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K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge…

I missed Stream of Consciousness Sunday yesterday, because I got caught up in working on our new garden with Rhonda, but I did manage to do some photographic tinkering for today’s edition of K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge.

I picked Faces for the theme this week and I had originally been thinking; Hmmm, what else has a face..?, which led me to create this…

…but Audrey and I went to the Pride celebrations in Bideford on Saturday, where she had her face painted and we went on the Waltzer together, (about which, more in a moment) so I thought I’d turn these two photos…

…into this surreal composite image.

Audrey is currently obsessed with all manner of screechingly annoying teenage YouTube “stars” and is always excited at any chance to play at being a YouTuber herself, so she was thrilled when I uploaded this video of the two of us on the Waltzer on Saturday.

I apologise for the clip being shot in the incorrect aspect ratio, (usually a pet peeve of mine) but it was hard enough to hold my phone steady as it was, what with Audrey alternately laughing and screaming in my ear the whole time.

And to tie into the whole faces theme, she pulls a very comprehensive selection for the camera.
Enjoy.

K’lee has a link to his post HERE.

Now show us what you have to offer.
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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

 

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#atozchallenge: V is for Vibraphone…

It’s time for some music on the #atozchallenge, because I couldn’t do a B to Z of Twin Peaks without including Angelo Badalamenti, the multi-instrumentalist composer whose soundtrack gives the show it’s distinctive atmosphere.

Unfortunately, the B post was already taken by King Tuck himself, Billy Zane, so I’ve had to include Angelo by way of one his trademark sounds, the Vibraphone.

To this end, I bring you something of an exclusive; I have tracked down (pun intended, obviously) a vibraphone only version of Audrey Horne‘s languorous and “too dreamy” theme, Freshly Squeezed, from an extensive archive of Badalamenti/Lynch tunes from Twin Peaks and other projects.

To enable me to share it with you, I have uploaded it to YouTube, as the soundtrack to an Audrey photo montage.

So here, for your viewing and listening pleasure, is one minute forty two seconds of cool jazz, with Angelo on vibes and Audrey on virginal smouldering.

Niiiiice.

#atozchallenge: V is for Vibraphone.

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2017 in A - Z challenge, Music, TV, Twin Peaks, Video

 

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#atozchallenge: U is for Umbrellas…

Ok, I admit it, the “U” post in this year’s #atozchallenge has got me stumped, so I’m having to really scrape the most tenuous link from the bottom of of my B to Z of Twin Peaks barrel.

But I found something.

After rejecting Undercover as being too generic, (despite Dale and Ed’s excursion as a pair of vacationing “oral surgeons”) and Uncle (which is what Maddy Ferguson called Leland Palmer) because, well, that’s just a bit too tenuous, even by my standards, I decided the best I could do was Umbrellas.

Why umbrellas, you ask?

Because, during the Miss Twin Peaks beauty pageant, the town’s prospective beauty queens perform a dance routine with, you guessed it, twirling umbrellas.

(Thanks to Christian Hartleben for help sourcing a decent screen shot)

As a bonus and because I’ve already made the link to Miss Twin Peaks, here’s a minor subplot character, Lana Budding-Milford, played by Robyn Lively, performing a dance of “contortionistic jazz exotica”, whatever that is.

#atozchallenge: U is for Umbrellas.

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2017 in A - Z challenge, TV, Twin Peaks

 

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#atozchallenge: G is for Gordon…

 

Today’s rather late entry for the #atozchallenge is a celebration of one of my favourite David Lynch creations; himself.

Because the sixth time we delve into my B-Z of Twin Peaks we find FBI Regional Bureau Chief Gordon Cole, played by, you guessed it, David Lynch.

One of the most endearing things about Twin Peaks is the way moments of innocent and absurd comedy produce a welcome counterpoint to the darker themes, Lynch’s character being one of the prime examples of this comic relief. He apparently took Cole’s name from a minor character in 1950’s Sunset Boulevard, one of his favourite movies.

Gordon Cole is Special Agent Dale Cooper’s immediate superior and initially only appears as a voice on a phone speaker, albeit a very loud one. The reason for this becomes clear when Cole finally arrives in town; he is severely deaf and wears two hearing aids, meaning that he TALKS AT FULL VOLUME ALL THE TIME! and constantly mishears people, leading to some great comic moments.

The reason for Gordon’s deafness is never really addressed, although he does say at one point is that “it’s a long story” . But there is a twist; in one of the scenes from the show that still makes me laugh out loud even now, after all the times I’ve seen it.
Here’s FBI Bureau Chief Gordon Cole meeting “miraculous” waitress Shelley Johnson for the first time, ordering some of that famous cherry pie.

#atozchallenge: G is for Gordon.

 
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Posted by on April 8, 2017 in A - Z challenge, Blogging, TV, Twin Peaks

 

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March of the Internet Nobody, day eighteen: Melodic Randomiser Unspooled, part many…

As I predicted last weekend, a Melodic Randomiser Unspooled post is the easiest way to fulfill my daily blogging duties on a Saturday, so join with me in enjoying some more nostalgic musical treasures from the boxes of cassettes under the stairs.

