Head Noise Set at Electric Picnic 2013

Head Noise (the chaotic improvisational alter ego of Joshue O Connor) will be playing in the Body & Soul area of the Electric Picnic.

Do drop by – fuzzy beats, drones, mangled samples, cosmic ambience will all mix (in the best possible taste).  After playing the Picnic in 2012, and having a blast – I’ve decided to do it again and really hang my balls out there and do something improvised and truly ‘live’. Many times I’ve been jamming and been graced with nice sounds and synchronous ‘accidents’ and often wished others were around to experience it. Well, now I get my chance (in front of a crowd) and I humbly beseech the Universe to be kind.

My fender Jaguar will go through an Akai Head rush, via a Wah – and I have a couple of midi controllers (MPD24 and Akai Mini MPD25) triggering samples and instruments via Ableton Live.

I’ll be somewhere near these rolling stones..

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Lost weekend in a Hotel in Amsterdam..

Well, not really lost and not really a weekend either. Myself and Lorraine just got back from 5 days in Amsterdam (or Hamsterjam as I like to think of it). We had a great time. It is the most beautiful city and just exudes a confidence, cool and charm that many other cities are lacking.

We stayed in the Jordaan area which was like the leafy suburbs, and kinda removed from the more in your face red light parts of the city. I felt very inspired when there, to well move to the place. The weather was great (coming back to Ireland and the ever present cloud is such a drag man!) and there is a very relaxed vibe in the place.

We ate lovely vegetarian foodstuffs and saw some interesting things (if History and Art are of even a passing interest you will love it there), flaked out in the Vondel Park and generally walked the feet off ourselves. We did a /lot/ of walking.

We didn’t hire any bikes, as the day we went to do it we didn’t have our passports and there was such a rigmarole with deposits etc we gave it a miss. I did love the Dutch dedication to the whole bike culture, so hats off.

Also we didn’t hire a boat or do the canals thing. We got great mileage out of watching a couple of spacers scrape along the canal wall in a peddle boat as one of them couldn’t seem to get his head around the fact that he had to actually peddle to kinda contribute to the whole forward motion lark. V. funny.

We also saw a lot of nice cats, in peoples windows and also in restaurants (hopefully not on the tables etc) and the Dutch are a very stylish lot in general exuding a natural elan as they fly around on old butchers bike.

I couldn’t help think that we have kinda got it wrong in Ireland. We work like maniacs to buy expensive stuff that give a temporary, flickering happiness at best. We need a more mellow pace of life, that balances industry with all the other bits that are supposed to be balanced. Whatever aligns your chakras, I guess.

The red light was fun, and not what I was expecting. I thought it would be seedier. There were tons of families going for collective strolls and eating Ice creams. Which was fun to behold, if a little weird. In Catholic Ireland we would be far to afeared to do anything like that with our folks.

There were tons of stoned people as well. Lets leave it at that. I don’t smoke anymore and I am kinda proud that I left the ‘Dam (as I shall refer to it) without spending the entire time totally blathered, sitting in some shit hole talking about aliens.

Art in Action

Myself, Lorraine and her brother Dave visited the excellent Art in Action last weekend at Townley Hall in Co.Louth. It is a great day out with live music recitals, lectures on Philosophy, great food and lots and lots of Art on display. Whether ceramics, watercolours etc are your thing you will find something there to amuse and often amaze.

The event is run by the John Scotis School of Philosophy so there is an emphasis on interesting lectures on a variety of subjects from Vedic Maths to the music of Leonard Cohen. If that is all a little cerebral you can relax by the beautiful fountain and take in the sun, munch on a samosa and soak up the atmosphere.

I was very taken with the work of Ghanesh Bhat with his beautiful hand carved sculptures in the style of traditional Indian devotional Art.