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weaving, sadie plant, geekgirl & cyberfeminism

last weekend I did a Spinning & Weaving class at Sydney Community College with Pat Davidson, and a yarn & fibre dyeing class in the Blue Mountains with Wooldancer. both were great - though I am now behind in answering uni philosophy class questions ;) this week I also came across Travis' actionweaver site via @spindexer. I made one of the card looms using his template on the site. I didn't use the backstrap though and because I'd folded the card - I'd only had photo paper available so it's not the most sturdy of looms - it became weaker. I've ordered one of his portable laser looms, so it should arrive over the next couple of weeks. photos of my first attempt :


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sunday 06/06/2010

whew, things are a little calmer now. I've popped back into facebook & twitter a couple of times and it seems ok. I've been busy with uni this week, and work. we've had to do a lot of reading. my inkjet printer hasn't been working well - the prints are blurry and mis-aligned, even after new (expensive!) inks and multiple realignment attempts. so I bought a laser printer for $99 and it's been working well - I wish I'd done this sooner. had I known how cheap they were these days I would have! the old printer is actually one of those multi-function devices so it's still working as a scanner.

I started a section for philosophy class in the collections part of my site. so I can keep notes etc. I started writing some freemind notes last night from one of the readings, and I watched a couple of videos also - the Carl Sagan's videos on pre-socratic philosophers

Carl Sagan on the pre-socratic philosophers (part 1)

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back to basics & aaaarg is dead. long live aaaarg

I'm taking a break from SM (social media) for a while. to enjoy some "slow media" again - my blog, my email and most importantly, my notebook. people can contact me on aliak77 AT gmail if they want to. though in saying this already I've had to go back to twitter to contact someone who found a problem with my site so I could say thanks, when email wasn't working. so SM still has it's place, but I'm taking a break from checking it regularly - it was getting out of control. I felt I was getting addicted to checking the pages.

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Autechre in Sydney - my experiences

I received a last min ticket from @artsdigitalera (tx!) so didn't arrive until about 10pm. rob hall was playing. I liked his set - thought it was quite varied, so there was something for everyone. it seemed to be a mixed, older crowd so I liked that too. I thought he was playing tracks going backwards in time. dubstep -> tech -> breakbeat -> acid house etc so I liked that too.

went downstairs to the side of the stage to hear Autechre. I found myself standing, swaying more like it, in the spot where all the speaker air aligned and it was sending electric shocks through my arms, legs and face - cheeks & nose. lips were vibrating. base of my throat was constricting - I could feel this when I moved to other places, but not the feelings in the rest of my body. I could feel puffs of air going up my jeans and jumper sleeves, and with every beat of the heavy bass it was giving me a shock. it felt like a tens machine had been hooked up to the line out and was sending pulses into the floor & conducting through my shoes with every beat. I showed a few other people the spot and they felt it too. one girl told me it sounded better up the front, in front of the speaker, but that was too loud so I moved back to the other spot where it was less loud (if that's possible). at times it made me feel a bit sick. my nose was running. I had to keep moving away, but I had to keep moving back too. it was the most physiological reaction to a music performance I'd ever felt at a gig (& prob in my life, let alone at a gig) I was thinking that some of those frequencies must be borderline legal?? my friend's dave & murray mentioned there was a band that plays tones/frequencies that cause adverse bodily functions. I just kept thinking of an old Get Smart episode where they'd played tones to blow up or interrogate one of the russian spies - or something like that, I forget the actual details, but I remember seeing an old ep like that when I was a child and wondering how sound could do that.

http://blip.tv/file/3686967 has a video taken throughout the night. ~ 1min of rob hall & ~ 5mins of autechre. it's from my phone cam so not the best quality, and autechre played in the dark, except for the lights of the bar, which I filmed to get some focus. it seemed to me like they were doing a southern cross constellation tour - playing under the constellation glow of the apple logos and desk monitor lights. from the side I could faintly see one of the guys from the glow of light from his mac book pro.

so, for a performance I didn't think I'd get to see as I hadn't pre-planned getting a ticket, it was a great night - a very physical performance/experience for me. I slept & dreamt so well afterwards too.

I had hoped to make it to Graham St John's book launch in st peters though I missed that. there were so many things on last night - it was one of those nights with too much choice so I almost stayed home, except for the ticket offer that made me leave the house.

