Getting ready for…

April 4, 2011

diving loop

December 30, 2010

This is a mesmerizing little video of people diving, I’ve no idea how this sort of thing is choreographed or how many takes it needed but it does come together into a nice little video:

Watch this video…

May 15, 2010

at first I thought this was a really well made ‘making of’ video of some event, it had some excellent techniques and interesting ways to show something about to take place.  Then for some time you are watching the actual event, the installation, the innovative use of falling water that I certainly have never seen before and works really well.  Then finally you get the actual message…

Solidarites International

A song for Peter Mandelson

November 26, 2009

I am sure you are aware of the digital economy bill – parts of which at least is simply bonkers (an interesting Guardian article on this).  Dan Bull (who previously wrote a musical open letter to Lily Allen about copyright) has recorded another open letter to Peter Mandelson (UK Business Secretary and Pirate-Finder General with nearly unlimited powers to enforce copyright).  It is a very clever song and for sheer entertainment worth a play:

If you haven’t heard about the digital economy bill or why people like Dan are concerned by it here is the best and briefest description I’ve found:

“the Government’s proposal to cut off internet access to those who are caught illegally downloading copyrighted files. We think this has one fundamental flaw, as illegal filesharers will simply hack into other peoples WiFi networks to do their dirty work. This will result in innocent people being disconnected from the internet. What’s more, such a punishment should be dealt with in the proper way, in a court of law. This guilty until proven innocent approach violates basic human rights.”

I plagiarized this description from the number10 petitions site – if you would like to register your opinion against the digital economy bill, the petition is here.

The Talking Heads Worship Challenge

July 2, 2009

A Challenge to all Worship leaders and church musicians:

  • watch this video of Talking Heads – Life During Wartime
  • find a worship song that will fit this type of choreography
  • try it out with a congregation and let me know how it goes

The Blue Man Group

May 25, 2009

Blue Man Group at the Clyde Auditorium Friday 22nd May 2009.

If you haven’t come across the Blue Man Group before they are a little difficult to categorise, a mix between performance art, comedy and rock.  Their music has strong percussion with heavy guitar and totally unique sounds from the instruments they have invented.  The Blue Men themselves don’t speak, but it isn’t what I would call mime either.  They are very expressive, inquisitive, and quintessential outsiders… trying to fit in with their surroundings, while discovering how to be rock megastars by interacting with the audience, each other and the band.

The opening of the show was incredible – this is the best fan-video I’ve found and it just can’t show the scale of it.  And scale is certainly part of the Blue Man Group live experience.  On the four tear stage is a drummer, two percussionists, three guitarists a keyboard player two singers as well as the three blue men and all the instruments they use, but the show doesn’t always remain on the stage with blue men interacting with audience members and moving around the auditorium.

This is a true rock show with an awesome heavy sound…

“I Feel Love”

…but also a very funny experience

The Blue Man Group are an awesome live experience – if you get a chance go see them.  Failing that have a look at their web site or all the stuff on youtube just to get a flavour…

Good Friday Labyrinth

April 11, 2009


This is the fourth year we’ve done this big Labyrinth at St Silas on Good Friday.  The setup took just about all of Thursday (I wrote a bit about how we do that here), and the Labyrinth was open from 10am to 9pm on Friday.  Just as the last people started to make their way through the tear down started.  It was great to have so many people turn up to help pack everything up, fold fabric and move chairs back so that the church is ready for Easter Sunday.

Thanks to all who helped!