Today we have another eclectic selection that spans the decade when music was going through a paradigm shift, due to the increasing use of electronically created music. Everyone from prog rock stalwarts to ex-punks were experimenting with the huge range and variety of music that could be achieved using synthesizers, incorporating exciting new textures and sounds into their existing oeuvre, enabling them to stay relevant in this brave new world of musical exploration.

The first of today’s cryptic triptych is from one of those prog bands who narrowly avoided being eclipsed by the new wave of cutting edge electronic bands by embracing new sounds into a back catalogue already rife with elaborate synthesizer noodling; Yes.

Drama was released as the decade began and was the album when production genius and keyboard whiz Trevor Horn came onboard, after founder member Rick Wakeman departed the band, blending their trademark flamboyant style with shinier production and a sleeker, more modern sound.

And here you can enjoy the full album in all its dramatic glory.


Then we have a band who grew from the ashes of proto-goth punks, Bauhaus and honed their sound into a mellower, more melodic style as Love and Rockets and this is their Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven album, released slap bang in the middle of the ’80s.

Here is The Dog-end of a Day Gone By.

Lastly and not at all leastly, one of the pioneers of UK electronic music in ’80s, Depeche Mode, who were making sparse, bleepy pop when Yes released Drama but by 1990 had matured into an edgy and decidedly darker band, Violator being a massive critical and commercial success for them, beginning a debauched and reckless few years during which frontman Dave Gahan actually died twice.

This is their huge worldwide hit, Enjoy the Silence.

Well I don’t know about you, but that certainly brought back some memories.
Tune in for this month’s final edition of Melodic Randomiser Unspooled next weekend.

There’s a bonus post coming up later, so watch out for that and I’ll see you tomorrow for SoCS and whatever I think of to do on my day off.

Cheerio.

 
 

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March of the Internet Nobody, day eleven: Melodic Randomiser Unspooled, part somethingorother…

For today’s daily post I’m going with the ever faithful standby of grabbing a handful of cassettes out of a box and bringing you another in my recently resurrected series of Melodic Randomiser Unspooled.

The triumphant triumvirate of tapes that graces my blog juke box today are a pretty eclectic selection, so there’s a chance you might find something that piques your interest, whatever your musical taste (well, maybe not, but you don’t know until you try, do you?). There’s the terrifyingly, deliriously heavy thunder of metal, spiky alternative new wave pop and wryly humorous, percussion laden ska, which is enough for anyone to digest in one sitting. Not only that; you get not one, but two full albums and a host of bonus tracks.

You’re welcome.

Firstly a band fronted by one of the many great artists to have shuffled off stage for the final time in the last couple of years; here’s Lemmy and Motörhead with the entire expanded album of Orgasmatron.

Once you’ve got your hearing back after that, soothe your ears with the harmonious tones of the Fun Boy Three and their 1981, post-Specials debut single, The Lunatics Have Taken Over The Asylum

…then to round off this musical mystery tour here’s another complete album (courtesy of a YouTube playlist) by an artist whose career has spanned as many musical styles as you care to mention; from virtuoso guitar solos in ’70s rock musos Be Bop Deluxe, to experimenting with electronic and ambient music, to his more recent, laid back material, Bill Nelson has always been a musical innovator.

He was on the second stylistic phase of his career by this point; from 1979, this is Bill Nelson’s Red Noise and Sound On Sound.

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I suspect the Randomiser will become a weekend fixture for the remainder of March, so stay tuned for more of not-the-same soon.

 
 

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March of the Internet Nobody, day three: Melodic Randomiser unspooled, part whatever…

Day three of my daily, month-long attempt to post something every day for a month and I haven’t even started repeating myself yet and it’s already day three of my monthly attempt to post something every day. 

It’s going well so far, I think.

Today is music day and I have once again unearthed a box of rattling plastic cases and fragile spools of magnetic ribbon from under the stairs for your listening pleasure.

Yes, it’s time for another of my occasional Melodic Randomiser Unspooled posts; wherein I ferret around in a plywood box filled with dozens of cassettes, relics from the hazy days of my youth, to bring you a trio of tunes to tickle your terpsichorean tendencies.

The trilogy of tapes making up today’s random selection of rectangular nostalgia are as fine an example of eclectic juxtaposition as you could possibly hope to fill your aural receptors with, so sit back and let it wash over you.

First up, a man once described as looking like “a sexy dolphin” by Radio 1’s Jo Wiley, Evan Dando and his band, with a track from Come on feel The Lemonheads; here’s Big gay heart

…followed by the breakthrough track from Sheffield’s hardest working band of the ’90s, Pulp, with the brilliantly observed and ferociously cynical Common People

…finishing off with a track from one of the most enduring and accomplished guitar players of all time, Carlos Santana and his eponymous band, with a true classic, Samba Pa Ti.


And if you can’t find something there to please your audio sensory apparatus, then I’ll just have to try extra hard next time, so stay tuned.

Up next, the Cosmic Photo prompt, then another post tomorrow, see you soon…

 
 

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