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Photos from a short visit to South Australia to see Gavin Bryars in residence at the Adelaide Festival plus WOMADelaide.
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The fourth and final part of my look at the past year in jazz is now live! Don't like jazz? Perfect! These posts are for you if you've ever been curious. There should be plenty of surprises in there for jazz fans as well. Enjoy!
Welcome to the fourth and final look back at Jazz in 2014. So far we have considered the current state of piano trios, discovered that collaboration is still an important part of the genre, and als...
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The Month of Jazz continues with Part II of my look at some of the best new jazz music released over the last year! This time, we have a kind of ‘eight degrees of separation‘ experiment for a focus on collaboration in jazz. Our journey also takes us to a bit of poetry, exotic Spanish dishes, and deleted scenes from Austin Powers. There's even a few search challenges in there for the brave. Since last week's post was seven times more popular in Israel than Australia, I also managed to fit in some more Hebrew in this post too. I hope you enjoy and let me know what you think!
Welcome to part two of our look at some of the best new jazz music released over the last year. If you're new here, please refer to 'Pt, I: Piano Trios' for more details on what this is all about. ...
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With #MIFF2014  kicking into gear, it seems like an appropriate time to consider the importance of cinema in society. The Philosopher's Mail reflects on how we currently interact with cinema and challenges us to "learn that film - like all the other art forms - best reveals its power when we conceive of it as a kind of therapy". As always, practical advice is on offer, including: how films might help us deal with our ordinary lives, offer comfort for our unmanageable fears, or assist us with looking at the overlooked.
The Utopia Series. Calling an idea 'utopian' is normally a way of saying it's pie-in-the-sky and not worth paying attention to. Far from it. Throughout the ages, a number of philosophers have put forward some highly provocative and interesting utopias, describing ideal arrangements of everything ...
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Philosophy: What it feels like to want to talk about the thoughts we want to think. What could possibly go wrong?
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"I go to encounter for the millionth time the reality of experience and to forge in the smithy of my soul the uncreated conscience of my race."

Happy Bloomsday one and all.
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So I thought I would get in early with my own list of 100 favourite songs of 2013 before another certain list of songs is published this weekend. Most of the songs are available to stream via a Spotify playlist or another service for those curious. There will probably be a fair degree of overlap with the JJJ version, but there should also be a few hidden gems in there for people. Enjoy!
Welcome to 'The Double A Most Hot 100' of 2013! It may share a similar name with another list released this weekend, but this one is a little different. Entirely undemocratic, no polls were taken f...
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This past week, over 3000 Australians took part in the 'Walk in Her Shoes' challenge to raise over $700,000 (so far) for +CARE Australia. These generous donations will be going towards projects that provide clean water and nutritious food to communities in developing countries so that women and girls can spend more time in school, earn an income, and improve their families’ lives.

As part of this challenge, I walked a total of 143,803 steps (about 106.30 km) last week, which is about twice what I usually walk in any given week. It was surprisingly more difficult than I anticipated to fit in the extra walking throughout the week, but it was good fun (and exercise) nonetheless.

Thank you so much to those who donated! Your support is very much appreciated and your donations are going to a great cause. There's also plenty of time left if others wish to donate via the link below. Cheers!

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Time for a Search Challenge!

Question: Where on the island of Innoshima was this photo taken?

Once you have the answer, paste in the comments below the URL of a Google Street View showing the structure. Also provide details of how you found it (the process itself is more interesting that answer).

This kept me busy the other night since my camera doesn't store GPS info and I was curious as to where exactly this structure was. The difficultly level is probably 'moderate' - difficult enough to get creative, but by no means impossible. The method I used was a little complicated, but it can also be easily found in under a minute with the right queries. Either way, it might be interesting if you want to test your Google-fu (so by all means still give it a go even if others have already posted answers).

I'll post full details of how I found it later on the weekend. If you're having a bit of trouble in the meantime though, post where you're up to and I'll try to nudge you in the right direction ;-)

Bonus Question: When was this structure unveiled? (This should be relatively easy once you find the first answer.)

