday Weirdness.

Here we are again, for what is probably the final dose (for now, anyway) of Wednesday Weirdness, as the guest features for Lockdown 2020 come to an end.

I have once more been hard at work in the Return of the Internet Nobody video editing suite, (a chair in the garden) to splice together an even more FX-laden audio visual spectacular; using a greatest hits collection of my animated Instagram posts which are all, need I remind you, made using only this same single photo, soundtracked with one of my remixes.

With any luck, normal service will resume next week.

#1linerWeds

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*ok, so it was one very long line, I’ll give you that.

Melodic Randomiser: Isolation Radio, day forty nine.

Day 49 of our audio odyssey with the Melodic Randomiser and we’re on the downhill run of the Isolation Radio show.

Just a quick one, as I have two posts to fill today.

The first tune to grace your ears is by The Black Angels and comes from their Clear Lake Forest album. Here’s “An Occurrence at 4507 South Third Street”

Next up, another bona fide pop classic from the ’80s and Soft Cell; this is their huge hit single “Tainted Love”, from the Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret album

And we end with a bit of minimal techno from Lindstrom and “Gentle as a Giant”, from It’s a Feedelity Affair

Ok, gotta run, back tomorrow.

Do good, be good, stay safe.

Peace

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Melodic Randomiser Isolation Radio day forty eight.

Hello again, welcome to the whatever-the-hell-day-it-is edition of the Isolation Radio show and our final week of tunes selected by the Melodic Randomiser.

First on the air today is James Yuill and a track from his These Spirits album, this is “Space Race”

Closely followed by the very peculiar Animal Collective and their album Painting With, here’s a song called “FloriDada”

And bringing up the rear, we have something from the original soundtrack of True Blood, this is the theme song by Jace Everett, the low down and dirty “Bad Things”

What a great threesome to add some spring to your…Tuesday(?) step.

See you tomorrow for more.

Let’s be careful out there.

Peace

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Melodic Randomiser: Isolation Radio, day forty seven.

Looks like the final week of the strictest lockdown restrictions is now underway, meaning some of you may have returned to work already or are doing so in the next few days.

I shall not be going back until next Monday, as I’m not confident we are over the worst of it yet and I am still concerned about a possible spike in new cases over the coming week. That’s a risk I am just not prepared to take, due to Rhonda and Audrey both having health issues which put them at higher risk of serious complications from infection.

So the Isolation Radio show will continue until at least Sunday, because the Melodic Randomiser is still packed full of top tunes, such as…

…a song by Canadian oddballs, Men Without Hats, from their 1982 Rhythm of Youth album, here’s the quirky “Ideas for Walls”

After that we have a big slab of anthemic goth rock by The Sisters of Mercy, from their epic 1985 Floodland album, this is the excellent “Dominion”

And today’s third and final offering is another incarnation of Bill Nelson, this time with his short lived new wave outfit, Red Noise. This is a song from their only album, Sound on Sound, released in ’79, the slightly manic “Art, Empire, Industry”

I would like to take this opportunity to thank any of you who have tuned in for this journey through my musical memory banks, and I hope you’ll stick with me for the last few days of audio delights if you have the time.

Keep on staying safe and being good to each other, this thing is far from over and we all need to continue to do our part.

Peace

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