Omar Souleyman “Leh Jani”

November 30, 2011

The full hour of this thing on Sham
Palace! Absurdly contagious, the physical duration is so long it takes over. Squint and it sounds like bluegrass, with chants followed by solos and back to chants. The voice through the microphone echoed in the room, like a military commander. It’s been a while since there was a micman like him.

Tape and wax

November 30, 2011

Recently the tape and record deck have been the only ones in use. The sensation is of continuity, of a physical duration outside and independent of yourself which you slowly adjust to the rhythms of. This is what I want music brings – an environment that you can live in (and also, tangentially, have control of).

Prince

November 29, 2011

What’s thrilling about Prince is not that he channels religion into his work, but he’s able to make music that is guilty and yet free. It has internal conflicts and yet transcends them.

Obsession

November 28, 2011

At some point obsession with music can become self-generating, because of its ephemerality. You think, analyse, categorise, all the time.

Romford cafe

November 26, 2011

In a cafe, music is just a feint pulse beneath the coffee machines, hubbub, cutlery, loose change and woosh of the taps. The soundworld is so much richer an upmarket bar or eatery. Pop music here is a structuring presence, a linear signpost through the progress of minutes.

Motion

November 25, 2011

An intuition tells me the experience of music is closely tied to motion; music takes you. Think of a baby which you rock, and their eyes moving in their sockets as they are taken by the motion. Feelings of bass, of speed, they are similar to being rocked to sleep as a child. Motion is an opiate. It is difficult to focus while it is in effect.

Drake’s progress

November 25, 2011

You sometimes wonder if Drake, like Kanye West before him, is simply a blank canvas upon which people can project their high roller desires.