Happy searching!
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New blog post: Part Three of 'Jazz in 2014' with a focus on brass this time. I don't mean to blow my own trumpet, but this playlist is pretty sweet. And I didn't expect that I'd need to refer to the 'Encyclopedia of Demons in World Religions and Cultures', but that's the way things go I guess. Enjoy!
Welcome to part three of our Jazz in 2014 series where we will be reviewing some of the best new jazz music released over the past year in case you missed out first time around. Compared to last we...
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New blog post! The baboons have been taken out of exile for an in-depth look at the year's best jazz. Spoiler: Jazz isn't as boring as you might think. Or at least that's what I'll try to convince you of over the next month. A full playlist is also available for streaming. Hopefully you might find something you like!
Welcome back! It's been a while, but it's time for another series of music-related posts. One month, four playlists, 32 tracks, and hopefully lots of new discoveries. As opposed to Top Tracks 2013 ...
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Moving through the crowd
As Daylight floats in my ear
Everything is still
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Twelve months and 96 songs later, my little collection of new and noteworthy music released throughout the year is now complete (available here: Follow the link below for my year of music in review with the full write-ups/playlists. Alternatively, here is a condensed version:

January 2013:
1. Mogwai - “Wizard Motor” [Les Revenants EP]
2. Yo La tengo - “Is That Enough” [Fade]
3. Foxygen - “San Francisco” [We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic]
4. Toro y Moi - “Rose Quartz” [Anything in Return]
5. Dropkick Murphys - “Rose Tattoo” [Sign & Sealed in Blood]
6. Pere Ubu - “Mandy” [Lady from Shanghai]
7. Esben and the Witch - “When That Head Splits” [Wash the Sins Not Only the Face]
8. Pantha du Prince & The Bell Laboratory - “Spectral Split” [Elements of Light]

February 2013:
1. Richard Thompson - “Stony Ground” [Electric]
2. Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - “We No Who U R” [Push the Sky Away]
3. Grouper - “The Man Who Died in His Boat” [The Man Who Died in His Boat]
4. Mount Moriah - “I Built a Town” [Miracle Temple]
5. Jim James - “A New Life” [Regions of Light and Sound of God]
6. Unkown Mortal Orchestra - “Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark)” [II]
7. Wayne Shorter - “Starry Night” [Without a Net]
8. Mark Kozelek - “I Got You Babe” [Like Rats]

March 2013:
1. Rhye - “Open” [Woman]
2. The Drones - “I See Seaweed” [I See Seaweed]
3. Autechre - “recks on” [Exai]
4. Waxahatchee - “You’re Damaged” [Cerulean Salt]
5. Son Volt - “Wild Side” [Honky Tonk]
6. Julian Lynch - “Horse Chestnut” [Lines]
7. Chelsea Light Moving - “Alighted” [Chelsea Light Moving]
8. Nails - “Absolute Control” [Abandon All Life]

April 2013:
1. John Medeski - “A Different Time” [A Different Time]
2. Kurt Vile - “Wakin on a Pretty Day” [Wakin on a Pretty Daze]
3. The Knife - “Full of Fire” [Shaking the Habitual]
4. The Flaming Lips - “Butterfly, How Long It Takes To Die” [The Terror]
5. James Blake - “Retrograde” [Overgrown]
6. Thee Oh Sees - “Minotaur” [Floating Coffin]
7. Colin Stetson - “To See More Light” [New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light]
8. Steve Earle & The Dukes (& Duchesses) - “Remember Me” [The Low Highway]

May 2013:
1. Primal Scream - “2013” [More Light]
2. Savages - “Strife” [Silence Yourself]
3. Deerhunter - “T.H.M.” [Monomania]
4. Glenn Jones - “Across the Tappan Zee” [My Garden State]
5. Laura Marling - “Once” [Once I Was An Eagle]
6. Bob James and David Sanborn - “Follow Me” [Quartette Humaine]
7. Beaches - “Out of Mind” [She Beats]
8. Daft Punk - “Contact” [Random Access Memories]

June 2013:
1. Melt Yourself Down - “Fix My Life” [Melt Yourself Down]
2. Etran Finatawa - “Toumast” [The Sahara Sessions]
3. Deafheaven - “Dream House” [Sunbather]
4. Disclosure - “Latch” [Settle]
5. Bill Frisell - “Song for Lana Weeks” [Big Sur]
6. Boards of Canada - “Reach for the Dead” [Tomorrow’s Harvest]
7. Sigur Rós - “Brennisteinn” [Kveikur]
8. Jon Hopkins - “Immunity” [Immunity]

