Researched "properly" here.

Paraphrased here:
The research examined 20 students, 10 of which admitted to experiencing the aforementioned feelings in relation to music and 10 that didn't and took brain scans of all of them all.
Hm. Not a big sample.
He discovered that those that had managed to make the emotional and physical attachment to music actually have different brain structures than those that don't.
Uh huh.
The research showed that they tended to have a denser volume of fibres that connect their auditory cortex and areas that process emotions, meaning the two can communicate better.

This made me feel special. For about two minutes. And then the warm fuzzy feeling was subsumed into my usual angry and misanthropic attitude.

And also here which is less convincing.

Especially as it cites Susan Boyle on Britain's Got Talent and "The first 53 seconds of Air Supply’s Making Love Out of Nothing At All" as examples of things which give people goosebumps.

The author makes the barftastic claim in the comments box:
"It’s funny, John, because how often any individual is able to experience frisson is a function of how highly they rate on the personality facet “Openness to Experience.” For example, I rate in the 99th percentile for Openness and, as a result, I am able to experience frisson 8-15 times or so during any 4-5 minute listening session. In fact, I’m able to mentally trigger frisson by simply thinking about beautiful things (which is a phenomenon documented by Grewe et al., 2010), which is what spurred me on to conduct this research in the first place. Truly fascinating how different we all are!"
Me, I rank in the 0.001th percentile for Openness. I'm a closed book. Character armour of a rhinoceros.

John Cale Gig

Don't sleep on this. I'm taking the whole family.


Grant Hart RIP

This made me a bit fucking sad.

I've told this story before but I spent an evening with Grant, you know kinda in his company.

It was 1989 and we sat together in the balcony of the Subterranean club under the Westway and watched the gig. I didn't realise but I suppose he was probably trying to hit on me (never had very alert gaydar) - but given that I probably looked 16 I expect he imagined I was off-territory. Have always been cute...

All I remember was that he told me he thought Galaxie 500 were a "one-trick pony" - ha, ha, nailed it.


Materialism is widely detested.

You couldn't find many examples of a creed or philosophy which actually endorse it. You're supposed to be like bloomin' Siddharta and cast all that stuff to one side and, you know like, just listen to the river...

But you know objects have given me great pleasure over the years. Real substantiative pleasure. My black Raleigh Bomber. That little grey plastic microscope that was also a telescope. Some cherished pencil cases. Beano annuals. My green wooden desk. Not necessarily all my records, but a few like (when I found them) Manuel Gottsching's E2-E4 in early nineties Edinburgh. Neu! in the Vinyl Exchange in Manchester.

People need to lighten up about Materialism. Last time I checked I was made of material myself.


C'est Normale

 Areski! What's the matter ? - Did not you hear something weird? "Yes." "What is it?" - It's gas. It's the gas in the apartment below. Sometimes there's leaks, so it accumulates, then if there's a spark it explodes. It's normal ! - Ah. "And who says explosion," said detonation. Hence the noise you heard just now. Ah! La la la..

Say? - What? "Do not you think you're burnt?" - Yeah, it's normal I explained. There was an explosion. - Yes. - And the molecular agitation due to this explosion - What? ... Molecular agitation. Ah yes. - Provides sufficient thermal rise to ignite the surrounding materials. - Yes Yes. - That's what we call combustion. It's normal ! - Ah. - You understand ? - Yes Yes. La la la ... - But then ... but ... La la la ...

What did you want? La la la ... - There I wanted to know ... The whole building, it is burning, is that right? - Yes, listen. The materials used in the construction of this building are very fragile. You understand ? - Yes. That is normal because in any case there are only working families and immigrants and some unproductive people. - Yes. Then the fire easily seizes the matter. - Yeah. - It's spreading. So we are in the presence of a fire. - Aaaah. a fire. - It's normal. - Yes Yes Yes. - Yes ? - Okay.  The la la ...

 Areski! - What is it again ? - Do not you feel as if you were starting to fall, there, a little ...? - Listen ... Listen ... - Yes. - Try to understand, it's very simple. - Yes. - You remember burning? - Yes. - The destruction of the building by the flames? - Yes. - Good. It means that below it, the walls and the floors disappeared. - Hum. And that we are no longer sustained by anything. - Yeah. Now a thing which is no longer sustained by anything falls. This is called gravity. It's normal ! - Yeah, yeah. La la la ...

But then ... we're going to fall ... - Yes. - On the 15th floor? - This is completely normal. - That's the earthly attraction. - Okay. La la la ...

Ares, excuse me - What? What? - I'm sorry, but I'm thinking about something. - We do not know- Brigitte, you're tiring!  Sorry. - So we're falling.  Yes. Now every body falls at a definite speed. - Yes. - And on reaching the ground it undergoes a violent deceleration which brings about the rupture of its various components. For example, the members separate from the trunk. - Yes. The brain springs out of the cranial box, etc. - Yeah. - In these conditions of disconnection, it is obvious that the phenomenon of life can not be maintained, it is NORMAL, you understand? - Yeah ...


Field Recordings

Potentially volumes could (and have) been written on this stuff. A big nod must go to Richard Henderson's Field Recordings Primer in The Wire of February 1998. Henderson's selection is near perfect because he concentrates on what is WEIRD, the "other", music from a gone world.

That primer sent me scurrying off to find these LPs - if that sounds superficial, in fairness to me (before the days of Discogs) I had to toil in record shops looking for them. I think I own every one he names now. A few, like the Gbaya and Aka pygmies recordings and the Music In The World of Islam I had beforehand. And I've added a couple of selections here too - the lovely Mandang New Guinea recording which David Toop put out on his Quartz label - and really for its rhizomatic function the Brian Jones Joujouka LP.

I've taken the unusual step of including two tracks from four of the LPs. This isn't actually because I have any shortage of these field recordings. Over the years I've acquired many many. It just felt right. So often these wonderful collections cover massive sonic territory.

Obvious "hits" include "Abu Zelef" (sampled on "Regiment" on My Life In The Bush of Ghosts), "Ketjack (excerpt)" and "Clementine". The story with the latter goes that Colin Turnbull was ushered in front of the village elders to hear their oldest and most cherished "secret" song - and whaddayaknow it's "Clementine". That tells you all you need to know about authentic music.


Savannah Rhythms: Bob Dyula Tribe - Allah Man Dogo
Tantras of Gyuto - Mahakala
The Pygmies of The Ituri Forest - Songs of the Alima
Aka Pygmies -  Deux Chantefables l'Oiseau
Aka Pygmies - Danse Après Avoir Tué un Éléphant (Monzoli)
Turkano Indians of Colombia - Elders chanting origin myths
Musique Du Burundi: François Muduga - Chant avec cithare
Musique Du Burundi: Tambours royaux  - Ingoma
Music In The World of Islam: Dunya Yunis - Abu Zeluf
Music from the morning of the world: Sekehe Senggong - Frog Song
Music from the morning of the world: Gamelan Angklung -Ketjack Dance
Pêcheurs De Perles Et Musiciens Du Golfe Persique - Chants Des Pêcheurs De Perles, Muhamaq (Bahrein)
Music of the Rainforest Pygmies - Honey Gathering Song
Music of the Rainforest Pygmies - Clementine
Sacred Flute Music From New Guinea - [Jarvan] Awar
Musique Gbáyá / Chants À Penser - Naa-Kore
Brian Jones presents the Pipes of Pan at Joujouka: Master Musicians of Joujouka - Joujouka

Music Of Africa Series