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Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

While following Diamond Geezer’s obfuscation with the parliamentary select committe I was quietly working on the fingering of Bach’s Little Fugue in G Minor BWV 587.

After 2 hours I significantly improved the performance … Mainly getting a fingering pattern that was comfortable to play and suited my cricket career battered fingers.

It is tricky because of course this fugue was written for pedal organ so it is necessary to incorporate some voices into alternate left and right hands.

To help I have used coloured highlighters to locate the notes to each hand… Sometimes as few as one or two notes.

I am pleased and happy that the sleaze and corruption of the banking scandal has actually produced something more lasting and valuable than Diamond’s £20 million bonus.

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iPad in the Garden.

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

Singularly the greatest asset of working in interactive multimedia is that you learn to manage change.

In the arena of modern technology nothing stays the same longer than the latest upgrade.

As I predicted the smart phone would overtake the desk bound pizza box computer and so it proves to be true as I sit in the garden typing with both hands on the large touch sensitive screen of the iPad keyboard swiping my way through digital newspapers and finger gesturing the pages back and forth, linking people’s thoughts and comments across the internet via various social networking applications.

Inherently, you feel at the centre of your web like a spider where every touch on the silken thread vibrates and resonates across the world.

Only to be interrupted by a shower that means I have to rescue a whirligig of washing. [ 10.55hrs ]

@bbcpm: A million £ salary per annum and can’t read a memo properly ….. But can create massive watertight salary contract. #barclaysbank

Article from: SmallPeopleAgainstBigGovernment

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

THIS IS ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL READING

No news from Iceland… why?

How come we hear everything that happens in Egypt but no news about what’s happening in Iceland:

In Iceland, the people has made the government resign, the primary banks have been nationalized, it was decided to not pay the debt that these created with Great Britain and Holland due to their bad financial politics and a public assembly has been created to rewrite the constitution.

And all of this in a peaceful way.
A whole revolution against the powers that have created the current global crisis. This is why there hasn’t been any publicity during the last two years: What would happen if the rest of the EU citizens took this as an example? What would happen if the US citizens took this as an example.

This is a summary of the facts:

2008. The main bank of the country is nationalized.
The Krona, the currency of Iceland devaluates and the stock market stops.
The country is in bankruptcy

2008. The citizens protest in front of parliament and manage to get new elections that make the resignation of the prime minister and his whole government.
The country is in bad economic situation.
A law proposes paying back the debt to Great Britain and Holland through the payment of 3,500 million euros, which will be paid by the people of Iceland monthly during the next 15 years, with a 5.5% interest.

2010. The people go out in the streets and demand a referendum. In January 2010 the president denies the approval and announces a popular meeting.
In March the referendum and the denial of payment is voted in by 93%. Meanwhile the government has initiated an investigation to bring to justice those responsible for the crisis, and many high level executives and bankers are arrested. The Interpol dictates an order that make all the implicated parties leave the country.

In this crisis an assembly is elected to rewrite a new Constitution which can include the lessons learned from this, and which will substitute the current one (a copy of the Danish Constitution).
25 citizens are chosen, with no political affiliation, out of the 522 candidates. For candidacy all that was needed was to be an adult and have the support of 30 people. The constitutional assembly starts in February of 2011 to present the ‘carta magna’ from the recommendations given by the different assemblies happening throughout the country. It must be approved by the current Parliament and by the one constituted through the next legislative elections.

So in summary of the Icelandic revolution:

-resignation of the whole government
-nationalization of the bank.
-referendum so that the people can decide over the economic decisions.
-incarcerating the responsible parties
-rewriting of the constitution by its people

Have we been informed of this through the media?
Has any political program in radio or TV commented on this?

No!
The Icelandic people have been able to show that there is a way to beat the system and has given a democracy lesson to the world — with Joe Smith and Mike Louden.

Ref : https://www.facebook.com/SmallPeopleAgainstBigGovernment

May 4th : post election “blues”

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Stayed up until 2am watching the Tories spin their way through the election results.

Usual cat fighting among the head honchos – well the lackeys, you never see anyone of substance until the dust has settled.

Not signed in to the media yet to find out the extent of the carnage but it creates an interesting scenario.