I have some of Autechre's early albums (1990s vintage) - might need to check out their new one too

-- posted as an email reply to autechre thread on clan-l

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Super Massive - Get Me Out Of My Head Digital Single & Tour

SUPER MASSIVE "GET ME OUT OF MY HEAD" SINGLE & TOUR

Sydney's alternative-pop/electro/rock band Super Massive have released an epic, wildly dynamic, experimental pop track called "Get Me Out Of My Head" which is out now on iTunes. The band will be touring through May, playing shows in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Byron Bay, Surfers Paradise and Brisbane from May 1st - 22nd.

The songwriting venture of singer/writer Malina Hamilton-Smith and drummer/composer Glenn Abbott (aka Bryan Ferrysexual, ex-Machine Gun Fellatio), Super Massive make highly creative, intense, exhilarating and sexy electro-alterna-pop music that's driven by brutally funky dance grooves, delivered with the lustiness of a rock band.

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Iris to Hypnos / Fieldhead "Crest"

this Iris to Hypnos / Fieldhead "Crest" album is as beautiful as Nature. hard to contemplate something human-made could be this beautiful

I'd love to be able to make Sounds as beautiful as these. how do they learn this. sounds like pure emotion

& the cd looks like a little vinyl record. and it's like they've worked with zines with their mailout packaging surprises. such care

unfortunately (for others) the cd is no longer available but maybe if you contact them they might do another run?

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singing man's voice wafting through the streets of the city

singing man's voice wafting through the streets of the city. the camera couldn't focus fast enough, and there was traffic noise but you can hear singing man's voice after a quick search of the streets - can't see him though. I've seen & heard him singing whilst waiting for a bus in the morning, whilst sitting next to me on a bus on the way home from work (tonight), whilst walking behind me down the street.

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learning guitar from youtube

I think it's time for me to learn how to play some music. I've been scarred for life since my primary school teacher said my fingers were too small (to cover the holes on the recorder!) and that I wasn't any good at it. I remember I used to practice at home quite a lot but when she said this I gave up. I know it should have made me practice more and improve but it didn't. I was probably grade 4 or 5 at the time as I think we only had music classes in the earlier primary school grades.

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shadow worlds

my reply to a post on the "Writing the Extraordinary" MLA class I'm taking - Erik Davis is leading the class. this week we're reading & discussing fever induced writing. one of the class members posted a quote from "Black Elk Speaks, the account of an Sioux "holy man." In this context "holy man" meant that the person experienced vivid hallucinations caused by severe childhood fevers."

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SUPER MASSIVE - FREE AUSTRALIA DAY FESTIVAL SHOW AT THE ROCKS

Named by MX Magazine as one of Sydney's best emerging electronic/dance/rock bands, Super Massive will be bringing their dynamic, high energy electro rock to the huge Australia Day music festival down at The Rocks on Tuesday 26th January, performing on the Parksong Stage in First Fleet Park at 4:15pm, with Zennith Brothers on directly before, and King Tide and Bertie Blackman on directly after. The set will include a couple of brand new songs, and the band will be joined for this show by special guest keyboardist/soundscaper 3K Short from MGF. Entry to the event is free.

Super Massive have been busy in the studio recording a new single and shooting a film clip due for release in March/April; a follow up to the band's self-titled debut EP.

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Assignment: Share – Day Ten

I'm running out of ideas to share (for class - we've been sharing links, readings, videos, music for the past week+). my brain is shutting down with the heat and upcoming holidays. so here's a few links for Pandora - the world in the movie Avatar. I saw the movie last week in 3D and was amazed - I really want to go live on Pandora and explore the flora & fauna and colours.

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sft-20091222 : Orbital "Halcyon"

song for today : Orbital "Halcyon" since they're playing in the bush in 2010 - Playground Weekender at Wisemans Ferry, 18-21 February 2010. Orbital are one of my alltime favourite bands. I'm not sure if I want to go see them with 12000 other people though! am hoping there'll be a small sideshow, but I know that's asking too much!! staying in a teepee does sound like fun though...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXN9r6tPgHU

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sft-20091220 : Future Sound of London - "Cascade"

song for today: Future Sound of London - "Cascade"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oylzsdb13NU

yeah I love all the FSOL & Amorphous Androgynous too! PNG is on youtube. I was thinking of the old parties with the neon toadstools and forest themed chillrooms like in Avatar's Pandora (just saw it last night) & thought of FSOL & found this one.

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sft-20091220 : DEPECHE MODE LIVE "Shake the disease" TV

DEPECHE MODE LIVE "Shake the disease" TV
thanks @MJTallon - some Depeche Mode for sunday

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1cv0m_depeche-mode-live-shake-the-dise...

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