striking uncomfortable poses while discussing the nature of power

Just had a re listen to this piece I made in our old place anew. 3 improvisations sculpted into a piece based on watching the same 6:51 youtube video of Chomsky and Foucault from Dutch TV in 1971 as compositional guidance.

I attempt to work on a daily basis with Alexander Technique, something I’ve done over the past few years. One of the things it makes you think about is how you and other people hold postures and how bodies are used in daily life. Both Chomsky and Foucault get themselves into some pretty uncomfortable positions in this debate. Guess its due to the nature of discussing power post 1968 or just very uncomfortable TV furniture!


Brain Drain

Brain DrainA duo recording from mid October 2014 with myself and Anton Hunter on electric guitars. Rather pleased with this one as it seems to comfortably encompass the completely different ways we approach the instrument as well as the similar points.

Some new reviews

New reviews in French & English of BBM and solo CDrs from Monsieur Delire over in Canada:

BIRCHALL/BRICE/MARKS TRIO / Spitting Feathers (Black & White Cat Press)

Une nouvelle micro étiquette qui publie des CDr. Les deux premières publications mettent en vedette le guitariste David Birchall. D’abord à la guitare électrique, en trio avec Olie Brice (contrebasse) et Phillip Marks (percussions). Improvisation libre européenne – techniques déconstruites, jeu équilibrant instant présent et écoute des autres. Le produit physique est peu soigné, mais ils ont du talent.
A new micro-label releasing CDrs. First two out feature guitarist David Birchall. First on electric guitar, in a trio with Olie Brice (doublebass) and Phillip Marks (percussion). European free improvisation– deconstructed techniques, playing that balances in-the-moment-thinking with attentive listening. The physical product is crude, but they are talented chaps.
DAVID BIRCHALL / Acoustic Textures (Black & White Cat Press)
Et le voici cette fois à la guitare acoustique, dans un set solo de guitare acoustique préparée. Sept pièces, 33 minutes. Il y a de très belles choses ici, des sonorités nouvelles, bien maîtrisées, qui donnent le goût de le voir en action, de savoir comment il s’y prend. Plus remarquable que le disque en trio.
And here he is at the acoustic guitar, in a solo prepared guitar set. Seven tracks, 33 minutes. Some beautiful stuff going on here, novel sonorities, well mastered. This record’s best feature is the fact it makes you want to see him play live, to see how he does it. More unique than the trio record

birdsong & guitar

Been working away trying to get more birdsong out of the guitar in recent months.

Inspired through mainly listening to what goes on in the gardens behind and around our flat, listening and playing along, listening and drawing. Also Gary Smiths work is really interesting here and definitely worth checking out here.

There was an interesting programme on radio 3 about composers and birdsong recently, its on the iplayer for a few more days, listen here while you can.

Makes for intriguing listening but has always been abit of a mystery to me how unlike birdsong most classical works inspired by birdsong is! Messiaen of course has the best go at it in my opinion but constricts himself with 12 tones.

Final note on birds, great performance at the Bristol live art show me and Bekke played at on saturday from Emma Bennett who used cadences and rhythms form birdsong as the basis for her verbal descriptions of the birds.