July 2013:
1. Sarah Bareilles - “Brave” [The Blessed Unrest]
2. Pet Shop Boys - “Axis” [Electric]
3. Fuck Buttons - “Brainfreeze” [Slow Focus]
4. Chris Schlarb - “The Starry King Hears Laughter” [Psychic Temple II]
5. Daughn Gibson - “Mad Ocean” [Me Moan]
6. Guy Clark - “Hell Bent on a Heartache” [My Favourite Picture of You]
7. Ron Block - “Nickel Tree Line” [Walking Song]
8. About Group - “I Never Lock That Door” [Between the Walls]

August 2013:
1. Julianna Barwick - “The Harbinger” [Nepenthe]
2. Julia Holter - “Maxim’s I” [Loud City Song]
3. Zola Jesus - “Fall Back” [Versions]
4. Sarah Neufeld - “Hero Brother” [Hero Brother]
5. Danny Paul Grody - “You, The Invisible” [Between Two Worlds]
6. Mark Kozelek & Desertshore - “Tavoris Cloud” [Mark Kozelek & Desertshore]
7. Capercaillie - “The Jura Wedding Bells” [At the Heart of It All]
8. Causa Sui - “Euporie” [Euporie Tide]

September 2013:
1. Trombone Shorty - “Say That to Say This” [Say That to Say This]
2. North Mississippi Allstars - “Snake Drive” [World Boogie is Coming]
3. Janelle Monáe - “Q.U.E.E.N.” [Electric Lady]
4. Chvrches - “The Mother We Share” [The Bones of What You Believe]
5. Hookworms - “Away/Towards” [Pearl Mystic]
6. Kayo Dot - “Crown-in-the-muck” [Hubardo]
7. Carcass - “The Master Butcher’s Apron” [Surgical Steel]
8. Windhand - “Boleskin” [Soma]

October 2013:
1. Omar Souleyman - “Wenu Wenu” [Wenu Wenu]
2. The Silk Road Orchestra with Yo-Yo Ma - “Briel” [A Playlist Without Borders]
3. Boogarins - “Erre” [As Plantas Que Curam]
4. Courtney Barnett - “Avant Gardener” [How to Carve a Carrot Into a Rose]
5. Tim Hecker - “Live Room” [Virgins]
6. Bardo Pond - “Chance” [Peace on Venus]
7. Earthless - “From the Ages” [From the Ages]
8. Matana Roberts - “Thanks Be You” [Coin Coin Chapter Two : Mississippi Moonchile]

November 2013:
1. Andrew Bird - “Ethio Invention No. 1” [I Want to See Pulaski at Night]
2. Raum - “Blood Moon” [The Event of Your Leaving]
3. Kiln - “Moth and Moon” [meadow:watt]
4. Mick Turner - “Gone Dreaming” [Don’t Tell the Driver]
5. Recondite - “Leafs” [Hinterland]
6. The Thing - “Heaven” [BOOT!]
7. ÄÄNIPÄÄ - “Muse” [Through a Pre-Memory]
8. Primitive Calculators - “Nothing” [The World is Fucked]

December 2013:
1. John Zorn - “Rose of Sharon” [Shir Hashirim]
2. John Zorn - “America, A Prophecy” [In Lambeth - Visions From the Walled Garden Of William Blake]
3. Sumie - “Spells You” [Sumie]
4. Secret Boyfriend - “Beyond the Darkness” [This Is Always Where You’ve Lived]
5. Flying Lotus - “flotus” [Ideas+drafts+loops]
6. Clams Casino - “Bookfiend” [Instrumental Mixtape 3]
7. Burial - “Rival Dealer” [Rival Dealer]
8. Ensemble Economique - “As the Train Leaves Tonight” [Light That Comes, Light That Goes] 
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Music nerd. Movie buff. Science junkie. I appreciate a good coffee table book.

The following interests may or may not reflect my current or future posting trends:
  • Music
  • Film
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Street Art
  • Video Games
  • Board Games
  • Data Visualisation
  • Songwriting
  • Swimming
  • Education
  • Religion
  • Tea
The Big Favourites:
Album: The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady, by Charles Mingus
Film: 2001: A Space Odyssey
Book: Ulysses, by James Joyce
Video Game: Final Fantasy VII
TV Series: Carnivàle
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  • University of Melbourne
    Master of Science (Biotechnology), 2010 - 2011
  • University of Melbourne
    Bachelor of Science, 2007 - 2009
  • Loyola College, Greensborough
    High School, 2001 - 2006
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