Question : will the savaging of the Tory vote and the “disappearance of Liberals” give the blue rinse fascists ammunition to force Scameron to the right with tougher cuts and anti social policies?”

I hope so, it will fuel the anger in the country of the middle England mob and the summer should be very interesting.

May 3rd

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Just got an iPad and moved up from the smartphone which was bulging with stuff and beginning to stress out my eyes. I am not the best typist in the world and I really appreciate larger keyboard for writing and even more so for reading documents from #Leveson and news bulletins.

At last I can be totally paperless with as fracas news is concerned.

I have spent the last month catching up with my piano playing averaging 5-6 hours practice a day.

Mostly in the morning but I often do an hour at the end of the day and despite the carnage visited on my hands by 30 years wicket keeping, things are gong well.

New STudio development

Monday, March 5th, 2012

the new beast 🙂

STudio acquisition a Korg SP-170s full size digital piano with audio/midi transfer to the iMac. includes concert grand piano/ electric pianos / organ / celeste /claviachord /harpsichord and string instruments.

Keyboard action is balanced like a traditional piano plus the action is sensitive pressure of attack from staccato forte to mellow pianoforte.

Targets and Own Goals

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

Hey ................. !!!!

come on WordPress I gave up TARGETS when I left teaching ……. grrrrr

“goal” really, more like “own goal”

Who said ” I like writing but can’t stand the paperwork”?

fuse xx

Spring is the air ? … and loving the French

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

Loving France is like having a boyfriend :D) : or, so I recall from when I last had one.

It’s the age old French trick … they seduce with warm sunshine, delicious food, great coffee, a sexy language, a casual disregard for authority.

I really loved the attitude that meant last year a national strike with rioting on the streets stopped altogether on the day of a national holiday then resumed the day after. Thoughts of riot police and rioters sharing a quiet Pernod in a corner cafe appealed to me. It’s a sense of perspective.

Whatever the paper work … and it is frustrating, at least there isn’t a “net curtain” gestapo monitoring your every move with the boy(s) from across town that you happened to share a PowerBook lead with at the bistro internet :D)

btw expecting delivery of a full keyboard electric piano on Monday ….. then my blog will become even less sporadic than it already is.

fuse xx

First of Two Small Compositions 2012 ( work in progress)

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

This soundtrack constructed in GaragBand is a fragment of a piece for piano and string orchestra.

I have been working on and developing Midi/Audio wave production of sound tracks in composition.

I am indebted to “LeadingTone” at tumblr for a source of music theory and further links to ‘scored” videos on YouTube that have enabled me to unlock the lessons I was given as a boy when I was Junior Organ Scholar at Bristol Cathedral.

I apologise for grabbing the Costa Gardia images but the fim also features the opening credit identity for 18ep Productions and includes …” the man in the window image from the Summer riots of 2011 as well as an out-take from the definitive 1922 film “The Man with a Camera”, a film that contains most of the effects and techniques that have featured in film making for nearly 100 years.

The “take a picture” image was shot in Barcelona in 2009 and was graffitti on the stair wall leading to the Westend of the Sagrada Familia.
I found it ironic that any ‘express tourists’ would take home a memory not only of an amazing edifice but the annonymous stamp of a social comment from the heart of Catalonian Spain.

I have also been working to establish the OKfuse ID in terms of intro and closing credits for my work. Clearly the two elements that are emerging from 2011 are the “man in the window” and “take a picture” images.

As all authorities and governments are finding out often to their cost and discomfort, everyone has a camera in their pocket with the facility to produce both still moving image. In some senses, it is proving to be the greatest liberating phenomena for the ‘ordinary’ persons of the world since the invention of the printing press permitted people to read and inform themselves.

Look out for more
:D)

Dec 01/12/11

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Sat in audiology. Expected a large queue, but no. Monumental week with more cuts, arguments over finance and UNISON strike yesterday.

More fascinating is following the Levenson Inquiry on culture / ethics in the media. Riveting stuff taking the lid off the reeking cesspit of tabloid journalism and inextricably linked to the phone hacking inquiry all pointing to corruption and malpractice at the highest levels of our society.

Sometime I may get a film together but right now I am having a break from that while I sort out ears and other things.

Ooops it’s my turn to go in but must remember to make specialist appointment before I leave.

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